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Well, would you believe it’s the end of the year already…!

2011 just flew, and I’m extremely lucky to say that it was one of my best, artistically speaking…! Every year I am reminded by Alyson B. Stanfield, (a great coach and mentor for artists) to do something that has become an end-of-the-year ritual:

To Celebrate My Accomplishments.

Why? Because it’s so easy to think of the things I didn’t get done..! And to write this list reminds me that I did more then I thought, it’s a great boost to end the year and look forward to the next one.

So, here they are…!
In 2011, I :

-created about 40 paintings,

-sold around 70 paintings,

-added close to 200 people to my mailing list,

-reached the 1000 fans on Facebook,

-gained over 300 new followers on Twitter,

-had a successful Solo Exhibition,

-took part in 6 group exhibitions,

-participated in 3 craft fairs to sell my jewellery,

-started to sell my Signed Ltd Edition prints,

-set up an online Etsy shop to sell my jewellery,

-took part (successfully!)in Art Fair 2011 in the RDS, Dublin,

-appeared in local and national newspapers,

-took an add for the first time in the “Irish Arts Review”,

-read a lot about Art licensing,

-made 2 art donations,

-gave 2 art workshops in a primary school for the first time,

-gave a one-day painting workshop for adults for the first time,

-taught 84 hours of art or craft classes for the Kerry Education Service

-appeared on National Television (with Nationwide),

-checked out the National Craft & Design Fair in Dublin,

-got my first exposure in the UK, just outside London,

-flew to London and went to the opening of the show in New Ashgate Gallery,

-took advantage of Twitter an awful lot more, and
-completed 4 commissions.

Well, that’s what comes to my mind at the time of writing…! Please feel free to share your accomplishments… It’s always good to get a pat on the back…!
Enjoy the celebrations, and I’ll talk to you next year…  😉
Amélie

A Few Pictures from the RDS..!

A Few Pictures from the RDS..!

My 7 links Challenge…

I was nominated by my friend Kathryn Hansen (https://www.artblogbykat.blogspot.com/) to be part of the 7 links challenge, where we are asked to think about our blog and come up with the following links..

– Your most beautiful post
– Your most popular post
– Your most controversial post
– Your most helpful post
– A post whose success surprised you
– A post you feel didn’t get the attention it deserved
– The post that you are most proud of

So here they are! (I think..!)

My most beautiful:   

Canadian Thanksgiving
https://www.ameliegagnestudio.com/search?q=thanksgiving

My most popular: 

The Small Pleasures…
https://www.ameliegagnestudio.com/the-small-pleasures-in-an-artists-life/

My most controversial post:

Ups and Downs :
 https://www.ameliegagnestudio.com/ups-and-downs/

My most helpful post

https://www.ameliegagnestudio.com/upcoming-workshop-in-killarney/
A post whose success surprised me 

The London Adventure 
https://www.ameliegagnestudio.com/the-london-adventure/
A post i feel didn’t get the attention it deserved
Gift Certificates: 
https://www.ameliegagnestudio.com/gift-certificates/

The post that you are most proud of

The Opening of my Solo Exhibition:
 https://www.ameliegagnestudio.com/the-opening-of-my-exhibition-dream-big-in-the-boathouse-gallery/

Thanks Kathryn for nominating me..!

Gift Certificates…!

Gift Certificates...!

Well, it’s that time of year again and some people are extremely organised and early in their Christmas shopping so I thought I would remind you about my gift certificates…!

There is a few options on the button’s drop down menu. If you don’t see the amount you would like to give, please contact me and I can send you a Paypal invoice instead…

The Paypal button below will give you options for the amount of your voucher, and will lead you to the simple process of making a payment online. You DO NOT NEED a Paypal account to do this, just follow the link “Don’t have a Paypal account?” Unfortunately for those living in Ireland, I think the Laser card is not accepted by Paypal yet, so you can contact me for an other method of payment.

