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! 

‘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.


 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.

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