Monday, 18 December 2017

Affordable Art and the Anonymous Charity Art Show and more!


If you are going to be in Barbados between now and the 31st January, then you will have a wonderful opportunity to own not only one of my paintings and sculptures, but you will also be able to purchase the work by many talented men and women artists as well.  

Mixed Media Art Doll

If you don't happen to have the opportunity to make it to Sunny Barbados then check out my website and other social media profiles to see how you can purchase my art direct and also see what other paintings and sculptures available.


I am participating in the Affordable Art Show at the recently refurbished Queens Park Gallery where all the art work on display will be available for under $500. 

Mixed Media Painting - Amanda Trought

I have both paintings and sculpture available for sale

Mixed Media Sculptures - Heart - Amanda Trought

and it is a lovely gallery space!


The Affordable Art Fair (Art Supermarket) makes art more accessible for those who would like to start building their collection of a range of artists, and also opens the door for many emerging artists to show their work as well.  

Things are going quite quickly so you will need to hurry with Christmas only 8 days away!!  



The Art Fair is open until 31st December, so you can also get your New Year Gifts as well!

Opening reception of Queen's Park Gallery "ART SUPERMARKET/ "AFFORDABLE ART EXHIBITION" exhibition Sunday Dec 10th 11am to 2pm. 
No piece is more than Bds $500. 
The exhibition continues until Dec 30th.
Hours 10am -6pm Tues to Sat.
Curated by Janice Whittle


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Anonymous Charity Art Show



The Frame & Art Co is hosting the Anonymous Charity Art Show benefiting Jabez House. The show opened on December 8th running until 31st January 2018.  Here is the Online Album of work so far.  It is for a great cause and enables both established and emerging artists to support and show their work on and build your collection with artists who you might not have been exposed to before.

I have 4 pieces of art in the exhibition and there are over 200 original paintings created in diverse styles and subject matters are featured on 12" x 12" canvases and sold anonymously.

The artist remains a mystery, until after the purchase, when the name will be revealed. All paintings are sold for $375.00 BBD.

For more information, contact 271-6509.

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Crane Village Gallery

It seemed like only yesterday that I was preparing for the Carmichael Exhibition, and showed one of my mixed media paintings.  

Emerge - Mixed Media Art - Amanda Trought

She is still looking for a home and will be available on my website.  I have some new work going up at the Crane, and it is more abstract utilizing different mediums on the canvas.

Layers - Mixed Media - Amanda Trought

Photographs don't do it justice, the colours are really vibrant and the paints have different textures within them, you will have to go and see it in person!

There are so many other Art events that are happening in Barbados at the moment with  Exhibitions, artists, photographers, art talks, workshops and interviews and more - check out The Barbados Visual Arts Events a monthly online magazine published by Corrie Scott.

There will of course be other additional events happening over the Christmas season and on into the New year, so keep your eyes peeled!




Saturday, 16 December 2017

Online Art Journal Class - Sneak Peak 2




Greetings, and hope you are having a blessed weekend so far.  Here are some of the teachers that are part of the BADASS Art Journal 2018 course, and I am really excited to be part of the team.

 Sign up HERE
Sign Up HERE

I have a great lesson in store for you where we look at a commonly used supply and see how you can use it in slightly different ways in your art journal.  I really enjoy creating in my art journal and find it a great way to unwind, focus, play and more!

Earlier this week I showed you a sneak peak of one of the pages that we will be doing.  We will be creating two pages in my lesson.  Here is a sneak peak of the other page.

BADASS ART JOURNAL - lesson sneak peak

If you are new to art journaling this is a great way for you to ease your way in and learn some new techniques, and if you are more seasoned you can flex your creative muscles and really experiment - either way it will be fun!


Also remember that when you sign up for the workshop using my Link I will give you access to some great bonuses:


You will receive Art Journal Series 1 as an additional bonus and which consists of resources to help you expand your art journaling:


30 Art Journal hints and tips to get you started on your Journal Journey


4 background videos showing you how to create some simple backgrounds in your art journals for you to download and keep FOREVER!

