Art and Creativity

Creative explorations in paint, pencil and charcoal.

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Daily Painting

Everyday I create a small painting. The intent is to practice loose, intuitive painting that is reflective of an abstracted realism.

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Charcoal Drawings

I enjoy drawing very realistic charcoal drawings as a way of pushing my abilities to represent realistic imagery

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A Brief Hiatus

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I had decided to take a brief break. Since I had painted everyday for 9 months I decided that I had earned a bit of a break from the Internet 😀

While I haven’t been posting regularly I have been working on a few different things that I thought I would share with you.

I took on a commission back in September and spent almost a month creating this painting. Here are some step by step progress shots



Notice that I raised her back a bit so that it is level with her head.

I decided to change the background to put her in a more natural environment. Originally I was going to add extra details like leaves etc. But I felt that it could detract from the detail in the chameleon.

Since I have been back to the daily high school teacher thing it’s been hard to paint everyday and the 5 am thing, while still happening has been tough. I think I just need to redirect my energy a bit and I think I am coming to the end of my time off and am going to jump back in. 
However on the home front I just finished installing a reclaimed wood wall in my kitchen. Please note my fabulous penny counter!

We finished the wall but I still have to seal it so I will post a picture of it finished soon. It used to be two see rate door but we took those out and installed bypass doors. I still have to paint those but that will happen next weekend. I painted the wall brown so that any spots that you could see through didn’t have glaring white peeking through.

So back to daily morning artwork creation. And next week my week of teaching in the “Art of Gratitude” starts. Looking forward to seeing what people create with my lessons!

Have a great week!

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Inspiration Time!

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I took a full week off from painting everyday but it doesn’t mean that  I wasn’t working on something creative! With the new school year starting my original plan (haha…plans!) was to not make any major changes to what I teach this semester since it is basically the same schedule that I ended with in June.

And then I had a brainstorm…darn it! I then spent two straight days creating a brand new activity for my classes. So two days and three different 100 page documents later (not finished though) I think I have enough to get started. 

I decided that I wanted to start every class with a different artist. I wanted the artists to be contemporary and interesting. So the week will start with an artist, the next day an artist working in a similar theme but different medium. Next a female artist and then a Canadian artist and lastly a funny take on the theme or a parody.
The problem creating this was that I needed three completely different lists. On sculpture based, one for a grade 11 classes and one for a grade 12 class. Finding the artists was fairly easy. I found this fabulous website called MyModernMet and I just used those artists as my inspiration artists. Then I had to find the other four artists for that week based on the theme of my inspiration artist.

These were a couple of my favourites. 

Edoardo Tresoldi (link in the pictures) 

Matt Molloy (Canadian Artist!)

Marisa Redondo

Ed Fairburn

And those are just four of the 50+ I found as inspiration artists

Then I decided to find videos…oy.

So I did manage to get three weeks done per class but I will have to devote time each week staying on top of it but it should be really interesting. Now if I was really ambitious I would tie each weeks artists to the work that the students are creating…probably a good idea if I give up on the idea of sleep and quit doing anything for myself!

Tomorrow is back to work and back to teaching which also means back to my daily ritual of being up at 5am to paint before getting ready for the day. I’m actually really excited about getting back to it…should I clarify? The teaching or the painting? Both actually but, being honest I didn’t paint for a week and I’m itchy to get back to it. I haven’t taught for two months and I wouldn’t mind some more time off! Don’t get me wrong I really do enjoy my job but it is exhausting.

So I went on my favourite website ( for looking for reference imagery and found a bunch that I loved and will print off this evening for using tomorrow. Here are a couple.


I ran a couple of them through an editing program to reduce the details a bit. Plus it’s just fun to experiment.


Exciting new things for this week! Don’t forget to enter the contest for a free piece of artwork. The link is on the side of the page! The draw will be on the 14th so don’t miss out!

Lastly make sure to comment on this post to win one of two free places in the online Art group I am part of called “Art of Gratitude” there are 9 different artists, each with a different project focused on gratitude and will run for 9 weeks. It’s going to be amazing!

