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…


No Art Wasted!

I am an 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…


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. …


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…

MTM Hobbes

Visual Artist and Art Instructor

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