I "Started Over" On Instagram

Hi there! It's been such a long time since I've typed a blog post. For the last six months, I have spent a lot of time sorting through my ideas and trying to decide on what it was exactly that I wanted paint, what I wanted to blog about, what I wanted my brand to look like as a whole... It's been a battle between trying to figure out everything perfectly and just feeling like I wasn't good at anything in the first place and should just forget about everything. 

Of course, I only contemplated the latter in those late night moments of despair. I really do enjoy painting and running a website and microblogging on sites like Twitter and Instagram, so I knew that I really just had to keep working consistently and eventually I would settle on something I could work with and improve on. 

All of my brainstorming and planning finally began to overflow in to my real work space when, about two months ago, I decided to switch my website hosting over to Squarespace. I needed the simplicity of the "what you see is what you get" feature, especially with a young baby at home. I was becoming too distracted with trying to learn coding to get my website laid out "perfectly". Over on Squarespace, the themes are beautiful and have a very minimalist style, which was a perfect starting point for me, and most of the features are so simple to customise!

Next was Twitter. I had my first account for a very long time; I was still in school at the time. I just felt as if there was way too much history there that wasn't relevant to my brand. Of course, I wasn't about to delete all 70,000+ tweets! So, I created a brand new account. 

Final stop, Instagram. My account there isn't as old and while I did love most of the photos, my account's purpose had gradually been changing as time went on and my old photos no longer reflected my current vision as my page transitioned from person to a bit more business-related. I know most people tend to keep their photos and just continue and improve, but I was really only holding on to those past photos for sentimental reasons and that's nothing a good screenshot-and-save can't fix. So, I made my decision and patiently waited until the night before I launched this brand new website layout! ...which is probably why you're here reading this right now. 

I know it might seem a little strange, but it was a necessary step for me. Clutter has always been a source of frustration and my Instagram page in my mind... was terribly cluttered. I'm happy to "start over" now as I've got the clearest picture for the future of my art. 

I hope you'll stick around for the journey. I can't wait to show you what I've been working on. In time. 

 

A LATE MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Hi there. This is going to be a pretty short post, but I just wanted to stop in and wish you a Merry Christmas (even if it is a tad bit late)!

If you've been following me on my social media you already know that I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl on December 2nd. My husband and I have been gradually adjusting to this huge change in our life, especially the lack of sleep (#teamnosleep). Truly though, we're enjoying every moment of this experience and already slightly sad about the fact that she's going to grow so quickly. Life really is like a mist and so, we are determined to treasure each little moment and be even more intentional with our time!

 
 

There will be lots of changes taking place in my life over the next few months, maybe even years, but I have much in store for what I want this website and my business to become. I hope you'll come along with me for the journey and I want to thank all of those who have stuck with me this far. It's been a long two years of figuring things out.

I can't believe 2016 is about to come to an end. It seems almost as if it had only just started. Ah, I hope you have a wonderful new year. Bye for now; best to get this finished quickly before the little one wakes up. I'll see you on the other side!

The Importance of Varnish

Recently, I sealed a painting for a friend with some Rust-Oleum gloss spray. I really liked the finish, but I found it was a little difficult to maintain the same texture on the entire thing as I had no previous experience. So, I decided to do a little research (both theoretical and practical) and I thought I'd take you along for the ride with a series of varnish-related posts.  

Why is varnishing acrylic paintings important?

Varnishing an acrylic painting is a very vital step to protecting it from the elements as well as from dirt, dust and abrasion. Acrylics tend to have a slightly tacky surface when dry and this, along with texture of the canvas/paint, makes it very likely for the painting to easily become dirty over time.

Varnish also boosts the saturation of the colours and helps to unify the sheen.

 
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What type of varnish should I use?

There are two categories of varnish: permanent and solvent-based (removable). Under these categories, there are three different finishes: matte, satin and gloss. This choice is really just a matter of preference. Take a look at the second post of this series which talks a little more in-depth about the difference between these three finishes.

The choice between a spray and a brush-on gloss also becomes a matter of preference and which is more comfortable and effective for the user. I would absolutely recommend trying them both just for the experience. Spray on varnishes are guick and fun, but I find that I have a hard time creating a consistent look. Although, I can tell it's because I lack experience.

 
 

What is an isolation layer and should I use one?

An isolation layer is basically a film of  gloss medium between your acrylic painting and the final solvent-based varnish coat. This is done using a permanent medium/varnish, preferably in gloss. Isolation layers are important to protect the painting in any situation where the final varnish layer must be removed due to cracking, abrasion or dust build-up.

Acrylic paints and solvent-based varnishes have a similar solubility range and therefore, the likelihood that colour will be picked up and shifted or removed during the removal the varnish layer is very high. An isolation layer is essential to prevent this from happening. It will allow you to remove your solvent-based varnish without lifting any of the paint underneath, and safely apply your new coat of varnish.

Do you use varnish regularly or are you also just trying it out for the first time? What's your favourite type of varnish?

- Adrianne