The picture below is a link to the course outline and sign up. Join us!



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Art of Gratitude GIVE AWAY!



It’s time for another giveaway (if you haven’t entered my giveaway for a free piece of artwork go here  HURRY you only have until September 14th!)

So this giveaway is pretty big! I am super stoked to announce that sign up has gone live for “The Art of Gratitude” e-course. I have been working all summer on developing videos and imagery for this class and I am so glad to get to the point that I can ….


All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and BAM! you are entered. If you want to tweet about it then that will get you a bonus entry! just make sure to tag me @kimansart

So enter here and I can’t wait to get started!


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As we Pause for a Break…

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I needed a bit of a break this week. There was a lot on my plate and I had to let a few things slide to maintain any sort of sanity! 

However I do believe that it is better to take a calculated break in order to prevent burnout. I have been painting consistently, everyday for 5 months and taking on more and more projects. I filmed and edited 8 videos for an online class that I am going to be teaching. Each of those videos usually taking about 6-8 hours to edit and upload. I worked on multipl house projects and started planning what my classes are going to be doing in the fall.

So, break time had to happen. 

I didn’t worry about painting every day this week but I did get something completed in the art realm any way! Actually I learned one of my clues that I need a break. It comes in the form of indecision. Usually I am pretty divisive when painting. I don’t think about the process I just do. However as I started to get overwhelmed in the last couple of weeks I found the paintings were more of a struggle. I find this interesting.



This final painting came together after I took a bit of that creative break. Previously it looked like this. And while not bad it wasn’t coming together.

 So while I took a break from making art I worked on other projects. We made a new kitchen table and I painted the base and stained the top.


   I went and got a tattoo which has healed quite nicely although I am startled by it often!
  So there is my last two weeks in a nutshell. So don’t forget to visit this post here to enter for a chance to win one of my daily paintings. I will be doing the draw in two weeks so if you haven’t commented on the painting you like get on over and do it now!

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Summer DIY and Daily Painting

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I use any vacation time as an opportunity to get some DIY completed. Honestly it doesn’t feel like a vacation unless I have something planned to do around the house. Plus, I guess, it comes down to personality. I don’t do “sitting and doing nothing” very well and I usually like to have something to be working one.

So in that them I thought I would share this weeks paintings and a bit of the DIY that has been going on around the house. 

Paintings first!


I’ve been working from the same set of flowers for a while now so I think it’s time to get some new ones to shake things up a bit. I have one more painting from this series that I started this morning and then I will buy some new flowers. I have been recording my lessons for an online class that I am working on and I am going to be recording a painting from start to finish so think that getting new flowers is perfect timing!

Speaking of recording I was invited this week to try out a new app called Vibbidi. It’s pretty cool and it allows you to make 15 second videos using a multitude of clips, add music and play with filters to change the over all look. I’m not used to making videos at all! But, I am playing with it all the same and figuring out the possibilities.

This one I figured out how to add music…the biggest trick was getting the music on my iPad!

  My DIY has been all over the place this month. I am painting the outside of my house and I only have a couple of weeks before I have to go back to work so I have to knuckle down and get it done. I love it though. It’s going to be so cheery in the middle of winter.
I also painted the front and side door a darker turquoise and decided while I was at it to paint the gate at the side of the house the same colour.

I have to get another can of the turquoise colour to finish the gate. The house also has shutters that were dark green and I am painting them white. I have to finish those and get them back on the house.

The siding was so faded that the house numbers (which were ugly) from the previous owners were imprinted onto the siding. The siding was probably a brown/tan colour but had faded to a weird purple/brown colour. I didn’t want to pay to replace the siding so opted for painting. Even though it is a LOT of work. I’ll get it done before the end of the summer.

So the other day I decided that I wanted to make a new number plaque for the house. I took an old fence board, sanded it, stained it and sanded it again. I found some number shapes that I liked and painted them with chalk paint and distressed them. I then attached them and polyurethaned everything to hold up to the weather extremes we get here. I just have to get it up on the house!

