Selfcare show at Glenrose Hospital

I am creating a series of new paintings for an upcoming exhibition at Glenrose Hospital themed around selfcare, which will be exhibited in August 2015. In the planning stages, sketching out ideas and figuring out ways to collaborate with other selfcare advocates to make the project even more meaningful (more on that later).

When I hear the word selfcare, I think about what I need to do to take care of my well being. I am responsible for taking care of myself and make it a priority so I'll have the confidence, energy and willingness to perform well at work, be a good partner, family member and friend to the people I care about.

For me, selfcare means that I am rested, eating well, getting proper exercise, time for creativity, time for relationships and time to be alone, hopefully creating a balanced and fulfilling life.

Basically, selfcare can mean a million different things to people. What does it mean to you? I'm open to all ideas and feedback on this topic, as I would love to incorporate many different themes into the paintings :)

Biodiversity Illustrations (ABMI)

I finished mega project for ABMI (Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute) in December of 2014. Here are some of my pencil drawings and a few of the finals from the project! I'll show more once they are officially online for the public. 

Working realistically is not usually my playground, so this was a great challenge to take on. We went through many rounds of sketches to makes sure all the species represented in each zone were accurately placed.

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Next Act Exhibition

 I have a series of large original ink drawings available to view/purchase at the Next Act for the next two months! It was really a pleasure to make these... honestly this is exactly how I love to work these days.

Here are a few peeks at the work, they are much nicer to look at in person as they are large (20" x "28). You can see sneak peaks of all the work if you follow me on instagram, @amandaschutzie.

The Vikings Return

New work for Deep Freeze Festival!

As a side note, I love this article on Lisa Congdon's blog about claiming an identity as an artist. I totally agree that the mentality behind 'if I am not starving, I am not a real artist' is bullshit. Work hard, do what you love and  if you can support yourself or your family in a career of making art in a commercial capacity, don't apologize for it! Be happy this is a possibility.

I am very grateful that I get to draw vikings for my job :)

Bold Care Workshop

I'm teaching an afternoon workshop this weekend on how to use the sketchbook and art making as a tool for self-care. Drawing, painting and hand lettering are a huge part of my life and daily routine. I use these things not only in a professional capacity to earn a living, but also I rely on drawing as a way to self-express, share ideas and alleviate stress. It can be meditative and calming to spend even just 15 minutes working in a sketchbook. It can also be an easier way to say something you struggle with communicating verbally or written. I hope to touch on all of these things in the workshop...

I should have posted about this sooner as you can't buy tickets anymore, but I'll try to take a few photos! See you there :)

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ESO Symphony for Kids Illustrations

Here are all the illustrations I did for the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Symphony for Kids! Really fun project. 

For anyone who might be interested in my process on these: Sketch concepts in pencil sent to the client for approval, drawing with brush and india ink, scan, colour digitally in photoshop (including the textures). Aww yea.

 

Here are some detail shots :) If you want to see these illustrations larger, you'll have to go to the Saturday performances! They'll be doing giant backdrops that the kiddies can stand in front of for taking photos.