Ottawa Timeraiser

I‘ve got some exciting news to share with you all, especially those in and around Ottawa. You may remember several months ago I blogged about the London Timeraiser? Well, I’m going to be part of the Ottawa Timeraiser that’s coming up on November 23rd, 2013 in Ottawa, Ontario at the Lebreton Gallery at the Canadian War Museum.

What is a Timeraiser? Here’s a short video clip from their website.

Basically the gist of it is this:

  • the organization purchases art work from local emerging artists at market value before the event
  • the day of the event, attendees meet with local non-profits that they would like to volunteer their time with
  • attendees then bid (silent-auction style) their time (instead of $$$) on the artwork
  • attendees have a year to complete their hours and then they receive their winning piece of artwork

 

What an incredible idea. I’m beyond thrilled to have been selected once again for such an event. The only unfortunate thing is that that same night is my Ritual Calling of an Engineer ceremony. [For all non-Canadians who have no idea what I’m talking about, read here]. I’ve been looking forward to this day for many years now so I will inevitably be getting my ring and then celebrating that evening with fellow graduating engineers. However, the Timeraiser will go on without me and I encourage you ALL to go, especially if you’re looking to get involved in the community and want to score some original artwork. Tickets are available here. Oh and my parents will probably drop by for a bit so be sure to say hi to them if you’re there 🙂

Now the exciting part. Check out some of the artwork that will be available at the upcoming Ottawa event here. My painting that was selected is the one of the Alexandra Bridge.

Alexandra Bridge - Ottawa - 12x12" - Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
I can be all yours. All I want is your time! 

Have you attended a Timeraiser before? What do you think of the concept? I attended once before I actually participated in it, then participated in one before this. Both experiences were very rewarding. I love the idea of the event from both an artist and attendee perspective. 

My One Year Blogiversary!

 

A year ago today, I hesitantly started this blog. I never imagined I’d be where I am today. For starters, I wasn’t even all that sure that I was going to tell anyone about it. I think I waited 2 or 3 weeks before I actually told anyone about it, starting with my closest family and friends. I felt like I was opening myself up to be vulnerable, which can be kind of scary.

Anyways, I went for it and I couldn’t be happier that I did. I didn’t expect to have anyone other  than that small group of close family and friends reading it, yet now I’m sitting at over 15 000 hits, so unless my mom spends all day everyday clicking through the archives, there are likely a few other people out there checking it out too. Thank you! Seriously, thank you! You all warm my heart.

The coolest thing is how WordPress let’s me see what country my hits are coming from. Check out the most popular ones. Sometimes, I get hits from countries that I didn’t even know existed (a geography major I am not…).

Did you know those were countries? Have you been there?
Apparently I’m not well versed in countries that begin with the letter ‘M’….

 

I had a few goals back when I wrote my first blog post, some of which I mentioned there, and others were on my About Me page (which has since been updated several times).

Let’s recap:

1. To share my artwork

Yup, doing pretty well with that one. I post almost every painting that I complete. There are a couple sitting in my closet that I’m not so happy with. Maybe one day I’ll post them, or fix them up and then post them.

Here is the progression of one that I painted a few months back for my mom that somehow never made it on the blog…

Starting the abstract background with a palette knife
Starting the abstract background with a palette knife

2. To sell a few paintings

This one totally exceeded  all my expectations! Realistically, I was thinking if I sell 3 or 4 paintings all year then that would be a success. Well, since October 2012, I have sold 29, and this is not including the ones I did for family (since I won’t take their money). I still get all giddy inside anytime someone buys a painting or asks for a commissioned one. It’s not even about the money, it’s more the shock I feel that someone likes my artwork enough to not only display it in their home, but to even pay me REAL money for it! Floored. Every time. I love you guys. Seriously, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Adding a flower pot and some greens
Adding a flower pot and some greens

3. To get my artwork out into the community

Even when I wrote this goal a year ago, I felt like it was a huge overshoot. I didn’t actually believe that I would put in any sort of effort to achieve this. However, I ended up applying to be part of the United Way London Timeraiser and was accepted into that (and even ended up winning the $500 Best Artist Award. I still can’t believe that happened).  I also went to an Open Call at TAN Coffee Shop and had 2 paintings chosen to be displayed in the coffee shop. They are still there if you’re ever around the corner of Wilbrod and Friel in Sandy Hill in Ottawa, and would like to see them.