I’ve also been working on the stairwell. Previously we had added wood panelling to the wall on one side and I wall papered the other side. I was going to just paint the stairs but they are in rough shape so I decided to do a carpet runner. Only problem was that the runners I liked were stupid expensive. So I found an inexpensive runner and dressed it up with nail heads. Here it is in progress.

I have to finish the nail head detail and touch up some of the painting. We have to add a baseboard detail on the wallpaper side and then the stair well is done!

The things I’d like to get done are inspired by these ideas.


I’d like to do a reclaimed wood wall in the kitchen but I’d like it to be horizontal. I am also going to have it white washed since my cupboards are green and I have a darker penny counter. 

On the same wall I want to create a bypass barn door. I have two pantries side by side so I have to do doors that will side past each other. I found a good system that is way less expensive than a barn door system so I have to order that. Here is what it might look like.

   Finally we are making a new kitchen table. However most of the patterns that found were WAY too big for the space we have. So I found a pattern that we altered to fit our needs.


The main difference is that I want mine to have a white distressed base and a stained top. The base is made and I have to get to painting and distressing. Next week I will be able to show you the completed table.

WOW! You don’t really realize how much you are doing until you try to write about it! Well off to do more stuff and tick some boxes off the to-do list.


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Win one of my Paintings!


Contest time ladies and gentlemen!

IMG_0837.PNGI am giving away one of my paintings that I created in my 100 days of painting challenge. Why? Well… because my birthday is coming up and I thought that it would be nice to honour that by giving something away.

So you have to do the following things.

  1. Follow this link here to see all the posts that feature my 100 paintings that I created in 100 days.
  2. Leave a comment on the post that has the painting that you would like to have for your very own.
  3. Go to Facebook and leave a comment on this post letting me know you have entered

That’s it! Of course if you want to share this contest then go for it! The more the merrier!

I will do the draw on my birthday, September 14 and the lucky winner will have the painting they chose mailed to them!

Good luck!


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Lazy Summer Days of Art & a contest!

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I am very lucky.

I get to create something every day. There are so many people that would be jealous of being able to do that. So, really, I do understand how lucky I am to be able to make being an active artist a priority in my life. I think one of the most important decisions I made this year was that I was going to paint every day. I was dissatisfied with my paintings and felt that they could be…more. And they had to be different from my drawings. 

When working with charcoal, pastels or pencil my drawings are very realistic. I enjoy the process of capturing accurate light, shadows and texture in a drawing medium. However, I do not want to paint that way! I want my paintings to capture form, colour and texture in a more intuitive and playful manner. The imagery that I am drawn to for painting allows for interpretation in the form and I can be inspired by realism but I am not tied to it when painting…a sort of abstracted realism. 

This week I bought a bouquet of flowers that featured purple and green flowers with some interesting spiky, filler leaves…I probably should learn the names of the flowers! I realized that week that I didn’t enjoy painting lilies as much as I thought because of their very structured form. I do think drawings of lilies in charcoal would be really interesting to do but as a painting…not my favourite!


I think I am going to be able to manage one more painting from the bouquet before I need to get something new. I also finished the pastel commision.

   This one was challenging because the source image was a very dark silhouette and so I had to lighten it in Photoshop in order to see anything within the faces. I am very happy with how it turned out.
I decided to run I contest starting this week! I will start advertising it next week on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and, of course, on the website. In honour of my upcoming birthday I will be giving away one of the paintings that I did during my 100 days of painting challenge! I will have more details later in the week but basically all you have to do is comment on one of the paintings that you would like to win from 1-100. Then there will be a post on Face book that you will comment and share that you have chosen the painting you would like to win…that’s it!

The winner will be randomly chosen on September 14…my birthday obviously 😀 and then I will mail the winner the painting that they have chosen. The contest is open to everyone and I will mail it anywhere in the world! So comment and share away…you can even comment on more than one painting but it has to be one of the paintings listed between 1-100 only!

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Daily Art and Happy News!

