I’m checking in.
The holidays are now in full swing.
There is no escape.
A few lovely clients have chosen me to create some drawings for them to give as gifts for the holidays. I would love to show you where I am at with them but sadly that will have to wait! I can’t ruin the surprises, no matter how much I want to share. I’m enjoying having deadlines again. That slight kick of motivation is needed to finish the pieces. It’s so easy to start new projects and then have them sit unfinished.
I still have some time to fit in another portrait or two for the holiday season, so please send me an email if you are interested! It doesn’t even need to be for the holidays – firstname.lastname@example.org.
To help get myself into the holiday spirit (and get some inspiration) I did what I do every year – Took a trip to visit Santa.
As a twist this year, Santa tried to sit on MY lap. At first I found this funny and then sort of creepy. I digress.
This week also marks the first week of Christmas parties. The first one being at my alma mater. I can’t deny that I am excited to dress up and go out. It’s been jeans and t-shirts for this lady for the past several months. It’s so much easier to ruin a pair of jeans while painting and drawing instead of a nice dress.
My question for the week: What is the best piece of advice you have received to date?
As we all are getting into the swing of the holidays, and most likely a lot of stress of scheduling, present buying, food preparations and so forth – I leave you with a photo of a puppy to give you a second of relief, because who doesn’t love puppies?
I had a very cold, early bike ride this sunny, Sunday morning. The kind where the sun is deceiving and you think it’s going to be warm. Nope. Windy and cold with a bite. The kind where you wrap your head with your scarf and wear sunglasses only to end up fogging them up every 2 minutes. The kind where your thighs hurt from the cold.
Life is constantly changing. Throwing challenges. I’ve (barely) been able to get through them. I can only hope it will get easier from here. I think adversity has seemed a little more intense because I recently found out I have actually been sick for a few weeks and didn’t know it. It all makes sense now. I’ve begun to create a new support system of amazing people and it helps quite a bit. Allowing someone to be close to you is a freeing feeling.
What else is happening?
. Maintaining friendships.
. Building relationships.
. Adding to my portfolio.
. Saving money.
. Learning from this new step in life.
. Slinging coffee, eating ice cream.
Christmas is almost here.
I’m taking commissions for 8 x 10 drawings for the season! I have a few clients booked already and I can’t wait to show you all what I have been working on. Sadly, it will have to wait until after holidays. So, if you are interested in giving someone a “Forsyth Original” (I crack myself up), please send me an email and we can work out the details.
Practice your portrait skills but drawing yourself in a silly halloween mask. It’s hard not to have a laugh at yourself while getting some good practice in at the same time.
I’m also offering free shipping at my online shop until November 17th. Please support your local artists (and international ones too). We are all in this together!
– Candace Forsyth @ Society 6 –
I’ve been having the most interesting time for the past 6 weeks.
You see, I became suddenly unemployed from my day job. Just when I was questioning the time I was able to spend between being able to pay my bills and creating new artwork I suddenly found myself with all the time in the world to be creative. Unfortunately that has come with the cost of being completely stressed about paying my bills and rent. That’s another story all together.
I also found myself in New York City for 2 weeks trying to mould new and old connections while I attempted to guide myself through my most recent, and certainly not last, life crisis.
So, besides my world wide search for new work opportunities, preparing several plans of attack to deal with my sudden “free (but costing me) time”, I have been able to work on a couple of personal creative projects. One of which was a commission from a my dear life long friend Lauren.
Lauren is a newly wed and wanted to surprise her husband, Peter, for his birthday. The two share two dogs, Ninja and Shelby, and are completely in love with them. She wanted me to re-create a photo she took of them waiting at the window. This was going to be a secret project. So, while I was in NYC I was able to start that project.
The finished product was better than I could imagine and Peter definitely loved the surprise!
Aside from this project I’ve been working hard at my own. I started pushing my online store. I’ve been selling some simple designs as t-shirts, totes and prints. It’s a whole new experience for me as I try to market and push my own work via the interwebs. It’s not easy, but I’m slowly and surely directing myself through the murky waters. PLEASE take a peek and support you local artists, even if you don’t happen to be local to me:
Shop Candace Forsyth at Society6!
Until then, I’ll keep drawing my muse as I fight the good fight.
Pratt Studio 2010
I’m hitting that point in my artistic career where I want to do everything.
I want to do everything at once.
In my head and on paper I have all these plans. I have plans for paintings, plans for screen prints, plans for collages and mixed medias. . Nothing too elaborate but a decent amount of projects that would require lots of time to work through given I have a full-time day job. My bedroom has become more of a art studio supply closet rather than a bedroom. I have bags of paper underneath the dresser. Behind the door leans a masonite board. On top of the wardrobe are a few boxes of paints, pencils and silkscreen tools. Books and magazines full of illustrations and ideas that inspire me surround my bed. I want to read, I want to draw, I want to cut things out, and I want to paint.
This is the moment in time where I almost miss being a student. I had all the time in the world to devote to being artistic. Except for a couple of courses on history and writing, the rest of my classes were all focused around creating. I also had all the space and facilities to use. I was even so lucky as to have the print shop and the ceramics studio separated by one floor. Did you know I used to make pots? I can do that!
The perks of paying tuition and worrying about the debt later.
The later is now.
Like most budding artists who have been tossed to the street with their crumpled degree in their back pocket, I hope for the day where I can devote my days to that thing I spent all of my (and not my) money to learning. It shouldn’t be about “will this design sell?” or “will someone want to buy this painting?” It should be about, “I want to draw this thing and bring it out of my mind” and “It feels good to play with all these colours”.
How do you manage to fit your practice in with your days?
This can apply to all creatives with full-time jobs outside of their hobby.
How do you find the time to research and apply?
My Society6 Shop.
Due to a series of challenging events, Time of the Month had to switch locations this past Saturday to a private studio at College and Dufferin. I apologize to everyone that I couldn’t reach in time and went to the wrong venue!
The next event will surely go off without any hitches and we will be prepared even more in advanced for any issues that come our way.
Regardless, the art was hanging, the music was bumping, the sangria was flowing and the delicious spring rolls were being eaten. The space was probably better than we could have imagined!
Hope to see you next time!
I have a little over 24 hours left to finish this drawing. In the midst of this I do work a full time job. Have I mentioned we, here in Toronto, are going through a heat wave? I was just sitting around drawing in my apartment last night and my knees started to sweat. My knees. That is a thing apparently.
I managed to get a large chunk, literally, of the piece worked on last night. I must tell you that those shorts took an entire 6B pencil. Note to self, buy more 6B pencils today because I’m sure going to need them. 4B and 6B have always been my favourites to use. Dark and contrasty. Just how I like it… albeit a little messy.
Speaking of drawing (like that segway? I thought of it myself), I took the walking scenic route to work today and passed a little shop called The Paper Place at Queen St. West and Walnut Ave. just across from Trinity Bellwoods Park. On display in their window was one of my favourite children’s books with the most bright and comical illustrations I could remember as a kid, Alligator Pie. The poems Dennis Lee and illustrations by Frank Newfeld go hand in hand and stimulate the imagination. I might have to pick up a copy tonight on my way home. If I’m lucky they might also have a copy of Garbage Delight.
“Alligator pie, Alligator pie
If I don’t get some I think I’m going to die
Give away the green grass, give away the sky
But don’t give away my alligator pie.”