What a strange time this is! I am grateful that so many people have decided to purchase face masks bearing images of my art!
I appreciate that you are looking to protect yourself and others, or at least that you are looking to be compliant with the local regulations.
Who says you can’t have a bit of colourful fun while being in compliance!
As many have experienced, the providers of face masks have been slammed with orders, and receiving your order can take an extraordinarily long time.
The 5 mask order that I placed took over 2 months to arrive!! I was beginning to doubt that it would ever show up. But then it did – but it was 2 masks short. The remaining two arrived two weeks later. I am very hopeful that the wait time is improving as production continues. Much appreciation to all who have waited and are continuing to wait…. I truly feel your pain!
About Placing an Order
For those who are contemplating placing an order for an Amy Ferrari Art face mask, please realize that you are likely in for a wait!
I can’t and don’t carry a stock of my imprinted products, so ordering directly from the provider is best.
If something should go wrong with your order, please contact the provider directly, as I do not receive any of your order info. I never know exactly who orders the masks, as the artists only receive info that an order was placed for ‘x’ numbers of a particular design, but nothing about the customer. Which is why I especially love it when people post pictures of their masks when they arrive!
There are two providers of face masks that I currently use: Fine Art America (Pixels), which is based in the US; and Art of Where, which is Canadian!
In terms of Customer Experience, I’d rate Fine Art America (Pixels) as ‘pretty good’ and Art of Where as ‘great’; no company is perfect, so please proceed with due caution, as you would with any internet purchase.
About Fine Art America (Pixels)
Fine Art American (Pixels) came on the scene first, as they were quick to offer imprinted face masks. This is really not too surprising, being a rather large company with manufacturing partners throughout the US and beyond. Fine Art America (FFA) offers a terrific variety of products from art prints, to tote bags, to shower curtains, to yoga matts, to t-shirts, and more. Their most recent offering is the fabric face mask. Every time I upload an image from one of my paintings to FFA, I am taken through a somewhat automated process of designing the placement of my image on each of their products. Sometimes the images simply won’t work well for a certain product, so not all products are available for all designs. As of this posting, I am up to date with uploading my most recent images.
The face masks from FFA are one size fits all masks which have a side pocket for an air filter. Here is the description of the face mask on the FFA website:
The Center for Disease Control has recommended the use of cloth face masks to help fight the spread of COVID-19.
This face mask is made from 100% polyester and includes two woven, elastic loops for a comfortable, one-size-fits all fit.
Please note – this is NOT a surgical grade mask. It is not intended for any medical or commercial uses, whatsoever. It is a simple, cloth mask designed for everyday use to cover your mouth when out in public. The mask should not be used in any medical or surgical setting.
We make no warranties that the mask prevents infections or the transmission of viruses or diseases.
After a couples months or so of FAA offering face masks, Art of Where (AOW), started to offer face masks as well. Art of Where is a Canadian company based in Montreal. All of their printing and sewing is done onsite in Montreal. They even manufacture some of their fabrics! AOW is a smaller company that puts a great emphasis on quality. Their line of products is centered on their wearables, but they also provide art prints, pillow covers, notebooks, and more…..they will even print custom fabrics for you to sew with! I am still in the process of adding my images facemasks on AOW. Their uploading process for artists is a bit more demanding, thus the process of creating a collection of faces masks similar to my FFA collection is taking some time. I am consistently growing the collection that as of now stands at around 24 mask designs!
AOW’s masks come in a selection of sizes and are more form fitting than the Fine Art America masks.
Here’s AOW’s description of their face masks:
Give yourself some extra peace of mind and protection with custom printed 100% cotton sateen face coverings! Available in multiple sizes with metal nose piece and an internal filter pocket, these coverings provide confidence in both safety and style.
