Fall 2018 Acrylic Art

I am so excited to post photos of my latest work.

I have continued my emerging style of blending acrylic colours on handmade canvas. I know that mellow blues and greens are more popular with my customers, but I am often drawn toward bright orange and neon colours.

I will likely have fewer opportunities to experiment with various mediums- so my work will focus on expanding this emerging style.

Thank you for stopping by, and be sure to check out more of my Fall 2018 artwork this season.

Why I love to make art canvas by hand

Spring is here!

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I started rummaging through the closets and found these two pieces from early 2015.

They were made at a time when I was just starting out. Self expression on canvas (that I had made from scratch).

The primary goal was not to create art per se. The primary goal of making art was to see how many variations of colour experimentation I could do; the trick was that by making the canvas from scratch I would save oodles of cash!

“The average cost of buying canvas from retailers like Curry’s, DeSerres, or Michael’s Craft Store is anywhere from $20-$70 per canvas depending on the size. I was able to make sizes as large as 96 inches x 48 inches for less than $30.”

In earlier posts I have sung the praises of making art canvas.

I have even done tutorial videos on Youtube that you can find {here} and {here}.

The Bananas 2015 (c)- (Photo taken 14 April 2018)

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Gold Leaf Untitled 2015 (c)

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Hollywood Charm

Embrace old Hollywood style in this apron inspired by 1940 style.
This apron features a body made from 100% Japanese silk with an original pink bamboo pattern.

 

“This is the most original apron of this style that you will find anywhere. The heart shaped body is simply sweet, and is given a daring sexy accent with black French lace. Silky bottoms? Yes please! This apron/costume finishes to smooth and is lovely to wear.

Visit etsy.com to see the listing [here].

Why I love hand made DIY bowties

I recently discovered an info graphic that was depicted a step by step process of how to make a bow tie.

It was a tempting offer, since I had a few left over scraps selvages from exquisite materials I had used on earlier projects (*ahem-aprons*). I decided to give it a try, and found:

  • Bow ties are really handsome and can adorn a lot more a neck.
  • They can be made out of any material, and embellished with very different trims and lace- There is no limit to how creative you can get.
  • You can decide how fancy (or un-fancy you would like to make a bow tie depending on the pleats, material, trims, embellishments and style of the tie.
  • And finally: they are so easy to make!

Here are some great links to various styles of bows:

Simple Bow Tie hair clip

Another variation of the same method I used.

Here are photos of what I came up with:

And finally…

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I had to try one on- they are too cute to resist! I wore one to work the other day, and it was a hit with my colleagues. Paired with a pale blue dress shirt, gold cuff links, and ultra skinny black pants, my outfit was feminine and chic.

Thanks for reading,

S

DIY Art: bright colour and faces

My latest work is a colourful study of phantom faces.

I wondered what it might be like to draw faces on canvas with India ink, and have them obscured by blended acrylic, like clouds of colourful milk in coffee.

My favourite of the three is this one:

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I wanted to capture the feeling of a first kiss. Eyes closed, and embracing the warmth of the moment, with a splash of orange excitement. I hung this 10 x 10 inch piece on the wall near my side of the bed.

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The eyes have it all in this piece. The concept is similar except orange represents desire in addition to excitement. The face is nondescript and slightly obscured by green smoke. The varied shades of green in this piece represent renewed interest, ambition, and a slight sense of greed. Though desire exists in the subject’s eyes, there is an element of greed suggested here because the desire is directed somewhere it should not be. This is further supported by the overall obstruction of the phantom face…hidden feelings.

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Finally, the last but not the least of my three piece study of phantom faces. In this piece the phantom face has been completely taken over by the hot emotion of attraction. The subject’s face has been totally obscured and only the bridge of a nose and an ear can be seen. I took my time with the application of orange in this piece. I did not want it to bleed and mix into the blue and yellow layers beneath; so I allowed the entire thing to dry completely before adding the final orange layer.

Passion, and excitement: I think my work is moving in a positive direction!

Thanks for reading,

-S

My attempt at imitating Monet in acrylic

Acrylic on wood panel yellow, green, brown
Acrylic on wood panel

Spring is on its way!

I have been back to my experimental roots, and came up with this latest work while working on wood panels. This is a 14″ x 14″ wood panel. I still use canvas, but the wood can be so much more compact and full of texture than stretched art canvas.

Working with wood has been a nice change. Right now, I am working on a very exuberant acrylic on canvas piece that incorporates bright red and yellow. It’s different, and I can’t wait to post it as soon as I feel that it is complete.

Thanks for reading, and visit again soon!

-S

Behind the scenes: Eden Grove hanging
Behind the scenes: Eden Grove hanging

Jaune Tide: Acrylic on canvasĀ 

Spring is nearly here: however in Southern Ontario, that does not always mean it will be warm outside or without snow.

The weather has been trite with gloomy over cast and threats of blizzards this week; so I decided to create a piece that would be an antithesis to current moods.

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I call my latest piece: Jaune (yellow) Tide.

I integrated bright yellows, cerulean blues, aqua, and green hues in vibrant splashes on a gallery wrapped canvas. My favourite parts of this piece are the bright expanses of Yellow that bring warmth and happiness to the eye. The aqua is a nice offset against the blue as well.

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As with many of my paintings, it can be hanged in any orientation; although it is difficult for me to decide where to sign each piece. I may adopt a symbol for signing my work in the future, so as to reduce the impact of a signature.

Thanks for reading,

-S