Carolyn Turgeon on Jan 12, 2016
It's such a beautiful painting and arrived exactly on time, in lovely packaging. I'm so excited to give it as a gift. Thank you so much, Kathleen!
Taylor Fluery on Dec 19, 2015
So beautiful!! Exceeded expectations😀
Donna on Dec 17, 2015
Absolutely beautiful cards! Very fast shipping and lovely packaging, as well! Can't wait to give these to my mom for Christmas - thank you so much!! :)
"I am happiest with a paintbrush or garden trowel in my hand."
These days, you will find me painting in the loft of our house just outside of Montreal. My gently cluttered studio is full of art books, paintings by me as well as artist friends, photos of my garden and travels, tubes of paint, brushes, stacks of beautiful paper and my ever-changing nature collections. There is usually a vase of flowers on my painting table and a mug of tea or coffee. With my iPod playing in the background and my sweet dog Meeko resting somewhere nearby, I lose myself in the beautiful colors, textures and details of each new painting.
I started painting when I was eighteen. I was enrolled at the University of Toronto as an English Lit major and needed a creative outlet. So it was in a small neighborhood class where my painting passion was born. I couldn’t believe how much I loved to paint.
For many years, I worked during the day in Communications and Public Affairs and devoted myself to my art on evenings and weekends. I took art classes. I painted as often as I could. After twelve years as a corporate writer, I grew weary of big companies. At the same time, my art took a major shift. After years of painting in oil, I discovered watercolor. I loved the way it allowed me to create paintings that were both detailed and delicate at the same time. With this new medium, something blossomed inside of me.
With a deep breath, I quit my job and launched my own company, Florescence, to produce greeting cards based on my watercolors. I took part in trade shows in New York, Toronto and Montreal. I had sales reps and customers across North America. It was a wonderful experience but after seven years, I found I was spending too much time managing my company and not enough time painting. When my second daughter was born, I decided to put my card company to bed for a while.
Being a mom to my two beautiful girls became the center of my life for a number of years. While I expressed my creativity in different ways (gardening, woodworking, cooking, piano lessons and decorating), my painting table gathered cobwebs.
Four years ago, I went back to painting on a full-time basis. It has been such a joy to create with my watercolors again. When I paint, I feel true to myself. I feel happy. Best of all, my daughters (now 16 and 20) are among my biggest supporters.
My paintings tend to be inspired by my garden, backyard visitors, daily walks in nature and my travels. I also have a thing for hearts. One of my favorite ways to paint is to hold an object (flower, leaf, acorn, etc.) in one hand while I paint with the other. I work slowly. I build my washes gradually and often flesh out my composition as I paint. Even after all these years of painting, I still find it thrilling to be able to move paint and water around on a piece of paper and bring a subject to life.
Original Watercolors ♥●•٠·˙
You can find information on my original watercolors that are currently available on my website (link to the right).
I am proud to sell archival-quality giclée prints of my paintings. I produce them in my studio on my Epson R1900 printer. I scan my paintings and then make adjustments in Photoshop until the prints look as close to my originals as possible. I do multiple test prints until I have them just right. They are printed on beautiful fine art paper.
Note Cards ♥●•٠·˙
Even in this digital world, I think there is room for handwritten notes on pretty cards. I produce some of my images as blank note cards using the same process as my prints. I print, cut, score and fold the cards myself.
Follow me on Instagram to see photos of my paintings in progress as well as pictures of my garden and cute dog! :) http://instagram.com/trowelandpaintbruh
Kathleen Maunder - Artist
Owner, Painter, Designer
Passionate about flowers and nature, I love painting what I see around me. My art is delicate and detailed and watercolor is my preferred medium. Everything I sell in my shop comes from my imagination, my heart and my hands.
Studio Companion & Artistic Muse
All artwork and content © Kathleen Maunder
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✈ For US and everywhere else, I charge reasonable flat rates for all products and I don't charge extra for multiple items. ✈
I pack orders in sturdy, rigid kraft mailers. Artwork is enclosed in a cello sleeve and protected with extra cardboard.
I ship from Canada by Letter-post or Small Packet (Air)--whichever is the most economical choice available to me. Please note that tracking is not available with this service. Heavier packages will be sent by the least expensive parcel rate available.
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I will ship your order within three to five business days of receiving your payment (custom orders may take longer) and I send an email once it has been shipped.
Mail takes about one week to arrive in Canadian destinations, one to two weeks to U.S. destinations and anywhere from one to five weeks for international destinations. (Please note that I am not responsible for any delays once I have mailed your item.)
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COPYRIGHT: Purchase of my artwork (paintings, prints, cards) does not transfer ownership of reproduction rights. Copyright remains with me, the artist.
No image in part or in whole of the content contained herein, may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without the express permission of the artist and copyright holder, Kathleen Maunder.