DIY Acrylic Textures & Mediums Workshop
Sold Out DIY Acrylic Mediums & Texture Workshop at University of Utah's LifeLong Learning Program, Salt Lake City, UT
How to Make a Beautiful Painting
My Top 3 Recommendations for Creating a Beautiful Painting:
Q: Hi Sam, I was recently asked if I do commissions and I have no artist friends to ask... I have never done a commission and have no idea how to work with a client on a painting, but I don't want to say no. It's a little different than doing a freelance graphic design job. Do you have any particular process you go through with a client?
"If you want to learn something, read about it. If you want to understand something, write about it. If you want to master something, teach it." Yogi Bhajan
Week 7 of Fearless Abstract Painting STUDIO CLASSES at Workshop SLC
Western Home Journal | Featured Artist
BIG NEWS! My work was featured in a prominent local magazine! Thank You Western Home Journal for featuring my work in the SUMMER | FALL 2021 PARK CITY Issue. A special thanks to Danielle Vigueria for writing such a compelling article about my work: "Samantha daSilva: Becoming Fearless". This is the realization of a longstanding dream for me. I dedicate this accomplishment to my father, who passed away unexpectedly almost one year ago on June 25, 2020. My mother may have taught me how to draw and paint, but it was my father who taught me how to dream and imagine.
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How to Make Your Own Rust Solution
One of my signature looks is creating paintings that look aged, weathered by the elements, and "distressed". Introducing one of these works into a modern interior - ripe with polished concrete and stainless steel, fills me with excitement. I delight in the juxtaposition.
One of the ways to achieve this effect is make your own rust solution. The color of the rust solution is similar to the reddish-brown color Sepia. Make your own rust solutions using this simple recipe:
New Work | Summer 2021
Coco Channel said: "Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take something off." I take a similar approach to the way I choose my color palette: "Before you begin painting, take a color off." Less is more. Simplicity is elegance.
"Working From Home"
We should all be so lucky to "work from home." If home is where the heart is, then by its simplest definition, home is where we are. To me, "working from home" means "working from the heart". This is by far the BEST way I know of to create paintings. It fascinates me that on a global scale, we've all been forced to "work from home''. Perhaps we can all use what we've experienced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to recalibrate our compasses and live a more heart-led existence.
It gets messy before it gets good! Incorporating collage, newspapers & paint scrapers to create simulated marks of age & wear. A SOLD OUT 2-day "Distressed" Mixed Media Workshop at the new & beautiful Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah.
This blog was created to share my belief that the art-making process is a catalyst for transformation and personal empowerment. I am living proof.