Studio Life During Covid-19 Part 3

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We finally started getting some projections on the severity and length of the pandemic this week and have had to think about the idea that this is going to be a marathon, not a sprint. With that in mind, I moved to a schedule of doing the Covid-19 Sketchbook drawings three days per week and posting them on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings. I was interviewed on the CBC Homestretch April 2nd about the drawings however I don't see any links on their website for the segment so unfortunately I can't share that with you. However CBC Calgary shared 8 more images on their instagram account. And Ellie McIntosh also featured one of the images in her latest Vlog post on the importance of creativity in times like these. https://youtu.be/Dz0cVGRl3zQ…
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Studio Life During Covid-19 Part 2

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So it is another interesting week as we see the progress of the Covid-19 crisis on the global stage and I have continued to document it in my Covid 19 series of drawings I uploaded the final instalment of Kathleen and Quinnton's Wedding Painting to Youtube last week, so here together for the first time are all three videos so you can see the process from start to finish! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAvrhEIE4vA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXvYwDDWsyw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmUOiHw0x5k Each video represents one day of work on the painting. So why are the lengths so different? I'm recording the time-lapse video's using my iPhone, so I need to press stop periodically to adjust the number of dropped frames per session. In the shorter ones I stopped recording less frequently. So it appears I am a super fast…
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Studio Life During Covid-19

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This week has been intense and uncertain for a lot of people. We are all watching the news on a daily basis, and surfing social media for the interaction that we are prohibited from getting in person. In the studio, in addition to the new Covid-19 drawings I am sharing with you in this post, I had a contract cancellation as their offices are shut down for Covid-19. Kathleen & Quinnton, 16 x 20 Acrylic on Canvas I finished Kathleen and Quinton's wedding painting, and edited and uploaded the final video in the series, which will go live on Youtube this Friday (watch for it). I am still planning on doing a sketchbook tour video this week which I should upload to Youtube for next Friday. This almost couldn't happen…
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The Timely Sketchbook

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I have always loved the beautiful sketchbooks of other artists, but they have never been a regular thing for me. Mine are usually decades old and half full of loose composition ideas, shopping lists, reading notes, budgets, business ideas and the odd nice drawing of a landscape or portrait. But a proper visual diary of my thoughts, observations and inspirations? Nope, I've never had much luck with those. Maybe it is because my thought process is long, but I usually respond to circumstance through my paintings, rather than in bound books of daily sketches. Covid-19 Sketchbook Drawing 1, Ink on paper, Debbie.lee Miszaniec However there is something about the need to respond quickly to the realities of the Covid-19 crisis, that has me revisiting the sketchbook as a way to…
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Happy Family Day Alberta!

Happy Family Day Alberta!

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Because families start with love: http://youtu.be/RD7kC2mb38Q I love that Family Day follows Valentine's Day here in Alberta! Because, as the song says, (insert name here) & (insert name here) sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G; first comes love, then comes marriage (or whatever relationship definition works for your reproductive unit), then comes (insert names here) pushing the baby carriage. So in honour of that special bond that grows between two people and then is shared with the next generation, Happy Family Day from my family to your's! I hope you will enjoy watching this Valentine's day video that I published to my youtube channel for Valentine's day, and that it inspires you to encourage your next generation to pay the love forward as well! Happy Family day from our family!
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A Valentine for the World

A Valentine for the World

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I've made 6 new sunflower seed paintings remind you to share your love with the world! I've published a new video to Youtube for Valentine's day documenting the process of creating all six and I encourage you to subscribe to my Youtube channel so you don't miss that. Remember to sign up to the sunflower project if you have not already by visiting my website here.
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Medium of Exchange:Process HUB@302: March/April 2021

Medium of Exchange:Process HUB@302: March/April 2021

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Its a bit early for a SAVE THE DATE announcement, given we are looking over a year down the road, so I am just putting it out there that the show we have been working on putting together for over a year now, Medium of Exchange: Process (a follow up to Medium of Exchange: Debt (2010)), has been invited by the Alberta Society of Artists to show in their gallery! Jesica Campbell, Penny Chase, Jessica Hauser, myself and Koren Scott, will be mounting the exhibition at HUB@302 in March/April of 2021. I will be documenting the development of this show here and on the One Life Fine Art Studio Channel in a series of videos and posts exploring how to mount a collaborative visual art exhibition like the Medium of…
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A Better Butter Tart (painting).

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https://youtu.be/845smnDVeqE So This is what happens when an initial idea doesn't pan out on a canvas. Originally I was going to do a series of small paintings with a recipe card for pancakes overlaid with agricultural and ingredient images. It just wasn't working, so I abandoned the set after the base sketches were done, and decided to re-use the canvas for these lovely little food still life paintings depicting Canadian heritage treats with tea, books and various items. So here is the first of three of these original oil paintings shown being painted directly over the original sketch. Speed-painting and time-lapse painting video's of the other two paintings will be uploaded to YouTube in March and May, so if you would like to see them as well you should definitely…
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Finding Your Subject: Just Keep Making Stuff

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Butter Tart Finding your style, your subject, as an artist is something artists are encouraged to do, but most are resistant to, though many hope to arrive at something naturally. Why is that? Branding mainly I suppose. It is easier to be known for something, and to build a market for something, if that something has a consistent look to it. As creative types who are trained to push boundaries and break norms, settling in to one style or subject is like choosing to encase yourself in a plastic suit that looks like you but can't move, or grow, or express all the interesting weird parts of yourself. I was once told that based on the range of my work (I had brought three paintings to a critique), I came…
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Back to 2018: New/Old Video

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https://youtu.be/o5TfWAPOfOM 2020 Revisits 2018 I discovered that I still had some footage from a 30 day vlog project I was recording in 2018, testing if I wanted to do this video thing. It turned out that I had way too much going on at that time to juggle a regular vlog, and so I shelved the footage. In between then and now two thirds of the footage went missing, but what remained was still an interesting look back for me as I reflected on what happened to those projects and involvements, and how they affected 2019. Now that I have decided to work on my Youtube Channel for 2020, I thought it might be fun to do a rewind and update video based on that test project. One thing I…
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