Decisions, Decisions...

Posted on October 4, 2012 and tagged Stuff I Like, Personal with comments

The search for furniture for our new house has been a slow process. We've decided to mostly stick with whatever we have for now and save money for stuff we really like, even if that means using our old kitchen table as a desk for the time being. One thing we needed right away was dining room chairs and luckily we managed to snag these for free from some very nice people looking to get rid of some furniture.

I'm absolutely in love with the shape, but not in love at all with the fabric. Hey, they were free so I can't really complain. The chairs also go beautifully (sort of) with our vintage teak dining table... more on that in a later post.

My task now is to recover these chairs with a slightly less 'granny' fabric, but that's proving more difficult than I thought because there's too many great prints to choose from! Since we don't really have any other furniture I can pretty much go with whatever colours I want, so I've managed to narrow it down to a pattern in either blue, black or green. I chose blue and black because it's dark enough hide any potential stains and is easy to decorate around later, and I chose green because I think it would look nice with the slightly reddish tone of the wood.

What do you think? I'm leaning towards the triangles in the very first circle but late last night while I was browsing fabric I got this crazy idea that I wanted a skull print. I went to bed thinking I had it figured out. In the light of day, that idea is looking a little crazy... or is it? Ack! There's too many choices! This may come down to me closing my eyes and pointing at the screen.

Blue 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 -- Black 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 -- Green 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 -- Skulls 1

Gettin' Schooled

Posted on September 11, 2012 and tagged Personal, Art & Photography with comments

I am beyond excited to finally have my own workspace. Before we moved into this house, I mostly worked at the kitchen table and on the couch. It was fine when I motivated to get things done, but when my work didn't come easily it was very frustrating. It got hard to distinguish between casually checking Twitter on the couch and ok-it's-time-to-get-shit-done. Even in the short time we've been here, I've noticed a huge difference. When I want to work I go into my office and get it done, when I don't want to work I'm not in my office. Seems so simple when you say it like that!

So now that I have all this space, I want to start painting big. I've dreamed so long of having an easel in the corner, so the other day when I saw that an art store in the area had easels on sale for 60% off, you better believe I ran out and grabbed one.

Around the same time, I heard about a new e-course called Re:Connect that Mati McDonough is running with a whole bunch of other talented people. The course is about getting your creativity unstuck and features tons of amazing guest contributors. It didn't take me long to sign up since I had such a great time taking Get Your Paint On.

Image via Willo Toons

I also noticed that one of the guest contributors was Flora Bowley. I've been a fan of her colourful, layered work for quite some and when I saw that she has an e-course too, I instantly clicked the sign-up button. I love her style so much and I've often wondered what exactly goes into all those layers. The two courses overlap, so I'm sure I'll be kept busy over the next 5-6 weeks, but I'm really looking forward to both of them. I'll keep you updated on my progress.

Image via Flora Bowley

Hello There

Posted on August 31, 2012 and tagged Personal with comments

Just wanted to say a quick hello from the new house! Going from the city to the suburbs has been a big change, but we are absolutely loving our new digs. Coming from a tiny 1 bedroom apartment, it's been a little strange having all this extra space. But good strange, obs! I have so many project ideas already and I can't wait to get started. More posts coming as soon as I get my office set up. Step one: Find a desk!

Neon Rivers and Talking Fish

Posted on August 21, 2012 and tagged Personal, Art & Photography with comments

There, I'm finally writing a post about my experience taking the Get Your Paint On course. The course is taught by the amazing Lisa Congdon and Mati McDonough, who are both really beautiful artists. I'd been admiring their work for a while before deciding to take this class, so I felt like I was in good hands. It was also exciting to get encouragement and advice from artists I admired so much. The course spanned 5 weeks and you could work on just one painting the whole time, or up to three. I chose to focus on one since I don't really have a ton of experience and I didn't want to take on too much.

I'll spare you the details (because you should really take the course to find out!) but over the 5 weeks I learned to sloooow dooown and take my time with my painting. This was a real challenge for me since I'm such an impatient person. While I didn't end up with a masterpiece, I'm really, really happy with how the painting came out. I worked very hard on it, and I think it's pretty good for my first time. Or maybe it really is a masterpiece and I'm just too humble to say so. :P

Here's the progress of my painting:

Now I'm so excited to get started on my next painting and put all that I learned to use. That'll have to wait a bit though, since all my painting stuff is packed away for the move.

Just a Note: At the time of writing this, the link to the course still goes to the registration page of the course that's over now. But there's a box on the right side where you can put your email address and get notifications about new courses. I highly encourage you to do that. Get Your Paint On: Beyond the Basics was a really great class. If you're an even bigger newbie than me, they also teach a beginner's course.

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