Keep up with our changing world with 100% cotton custom printed face coverings! Complete with a stainless steel nose piece, filter pocket and soft fabric elastics, these 200 thread count cotton sateen face coverings are here to give you a little more peace of mind. Printed with permanent reactive inks, you can fill confident washing them over and over without fear of fading. Stay safe and stylish with custom printed cut and sew face coverings.
1 to 5 items: ~25 business days
+ 3 business days per 6 items
If you see a design you like on the Fine Art America site but prefer the mask from the Art of Where site and you can’t find the same design on my Art of Where site, just let me know. It’s absolutely easy and no problem for me to add it to the Art of Where site. (I’m still adding designs!)
The featured painting on this post is fresh from the studio:
I had a dream last night involving weird happenings as our way of life went further into chaos. People driving upside-down buses?!? Anyway, the upheaval we are currently experiencing now was further amplified, and indeed in the dream, everything was much stranger. Oddly enough, despite the upside-down bus incident in my dream, it wasn’t actually a nightmare.
The Covid pandemic has uncovered atrocities in our healthcare systems that are starting to spark changes.
Black people have been treated atrociously and the Black Lives Matter movement is starting to spark changes.
The horrid acts against our Native Peoples and all of our Peoples of Colour is causing outrage and is sparking changes.
The blatant lack of concern for our environment is causing outrage which is sparking changes.
The disregard for animals in our food supply is causing outrage which is sparking changes.
The blatant disregard for peoples’ wellbeing by our governments and big Pharma, big corporations, and big everything is causing outrage which is sparking changes.
The insatiable desire for more, for having the right to treat people like crap, and for having the right to disregard human decency is causing outrage which is sparking changes.
Being complacent in having racist, sexist, hateful, homophobic thoughts and actions is causing outrage which is sparking changes.
Everything shitty that privileged and power-hungry people are doing to hurt others and to hurt the environment is causing outrage which is sparking changes.
So much outrage! It seems like a nightmare, but what keeps it from being a nightmare is the wee spark of hope that all this upheaval, as tragic and painful as it is and will continue to be, will bring lasting changes as we continue to look closer into our own hearts, our organizations, our businesses, and our governments. Things get dicey for everyone, for a long time, but we are all forced by circumstances to reflect, feel compassion, and act upon making better decisions that lead to a better world for everyone… EVERYONE… every person, culture, species, race, country, gender, sexual orientation, age, color, religion, weirdness, etc. EVERYONE.
I’m thinking my dream of upheaval and outrage is already a reality. More than I know. But I hold on to the optimistic hope that as a result, our world and ourselves will change for the better. Perhaps we all need to figure out how to drive buses upside-down…. or at least how to make changes that seem impossible… POSSIBLE.
I have a lot of self-reflection to do and I’m wondering how I can reflect any of this in my art and actions. At least for now, I will continue to create and share art that expresses my sense of positivity and harmony.
Here are three recent paintings that I hope are imbued with positivity, harmony, and love….
16 x 16 Acrylic on Canvas 2020
This painting is about the elation and exuberant happiness that bubbles up as a result of unconditional love.
16 x 20 Acrylic on Canvas 2020
This painting is about the joy of thriving in chaotic environment because you know where everything is.
Cerebral Memory Echo
24 x 30 Acrylic on Canvas 2020
This painting is a representation of a place where all things harmoniously flow together
with connectedness and free, loving expression.
This collection is the reason I have seemingly stopped posting my work for the last year. I wanted to have a chance to present the paintings as a cohesive group, and had hoped to post the entire collection once I had an exhibition scheduled. But since all things have changed, I have decided that now would be a great time to share over a year’s worth of work.
Usually when people are thinking about the unique beauty to be enjoyed in and around the city of Hamilton (Ontario), the most prevalent thoughts immediately go to the escarpment, which lovingly looms over lower Hamilton. While I greatly appreciate this natural beauty, what has recently captivated my eye is actually man-made.