Time for some flowers
Time for some flowers

4. To inspire you to paint

This one warms my heart the most. I’ve had three friends specifically contact me and tell me that following my artwork has inspired them to either start or restart painting or drawing. Seriously, if you are on the fence about it, just do it. You’ve got nothing to lose.

 

Finished 10x30" painting hanging by the front door
Finished 10×30″ painting hanging by the front door at ma and pa’s place. 

Some final thoughts… 

I always feared that if I started selling my artwork then painting would stop being enjoyable and feel like a chore. To my surprise, selling it and displaying it on my blog has been such a motivation to keep doing it. Since I’ve started this blog a year ago, I’ve painted more than I have in the 25 years combined before that. And I get so much more excited and motivated knowing that I either get to share it on my blog once I’m done, or if it’s a commissioned piece, then I get excited to present it to the owner. Although I won’t lie, I’m always slightly terrified that the client won’t like the commissioned piece… (luckily it hasn’t happened yet, or at least not that I’m aware of).

Anyways, THANK YOU. Each and every one of you who has ever stumbled upon this website or my artwork in any way and offered any type of support, I appreciate it more than you know.

Love always,

Agata

P.S. It hasn’t all been rainbows and butterflies and in my next post I’ll mention some lessons I’ve learned 🙂 Stay tuned!

Transitions in Life

Transitions can be exciting. They can also be terrifying. I’m coming up to a huge transition phase in my life in a couple short months. Although I typically love change… finding it new and exciting, this particular transition that’s coming up is actually terrifying me. On December 10th, I’ll officially be done my Mechanical Biomedical Engineering degree. Time for the real world. Oh dear.

I put off being a member of the real world by a few extra years when I returned to school for a second undergraduate degree, and now that that’s coming to an end, it’s even more frightening than it was the first time around. The first time around I thought I wanted to go to medical school so graduating didn’t really mark a clear cut end of student life, just a small break before I return to school. But this time, I don’t plan on returning to school. This time, I’m diving head first into real life. This time, I actually need to find a job and I want to actually love this job.

Progression
Progression shots of ‘In Transit’

 

My paintings are often a reflection of what’s going on in my life, especially since I tend to paint as a way of stress relief. A few weeks ago, I painted a couple of boats, and then again this past week I was drawn towards painting a boat. Boats help us cross an obstacle. They help make transitions possible.

I guess it’s clear what inspired this painting, called “In Transit“.

In Transit - 18x24" - Acrylic on Canvas
In Transit – 18×24″ – Acrylic on Canvas

 

As terrified as I am, I’m trying to stay optimistic. That’s why this boat is on a bright, sunny beach.

 

Zoomed in view of boat
Zoomed in view of boat

 

However, it’s not all rainbows and butterflies. What if I don’t find a job? Am I going to have to move back in with my parents (who I love dearly, but they’re 700km away… and I’m 26)…? ?

 

Another zoomed in section
Another zoomed in section

 

Should I apply to Starbucks? But would Starbucks even hire me with 2 degrees? Maybe I’ll make a separate resume for Starbucks…

Side View
Side view

Just a fraction of the thoughts going through my head everyday. So for now, I leave you with this bright, sunny painting of a boat, that I’ve affectionately named “In Transit“.

I need a job.
I need a job.

 

How do you feel about transitions in life? Exciting? Scary? Both or neither? 

This painting is now SOLD however please check out my other listings in my  online store here

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