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Back to Basics – Creating Colour Swatches with Acrylic Glazes

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Blog | 1 comment

Back to Basics – Creating Colour Swatches with Acrylic Glazes

As part of the usual New Year’s resolutions I make (and remake) each year (e.g. exercise more, eat less, etc.), I decided to go back to my acrylic painting roots.  In high school as part of my final year portfolio, I played with acrylic paints and mediums to paint a series of abstract self-portraits.  It was a good experience to have to generate a large body of work on a single theme, but I can’t say that I really learned much the potential of acrylic paints and mediums (aside from trying to dry them faster with my hair dryer the night before a deadline).  I am going to try to keep one of my...

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Walking in a Handcrafted Christmas Wonderland

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Walking in a Handcrafted Christmas Wonderland

Walking in a Handcrafted Christmas Wonderland

After completing the Studio Tour for the Fine Arts Society of Milton (FASM) in early October, I took a hiatus from participating in any more fall/winter arts & crafts show.  In fact, I’m not scheduled until early spring for the Arts on the Credit show.  I was found myself a bit burned out from schlepping my art and jewelry to and fro events in my Toyota Sienna mini-van (amazing what I can cram in there!).  I passed on the temptation of doing a Christmas show, and instead just enjoyed being a shopper on the other side of the booth. My friend Ray Dorval (a fellow Miltonian) was...

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An Artistic Hat Trick

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on An Artistic Hat Trick

An Artistic Hat Trick

Since my son has been playing House League hockey for the past two years, I’ve started to pick up all kinds of hockey terms and trivia by forced osmosis.  According to Wikipedia, “a hat trick occurs when a player scores three goals in a single match.  A hat trick, as it is known in its current form, culminates with fans throwing hats onto the ice from the stands.”  And for further hockey trivia: Canadian hockey player, Wayne Gretzky holds the NHL record for most hat tricks in a career with 52. And as of this September, I’ve managed to pull off an artistic hat trick – three different...

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Barns Art Market and the Beaches Arts & Craft Show – A Tale of Two Art Shows

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Barns Art Market and the Beaches Arts & Craft Show – A Tale of Two Art Shows

Barns Art Market and the Beaches Arts & Craft Show – A Tale of Two Art Shows

I might have been a little too enthusiastic in the winter time with signing up for summer art shows.  This summer I’ve been participating in an art show almost every other weekend.  I’ve been spending my ‘free’ time trying to stay on top of making enough art to replace the art that I sold at the past show.  It’s been interesting to compare and contrast between outdoor venues and indoor venues.  In June, I participated the famous Beaches Arts & Crafts show in Toronto.  A good friend of mine lives in the Beaches, and Charlotte and I had been on the shopping side of the show before.  This...

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Under the Big Top – Rosedale Art Fair 2014

Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Under the Big Top – Rosedale Art Fair 2014

Under the Big Top – Rosedale Art Fair 2014

The first outdoor art show of the summer season for me was a great success!  I participated in the second annual outdoor Art Fair in Rosedale (one of 30 artists), right in the heart of the urban shopping area – across the street from Toronto’s flagship LCBO stores.  The weather couldn’t have been better – clear blue skies, sunshine and a big of breeze.  And despite all the road construction and highway closures for bike races (really – the DVP and the Gardiner at the same time!), I made it safely from Milton to downtown Toronto. The Rosedale Business Association arranged great entertainment...

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Spring Art Fairs and Novel Jewelry Displays

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Blog | 2 comments

Spring Art Fairs and Novel Jewelry Displays

Finally the weather outside looks like Spring!  I’ve spent my weekends at various garden centres gathering plants for our vegetable garden and lots of colorful annuals for our flower beds in front of the house.  It also means the start of the season for Spring and Summer art & craft fairs – and the first one on my List of Events was the Spring Artfest in Etobicoke at the Neilson Park Creative Centre.   This was a good dress rehearsal for me since it was the first time I would be exhibiting and selling my new line of encaustic resin jewelry at a fair.  Previously, I had only sold the...

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