Amber MacGregor - Artist

Mermaids (detail) unfinished ©2015 Amber MacGregor

Sometimes a painting just takes far longer than I am expecting. This one is proving far more challenging than I was prepared for. That is not necessarily a bad thing but it's always interesting to come up against walls when you are in creative mode, then you figure out how to climb over them or get around them. I have become a lazy painter, it's true, I used to be a determined one and now I'm more of a lazy one for sure. If something isn't working I look for something else to do, another painting, another problem unrelated to painting to occupy me. It isn't like I have a lot of free time to just hang out not painting when I have time in the studio. I just procrastinate when the going gets tough. Sometimes I have to force myself to just get back to it which has been the case lately with the mermaids. It reminds me of so many crappy paintings I did in art school. Why did I choose that odd greenish blue colour to predominate? So many questions but in the end it's either get it done or scrap it, pretty much. I am attempting to actually finish it to a state that I appreciate and want to look at. 


My daughter has been sick the last couple of days so I haven't had time to get to the studio, which is hard especially when I am trying to complete work for a show. But you just have to do what's doing and that for me right now is looking after my little mite. So back to some watercolours at home and trying to get on with things.


I hope you are all having a productive Spring!

All the best to eveyone! 

So I'm getting into the studio this week preparing for a couple of things. I have a show coming up in May at a local coffee shop and the Fernwood Art Stroll happens at the end of June. 


As usual I feel like I'm really leaving things to the last minute.


Being extra broke after two years plus of joblessness outside of my art practise has kind of put a damper on the kind of art I can make. That said I am incredibly fortunate to have an amazing husband who keeps us all afloat financially. I'm hoping he won't have to keep that up for too much longer all on his own. With that in mind I applied for a job a couple of weeks ago and went through the process of interviews and hiring and an initial orientation only to find that the whole thing really wasn't going to work for me in so many ways, not the least of which was the company itself.


After applying endlessly online for dead end job after dead end job and not even getting an interview it was actually refreshing to apply in person and get interviewed and hired even despite the fact that I decided not to keep the job.


I am grateful for everything that I am able to do despite my lack of funds. So thanks to all those that support me and my art making. My friends, family and those that have purchased my work.


Let me know if you've found a way to generate funds with your artwork, and how you find it's working for you. I would love to hear about any new ideas that I could latch onto and make some extra cash.


All the best!





Early spring this year, though it's turned a little cold in the last few days. The blossoms are hanging on however and all seems to be progressing towards some warmth. Plum and cherry, magnolia, crocus, daffodil, camellia and many more, all blooming, what a gift.

I've just been accepted to the Post Degree Education Program for Art Education here in Victoria. So there will be some changes happening for me also. Trying to keep on track to finish a good chunk of painting work before I go to school in September. Keeping on track is not always my strong suit when it comes to making art. Though so much of art making is ruminating on ideas and finding ones way through the morass of thoughts and technical issues that happen with every project.


Onward to new challenges and new ideas!

Happy March 1st everyone!

Inertia: *inertness, especially with regard to effort, motion, action, and the like; inactivity; sluggishness. 


That is what I feel this week. Inertia, that state of not getting anywhere, that stasis. It's a waiting sort of thing going on. Waiting for winter, waiting for projects to take off, waiting for answers to questions.


I'm waiting to find out if I can apply to school, waiting to pick up another pair of knitting needles so I can start a project. Waiting for the Winter holidays to begin. Waiting for inspiration to strike.


I think in the Fall and Winter I often feel like hibernating, but it's been so warm these last couple of days it seems impossible to imagine hibernating. So perhpas I've been woken from my bearish sleepiness of last week but am still hungover with the ennui that follows a hibernative state?


Time to wake up and find out what I've been missing. Time to move on and get some things completed.


I hope you all find joy in the doing, and being with your creative selves and with your families and friends. 




I thought I would share this little snippet of our show Gumball Satellite that was captured by Efren Quiroz for exhibit-v here in Victoria. It features both Kyle and I talking about our work and a look at the show itself.


"The Winnipeg Alien" is feature in some paintings in this 2 artists show:


A huge thank you to Efren Quiroz for the exposure and the opportunity to talk about our work.

What We Allow ©2014 Amber MacGregor

Listing to Starboard (in progress) ©2014 Kyle Labinksy

Hi Everyone, 

My Husband Kyle and I have a show coming up at Gallery 1580 in Victoria BC, and you are invited!


The opening reception is on Saturday October 4th from 6-9, only a couple of days away! the show continues weekly Tues, Thurs, Fri and Sat 12 - 5 until October 28th.

Please feel free to share our invite


We hope to see you there

All the best




Moon Portrait 1

12"x12" ©2014 Amber MacGregor


There are changes afoot in my little studio. I have moved my easels and painting table over to the other side of my studio and put a table and sewing machine in pride of place on the window side.


So after some reflection, several months actually I am renovating my Etsy shop, and making it a craft only sale venue. I will be making an entirely new line of items to sell in my shop. No big clues yet on what will actually be for sale there but it will still be Moon influenced.


I have started selling art prints through Society 6, this enables me to take advantage of their onsite printing facility so that I am freed from having to print and mail items myself, which can be a very inefficient process. Their art prints are all printed on archival 100% rag paper with pigment inks which is pretty fantastic.


Well the Fall is almost upon us. I hope that whatever changes are afoot for you in this new season that they are positive in nature and bring you closer to where you want to be in your world!



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