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Lily Pad Pond will appear on a banner near the Owen Sound harbour in 2017.
April has been a roller-coaster. My grandson was here for a visit with his mom in early April. Then I finished up marking papers for a course I teach for Queen’s and prescreened150 stories for the Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story Writing Competition. And all the while I awaited feedback on some art submissions I’d made.
Recently I contemplated why it is so important for me to be creative. Frankly, I have no choice. It’s part of my DNA. How do I know this?
My mind doesn’t shut off. If I am on a walk in the woods, I am ‘copy editing’ a story or considering how I might improve a painting or trying out dialogue in my head.
My work challenges the status quo. It is never ‘normal’ or like other people’s work. It is always pushing boundaries.
‘June Day’ also goes by the title ‘Iris Explosion.’ It was recently awarded 3rd prize in the category ‘Works on Paper’ at the Walkerton Juried Art Show.
I’m always observing. I listen in on other people’s conversations when I’m at coffee shops and I stare at people, gathering impressions of their looks and quirks in the hope I might use this information in stories.
I focus deeply. Sometimes I don’t want to stop because I am ‘in flow’ but I know I must in order to make dinner or do chores. But I don’t want to.
And finally, I battle resistance. Sometimes I just don’t feel that what I am doing is good enough. I suppose that is one of the draws to submitting work to the public, whether writing or fine art. I must take the risk of showing others what I have created in order to ‘prove’ over and over that what I’m creating is in fact more than just ‘okay.’
I leave you with this quote:
“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”
-Martin Luther King Jr.
My Creativity Newsletter Theme continues this spring. In April I’ll be discussing my thoughts about stepping outside of your comfort zone. In fact, I applaud it. Please subscribe to the newsletter via this website.
In May my first poem will be coming out. The prose poem is part of a ‘Canada 150’ project, an anthology of poetry and short fiction about every territory and province in Canada. So exciting. More about that in a future blog update.
Recently entered a few writing and art contests. Best approach to those types of contests is to ENTER and START A NEW PROJECT. Yup. Best to forget all about entering and throw yourself into something new and exciting. I just put the finishing touches on my 2018 calendar project, an annual project in which I feature a thematic approach to 12 images and produce a desk calendar. NEW IN 2018 is a choice of a desk OR wall version of the same calendar. The theme is: Animal Farm, based on the novel of the same name by George Orwell.
Here’s an earlier version of one of the images I’m including in the calendar.
Speaking of entering contests: My abstract image, ‘Red Dress,’ received a ‘SPECIAL MERIT’ award by Light Space Time Online Art Gallery. This leaves me tickled pink (or, in this case, tickled red).
Just as I was updating this blog, I received a phone call that two of my 150 mm x 150 mm ’tile’ art were snapped up by buyers in the Owen Sound Artists’ Co-op so I guess I’ll be busy tonight replenishing inventory. How sweet is that? The image below shows you one of the tiles that sold. Thankfully I uploaded this image to my Art of Where web store, Painterly Cindy and More so more people can acquire the art in the form of a print.
Leaves on Ink
(Alcohol Ink on Photo Paper with Permanent Gold Marker)
During winter, I spend a lot of time working on my visual art, both producing and learning new techniques. In December I enrolled in a self-paced online alcohol ink and encaustic art course called Energy, Motion and Flow. The instructor is a school administrator from NJ. Her name is Alexis Bonavitacola. I am learning so much. Not only is she exposing the students to techniques with inks and waxes, she is also introducing so many apps and websites to enhance how our art looks when we post it online for clients. I have until December 2017 to finish over one hundred videos. Incredible, right?
Title: Balloon Extravaganza ~ Abstract
(Alcohol Ink on Photo Paper with Permanent Gel Pen)
Over Christmas, Two Cities Review, an online literary magazine based in Boston and New York City, nominated my creative nonfiction piece ‘Split Second’ for a Pushcart Prize. The finalists will be announced later in 2017 and their work (poetry, short fiction and creative nonfiction/essays) will be published in a Pushcart anthology showcasing the ‘best.’ I am honoured to make it onto the long list.
Also in December, I received an email from Light Space Time, an online gallery, telling me my mixed media submission, ‘Three Birches,’ had received a Special Merit Award in the All Women 2017 Art Exhibition. The perk to this recognition is receiving increased online traffic to my website and social media. The original piece is part of a private collection in Bruce County.
Three Birches, Mixed Media, 24 x 24 on birch flooring
Prints available through Painterly Cindy and More
In January I have been using apps to show my art work on walls such as virtual homes and art galleries. These apps are so cool! Here is a sample.
Leaves on Ink, Alcohol Ink and Sharpie
Can be yours. Simply contact me and we’ll price out a print size and style that fits both your wall and budget.
In December I began writing a ‘creativity’ newsletter and will continue on this topic until early summer, 2017. This is an opportunity to ‘give back’ to my newsletter followers. Maybe something I mention might inspire one of them to follow a dream and create. If you are not yet a newsletter recipient and want to know more, just click to complete the online form.
Finally, today and during the next few months, I will be periodically uploading new images to my online store, Painterly Cindy and More. Why not check it out? Today’s features are in the wall art section of the store. I now have TWO pages of wall art available as prints, posters or on a wooden canvas.
