Learning curves


I am taking a 5-week ecourse taught by Lilla Rogers called Make Art That Sells. I am grateful to have had the Nanaimo Arts Council award me with their annual Achievement Award which helped pay for this awesome and eye-opening course.

I am currently in week 4 working in the wall art industry and really enjoying myself because this is the realm I really feel drawn to. I struggled a little bit with the weeks which I expected to enjoy (like childrens books and bolt fabric) but this week is feeling really wonderful.

The above photo is my attempt at designing some paisley plates for the home decor assignment. This was the week I realized I need to educate myself more in the world of photoshop and illustrator if I want to continue to present myself professionally.

A lot of my classmates are professional illustrators and designers so this week, focused on wall art and painting, it’s been a challenge for a few people. I spontaneously wrote up a fun little list of things I do to keep art making and painting (especially abstract or intuitive art) fresh, fun and exciting and shared this list in the private class facebook group in case it was of benefit to others’. Here it is below. Maybe you can benefit from it also. Much love!

Hi Everyone
Here are some techniques I wanted to share with you… I call it “fresh eyes”…
when I work on my canvases I can spend HOURS cramped up in a tiny space working on a spot close-up until my head spins, my eyes blur and sometimes I even lose sight of the direction I am headed in on a particular piece…
Here are some of the things I do to create “fresh eyes” for my work, all very very valuable for me, please add yours below too!

-I will force myself to stand only when I paint (as a change from sitting)
-I will walk away and refuse to look at the piece I am working on for a certain period of time. an hour, a day, a week…etc
-I look at my piece in a mirror.
-I look at my piece upsidedown
-I look at my piece sideways
-I force myself to back up and look at my canvas from at least 20 feet away
-I blur my eyes and try to not focus on the canvas surface…this is a great way to see the tonal values in a painting when painting representational too.
-Just like Lilla’s suggestion, I also work on multiple pieces at once. If I get frustrated or stuck on a piece I move onto another one or start a new project just for fun. This keeps the pressure off.
-I follow where my eyes go in the canvas (old design school trick) watch where my eyes go…does it create a “story” for my eyes? a fun journey? or does it leave me wanting more (or less?)

Once I have had time away from my piece, I will look at it with fresh eyes and I really tune into my initial responses of the piece. Does my heart jump with bliss and love at it? How do I feel about it and what could I do to make my heart skip a beat over it?? (sometimes it’s more flowers etc or an element that I really love)
thanks everyone. sending lots of wonderful creative wishes come true this week.

The middle bit sounds almost Suess-like..hahaha! Enjoy!


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Learning time! Workshops for Spring


Learn how to craft a wet felted wool vessel.
Wool is often seen as a therapeutic material for warmth, to soothe and comfort, and to heal pain. It is a versatile natural material that can carry half its weight in water, is fire resistant, muffles sound and is a superb insulator.
During the felting process the fibres are manipulated in such a way to be coaxed and then forced with friction and pure hard labour to alchemize into a strong and very versatile fabric…one of the first textiles made!

In this class we will create a round wool felt container and discuss the ideas of containment as a safe place. A creative visualization is part of the class and we will explore the many aspects of fibre based textiles.
We will discuss the ancient properties and traditions of wool felt and the symbols of containers in our life.

wool + soap & hot water + movement=handmade felt

Materials supplied.

$48.00 / 3 hour class.

Here are the dates/times and the facebook event links. Please share with those you think will be interested.

April 18th 12:30-3:30 – Facebook event here.


May 2nd 12:30-3:30 – Facebook event here. 

Join me for an afternoon of fuzzy fun.


p.s. I need your help!! I have another workshop space available on May 23rd 12-3:30 pm, and I want YOUR INPUT! what do YOU wanna create? what do you want to make? I want to teach skills that are beneficial to your interests. Post in the comments below or email me over at tanisalexis@yahoo.ca and let me know what your interests are. Cheers!

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keep on, keepin’ on..


I continue to jump feet first into all the creative endeavours I can in the hopes that I can bloom and grow in exponential ways. In the hopes that I may cope and thrive in the realm of missing my mama

and redefining what my family will look like.

Within it all I find trust,

and love,

and the utmost of support.

This afternoon as I walked down the road, I realized just how fortunate I am

to have had the real time angels around me

ready to catch me when I fell apart.

Ready to fill me up with Love

when I needed it most.

My cup is overflowing.

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Originals & mini prints for sale


Hooray! I have managed to get 4 original mixed media works online

and into my etsy shop. you can check them out here.

I took some quick photos of these and was asked about prints so for now,

there are also Mini Prints available in my Society6 shop along with a lot of others.

Check them out here.

Lots of healing going on here and recooperating after the tragic loss of my dear mother at the end of August.

Art  truly heals and I spent a few good strong sessions on Untitled III (seen below) as the images came to me in dreams while the most raw of emotions flowed through me.

Loss is intense and chaotic and desperate. Loss creates an etching within your being that never really fades away, it just becomes who you are.

I spend a great deal talking and writing about these changes and I cherish the chances to create and express my feelings with the art making process.

Thank you for being here with me. Thank you for loving art with me.


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I’ll always miss you Mama. Thank you for giving me this life.

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