The Modern Dad artist

It seems like there is never enough time to sit back and really appreciate life’s finer things. Things like admiring an artist's work. Or how about actually becoming an artist for a day?


Go go go, that is the life of a videograpgher and dad. It seems like there is never enough time to sit back and really appreciate life’s finer things. Things like admiring an artist’s work. Or how about actually becoming an artist for a day?

An artist is most often described as one who creates within a context of the fine arts or “high culture”. Activities such as drawing, painting, sculpture, acting, dancing, writing, filmmaking, new media, photography, and music are considered artistic endeavors. I chose a career that some would say is very artistic. As a videographer I am constantly trying to capture events and stories for our viewers in a video format that includes on-air interviews, stand-ups, camera work and post-editing to create a final story you often see on Cityline. In a sense, there are many layers to this process that include meetings with my producers and end with the finished piece. The process from inspiration to completion as a video journalist is an amazing feeling that I am lucky enough to do for my career, but I’ve often wondered if my skills were transferable to other types of artwork? Could I use my talents to paint?

Find out in my taped segment with artist Sarah Phelps — click here to watch the video!

What a thrill to be able to try my hand at painting on a canvas! It is so satisfying after the initial hesitation of making a huge mess!! Sarah was able to guide me, expand my mind through my World Cup inspirational colours and allow me to just work! If you are a novice to abstract painting but would like to give it a try, here are some additional helpful hints from an expert.

My day at the studio was rewarding. I had so much fun getting my hands dirty. Thanks to Sarah in the end for the much needed help in pulling together this World Cup masterpiece. I love it!

For more information on Sarah’s work, check out her website at www.sarahphelps.ca

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