Posts tagged original art
Big Thoughts before Big Moves

I have been painting a lot lately. I am blessed to have been able to put Aubrey in daycare, three days a week now, and so certainly that has freed up more time to be me again, and more time to paint. Aubrey is absolutely loving daycare and so that warms my heart. She has made friends, loves her teachers and is settling in well.

As I sit down to write this- I actually am at a loss for words. I figure that sitting in front of my computer and getting this all out as honestly as possible will put this period of flux to good use, and will kind of give whomever wishes to follow along and read this a little glimpse into my headspace.


My business is at a point where I either choose to start playing big and making some scary moves, or risk losing the momentum that I have gained. This is a good problem to have. I am so grateful to have this problem, or to be faced with this reality. I am NOT here to whine about it. What it is, is scary.

So far, my momentum has come from my designs for Third Party Companies. My cellphone cases are rocking it, and I couldn’t be more proud, and my Deny Designs work has landed in some pretty amazing places. I never would have imagined being here when I first started an art challenge in 2014 on Instagram, and sharing my albeit beginner pieces. I am thankful for those of you who remember when I started- lots of you have been around since those days.

What is scary about growth? Well, lots of things. This is where we know doubt will enter. Inevitably before you make those big moves your thoughts will try and talk you out of it. I am not talking about wisely weighting the pros, and cons. I am talking about pesky doubt that says- the momentum will stop, and then you will be out cash you are no longer making. (read, I have a family to help support, and momentum stopping would be so life changing to my little family so that fear is grounded in truth)

This is where you say to yourself, well yes, your Design work has taken off, but you don’t sell original artwork very well. I am sharing this with you- because it’s true. My heart yearns to sell my original works a lot more than I do. Design work fits really well into my life right now. It is easier for me to handle (no shipping, and wrapping etc) and with the illness, and recovery in full force- it works. But you can’t stop your heart from dreaming of the day when people will purchase your new original works, and will be proud to display them in their homes. Yes, do I sell original art? I do. I really do. But the sales are few and far between, and I know that this is the reality for lots of artists. It takes years and years of building in order to be able to grow your audience and up the demand for your work. I don’t pretend to be in the expert stage of this art journey- in fact I still consider myself to be in the beginning stages. BUT the dream is still there. I know that art is a nice to have, and that lots of people would lots to purchase original artwork but that it actually isn’t possible to spend the money in that way. I get it. There are always purchases that will have to come before art- even if you REALLY want to buy. In no way do I want this to come out as a “BUY MY ART” because that is not what this is. I get it. It’s just one of the scary doubts that comes into play before actually committing to take the next steps, and overcoming fear and going all in.

This monetary issue is part of the reason that I have chosen to sell my art/designs through third party vendors. (Who have good quality product, whose values I can stand beside) It makes my art, available through different price points so that people who want a piece of my art, or who appreciate the idea that art can brighten your day, and small moments of brightness can help you lead a happier or more peaceful life. It allows you to infuse art into your daily life in bits and pieces but for those bits and pieces to count. I am so grateful to have those outlets to license my work through, and grateful to all of you for supporting me in those ways as well.

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I have largely been inside my head this last little while, trying to figure out just how big to play, and what the next steps are. My heart has been calling me to create on canvas, and on paper, in ways that I will offer as Original Pieces. They may take years to sell, or they may never sell, but I will always follow my heart and soul and do what they are guiding me towards. It may take time but I will figure out this journey of mine one step at a time.

Mostly I just want to thank everyone for being here for this journey. Every single like on my posts, or comment on my posts, makes a big difference in the visibility of my account, and thus my ability to reach my artwork further into the world and into peoples lives. This is what it is all about. If the sales were to disappear completely- I would be fine. I love my art, I love the path of starting messy, and not knowing where you will end up, and working it and working it. Then saying- oh this is awful. Then buckling down and working some more. Then magically almost as if out of nowhere (except you worked really hard for this out of nowhere) things fall into place and you see why you just went through all that you did. Such is the way- in art, and in life, and while I have no idea really where I am headed- I am immersing myself in the journey. Big things, little things. Life is magic, and I am blessed.