5 backgrounds that I have created full size for you to download and use in your journals

How-To booklet of 4 Art Journals to make from different materials that I have shared in the 31 Art Journals Series

Early Bird Special

If you sign up for the course which is normally $79 between now and 13th January you will save $10 by entering the code SOBADASS at the checkout.


This is a great way to set yourself off on your Art Journal Journey, and also venture into 2018, and I will be sharing more information on some FREE Art Journal Play that I will be getting up to helping you to warm up with after the Christmas! and also giving you tips on how you can use the Art Journal Series 1 resources!!  I am really looking forward welcoming you in the classroom!

REMEMBER that the giveaway for the wonderful supplies below closes on Sunday. Two people will be walking away with the supplies and it could be YOU!!


ART SUPPLY GIVEAWAY - APPLY HERE



Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Officially Open for 2018, Sneak Peak and bonus

 Sign Up Here
Sign Up HERE

So yesterday I shared about this amazing course with amazing teachers, and I get to be one of them, and it starts on 5th February 2018.  I have been teaching on it for the past few years and we always have a lot of fun, so many different techniques that are shared by the Teachers.

The registration officially opened today and you have a chance to save some money off the price of the course in the Early Bird Special!!!.

If you sign up for the course which is normally $79 between now and 13th January you will save $10 by entering the code SOBADASS at the checkout.

Register by Sunday 17th DECEMBER and you will be entered for a chance to win this set of Art Supplies (already entered to win, get a second entry when you sign up by Sunday, December, 17, 2017)

Art Supply giveaway - You have until 17th December

I am really excited to share my lesson where we will be creating two Art Journal Pages. I can give you a sneak peak below of one of the pages that we will be creating, and you will get to see part of the other page at the weekend, along side some of the bonuses that you will be getting.


BADASS Art Journal Sneak Peak

Also remember that when you sign up for the workshop using my Link you will have access to some great bonuses:

You will receive Art Journal Series 1 as an additional bonus and which consists of resources to help you expand your art journaling:

30 Art Journal hints and tips to get you started on your Journal Journey

4 background videos showing you how to create some simple backgrounds in your art journals for you to download and keep FOREVER!

5 backgrounds that I have created full size for you to download and use in your journals

How-To booklet of 4 Art Journals to make from different materials that I have shared in the 31 Art Journals Series


This is a great way to set yourself off on your Art Journal Journey, and also venture into 2018, and I will be sharing more information over the next few weeks and showing you exactly what you will be getting, and how you can use these great resources. I am really looking forward to seeing you in the classroom!



Tuesday, 12 December 2017

I am Teaching! in the BADASS Art Journal Course 2018



Well well well, here we are again, I am so excited to share with you that I am one of the teachers on the BadAss Art Journal 2018 course, and registration opens tomorrow!!!

You are in for a treat this time round, there is an amazing group of teachers who have some exciting lessons to share with you.  So many things have been happening I haven't been able to keep up with myself on the blog, but I am going to turn it around and start posting on a more regular basis, you will be blessed.

The course registration opens up tomorrow and you will be able to check it out HERE

There is currently 2 free giveaways and a bonus for signing up which you will have to hurry to enter to be a part of.

No 1 

You could be one of two lucky people to receive all these goodies!

For a chance to win click HERE

It is an amazing amount of supplies, and there are a few here that I could do with having in my stash!

No 2

I have ONE place on the course to giveaway, and to be in with a chance to win this place just check out my YouTube Channel and subscribe if you haven't already done so and leave a comment on a video of your choice.  I will be notified once you have commented and your name will go into the hat to have a chance to win closing date for my giveaway is Friday 29th December

If you just want to go ahead and sign up for the course using my Link you will receive Art Journal Series 1  as an additional bonus and which consists of resources to help you expand your art journaling:
  • 30 Art Journal hints and tips to get you started on your Journal Journey
  • 4 background videos showing you how to create some simple backgrounds in your art journals for you to download and keep FOREVER!
  • 5 backgrounds that I have created full size for you to download and use in your journals
  • How-To booklet of 4 Art Journals to make from different materials that I have shared in the 31 Art Journals Series
This is a great way to set yourself off on your Art Journal Journey, and also venture into 2018, and I will be sharing more information over the next few weeks and showing you exactly what you will be getting. 

