Gift Giving Made Easy

As many of you know, I’ve been a “professional student” for the last 7.5 years which didn’t exactly leave me with much of a disposable income. When it comes to gift giving, it’s almost inevitable that I am going to paint you something. Luckily, my friends and family seem to prefer this to store bought gifts anyways, so it seems to work out (or at least that’s what they tell me haha).

My mom’s 50th birthday was December 1st, and leading up to it, she gave me her wish list.

She wanted this painting.
She wanted this painting.

But MUCH bigger.

Okay, great, I can do that.

Ta Da! Is 30x40" big enough for you?
Ta Da! Is 30×40″ big enough for you?

To put it in perspective, here it is relative to me. Clearly, it is MUCH bigger than the original 16×20″ that I’m holding in the earlier picture.

Please pardon the terrible lighting...
Please pardon the terrible glare from the lighting…

Luckily, my mom seemed to love it, and she also had a wonderful night celebrating her 50th birthday.

And here it is proudly displayed in its new home
And here it is proudly displayed in its new home
And here it is again. Just because. I kind of really like all the colors.
And here it is again. Just because. I kind of really like all the colors.


Do you prefer store bought or homemade gifts? I personally LOVE anything homemade. I genuinely look forward to receiving cards more than gifts since they’re usually the only personalized part of a gift (assuming the person took the time to get one and actually write something meaningful in it). In fact, if you’ve ever given me a card and wrote more than just your name in it, I probably still have it 🙂 

Are you done your holiday shopping yet? If not, be sure to check out my online store of original paintings and prints, or contact me for a commissioned painting. There isn’t much time left, but I’m all done school now (FOREVER!) so I’ve got plenty of time to make something special for you 🙂 




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.


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


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.


And another view.


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! 

Sunset in Santorini

The last of the three commissioned pieces I did for Merna and Senan is of a sunset in Santorini, Greece.

[In case you missed it, see the first one here and the second one here]

Fun fact, both Merna and I actually lived in Greece for several years before moving to Canada, but neither one of us in Santorini. I have yet to go there actually, and according to Facebook, Merna and Senan are there right now enjoying their honeymoon.

Since I painted this before they had actually gone on their honeymoon, I had to use a bit of my imagination. We agreed to loosely use this photo of Santorini but to make it during a sunset, remove the tables, and insert the lovely couple watching the sunset.

Photograph of Santorini
Photograph of Santorini

I started by painting a sunset on an 18×24″ canvas.

I started by painting a sunset

Next I added the Greek church and then slowly kept adding more details.

Then added the building, and slowly added more details

Finally, I added the lovely couple watching the sunset, leaving us with the finished painting.

Sunset in Santorini - 18x24" - Acrylic on Canvas
Sunset in Santorini – 18×24″ – Acrylic on Canvas

Here is a side view of the painting, where you can see that it is extended along the edges.


Finally, all three paintings together!


I probably should have actually hung these up to take photos... that is some UGLY carpet!
I probably should have actually hung these up to take photos… that is some UGLY carpet!


Hopefully Merna and Senan will send me some pictures of the paintings once they hang them up once they’re back from their honeymoon, and then I can update that awful picture of my carpet above…

Ever been to Santorini? Or anywhere in Greece? My brother and his girlfriend just got back from Santorini and looking at their pictures has made me slightly jealous!  

Do you like me on Facebook yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Click here

Also, if you’re thinking of getting a commissioned painting for someone special for Christmas, now is the time to contact me. More information about commissioning a painting is available here. I’ve got a couple on the go already, and a very busy three months ahead, so I will likely only take on one or two more. Hope to hear from you! Cheers 🙂 


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