Please don’t forget to tell me the “TO” and “FROM information, the address to which I will send the voucher, and please please please do not forget your phone number and email address in case I need to contact you…

If you want you can also give me a short message which I can send along with the voucher if it’s going directly to the recipient, ie: “Happy Birthday Mum, from Louis” etc…

And if you would like a present like this yourself, just send the following link to your loved one..!
https://www.ameliegagnestudio.com/gift-certificates/

Gift Amount in EUROS

The Opening of my Exhibition “Dream BIG!” in the Boathouse Gallery

The Opening of my Exhibition "Dream BIG!" in the Boathouse Gallery

Last Saturday saw the opening of my solo exhibition, “Dream BIG!” which is on for the whole month of September in the Boathouse Gallery, Kinsale, Co.Cork.

Here is the little video I had done to promote it, in case you haven’t seen it!

I made my way to Kinsale early afternoon and stopped at the gallery to see how the paintings all looked on the wall…

 Liz and Gerard did a great job hanging the show! I then walked around the town to drop a few postcards I had made to promote the show… Kinsale is such a fabulous place…! And this is one of my favorite corners in the town:

This shop is all bling… Ladies, you would feel like a kid walking in a candy store!

A hair apointment later, (actually, “Wonderland” sold when I was getting my hair done!) it was onwards to Jim Edwards, for a yummy half lobster (Kinsale is by the sea!) and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc…

Then at 7 pm I made my way back to the gallery, where there was a good few people…!

Friends from Killarney, Ronnie Moore and Kathleen O’Brian, Ronnie is a fantastic watercolour artist.. 

Kathleen again and her husband Pat, it was for him that I did the commission a few months ago..

Owners of the gallery, Liz and Gerard…

A LOVELY couple who bought “The Summit”, himself is a fellow Canadian and his wife from Pensylvania, it was great meeting them!

I love red dots… 😉

With my first sale of the show, “Wonderland” and my boyfreind Stephen who graduated from UCC yesterday!

Thank you all for the encouragements and well wishes…!

Talk soon,

Amélie

Avaluk Crafts, Kilkenny, and The Horse Show, Dublin

Avaluk Crafts, Kilkenny, and The Horse Show, Dublin

A couple of months ago I was contacted by Avaluk Crafts in Kilkenny, a beautiful boutique full of gorgeous handmade items. They told me they would be delighted to carry my jewellery pieces… Now a  few weeks later, my rings and necklaces seem to be so popular that I find it hard to keep up with the production!

At the beginning of August, Avaluk Crafts will be taking a stand at the Horse Show in the RDS, and they have asked me for more pieces obviously!… I should send them the new inventory next Monday…

I’ve been having a lot of fun crafting my little price tags..!  It’s incredible what a paper punch and a bit of string can do… The images aren’t great but you’ll get the idea..

So if you are around Dublin between August 3rd and 7th and are planning to visit the Dublin Horse Show, make sure you visit the Avaluk Crafts Stand…!


24th June 2011 – An Important Day!

24th June 2011 - An Important Day!
Well, I won’t be talking about art in this post… I just want to share with you that today is a special day for me on a few levels…! (let’s mention that I am drafting this at 4.30 am during an insomnia attack!)

10 Years in Ireland!

Yep, I can hardly believe it, but 10 years ago I sailed in to Cobh harbour aboard Irish Ferries, for a planned …hum.. 3months in Ireland.. I was just after doing the Camino de Santiago (a near 1000km pilgrimage across Northern Spain) and made my way up through France and took the night ferry from the cute Breton town of Roscoff on June 23rd…  

To the risk of sounding very cliché, the feeling I got when we finally approached the Irish shores on that morning was quite emotional and almost that of “coming home” (I had previously been to Ireland on a short backpacking trip 5 years before, and I do have a little Irish blood in my veins!)
So there! You know how I got here 🙂

La St-Jean-Baptiste

A big day in my province! “La St-Jean” in my home province of Québec is what St-Patrick’s day is to Ireland.. (and Canada Day will follow next week on July 1st!) Concerts, bonfires, fireworks etc..
Bonne Fête Québec!

One month already…

My lovely little Achilles was killed by a car one month ago today… I’m still very heartbroken over him, he was just the cutest young cat.. He had discovered my house on a cold wet October night following one of my other cats, skin and bones, a big gash on his heel (where his name came from) and with an immediate “please love me” attitude! I miss him terribly..