For now stay blessed and remember to enter the giveaways, and share it with friends and family who might also like to play along!!







Monday, 4 December 2017

What about the VLOG? Episodes 1 and 2

Alright, so I dived right in and have started to VLOG!

Yes I have started small, and hope to do a hourly, daily, weekly ok at the moment a sometime vlog talking about the things that are coming up at the moment, and more.  When I started I wanted to do it daily, but life, time, and over promising myself got the better of me, so I totally stopped. The desire to do it was still there, so I decided to break it down a bit, take the self imposed pressure off and do it as a weekly-ish Realityarts Vlog

I moved home had to do the packing and unpacking - I am on my 4th studio space, will share more soon.  I had courses and exhibitions to deal with and lots of other things that seem to be vying for time, and I want to share some of it on video, but I really underestimated just how long it would take.

Join me anyway on my YouTube channel, are you on your own creative journey and want some inspiration, or want to break-in, don't quite know where to start?  Well over time I will be providing some of the answers (from my perspective). I will be sharing what excites and motivates me, and inspiration from other artists - you accompany me on a creative tropical adventure. 

I will also cover in my VLOG the highs and lows of relocating that we found and how we adjusted to a new way of life, answer questions, tell you about new techniques and courses that I am involved with and so much more.
Episode 2 Series 1


Episode 1, Series 1

The third episode which is well over due should be with you this week and perhaps that will be the regular viewing date, I am trying to keep myself to a schedule - (a work in progress), rather than like sniper fire.

Anyway I hope you enjoy, and join me on the creative journey, we only have one life, why not live it to the full and step out and do the things that bless you and can inspire others in some way.  Go on, I dare you!  High Five..... I'm daring myself so you can't leave me hanging!

Do check out some of my other social sites, that seem to take up so much time....


Pinterest - don't you just love all the different boards, no more piles of magazines with circles around things that inspire you or that you just like..

Anyway, thanks for getting this far, stay blessed and be a blessing

Amanda




Wednesday, 22 November 2017

After 31 Art Journals What is next?



I really enjoyed sharing with you the 31 Art Journals Series, it took a lot out of me but I think that it was important for me to show up for myself and you on a regular consistent basis, are you showing up for yourself?  Your art journal page is a good reminder of your journey and how far you have come.

You were able to see a selection of the collection of art journals that I had created and worked in.  How many of the 31 Art Journals did you see?  Did you have a favorite, have you gone out and tried a few.  I had a lot of fun sharing the art Journals, there were even some that I hadn't seen in a while and it was great to revisit their pages.

So you may be asking what now, after all those journals it would be great to see how some of the pages are used.  As promised I will be taking a page from some of the journals and creating on them or finishing pages, so there will be lots to see.  The way that I use my journals varies.  Some to record ideas, work through a particular issue that I wanted to express on the page or just have fun and play.

Some of the art journals were part of a course that I had either taken or taught in, but in each art journal I have left a page or two or more for some so that I could create in it when the mood took me.  Your style might have changed over time but it is still a great idea to be able to see what you would do with a particular theme you may have in your journal.

I think one of my favorite journals over the 31 Journals was my Gratitude's and Celebrations art journal


It became a challenge creating the pages over a year and a half but it was a good reminder of the things that I was grateful for and it is a reminder of how far I have come as an artist as well.

I will be taking you through weekly art journal pages with a hope to spark your creativity further, and will be creating some 'how-to' videos so that you can learn how to make your own journals mainly from recycled and up-cycled materials.

I am so looking forward to taking you on the weekly art journal journey with me for creating pages.  The video will be out on Friday on my YouTube channel, would love to have you there.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Art Journal Page - Background Bonus No 5

Blessings for you and yours, welcome to the 31 Art Journal Series backgrounds bonus.  This is the last day of the 31 Art Journals.  I hope that you have managed to see something that has pricked your interest in creating your own art journal..

