Studio life ~ Looking Back

2020 has come to a close and here we are on the very first day of 2021. The past year was marked with creative highs and personal lows and the one thing that remained constant and familiar was my art studio. I wanted to share some shots of my space from this past year, to celebrate the time that has passed and to look forward to working more in this art space.

I hope everyone has a creative and cozy start to the new year. I’m going to make another cup of coffee, read a bit of my book and then venture down to my second home, my art studio.

December 31
View from my desk
My fave piece of 2020
From the fire escape
View from the roof
Always playing vinyl

Headspace in Acrylic

It’s been a different season here in Manitoba currently in Code Red. Normally a vibrant season with friends and family, social gatherings and gift exchanges, we are now isolated and limited to the contact we can have. The seasonal feeling is muted and contemplative this year. I’m so grateful for my creative outlet and artistic expression, it’s been a saving grace in these uncertain times.

This is a new piece that I completed and I’m very happy with it. Colours I don’t usually work with and a style that I should do more often. Acrylic in burnt umber and yellow hues, this piece feels like my headspace right now. Stormy, full of thoughts and soft with colour.

Dioxazine Purple

THIS colour is so awesome, I love how dense it is and how it has such a big tonal range. I work in monochromatic often, so I am genuinely in love with this purple and how is works on the canvas. A few examples of some work this week with the dioxazine purple.

Portrait Pink: Gouache

I’m accustomed to watercolour, but sometimes I venture into gouache territory. I love that gouache has the flexibility of watercolour and the same vibe, so it always feels familiar when I’m on the paper with it. More over I love the opaqueness of the finished product. This piece was done in portrait pink, so a very light tone, and gouache really suits it! The textures are incredible and I love how the light pink doesn’t fade away.

Studio time

It’s an overcast and gloomy day here in Winnipeg, so it’s the perfect time, to spend some time at my studio. A burst of colour is the perfect way to cut through the dreariness. Painted these in acrylic on canvas paper.

Studio time

This week I spent an evening at the studio, working with watercolours in a vibrant primary blue. After a long stressful day, I’m grateful to be able to sit down put my brush to the canvas and focus on being creative. It’s incredibly grounding, bringing me into the moment and letting the stress of the day fade away.

Process

I was down at my studio the other night, working on a monochromatic watercolour in Ochre Yellow. So far it’s looking great. I have 2 more steps to apply before it’s done, so I’m posting some pics from the process of putting it together.

Studio

In Summer 2015, I took over a studio space in Winnipeg’s iconic Exchange District. Located at 75 Albert Street in Winnipeg Manitoba, it really is a fantastic location, the view out of my windows is beautiful, and having the constant hum of downtown around me is golden. It’s been a great space that is inspiring, and gives me room to be creative. From writing to painting, my work is done within my studio walls. I am lucky to have this space, and i’m super excited for all the work i will be producing out of the studio this year.

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