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So excited to see my third project on the Joggles blog! To see how I created this house, head over by clicking here.

I am working feverishly on getting ready for the Waterfront Artisan Market June 18 & 19. It will be a great Father’s Day weekend in Toronto on the picturesque Queen’s Quay. Stay tuned to my Instagram account  (@nadyaedwards) this week as I send out sneak peeks of what I will have at the show.

with gratitude…nadya

Back to School: Dorm Living

dormlivingWhat a sight it was to see my work featured on the One of a Kind OnLine newsletter! And how appropriate, since Miss Know-It-All is headed away to school!

I am in the midst of updating my OOAK Online Shop, so please contact me if you have any questions.

Coming soon… a new product to be unveiled! Stay tuned!

with gratitude… nadya

 

Summer is here!

NEA_1437You know those precious weeks of summer are officially here when the calendar begins to quickly fill up. Remember to slot some time in for relaxing. We get so busy running around scheduling fun that we are often exhausted by the end of it.

Here are a few photos of a custom canvas I created for the wonderful Gillian. She gave me a few requests, and then left the rest up to me. I was honoured. After learning a bit about her life & plans, I got to work. I hope that as she views this piece over time, she will keep noticing little things I have layered onto the canvas.

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Gearing up for the Purple Turtle Art Festival happening next weekend at The Briar’s in Jackson’s Point. It’s a beautiful resort & the show brings together some amazing artisans, so if you are in the area, drop by. Check my EVENTS section for more info.

with gratitude…nadya

Foxy

I am so fortunate to be surrounded by awesome people! This weekend, while my friend Pete Nema was up at my place photographing my new ink for neither snow, he took some head shots of me. I am very happy. I have decided to use one of them in my One of a Kind Profile. What do you think?

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Here is a fox canvas I finished a while back. The quote is from the fabulous movie, Fantastic Mr Fox. Have a great week!

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with gratitude…nadya

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Painting Owls

I love the web! I especially love taking art courses on-line.  There is something sublime about sitting at the computer in your jammies, in the morning light watching an artist at work. Your hot cup of coffee in one hand, your other hand on the mouse — continually stopping, rewinding, rewatching & learning. This is what I consider bliss.

NEA_0564I fell in love with a painting a few months back and immediately started taking an on-line course with its creator, Juliette Crane. The course, How To Paint An Owl 2 has been such a great investment! It has taught me many new techniques, and it has allowed me to incorporate things I already do into these new creations. I love how their characters evolve with each added layer. Neon paints — something I thought I would never have a use for, have become one of my favourite supplies to accent with. Stayed tuned for more animals…Violet

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With gratitude..nadya

Donna Downey Workshop

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Donna Downey & me

 Last Friday night, I had the pleasure of attending the lovely mixed-media guru Donna Downey‘s “PanPastel Painting” workshop in Cambridge at The Art House Studio. I had never been to Karen Ellis’ store and after walking in I wondered why it had taken me so long to get there! Her shop is definitely a mixed-media supply haven, with wonderful art from previous classes decorating the walls.

I would have gladly spent the whole weekend there taking classes, but since I had limited myself to only one, I decided to try something completely new to me, which I had no previous experience with. PanPastels are soft pastels packed into solid cake form. They come in 80 beautiful colours and are quite addictive.

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During the 5-hour class, I was able to create these 2  11×14 canvases, which I still can’t believe I was able to accomplish. No drawing, no sketching, just application of these luscious colours with blending tools.

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Let me know what you think! Now that I have conquered trees, any suggestions as to what I should attempt next?

with gratitude…nadya

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The Eagle has landed

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It’s that time of year again. I’m at the Eaglewood Folk Festival this weekend (August 23-25) in sunny Pefferlaw! I have been busy creating jewellery for this show & above is a little sampler. My Buddha cards are back in stock along with some new canvases.

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Purple Turtle Art Festival

I can’t believe that we are already mid-way through July! I have been a little computer & camera lazy lately, but that does not mean I have not been creating!

Here is a peek at some of my new canvases that will be at the Purple Turtle Art Festival this weekend, July 13-14.

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I love making these “home” canvases. I am really into making sure I put a bird on it & adding lollipop trees.

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mermaid 16×20

My mermaid on the rock was a canvas I experimented with right before the OOAK Art Show in the spring, and they all sold out right away. So I have made 2 more, but they are pretty labour intensive. I have decided to also offer these as 8×10 prints.

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buddha 8×10

This is a pretty funky buddha. I have been experimenting with paint and I was inspired by artist Juliette Crane when I created this background.

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The lotus is a symbolic flower that seems to lend itself to many of the phrases that I chose for canvases.

This looks like it’s going to be a great weekend. If you are looking for something to do or you are in the area, drop by this awesome event located on the fabulous grounds of The Briar’s Resort, Jackson’s Point.  Come see amazing artwork by over 35 local artists, and enjoy a lunchtime BBQ by The Briar’s. Saturday 11am-6pm & Sunday 11am-4pm. Free Admission.

with gratitude…nadya

 

I had to face the facts.

DIna WakleyDon’t you hate being the last person to the party? Last year, Dina Wakley, a fabulous favourite mixed-media artist came to Toronto, and by the time I found out about it, all of her classes were completely booked. So this year I was rock-show-quick to secure my spot in her class at Bizzy B. And to compensate for previously missed classes — I took 2!

face sketchI have always been afraid of faces — drawing them that is, so I signed up for Facing the Facts, and I couldn’t believe how the faces just came to life! I’m not sure why they seems angry, but I will work on that. I was so inspired I think I will take the 100 Faces in 100 days challenge started by that class on FB.

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me & Dina

Next, in Graffiti of My Life, I created an art journal using techniques like colour field wash, confined collage & book binding with acrylic paints & ink on watercolour paper. It was intense!

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I will definitely use some of these techniques I learned at the GACAG KidzArt Saturday Connection art class I am teaching Saturday, June 29. If you would like to know where I will be this summer, check my EVENTS page for upcoming shows.

with gratitude, nadya

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Lotus Flower Art

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When Simplicity Yoga offered to have my canvases on display at the studio, I started thinking in terms of incorporating spirituality into my art. What blossomed were my Buddha and lotus flower canvases. I enjoy making the petals of the flower out of interesting papers, like glossy, embossed & even newsprint.

Lotus positionIn yoga, the lotus represents the Lotus Pose or Padmasana, where the feet and legs represent the petals of the lotus flower. It opens the hips, strengthens the back and creates flexibility in the knees and is a base pose for meditation, chanting and pranayama (breathing techniques).

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Have a great weekend!

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