It Was A Battle!

Once again, the folks at The Museum in KW put on a great event! 26 artists competed in live round painting competition with each artist having 30 minutes to complete a piece. Once done, spectators got to vote on their faves and then bid on pieces to take home. All proceeds go to the artist and The Museum.

Competition was fierce and the crowd truly seemed to enjoy it. At max capacity, over 600 people came to feast their eyes on what the artists came up with. The end products were definitely diverse, with artists using a phenomenal range of techniques and styles.

It’s an interesting process. I got half way through this one, had the water completed, mostly through the forest part and hated the way the colours looked. Checked the clock and with 17 minutes left, took a deep breath and scrapped the whole upper half of the painting. Had to answer a few spectator questions regarding whether or not that was intentionally part of my “process”, and some preferred the forest over the snow capped mountains, but it is what it is and how I felt at the time 🙂

Kudos to The Museum for arranging the event, the artists for participating and all the fans who come out to support the artists and the arts!

A few pics to give you an idea of what we were doing…

Something is happening

Something is happening

Second phase-knife work

Second phase-knife work

Add the forest

Add the forest

Scrap the forest, add some mountains

Scrap the forest, add some mountains

15 minutes left concentration

15 minutes left concentration







The Ice Mountains and Ice Flows

The Ice Mountains and Ice Flows


It’s Back…The Museum “The Brush Off” 2015

Once again, The Museum in KW is hosting their annual fundraising, live art at its best painting competition.

On January 24, 26 artists will be competing live, in  four 30 minute, heart pounding, creative testing, eye dazzling rounds. With a live DJ, music pumping, voting fast and furious, original pieces of art immediately going up for auction, I am sure it will once again prove to be a phenomenal event. The caliber and range of artists to delight the sense is outstanding so everyone should find something to bid on and someone to cheer for. So looking forward to being there again! Tickets are on sale now, and they sell out every year, so advance tickets sales are a wise choice. Cash bar. See you on the 24th…now just to decide what/how to paint!

Check out the info below, or go to their web site to buy tickets

The Brush Off | THEMUSEUM// // // //

1 night.
26 artists.
4 rounds.
38 original works.
January 24th 2015

Doors open at 6:30pm, competition begins at 7pm. Admission to Unwrapping Egypt is included in ticket price.


20 artists will compete in 4 rounds of a friendly live-painting competition. Your votes determine who advances each round and eventually wins The Brush Off.


38 original works of art will be produced during the night. Bid on your favourite painting at this fundraiser for THEMUSEUM and bring home a piece of the night.


Revel in the creativity displayed by the artists and maybe even dance to the tunes being blasted over the speakers.

love art

20 artists creating 38 original works and mingling with the local art scene – you’ll be tempted to pick up some paint, a brush, and some canvas on the way home!


$15 per ticket plus tax.
Cash Bar

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The Brush Off 2014 !




It’s back! On January 25, at KW’s THE MUSEUM, join 20 artists, about 4 or 5 hundred guests for an exhilarating evening of live art. You vote for your favourites after every round, and each piece of art is up for auction immediately after each round. It’s a fun evening with amazing art and electrifying energy. Get your tickets soon as this event has sold out every year!

Brush Off 2014 Poster

Upcoming events…feel free to cross post and get the word out

There are two amazing events coming up and deadlines for artists are fast approaching.

The MUSEUM in KW is holding a Jr Brush Off. This is a fabulous opportunity for young artists aged 14-18 to challenge themselves, add to their CV and portfolios, and benefit the local museum. It’s the same competition that I was in this year, only for younger competitors. The deadline to enter is next week, so artists need to get their applications in fast! It really is a blast and both artists and guests had a lot of fun. Go to for details.

The other deadline that is coming up is for Elora’s Artcetera 2013. This fundraiser showcases high calibre artists as well as intriguing items donated from patrons. Elora supports a dynamic and thriving artist community with events, workshops, festivals and art shows going on year round. Artists do receive a percentage of the auction end total, so everyone benefits!!

Have fun and explore!

The Museum The Brush Off

crowd shot Mid-point round 1 Round 1 starting off Round 2 mid point Round 3 final pictures Round 3 Set up The crowds at the brush off

The Brush Off: The review

What can I say about The Brush Off? It was a blast!

Artists started filtering in around 6 and final details were presented. The guests started pouring in, and then the fun began.

The first round was “open”, meaning the artists could paint whatever they wanted. In that round we were split up into two groups. Thank goodness I was in the first group, because at that point, I don’t think my nerves would have liked waiting the 30 minutes for the first group to finish. To get an idea of what we were doing, the artists were set up in clusters of 3 around the main floor. Guests could walk around from group to group, checking out how the artists were progressing. So, you have a spotlight from above, music pumping, guests chatting with each other, lots of movement around you and just a general crazy, intense energy in the room. At one point, it got so squishy with people that I leaned back on my stool to stretch out a sec and was leaning on one of the guests lol. My painting in this round took second place and I made the cut to the next round.

Rounds 2 and 3 were thematic…2 was “light” and 3 was “dark”. Again, the off the charts energy and just overall excitement took over and the artists were off. I didn’t make it to the “final 3” open round, but am damned proud for getting up to that point. All of the works were auctioned off immediately after completion to raise money for the Museum and am sure the party went on long after this tired artist drove home to bed.

All I can say is that if you have never been to this event, GO! Take a good look at the art that the artists bring with them to display. Some artists due to their techniques, might not be producing their best works in this medium and under such time constraints, and if you look at the “mini-gallery” you will see some absolutely stunning pieces of art work. I honestly wish I had more time to just sit and take in their talents as each and every one of the artists their were just phenomenal. It was fun; it was a party…it was damn good art!

So, given that I don’t work in acrylic (and yes, they drove me nuts and I had to limit my technique somewhat lol), given the stress, nerves leading up to the show, the fact that you really are putting yourself in a vulnerable place painting live AND having people standing around behind you talking, commenting on your work and voting (not necessarily great for the artist ego), would I do it again? In a heartbeat. It was well run, oodles of talent, pushed my limits, made me think, and with my old and new fans cheering me on and supporting me, it was a fabulous evening. Pics hopefully coming soon.

The Museum-The Brush Off…tickets on sale now. Get them before they sell out and come watch me paint live with 22 other artists!

The Brush Off