Over the month you have been shown a series of art journals made from different materials, and 31 different tips to encourage you to work in your art journal.  On top of that you have also been shown a series of background videos to give you additional tips to creating backgrounds.

When you think about all the Art Journal tips, decide which ones you already incorporate into your journal practice and which ones you can start if you need to, you don't have to do them all at once it can be done over a period of time.





Check out today's background video to see how you can create those backgrounds using a few simple materials, and as you look back over the posts it will give you a great place to start.  If you need to check out the 31 Art Journals you can go HERE

The Video


Here is another easy way in which you can create your own background pages. Just add color and play with your supplies on the page and before you know it you have a great surface to work on further.  Enjoy!

Saturday, 4 November 2017

31 Art Journals - No 30 & 31


Art Journal no 30


These are great little journals that you can focus on doing specific things in or use it as a normal journal.


Art Journal No 31


This is a lovely journal made from fabric with fabric pages, and can be painted or stitched.  In the videos I show you the pages and how I have used the journals.

Remember that Hacking the Color Wheel begins tomorrow!


Hope to see you there, remember to start thinking about the different types of journals that you can create.  Stay blessed and be a blessing.




31 Art Journals Weekly Tips No 5 - Recap and Hacking the Color Wheel Session 2

Welcome to the Weekly tips for the 31 Art Journals, here are some more great tips for you to put in practice to further enhance your experience of your art journal. 



1. You can come back to a page, it doesn’t have to be finished in one sitting.

2. Take photographs of the different stages of a page, there can often be much to learn from this as well.

3. If you can’t afford to try out different supplies, see if a friend has ones that you don’t have and have a swap so that you can try them out.

4. Your journal pages may become the source for further work in your journal, or paintings

5. Look at some of the videos created by others working in their journals, pick up tips and ideas that you can use in your own Journal.

6. Remember that everyone has their own style, you will find yours the more you spend time in your journal.

7. I can’t state it enough, but have fun and make your own rules for working in your journal


Video Recaps

Here are the video recaps for the week for those who wanted to binge watch :)











Hacking the Color Wheel Starts today

Are you still trying to decide whether you should sign up for the Online course - Hacking the Color Wheel - Art Journaling for Creative Rebels?  

Over the past month I have been showing you a selection of diverse Art Journals that you can make/buy/alter and more.  You have been given over 30 tips to put into practice and you have been getting a bonus weekly video to help you with your backgrounds.

When you sign up using my link you will get the following for 4 Bonuses FREE to keep


  • PDF A4 Art Journal hints and tips with over 30 tips to get you started on your Art Journal Journey
  • Four background videos showing you how to create some simple backgrounds in your art journals for you to download and keep FOREVER!
  • Five backgrounds that I have created full size for you to download and use in your journals
  • How-To booklet of Four Art Journals to make from different materials that I have shared in the 31 Art Journals
Fabric/handmade stitched
poundstore
Cereal bag
Directories journal

It would be great to have you on the course so what you waiting for sign up HERE!  Stay blessed and be a blessing!

Friday, 3 November 2017

31 Art Journals No: 26 & 27 - PLUS Hacking the Color Wheel Countdown






Oh my goodness, the Hacking the Color Wheel class starts in a couple of days, really excited to be teaching.  We are counting down and the lesson starts on 5th November, so remember to sign up.  I am giving away quite a number of bonuses when you use my link HERE

Looking forward to seeing you on the course.

The Art Journals Videos

Take a look at the videos to see how they were made and inspiration behind the pages.

No 26


This Art Journal was made from a course that I taught on called The Journey Within and this is where I put some of the work that I did.

No 27


This is another example of creating a journal out of some of the things you may have around you.  I had an old bank book and decided to make use of it.  The pages were quite thick but I stuck them together and it leaves you with quite a sturdy page.

What is the most unusual thing that you have made an art journal out of?