AND! Last but not least, June 24th is also my dad’s birthday…!


Bonne Fête papa..! Xxx

Upcoming Workshop in Killarney…!

Upcoming Workshop in Killarney...!
Here is the poster for my upcoming workshop for complete beginners in Killarney…! Please contact me if you have any question!


The London Adventure…

The London Adventure...

Well, after such a long time since my last blog post, you’re in for a treat!! I just want to tell you about my little escapade to London recently, for the opening of a group exhibition in Farnham, Surrey, where I have 10 pieces…
I took off from Kerry Friday morning, to land in Stansted… Since I was going to the other side of the city I had planned on stopping in the center and do a little shopping around the famous Portobello shops and market… I love browsing through antique jewellery and vintage clothing…

Coming out of the tube at Nothing Hill Gate it was LASHING!!! I didn’t try to find my bearings, I went straight to Boots to try and find a cheap umbrella, and when I saw a wooping £20.00 on the tag.. well I just went back to brave the rain and found this gorgeous coffee shop/bakery across the road called “Le Pain Quotidien” (the daily bread), where I had a lovely coffee and pain au chocolat waiting for the rain to calm down…

Next I headed down to Portobello road and had a great time looking through antique shops and vintage stalls, I managed to find a beautiful art deco brooch and a cute top with an art nouveau looking motif…

THEN, when came the time to take the train down to Farnham, troubles started. I heard later that several trains had stopped working and the line I was supposed to get on was closed due to an accident… My plan was to arrive a good hour before the opening, check in my room, shower etc.. Instead I arrived directly at the gallery more than an hour into the opening reception, so quick change into my new top, grab a glass of wine, and finally breath!!

The rest of the evening was very enjoyable and I got to discover some great paintings and craft items. The gallery is in a beautiful old building that was extensively renovated some years ago.

With Director Joanne McCarthy
 

The next day I got to have a look around the beautiful town of Farnham, which is not only quaint and pretty, but I found it very much art orientated… They have a University for Creative Arts, where I got to see the student’s end of year show, of course the New Ashgate Gallery, and another great art centre called the Malltings, an old brewery turned into a multi-disciplinary art centre housing a theatre, a craft shop, a dance studio, a lovely café (serving great Eggs Florentine!) and different exhibition rooms.





The Maltings



A cute area where I had my breakfast in a chocolaterie!

I then had to make my way to Gatwick for my return home, full of images and inspirations that are lingering in my head… No sales so far, but time will tell…!

Thanks for reading… Amélie

Happy Easter! A special commission…

Happy Easter! A special commission...

I was very impatient to show you this painting that I have been working on for a few weeks… I delivered it last night so I can finally show it to you…!

It was commissioned as a birthday present for a gentleman’s 60th birthday… And it is packed with meaningful symbols relating to the man’s life… I love painting with a purpose..!

Having a chat with his wife and daughters, they wanted these particular “traits” to come through in the painting..:

– he loves music,
– he is a father of 4 and grandfather of 2,
– he collects coins,
– he loves poetry and classical music,
– he did the Camino de Santiago,
– he’s a supporter of the Kerry team,
– he likes gardening,
– he was quite touched by his visit to Newgrange,

Quite an assignment…! Well, I enjoyed every minute of working on this project, and here is the resulting painting…

The two trees on top represent the man in question and his wife,

The four trees underneath and the two little ones are the children and grandchildren,

The top left hill wears the “green & gold” of the Kerry team,

The path leads up to Santiago de Compostela cathedral, and a sign post indicates the way as well, (I have walked the Camino myself so it was lovely to include these details.) I painted stars on the hill of the cathedral because Compostela means “field of the stars”…

I decided to use the path as a base to the scores of a classical piece… Can you guess which..?

Instead of my usual bubble-like pattern, I scattered a few coins on the lower left hill…

So there! I was quite nervous delivering it yesterday but they were all very pleased and I was treated to a glass of bubbly and a piece of birthday cake…

Well, I’m still at my stall at the Arty Bits Craft Fair in Tralee, one more hour to go…

Happy Easter everyone…!

Amélie

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