top 3 projects on the go!

top 3 projects on the go

On this blustery February day, I am happily in my studio creating with lots of colour. I can’t quite believe that I am heading into my 4th One of A Kind Spring Show! If you plan on attending, please use my OOAK link to save money on your online ticket purchase.

So what’s currently on the go you ask…

#1: I am creating many mixed-media canvases, including my whimsical girls, Buddhas & mermaids. New & old quotes, different backgrounds, experimenting with assorted art supplies, all this & more can be found in my canvases. This great quote is from the very wonderful, Tina Fey.

#2: I have been working on this project for a while now. Using old barn board & my photography, I have created unique little wooden houses. Whether they bring back memories of your travels or simply entice you to dream of creating new ones, these petites maisons are pretty perfect!

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#3: Finally, I too have got mono print fever and have chosen to create some collage animals on canvas.

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Let me know what you think!

with gratitude…nadya

beyondCRAFT show & sale

beyondCRAFT show & sale

Once again, it is that time of the year! The beyondCRAFT show & sale is right around the corner. Everything from pottery & glass, to mixed-media, metalwork & more — there is something there for everyone on your list (including yourself!).

Some of my latest items you will find there:

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“wherever you are, be all there” girl, blank card with kraft envelope

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wedding couple, dr suess quote 8×10 print

These cards & prints can also be purchased here.

Stay tuned for my booth number at the Christmas One of a Kind Show!

with gratitude…nadya

Lotus Flower Workshop

Back in November I ran the Buddha Workshop at Simplicity Yoga. It was a 3 hour mixed-media class in which students started with a blank 8×10 inch canvas and ended up with a beautifully collaged, painted & inked uniquely theirs piece of art. Fun was had by all, and even though it was scheduled for 2 hours, we really needed the 3 hours to really enjoy the process.

I will be running another workshop on February 6th, this time we will be using the lotus flower as our focus. So if you missed out on the first class, you have a second chance! There are still a few spots left. Contact Simplicity Yoga.

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A Great Big THANK-YOU!

IMG_7787-2First off — a great, big THANK-YOU to all the folks that stopped by P22 at the Spring One Of A Kind Show this past week. It was my second time at the show, but my first actual booth. It was so nice to have more space to showcase my art.

Life loves to throw curves at us, and leading up to this show, our days were filled with extreme highs & lows, & as I raced along I really wondered how much more I could possibly handle. So receiving the kind compliments & words of encouragement that I did during those 5 days really filled me with gratitude & reaffirmed for me that my art touches many fellow souls. I met some incredible people & had such wonderful conversations with them about how the images & sayings related to their lives. I feel that my canvases & cards have all found good homes.

NEA_1016Now that I am an exhibitor at the show, I no longer get to leisurely stroll the long aisles, but I did manage to get some shopping in. Above are a few of purchases, all adding to collections we have already started with these wonderful artisans. The spiky fellow is by Creations Li, the Rebeer glass from Artech Glassblowing Studios, & the awesome grinder is from Arbol.

My next outing is with  Pointer Scrapbooking at Scrapfest In Kitchener April 11-12, where I will be doing mixed-media make ‘n takes at their booth. After that I will be teaching a mixed-media class in Markham at the Pointer Scrapbooking store on Wed April 16th from 5-8pm. Contact the store to confirm your spot!

I look forward to virtually reconnecting with many of you to continue our conversations, and getting to know a little better my new friends.

with gratitude..nadya

beyondCRAFT 2013

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Once again, my jewellery, canvases & cards are at the beyondCRAFT Show & Sale in the Latcham Gallery, Stouffville, from November 14th to 17th. I have been experimenting with all sorts of supplies like Big Village recycled glass fair trade beads from Ghana, West Africa for my jewellery, to Shiva oil paintstik’s on my canvases. My cards are now available in sets of 4, and come in assorted, girls & spiritual themes. I have been playing with bigger canvases, and although it takes me much longer to complete, I am loving the process.

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This is a great show, showcasing local talent and an awesome spot to start your holiday shopping!

with gratitude…nadya

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Donna Downey Workshop

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 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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Toronto One of a Kind Show 2013 – Mermaids by Nadya Edwards

Artist Nadya Edwards Mermaids

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When I decided to bring a mermaid to life on canvas, she was my inspiration.  Lately I have been drawn back to her beauty in terms of colour and magnificent form.  I am looking forward to showing these pieces at the Toronto One of a Kind Show coming up from March 27-31st, 2013!

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People often ask me about the supplies I use. Currently, my top 3 favourite supplies to create mermaid canvases with are: a very limited supply of beautiful Indian paper I found in a discount bin of an art supplies store years ago which I use for her tail; Golden Fluid Acrylic paint in Iridescent Gold for the highlights in her hair, & FW Pearlescent Liquid Acrylic paint in amazing Waterfall Green.

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Many years ago, Mr CFO and I decided we would get tattoos to mark a significant birthday in our lives. About 5 minutes after it was decided, he deposited a piece of paper in front of me with his tattoo image. “Something like that,” he said. Done. It was meaningful, symbolic and totally him. Of course it was. This sent me into an instant tizzy.  My year long quest commenced, trying to figure out what my tattoo was going to be of. Who was I, what did I stand for, what did I want to imbed in ink into my skin forever?! It ranked up there with choosing my china pattern, when we were newly engaged babies eating off mismatched dishes at university and suddenly having to pick expensive dishes that symbolized our future lives together. Looking back on my journey, it did turn out to be pretty profound, but I’ll save that story for another day.

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The image that I ultimately chose was a mermaid. I have always loved the ocean and the creatures that inhabit the water. Jaws remains one of my favourite movies; it simultaneously terrified & intrigued me. I wanted to be Jacques Cousteau’s right-hand man. Alas, I chose to keep my adventures on land in Ontario, and sadly with no ocean, my inner marine biologist was put on permanent hold. Instead, I learned to scuba dive and decided to marvel at aquatic life as a temporary visitor.

The mermaid is said to, “represent a woman who is at ease in the great waters of life”. I see her as strong & independent, feminine & playful, all qualities I admire and want to emulate. She is loving, adventurous, kind & daring. She is also said to symbolize our connection with our deepest instinctive feelings, feelings that lie below the surface of our outward personality. So with that in mind, I set out to find my mermaid. In the end, I created her with pencil and paper on a road-trip from Florida homeward bound. I handed my sketch over to a local tattoo artist and he brought her to life. She has been guarding my back for the last 6 years, helping me to live authentically and embrace my creativity.

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How do you connect with mermaids? I’d love your feedback! Don’t forget to leave a link back to your own blog too via the commentluv feature here on the site. And don’t forget to come see me in by booth at the OOAK!

Nadya