Since moving to Hamilton and living in the east side of the city, I’ve been enamoured by the sky. What really sticks out are the vertical plumes emanating from the industrial pipes throughout the industrial areas along the bay. These vertical plumes are exciting! Perhaps because vertical sky formations tend to be indicators of danger: both tornados and smoke plumes from fires are sky formations that can indicate a fair amount of danger!
The plumes, though ever-present, always manage to look different every day – depending on the atmospheric conditions. Sometimes the plumes dissipate almost immediately, and sometimes they linger until you’re not sure whether you’re seeing plume trails or actual clouds… when does one become the other? I do love how they animate the sky! It brings a certain dynamic quality to the beloved tradition of cloud watching…. You’ve got to be quick to see that elephant or that fluffy bunny wafting by!
As I’ve travelled around the industrial areas to try to get a better grip on what is going on in these steam-spewing industrial complexes, I’m captivated yet again by these pipe-laden cathedrals of industry. These structures are metal monuments to complexity with perplexing organizational purpose. It’s all so wonderfully mysterious! Where do those pipes go? What’s going on in those shiny tanks? And why? I don’t really wish to know, as it’s much more fun to wonder and imagine.
The captivation factor of the industrial buildings is further enhanced by the architecture of the buildings, which is often rather brutal in scale with strange angles and catwalk-like structures strewn all around. And the colors….!!! Nowhere else do you see such brilliant colors in the environment! Oh! the blues, aquas, and greens! The yellows in the ladders, steps, and guardrails winding through and around the structures! And the reds and oranges from the rusting smokestacks! And the flames! It’s such a spectacle that there are open flames coming from some of the stacks!
As dusk falls, the situation takes on an even more animated appearance, as the lights become an exciting visual factor, and the flames really steal the show! In the low light, the plumes take on an even more ominous appearance, especially as the lower plumes intertwine with the pipes and obliterate large chunks of the structure.
I have indeed been captivated by all of these industrial sites, and thus decided to create a (still growing) collection of paintings portraying some of my favourite sites in the industrial area of Hamilton transformed by imagination. Now, I’d like to share my vision of “Industrial Captivation” and hope to inspire a new appreciation for these crazy structures.
The Obleakly Netherlasting Grace 36 x 24 Acrylic on Canvas 2020
This image is from Beach Road. I love the way these dreary yet colourful buildings seem to be striking a pose as they diminish into the distance.
Facets of Dofasco 48 x 24 Acrylic on Canvas 2019
This image is from atop the escarpment. The Dofasco factory is in the foreground, and Lake Ontario is in the background.
The Bungee Busy-ness 20 x 20 Acrylic on Canvas 2019
The Bungee building on Burlington Street has always fascinated be with all the pipes going everywhere and the wonderful yellow/blue color combination. But my favorite aspect of this particular building is the X-mas tree form looming above everything.
Bountiful Busby Above the Blue 36 x 12 Acrylic on Canvas 2019
This building on Burlington Street is such an inexplicable expanse of bright blue! But what really fascinated me was all the linear hair-like structures on top of the building!
Contrails From The Trellis 40 x 30 Acrylic on Canvas 2019
This amazing trellis-like structure is located near the north end of Parkdale. It is one of the most prolific steam makers in town! The pipe complexity is so fantastic that it almost appears as stained glass in some areas. The two larger stacks on the left have two very faint steam trails drifting out… at least I hope that it’s steam.
Gilded Haze at Hamilton Bay 24 x 12 Acrylic on Canvas 2019
This is my rendition of one of the more iconic Hamilton Bay views as seen from the QEW. In this scene, the sun is going down and the lights are beginning to become pronounced.
Rainbow Crown at Kenilworth 48 x 24 Acrylic on Canvas 2019
The building is viewed from the Nikola Tesla near the Kenilworth exit. This particular view always appealed to me due to the rainbow colors of the stacks. What really confounds me is why the aqua and green stacks are in the wrong order, with all the other colors being in perfect rainbow order.
