From the studio; news, info, and thoughts about art
|Posted on 13 October, 2017 at 18:15||comments (0)|
When I first started working with Art Resin, it was a new medium used for making art. There were very few resources available on how to use it fully. I started to do little experiments in my studio to get to know resin better. I would add this or that and heat it or move it in a certain way. Then I would document everything in my art journal. I wanted to be able to recreate the results. That's how I learned. I wanted to be able to manipulate the resin to make it behave how I wanted it to behave. Not an easy feat. Just ask anyone who has worked with this finicky medium.
I did so many experiments that the little resin "pucks", as I called them started to really stack up around my studio. They were far too pretty to stash away in a box, so every time I went into my studio, there they were, sitting on a shelf looking all oceany. I asked my friends on Instagram what in the heck I should do with them. Here I am getting ready to launch them here on my web shop on Saturday, October 14.
I knew they needed a prettier name than 'Pucks". I thought of, "frozen ocean", "solid sea", "wave in hand". I threw it out to Instagram and there were so many fantastic ideas for a name for the series. Someone suggested "Sea Cube". That's what I am going with! They kind of remind me of ice cubes, after all, even though, technically, they aren't actual cubes. Close enough!
Sea Cubes are small touchable original art pieces. They are one of a kind ocean inspired studio experiments in resin. You can display the front side or the back. It's like 2 pieces of art in 1 little unique square. Display them on a shelf, hang them on a wall, feel the smoothness, look into the depths, and dream of the beach. It's like holding a wave in the palm of your hand.
|Posted on 15 September, 2017 at 14:35||comments (0)|
If you are looking for something to do on Saturday, September 16 (tomorrow!), you should wander on over to the Hydrostone nieghbourhood. From 10am-5pm, 15 artists represented by Made in the Maritimes and 14 Bells Gallery will fan out through the historic neighbourhood and capture it, each in their own uniquely creative way.
The Hydrostone Market Shops
Why the Hydrostone, you might ask? Well, NovaScotia.com describes the neighbourhood here: "Designated by Parks Canada as a Federal Heritage Site, the Hydrostone District in Halifax is a splendid example of an English-style garden suburb, designed according to the latest principles of town planning in the rebuilding after the Halifax Explosion. The houses and shops are all constructed on a common architectural theme, and preserve a remarkable sense of time and place. Visitors will thoroughly enjoy the Hydrostone Market which is a popular and vibrant European-style strip of unique shops and eateries."
Although it's not my usual watery palette, there will be no shortage of inspiration in this quaint little corner of Halifax. The mature trees and gardens bring to life the stone architecture. The weather looks like it will be a perfect day for plein air painting.
The Hydrostone Market Shops
It is a rare chance to see 15 artists at work at the same time. All the paintings created on site will be available to purchase from the 2 galleries.
Plus, there will be giveaways, samples of mulled cider, aged maple syrup, and a wine tasting. You can read more about the event here.
|Posted on 2 June, 2017 at 10:45||comments (0)|
Based in Nova Scotia, Canada, and having lived near the ocean all my life, the coast is a constant source of inspiration for my art. My work is undeniably inspired by my lifelong proximity to ocean waters and coastal living. My deep respect for the ocean finds me constantly in awe of the interconnectedness between nature and humans.
My recent work, “Devotion” is a 14”x11” resin, ink, acrylic painting on wood. It is listed for sale at kimberleyeddyfineart.com. All proceeds will be donated to the Nova Scotia Nature Trust in support of the 100 Wild Islands Project.
More about the 100 Wild Islands:
The 100 Wild Islands, a vast and beautiful archipelago on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia, is one of the last remaining intact and ecologically rich island groups of its size in North America. In the 100 Wild Islands wilderness, untouched white sand beaches, idyllic sheltered coves, and dramatic, windswept headlands welcome the intrepid wilderness paddler or sailor. Unique boreal rainforests, bogs and barrens, and over 250 kilometres of shoreline, have been largely undisturbed by humans for over 10,000 years. A rich diversity of birds find refuge in the islands, from majestic eagles and osprey to over 100 species of seabirds, songbirds and shorebirds. In partnership with local communities, land donors and the Province of Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Nature Trust launched an ambitious campaign to protect the entire coastal wilderness, and to date the Nature Trust has protected 85% of the islands.
|Posted on 12 May, 2017 at 9:00||comments (0)|
I have always enjoyed watching art videos. It's just so interesting to see a painting unfold before your eyes. It looks a bit magical. I find it half instructional and half entertainment.
