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  • behold! the winning image, chosen by your votes, shall be my reference.

    the next reference image
    the next reference image: cows

    please stay tuned. this is the winner based off of the last vote & i haven’t started this project yet.

    this reference image is taken from unsplash.com

  • scion

    Strong family roots have always played a very important role in my life.

    As a child, I was always independent, not by choice but out of necessity.

    My family ties were broken, and she isolated me from everyone at a very  young age, yet treated me as an equal.

    She gripped me so close that the rest of the family insisted I was just a projected reflection of her and kept their distance. I lived this way for enough years that a family reconnect is improbable. Opinions and misjudgements have become who I am, in their mind, despite what is the truth. I often thought it was only my own perception of how I was perceived by them… Or at least hoped that it was. But too much time has lapsed and I know otherwise now.

    So, I learned to long for a feeling of connection while also suffocating from alienation, a mindset that ultimately shapes and influences who I am today.

    I walk through daily life on a tight rope, knowing that the only safety net available is the one I’ve weaved for myself, which isn’t very strong.  There is an illusion that I have family support but the reality is this is only a façade.  Truthfully, it’s just easier for others to believe and only those close to me know that if I fail, I’m screwed.  I can only hope the threads that hold my safety net together are enough to withstand everything that life throws at me but the constant teetering is exhausting.

    After having a child of my own I am absolutely determined to ensure that he always feels a strong sense of family.

    There is a security in that, which most people I’ve met, don’t realize and often take for granted.  I vowed that I would always let him be only exactly who he was… without judgement, without shame, and without disappointment-  An unconditional love that he (and everyone) deserves.

    Parenting is a delicate balance between giving him guidance and independence. It’s understanding that he is not an extension of me and his hopes & dreams are independent of mine.  It’s instilling a sense of security in knowing i will always be there for him without squeezing him so tight he bursts.

    Watching him grow into a confident, intelligent, responsible young man gives me a sense of pride in knowing I did one thing right, if nothing else.

    It’s an incredible feeling to know he has a good heart and intention,  which will trump all that life throws at him.

    It’s important to me that he knows how strong the safety net is that lies beneath him, so that he can focus on self fulfillment over survival.  I never want him to feel alienated or insecure. Most importantly, he will always have someone to lean on if he needs to take a step back in life in order to leap forward.

    scion
    30Wx24H.in, acrylic paint, book pages, collage on canvas.
  • Hespeler Village: A Canvas of Transformation and Inspiration


    From DSLR Snapshot to Silk Screen Masterpiece

    Feeling uninspired, struggling to find that creative spark? As artists, we often find inspiration in the most unexpected places, and sometimes, it’s right at our doorstep. We’re going on a journey through my artistic process, from a simple photograph of my neighbourhood to a striking silk screen print.

    The artistic process captured on YouTube 🙂
    Riverbank Lofts, June 2017. Photography by Diette.

    I am fortunate to call Hespeler Village in Cambridge, Ontario, my home. Thirteen years ago, when I first moved here, the neighbourhood was dreary & a little rough. Over the years, the heart of Hespeler has remarkably transformed into a bustling vibrant and sociable atmosphere. I’m happy to be a part of this community’s resurgence.

    The Catalyst: Riverview & Riverbank Lofts Projects

    A major contributor to this revitalization has been the Riverview and Riverbank Lofts projects. These developments not only brought new life to the community but also offer a unique backdrop for this particular art project. With my DSLR camera in hand, I set out to capture the essence of my evolving neighbourhood.

    The Photo That Ignited My Creativity

    The photograph encapsulates the juxtaposition of old and new, the history and the future, all within a single frame. This duality fuels my creative process and I’m eager to bring this to life artistically.

    A Creative Evolution

    It’s worth noting that this wasn’t my first attempt at turning this image into a work of art. In the past, I created a piece that I consider unfinished. However, the more I revisit it, the more I appreciate the raw and unfinished aspects.

    As you can probably tell, i have an unsteady hand which is quite prevalent looking at the lamp posts. While my original plan was to finish this piece, I’m still reconsidering how to move forward with it… so I’m putting it off for now, lol.

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    Riverbank Lofts, 20Wx15H.in
    Graphite, Charcoal, India Ink, Acrylic Paint, Soft Pastel
    on Watercolour Paper

    A Fresh Start with a New Vision

    Inspired by the essence of the photograph and the spirit of October, I decided to start anew, aiming to create a silk screen print using only black ink. In Photoshop I defined my layers by blocking out objects & converted grey scale layers into bitmap halftone images.

    The printing process involves carefully aligning the transparency film between the silkscreen and a piece of glass, exposing it to UV light, and patiently experimenting with the exposure time.

    Riverbank Lofts Archive 5×7 PDF

    $3.00

    Interested in silk screen printing this image for yourself or want the digital & downloadable version of this artwork? 5×7 Landscape Orientation.

    Riverbank Lofts Archive 5×7 Card

    $15.00

    Riverside view of the Riverview & Riverbank Lofts. 5×7 landscape print on a card. 100% cotton archival quality paper.

    Riverbank Lofts Archive 5×7 Print

    $10.00

    Riverside view of the Riverview & Riverbank Lofts. 5×7 landscape print. 100% cotton archival quality paper.

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    October 2023

    what to expect in the mail:

    • 5″x7″ landscape card “Riverbank Lofts Archive”
    • 5″x7″ portrait card “LuLuLeo”
    • a personal note from me 🙂

    2 cards are on their way to you 🙂

    Bonus: Printing with Purpose

    Alongside the Riverbank Lofts piece, I also printed out my last project, “Lululeo.” I had room to process another template so i resized the image line art to a 5×7 portrait orientation. Learn more about LuLuLeo.

    LuLuLeo – Line Art PDF

    $3.00

    LuLuLeo lion face with mane. 20.3″x23.8″ printable download. I created this template to process onto a silk screen. please give it a try… i would love to see your creations 🙂

    LuLuLeo 5×7 Card

    $15.00

    LuLuLeo line art inspired by the colour of LuLu. 5×7 portrait print on a card. 100% cotton archival quality paper.

    LuLuLeo 5×7 Print

    $10.00

    LuLuLeo line art inspired by the colour of LuLu. 5×7 portrait print. 100% cotton archival quality paper.