Leaves on Ink
(Alcohol Ink on Photo Paper with Permanent Gold Marker)

During winter, I spend a lot of time working on my visual art, both producing and learning new techniques. In December I enrolled in a self-paced online alcohol ink and encaustic art course called Energy, Motion and Flow. The instructor is a school administrator from NJ. Her name is Alexis Bonavitacola. I am learning so much. Not only is she exposing the students to techniques with inks and waxes, she is also introducing so many apps and websites to enhance how our art looks when we post it online for clients. I have until December 2017 to finish over one hundred videos. Incredible, right?

          Title: Balloon Extravaganza ~ Abstract
(Alcohol Ink on Photo Paper with Permanent Gel Pen)

Over Christmas, Two Cities Review, an online literary magazine based in Boston and New York City, nominated my creative nonfiction piece ‘Split Second’ for a Pushcart Prize. The finalists will be announced later in 2017 and their work (poetry, short fiction and creative nonfiction/essays) will be published in a Pushcart anthology showcasing the ‘best.’ I am honoured to make it onto the long list.

Also in December, I received an email from Light Space Time, an online gallery, telling me my mixed media submission, ‘Three Birches,’ had received a Special Merit Award in the All Women 2017 Art Exhibition. The perk to this recognition is receiving increased online traffic to my website and social media. The original piece is part of a private collection in Bruce County.

Three Birches

Three Birches, Mixed Media, 24 x 24 on birch flooring
Prints available through Painterly Cindy and More

In January I have been using apps to show my art work on walls such as virtual homes and art galleries. These apps are so cool! Here is a sample.


Leaves on Ink, Alcohol Ink and Sharpie
Can be yours. Simply contact me and we’ll price out a print size and style that fits both your wall and budget.

In December I began writing a ‘creativity’ newsletter and will continue on this topic until early summer, 2017. This is an opportunity to ‘give back’ to my newsletter followers. Maybe something I mention might inspire one of them to follow a dream and create. If you are not yet a newsletter recipient and want to know more, just click to complete the online form.

Finally, today and during the next few months, I will be periodically uploading new images to my online store, Painterly Cindy and More. Why not check it out? Today’s features are in the wall art section of the store. I now have TWO pages of wall art available as prints, posters or on a wooden canvas.

Stay tuned for more updates on the blog in a few weeks.

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