My favorite hobbies in life are Art and Photography!
I have always loved art and photography as my favorite hobbies in life. Art because I have creativity in my soul and innate artistic talent that I was really born an artist since my love for painting started at a very early age and as my parents have assured me that I was probably born an artist, I really believed that creativity exists in our bloodline. And Photography is something that I have been so curious about since I was a kid, watching my uncles who were professional photographers who earned their living taking beautiful pictures, family oriented photographs, portraits and ordinary daily life photos of people in town and in our communities. I never had the chance to ask them to show me how a real camera works since I was only a kid then and they probably won’t even take me seriously if I ever did ask them. Later in life, I had the courage to just buy myself a real expensive Canon SLR film camera and teach myself how to use it creatively and with so much passion, the photographs that I took even when I was just learning how to use the camera were good enough and quite extraordinary.
I am a self-taught artist and even if I took some courses in art, it was short-lived and I never persevered to finish the courses and never got a Diploma or Certificate to show for my efforts in my Art courses. I did learn a few principles but painting for me was an innate artistic talent so I can paint with so much ease and passion even if I had no formal training. At first I only painted for pleasure and leisure as a hobby, then later on I became serious about it and decided to start my own art gallery business online. I just registered my small art gallery business but I haven’t started my entrepreneurial venture yet. I have decided to start selling giclées, which is a copy of my original watercolour paintings and printed on acid-free watercolour paper.
Giclée (pronounced Gee’clay) is a French term meaning to spray or squirt, which is how an inkjet printer works. I will start selling it online and maybe later on enter painting contests and exhibitions at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition – TOAE here in the city and other towns in Ontario, Canada. Artfest Toronto launched the summer with a celebration of the top 85 artists & artisans from across Canada. Artists were exhibiting at the Historic Distillery District for three days only. You can come stroll the cobble stone lanes and take in the beauty of the Distillery District and see all the paintings and crafts of different artists.
Waterlily on a Pond Watercolour Painting
Not only have I enjoyed my artistic ventures but also my photographic works. I have lots of good photographs that I also wanted to exhibit at my art gallery soon. Most of the photographs that I have taken were during my trips and travels here and abroad, mostly in Europe decades ago. I have also lots of photos taken when I traveled to North America and Canada.
I have decided to concentrate on my watercolour paintings since I haven’t done anymore oil painting or other medium of art whatsoever. Only watercolours have interested me so much and no other medium seems to be easy to use except watercolour and it is not only cheap but also very practical to use. The oil paints and other mediums have become so unaffordable and buying canvases, easels and paint brushes and other art supplies requires a lot of money. So watercolour became my very expertise now that I have decided to be a real artist and make a living as an Artist.
Excerpt from the blog: “What is my next Nikon Adventure going to be like?”
“I have a few Nikon Digital Cameras now but I can still remember my favorite Canon EF Film SLR Camera, my very first expensive camera with a Canon 50 mm f/1.8 lens and a Vivitar 70-150mm f/4-6 telephoto zoom lens and also a Vivitar 28mm f/5.6 wide angle lens for Canon FD SLR Cameras. It’s quite obsolete now that I got a new Canon EOS Rebel Xsi 450D DSLR. The old camera still works flawlessly and in almost mint condition but I seldom use it now since it is a film SLR and films are very expensive nowadays not only to buy a roll of film but also when you have it processed and copied onto photo paper. It’s a lot cheaper to just buy SDHC/MC (4/8/16/32/64GB) memory cards and use a point and shoot digital camera, upload images to your computer and then print it on photo paper by yourself. Sometimes we never bother to print the images but just watch them on slideshows right after we have uploaded the images. You don’t even need a slide projector to do that, you can show and watch slides right on your computer monitor or laptop screen.”
Toronto Skyline at Dusk
“The beauty in photographs is amazing to behold and it leaves lasting memories that we can keep forever not only in our hearts and minds but also for our own legacy.”
Artfest Toronto at the Distillery May 2013
Published on May 14, 2013
Artfest Toronto will launch the summer season Victoria Day Weekend with a celebration of Canadian Artists from across Ontario and Quebec. This juried outdoor show will feature 65 artists in the for three days only. Come stroll the cobble stone lanes and explore the beauty of the Historic Distillery District. Offerings include glass, jewellery, artisan clothing, paintings, photographs, wood products, gourmet foods, live music and much more. FREE admission.
ARTFEST TORONTO at the Distillery Aug 3-5 2013
Published on Jul 16, 2013
Artfest Toronto at the Distillery Summer Art & Craft Show takes place August 3-5 2013. Join us for a great “arty’ weekend with 75 artists and artisans from across Ontario and Quebec. PLUS Live music all weekend with Enriquez Lopez Cuban guitarist and the Resolutionaries Zimbabwe-Canadian fusion. FREE open 11am – 6pm Daily at the Historic Distillery District 55 Mill St Toronto, ON, CANADA.