Fall — in love

DSC_0352I love autumn. New beginnings and a time for change. The days get shorter, mornings are cool and all the shades of yellows, oranges and reds are seen from my windows.

It also means Arts & Crafts Shows season! That means that I am busy creating. The Georgina Studio Tour was a blast. Probably the most perfect weekend — thank-you to all the wonderful people who stopped by Homestead Orchards to visit (and to buy apple pie).

I am preparing for beyondCRAFT Show & Sale which starts in little over a month, at the Latcham Gallery in Stouffville. If you have never been, it is a great show —  like a mini One of a Kind. Speaking of which yes, I am getting ready for my first Christmas One of a Kind. Remember if you are going to the show, I am there during the second half, December 2nd to the 7th.

Here are some of my newer canvases. As you can tell, this home quote is a favourite of mine. It seems to resonate with many other people too, so it is a keeper.14-h28 214-h28 14-h28-2

 I am also enjoying my woodland girl canvases. I think a boy is next — perhaps a couple?

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And the girls are so much fun to create. I love the texture of her hair.

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Have a great weekend!

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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 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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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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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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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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I’m in Canadian Scrapbooker!

It arrived in the mail in a plastic protector. It sat face-down in a pile on the counter, amidst flyers for furnace cleaning and fast food coupons. When I finally began to sort through the mountain of to-be recycling, I squealed. My kids came running — “another bear?!” [That’s another story for another day.]

We stood at the counter, everyone leaning in to get a good look, as I slowly turned the pages of the FALL 2012 CANADIAN SCRAPBOOKER.  Click the images to enlarge!

IMG_2576My initial excitement began to allow self-doubt to creep in. Turn slowly, it may be so small a picture we might miss it, I thought. I knew Miss Know-It-All was mind-reading because she caught my eye with a sympathetic look. The more pages I turned, the more anxious I became. Then BINGO, page 109 and my canvas took up the WHOLE PAGE! Paris

We admired the page, there was a round of hugs given, and then everyone went back to their day. Me too, except with a huge perma-grin on my face!

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I will be teaching mixed-media canvas in September at Pointer. Hope to see you there!

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Fifty (year old) Shades of Grey

My eyes flutter open and I see my Fifty laying there beside me in bed. I decide that it is time to wake him up! As I reach to pull the pillow out from between my legs — I need it for back support, I feel a sneeze building up. My allergies are in full swing, and before I can brace myself, I sneeze and my mouth guard pops out of my mouth and flies across the bed and hits my man in the back of the head. Oh my.

Now that I’ve got your attention…

I am very happy to announce that my mixed-media canvases and cards are now available at the Georgina Art Centre & Gallery. It is a wonderful gallery located in Sutton and I am very proud to be a member and participating artist.

georgina centreI recently SMASH-ed our family trip to Paris and completely loved being able to do it as we went. I  documented & collected ephemera (everything from METRO tickets to baguette bags) so by the time I got home and had photos developed, I could stick the INSTAGRAMS and quirky pictures in the places I had stories waiting for the visual. Then I could find the really good 1 or 2 to enlarge & scrapbook or hang. But I still feel the need to …PLAY.

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I have decided to try my hand at art journalling. I have been a scrapbooker now for 9 years and as I have ventured into mixed-media, I feel the urge to express myself in more mediums that traditional scrapbooking allows. My first-born-Virgo anal-ness is suddenly being attacked by a dirty-handed hippie. My need for clean straight lines and organized paper and photos is having to fight with my urge to gesso & spray. I’m worried though, because I am not an “artist”. I am not trained — I did take a fine arts university course on colour theory a million years ago when I was in school, but that is all. I am a terrible doodler — hence I have taken up & love Zentangle. But I have always tried & failed at keeping a diary/journal, so this is my attempt.

Got it Goin On

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So here is my first art journal page. Yes, it was back in April, but I was not ready to commit. Julie Fei Fan Balzer is my total inspiration on this journey. Let me know what you think.

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