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Merry Christmas Mom

Happy Monday friends!

Thank you to everyone who commented on the last post, whether on here or by text, Facebook, or e-mail. I absolutely love hearing your feedback.

If today is your first day back to work or school after a long break, than I wish you all the best. I head back to classes today, although lucky me, I only have one (Mechanical Vibration Analysis… sounds riveting, doesn’t it?!) since labs and tutorials don’t start until next week. This is also my last full semester of classes at the University of Ottawa so I’m excited to get it going and finally be one step closer to graduating.

As excited as I am to be back in Ottawa, I miss these people. - Family on Christmas Eve 2012

As excited as I am to be back in Ottawa, I miss these people. – Family on Christmas Eve 2012

Now back to Christmas gifts.

My mom and I have very different taste in art and decorating. She loves flowers (poppies specifically) and abstract art, whereas I pretty much like everything but those two things. However, when it comes to gifts, you have to know your audience, right? Right.

So for one of her Christmas presents, I combined those two things. She wanted something that could hang in their dining room, so I took a quick look at the color scheme there to make sure it would all match, and came out with these paintings.

The finished paintings. Acrylic on six 8x10" canvases.

The finished paintings. Acrylic on six 8×10″ canvases.

I realize there are no poppies in these paintings, but if you’ve seen their Living Room, you would know why. That avenue has already been entirely exhausted! There is no more room for poppies in that house!

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The paintings hung in the dining room. They kind of match the place mats.

The paintings hung in the dining room. They even kind of match the place mats.

I have one more Christmas gift posting coming up for you guys in a few days, and then finally moving on to paintings of 2013. I’m pretty excited for the new year. I’ve got some great ideas for new paintings. Since I’ve been painting so much lately, my confidence has grown tremendously and I feel comfortable trying new things. Check back often to see what I come up with 😉

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Posted by on January 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Pink Overkill

I “finished” the painting I was working on for my mom this afternoon…the one with the pink and purple flowers…

After

I think it is safe to say I went a little overboard with the pink/purple…. What is it about these colours that I am so drawn to them? Not just when painting, but in all aspects of my life. Looking around my apartment, I notice that the majority of my wardrobe falls into this category, as well as my travel mug, my iPod, my pencil case, my school binders, my nail polishes, even my coyboy hat is pink! This is kind of embarrassing… So I googled it. And our dear friends at google had this to say about the colours pink and purple:

 

“Pink provides feelings of caring, tenderness, self-worth and love, acceptance.”

“Purple has been used to symbolize magic and mystery, as well as royalty. Being
the combination of red and blue, the warmest and coolest colors, purple is
believed to be the ideal color. Purple is the color most favored by artists
.”

Alright, well that answers a few questions. I certainly do like the feelings that pink provides, and purple is the ideal color, and most favored by artists. So with that, I’m gonna keep abusing using them.

 

Do you like the Before or After better? Should I calm down the pink background a bit or leave it as is? Right now, I’m leaning towards redoing the background and maybe throwing in some very subtle light browns/greens.

 

Are you drawn to a certain color? Do you happen to know what that color represents?

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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