I just never really thought about making my own videos. That is, until I taped myself painting recently and played it back as a time lapse. I thought it showed my process really well. I posted a few on Instagram and the feedback I received was overwhelmingly positive. One of them has over 80,000 views. What?! That's crazy. I had no idea.
I am working on ideas for some other artsy videos, like longer instructional videos, for example. If that's the sort of thing you might like, go check out my YouTube channel. I will post all my time lapse videos there too! Please subscribe if you like it. It's a bit lonely over there!
|Posted on 13 February, 2017 at 16:10||comments (2)|
About a year ago I came across Art Resin online. I was intrigued for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I was already using a clear shiny medium in some of my ocean inspired paintings, and, although I was happy with the result in the work, it was not as durable as I had wanted. Secondly, it was a non-toxic epoxy resin and no VOCs. This is really important to me. My studio is in my home and I definitely don’t want to expose my family and pup to VOCs and toxins. Those things are B-A-D.
I immediately binge-watched all of Art Resin’s tutorials and ordered my first 32oz starter kit. Each kit is two parts; resin and hardener. You simply mix one part resin to one part hardener. It is an easy 1:1 ratio. I followed their directions, coated one of my finished paintings, used a small blow torch to pop the bubbles, covered it to keep the dust off, and when I went back the next day, it was super glossy and hard. After 72 hours, it’s fully cured and just about as hard as glass. So, that was it, I was hooked.
After much research and loads of experimentation, I discovered that I can colour the resin and manipulate it with additives and heat to use its properties to create watery and wavy ocean paintings from an aerial perspective. Now I order it by the 2 gallon jugs! I also choose to wear nitril gloves, a respirator, and run an air purifier in my studio now that I am adding other stuff to the resin. Safety first!
Let me tell you another reason why I like Art Resin. It’s because of the Art Resin team. I am a big fan of customer service. I believe that a company should stand behind their product. I had trouble with one of my paintings. I wasn’t sure why the resin had reacted as it had. I needed help in figuring out what I had done wrong and what I could do to fix the issue. So, I gave the company a call. Dave, one of the owners answered and walked me through the troubleshooting process.
Recently Rebecca, the other owner (and Dave’s lovely wife) was in touch with a generous offer to send me a 32oz kit. Sweet! My solo show, Winter Escape, is opening at Argyle Fine Art on March 3rd. Every single piece in that show is made with juicy Art Resin. So, this was a very well timed gift, indeed!
This piece that I created is inspired by flying over the tropical ocean. It's super duper shiny and reflective. I love the depth that I can build by laying down multiple layers, and the glossy finish really enhances the colours. It will be available at the show, along with many more tropical inspired paintings. There just might be a few other surprises up our sleeves for the night of the opening! You're invited! Come on by and see for yourself!
|Posted on 7 November, 2016 at 14:25||comments (1)|
As I sit here trying to warm up my toes with wooly socks, and my hands with a cup of tea, I am shaking my head wondering where did the fall go? I spent a good chunk of the autumn on a beach or hiking along coastal trails with my family; soaking up every last bit of inspiration and golden sun that our unseasonably warm fall offered up this year.
I have also been enjoying lots of studio time this autumn. I guess it is no big surpirse that the ocean inspires me. I can't go near water without thinking about painting. Did you know though, that I have always been fascinated by flying over the water. I love the way the colours change with the depths. I have been trying to translate that feeling that I get from flying over water into some of my recent works. I am getting so much kind and positive feedback on my aerial perspective watery paintings. They are mixed media, although one of the main meidums is a 2 part epoxy resin. I use acrylic, inks, pigments, sand, AND resin. That resin is so darn shiny that it is what sets them apart from my other works.
