All the details about upcoming art courses that start in April 2016 are now up - and registration is open! Check it out here (and scroll down to see the whole list):
(Painting: Collection of the artist)
Less scary than skydiving, and the fun lasts longer!
I'm very excited to be 1 of 9 contestants in a video competition from TVO. If you are on Facebook, you can vote for me! The top 3 videos by public vote will be juried and one of these will win a filming session with TVO's film crew to be featured in their "Learning Portraits" series that runs on TVO all through 2016. Right now I am in second place! I am very excited.
You can watch the video at the link below - but you will only be allowed to vote if you are on Facebook. Facebook people can vote once per day till Feb 18, at which point the top 3 go forward for jurying. About voting once per day: you don't have to watch the video everyday if you have already seen it. Simply take a second to go to the link and click the "Vote" button.
Important Note: Voting only happens when you hit the "Vote" button. The "like" button does not count for the contest.
Thanks in advance for having a look. And of course only vote for my video if you want to. Here is the link:
It's been a gentle winter this year for southern Ontario. Makes it easier to think of snow as something pretty!
A bit of a funny thing happened that resulted in the painting below (Happiness Skips). I was at Storybook Gardens with several of my grandchildren. There were a lot of children dancing on the outdoor stage there, and I was trying to get a photo of my granddaughter. When I got home and checked my photos, I found that I had missed my granddaughter altogether, and had this lovely photo of an unknown child. The pose was really too wonderful not to paint, and it is fine to publish since her face is not showing. I often say that paintings take on a life of their own, apparently photo references sometimes do too!
Pensive sits. Laughter slips. Sorrow saunters. Happiness skips!
Acrylic with collage "Happiness Skips" 28" x 20" $625 + HST available from the artist.
What follows is a link to an online article is Harvard Business Review. It's about journaling, which of course can be very worthwhile too. Many creative people benefit from journaling. What really caught my attention though was the section with the title "Use Art to Ignite Your Imagination". If you scroll down a bit before halfway, you can find that section and the interesting art exercise that is suggested. Here's the link: "Want To Be An Outstanding Leader? Keep a Journal" by Nancy J. Adler.
Drawing. It doesn't take a lot of expensive equipment. It's portable! It's an easy way to keep that creative spirit alive. Here's a great article from Huffpost: 11 tips for finally starting your own sketchbook, and sticking to it.
What gets in the way of your art. I've been reading more articles about creativity, and for most of us it comes down to convincing ourselves that being creative is very important: important enough to set aside time for it. I'm guilty too - too much time on the computer reading articles about creativity! Time to go paint instead.