31 Art Journals - No 28 & 29



Only a couple of days left for the remainder of the journals that I am sharing with you as part of the series.  I have so many more that I have lovingly spent time on that will have to wait for another time.

In the meantime, I have two journals that I want to pass your way as I try and keep to my promise of getting them all out to you before the end of the week.  

Journal 28



This is a journal in progress, and is how a lot of them start out.  When you are creating your journal you don't always have to have all the pieces or do everything at once, but each stage can be a meditative process.

Journal 29

This art journal is from the One BadAss Art Journal class that I taught on earlier during the year.  It was fun to teach as well as be inspired by the other teachers on the course.


Take a look at the videos to see the inspiration behind the pages and what they mean to me.  I hope you are motivated to add something that you may have seen in your own process.


Remember that Hacking the Color Wheel starts on Sunday and you can sign up HERE

Stay blessed and be a blessing.


Wednesday, 1 November 2017

31 Art Journals - No 24 & 25 Recycled Materials

Welcome to the series of 31 Art Journals.  For the next few days you are in for a treat and will be seeing two journals each day as we make our way through the rest of the art journals. definitely been a pleasure sharing and talking about the Art Journals, and so surprising how quickly time flies when your having fun.




This journal as with the art journal I showed you HERE is made from toilet roll tubes and card.  I have made lots of tags so that I can add journaling and there are also encouraging words placed throughout the journal as a reminder.



These two journals are made from recycled materials
and it is important that we start looking at the things that we have around us in a different way.  As creatives we can turn what some might consider trash into treasure, and I challenge you to think about how you can use recycled materials in a creative way.




This art journal was created out of a class with Jane Davenport called Frolicaholic and is also filled with encouraging questions and looks at encouraging you to see the gift that lays within.

How do you deal with your critic, what strategies do you use when you are in a 'flunk' and need to motivate yourself to get on with it?

Take a look at both the videos for these journals to see the pages and get an idea how each spread was developed.



Stay blessed and be a blessing, looking forward to hearing about your creative adventures!


Tuesday, 31 October 2017

31 Art Journals No 23 - Recycled Project

The Video

Welcome to Art Journal no 23, as part of the 31 Art Journal Series.  I am so pleased that you can join me in the last week of journals, I have 8 left to share with you that I will spread over the next week, each different in its own way and each created with love and more!

I really love this Art Journal that is made with recycled materials and has so many different elements to it to lift and encourage you.

I posted a while back just how the journal was made and you can see the post HERE


I love everything about this journal, it has so much yummy texture in it


I created lots of tags so that I can journal on them and each page has an encouraging word and sentiment on it.


There is so much that you can do with these recycled projects, and they are kind on the environment too!


Why don't you try one, you can start off small, check out the instructions on how to make them HERE and make sure you leave a comment.  I would love to see what you come up with.  Check out the video above to see all the pages.  Stay blessed and be a blessing!

Monday, 30 October 2017

31 Art Journals - No 22 - Brave Journal





Welcome to 31 Art Journals and Art Journal 22

Here is another one created from a children's book that has been up-cycled.  It is a hard back book which is great when you are adding embellishments and collage to the pages.


It was one that I created as part of the Brave Girls Club course that I did and it looks at providing us with encouragement.  It also serves as a pick me up when you stray from your positive self.


It is important that you have a journal that you can encourage yourself in and show up for yourself on a daily basis, and I think we also need to deal with the difficult areas that we often try and ignore as we solve the problems of others.


Think about what it is you really want in your life and where you want to go, where your gifts lay and how you can nurture yourself and in turn others

I really enjoyed creating this mini journal and you can make them any time and highlight different areas of your life.  What has been your favorite Art Journal from the series?

I want to remind you that I have a space to give away on the Hacking the Color Wheel Series 2 where I will be teaching.  There is an amazing line up of teachers!.  I have a great session for you to do, all you need to do for a chance to win a spot is to leave a comment on one of the art journal videos.  You can also sign up to the mailing list to receive information on courses, classes, free giveaways and more.

For more information click HERE



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