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  • Art Battle: my first time!
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    Art Battle 228, at The Artist Project, in Toronto: artist Claire Desjardins sets up.

    Art Battle 228, at The Artist Project, in Toronto: artist Claire Desjardins sets up.

    Since I was already signed up for The Artist Project, I wanted to embrace the experience, by participating as much as possible, in everything I could. I signed up for both the TYPE competition, as well as Art Battle 228… What fun it was! In particular, I enjoyed being in the Art Battle, as it was interactive: the other participating artists were all amazingly talented, and super fun, and it was a rush to be up there, on that small circular stage, with people circulating around you, taking photos, etc! A little nerve wracking? Hell yes, but I managed to forget about the crowd while I painted away, and I got into my groove. Check out the photos, below, all taken by Robin Segal.
    Art Battle 228, at The Artist Project, in Toronto: heating up!

    Art Battle 228, at The Artist Project, in Toronto: heating up!


    Art Battle 228, at The Artist Project, in Toronto: and the race is ON!

    Art Battle 228, at The Artist Project, in Toronto: and the race is ON!


    Art Battle 228, at The Artist Project, in Toronto: 20 minutes to paint. That's all.

    Art Battle 228, at The Artist Project, in Toronto: 20 minutes to paint. That's all.


    Art Battle 228, at The Artist Project, in Toronto: tic toc, tic toc... The countdown is on!

    Art Battle 228, at The Artist Project, in Toronto: tic toc, tic toc... The countdown is on!


    Art Battle 228, at The Artist Project, in Toronto: only a couple of short minutes left.

    Art Battle 228, at The Artist Project, in Toronto: only a couple of short minutes left.


    Art Battle 228, at The Artist Project, in Toronto: and it's already OVER!

    Art Battle 228, at The Artist Project, in Toronto: and it's already OVER!


    Commission a painting? Why, yes!
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    I am often asked if I paint custom work, such as commissioned paintings. My answer is a resounding “yes”. To many people, however, the idea of commissioning a painting is overwhelming: where to start? How does it work? I answer those questions in my web site’s Frequently Asked Question section (FAQ): click here, to view them.

     

    To give an idea of what I shipped out in 2014, here is a small selection of artworks that I was commissioned to paint, in the past year. As you can see, I receive requests for all sizes, from around the world.

    Maya 04, 20x24 inches, was painted for someone in Vancouver, Canada, for Christmas 2014.

    Maya 04, 20x24 inches, was painted for someone in Vancouver, Canada, for Christmas 2014.

    Her Name Is Paramitas (66x132 inches, 2014), the largest commission I have had, sits in the corporate headquarters of Anthropologie (Urban Outfitters), in Philadelphia.

    Her Name Is Paramitas (66x132 inches, 2014), the largest commission I have had, sits in the corporate headquarters of Anthropologie (Urban Outfitters), in Philadelphia.

    Closer to home, Toward the Weekend (2014) was sent to a collector in Ontario.

    Closer to home, Toward the Weekend (2014) was sent to a collector in Ontario.

    Vacation, a 30x30 inch painting, was created for another collector, an interior designer, in Ontario.

    Vacation, a 30x30 inch painting, was created for another collector, an interior designer, in Ontario.

    Saatchi Art commissioned me to paint this 48 by 84 inch painting, Surprise Party, for a collector in Germany (2014).

    Saatchi Art commissioned me to paint this 48 by 84 inch painting, Surprise Party, for a collector in Germany (2014).

    Inspired? Let me know what you have in mind.


    TYPE competition & Art Battle #228: I’m in!
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    I decided to embrace as many opportunities as I can, that are being offered by The Artist Project (I’m at BOOTH #123), which I am going to be in, Feb. 19 to 22nd, 2015, in Toronto. As such, I have entered myself into their TYPE competition, as well as Art Battle #228!

    Wonderland is the name of the painting that I am entering into the TYPE competition at The Artist Project (Toronto)

    Wonderland is the name of the painting that I am entering into the TYPE competition at The Artist Project (in Toronto).


    The Artist Project - Toronto, February 19 to 22, 2015.

    The Artist Project - Toronto, February 19 to 22, 2015.


    As for the Art Battle, it will be my first! 20 minutes to complete a painting, along with 15 other selected artists. I’m excited to have this opportunity, though a bit nervous about being able to produce quality work, so quickly, and in front of a crowd! If you are in the area, please come and cheer me on!


    Art Battle date: Friday, February 20, 2015
    Time: 6–8pm
    Venue: Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto, ON
    Tickets: $15 (included in Artist Project admission)


    For those who are interested, there are a number entertaining activities planned around The Artist Project:


    - Early Access Preview
    - Opening night party
    - Art Battle (yes, I’m going to be in it!).
    - Art chats seminar series (great speakers lined up!)
    - Art walks guided tours (about 20 mins. each)


    Please stop by my booth and say hi, if you’re in the area!


    Shared studio space: new for 2015!
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    I am not afraid of change– or rather, I should say, I have learned to anticipate and accept change, with only a moderate level of apprehension.

    2015: I now share my art studio in Montreal, with 3 other women artists!

    2015: I now share my art studio in Montreal, with 3 other women artists!

    I have been quite spoiled, in recent years, as I have luxuriated in my glorious, light-filled, 600 square foot studio space, all by myself, in the company of my two furry canine friends, Lily and Rosie, for the past couple of years. If there were paint brushes left soaking overnight, they were mine. If there were dishes left in the sick, they were also mine. It’s been a lovely time, but like everything, this marvellous experience has run its course, and I am ready to do things a bit differently.

     

    Since the beginning of 2015, I have been sharing my studio space with three other women artists, all painters. The reason for the change, is that I am in the process of setting up my very own studio space, in the country, and having two full-time studios, all to myself, seems a bit extravagant, not to mention unnecessary.

     

    And so, the adventure begins: I moved furniture out of the way, before I left on vacation, to make room for my new studio-mates. I managed to clean it up enough, so that they would have enough room to spread out, and let their creativity flow. My new studio mates spent time in here, while I’ve been on vacation, and seeing their creativity upon my return, was a thrill!