Enjoying the view

Here at Evelia Espinosa’s Art Studio, my students and I, enjoyed drawing and painting landscapes. Canada has one of the most diverse and beautiful landscapes in the world, mountaints, prairies, lakes and rivers with many national and provincial parks to protect the habitats. Canada is the second largest country in the world. There are more lakes and inland waters in Canada than any other country. My students and I like to paint Mounties, bears, snow or he Rocky Mountains with the amazing turquoise lakes though there is truly more to this cast landscape.

Enjoy a hike with family or friends, see the vew, you can paint a master piece and fell the nature in your painting. Take a minute to see the color of the flowers, the texture of the trees or the insects, feel the grass and look the sky then close your eyes and imagine your next painting.

Canada 150th Anniversary

The 150th Anniversary of Canada, occurred on July 1st, 2017 as Canada marked the sesquicentennial anniversary of Canadian Confederation. We were invited by Golden Spike Days at Rocky Point to display our Art Studio Paintings and give a live demostration of painting and drawing. A few students were envolved with this activity. We were glad to help our community and display our student art work. Thanks all students!

Painting with my Personal Touch

Here at Evelia Espinosa’s Art Studio in Port Moody, our student Tiffany Lam painted in mixed media her art test with elegance and personal touch.

Tiffany is one of our best student who attended art classes for the last three years, she always give her personal touch in evevy drawing or painting and it is a plus that each student adds in their art work.  She was very happy tohave a nice composition on her art test. Great job!



From the reality to imagination

In our studio, Evelia Espinosa’s students have completed their artistic level art test with different perspectives, according to their own imagination and design, some of the exams were drawn while others were painted using mixed medias and oils.

We have great artists who only need to be focused on the correct technique and open their imagination to change.  The test consists of many different skills and techniques, like sketch, usage of the color wheel combination and use many painting techniques.

We were glad to award our students with a ribbon at the end of their art test.


Here at Evelia Espinosa’s Art Studio in Port Moody, our student and art teacher Victoria Makovetski enjoy painting different techniques. When we asked Victoria about her painting she told us, “I was inspired and learn different techniques, I am always looking to learn more ways to apply the paint and connect withthe painting and the audience or viewer, nevertheless I paint to express myself with the choice of colour, I feel that, I have completed this painting and it gives offthe vibe I want it to, my next steps are to take my knowledge further and step out of my comfort zone”.

Much like Victoria, many students have created beautiful composition to express emotions and feelings. We always encourge our students to share their art work as they should be very proud of their hard work.

We are happy to hear that and we are glad that Victoria is part of our staff, especially because she is always open to learn differents ways to express herself. Similarly, we are happy to know that the students have been enjoying some of the new techniques we have implemented into their classes.


In our Art Studio in Port Moody, Paola Cervantes used oil on canvas and she painted a dog. Paola told us, “Muñeca” is a painting I made as a birthday gift for someone very special. This person recently moved and they would always tell me how they missed their dog and how that dog was their bestfriend through most of their youth. Unfortunately, I knew that it would be nearly impossible for me to find a way for him to be reunited with the dog because of distance and costs. I began to think what was the best way to, in the least, create a reminder of all the good memories he had shared with the dog and then painting a picture of her crossed my mind. This is why I decided to recreate this adorable picture of her.
I experimented with this painting, using both traditional paintbrush techniques as well as finger painting. This was a bit of a challenge because the canvas was not a very large one and it was hard to get the same definition of the hair strokes that you would get with a paintbrush and it was a lot easier to over blend the colours, not to mention that it was impossible to find a glove that fit my hand! Regardless of the obstacles the painting was very amusing to create and it taught me a lot about painting in a different style and finally brought me back to painting an animal which I had been avoiding. 


What is under-painting?

Under-painting is a transparent “oil sketch” which is made mostly with oil paint and Odorless Mineral Spirits, and which remains underneath the finished painting. It can serve several uses ranging from being a simple composition guide; to being an integral background element visible in the finished painting. It may be a very rough sketch, or a finely rendered image. It’s chief value is in creating luminescence in the painting, since light reflects through it from the back of the canvas; and also for uniting color values in the overall painting by adding a subjective dominant color key. Continue reading

Late forties

I started this painting three or four months ago in my art studio in Port Moody, Late forties  is a nude woman in her forties and this is the finished painting that I showed you in my last entry. This painting makes me happy because I got my inspiration from my certification at Emily Carr University when I studied Contemporary Art and I was very interested in the Feminist theory. This is my second nude painting, the first is a woman in the her early twenties. I think that every woman in her forties does not want to turn to botox or to any surgery because the signs of aging are even more obvious. Most women in their forties and fifties are beginning to feel an urge to change careers, strike out on their own, and stop minding the rules. Women in their forties feels that they need to do work that is meaningful both personally and for the community. They are also busy. They have households to run, teenagers to chase and keep tabs on, parents to appease, friends to keep in touch with, in-laws, ex’s, jobs and businesses to manage.

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