Paintings: Scratching the Surface. Nature Inspired, mixed media. Acrylic paint on wood, homemade plaster made from flour, and sand. Music! Chris Zabriskie I used twigs as my paint brushes. Richard @mystudiodoor is a talented painter and art teacher. I follow him, as he gives freely of his advice. He was painting plein air, and used a branch. I am grateful to learn by him. "Imagination Creates Reality." Richard Wagner, composer. Nature walks are part of my meditation process. These paintings symbolize scratching below the surface. To get to know people, as we are all layered. Simple, yet complex. The sand reminds me of @amberlylagomotivation and her "True Grit." Grit: small loose particles of stone or sand. My world is one of immense colour. Colour adds to our lives. May you live, and be true to you. "It is you who has to live with you." CT
Painting: "Crap Happens." Acrylic painting, and mixed media. 50.5cm x 25cm. Acrylic and ribbon. Fox and friends. Inspired by memories of the red fox on Prince Edward Island. So excited to see this majestic animal. Being "in the moment." Forgot about my camera. This fox was playing with us. Posing. It felt like he wanted us to take his photo. It didn't happen as while he hung around, I couldn't get my Android ready. Fumbling. Finally he gave us one last look, then started to walk away. Then, turned around and yup. He took a "crap" and left. It was priceless. Enjoying the beauty of the moment. A walk down memory lane. One of my pastel look paintings. using acrylic paint, and ribbons for texture. @sarahtoda Will work on more ribbon paintings. I attended a Leadership conference and one of the keynote speakers mentioned, "To create new memories." As @nike says "Just Do It."
Paintings: Pop of Colour Series. 1. Ballerina 2. Playing 3. Wall of Colour Music: The Temperature by Chris Zabriskie. Ballerina in Motion. Acrylic. Slight changes in each section. My love of movement. Playing: First attempt at watercolour. My love of "playing." Wall of Colour: Acrylic on wood. Colours are my world. "Imagination Creates Reality." Richard Wagner, Composer. Beauty surrounds, find your joy, and live it. This series hilighting colour. More pops of colour future posts. I love scarves, and thought some of my paintings may look good as wearable art. What do you think?
Painting: "Eggplant" Acrylic and mixed media, 61cm x 45cm Music, #kyotoconnection #grid app I get my inspiration through people, things, nature, art, and food! Thank-you @cheftomwalton and @harrison_bubba Seeing all your creative eggplant dishes. I was inspired to cook the many varieties of aubergine. And inspired to paint same. Many of you may be familiar with the typical ones you see in the market. There is a vast array out there depicted in my painting: small, various shapes, colours. The eggplant flowers are nonedible, gorgeous colours. Every day simple joy, as simple as that. Have a beautimous weekend y'all. Thanks again for all your beautiful, encouraging comments.
Painting: "I'm Thinking." Mixed media: dehydrated fruit, green veggies, olive oil, cake decorating dyes. Thank-you to all of you who weighed in and guessed. It kept me amused. Yes, I got creative in the kitchen. I used dried blueberries, strawberries. Oils from oranges, lemons. Pulp of apples, olive oil, Fireball, pureed green leafy vegetables, and cake decorating dyes. A few splashes of pomegranate, most never made it onto the painting! I was crushing, squeezing, spraying. To create this series of paintings without using paint. This is the second painting. Depicting me. On right, the artist looking contemplative The Other, shows me inside of me. My head is "huge" as I have been filling it with studying the business end of the art industry I am wearing shades and a mud mask. Below and in this figure is me "thinking." Thinking of the wonderful new journey into the art world. Wearing one of my signature scarves, dressed in my go to orange colour. Always mystical creatures, angels surround, and support. Hearts and circles symbolizing our connection with each other. #zoomin I used one of my fine cake decorating tools to get the impressionist detail. I used to decorate cakes in the Australian method. Breathe, pause, and take the time to enjoy the beauty that surrounds. Take the time to reach out to someone who may need your ears
Painting: Untitled Let's play a game. I love games. I love colour. I love to create. My first love has been cooking. Am a passionate foodie. So take a guess. What mediums do you think I used to create this painting? It is a painting that has no paint. I would love to know what you think, and what you see. There are animals hidden in plain sight. #zoomin Remember, the clues are that I am a foodie. I love whimsy, and fun. And colours are my world. I continue to be inspired by the amazing, talented creative artists I continue to connect with via @instagram I would like to thank @lultimafetta for her whimsy, and creative, passionate baking @mattspencer18 for the joy he gives me through his words, and positive influence @georgianna1919 for the joy I have received through her art and her friendship @jakeandrewart for the colour he presents in his paintings. Both April and Jake "paint sound." Do check out the just released film about Jake, link in his bio. Fascinating 25 minute short film. So much joy, it is has been an easy transition putting the joy into my paintings. Time to start guessing!
