Back To Art and Creativity: A Journey

In 2006 I took a creativity workshop at my local recreation centre. I did not want to take this class but did so because I had a credit at the centre that was about to expire. It was either take a course before year end or lose the money. I signed up for the course simply because it fit my schedule. I came to the first session with a bad attitude. I was annoyed since I really didn’t want to be there and wished the centre policy allowed for a cash refund. I am ashamed to say I took my…

No Art Wasted!

I am art instructor. In my workshops, aside from instructing students on art techniques, I teach them how to leave a smaller environmental footprint during an art session without sacrificing their enjoyment and the artistic process. I emphasize this in class because, unfortunately, art making can sometimes have quite the impact on the environment. Artists can use a lot of materials that, especially if carelessly discarded, can wreak havoc on our water systems and add to our landfills. …

Resin In Art — A Quick Overview

Being a mixed media artist, I work with all types of materials from different papers to sticky glues and clays, smelly chemical solutions, digital and printed photos, organic elements like pressed botanicals, dry and chalky pencils and pastels to very wet, fluid inks and paints. But one of my very favourite and go-to materials is resin.

If you imagine any shape in your head that you’d like to make in real life, it’s possible with resin. Pour it, cut it, shape it, or cast it, resin is a malleable material that can take any form.

Strong and durable, resin is…

What Does Ru Paul’s Drag Race Got To Do With My Art Practice?

In a word, courage.

I have been a fan of the show since having discovered it circa 2018. Upon watching the first episode I was hooked being mesmerized by the drama, the artistry of the costumes and make-up, and instantly in love with the contestants. These queens at the top of their game have been through so much. Dealing with inequalities and whatever foolishness bigots threw at them on a day to day basis. And yet, there they were on screen, fabulous warriors fighting for their right to live as they saw fit.

Each time I watch the show I…

What I Did When I Broke My Drawing Arm

Last June I fell and hurt my right arm and hand. No, it was not technically broken but it was hurt enough so that I needed to wear a splint 24/7 and had to avoid using the limb while in recovery. It was a real bummer since this is the hand I use to draw and paint. Being that I needed the use of this hand to make art, I am an artist and instructor after all, I had a couple weeks when I felt extremely sorry for myself and was ready to write off the entire summer.

Yes, it…

Art Markets — The Good, The Bad and the Money

Did you know that a lot of artists, crafters and makers lose money at art fairs and markets? When I first started showing my work a few years back I had read that one way to generate revenue from the things I created was to exhibit and sell my wares at art fairs and markets. I signed up for a few and paid fees and took care to create a good display for my tables and booths. I was very disappointed when after a few events I had very little to show in terms of sales. Most times I was…

Music for Art Creation (& Other Art-Related Activities)

Being an artist can be a lonely career. I am often alone during art creation and doing other things like marketing, application writing, admin, accounting, etc. Having music playing in the background is one of the ways I like to keep myself motivated, inspired or better prepared to take on aspects of my business that I find tedious and boring. But I also use music to further the enjoyment I get from the tasks that I do look forward to doing.

I am also an art instructor and I have been asked by students on numerous occasions what type of…

Break Time

They say that when one has a desk job, it’s healthy to take a break each hour to get up from our seats, stretch, and rest our eyes by looking at something far away. Experts recommend that you do not work through lunch hour but instead enjoy your meal at the cafeteria or perhaps even take a walk (or a power nap). Incidentally, I do work at my table/desk to create art as well as use the same space for my accounting and admin stuff for my little studio. When I get going doing a task, especially if I am…

Mix It Up! The Value In Learning About Colour Mixing

I love colour. I get great joy out of playing with my acrylic paints, mixing them up and creating all sorts of different hues, tints and shades to use in my paintings. But when I first started, I did not know what brand, colour or kind of paints to buy. I am a self-taught visual artist and even if I did take a painting class here and there when I was first learning, when it came to choosing the colours for my own projects I was often lost and confused. I was told that mixing primary colours (red, blue and…

Go With The Flow — My Love Affair With Alcohol Inks

Let me start this post with a warning: If you have never used of Alcohol Inks in art and are interested in trying them out, think carefully before you start. They can be very addicting. This is an art material that is very welcoming to beginners as it is possible to create something beautiful easily and almost right away. And once you begin, you may not be able to stop!

Still interested? OK, that means you’ve chosen to go down the rabbit hole so here we go….

First of all, what are Alcohol Inks?

Alcohol Inks are a dye-based liquid…

MTM Hobbes

Visual Artist and Art Instructor

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