I’ve been a little absent from this blog but now I hope to be back to a regular posting schedule. I’ve got big plans for this website coming in the next few months, including ways fellow artists can get involved so stay tuned 🙂 It will be the best art website you’ve ever seen. Promise.
Adjusting to having a ‘real job’ has been new to me after all these years of the student life. I don’t love waking up to an alarm every morning but I certainly do love having evenings and weekends to do as I please.
The painting below is a commissioned one that I began back when I was still living the dream as a student at Ottawa U. It was supposed to be a Christmas gift from the man in the picture to his wife, but then turned into a Valentine’s Day gift. It’s nice and huge and therefore took a solid chuck of time to paint. But that’s okay, because bigger is better.
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.
But MUCH bigger.
Okay, great, I can do that.
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.
Luckily, my mom seemed to love it, and she also had a wonderful night celebrating her 50th birthday.
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 🙂
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.
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.
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:
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!