Skyward Deco Dance 48 x 36 Acrylic on Canvas 2019
This is one of my favorite complexes and is viewed from the Nicola Tesla. The volume of steam is usually quite proficient, and the buildings with angles remind me of an art deco theme.
The Dofasco Experience 36 x 36 Acrylic on Canvas 2019
This site is on Ottawa Street, and is perhaps as close to any of the structure that I been able to access. I just really wonder what is going on with the large pipes that seem to go nowhere.
Parkdale Pipe Palace 48 x 36 Acrylic on Canvas 2019
This is the complex at the north end of Parkdale. Besides the drama of the steam trails in the sky, the aspect that most fascinated me about this scene is the yellow ladders and rails.
Gage Street Steelway 30 x 24 Acrylic on Panel 2018
This site occurs near the intersection of Gage and Burlington Street. With so many interesting forms, I think of this painting as a study in blue.
Releasing Long-held Grievances Into The Blinding Light of Love
Acrylic on Canvas
36 x 48 2018 $1900.00
This is a recently finished painting that I worked on for almost six months.So to have it finally finished is indeed a celebration!Much of that six months was taken up by my relocation efforts moving my home from Waterloo to Hamilton.But whenever I could steal a paint day, I’d find new ideas to try with the painting…
The thing I really love about doing abstract paintings is that the reference image, or, starting point, for the piece need not dictate the final piece in any way.Which means I can fall down the rabbit hole with the painting for as long as it takes me.This piece took me for quite a journey far far away from the source material which consisted of a few random drips of paint forming four figures.The source material drips had inspired me because it hatched the thought of trying to create a piece that was about bringing out the dark grievances in life into the light of understanding and love.It seemed like an important idea to chase, and chase it I did!While the imagery evolved drastically, the concept of dissolving grievances with understanding remained a constant.
The images of the four figures, though radically transformed, also remain somewhat intact.Everybody has unspoken grievances, and usually it’s because it can be difficult to talk about the things that can lead to disagreements.The grievances are stored in the dark vessels along the bottom of the picture.The left-most figure happens to be the figure getting the most attention, and the grievances that are being aired mostly come from her.This figure is deemed by me to be a ‘she’; her focus is her immediate neighbour, who I deem to be her partner. The two figures on the right are relatives and also serve as support for the couple.As she is finally able to communicate her grievances, the darkness she had held inside dissipates into the yellow light as the understanding from her loved ones becomes evident.The grievances are dissolved into smaller effervescent particle globs that are surrounded by the yellow light of love that bubble upwards and eventually dissipate into the yellow light of understanding.
While the exact issue that formed the grievances is not terribly important to the piece, I invite viewers to come up with their own ideas about that.My only suggestion is that she may happen to be reaching the later stages of her childbearing years… As well, the ultimate result of airing her grievances is not exactly important to the piece, and again, I invite the viewers to envision the ultimate resolution. I suggest that important point of resolving her grievances is that she was heard, appreciated, and loved by the most importantfigures in her life.
While the painting is essentially about love and understanding, I am hoping that it is a visual treat with humour, warmth, and harmonious spirit with a presence of positivity.
I wish you all a very merry holiday season full of light and understanding and mostly, full of love. 🙂
Here are some of the original art pieces I’ll be offering for sale at the upcoming Ferrari 500! The ‘500’ means no piece of art is priced over $500.00! The prices of many of the pieces I am presenting here are well over 50% off their usual price! WooHoo!!!
Catalyst 137 (137 Glasgow in Kitchener)
Friday, May 25 2018
The show starts at 5:00 and runs until 9:00pm.
Get there early to make sure you get the piece you want!!!
Original Art for Sale!
