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If someone told me two years ago that l was going to be teaching art classes, l would have leaned back and laughed. Although my amazing Mom always told me to follow my dreams, l didn’t fall in love with visual arts till l was in my twenties. She did tell me on more than one occasion to not sacrifice the time l had with my boys, but to never give up on my dreams and passions. Although l am now in my mid-forties and feeling like l am catching up to my true abilities and potential, l have no regrets, as l have devoted most of my time to my boys who are my world and have grown into amazing young men. How l wish my Mom could share in my adventures with me now. She had the biggest heart of anyone l knew and still know in my life. She loved helping people, and making all who knew her happy. It’s one of the reasons why l love teaching my painting classes. The apple does not fall far from the tree, and making people happy makes me feel truly rewarded.
I have been teaching the Grumbacher Fine Arts program at Michaels in Kingston for a year and a half. It started with teaching acrylic painting classes to now offering acrylic and watercolour classes. Yes, l am super busy as l also work a full-time day job, but if there is a will, there is a way to do what you love and l work super hard to make sure my classes are informative, and interesting, the fun comes naturally.
Art makes me feel alive and being creative brings me true excitement. Sharing this with other people adds so much richness to my life. The experience of teaching someone my knowledge, expertise, advice and seeing them apply it successfully is magical. I know l might sound like a goofball, but it’s true. It’s rewarding. Seeing students on a weekly basis, work through challenges and show growth whatever their level, is extremely rewarding.
My first few weeks of teaching was a challenge, as most of you may not know this about me, but l suffer panic attacks often, at one point in my life l was getting them daily. It’s a condition that l have lived with most of my life, and art has been my saving grace, it has been therapeutic, and teaching has helped me not only cope with my anxiety and panic attacks but help control them. Yes! It is true. I know, hard to believe right? But my fear wasn’t sharing my knowledge with people, it was the fear of disappointing people. Once l saw how l was making a difference and people were happy…..well the rest is history. Being kind and showing people you care is priceless. The best medicine one can have, a smile, a good laugh, and appreciation. It’s a win, win for me and my students.
Recently l was approached to teach and offer painting classes at Open Studios Kingston, located at 39-1 Montreal St. and l jumped at the opportunity. This would give me the chance to engage students in paintings that are not as structured, offer longer and more in-depth classes. Being able to offer different painting classes and now teaching at two locations, why not? Right? Plus l can now teach uptown and downtown Kingston.
Although l don’t have an educational background or degree in art, what l do have is painting experience, knowledge, patients, but most of all l love making people happy. l am thankful that l am able to facilitate creativity, and able to offer a fun experience to all who join my classes. Although l have always felt fulfilled being a busy Mom, l now have added purpose and meaning to my life. I am so grateful that l am able to do what l love.
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Hello Friends, and welcome back. l am hoping that you are enjoying my recent blogs? I could have added so many art supplies that l love using on this blog, but l picked ones that l use all the time. I hope you will enjoy them too.
Royal Langnickel Oval Mop Brushes
I use and love all sorts of art brushes from synthetic to all natural, but there is one particular kind of brush l really can’t live without. It’s the Royal Langnickel Moderna series oval mop brushes in all sizes. These brushes work really well for my style of painting as l require soft blending. They are synthetic, super soft and suitable for acrylics, oils and watercolours.
Grumbacher Gloss Spray Varnish for Oils and Acrylics
I have tried many varnishes in twenty one years of creating artwork, both for acrylics and oils, but when l tried the Grumbacher spray varnish l knew this was the one l would use consistently. It is an acrylic resin based non-yellowing varnish that protects crystal clear and glossy when used correctly, and it is super easy to protect your work.
In my early art years l didn’t realize the importance of gesso. It is now a staple in my studio. l use thin multiple layers on my canvas, then l sand the layers when dry between coats so that l can achieve a perfect smooth surface. This allows me to paint fine detail work. I sometimes use it to prime the pages of my moleskin sketch books, firming up my pages before l start to paint on them. As far as brands go, l use all kinds and l generally purchase it in large size buckets which lasts a while.
Daler-Rowney Acrylic Artist Inks
Who knew how much l would love working with these? It goes to show you that you have to experiment and try different art supplies and mediums. These dry waterproof as they are acrylic based, but OMG the colours are so vibrant and l love how transparent l can get them. Airbrushing with these are so dreamy and they are fantastic for tinting.
Fold-able Watercolor Paint Set with Water Brush
l know that this is not a professional grade product, but, l love how easy this palette collapses for easy storage so it is perfect to carry. It’s super affordable, which is great when you are practicing. It offers 42 vibrant, strongly pigmented easy to blend colours. I keep this one in my purse so l am always prepared for an opportunity to paint.
Tombo Mono Eraser
I could not imagine creating any of my detailed drawings without this eraser. It is by far one of my most used art supplies. It is available in two shape sizes, but my favourite is the round 2.3mm diameter tip. It is a perfect precision eraser, and because it has a pen style body with a clip l can keep it on my sketch book.
Moleskin Pocket Size Watercolour Sketchbook
I love, love, love this sketchbook. It comes with 135 Lb paper and l love how sturdy this moleskin book is. The elastic closure is one of the reasons this sketchbook is my favourite, so it keeps all my pages tightly together. It is small enough that l can keep it in my purse and l can pull it out and jot down a sketch or watercolour creation on the go.
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I am hoping that l can be inspirational and informative. I always feel that paying it forward is a great way to live life. As a self taught artist l will try and share with you what l have learned.