Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Indian Portrait TIME Breakdown!


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Hey Folks! Sometimes it’s hard to grasp how much TIME goes into an #Artwork just by looking at it. I thought it might be interesting to break down my latest #IndianBride #Portrait #Painting. For me, time is based on size, but more importantly, amount of detail. Every artist has a different style and method so times, and therefore prices, can vary greatly from person to person. This is just a taste of what I’ve got going on. :)

I would consider this piece to be an easier LESS TIME consuming #Indian #Bride portrait and here’s why:
1) It’s only 8” x 10”
2)The eyes are closed
3)The mouth is closed
4)Very little hair is showing (hair is super time consuming)
5)Very little blending needed on clothing

TIMELINE:
- Drawing - 3hrs
- Acrylic layers (Background, clothing, beginning of metallics) - 8hrs
- Finish acrylic metallics - 3hrs
- First layer on flesh tones (oil paint begins) - 1hr
- Second layer on flesh tones - 3hrs
- Creating gold oil paint - 1hr
- Outlining veil, starting the hair, starting outline of matha patti and tikka (head jewelry) - 8hrs
- Finish outlining matha patti and tikka, eyebrows, start eyes, continue hair - 10hrs
- Complete most of the eyes - 8hrs
- Finish eyes, nose, nath (nose ring), shoulder, and left earring - 10hrs
- Finish lips, right earring, necklace, and veil - 8hrs
- Detail on veil and clothing, sorting and placing gems, start gem adhering - 8hrs
- Finish adhering the gems - 8hrs
- Paint the sides of the canvas - 1hr
TOTAL = 80 HOURS

Keeping in mind that these times only reflect the work physically done on the piece and not the many hours that go into sharing progress photos, promoting the piece, photographing the piece and editing the photos, posting listings, posting it on my website, creating a blog post, and on and on. :)

Is this what you were expecting? Does it shock anyone? Does this help better grasp why my prices still need to go up? I’d love to know if anyone found this interesting or insightful. :)



Monday, January 09, 2017

DIY Art Print Painting!


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We decided to make our wedding a little different and instead of the usual flowers and arch, we decorated with our most precious belongings and roman columns to represent our love for travel (some of our favourite places being Italy and Greece). We had items that represented pretty much all of the things we love together except our cozy little home in Toronto with a view we absolutely adore. So I decided to make a little half art print / half painting of our view to include on one of our wedding ceremony columns. I could have painted it from scratch but I was really pressed for time so I thought I'd try a print technique I learned long ago but had never attempted. :)

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1) Print out your to-scale picture using regular printer paper. Make sure your printer is set to "Best".
2) It's best if you make your image slightly larger than the canvas size so it isn't as hard to get in the right place. Once your picture is printed DO NOT trim the whites off. 
3) Apply a healthy portion of Gel Medium all over the canvas as evenly as possible. I used a big brush to apply mine. 
4) Now place the image on the canvas. Starting from the middle, press firmly all along the picture, making sure there are no air bubbles or folds. Also try not to move the picture around. 
5) Allow to dry overnight.
6) Make sure the gel medium is fully dry. Rip the excess paper off and peel whatever comes off without picking. 
7) Using soaking wet paper towels, drench the paper and rub it off gently. 
8) Once it's all off let it dry completely and you may notice some more paper spots. Wet and remove again.
9) Some people are truly skilled at this and have a perfect print of their picture at this point. I'm not that good so the image was pretty wrecked. BUT I could still make out the basics.
10) I took acrylic paint and matched the colours and details where I could make them out and covered the entire canvas. 

Why not give it a try with your favourite pictures? :D 

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Pieces Of Our Journey ~ A Couple's Painting


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"Pieces Of Our Journey"
August 2016
Mixed Media on Canvas
36" x 48"


When Darren Edward and I first moved in together back in 2010 life was pretty blissful. Even though Darren didn't have much experience with art previous to our relationship, we would often find ourselves making small pieces just for fun. But we had yet to create something together! I had made this large scale canvas for a client but it was obvious to me that it wouldn't stand the test of time. That being the case, Darren and I decided to create something on it instead. We started off with a fun flowing "do whatever comes to mind" type abstract using acrylic paints. Then we drew on the patterns and the window. These have special meaning to us because we used photos from our travels as references. The complicated pattern was inspired by a design decal that was in our hotel room in Istanbul. We were in awe of the intricate beauty in Turkey. The less detailed pattern was inspired by some gorgeous floor tiles we admired in the Vatican City. Still to this day Italy is one of our favourite places to travel and we'll likely be going there for our honeymoon this spring. Lastly, the window is inspired by a stunning window on the Dublin Castle. Dublin was the first place we traveled together and it really solidified to us that we were the perfect travel partners. The unfinished piece hung in our room for many years and, as predicted, it warped atrociously. With our wedding coming up we decided to re-stretch it onto a solid frame and complete it so that it could be the center piece of our tent. We filled in the patterns with acrylic markers, I built up the crackle paste side frames and painted them a vintage gold. And lastly, I filled in the beautiful window with thin layers of acrylic washes and acrylic markers. It was done just in the nick of time and looked gorgeous up at our wedding. To make the piece even more special we decided to sign and date it right after our wedding ceremony. It now sits above our bed in our cozy little dungeon and we'll surely treasure it for the rest of our lives. :) 


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BIG NEWS REVEALED! I'M GOING TO BE ON TV! :D


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Oh goodness! I've been sitting on this NEWS for so long and I've been dying to tell you all about it! I can't reveal too many details just yet but I can finally say I'M GOING TO BE ON TV! Apartment 11 Productions got in contact with me last summer 2016 and asked if I'd be interested in being the Portrait Specialist for an episode called "Changing The Way We See" in Season 2 of Mystery Files; a TVOKids show in Canada. I was told that they'd found me online and after following me for just a short while they knew that I was for sure the person for the job. I set up my studio at the Gladstone Hotel and the filming was done back in early November 2016. I am BEYOND psyched about this incredible achievement! I hope you'll all join me in watching the episode when it airs in Spring/Summer 2017 (more specifics to come).  :D 



Practice, Practice, Practice!


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Here are the only two self portraits I have ever done! The first one, created back in 2003, was done for one of my art classes in Secondary School. I remember at the time I really didn't like it and felt slightly discouraged. For 5 years I didn't pick up a pencil or paint brush to create art (while in University) but as soon as I did I found I was mostly drawn to portraiture again. So I kept at it. I practiced and practiced and practiced. I made work and instead of being hard on myself I noticed how each piece got better and better! Now I'm a full-time portrait artist being sought out for commissions from clients all over the world! If you're passionate about something but aren't currently skilled at it, don't give up! Amazing things take time! Keep at it and be proud of every piece of your journey. You've got this!