I create artwork for that moment of being captivated by something so beautiful that it brings you back to a place and time when you could suspend your disbelief just long enough to feel a sense of pure joy and childlike wonder.
My ever changing subject matter embodies the innocent, carefree nature of childhood itself. It shifts wildly from one world to another, from the playroom floor to the outskirts of the galaxy, bursting at the seams with detail, light and colour.
My most recent series of vintage toy paintings is inspired by well-worn, brightly coloured objects I have owned since childhood. The images evoke strong emotional responses from viewers who also had these toys growing up. Their eagerness to share these memories, varying from happy to mildly disturbing to hilarious, continues to inspire me. A painting which may have had only one story from my own memory now carries with it a mosaic of experiences and new stories to tell.
I dedicate my practice to creating space for my inner child to explore. With every piece I make, I am discovering my own simple truths that manifest through uninhibited play; connecting the dots of meaning like following breadcrumbs to find our way back home to ourselves. Life as an artist is an ongoing practice of lovingly reminding myself and those around me of our right to pursue what brings us joy, to connect with others and to take time once in a while to play.
Day two! I'm heavily copying a reference for this which is probably why it's going so quickly. I want to get a feel for this palette (hence the colour study) so that I can use it for a larger piece. I'm really loving the glow in this! Oil on panel, 12×12
I almost didn't even apply to this because I felt a little overwhelmed at the time but then I was reminded by friends to give it a shot 🙂
And now, exciting News! I have been named as one of the TOP 50 Artists!
Thrilled to share that my artwork has been juried into the Petite Art Show! Grateful to be invited & given this incredible opportunity to showcase my passion on a smaller canvas.
Join me on this artistic journey as we celebrate the beauty of small-scale masterpieces! May 24-26. Proudly supported by @petiteartshow @design.your.plate
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Clouds, I missed you. 2024, the year without a theme. I can paint whatever I want! Even a short cloud study in oils for no other reason than I loved this image and wanted to revisit some clouds again in oils.
This 6" x 6" oil on gallery cradled wood panel is up for grabs at @thenicheottawagallery in Orleans <3
Enjoy some work in progress shots and all of my latest / newest pieces first, on my blog <3
After trying 6 times to get this video under 2 minutes on my own and then running out of storage space, I was whining to Brad about it and he just said SO TELL ME ABOUT IT and recorded me saying the essentials and BAM got it done in under 2 minutes! WHY DO I RAMBLE SO MUCH.
Come discover art journaling with me!! All materials included except the sketchbook/journal so bring your own! We will be drawing, painting, collaging and scrapbooking different colors, themes and ideas. I will be guiding you through making a variety of different spreads and teaching you what media work with each other and which don't. Let's PLAY!
$45, Saturday, March 2 from 4-6pm.
Beacon Hill Craft club is an accessible space with free parking, located at 2200 Montreal Road. Register here
Link also in bio and at the @bhcraftclub
Website under "classes/ art journaling with Kina"
When I first left my full time office job(s) to be a freelance artist, I remember one of the first series I painted were all bioluminescent jellyfish. I had a small show with them and began to be known for the jellyfish and undersea artwork I painted. This was great except for the fact that I really, really didn't want to be painting jellyfish for my entire artistic career.
The most recent episode of Creative Pep Talk by @andyjpizza with @toddhenry was pretty spot on with describing the bravery needed to try new things after you've finally found something that "works". (Episode 440, highly recommended!)
I have been spending so many years trying to make something that sticks. I've been drawing and painting since I was a teenager and always hoping I'd be able to make something that would get me attention. Then I got a bit of attention and didn't know what to do next.
Fast forward a decade or two, I made this jellyfish painting with the intention of trying something new but with an old subject matter. New palette, old subject. That way it wasn't so scary, something familiar but also exploring a little.
I made the mistake of trying this on a HUGE canvas and failing hard. Too many new things at once! So this is actually just 12 x 16, oil on canvas.
Having some serious deja-vu as I brought my daughter through the application process at the local arts focused high school that I also attended in 9th grade. The whole thing has been a whirlwind and I didn’t know it would even be a thing until a few weeks ago. Reliving the whole thing in the opposite role, as a parent, has been quite the experience. I’m not sure how I feel about it.
I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised by the fact that my own children like similar things as I do. There has been no shortage of art, music, anime, rave culture and cartoons in the house. My kids continue to resist mimicking the life of my partner and I, and yet at the same time we still seem to be raising little versions of ourselves. Their simultaneous desire to oppose us in every aspect but also to follow in our footsteps is both fascinating and bewildering.
All of this reliving the past through my daughter’s eyes has mostly made me reflect on the path I’ve taken since I was in her shoes. In 1999 I was starting 9th grade (this makes years and events easy to remember!) in a visual arts program. I did very well in the program and honed a lot of my traditional drawing and painting skills. I stuck at it for a whole year and then I kind of snapped.
*This is continued on my blog. It was too long for this post. Link in bio, or patreon.com/kinaink
Above: Three pieces of art from the early 2000's made while in high school and university for myself.
Last June, I sold my two largest toy series paintings to a client in Quebec. This was a pretty huge deal for me, as it was definitely my largest sale but more so that it was a sale of work from a series that has a lot of meaning. “Hello”, the phone painting in particular, was one that I poured a lot of myself into, over a great amount of time. It was the flagship piece for my toy series, which continues to be an exploration of self portraits through objects that I love.
The same client had since commissioned me to create a piece that matched the tone of the first two. It was a challenge because the subject matter of this piece was difficult for me; it was not a toy I grew up with or had any history with. I also did not have the toy in person so staging the painting itself was challenging.
But I did it! It was hard, but I did it. I got stuck a few times, had help from studio mates, friends and family, and encouragement all along the way. It was really a testament to my pronouncing myself a real, professional artist. Not saying that I was not a professional artist beforehand, but this was one of the first times I made something for a real living wage in a realistic timeline.
In the past, my commissions have been stretched over several months, even years. This simply because I had other priorities in my life that were much more pressing, and because commissions were not something that paid living wages (that was on me and stating my rates) it was more difficult to prioritize them.
I’m also really glad this piece is finished because I believe it is the last one that I will create in this colour scheme. The colours were fun, vibrant and popping, but I feel like they are from a time passed.
I have since moved onto other things, but I wanted to give this piece a proper documentation. I have chosen to title it “Play Time”, as it is a reminder to find aspects of play in everyday life, even if things get challenging.
Play Time is an oil painting measuring 40" x 40" on gallery stretched canvas, completed in December, 2023.
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