Floral patterns

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It has taken me forever (2 months) to find the perfect plant for my linen storage container from bookhou — one of my favourite OOAK artisans. Now the trick is keeping this orchid alive… (suggestions are welcomed!)

A chance to wander in the garden with my camera. Luckily I was able to do so before the bugs made their first appearance of the season.

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Enjoying the burst of colour springtime has brought us. Enjoy your weekend!

with gratitude…nadya

 

 

 

Open for business!

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The One of a Kind Online Shop is now open! Now you can buy handmade 24/7. I often leave the show thinking, “I forgot to get…” or worse, “I really love that — which aisle was it in?”. No more. From the comfort of your computer (jammies & coffee) to your phone or tablet (travel time — when someone else is at the wheel of course!), you can peruse makers, designers & artisans from all across Canada. Click on the above logo to get to the main website. Click on either of the photos below to get you directly to my products.

New! Prints of many of my canvases are available in blank card format. Now they are printed on thick 16pt, sustainably sourced paper stock with a light satin coating on the outside, and uncoated on the inside for easier writing. Included is a thick, white envelope.

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They look & feel awesome! The cards are roughly 4×6 (105mmx148mm). Choose from girls, homes, buddhas & more. Buy 4 cards & get 1 free! I also have some new, original canvases on the site. Take a look.

For the month of May, I will be offering FREE SHIPPING on everything in my shop.

Let me know what you think!

with gratitude…nadya

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OOAK Online Shop

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I’m every excited to announce the launch of the One of a Kind Online Shop! It will open May 7, so now you will be able to purchase from the show’s artisans all year long! The website is: www.oneofakindonlineshop.com .

I have been hard at work creating my OOAK shop. Please visit once it goes live. As a bonus, I will be offering free shipping on all orders during the first month.

Here is a glimpse of some of my new art that will be available at my OOAK shop!

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with gratitude,  nadya

Quick Spring

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A few photos I took outside in the yard this weekend before we were once again, covered by snow.

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

OOAK Coupon

Below is a link to purchase discount One of a Kind Show tickets online:

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Fox with a blue scarf.

with gratitude…nadya

 

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

Simplicity Malas

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Rudraksha beads & turquoise convertible necklace/bracelet.

Happy New Year Everyone! The last few months have been full of challenges, and I am repeatedly reminded of the dichotomy of the human spirit. We never really know what we are capable of until we are forcibly confronted with a situation that makes us battle with a strength we never knew we had, yet at the same time we are constantly reminded of how fragile we are. We can be stronger than we ever imagined yet we can teeter on the edge of the rabbit hole, hoping not to fall in, but fearing that we might.

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108 rudraksha bead necklace with turquoise pendant

With that in mind, it is interesting that I was approached by Jenn Pike to create mala beads for Simplicity Yoga. I agreed and hurriedly rushed off to figure out what a mala was! Once I realized mala or prayer beads can be regarded as very spiritual, I  immersed myself in this world in an attempt to create jewellery that was as authentic as possible. Along the way, I learned a lot about the stones I like to use in my jewellery making. I usually work from an aesthetic point of view with semi-precious stones — I use what I like the look of, but finding out the potential healing powers of stones like rose quartz, amethyst & turquoise, both physically as well as mentally has been a real eye-opener.

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I have enjoyed learning about & making mala bead jewellery, and although I have a few pieces at the yoga studio, for the time being I will only be creating made-to-order items. I get the rudraksha beads (the brown seed or pods) directly from India, so I currently have a limited supply. The necklaces are generally ~ $60 and the bracelets $30. If you are interested, please email me.

My main efforts for the next several months will be getting ready for the One Of A Kind Spring Art Show in Toronto, running from March 26-30th at the Direct Energy Centre. This will be my second year, but the first time in a booth! More space, more canvases, new ideas. Better get back to work!

 

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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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