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Picking up painting after a decade off…

Tonight (Friday, July 3rd) at 8 pm — Open House for “Word Up”, a group exhibit featuring loads of local artists; at CycleLogik, 1111A Wellington Street. Fellow Ottawans, come on out!

A month ago, the lovely Andrea Stokes of Pink Wagon asked me to partake in this show… which starts in just under two hours. I decided that I should do this ‘properly’ and undertake a real-life painting… the first non-digital painting I’d done since graduating university over 10 years ago. It was a mixed bag of remembering how much I love the physicality of working with paint on canvas, wondering what I’d gotten myself into, really missing the power of “undo”, and worrying that I wasn’t going to like the outcome.

Thankfully, I do like it and am posting a sneak peek:

It’s a diptych called “apart + together”. Each panel is 12″ x 12″, and I did it with acrylic paint, plus a bit of pencil and fun Sharpie water-based pens.

A step-by-step of how I got here..

Below: this was very definitely the “Oh  #%*!@, what have I gotten myself into?!!!” stage. I seem to encounter this for every non-digital piece I do…

Here are details of the finished piece:

I’m definitely feeling a wee bit nervous about the event tonight — if you’d asked me a decade ago if I’d ever partake in another art show, I’d have said “Not likely!” I’m not sure how solo exhibitors do it! So there you have it — and *gulp* off I go…

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  1. July 3rd, 2009 at 17:16 | #1

    this is so cute! Hope the show goes well :)

  2. July 3rd, 2009 at 17:19 | #2

    Wonderful! have a blast!

  3. July 3rd, 2009 at 17:19 | #3

    Beautiful piece! I’m sure the show will be great tonight!

  4. Cindy
    July 3rd, 2009 at 17:26 | #4

    Fabulous Emily! Congratulations! Have a great time tonight. :)

  5. July 3rd, 2009 at 17:57 | #5

    Really cool. Hope all goes well tonight. Good luck! Get a lot of pics.

  6. July 5th, 2009 at 16:13 | #6

    wow ~ it’s great! love the steps you’ve shown, am always interested in how people work. very exciting for you, i hope it went really well. i missed the undo feature often!!

  7. July 6th, 2009 at 17:25 | #7

    oh so fantastic! what an amazing artist you are! so exciting for you to relaunch this wonderful part of your brilliance, nicey!

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  9. July 18th, 2009 at 04:58 | #9

    very helpful post, you should post more stuff related to this.

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