City Love

From Sept – Dec 2013, I had the daunting task of doing a capstone project to wrap up my Mechanical Biomedical Engineering degree. This project, known at Ottawa University as CAD-CAM is easily one of the most challenging projects I’ve ever done. My group members, Ben and Alex, and I worked on it basically every single day for those 3.5 months. Around the first month, before shit got real, Ben made a comment that by December my otherwise bright and happy paintings are going to be all black and ‘angry’ with splashes of red due to all the stress that we’re bound to experience.

Easily the best CAD group there ever was. L to R: Alex, me, and Ben.
Easily the best CAD group there ever was. L to R: Alex, me, and Ben.

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I Love You

Sometimes, a client will have a fabulous idea and I simply make it come to life for them.

Before Christmas, a friend of mine contacted me to do a commissioned painting for her boyfriend. She wanted an abstract painting of a soundwave that she recorded of herself saying ‘I Love You‘.

Sound wave of "I Love You"
Sound wave of “I Love You”

Based off of this, she decided on the color scheme of reds and browns for the background and black and grey for the actual sound waves. We picked a size, 36×24″, and I got to work.

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After Midnight

And just like that, 2013 is behind us. Seriously, where does time go?! I hope you all had a wonderful night welcoming in the new year.

After Midnight - 36x24" - Acrylic on Canvas
After Midnight – 36 x 24″ – Acrylic on Canvas

I’m more than excited to start 2014.  I recently finished my engineering degree and now I’m ready to begin “real life”. I put this off for long enough, and now I’m ready to dive head first into it.

Zoomed in section
Zoomed in section

It wouldn’t be a New Years post without some talk about resolutions though, now would it?! I’ll stick to art ones since that’s the focus of this blog.

Another zoomed in section
Another zoomed in section

My big one is to finally redesign this website. I picked a random template one day and figured I’d eventually build my own website, with a logo and such, but that clearly has not happened. So now that it’s in writing, hopefully I’ll feel accountable and more pressure to get it done. Anyone have experience with website design and wanna lend me a hand? Seriously!!!

On 1.5" think gallery wrapped canvas
Side view – 1.5″ thick gallery wrapped canvas

The second big one is to learn how to take photos of my art. Truthfully, I should have done this ages ago. Most people who buy my artwork online and then see it in real life always comment on how much better it looks in real life than in my photographs. This post is a good example of that… First of all, there’s no glare in the actual painting (duh), yet I can’t seem to take a photo without it. There’s also a lot of texture to to the painting since I painted most of it with just a palette knife. Unfortunately, due to my lack of photography skills, you can’t really see that. But mark my words, in 2014, the photographs will improve. Now is when I ask for help again… Anyone with photography skills wanna lend me a hand??? Perhaps we swap for painting lessons? Or I’ll make you dinner…. Seriously!

After Midnight

And lastly, as much as I don’t want to write this in a public forum because then I am making myself accountable, in 2014 I plan on contacting galleries to see if I can get my art work into any of them. Eeeeeeeek. Just seeing that in writing already gives me butterflies in my stomach. Vulnerability, rejection…  kinda sounds like both the job hunt and dating market. It’s gonna be a blast, I’m sure haha. But now that it’s in writing, I have to at least try. Right? Right. Please hold me accountable! Several of you amazing readers have already given me names of local galleries that I should contact and I do have that list somewhere. I will dig it out in 2014 and actually put myself out there.

After Midnight

And with that, let’s wrap up 2013 and welcome in the new year. I’d like to thank each and every one of you for all your support in 2013. If I say this a lot, it’s because I really really mean it. I truly appreciate it so much that I wish I could give each and every one of you a giant hug and a new years kiss!

H A P P Y    N E W    Y E A R    ! ! ! !

What are some of your new years resolutions?

Do you have photography or website design skills that you wanna lend this way? 

If you’re interested in this painting, After Midnight, it is available for sale here, or on Etsy.

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