Midnight Reflections

So the consensus seems to be that you guys like the time lapse videos and want to see more. Whoever ‘150one‘ is on YouTube kind of missed the point [see screen shot below] and I’m sorry to disappoint, but there certainly will not be more time-lapse videos of me or my legs. In fact, I made extra sure to keep my body out of all future videos as much as possible. Not gonna lie, this message did make me laugh though.

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Anyways, back to the point here. So enjoy the time-lapse video of how I painted this painting, all in 2.5 minutes.

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I managed to keep my legs out of this one, but at the expense of my hair…somehow it ended up all over the place. Lesson learned though, next time hair goes in a ponytail. I specifically remember having a good hair day when I was painting this and didn’t want to have that annoying crease from an elastic band left in my hair so I just left it down. First world girl problems.

Hope you enjoyed that. And here are a few more shots of the painting.

Midnight Reflections - 16x20" - Acrylic on Canvas
Midnight Reflections – 16×20″ – Acrylic on Canvas

 And a side view.

Side View - midnight reflections

Hope you guys enjoyed the time-lapse video.

This painting is now SOLD however my other available paintings can be seen in my online store here

Also, I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since I started this blog. October 12 marks my one-year blogiversary. I will be making cake to celebrate. Who’s joining me?

Social Media

Crazy to think what we did with our time and energy before the days of social media. It all started with Facebook for me, then there was a progressive downward spiral after that, especially in the last few months when I retired my dear old beloved Blackberry and joined the blackhole that is the iPhone. OMG Apps. I have an app for everything. Everything. And I love it, and I’m not ashamed to admit it.

As time sucking as all these social media apps are, they’ve also been a great form of (free!!!) advertising of my artwork. I really don’t know where I’d be without them. Lately, I’ve been getting contacted more and more by people who came across my work from one of the many social media platforms I subscribe to, be it Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or recently Meetup.

Meetup is a really cool concept. You join groups in your area based on interests, so that you can connect with like-minded individuals. One of my favorite ones is Arts and Culture Junkies of Ottawa. While I haven’t actually had a chance to attend any Meetups yet, it’s been nice to be notified of upcoming events in my area that may interest me. And it’s also been great for discovering other artists in my area.

This particular piece is a commissioned piece for a client who came across my work via Meetup. He liked the painting I did for my brother and his girlfriend, and asked for a similar one, but slightly smaller in size. Here’s the original below.

The original painting that I did for my brother and his girlfriend
The original painting that I did for my brother and his girlfriend

I happened to be visiting my family in London around this time, so I dropped by my brother’s place and borrowed his painting and got to work on the new one.

Started with the background
Started with the background

Then added some circles and globs of paint here and there, and before I knew it, the painting was done! (It took a little longer than appears on here, but I forgot to take more pictures along the way. Oops.) And the final painting:

Then added some circles
18×24″ – Acrylic on Canvas

Here’s the finished piece displayed in the client’s home.

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And another view.

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I’m pretty flattered that he chose to put it in his living room 🙂

Do you use social media as a form of advertising? If so, what do you find to be the most beneficial? I find Facebook to work the best for me, but that’s also likely because I actually use it. I’m still very new to Twitter and Instagram and usually forget that I even have them. 

If you don’t already, then follow me on Facebook here

Next post coming up has a new time-lapse video 🙂 I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty excited about it! Come back soon! 

‘Big City Girl’ Time Lapse Video

I recently had someone contact me via Etsy and request a commissioned painting similar to City Girl except much larger. This made my heart sing since I love doing big paintings, but usually don’t unless they are commissioned since I just don’t have any more room for them in my apartment. Even more exciting is the fact that I had just figured out how to use a time-lapse app on my iPhone (LapseIt) and I was excited to give that a shot.

In under 4 minutes, see how I turned a blank white canvas into this painting, that I named Big City Girl (for obvious reasons).

36x24" - Big City Girl - Acrylic on Canvas
36×24″ – Big City Girl – Acrylic on Canvas

Disclaimer… please ignore

(i) my awful outfits and unbrushed hair (I didn’t realize I was going to be in the videos…)

(ii) the TV show going on in the background (it’s 30 Rock, in case you were wondering)

(iii) the several times when I block your view with my butt (a cinematographer I am not… this is clearly amateur hour)

(iv) the lighting (like I said, amateur hour)

Oh, and in case you’re watching this at work while you should be, you know, working, you may want to turn the sound off. There is music.

Let’s recap with a few photos. First the background.

Background

 Some foreground.

Starting to add in some lights and shadows

Some more foreground.

Almost done!

 And donzo. Here she is displayed in my room.

Displayed in my room

And a side view.

Big City Girl - side

What did you think of the time-lapse video? (other than my outfits/hair/lighting issues)

Should I do this for future paintings? 

This painting is obviously sold already, but if you’re interested in a commissioned painting, more information can be found here.

Morning Stillness

I do the majority of my painting either early in the morning or late at night. It’s almost a form of meditation for me. I tried to capture the calmness that I feel at that time with this current piece, which I’ve appropriately named “Morning Stillness“.

Morning Stillness

I almost never have to wake up to an alarm (since I work around my own schedule) so I like to start my day off very slowly. Usually with a big breakfast, some coffee, some blog reading, and finally some painting. This whole morning routine usually takes about 2 hours. THEN I start actually getting ready for the day. I know, getting a “real” job come January is going to shake me up a bit!!! I’m trying to enjoy this while I still can.

This painting started off with a rough background with some colors I find very soothing. Then I started to slowly build up the scenery and I added the shape of the two small boats. There is something just so soothing about calm water and wooden boats.

The beginning stages of this painting
The beginning stages of this painting.

 

After talking about my frustrations with acrylic paint drying way too fast, a number of you suggested I try a medium to retard its drying time. I bought the stuff in the picture below, and oh-my-gawd, it is amazing! $8 very well spent. It allowed me to actually blend the paint for the water and the sky the way I wanted to, instead of it just drying and clumping up mid paint stroke. And you need very very little to get the effect. The picture of the bottle below was taken after I was done this whole painting. I basically put a small amount into a shot glass and would dip my paintbrush in it as I needed it.

Buy this. It's awesome. Seriously.
Buy this. It’s awesome. Seriously.

Oh yeah, so back to the painting. Next I started adding in all the details. Water, boats, mountains…

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And ta-da! Done!

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How about some close ups?

A boat…
Another boat…
Some mountains...
Some mountains…
A rocky shoreline...
A rocky shoreline…

 

And here's a side view.
And here’s a side view.
Morning Stillness - 16x20" - Acrylic on Canvas
Morning Stillness – 16×20″ – Acrylic on Canvas

 

How do you like to start your day? Do you get to ease into it slowly like me, or do you run out the door 5 minutes after waking up?

Like the painting Morning Stillness? The original painting is now SOLD but check out my other paintings available for sale in my online store here.

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