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Use an Artist Palette to decorate your house
Now you have the opportunity to use an artist’s eye. Who better knows colour than a professional selling artist? Educated in colour and using combinations of colours in everything they paint gives them the advantage of selecting colours and colour combinations.
When Louise Lambert creates a painting, for a client, she endeavors to learn their colour preferences and themes desired. The size of the painting is carefully scaled to fit the space in the home. However, the real magic happens once the painting is completed and installed. At this point, the owner of the artwork is also given the color palette used to create the painting. The owners can then use this colour palette for future selections of furniture, upholstery and other decorative items. Learn decorating secrets from our cleaver professional artists and designers at Wine Country Studios.
Make it Personal
These days, there seems to be a growing backlash towards the antiseptic and minimalized decorating trend currently in vogue in home décor. You know, the ones with fewer collections, less colour on the walls, more all-white everything, and mass-produced accent pieces. I am sure you have noticed this too. Perhaps, this neutralizing of the home is an effect of the home selling process, encouraged by the realtors.
In an effort to organize and perfect our homes by cloning the look of “the model home” have we taken some of the life out of our surroundings? There is something about having a living space that tells a story of why we came to live in this place; the dreams that brought us here, and the pleasures we seek, by incorporating colours, objects, and memories and setting them in comfortable surroundings.
Yet, decorating elements, which, with their own distinct qualities and functions, complement one another to create the unique environment we call home. Paint colour, lighting, artwork, and style are some areas we have identified as helpful in designing your own environment.
In the end, I believe that what truly makes a house a home are those personal objects which tell your story, reflect your energy, and help you create the tranquil, warm atmosphere that we call home.
Creative Art Series Spring|Summer 2022 Workshops
Creative Art Series Spring|Summer 2022 Workshops
What is your style?
What is your style?
If you are bold, strong, and like control, then Acrylics may be your paints of choice for you.
If you enjoy depth, the classics, and natural rhythms, seek out oil paints.
If you like to blend in and well as stand out with glorious colour, Soft Pastels, popularized by the French will be your choice.
If you like the subtle, gentle flow, but the occasional detail, then Watercolours will be a good fit.
A Great Mix & New Workshop: Mindfulness and WaterColour
Mindfulness and Watercolour
Watercolour is expressive and translucent while being calm. It finds its own path, as you guide it gently. When I wish to be mindful, I often, break with my routine and pick up my watercolours. It allows me to be creative. Yet, I need to pay attention to every mark I make. Which allows me to be in the moment and present during the painting process.
Visual arts usually require this intense mindfulness. If you lose the rhythm by being distracted it will show directly on your paper or canvas. Your focus is rewarded by remaining with the process.
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Science says: Want a better memory? …get out your sketch pad
In 2016, The Journal of Experimental Psychology suggested that if you want to improve your memory, try drawing. Since that time, psychologists have tested this theory in sample trials. The results were consistent: Drawing objects beats every other option, every time. People recalled more than twice as many drawn words.
Drawing encourages “a seamless integration of semantic, visual and motor aspects of the memory trace.” Jeffery Wammes, Psychologist who led the recent study, cited in the Time, edition on memory, January 2022.
What does that mean to you?
For now, Drawing works to improve your memory or recall.
As a professional artist and teacher I do see this recall improving as we progress with our student’s art classes with our students. So you may want to think about taking some form of visual communications classes such as drawing, painting, sculpturing, drafting and design.
In short, when you do your next “to do” list, doodle your words, rather than write them out longhand.
We offer private and semi-private art classes as well as our scheduled workshops. Click HERE to see our schedule.
“Create Your Spirit Animal” Workshop: Roots and Meanings
“Create your Spirit Animal” is a unique, guided meditation and painting workshop run by Wine Country Studios. The owner and workshop facilitator is professional Métis artist, Louise Lambert. The program draws on the Métis understanding of ‘spirit animals’ as life guides and symbols of qualities and values that each animal holds.
Louise draws upon her forefathers the Algonquin people that believed that nature was inhabited by spirits that intermixed with the physical world. The Algonquin were deeply spiritual and had a religion founded on animism, the belief that a spiritual world animated and interacted with the physical world. Instead of believing in one god, the Algonquin’s believed in an essential spirit present in all living things, and embodied in Kitchi Manitou.
Historical evidence of the Algonquin settlements, date back to 4280 BC and possibly earlier. Their tribal lands were largely found in the areas of the Ottawa River valley. Their first known meeting with Europeans occurred in 1603 when they encountered the French explorers. Later they were exposed to the influx of French trappers as the region was rich for the fur trade.
Many European settlers married Algonquin women, as they provided comfort as well as acting as guides in the new territory. The first inter-mixed breeds, as they called them back then, became known as the Métis which translates in French as a ‘Mixed.’
Who are the Métis?
The Métis are a distinct people, and it can be complicated to define Métis identity.
They share European and Indigenous Ancestry. They lived off of the land and travelled all over the continent of “North America” acting as guides, interpreters, trappers and entrepreneurs. They are hunters, gatherers, artist, musician, lawyers, doctors and most of all family. There are many ways to be Métis.
The Métis are one of the three recognized groups of Indigenous People in Canada. These groups are First Nations, Inuit and the Métis.
Métis people can trace their heritage back to the mixing of the First Nations people and European settlers.
However, due to their nomadic lifestyle and the practices of colonization of Canada, ancestry and documentation can be difficult to prove.
Interested in the indigenous traditions of Spirit Animals? At our art studio I run a meditative art class guiding you to find and create your Spirit Animal. visit our Create Your Spirit Animal workshop page to find our more.
Local News Article: First Hand Experience of a Create your Spirit Animal Workshop by Barb Aguiar, Westside Weekly
6 tenets: Provide a rich, inclusive, positive environment for our Métis that inspires creation & its healing for the brain, spirit & mental health. Preserve the knowledge & stories of the Métis. Fosters student talents & interests Foster the concept of intergenerational learning & inclusivity. Provide opportunities to discover our heritage while integrating technologies of the past with those of today.