Water Dance 18 5"x5" Acrylic, Ink, and Resin on Streched Canvas at Argyle Fine Art Gallery
Water Dance 13 24"x12" Acylic, Ink, and Resin on Birch at Argyle Fine Art Gallery
Beach Glass Aqua 1 5"x5" Acrylic, Ink, Sand, Glass, Resin on Birch at Made in the Maritimes Boutique
Maritime Shore 7 24"x24" Acrylic, Ink, Resin on Birch
You can find my shiny resin paintings at Made in the Maritimes, Argyle Fine Art, and in my webstore (when available). They are worth seeing in person as a photograph can never fully capture the depth and glass-like shine of the paintings. There is a variety of sizes available. I also paint custom sizes and colour schemes. If you want to know more, be sure to email me firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out to the galleries.
|Posted on 3 May, 2016 at 0:55||comments (0)|
It is going to be a hopping weekend in Halifax!
With Open City in full effect, and Made in the Maritimes Hydrostone Market Grand Opening, you will be sure to have no problem finding a Mother's Day gift for Sunday.
I am going to be creating a painting live on site at Made in the Maritimes Artisan Boutique and Art Gallery in their brand new Hydrostone Market location! It's their GRAND OPENING! Tax free shopping all day and free Nova Scotia Fisherman samples while they last!
Drop in to see me paint at 11am. Be sure to say hello! If you can't drop in this weekend, you can still check out my art on their webstore. Shipping is free for orders over $75.
Painting at another Made in the Maritimes event.
Have you been to Open City? There is so much artsy, foodie goodness going on that you should really plan it out before you go. See the link to all the fun happenings here.
|Posted on 1 April, 2016 at 18:40||comments (0)|
The beach draws me in. Every time. I am not really sure if it's the smell of the salty air, the sound of the waves lapping the shore, or the vast blue water.
Here is a photo I snapped of Fox Point Beach, Nova Scotia, Canada
Those of you who know me will agree that I am happiest and most creative when the things around me are organized and clutter free. So, what is it then about a beach that makes me into a collector? I stroll along the shore, head down, picking up treasures along the way; beach glass, shells, gold doubloons. (Well, okay, I have not actually found the gold. Yet. Everybody knows that pirates sailed in Nova Scotian waters. Don't you watch "The Curse of Oak Island"?)
It was only a matter of time until I started bringing home sand. The sand on each beach is so different; different colours, different textures. It feels so good to let it slip between your fingers. How could I not grab a handful every now and then? So now, this collection sits in my studio, all lined up in glass jars. Each with a hand written label naming the beach where it was found.
It was a natural leap for me to incorporate the sand into my artwork. I paint a lot of beaches, afterall. I knew I wanted the sand to be textural and enhance the coastal feel of the art, yet durable to the touch. After some research, and a touch of trial and error, I developed a way to purify the sand and work it into my paintings. The Sand Series was born.
"Begin Again" Sand Series Painting
I think my favourite part of the process of creating Sand Series paintings is near the end. Sculpting the sand with my palette knife, and imagining how the sand drifts or how it feels between my toes.
"Queensland Beach, Summer Morning 1" Sand Series Painting
I am still not exactly sure what it is about the beach that makes us feel as though we are at peace, but I do know that you can bring a little bit of that feeling home with a painting from the Sand Series.
"First Light" the latest painting from the Sand Series
I would love to hear how you feel about this series or how the beach makes you feel. Leave a comment below if you feel like sharing. .
|Posted on 12 February, 2016 at 14:40||comments (0)|
From time to time, I am lucky enough to have someone approach me to create a custom artwork. I love it, I mean, I really do. I am honoured, truly honoured, that I am lucky enough that someone has chosen to commission a piece by me. Little ol' me.
When I paint for the sake of painting...for myself...I relax, I lose all sense of time, I get lost in the moment. It nurtures my soul. Hokey, I know, but really it does! It is a wee bit different to paint for someone else; to meet their expectations, or hopefully, to exceed them! It's always a challenge. Every time. When I am working on a commissioned piece, this little voice in my head is always talking to me. (Figuratively, people! Don't worry, I am not going to go cutting off my ear...you know, like Vincent van Gogh...nevermind.) This voice, it questions whether the collector will like the colours? Will there be enough detail? Too much detail? Will it be what they were hoping for?