30 x 40 Acrylic on Canvas
Spirit Tree Dawning
20 x 30 Acrylic on Canvas
Double Door Power Play
40 x 30 Acrylic on Canvas
Pursuit of the Pink Preservationists
30 x 30 Acrylic on Canvas
A Farewell to Diet Coke
36 x 30 Acrylic on Canvas
Flatlander Fabric Flow
20 x 16 Acrylic on Canvas
Above and Beyond
20 x 16 Acrylic on Canvas
Pathways to Peaceful Possibilities
30 x 30 Acrylic on Canvas
Grow House Groove On
36 x 12 Acrylic on Panel
Cy-Pressing a Wave
24 x 36 Acrylic on Canvas
30 x 40 Acrylic on Canvas
And Some Smaller Original Works!
8 x 10 Acrylic on Panel
Casting a Net
5 x 5 Acrylic on Cavas
5 x 5 Acrylic on Canvas
5 x 5 Acrylic on Canvas
8 x 8 Acrylic on Canvas
8 x 8 Acrylic on Canvas
8 x 8 Acrylic on Canvas
8 x 8 Acrylic on Canvas
12 x 12 Acrylic on Canvas
12 x 12 Acrylic on Canvas
Ace Kid Mark
12 x 12 Acrylic on Canvas
12 x 12 Acrylic on Canvas
As usual, I’ll have have some of my archival prints and drawings on hand, so there are many options for growing your collection of Amy Ferrari Art!
The Ferrari 500 aims to help support our local visual artists by providing a lucrative opportunity specifically designed to promote sales of original art along with original art-related merchandise.
The $500 price cap is meant to inspire buyers! Many people are intimidated by the prospect of buying art; and knowing that every single item in the show is priced at $500 or under, allows our art lovers to wander through our displays, knowing any single piece that they fall in love with is within the realm of relative affordability!
This also gives our artists a chance to explore their possibilities for presenting work at lower price points. This could mean our artists are offering smaller works, experimental works, reproductions of works, or even some older works that are in need of forever homes where they can bee seen and loved, rather than stored away. You just never know what wonders you will find!
Many art events restrict artists from selling their own reproductions of their original works, insisting on showing and selling only the original hand crafted items. While the Ferrari 500 deeply appreciates this focus on original handcrafted art, we also wish to provide a rare opportunity for artists to expand the income producing potential of each work of original art by allowing artists to sell reproductions and original art-imprinted merchandise. Which means even more affordable options for our art lovers.
And fall in love with art they will!! We have a roster of 33 professional artists oozing with creativity, offering refreshing, colourful perspectives expressed through their original art. Our art lovers will have a chance to engage with the artists to unlock even more insights into the art being presented.
And to further inspire our art lovers to become art collectors, each artist has agreed to donate 10% of their night’s sales to an amazing organization, House of Friendship, who supports Waterloo Region’s low-income residents by offering assistance and support (Addiction Services, Community Services, Housing Services).
Just for showing up to our event, our art lovers will be given door prize tickets… a chance to win a valuable piece of artist-donated art or art-related item … for free!! The door prizes will be announced at 6:30, 7:30, and lastly, at 8:30. The lucky winners need to be present to win!
Lastly, in addition to a table full of enticing nibbles, you will have access to our lively cash bar, featuring selected beers, wines, and an original moonshine concoction provided by Moondance Whiskey
For this rendition of the Ferrari 500, MoonDance Whiskey is providing a stunning custom cocktail entitled “Midnight Liaison”. It’s so pretty, I might even base a painting on this beautiful drink! Can’t wait to try it!
As with most of my paintings, I’ve uploaded images of my tree paintings to my favourite print-on-demand websites (Art of Where and Fine Art America), allowing you to order fun items, like beanie hats, shower curtains, and tote bags emblazoned with images of my art!
TreeCentric Framed Prints
You may wish to collect all of the paintings from my “TreeCentricity” exhibition, but alas that may not be reasonably affordable. One thing you could do is order prints or posters from Fine Art America!
Fine Art America also offers a variety of imprintable items….
