March 25, 2019

The struggle is real!

As an instructor, I see a bit of a different angle of the art making process. 

Daily, I see many students going through the ups and down of art creation.
I am acutely aware when my students struggle often bringing the to the point or frustration. They want to quit, they sigh and make grimacing faces. Some need to step away, others are brought to tears and all over art. I see and feel the ups and downs. I hear sighs, see the lightbulb go off and find a lot of discards in the trash. 

Our inner voices tell us…
This is awesome
This is tricky
This is sh*t
I am sh*t
This might be ok
This is awesome
….and again the cycle continues

I understand the personal challenges and how monumental they are in that moment. I think most people think its going to be easy and they are all going to leave the classroom a master. Artists seem to be a lot harder on themselves while in the pursuit of perfection than most do in the rest of their lives. We all battle deep inner voices, fight with the material and techniques and try to cram into our memories new lesson information. 
At times it feels like its laughing right in our face, this is supposed to be fun, at least smile back.

Know that you are not alone, we all go through this. You can’t hold onto any one moment, in this dance. Whether you are the best artist in the world or the worst, the struggle continues. C’est la vie. In our artistic practice, the only constant is change because of this we are always having to move forward and grow. Growing in our art skills and vision on the drawing pad, canvas as well as within. The most important thing is to show up, stick with your practice and you will push through. Trust the “artistic method” and trust yourself. You can do it!

At Atelier Artista, we believe the best thing you can do for your art is invest in your education. Put in the time and practice and in the long term you will reach your goals.

We also encourage you to drop in for figure drawing, we host three nights a week and have a brand new bulk buying option here:

March 20, 2019



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Thanks to everyone who made our Art Auction and Fundraiser an enormous success! 

Together, we raised over $8000!!! 
100% of the revenue generated by this auction and fundraiser go towards Heather dawn Kemp’d daughters cancer treatments.

If you would still like to support Heather Dawn Kemp’s cause you can do so on her “I Believe You Care-“ Gofundme page here: 


Thanks to everyone coming out shows the strength of our collective community.  Thanks to everyone for sharing on social media and coming to the party. 

Artists helping artists. For that you deserve many thanks, a big warm hug and a wheelbarrow full of gratitude. 

Somehow, a group of people with an idea and big hearts were able to pull this off in just 10 days. It proves that when we come together with a united vision we are an unstoppable force!

Atelier Artista was pleased to donate the space for this event. The atelier took two days to set up and collect the artwork, one fun night to throw an Art party and two more days following to get it back. Bunny got in a very good workout going up and down the ladder hanging and taking down artwork for a few days. Thats good because thats about all the exercise inside the studio he gets.

Now that we know what it takes to run an event like this. We have seen what a success it can be……Atelier Artista hopes to host a “spring cleaning” like this for artists to be able to clear out their inventory and support a charitable cause annually. If this is a good idea and you’d like to be involved next year, let us know.

It took a lot more work than we could have anticipated, we must thank our army of volunteers:

Thank you Luella Gilchrist for inspiring and heading up this event.  
Thank you to Brenda Lucas for pulling things together using her magic.
Thanks to Doug Swinton for the support and all the snacks.
Thank you to our amazing Rumble House auctioneers Rich Theroux and Jess Szabo
Thanks to Patrick Rowsome for “Vana Whiteing” the artworks.. 
Thanks to Bruce Halliday and Andrea Slack for taking care of all the payments and receipts.
Thank you to our Belly Dancer Courtney Adomaitis.

Thanks to Reva Diana for running our bar and serving the drinks.
Thanks to Keith Springall who helped us hang the works late into the night.
Special thanks to thank you to Kimberlee Jones, Heather, Cheryl  and Mike.
Thank you to our event photographer Alexander Slobodian who took the pictures you see here.


Extra special thanks goes out to all the artists who donated work for the auction, without you this would not have been at all possible: 

Shirley Adams,
Irina Angheluto,
Cassandra Arnold,
Susan Ballantine,
B. Bates, 
Brian “Bunny” Batista, 
S. Borttin,
Hermann Brandt,
Janet Brodish
Elena Bushan,
Maria Carrero, 
Emilia Charente,
Marina Cooke,
Ella Curette, 
Bobbi Dunlop,
Elisa Friesen,
Ashley Gaboury,
Luella Gilchrist,
Ann Christine Gurholt,
Bev Johnson,
Wes Jones,
Cheryl Kemp,
Heather Dawn Kemp,
Rod Lacmuth,
L. Lukasawich,
Caran Magaw,
Gerard Muhall, 
Jan Murray, 
Cheryl Peddie,
Louie Pisterzi,
Tracy Proctor,
Svitlama Protenko,
Shona Rae,
Jo Reimer,
Cameron Lee Roberts, 
Patrick Rowsome, 
Shirl Rowsome,
Marina Sakhanyan, 
Fran Schlosser,
Aaron Sidarenko.
Alice Aliki Sirounis, 
Andrea Slack,
Keith Springall,
Doug Swinton,
Ray Swirsky,
Heather Trepanned,
Yulia Tsinko, 
Anna Wasniewska

Further thoughtful and kind donations provided by: 
The Canadian Brewhouse, 
Bon Ton Market, 
Greg Keller, 
Yulia Tsinko, 
Blue Rock Gallery, 
Swinton’s Art Supplies, 
Half-Hitch Brewery 
& Michael Collett.

Hopefully we didn't miss anyone on this tremendous list, but if we did let us know and we will update.   Email Bunny at