Painting Flowers! Coming Full Circle!

Why I Paint Flowers!

I love flowers! Anyone that knows me knows that I love them in my house, my gardens, and in my paintings. I have been painting now for about 12 years and have always painted flowers. I am inspired when I see images of flowers, fresh bouquets, or wild gardens filled with an abundance of beautiful florals. They make me want to paint! I paint all flowers but love my favourites, poppies, and tulips. So why did I stop and why do I feel the need to paint them again.

“Poppies For Carol” 60″ x 48″ mixed media on canvas

Why I stopped painting Flowers!

Most of the artists that I know have a desire and a need to explore different ways to communicate to the viewer the things that fill our souls. I experienced this through the years, wanting to try new mediums, new styles of painting using flowers as my muse. I was finding it difficult to really communicate what I wanted to say in my paintings while still maintaining the beauty of my flowers. So I made a decision that 2020 was going to be the year I painted in an abstract format. I stopped painting flowers.

“Stars And Stripes” 16″ x 16″ mixed media

What I Learned About Myself And Painting!

I had been given permission to explore what I really loved and wanted to paint. Nonrepresentational work allowed me to express my emotional connections to my environment in a new and exciting way. The things that I love, the things that influence my work, and what is most important to me. I am able to translate these emotions onto the surface using line, colour, texture, brush strokes, and paper. I was blessed to have my art during 2020 and explored nonrepresentational to my heart’s content but by the time December rolled around I was feeling a need to paint the one thing that I loved. Flowers!

Coming Full Circle!

My intentions for 2021 will be to combine my love of florals and abstraction to create something that is uniquely my own. It will be difficult for me I know because the minute I start working on flowers the shapes and subject are front and center. So I have given myself that challenge and am excited to play and explore to my heart’s content. I will keep you updated as I go. You can watch the progress on my Instagram feed or pop in here to see what I am up to.

“Decidedly Rare” 30″ x 30″ mixed media

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12 Weeks That Will Change Your Art Career!!

I Remember The Day I Decided To Take CVP!

I remember the day I sat down with my husband to talk to him about CVP. It was a few days prior to the deadline and he wasn’t really enthusiastic about it. He asked me what CVP would do for me, why I felt I needed to take it, and if I did would I really be able to commit to doing the work. I have been painting pretty consistently for about 11 years. I work from home so life, family, and the dog provided me with enough of a distraction and a good excuse to avoid doing the one thing I loved. 

The Things I Was Sure About!

I told my husband that I felt CVP was the one piece of the puzzle I had been missing. CVP would help to make stronger more sophisticated work, work that I would be proud to send to galleries or shows. That would help me with my process, work schedule, daily practice, the business side of art-making. I told him that in one year I would have gallery representation. That was my goal and I did it!!  

I really had no idea what CVP was but trusted Nicholas Wilton. 

What CVP Did For Me!

CVP has changed everything about my art practice and who I am as an artist. I completed all 12 weeks, worked on 21 panels, finished 15 paintings, and watched all of the bonus content while living in lockdown with my family and the dog.

Not only did CVP help to create daily habits that directly influenced my work but CVP taught me so many things about making my art stronger. Nick and the CVP team have created a course that literally was so much more than I ever expected. When you listen to Nick explain as only Nick can what a garage sale is, why we need to pack a lunch while traveling through a painting all you can do is smile and laugh while learning important principles about making strong, sophisticated art. 

What Actually Happened!

CVP  was the catalyst for the success and gratitude I have for what I was able to accomplish in 2020. I participated in 7 exhibitions, sold 33 paintings, and now I have gallery representation at Arts Aqui in Marda Loop.

If you would like to sign up for CVP you can click on this CVP link.

The Free Workshop is still available till next Wednesday. I would recommend taking it if you haven’t there is so much valuable information there that will change your work.

If you have questions as I did about CVP I would be happy to help you with them. You can send me an email or a DM through my Instagram account.


What I’m Doing To Achieve My 2021 Goals!

New Year’s resolutions are what everyone does but how many of us follow through with the goals we set or the good intentions we have. After the first month or two, we fall back into old habits and rarely do what we say we will.

I decided that I wanted to keep the momentum from 2020 going and continue it into the new year. How was I going to do this? What did I need to do to make sure I reached the goals I had set for myself. The first thing I did was sign up for CVP 2021 again.

The First Step!

Nicholas Wilton’s Free Workshop starts on Feb 15th and is open for registration now. He will open CVP up for registration right after the Free Workshop. If you’re interested in signing up for the Free Workshop you can click on this link. In my blog post Looking Back On 2020! I share my journey through CVP, why I took it and what it did for my art career. If you have any questions about the Free Workshop or CVP please shoot me a note, I would be happy to answer any questions. If you decide to sign up for the Free Workshop or CVP through my link as an Alumni there is an opportunity for me to receive a small compensation.

My Second Step!

I needed a new way to track my inventory because what I’ve been using wasn’t working anymore. 2020 was my busiest year to date. Not only did I do 9 exhibitions I now have my work in the gallery Arts Aqui here in Calgary. I had looked at Artwork Archive a year ago and I am sorry I didn’t sign up then. They give you 30 days free to try it out and decide if it’s for you, so on January 1st, I signed up! I love it!! I am able to track everything about one specific painting, exhibitions, how and when it was made, who bought it if it’s donated. But the best part for me is that it integrates with my website and so I only have to update my inventory once.! I will be able to sell right from my website through Artwork Archive.

My Third Step!

The new tool I decided to use this year was a full size dated weekly Passion Planner. I choose this one because it allows me to set intentions or goals for the week, month, 3months, 1 year, and a lifetime. I’ve been using the High Performance Planner which is amazing for daily and weekly tracking. If that’s what you’re looking for give it a try.

My husband Dave, is always telling me to write things down. He is always telling me that I can’t keep it all in my head, he’s right! But don’t tell him that! I just can’t do it anymore. Whether it’s my age, how busy I am, the number of projects I am working on, whatever it is I need a tool that works for me. I am excited to spend a few hours working through my planner and setting my intentions for 2021.

I would love to hear what you’re doing to stay on track this year. Do you have a favourite tool you use? Send me an email or DM me on Instagram.

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