Non-Traditional Dye Plant Essentials

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Hello, in my last blog post I talked briefly about how for the last three years my garden has had the main focus of growing flowers for their dye results. I tested almost every flower in my garden, but especially the ones that were deep colours, and I have had some spectacular results as well as a lot of underwhelming ones. And I think I have come to a point where I can dial back the frantic obsession of trying every plant in my gardens dye potential as well as only buying plants that have intense colours for their dye potential.

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Watercolour Love

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Hello everyone today is watercolour day and we are exploring the wonderful medium of watercolour! I love watercolours and it was the medium that I worked in almost exclusively before I started Art College. And though now my medium is quite different three years later I still hold a love for it and wish I had more time to pursue it. Also being mostly a landscape and nature painter watercolour works well for working from a photo or from life because of the whimsical nature of the medium.

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Movies That Inspire Me

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Hello everyone, today I want to talk about movies that inspire me as an artist. I would say that film has been critical to my making things as an artist. Especially since I started off my doing copies of Studio Ghibli backgrounds. Without those films and the excellent stills I found of them in books I am not sure I would have ever started making things on that level of dedication. The films I watch generally do have that very director specific style, like Wes Anderson and Sofia Coppola films. But then there are the films that just have really entertaining plot lines or dashing actors and some documentaries about creative processes and people.

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Prairie Bliss

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Hello everyone, today I am sharing a place that I knew has always impacted me as an artist but has been hard for me to articulate as a subject and that is the Saskatchewan prairies. I do not live there but it has been a crucial part of my upbringing. I have always travelled to them but had never truly appreciated to its capacity until I moved to Montréal. Also up north there is my small quaint paradise of a cabin that has many special memories and is where I say the beginnings of my practice as a painter started. This is what I want to share with you today.

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Changing Perspectives

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Hello everyone, today I want to talk about those times when you work from home and you start to feel like the world is passing you by. Working from home does make life rather repetitive and closed in at some points. You feel that you have seen the same thing over and over. And you aren’t stimulated enough, which is important for artists and craftsmen. When this happens to me I feel like a need a change but it is hard to make a big change since I am a creatures of habit. This feeling of being stagnant in my environment has been plaguing me for a few weeks now and I have been working at changing my perspective in simple ways and that is what I am sharing today.

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Creative Crossroads

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Hello everyone, today I don’t have anything in particular to share, more or less I want to share my lack of things to share. As of late I seem to have been working but have not finished anything truly. And for me it feels like it has been a while since I have finished anything. Which is hard, as I like things done quick, which ironically is almost the exact opposite of most fibres techniques. When working my preferred method is to have two or three projects going at once (and spending ample time on each) and finishing each project within a two-three week range.

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