Painting: She Remembered She Forgot. My mother-in-law cried when she remembered she forgot my birthday. She has never forgotten in the thirty years I have known her. Aging, Dementia, Alzheimer's. "The more we know, the better we do." CT This acrylic painting depicts the beginning - vibrancy. Full of "life" and colour. From someone who travelled the world. Symbolizing to "stop and smell the roses." At times we only see grey. All of us may feel blue, regardless of how optimistic we are. Then for those suffering from Dementia or Alzheimer's, darkness looms. With the support of family, and through educating ourselves. We can "be there" and provide support, and love. And that "vibrant" world may appear again. Although it may be fleeting, and momentary. There is hope. None of us knows what tomorrow brings. With Alzheimer's, sometimes there is "rage' and it is important for loved ones to understand this. Many resources available. I found the documentary, "I'll Be Me" about singer Glen Campbell who lived with Alzheimer's was an eye opener. #nowyouknow #zoomin see the golden woman holding the torch of hope.
Painting: "I Know." Mixed media, acrylic on canvas with chigirie, on homemade paper, and canvas board. Follow-up to "I Don't Know." This painting is delicate, and bold, subtle, and vibrant. "I Know" depicts joy. The joy I know I have found through this wonderful platform @instagram The joy I know through the meaningful connections I have made, and continue to make. To all of you, "I say what I mean, and mean what I say." I truly appreciate all the comments, and those of you weighing in on the various types of painting I am showing. This one was emotional for me to do as it is made from the homemade paper I had leftover from a painting I made for my mom. Chigirie is the art of "Japanese paper tearing." I made the paper, very delicate. Different colours, as colours are my world. If you #zoomin you can see that some of the paper looks like lace. I did make this with another special person in mind. If you know who you are, I hope you love it, as "I know it gave me joy." The same joy you have given me by being your authentic self. We both share our love of flowers. I will say, many of you have given me joy. This painting can be displayed from all four angles. Each side gives into perspective. This angle shows a "teddy bear" as I love them! And upside down it represents a floral, with my version of hydrangeas. The other two angles represent the sea of connection. I do have another painting C of Hope, which represents cancer. Will post later. Please do let me know the styles that are resonating with you as I am going to be exhibiting and selling my art. Today I started my 🍆 painting which was inspired by @cheftomwalton and @harrison_bubba as they have created some wonderful recipes using this versatile vegetable. This one is again, another style, and it incorporates my passion as a foodie. I am sure the mediums I am using are original and unique. Anything goes when you are the artist, creating from your heart.
Painting: "I Don't Know." Acrylic painting, 25cm x 30cm #worditout word collage My intuitive awareness, and extra sensory abilities. I see these things as a blessing. One of the things that happens to me is "I hear words" at the same time I am writing them. When my connection to a person is strong, I hear the words. Be it on the radio, in a conversation, or? "I don't know" why these things happen. Sometimes it is repeating words or numbers. I find dimes. And I know things before they happen. Some say it is being open to the universe. We hear the words, coincidence, serendipity, synchronicity, and Divine Providence. The words in the worditout are the repeated words heard after I asked myself "Where will my art journey take me?" The world as seen through my eyes and experienced as my being is a very different one. At times easier to express through art. This painting is "I Don't Know." Feeling painting expressing the sometimes overwhelming feeling. The joy, the different directions. Next week I will post "I know." #thankyou to all of you for your kind comments. You have been engaging, encouraging, and entertaining. Y'all have a beautimous weekend.
