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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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.

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Have a great weekend!

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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Girls’ Day Out

The last few weeks have consumed my time with filling custom orders from the show, replenishing stock at Elemi Organics in Uxbridge & Simplicity Yoga in Keswick, teaching classes, confirming summer art shows & a little jaunt to Greece!

I am so inspired, renewed and ready to experiment!

A few weeks back, Miss Know-It-All and I had a girls’ day out. You might be expecting mani-pedis, clothing shopping and a chick flick. Maybe for other people.

We spent hours in the newly opened art supply store, DeSerres in Richmond Hill. I think we conquered every aisle with diligence & efficiency, leaving no product we found the least bit interesting undisturbed.

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After doing a fair bit of damage there, we then headed off to a late lunch/early dinner, bought shoes (OK, a little girly), then topped the day off with the new thriller, “The Call” with Halle Berry. I am quite surprised we didn’t end up with a plus one in bed that night!

Next, let’s see what I can do with all my new art supplies!

with gratitude, nadya

 

 

 

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