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My name is Anima and I'm an emerging artist living in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. My blog is on tips for artists, artist reviews and interviews, art business and marketing, art collecting, how to decorate with art, oil pastel painting tips, giclee print information, finding creativity and inspiration, my travels, works in progress, new paintings, personal revelations, and everything in between.

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December 2009 Studio Sale

Fantasy painting of a beautiful woman, by Canadian artist Anima McKertcher.

Solare is a 20 by 20 inch square oil pastel painting of a beautiful woman aglow with the sun. Solare is currently on sale at 50% off!

My first ever studio sale is on! You're invited to get 50% off some of my favourite original paintings, 50% off all my prints and art cards and 50% off a custom painting of your choosing! There's an enormous selection so browse at and at my Etsy shop.

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Posted by Anima on December 16, 2009   0 Comments Links to this post

Make a List

Delicate Dream 1 - Oil Pastel painting of a beautiful woman in purple, white, lilac and beige by Canadian artist Anima McKertcher

Delicate Dream 1
© Anima McKertcher
12" x 12" (30 cm x 30 cm)
Oil Pastel on Stretched Canvas

I love lists. I love making them, reading them, crossing items off of them, seriously. I. Love. Lists.

And I've got a list 163 strong of painting ideas. When am I going to get around to painting all of them? I don't know. But now I don't have to worry about forgetting any ideas - they're stored up in case of an inspirational drought or whenever I come home with a prestine new 36 by 36 inch stretched canvas.

I have an ongoing list describing my experimental acrylic painting process. I like to follow the steps closely so I can learn from what works and what doesn't and tweak my process as needed.

Then there's the list of all art work in progress including how many hours I've spent on each piece and what the next stage is.

There's my 28 day calendar with lists outlining what tasks need to get done each day and which events are coming up that I need to prepare for. This helps me juggle my crazy schedule and battle my urge to procrastinate.

And as the saying goes: the list of my lists goes on and on. I may be knee deep in lists but I'm happier, more organized and less stressed because of them.

So what are you waiting for? Go make a list.

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Posted by Anima on November 26, 2009   0 Comments Links to this post

Patience is an Artistic Virtue

Beating Hearts of Fire - Acrylic abstract painting in red and cream by Canadian artist Anima McKertcher

Beating Hearts of Fire
© Anima McKertcher
12" x 9" (30 cm x 23 cm)
Acrylic on Stretched Canvas

So how virtuous am I? Apparently not very. My patience is being severly tested, artistically speaking, especially in the last few weeks.

I've painted a slough of experimental pieces with a goal in mind that doesn't seem to want to get achieved. And I'm doing this with a medium that's relatively new to me, acrylic paints. While oil pastels are like coming home, acrylics are like a trip on the Mindbender in West Edmonton Mall. I'm praying on the way up and screaming on the way down.

Hopefully once this particular journey in experimentation comes to a conclusion, I'll have an acrylic painting technique to complement my work with oil pastels. Plan B is an acrylic paint bonfire in the construction area a block from my house.

But really, what I'm learning from all this is that I need to take a deep breath, exercise patience and persevere in my experimentation. It's only a matter of time till I make it to my final goal.

And in the meantime, I must admit I've been learning a lot and having a ton
of fun on my way up the roller coaster.

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Posted by Anima on November 19, 2009   0 Comments Links to this post

November 2009 Newsletter Launch

Part 1 of the triptych corporate commission, Glimpse of Power, by Canadian artist Anima.

Glimpse of Power 1 is the first piece of the triptych, Glimpse of Power, commissioned by Redhill Systems.
© Anima

My November Newsletter launched this morning at 7 AM MT. This issue includes:

~ 7 new full sized paintings

~ 4 new tiny ACEO paintings

~ The Debut of Glimpse of Power

~ A listing of paintings in progress

Sign up and get my newsletter in your inbox once a month.


Posted by Anima on November 12, 2009   0 Comments Links to this post

Long Blog Posts Go Bust

Back in the day, I was ambitious. I'm talking 500-to-1000-words-per-blog-post ambitious. But reality has finally set it - I'm not Katherine Tyrrell, I'm not Darren Rowse, I'm not Sonia Simone and I'm not Brian Clark. I'm not a writer, at all - I'm a painter!

I'd read some excellent advice that really motivated me to teach my readers and build a great blog. And no doubt, back in the day, I managed to write a couple hefty articles that I'm actually proud of like 8 Ways to Add Height to Your Room and You Got Oil Pastel Paint on Your Carpet. But they were few and far between and a real challenge as a wannabe writer.

So I'm changing tactics: instead of agonizing as I try to write long blog articles all the time (and end up writing very few), I'm going to write bite-sized posts on a regular basis. And I'll leave writing longer pieces for whatever special ocassions evokes . I'm excited! Let's hear it for less agonizing and more time to spend painting!


Posted by Anima on September 28, 2009   0 Comments Links to this post

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