Painting: Flight of Imagination. "Imagination Creates Reality." Richard Wagner, Composer. Acrylic painting, 36cm x 46cm I received a new easel and paints for Christmas from my husband Michael. As a "thank-you" I did this painting. He was born in the year of the pig. A pig-horse creature with wings takes flight. From the bottom left, shows the "process." At the top the final painting. If you #zoomin the creature is still present. I did paint a "hidden" skateboard. I have a thing for skateboards! One of my styles is to paint creatures hidden in plain sight, or as in this one, hidden. The process is to show you how I arrive at the final painting. Perhaps, one day I will do a live #instagramvideo I will show you how my heart takes over. It really is an adventure. I truly have no idea with "my feeling" paintings. The end result is a surprise to me. I admit, part of my signature style is rough edges. It's true to my nature. I never coloured within the lines, and prefer uneven finishes. Every dot, line, scratch, and layer is intentional. Symbolism everywhere. Open for interpretation. "Joy is not in things, it is in us." Richard Wagner, Composer.
Mixed Media painting: Ribbons of Connection. 41cm x 31cm Acrylic on wood panel, with silk threads, wire, ribbons. This painting is in memory of our dad. Who showed us how to connect with people. To be our authentic selves. To always treat everyone the same. Regardless of sex, age, or position. How colourful life can be when we "allow" everyone in. "Never confuse the uneducated voice with the intelligent voice. As with the intelligent voice, people's conversation may be clumsy in their manner of speech but you will be amazed with the colour of their speech." Rex Murphy, Canadian Commentator and author. Painted with both my right hand, and left hand as my dad was right handed. Yet he played sports left handed. Symbolism: open hearts, butterflies, lending hands.
Painting: Jenni, 88 Acrylic painting, 30.5 cm x 91.5 cm Video of close up in separate post. This painting is gifted to @jenwesto Thank-you Jenni for believing in, supporting, and encouraging me. Inspired by her love of nature. Her vibrant personality. "Golden colours "symbolic" of the loves in her life. This is one of my signature pieces. Simple yet complex, always with symbolism. This type of painting is one I choose to exhibit. Thank-you to @bricklanegallery and @rawartists for your interest. I am currently working on my bio, and portfolio. I look forward to having #artforsale This week I will start posting the different types of paintings I will showcase. This one is reflective of "colours." As having the rare eye condition, I continually see a colour explosion. I also do "feeling paintings." Being an empath, I paint from my heart - it dictates. Part of my platform as an artist will be to bring light to the causes dear to my heart. If I am able to use my art as a way to bring awareness. This journey will be worthwhile. Please #followme as I journey forward as an #emergingartist
Painting Jenni 88. See separate post for story and full painting. Happy New Year all!
Painting: Colours. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you. It's the time of year, that our social calendars are full, and we spend time with family, and friends. Remember "those" who may be alone, and reach out if you are able, in any way that matters. Painting: Colours When I was growing up my two best pals, one red haired, and green eyed. The other blonde, and blue eyed. Someone we went to Junior high with thought that Bonnie (the blonde) and I were twins. People said, "how can you think they are twins?" I loved his vision, he had the ability to not see differences, only similarities! Colours are my world. This painting depicts my desire to be inclusive. My last name "Toda" translates to "all encompassing" in Spanish. "All encompassing, dismissive to none." CT Purple, green, blue. Symbolism everywhere. I choose an inclusive, colourful world. Where friends range from teens to 90's. Students, teachers, artists, scientists, painters, chefs, motivational speakers, janitors, authors, musicians, psychiatrists. The works. The more colour in my life, the happier I am. Had a conversation with @ralubitzu and forgot she is a young teenager. She is always "teaching me." Having an awesome mother, teacher @ecaterina.teodora1 who teaches through action. When we take and make the time to truly get to know another human being, how much bigger our world becomes. Time is our most precious thing, we can never get it back. Be happy, find your joy, live your passion. A whimsical painting for my last post of 2018. Wishing you health for 2019.
