Amber MacGregor - Artist



Is this the future of my website?

I just found out that wallpart.com has been posting my images for sale on their poster sale website.

Please do not purchase items from wallpart.com they are illegally obtaining images and selling them without the consent of the artists.

I have not consented to the sale of my work on their website and I will not obtain any funds from sale of my images from their site please boycott them at all costs.

Apparently what I can do is post every single photo I have on my website and Fb with a watermark. looks nice huh?! Not! But perhaps it would curb this sort of thing?

To all those experiencing the same thing please know that I share your pain and know how hard it is to make any sort of a profit from producing art work. This heinous display of disrespect for artists is very very discouraging.

I wish you all all the best in your artistic endeavours and hope that you continue to grow and flourish in your artistic pursuits!

xo

(I did find out after I posted this that the site is actually a phishing site that is basically used to hook people into their complaint forum where they collect private information. They do not actually sell the items listed. Do Not Deal With Them in any way, they are thieves and bandits!)


Thanks very much to Dallas Jeffs of Artist Run Website for featuring my art and website on their blog. I have dealt with a few website building programs in my time and operate a website for my husband on Wordpress and I have to say the ease and practicality of using Artist Run Website make it my absolute favourite so far! Give it a try if you are looking for a website builder.

You can check out my feature on the Artist Run Website blog here:

 


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Thanks for all the support of my work! If you have a website you would like me to link to on my website send it on over to me and I will link it! Perhaps you would also consider linking to my website on yours? Thanks!

Cheers!



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. 

 

 

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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:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAqHhxFW4uE&list=UUV4eaoyvilFQdKShsSYMsdg

 

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



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