Local Show - Julia Veenstra's Square Foot Show


How is it approaching the end of November already?

My mind is spinning with the fact that the countdown to Christmas, and year end is already upon us. This is the time when lots of us look back and reflect, and make plans for the next year. While I have been doing all that, taking lots of fun courses on skillshare- I have also been working excitedly on 5 new pieces of work to display at Julia Veenstra’s Annual Square Foot Show.

Julia is an local artist whom I admire greatly, and this show is held at her studio in Hamilton. (167 James Street North) On 11.11 I was doing lot’s of reflecting and anticipating the New Year, when this opportunity quite literally came to me. Of course, I jumped at it.

A sneak peek at the tones for this mini collection.

A sneak peek at the tones for this mini collection.

The 5 pieces will be delivered to the Studio this Saturday and I am absolutely in love with each and every one of the 5 I have chosen. I always work on more pieces that I will end up needing so that I can literally choose the ones that are speaking to me the most- to ensure the collection is full of works that I have a strong connection to, and works that compliment each other. The ones that I do not enter into the show, will be be sold here on my website.

The Square Foot Show is just as it sounds. Julia has hand picked artists to be a part of the show, and each artist is to enter 12” x 12” canvas pieces. Each canvas will sell for $250.00. This is phenomenal deal and a chance for people to get really amazing art at a lower, and more affordable price- just in time for the holidays!

The show begins on December 12, for a ticketed event (which is ALREADY sold out- it sold out the day she posted the tickets in fact!) However, the show also runs through to the 15th so if you are local you will have plenty of time to stop by and see these works in person.

I will be aiming to be there on the Thursday Night, and if anything changes I will update you here, and on social media. I would love to see anyone in person that is able to come- and meet some of you lovely supporters, of whom I am so thankful for.

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On a side note, regarding Black Friday/Shop Small weekend discounts- I have decided with the Canada Post Strike to not offer any big sales at this time. I had everything ready to offer hefty discounts on my shop- but after thinking it over I have decided to postpone this sale. I want to save everyone the hassle of shipping. (Canada Post has said there looks to be no end in sight for the strike, and that people should stop sending packages to Canada- and vice versa. They have such a long backlog.) I also want to say- I am not saying anything negative regarding Canada Post workers, they have every right to strike and fight for their livelihood. But, shipping rates from other reliable shipping companies will defeat the purpose of me having a sale price on my work.

If and when the strike is over- I will offer the same discount that I was planning on offering. If there is something that you want, or must have from the shop before the holidays, please email me at and we can arrange different ways of shipping- and I can quote you for another carrier.

All that said- Thank you again for coming along on my vibrant art journey- I am grateful for each and every single one of you!

Exclusive to Maple Studio

Hey Friends, 

Maple Studio was founded on the desire to help expose some of the hidden talent bombs living around the globe. 
They are committed to growing their international visibility and identity and connecting the public with awesome, hand-picked art.

I am just so thrilled to let you know that some of my bright artwork is now available through Maple Studio. 

"Connecting people with brilliant art."

I have 3 new pieces which are available through Maple Studio Exclusively. 

"Second Glance" 

It's funny what you notice, at second glance. Layers upon layers of movement, and energy reveal themselves throughout this vibrant piece. The eye catching blues and greens are offset by lovely clean white, and soothing greys. 

"Sunday Skies"

That feeling of peace and comfort after a day well spent doing things you love. Swooping soft tones offsetting brighter more energetic brushstrokes create a balanced visual, and speaks to the energy that comes from a day well spent.

"Unicorn Tale" 

Our dreams have their own colors and energies. Vibrant, obvious brushstrokes, and different directions in this piece are just like your dreams and goals. Each unique in their own right. Where better than to place your dreams than right where you can see them, in this vibrant piece of abstract art. 

These pieces are available as prints, framed prints and as canvas prints. Maple Studios commitment to customer service and high quality is one of the reasons I am so happy to announce our partnership.