Joelle Somero

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Our world is one that rewards people for conformity. We like people who share our views. We are comforted by people’s appreciation of our good taste and acceptance of our choices. Have you ever felt edgy stepping outside your comfort zone? Wondered what people would say? How they would react if you made choices your family and peers did not understand? Here’s someone who did.

 Meet JOELLE SOMERO: Abstract Artist

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Why does a representational artist choose to paint abstract? It is a question I never considered until I met Joelle and her honest answer delights me.

For years Joelle painted representational work – realistic paintings that people could relate to … everyone that is, except Joelle.

“I wasn’t having fun painting realism anymore”.

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Her move to abstract art began when Joelle stepped past fear and allowed vulnerability to guide her creativity. She began painting abstracts.

And then this happened …

Joelle made and hung a pair of canvas curtains.

Inspired by the texture of the remnants she began glueing them to a stretched canvas as an experiment.

It’s an experiment that unknowingly served as a prototype for what would become Joelle’s Abstract Collage series. Joelle paints abstract oil paintings in neutral, natural colours with a duck cloth collage foundation.

Duck cloth is a high thread count canvas.

Joelle’s love for Abstract Collage grew and so did the practical reasons for this artistic expression. Unlike painting, collage allows this artist the ability to start and stop as necessary to accommodate her busy life as a mom to four children. It allows her to be equally present for her family and to her art.

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What I like: These works of neutral, layered texture are attractive in both modern and classic interiors.

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These works lend nuanced texture to neutral design and decor and offer serenity to bolder interiors.

Joelle Somero Abstract Collage Oil Painting 5

Read about the commission process at www.joellesomero.com Or reach out to me, Catherine, for an introduction.

World-wide shipping available.

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– Joelle is an abstract collage artist and an interior designer. She lives in Marquette, Michigan with her husband and four children. –

Find Joelle on Instagram.

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Amy Stewart

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FEATURED PAINTING | On Cloud Nine | Artist Amy Stewart

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Vancouver is home to numerous artists creating far and wide across our city, yet it is Granville Island that is best known globally as Vancouver’s arts and culture hub. Our feature artist had the good fortune of securing one of the coveted studios on the island.

Meet AMY STEWART: Abstract painter

fullsizeoutput_1b2cFrom her studio a full-height glass garage-style door gives Amy a private view of the north shore mountains and the thriving market activity as tourists and locals bustle past.

This glass front studio is set back from the road affording Amy both privacy and connection to the world outside. And it’s this connection to the outside that shapes much of the work Amy paints. Her mix of soft, cool colours and natural shapes balance uniquely with her exacting use of one single geometric line. This combination of soft forms and solid lines is the hallmark of Amy Stewart’s work.

In Amy’s newest series Sometimes Blue, these forms stand punctuated by a receding dark blue/black background.

More from the SomeTimes Blue series

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Fine and Dandy
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Dig Deep
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Happy As Larry

“When we don’t address our sadness in public, and when we receive such constant messages to be happy, we end up neglecting more difficult feelings for fear of bringing down or producing discomfort in ourselves or others.”

Sometime Blue acknowledges Amy’s belief that feeling deeply requires a range of emotions including sadness. Each piece in her series was given a happy name, reflecting the truth that we are sometimes blue yet, in most cases, also happy.

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I had the pleasure of chatting with Amy about her paintings. Listen in to hear about her current source of inspiration.

Click the audio players to listen in. Trouble with audio? Written version here. SPOTLIGHT | In Conversation With Amy Stewart

Five questions with Amy Stewart

1.  Artists name their paintings, how do you pick your titles?

2.  If I needed to pick out your work in a crowded gallery, what would I look for?

3.  What influences your work?

4.  When did you know that you wanted to paint full-time?

5.  You recently did an Art Pop Up Shop on Granville Island. Tell me about that?

 

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FEATURED PAINTING | On Cloud Nine | Artist Amy Stewart

About this featured painting

On Cloud Nine

Original Painting
Mixed acrylic medium on canvas
36″ x 30″ (92 x 76 cm)

Sometimes Blue Series

What I like: On Cloud Nine is soft and organic yet grounded by linear shapes. It is deep and dark yet feels light. This painting has a calming effect for me.

How it looks on a wall:

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Amy’s work is currently on exhibit at Vancouver International Airport. Her work has been purchased internationally and can be see in galleries across BC, Canada.

Additional works by Amy Stewart

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Walking On Air
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A Bit Of Bliss
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The Long Road

 

Say HI to Amy! By Appointment studio visits are always welcome.

See more original works and prints at AmyStewartArtist.com.

Find Amy on Instagram.

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Photo by Kyrani Kanavaros

Amy Stewart lives and paints in Vancouver, Canada

Find me, Catherine Sprod on Instagram.

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Signature Gift-Wrapping

bigstock-18891572I love gift-wrapping possibly more than anyone I know. I love paper and beautiful ribbon with coordinating and contrasting colours. But what I don’t love is storing all the supplies.

Small space living requires me to think differently about EVERYTHING including seasonal requirements like gift-wrapping supplies.

Signature Gift-Wrapping is the simple solution for me.

I pick all-purpose combinations suitable for Christmas, birthdays, weddings and more.

Here’s how it works

  • Choose only 1 to 3 rolls of paper in colours that you love. Simple dollar store paper, small-batch handmade paper or luxurious designer collections. Anything goes! If you have small children in your life consider adding something fun to the mix.

Tissue paper takes up hardly any room and is a great solution for packaging  small, awkwardly shaped gifts.

  • Designate a small box to contain extras to pretty up the package.

Tags | Ornaments | Stickers or labels
Stamps | Decorative Tapes
Ribbon | String
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  • Last minute additions of small freshly cut greens tucked under a bow are a thoughtful extra.

 

My Favourite Combos

kraft paper + black ribbon ● white paper + turquoise ribbon

white paper + black ribbon ● white paper + jute

black paper + white ribbon

 

More than 130 inspired wrapping ideas HERE.

The best how-to! Now you can tie a PERFECT BOW.

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