Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Help Japan


You can do your part to help lift the 'fallen'.  Just click on the photo.
Be blessed.
GretaMichelle

Sunday, March 20, 2011

New Buttons

On the Waterfront
oil on canvas, 12x16
$350.
Have been experiencing some trouble with my website so I have not been able to update it in a while. I have also, like most of us been following what's going on with the people of Japan and praying for a way to help them. What better way to do so than with the gifts that God has placed in my care.

 Decided to add a paypal button to my blog in case anyone wanted to purchase a painting they saw there. So this is an invitation. From now on I'm going to include, once the painting is available for sale, a price along with the painting's description, to make it easier for you to decorate your home with one of my pieces of sunshine.

Unless otherwise specified, the prices will be quoted in US currency. The price will include shipping and handling the pieces will be sold unframed, for ease of shipping. FEDEX will be the shipping choice.
The proceeds from the sale of this painting will be given to help the people of Japan.
I hope all of us can do something to ease their suffering at this time.

Be blessed,
GretaMichelle


Thursday, March 17, 2011

ArtSenseatSASDA

(student's work)
Alice Herrera
cloth, Hat and Shoes,
pen drawing

I started an art blog forv my form one students recently. (form ones are the kids that range in age from 11-13) They are really excited by the idea and so I want to make it as interesting an experience as I can for them
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 Teaching has changed so much since I first started; even art. No longer are you just focussing on the 'manual' areas. Now you have to show them art on the omputer. It's a learning experince for both students and teachers. I know I'm learning a lot. I find myself having to learn things I never thought of just to keep ahead.

I hope all my artist friends who follow my blog will visit the link below and comment or leave some sort of encouragement for the kids as they forge ahead in artist endeavour.

be blessed
GretaMichelle

Click here to visit the student's blog

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Movement

Movement
4x4
Acrylics on board

Here's another one of my experiments.  Played around with movement both in the composition and the brush strokes. I think it's important to not get comfortable as an artist. We should constantly seek to improve and to try new things. I always remember and quote to myself and others my first art lecturers words she told us "An artist is always hungry" Guess that's why we usually have so many unfinished canvases.

Be Blessed
GretaMichelle

Monday, March 14, 2011

Some News

Submitted my painting Moonglow for the Women and Art upcoming exhibition. It's a national exhibition celebrating the contributions of women to the arts. I feel privileged to be chosen as part of this selection of women.
Moonglow
24x12 oil on canvas

It's a great opportunity as well since I haven't exhibited in a while and was questioning my committment to my art. Seems I was doing everything else but art for the love of it. Now I'm on my way to my next project which is getting ready for the Art Society's annual May exhibition. It's usually themed and promises this year to be really special.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Still in the 'Science Lab'

Acrylics, sea salt and oil pastels on 4x4 board

Here's another one of my experiments, this time with texture. On this one I used sea salt, oil pastels and acrylics. I like the sense of depth that came as a result. It's always a good idea sometimes to go outside your comfort zone and experiment with materials and techniques that you don't normally use. I am really enjoying the back to school experience. Very nice!

Be Blessed
GretaMichelle

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Danse Haitienne (WIP)

Danse Haitienne (wip)
Acrylics on canvas
18x22
It's 2:00am. I've been working-Finally! Started this piece from photos I took last Sunday of some Haitian women doing one of their traditional folk dances. They were whirling and carefree. I seek to capture that gaiety on canvas. I was just so excited that I couldn't wait until I was done before sharing with you.

I'm working in acrylics for this project. Thought I'd get back into it since I have been immersed in oils for such a long time (No i'm not giving up oils). The canvas size is 18x22 and the next time you see this peace it will be completed!

Be blessed
GretaMichelle

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Changes

Experiment with different ways to apply paint
4x4 Acrylics on board

Spent some time making some changes to my blog. New colours and header photo. Thought it was time to reawaken it since it's been sleeping for a while. Have some opportunities I want to take advantage of . Needed a change to help shake off the feeling of malaise and lethargy that has been attacking my artmaking for a while now.
Played with some impasto effect here.
Acrylics on board, 4x4
It's time to move! Read this article in an issue of O Magazine while I was at the hair salon. It was one of those 'Aha Moments' The person said that her father told her when she decided what she wanted: "Don't just think about it, go get it" It's time for a change!
Be blessed,
GretaMichelle
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