The best gift I ever received, "the gift of knowing." Most vulnerable post to date. Today, I will publically share my story. I always stress, and will continue to reiterate that we need not know that our actions may have a HUGE impact for an individual. If we live right, and treat everyone the same, then we have done all that matters. It is only because I have been on the end of "receiving gratitude" in the deepest most profound way. In the words of my favourite philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson: " To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." Why mental health is very much part of my platform. My story: I was a young teenager, exactly 40 years ago. I was 18, Alfredo was 16. We became friends. My intuition has served me well, and began in my youth. At the time I didn't realize I was "doing" anything out of the ordinary. What I did was listen. I listened with my heart open, and my mouth shut. I may joke about duct tape, and my ability to talk. Yet, I know when there are times the best thing we can do is listen. And listen without interjection. Alfredo was struggling with his identity. He knew he was gay, and it was tearing him apart at the thought of his family not accepting him. He talked. I listened. He wept. I wept. Together we would "walk and talk." I continued "walk and talks" as part of my way to connect with team members throughout my life. After a few months. Alfredo was ready to tell his family. He did, and they openly accepted him. I received a "love letter" from Alfredo, along with a miniature porcelain gift box in which he said "his heart will always be in." I have that box, and the letter. Perhaps it is why I collect boxes till this day. In his letter to me he thanked me for "giving him his life back." I still get teary eyed when I think about his words. He said, before he met me he was going to end his life. This is why "I know" that simple kindnesses make a difference. I write "thank-you" notes, love letters. I see the importance of letting people know. How simple and wonderful when we give and these kind gestures. Wanted to "show you" our actions do have ripple effects.
Painting: The Eyes Have It. A little whimsy, lighter colours. #abstractexpressionism My signature style which includes hidden figures in plain sight. #zoomin Can you see the "toada" wearing #echo boots! It doesn't matter what you see, it matters how you feel. All together the cats, dogs, skateboarding sheep make the entire painting. When I do "my professional" series for #artcollectors I am going to create a master painting with individual paintings of the close ups. Together will complete a series for a feature wall or gallery. If I am gonna dream, I am gonna dream big! My signature style is layered painting, with an abundance of colour, mixed media. Christmas is nearing, and all the festivities. Have a beautimous week, and weekend. I got my @instagram addiction this week. No more posts for a few days. Giving my thumbs a break. I am posting a vulnerable post next week, reasons why mental health is one of the platforms I support, and feel a need to openly discuss. Y'all take care. Thank-you for all your kindnesses, and well wishes while I have been under the weather.
Painting: Penguins dancing in sugar plums. I had a moment this morning with @georgianna1919 We were texting and I told her I can't get this picture of Penguins dancing out of my head. She was in disbelief then sent me a photo of the dancing penguin she had just put up in her home. I used it to inspire me. I am still not well, hoping tommorrow will be all better. I did this quick painting in 15 minutes! It's for fun. Those penguins are in the sugar plums. Just have fun, find joy. Laugh at yourself, and even when you are sick, you can still play. When I have a connection with someone all the magic happens. Believe.
Painting: Tissues as Seen through My Eyes. I have mentioned that both my brother's are colour blind, and I have "Tetrachromacy" a rare eye condition. Which allows me to see more colours than the average individual. Been nursing a cold, and haven't felt creative. Thought I would do a realism painting. Yet it's only real through my eyes. This is actually a bunch of tissues worn, and used, yet I don't see plain white, I see nuances of green, blue, orange rose, bronze etc. #instagramaddict trying to get my fix before all the holiday socials! I paint what my heart dictates. This past few days copied what I saw, and made an ordinary object into art. Giving an idea of who I am as an artist. Getting weirder by the minute.