“I started making art and taking photos long before I became an author, so it seemed only natural to me that I incorporate those into my blog, later I added some photos with quotes to add interest to the articles.
Now there’s growing galleries of all kinds of artwork and photos!”
I was a dreamer and a doodler in class, so it was probably a good thing that my artistic training started at the age of 8, when I started taking a few 2-hour art classes per week in my mother’s studio to help fill up the classes, and then at the age of 15 this allowed me to become a teacher’s assistant and take over the running of one of the 3 studios my mother operated.
As soon as I hit 18 years of age I was out on my own and in over my head having rented an expensive studio where I gave art classes… I was still to green in the ways of the business world and not yet equipped to run my own business! Thanks to my dad who saved me from my own folly, he secured me a paid apprenticeship in an Engineering company, where I was able to learn drafting for the Pulp and Paper industry, all before computers were used to generate the blueprints!
When the Pulp and Paper Engineering industry took a major hit many, many years ago, and long-time Engineers and draftsmen were out of work, I chose to go back to school and take computer illustration and page layout classes. This allowed me to surf the employment waves which rocked Quebec during the years when the Province was energetically trying to separate from Canada! These new skills, combined with my earlier training led me to become a fashion illustrator, a medical illustrator, a graphic artist, and even a book illustrator!
Over the course of many years I’ve created many types of art… from hyper-realistic paintings to abstract (and many styles in between those extremes), fearlessly using whichever style I felt best suited the feel of the piece I was inspired to create!
I followed my joy and always felt free to express myself in many different styles and mediums, never worrying that I needed to choose only one to conform to other people’s stereotypes!
The freedom I permitted myself allowed me to explore new ideas and mediums, never feeling that I wasn’t “supposed to” branch out from a set box many will find themselves in! I gave myself permission to allow myself complete freedom to explore, to learn and to follow my inner joy, which seemed to threaten many people since they couldn’t seem to easily define me.
I received quite a bit of negative feedback from a number of people in my past, but I believe that by not giving in to their ideas to confine me and quietly following my own vision for my life, I ended up developing my own inner strength… even if I didn’t realize it right away!
Some of My Quirky Photos…
Well, I’ve been taking quirky photos for years!
All kind of things which captured my attention, be it the way the light was hitting something, the shadow, the mystery, the beauty, the ugly, the pattern… well you get the idea…
I’ve also gotten a lot of strange looks from people who couldn’t figure out WHY I would want to photograph such an odd thing. I liked it that’s why!
I gave myself permission to do this strange thing, and I started adding quotes from the Lemonade book to some of my quirky photos and using those to embellish various blog articles… and then I found out that some of my readers were printing out the images, putting them up around their homes and using them to find encouragement… which prompted me to make them available on Fine Art America so everyone can have really awesome finished products!
These quotes have now been watermarked, since I’ve learned that piracy can be an issue, but I’m providing the direct link to their location on Fine Art America, so if you love them you can purchase a museum quality print or canvas. I’ve got some of my paintings and other photos on Fine Art America and I’m adding to that collection regularly so you can order them for your home, or to give as gifts!
If any resonate with you, please let me know which one(s), and even why!
“I’m so thrilled to offer reproductions of my artwork and photos for sale on Fine Art America!”
- All the artwork and photos are available for licensing on Licensing.Pixels.com which can be a great resource for advertising! I’m adding to my inventory of images, so just follow me to be kept up to date!
- My artwork is available in several different formats as wall art great for the home or office!
- Now you can coordinate your home decor too, with throw pillows, duvet covers and shower curtains!
- Need tote bags, t-shirts, cell phone cases for special team incentives or as client thank you gifts? Now it’s made easier!
- Note cards: With a great selection of different holiday cards to choose from and bulk pricing available, now you can think of ordering cards to mail out for your whole mailing list!
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