I mean, each situation is so unique. Occasionally, the collector might have a photograph that is the inspiration, and they want the painting to look like an artsy version of the photo. Say, a beautiful snapshot from a recent trip, or a place that holds a special memory for them. That's usually pretty direct, more or less.
A few years back, I did a painting from a 50 year old black and white newspaper photo, which required a little more research and guess work on the colour scheme and details. It was to be a surprise gift. The store belonged to his grandfather when he was a child.
John Martin's Store
I have done custom paintings based on colour schemes in certain rooms, and many murals for kid spaces; a jungle, a coral reef, a couple of trees, a cat, butterflies, a howling wolf and even a mythical griffin.
Acacia Tree Mural
Other times, the scope of the work is a little more vague. Maybe a person has seen my paintings and likes them but want a specific size or certain mood. This was the case with a recent large piece that I painted for a family who liked my body of work and knew that they wanted a focal piece for their living room. They knew they liked my more vibrant blue water scenes with boats. They wanted a piece that had a calming, coastal feel. They had no specific place in mind for the setting.
So, after meeting with them, I went home and sketched out a rough plan on paper. I really wanted them to love their painting, and I also wanted to enjoy the creative process for itself. I consider myself very fortunate to spend time making art. I am often reminded of one of my favourite quotes,
“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”
― Annie Dillard, The Writing Life
I want to spend my life making art.
So, I set the large canvas on the easel and got to work squeezing blobs of paint onto my palette. That little voice did chatter away to me from time to time. When it did, I tried my best to gently nudge it aside. I wanted to truly engage in the process of creating something that I hoped would bring joy to someone else. They assure me that it does every day. Phew!
|Posted on 13 November, 2015 at 14:55||comments (0)|
I am Kimberley Eddy. I am an artist, and I've just closed up my interior decorating biz to focus on my art practice full time. It wasn't a decision that I took lightly. Nope. I had an amazing business partner and almost 12 years exprience under my belt. Decorating made me really happy...but art makes me even happier.
This is my very first blog post for this brand spanking new website. It's not my first time writing though. I have written for Saltscapes Magazine over here on the east coast of Canada for a few years now. The kind folks there gave me a decor column where I wrote about interiors; projects that I had done, helpful hints about how to make spaces spectacular. But, I'm off topic already...
I grew up with art. My mother is an artist. When I was a child, I would watch as these amazing images would appear on the canvas, as if by magic...out of the air through her brush. The first time I painted with her paints on a real canvas I was 12 years old. I was hooked.
Art has followed me around all my life. Some of my clients asked for murals or custom art, and I would happily oblige. Always there, maybe on the side, maybe on the back burner, but art was always close by somewhere.
A few years ago, my husband was diagnosed with cancer. It was a shocker. An eye-opener. You can read all about it by clicking here if you want. It turns out my husband is a fantastic story teller. That was his way of sharing. I starting turning to painting, more and more, as a form of therapy, of returning to centre. It made me feel good to create. So, I dedicated a small space in my home as a painting studio and stood at my easel more regularly.
Here is a piece that is called From the Depths,
inspired by leaving cancer behind us.
Fast forward to today; my husband is cancer-free, and I am actively engaged in art.
A couple years ago I started a portfolio on Saatchi Art and have sold a number of pieces through that website. They ship worldwide, take care of the paperwork, and are great to work with.
This painting, Float, lives in the UK now, thanks to Saatchi Art.
Then I started painting competetively at Art Battle. 12 painters compete in a paint off. Each round is 20 minutes long. You can bring your own tools but the artists use the paints provided. The audience votes and the winners move on to a final round. The art is auctioned off. Lots of fun...and maybe a little scary to try to turn out a decent piece of art in 20 minutes.
In the last year, a number of my artworks have been selected by ArtBomb for auction. This is an online auction that's open for 16 hours. They ship anywhere and all the art is ready to hang on the wall.
When Made in the Maritimes opened in April I was lucky enough to have a number of pieces selected to be displayed for sale in their Bedford, Nova Scotia gallery and in their online store.
This is Begin Again and is part of my new sand series that incorporates
real sand from the beaches of the Maritime Provinces in Canada.
This one was sold recently at Made in the Maritimes in Bedford, Nova Scotia.
I still do custom pieces from time to time. In fact, I completed one recently. Check back soon and I'll tell you more about it.