“Oh my god! It looks exactly like a photo! Wow!” “Just like a photo! Amazing!” If you decide to work in a realistic style as an artist, you hear this all of the time. And it’s always intended as a compliment, and I do take it that way. All the same - it makes me inwardly cringe. And this is no disrespect to photography. Photography is its own … [Read more...] about why my art doesn’t look “just like a photo!”
There is a point in every painting where I must remind myself to keep faith. There is a point, generally right before everything pulls itself together, where it looks like it is actually never going to pull itself together. That it’s a dud. A disaster. A waste of time and art supplies. It’s that midpoint on any journey where you’ve stepped into … [Read more...] about on remembering to keep faith
I got in! I got in! I’m still kind of pinching myself! I found out a few weeks ago that my painting, “Unlabelled”, was selected as one of the top 30 finalists out of 415 entries for the Kingston Prize, Canada’s nation wide portrait competition (similar to the BP Portrait Award in the UK). Crazy! So now my painting gets to go on a little … [Read more...] about Ohmygosh! I was accepted into the Kingston Prize!
I wrote a post a little while ago about making mistakes, self-criticism and why sucking at your art doesn't say anything bad about you. I've been talking about these ideas with my father a lot, since he's on his own creative journey with the bass guitar. After writing him a mini-novel over email, I realized I still had some thoughts about … [Read more...] about On being a good student (or, again, why no kittens will die)
Sometimes when I’m working on a painting or drawing, I’ll jokingly say something like, “Hey, this doesn’t suck!” or some other tongue-in-cheek joke about the quality of the work. Or maybe I’ll bring up that something in the piece isn’t working - I’m frustrated with an aspect of it. And the person I’m talking to will inevitably jump in and defend … [Read more...] about On making mistakes (or: why no kittens will die)
There is that point, in every painting, where it’s so tempting to give up. It doesn’t matter how long I’ve been painting (10 years). It doesn’t matter how many hours I’ve spent in the studio, learning and practicing (thousands). There is inevitably that point where you think, “This is probably going to suck. Look! It’s sucking right now. I … [Read more...] about Pushing Past the Edges
I'm reworking both my bio and my artist statement this week. My bio is embarrassingly out of date and my artist statement feels disconnected from the work that I'm trying to make. I've been journaling like mad and writing answers to questions like "What do I believe?" It's a difficult process, and painful in a way - revealing why you really … [Read more...] about Courage and fragility
I have an extra special announcement to make today. I’m moving to Ottawa next month to start a new adventure in the capital city! *confetti* There’s just one concern: I don’t think some of my paintings can survive another move. I’ve moved a lot over the last 5 years, and every time I pack those paintings into a U-haul truck, my heart … [Read more...] about The “Hey guys! I’m moving!” art auction
Note: I originally sent this to my newsletter list and it got a very strong response. Several people requested that I post it to the blog so that they could share it, so here it is! If you'd like to sign up to my newsletter list, you can do so by clicking here. During my time studying in France, I learned a lot of important things. One of the … [Read more...] about Mistakes, cheap tricks and magic bullets.
It was Canada Day here on Tuesday, and also the beginning of the second half of the year. That felt significant to me - like a fresh start, a half-way-New-Years, if you will. The first half of the year was all-wedding-madness-all-the-time. There was also a lot of settling into life as a non-nomad (still getting used to it!). We got an apartment, … [Read more...] about Secrets of the Sea: A new drawing
Every year, I pick a word or theme for the coming months. I'm not into goals and resolutions because those are generally forgotten before the first week of February. But I love the idea of a theme for the year, something to put in the back of your mind and mull over gently for the next 12 months. For myself, I always pick a quality that I want … [Read more...] about 2013: The year of lightness
Proof that every penny I've spent has been worth it. (Studying at Studio Escalier, 2011 - 2012) Find out how to get some art of your own and how that helps me stay in school by clicking right here. … [Read more...] about What 1096 hours can do.
I'm applying for my first Canada Council arts grant today. It's been anything but fun. (Turns out, I would rather have my nails pulled out than write grant essays. I am assuming this feeling lessens with practice.) It's an equity/disability travel grant and I'm hoping it will offset some of the costs of the Paris program coming up in January. … [Read more...] about Sometimes the hard part is where all of the best things are.