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Well you push the wrong button and there are no backsies! Sorry if you got the blank teaser post with nothing in it I got a little carried away with getting this post ready.

I switched things up this week and decided to start working on larger paintings and not worry about completing a painting a day but, rather, practice painting on a larger scale. Don’t get me wrong I really do like doing the little ones but since I am on school vacation I should be sinking my teeth into a bit more challenging painting. When I am painting little I find that I have fewer options and therefore they are faster and less complicated. When working larger there are more steps and the working process has to be different.

I have tried to become mindful of “tricks”. The things that you fall back on because they worked in one painting and so you try them again. The problem is that falling back into worn tracks leads you to the same outcome BUT it is never as fresh as the first time. You expect to experience that same “YES” moment and it doesn’t feel quite right. Sucks.

I don’t want to be an artist that does the same thing over and over again because it was “successful” or because other people liked it. I want to be an artist that challenges herself daily and seeks that “Holy Crap I Like That” moment when the convergence of paint, line, colour and composition come together and one moment of perfection. 

So onto this weeks paintings!

Day 112  

Day 113 

Day 114 


Day 115 


Day 116 a work in progress day!

Day 117


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Daily Art and a commission!

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I really enjoy the daily painting exercise. From deciding at the last minute what I am going to paint to prepping the support and working through the process it is turning into a very meditative process. I don’t listen to music or have the tv on. I stand there, most days in my pyjamas and explore lines and shape and colour without overthinking it. In fact I think the days that I “plan” something are the days that I struggle the most. Those are the days when I fight to try and make the paint do what I want rather than collaborating with the paint. My favourite paintings have been more of a collaboration and I’ve been able to get into a good “art mode” and the entire process has been pretty quick and seamless. 

Here are this weeks paintings.

Day 106

Day 107    


Day 109


Day 110 

Day 111 

Day 112 – I decided to change sizes ans worked on a 9×12 canvas.

Day 113 -then for this one I thought “Paint bigger! You’re on vacation, you have time!” So this on is 16×20

   As I have been working on the everyday I have been doing a couple of other things. I was going to start filming for a online course that I was going to help create…and then it was cancelled…then it was back on with a few different woman. So I had time to take on some commission work and then I had a lot back on my plate again. Oh well I’m having fun creating the commission work and I get to figure out how to film and that will be a good thing!

So the commission work is a 22×30 pan pastel drawing. The original picture is a sunset proposal but I am going to “artsy” it up and keep the faces looking realistic. So the original picture is this one 

And I have started this composition on paper to get the sketch right. 

And I started on the sky and mountains.

Loving it so far and thank goodness I have two weeks to work on this because this is about 3 hours of work so far. Next up is the water!

I post updates of my current work on Facebook and Instagram so follow me if you would like to see updates and progress!

Painting and Art Quilts

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I finished my 100 days of painting challenge and decided to continue painting for as long as I was being productive. The one hundred painting have all been completed on 6×6 prices of watercolour paper and I am working on how I am going to finish them. At this point I am thinking that I am going to mount them on 6×6 pieces of wood and will have a hidden hanger that I will drill into the back.

Day 99


Day 100

Day 101

For the next part of the series I decided to paint on a different surface. We made 7 inch square wooden panels that have an outside wooden stand edge. They will sit 1.5 inches off the wall.   

Day 102

I actually remembered to photograph it so that you could see the side of the painting.

Day 103

This painting was based off of a chalk pastel drawing that I did earlier in the year.

 Haha! I didn’t crop this one. Alł of my photos are taken at the kitchen sink because it has the best lighting!

Day 104

Day 105

I have also been doing lots of work outside on my house. I haveainted my house yellow and decided on a whim to paint the gate to my backyard turquoise. So then I have shutters that are going to be white and a deck that needs to be white.

I have also been working in the evenings on my art quilts. My fingers were taking a beating until I pulled out some pliers! Full steam ahead!

So this coming week I will be working on some filming, continuing to paint, get some of the paintings up on Etsy for sale, work on house painting and finish this art quilt and start the next ones that I have on mind.

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