Where to go now?

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This photo is from Friday…I had an AMAZING adventure.  I got on a train, by myself, and went into Toronto for The Artist Project Contemporary Art Fair at Exhibition Place.  I met a friend there, but went early enough to spend almost 2 hours wandering by myself, in complete awe of the variety of art I was in the presence of.  I spoke with many artists, had a couple glasses of wine, watched my first art battle (which was amazing), and just had an amazing evening.  Most of all, I’m inspired by artists that I met…Ramona Nordal, and her use of bright, almost fluorescent colours for highlights and outlines of figures. and the story telling element of each painting…martimbo, also for his use of colour in addition to his amazing ability to express very real, raw emotions, not to mention I’m in love with his painterly look, and the expressive way he adds lines to his work, you can just feel his paintings…Benny Bing, for his use of bold colour and the mix of simplicity and complexity in his work, as well as his inspiring story.  There were other artists that I adored, and I had a great appreciation for them all…their talent and bravery, but these three in particular inspired me to add to what I do.

So…here is my dilemma, if I may.  Where do I begin?  I want to paint now, so badly.  But what do I do?  I have to finish a piece for the Inc.Squared fundraiser…I need to create a consistent body of work…a series, since I have not done such a thing yet in all of my playing, experimenting and discovering.  So I have been working on aerial paintings…women showing their strength, courage and flexibility with silks and hoops…a parallel to the strength, courage and flexibility necessary to flow through life.  I’d like to continue with that and get brave enough to paint some of these ladies on a larger scale.  On the other hand…if I’m really honest, I’m starting to get bored with the colour palette, as part of the power of the message comes from an almost monochromatic palette.  Which I love, don’t get me wrong, I’m just feeling a need for a change.  I am craving more than ever bright, happy colours.  Do I incorporate those colours into the subject matter that I’m currently fascinated with?  Or do I start a new body of work playing with and including those colours, so that I have different pieces to work on depending on my mood?

My goal?…to have a cohesive body of work in time to apply for next year’s Artist Project.  Just to apply.  See what happens from there.  The applications are available this summer to September, so I have time, but not a tonne of time.  Oh, what to do?…what to do?…

Artist friends!  Tell me what you do!  Do you immerse yourself in one project at a time or have half a dozen pieces and themes on the go at once?  (I feel like I should focus my energy and limited time, but I don’t know what to choose).  AND…if you work big, do you just dive into a big canvas/board or do you practice and prepare a small version first and then hope to recreate it on the big substrate once you have it perfected?  Please share tidbits of your process with me.  Thank you!  Have a lovely day!

Getting Started

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I have a logo!!!  I was doodling one day, and this is what came up.  I LOVE it!  And how lucky I am to have a friend that could digitize my drawing for me!  Thank you Anna Vargas!  Contact her here to start your branding process, or click on her name to view her profile.  🙂

This is a big and exciting step for me in making my art business a real entity.  Anna digitized this logo so that I can easily use it as a watermark on my images, or send it to be printed on aprons for my traveling art parties.  The options are endless!  I am so grateful for her time and her assistance, and I’m just so excited to be able to use something that I created in this way, and to be taking a step towards my creative business.

If I’m being honest, I’m a little overwhelmed and feeling in over my head.  I have some pretty grand ideas and dreams in my mind and in my heart, but I don’t have the knowledge or the means to get off the ground.  I need to make smaller, more achievable goals first.  But I don’t feel that I have much to offer, and that makes me feel stuck and unworthy.  I have a book that I’ve started working through called The Right-Brain Business Plan by Jennifer Lee, and I have had fun so far making my vision board and dreaming about my big goals.  And now a course I signed up for in the fall has just started, called Business for Creatives with Juliette Crane, and the first lesson prompts are hard for me.  I don’t know what I want.  I mean I do, I just don’t know what I have to offer at this time.  And that’s a vulnerable place to be.  What is my brand?  Who is my audience?  How can I help people?  Who am I?…the gremlins in my head ask…”Who do you think you are?”

My intention is to teach people to recognize the necessity of self care, and to use art not only as an escape from the monotony of every day life, but also to facilitate a discovery of self while nurturing acceptance, kindness and love.  Art has been a transforming force in my life, and I am so grateful to all of the amazing teachers and mentors that I’ve had the pleasure of following and learning through, both in person and online.

Oh!  And did I tell you that I have my first Mixed Media Art Party in the works?!  So many exciting things coming up!  Check out the Traveling Art Parties page on my site for details about options, or email me to set something up or ask any questions.  Each party will be designed in collaboration with the host.  It’s all personalized for you!  And all supplies are provided!  So don’t hesitate to reach out!

Thank you for listening/reading today.  I wish you all a very Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

Trying Something New

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Hello Friends!

Sorry I have been offline a lot recently…the good news is that I am back and ready to rock!  So as many of you already know, I have decided to put myself out there and be completely vulnerable, and share my love of colour and art techniques with people in person.  This is a scary yet exciting step in my journey, and I’m so thrilled to be sharing it with all of my friends and family.

I started my love of acrylic painting with Cocktails N’ Canvas, here in Hamilton.  I signed up for a class with a couple of good friends, and I fell in love with the joy created by mixing my own colours, and blending those colours in brush strokes across the canvas, creating something unique to everyone elses in the class.  It amazed me how by following step by step instructions, I still made my own painting.  Literally, the next day I went out and bought my own paint and canvas, and I signed up for more paint nights, with Cocktails N’ Canvas, and a few with Paint Nite, and I went by myself to sit and paint and experiment.  I signed up for online painting classes, and my love grew from acrylics into mixed media.

Art has been such an amazing teacher to me.  I have learned to trust the journey, and the mess, that things will work out in the end.  And that everyone, truly, has a difference in opinion of what looks great and what doesn’t.  But see, that’s just it…painting and art isn’t necessarily about what the final product looks like, it’s about how it makes you FEEL to create it.  And that feeling will be portrayed in the final piece, and felt by those who look closely at it.  Much like life, it’s the experience of the journey, and not the final outcome that is most important.  When I lose track of that, I just need to sit and paint to be reminded again of what is really important.  Be mindful.  In this moment.  And enjoy the sensations that are this present moment.  And if you’d like to try something new, send me a message!  I’d LOVE to hear from you!