Thursday, September 21, 2017

Art Journaling and Upcoming Plans!

Well well well! It has been a while since my last post!

Over the past year I've been creating lots of art and arty videos featuring my lovely ladies. I've been feeling especially inspired to paint witchy girls. There's something so intriguing about magical girls, their pointy hats, familiars, style etc.. I want to paint it all!

Art by Sasha Fitzgerald

I've also discovered the world of art journaling. I love that it can be anything you want it to be - mixed media, collage, watercolour, ink, acrylic, gold foiling, photographs... I love the versatility and freedom of it all. It reminds me of childhood, where you're exploring different art supplies, and creating without any pressure whatsoever.

I've been binge watching several youtubers who all have different styles and approaches to art journaling. My favourites so far are Jane Davenport, Ali Brown, Little Raven Ink, James Burke, and Life of Mezz. After watching their videos I'm sure you'd feel inspired to start journaling too!

Jane Davenport goodies: Journal, Mermaid Markers, Papers
I took an art journaling class a little while ago, and while it wasn't what I was expecting, it was a fun experience. The teacher was very fond of meditations before we began arting and she talked about self discovery and was very encouraging about our work. She also brought heaps of supplies to create with! There were paints, crayons, magazines, glitter pens, markers...! It was a crafty person's dream! In the end, I'm really glad I took the classes and met some creative folks.

After delving into the world of art journaling through youtube and that little class I took, I've decided it's time to take the plunge (well soonish anyhow), and start doing art journaling on the regular. I'd like to actually bring it to my youtube channel and start making journal with me videos etc.. too.

I have a few things planned that I'd like to get done before I start on this art journaling adventure. I have Inktober 2017, which I'll write about in detail in my next blog post, and then I have a Halloween auction with Copycat Violence Artist Collective on the 13th of October. After that I have a winter small art/ornament show with Hudson and Hughes Gallery, and I'd also like to finish a painting for a collab I'm doing with a very awesome artist. In the new year I will also have an original painting available at Sally Centigrade gallery.

There's so much to look forward too!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Pegasus Watercolour Painting

Hello everyone!

I've created a new piece for the original art auction happening over on the Femme Thou Art Collective's facebook page, on July 21st @5pm EST.

As a group, we, the artists of the collective, decided that with all the hate in the world, we needed a theme this month that would that would celebrate life and love, and solidarity with the LGBT community. What better symbol than the rainbow?

I've portrayed all the colours of the rainbow in this little missy's hair, which goes from bottom to top in the order of ROY G BIV, which stands for the colours of the rainbow in order. The unicorn horn, which I've portrayed in other works before, was inspired this time around after binge-watching and stalking Audra Auclair's youtube channel and instagram (seriously she is amazing!!).

I've also created a video of my painting process for this piece, which is up on youtube for you to watch.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Pierced by an arrow

I've been really trying to improve my work (as we artists do), and I decided it was time to try using a photo reference for a painting. I don't usually do this because I struggle with drawing from life/photographs, but I really want to push my art and grow as an artist. I used a beautiful photo reference by Aimee Stock on deviant art.

This piece was inspired by a few things. The first is Mucha and art nouveau of course, with the thick outlines and separations in the hair. The second, is the works of Gwen d'Arcy. I recently discovered her artwork and am in awe. It's so beautiful!

Anyway, she's available for adoption, so send me a message if you are interested. :)


I've always wanted to create a piece inspired by Frida Kahlo. She lived such an interesting, and in a lot of ways stormy life. She contracted polio, got in a bus accident and among other injuries lost her ability to have children, as well as had infamous love affairs.

During her life she painted several self portraits, which was where I drew most of my inspiration. She is often depicted with animals on her shoulders, flowers in her hair, and her trademark unibrow. 

I've submitted this piece to a call for art at Hinovations Gallery, so let's hope she gets accepted for the exhibition! :)

Steampunk Stella

Hello everyone!

It's been a while since I last posted in this blog. I've been really starting to feel better; my anxiety is less, my tiredness is less, and my creativity feels sparked once again. I was already starting to feel inspired to create again, and then I saw a call for art for a steampunk show at Wonderland Gallery NV, and I thought, this is my chance! So I got out my tools, and created this piece, which was accepted by the gallery (yay!) and is now in their Steampunk show.

Steampunk Stella

My piece hanging in the gallery

All in all, I feel really good about getting back into art. During that the time that I've been ill, and uninspired, I felt like I was searching for my purpose, or my calling, and now I feel like I've found it again. It feels so naturally to wake up thinking about art, and fall asleep thinking about art. Art is my life. Have any of you struggled with your creativity?

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Pencil Sketches of Forest Nymphs

It's been some time since I worked on any art - seems like life just got in the way. I'm feeling inspired again, and have drawn out some little forest nymphs. I may end up painting the last one.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Mists of Avalon

Hello everyone!

I've been a bit vacant from the art world lately. I've been going through some health problems, and hopefully will be on the mend very soon. I can't wait to get back into gear and start making lots of art again!

Anyway, I have a piece in the Femme Thou Art Collective's July auction - the theme is The Mists of Avalon (and other Arthurian legends). I was so excited when it was chosen as an auction theme, as it was my suggestion! This month's auction is truly gorgeous; there's so many beautiful pieces I wish I could take home with me!

This is the piece I created, entitled 'Morgaine' (more commonly known as Morgana). Her story is mysterious, magical, passionate, vengeful, and also quite sad. I've seen many incarnations of her character (the show Merlin was one of my favourites), and I've always felt a kinship with her.

The Mists of Avalon - Morgaine - Morgana
I wanted to focus on Morgaine's ability of parting the mists that shrouded Avalon, and being able to see the magical world that lay beyond the veil. The mist would cling around the trees and bushes, framing the island in an eerie, mysterious way. I pictured Morgaine herself as independent yet vulnerable, perhaps a little bit bohemian with her hair and dress, and her companion 'the raven' at her side.

I used a very cool colour pallet - lots of blues - to help convey a mood of darkness and mystery.

I really hope you all love her as much I as I do! If you'd like to bid on the original piece, and/or take a look at the other gorgeous pieces in the auction, check it out here:

Mists of Avalon Original Art Auction

In other news, I have another auction coming up in August for the Copycat Violence Artist Collective. I'm not sure if I will feel well enough to finish a piece for it, but I'm certainly going to try! The theme is "Not a single F was given'. I have some interesting ideas swirling around that are quite different from this Morgaine piece. But we'll see if those come to fruition soon!

I also have a group show coming up in September at Thumbprint Gallery. I really really hope I am feeling well enough to make some pieces for it. It'll be my first BIG show, and I'd be exhibiting with so many artists I admire, like Jel Ena, Kmye Chan, Stephanie Law, and more! It's hard to pass up an opportunity like that even if you feel sick.

There's also a big move on the horizon for me - to Kelowna! But more on that later. I hope you're all having a wonderful summer, and feeling super happy and creative! Drop me a comment and let me know what's been going on in your life! :)
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