Pleased to say that my two donated paintings were sold last night at the @adsumforwomen Adsum House Mystery night. What a great way to support a great cause. It's also nice to feel supported as an artist to know that people appreciate your art itself even when they don't know whose art they're buying.
#marchmeetthemaker2020 Day 11 Range. * Some people may see my art and be confused about what type of artist I am. One day I'm painting landscapes, another day I'm painting land animals or an underwater scene and suddenly there's a crazy abstract thrown in there! * Well, I see my art as a way to experiment with different styles, colours, or themes. I predominantly paint for myself and hope others like the paintings as well and may wish to purchase them (FYI those posted here are all currently available). But if noone buys, at least I enjoyed painting them even if my closet gets full. :) * Nonetheless, over the years, I do see a common theme in my paintings which is about not holding back from using bold colours. I think those influences probably have come from having lived overseas as well as cultural influences. And the change in subject matter is also a reflection of never feeling I fit in one box and being proud of making people think about how/why they decide where people fit in certain categories. * Haven't name this first painting yet but it was also inspired by my attempt rescue another badly done pour painting. After the peacock one, a lion decided to poke it's head. :)
Peacock Pour is on display at Gallery 97 today to May 5th. The reception is Saturday March 14th from 2 to 4 p.m. * #marchmeetthemaker2020 day 4's theme is branding. What's my brand? I'd say definitely bold bright colours! * I love experimenting with different techniques and styles. Isn't that part of life- to grow and discover new ways of doing? * For example, this painting was originally a poor attempted at a pour (pun intended) from several years ago. I really wasn't impressed with the end product and the canvas ended up in a closed. This year, I'm trying to see if I can rescue older paintings that I've put aside for whatever reason. When I looked at the background, some of the shapes called out a peacock so here it is. I think it's turned out to be one of my favourite paintings actually. So don't give up on a bad painting- it could be a base to something much better than you planned.
#MarchMeetTheMaker2020 day 3. **Time. Aren't we all trying to figure out how to best use our time? As I mentioned on the first day, I don't really know when I started painting. However, Green Monster Brushstrokes itself started in 2014 after a friend encouraged me to try to sell my art. It also before helped me make painting more of a priority rather than watch more tv. I originally took several different art classes to make myself more accountable to paint but I've also found that I've gotten a lot of inspiration from my teachers and fellow classmates. (Shout out to @debbie.mosher.15 as a great art teacher and friend) * I've taken part in several craft show and plein air over the last few years. However, in the last 8 months, I've had to step back from participating in as many as I focus on settling in a newer scientist position. I'm still learning to not to divide those 24 hours into a stressful situation AND also not feel too guilty about it. * How long it takes me to finish a painting really depends on the subject matter. The size probably doesn't always matter as much as one would think actually. Last class I took 8 weeks (about 3 hrs each) to complete a street scene but sometimes I surprise myself and finish a painting in three 3 hour sessions. The hardest part about painting is knowing when it's done so you don't over work it. * How do you work with your 24 hours?
Although I get a lot of very much appreciated support from family and friends, I'm the hands behind Green Monster Brushstrokes. * The next part of the #MarchMeetTheMaker2020 challenge is show our hands in action but I thought showing a process of how I paint (i.e. how my hands can work) would be even better. * I still surprise myself sometimes when I pick a paintbrush and see the end result. I've realized that in my painting process, I sometimes make a conscious effort not to get too attached to a shape, colour, or brushstroke so that I'm not too afraid of messing it up and not improving the whole painting. However at times, I get so caught in not liking the painting too much that when I step away from it and return, I'm surprised it's not really as bad as I thought. * So yes, I need to learn to trust my hands while painting. I often take pictures of my work as I go to remind myself of all the awkward phases of a painting. Sometimes you may get a chance to see them in my Insta stories. * Feel free to contact me for details if you're interested in any of the paintings I post here. :) also, sorry there's a typo in my video the painting is a 12 x 16 canvas
Thought I might as well participate in the #marchmeetthemaker2020 Instagram challenge as it’s a great way to introduce myself to new followers, reconnect with those who’ve been following me for a while, as well as meet fellow makers out there. :) * My story... I’m Alexandra aka Green Monster Brushstrokes. I never consciously “started” to paint. It was something I just did on the side. What I *did* consciously do was take the path to become a scientist. It’s funny though because as I grow into who I am as a human, I realize more and more that artist & scientist are really more similar than people realize. Both involve examining the world and seeing how things fit together. Both require creativity, analytics and troubleshooting. * That’s how Green Monster Brushstrokes started. I wanted to support my art habit but discovered along the way that it also serves as way to represent the many facets of who I am as a scientist, artist, woman, first generation Canadian, and multicultural human. * What stereotypes do you think people have regarding scientists or artists?
Pleased that two of my water themed paintings will be part of the @water.2020artshow starting March 22nd at 1313 Hollis! Such a great way to show our appreciation of such an important element to life!
Happy to celebrate water in this upcoming art show. I'll be showing two paintings inspired by scuba diving adventures. . . . Posted @withregram • @water.2020artshow Another gorgeous example of water-inspired artwork on display during the show. Rudderfish by @greenmonsterbrushstrokes
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