Stay tuned for more updates on the blog in a few weeks.
Well, December is here. It is raining in my part of Canada as I write this update. How bizarre is that? Earlier in the week it was 15 degrees C. And, where is the snow?
Did you know? I have so many cool art ideas to try once the wind howls and the snow blows. I’ll be working ‘loose,’ as artists like to say. I’ll be using acrylics, watercolour, alcohol ink, mixed media and, wait for it, hot wax with oil paint. You can bet the colours will be bright and the textures bold. In the meantime, here is a reminder of some of the things I have done for you, the art lover.
I have desk calendars. Each year I create new designs for the calendar. The 2017 theme was ‘In Flight.’ The majority of paintings are of dragonflies. There is a ladybug and a butterfly. What fun and joy they bring. $15 buys you one calendar. I include the shipping and taxes in that price. Contact me through the link on my website to order.
A client special-ordered Frog Themed 2017 desk calendars and if that is your preference, I can ship directly from from where they are produced. NOTE: Sooner is better! Same price point: $15 ea, includes shipping / taxes.
I do a lot of writing in summer & more visual art in winter. Don’t ask me why! Maybe it has to do with the seasons. In summer, I can sit and compose on my porch. Later I transcribe on my iPad, while by the pond.
I have cotton tote bags. The cotton is high quality and washable. A large ‘Deluxe Classic’ Tote (18×13) is $25 (shipping and taxes incl.) and the smaller ‘Classic Cotton Tote’ (13×13) is $20. Something for the book lover, the gardener, and the stressed-out! Again, the contact me button is the way to message me about purchasing these gifts.
In winter, I spend a lot of time inside, in my studio, with meditative ‘pondering’ and then creativity. I keep an art journal where I jot ‘ideas.’
I do not use all of the ideas but I sure have fun capturing them. I also spend time out-of-doors snowshoeing or cross country skiing. During this time, I reflect on the patterns in the landscape, the negative space made by branches, the sun on the snowy surface, and the shapes all around me. You get the idea. The harmonized movement of legs and arms pushes blood to my brain and energizes me.
I still have more gift ideas for you and/or loved one but you’ll have to pop over to Painterly Cindy and More and shop from the Art of Where online store based out of Montreal. There are tons of new and familiar patterns and art. I recently uploaded some new scarf designs and wall art.
Happy Holidays and Best to You and Your Loved Ones in 2017.
Did you know that you can purchase my wall art mounted on wood?
A message from the Painterly Cindy and More Art of Where website, ‘Durable Wood print, printed using UV set inks. All of our wood is sourced from sustainable forests in Canada. Available with a bright white background or with the natural wood grain, with a choice of 1″ or 1.5″ thickness.’
Check out Painterly Cindy and More to discover more about this option. And, while you are at the website, do not hesitate to check out the clothing, scarves, and accessories / pillows available. Want to commission me for an extra-special gift for someone? Contact me to discuss pattern, art, colour, options, design…anything is possible.
Let’s stay in touch about art and news. Did you know that I send out a monthly newsletter? Click here to subscribe / sign up. You will find the subscribe button on the middle, right side of the website.
Okay to share this blog about my website with others? Of course. The more the merrier.
Didn’t get around to ordering a 2017 desk calendar featuring my dragonfly and lady bug art? No worries. Just send me a quick message.
And, while you are at it, go find an umbrella. It’s pouring!
Speaking of water, my salmon image was awarded First Prize at the Bruce County Public Library Reel Fish Contest in 2016. Interested in this style of art? Contact me to discuss.
What’s new? Writing, Workshop, Story, Art Show, Shop Online, Scarves
My Art Show ‘Intoxicating: Teeming with Radiance’ is coming up at the Chesley Library May 2. I uploaded new scarves to my online store this week so why not drop by Painterly Cindy and More and shop online. I use a production studio in Montreal to custom-create high quality wearable garments and accessories printed with my artwork.
I will be co-leading a writing workshop for the local CFUW (Canadian Federation of University Women) at 7:00 p.m. Monday, April 25 at the Saugeen Airport.
I am very proud to have my art work displayed on clothing (skirts, dresses, kimono robes, scarves, leggings, child leggings, capris), accessories, and pillows. The art is also available a prints. Here is the link to my art shop called ‘Painterly Cindy and More.’
The company I use for my art work production is based in Montreal, Canada. It is important to me to support Canadian companies. I value shopping Canadian and know you do, too. When I send my images to Art of Where for production, I know I can put my trust in the quality of their work and products. The art reproduction looks clean and crisp. Their prices are competitive and their customer service is excellent. The company pays its staff a higher rate of pay as it is dedicated to their team of professionals. That is why I use Art of Where to produce and sell my art work.
Purchasing art is a difficult to justify expenditure for many people. They find paying for food, mortgage or rent, taxes, insurance etc. eats up the bulk of their spending dollars. Yet, if you chat with people, they will admit that having beautiful art on their walls in their homes and even on their clothing, improves quality of life and brings them joy. What I love about my shop is it allows the average person to be able to add gorgeous art work into their lives for a fraction of the cost of buying original art pieces.