Buddha Art Workshop

Buddha Art Workshop

I am pleased to announce I will be teaching a mixed media workshop at the Simplicity Yoga & Fitness Therapy Studio on Saturday, June 21st. I will take you through, step by step each technique used to create a Buddha canvas complete with an inspirational quote of your choice. The class will run from 2pm until 5pm, and includes all materials needed. Perfect for all levels of artistic experience. Contact Simplicity at 905-476-9200 to reserve your spot now!

Miss Know-It-All needed thank-you cards. Others whip up cookies — I whip up stationary.

thank-you collage

Have a great weekend!

with gratitude… nadya

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.


home 8×10

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.

lotus flower 16x20

lotus flower 16×20

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


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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Hot fun in the summer sun.

View from the sandcastleWe are experiencing the hottest summer in Ontario in forever, and what do we do? We head south — as in South Carolina. But first a detour to New Jersey. Why you say? Well, to the south because it’s hot AND there is ocean; we will get to spend time with our favourite people in the whole world, and when we get there the hardest decisions we are making are:

1. “Ready for a drink?”

2. “Should we have seafood again tonight?”

The above scene is the view we had for a glorious week. So that’s the reason I have been so lax in the blogging department.

The answer to the second why is a little harder for those who don’t know me. Here’s a  picture of why we went to the Jersey Shores:

The Stone PonyAnd yes, it was Friday. That’s The Juicer with a drumstick and Miss Know-It-All. It was worth the unforeseen traffic jams, the AC quitting on us and waking up the next morning and realizing our little detour was not so little.

So as I frolicked in the ocean, and ate well, I noticed somethings…

When did this happen:

1.One day I decided to check my mail on my iPhone. Whoa! What has happened to the screen ? It’s fuzzy. Oh wait. If I just move it out a little ways everything is clear. Huh. The next thing I know, Mr CFO and I are picking out the generic 3-pack of reading glasses at Costco.
2. When did my body morph into my mothers’!
3. Why do I keep referring to people in their twenties as, “Those 12 year olds.”?
4. When did I start relying on my eleven year old for sound electronic advice?
5. Back fat. WTF?!

But at the same time:

6. I get to have the most wonderful conversations with my teenage daughter about life, while other moms are pulling out their hair over theirs.
7. As a family, we did a 11 hour road trip to go see a rock ‘n roll band playing at a club I had been to almost 20 years before on my own solo road trip.
8. My kids are almost my height and I still get PDAs from them!
9. My family are my number one fans and supporters.

These are the strange days of my life. It’s whipping by all too quickly, and I realize there is still so much to learn about, see and experience — but with thoughtfulness and purpose, not  with the haste of marking things off a checklist.

When we are quick to complain about the one thing going wrong or hiccup in the road, we need to stop and reconsider how many things went right in the day to get us to that point.  Since my kids were babies, I have been mindful not to use the phrase, “I can hardly wait”, because that time is always here before you know it and you can’t go back.

So enjoy the ride.

What Matters Most

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