Thursday, December 02, 2010

Christmas Show

I will be participating in a local Christmas show with 5 other artists.

'Four Girls and Two Guys' will be held at Penny Varney Jewellery Gallery Gifts, and will run from December 16-25. The opening reception will be Thursday, December 16, from 6pm until 10pm.

Penny Varney's Gallery is located on the main street of Gravenhurst- 114 Muskoka Road South. Phone number is 687-8078

Please come in to check out the great art! The Gallery has lots of unique gift ideas, wonderful unusual jewellery, clothing and more (even baby gifts!) and I will be showing some small landscape-y paintings. Perfect for Christmas!
Hope to see you!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

All 9 Paintings from 'Living in the Body'

Here (finally) are photos of all 9 paintings I am exhibiting in 'Living in the Body'. Forgive the quality of some of the images, please, they were just taken while hanging on the gallery wall and in passing- proper edited versions will be put on the website soon. This at least gives the scope of the work. Listed below the peices are the titles and sizes in inches.
'Living in the Body: Milk and Honey' 49"x71"
'You've got roots, cannot be torn from under
Won't you shake it like you've never done before' 36"x72"
(F. Ford/Be Good Tanyas)
'Three little birds were on my doorstep
singing sweet songs, a melody pure and true,
this is my message to you...' 82"x59"
(B. Marley)

'She is a new creation, the old has gone and the new has come' 50"x72"

'Ring the bells that still can ring,
Forget your perfect offering,
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in' 32"x53"
(L. Cohen)

'Curiosity far greater than the fear
It felt so simple, so prodigious at the same time
Incredible things are happening in the world
Magical things are happening in the world' 60"x48"
(Stereolab/Iron and Wine)

'And you took to me like a gull takes to the wind' 54"x36"

'It's a Human Thing (it's a girl?? it's a girl!!) 48"x36"
(Be Good Tanyas)

'The Delivery (oh my baby! oh, my baby!!) 36x48

Opening night for 'Living in the Body' Nov 4, 2010

Some shots of our opening night.
A small crowd

Easy to see the size of the paintings

One of the models standing by her peice

Amanda and Annie chatting. There's a small baby bump!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Hanging the Show

Here are some photos from the day we hung the show

Paintings being brought in and stacked up before sorting it all out
Two very relieved and happy artists that it all fit

A glimpse of the gallery hung with paintings, before the work was done. What a great space, eh? Gallery 1313 was the perfect location for the show with a big area for our big paintings. All the peices fit perfectly. It was like they were born there ;)

Sunday, November 07, 2010

More Press for 'Living in the Body'

The exhibit and my work has gotten a lot of press, especially on the internet! Many thanks to 'Peaceful Parenting' for the following blogpost, which in turn spurned other posts and links. It's a great feature of my work and it encourages local blogfollowers to check out the show- thank you!
Peaceful Parenting post- 'Toronto Art Exhibit...'

Related are a couple of other blogs mentioning the show;
The Joy of This is a lovely blog, and she also displays some of the older 'Birth Project' paintings

Another great blog my work:
Wild as Weeds

Jennifer Posti was also reviewed by Toronto art critic Peter Goddard in the Toronto Star, as
'this week's entertainment picks'. Way to go Jen! Jen's show 'Stay at Home' is running at Gallery 1313 while 'Living in the Body' is running.

I've had lots of inquiries on whether I accept commissions. I do welcome commissions; birth, pregnancy or otherwise. Please contact me to discuss your request at
For reference, I work life-size, and the rate is approx $125/square foot.

I'm unsure yet whether I will make prints. I would rather focus my energy on painting and selling original work. In some ways I feel making prints diminishes the value of the painting. However, I realize purchasing a large painting is not in everyone's budget, so I may consider doing a limited number of prints of certain peices in the future.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Press for 'Living in the Body'

Our show listed on the Gallery 1313 Website:

Our show listed on the Akimbo website:

Monday, October 25, 2010

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Work in Progress and Detail

It really isn't cool at all to show a piece in progress; I may as well be standing in front of you naked, but I figured I would be reckless and share something half-finished. This is the peice I'm currently working on. It looks so much better in the photo than it does in real life- honestly! I was going to scrap it several times today, and I've worked on it for 2 weeks already. I just feel like I've been fighting with it, and there's so much yet to do on it. If I can stick it out I hope it will be a great peice. I'm so glad I took the photo because it has made me see it with 'new eyes'. Sometimes what you think you see isn't what's really there at all. And- for the record- the painting is crooked, it's not lopsided ;-)

Just a detail from the first peice. There is some glare in this photo- you can see it in the baby's forehead. I'll take better day, when I have time. Like, in about 22 years.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Sneak Preview

Here's a 'sneak preview' of the new work. The bad photos are what make it sneaky.

The colour is more accurate in this second photo. This painting is about 6 feet tall.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Last of the commissions

I forgot to add these: these are the last 2 peices from the 'Sleeping Baby' commission theme I did. Now that I have a show booked for November all commissions will be postponed until after the show.


I've finished a piece for the new show- and I like it.

Friday, June 18, 2010

November Exhibition

It's official!
I'm having an exhibition with Annie Veitch at Gallery 1313 in Toronto, scheduled for November 3-14th.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010


The 'Sleeping Babies' project is going good- I've recieved lots of orders and the paintings are delightful to do. Here are some of the finished peices, I'll share some more later. Finding time to paint amidst a household of screaming banshees is not easy, especially with the fine weather and flourishing gardens calling!

Friday, January 29, 2010

New Mini-Project- 'Because sleep is like the unicorn...'

In honour of Ramsey almost turing a year and not yet sleeping through the night, I'm launching:

‘Sleep Like a Baby’
Fine Art Baby Portraits
Preserve the memory of their innocence forever. Have an original oil painting made of your infant or sleeping baby. Send two or three images of your child, either as an infant or asleep.
Choose from three sizes:
8”x10” for $100 (cropped image)
10”x12” for $125
16”x16” for $175

Paintings will be done on a first come first served basis, so submit early to avoid long wait times. Offer only open for a limited time.
A $50 deposit is required. Payments can be made by cash, cheque or paypal. Email Amanda at for more information or to place your order.

‘I could stay awake just to hear you breathing
Watch you smile while you are sleeping
Far away and dreaming’