Spiral Note Books
Art of Where offers a variety of wearables (leggings, headbands, scarves, etc.), along with many other items. This link will take you to my “TreeCentricity” Collection page.
I love the prints on these wonder beanie hats! Great for keeping the ‘ol noggin warm in these colder temperatures!
These styling notebooks are a new offering from Art of Where – they’re the same ones that I have in the gift shop at Homer Watson House & Gallery.
As always, if you’d like one of my images on an item, but can’t find it, please simply email me to let me know, and I’ll do all I can to create that combination for you!
If you missed the exhibition’s opening reception at Homer Watson House & Gallery, don’t fret…
You can see them in person through the remainder of February, until March 7.
And, if you’d like a chance to find out more about the pieces in this collection, please plan to attend my Artist’s Talk, which is scheduled for Saturday, February 24, 1:00 – 3:00pm. Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, Noon – 4:30 pm
Also, please be sure to notice the gift shop, where you can find greeting cards, unframed art prints, and notebooks, all for sale, and featuring the exhibited images of my work!
I celebrate colour as a glorification of life. My vision is that vibrant, joyous potential thrives in everybody, everything, and in every situation.
My current work is acrylic on canvas.
The links below will navigate to different categories of my art on my site!
Introducing… my ArtMoi Catalog!
I have created website that specifically displays my entire catalog of paintings.
This ArtMoi archival site is extremely easy to navigate, and makes keeping my images updated much less cumbersome… it’s almost automatic!
The Artwork tab takes you to a single place where you find every single painting (a lifetime of work!) that I have created (minus the pieces I choose not to share online due to a lack of availability of quality images). Some of these paintings are available for sale, but most are no longer available… you’ll easily be able to see complete image(s) with all the details when click on the thumbnail image. It’s quite the archival reference! If you want to get a comprehensive sense of what my art is about, this is the perfect place to browse images. It’s interesting to see how the art has evolved over the years.
Since there are so, so, so many pieces to navigate, ArtMoi happily offers a Collections page which allows me to organize the art into categories they call ‘Collections’.
The Collections tab takes you a gallery of all of my usual categories of art. (You can always find my Collections link at the top right corner of this website, right below my ‘home’ link.) As well, I am listing all of the categories here, complete with descriptions, representative images, and imbedded links which will take you directly to each collection on the ArtMoi site.
This is a special collection about restorative spaces that are both energizing and calming, resulting in an amazing positive atmosphere where good things can and will happen.
Check out the complete “Serene Yellow Spaces” story.
This collection features all of my plant centered paintings
that don’t fit into either ‘TreeCentricity’ or ‘Expressions From the Floressence’ groupings.
Many pieces in this group feature abstracted food images.
I’m looking forward to expanding this food-based collection in the near future!
This collection of paintings isn’t included elsewhere on my ArtMoi site since these are such minor works. I decided to include this collection of smaller (smaller than 12 x 12) paintings for those looking for original art that is super-easy to afford.
The MUKsters are coming to you from the whacked mind of Marco Ferrari,
and through my own interpretations in line and color. It’s mostly a fun and lighthearted view of some of the more inglorious and MUKky facets of being human. More than likely, you’ll be able to relate to some of these guys.
I’ve created a set of coloring pages featuring the MUKsters, as well as some nifty merchandise… Check out the additional MUKky offerings here!
All 15 Paintings in this collection came from reclaimed canvases from a previous project. The characters came first, as I was enjoying creating these light-hearted beings. Then over some drinks, a few of my friends came up with the silly fart-related names. And eventually, I wrote little poems about each character. All of which became a self-published book – ‘A Big #2″ available from Blurb and I-tunes.
Check out all of the ‘Snarkle Tart’ offerings here!
These little drawings represent the genesis of my journey into art.
I started my creative journey simply by creating these simple doodle-like drawings.
These are not found elsewhere on my ArtMoi site, but I wanted to include both drawing collections here because these are absolutely the easiest Ferrari originals to own.