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You can follow Agata on the links below. She does mainly commsioned pieces now and her work is absolutely stunning. http://agatasartcorner.com/

 

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What are you currently working on?

I’m working on a commissioned piece of an Audi R18, which is going to be huge – 72”x48”. I’m also working on a painting for my mom that of a scene of a boat on a shore. And I have at least 15 paintings that I’ve started and never completed because they are stuck in that middle phase of painting that hopefully one day I will feel inspired to finish.

Lastly what do you when you aren't working or making amazing art?

Outside of working and painting I like to do something outdoors and/or active everyday. I do a lot of biking, running, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, squash, volleyball, and the list goes on. I also love spending time with the people I love. I’m a huge fan of comedy, whether it’s stand-up, or conveniently sitting in a coffee shop next to a couple on their first date. Anyone who knows me will also probably tell you that I love hanging out with my dogs the most, and they wouldn’t be wrong.

If you won the lottery what would you do with the money?

First I would travel the world for about a year. Then probably get a farm so that I can rescue a ton of dogs, and become a crazy dog lady who paints.

Who are your favourite Artists right now?

My favourite artists right now are Leonid Afremov and my dad. Afremov’s paintings are incredible and I love his use of colour. My dad is a super talented carpenter and makes the most creative things out of seemingly nothing. For example, he recently took down an old fence at my brother’s house and built over 100 bird houses out of that wood. No two were identical

How long does it take you to complete the average piece and what is your usual process?

It can take me anywhere from a week to a year, depending on my motivation and the pressure being put on me (i.e., a deadline like someone’s birthday, when it is a commissioned piece). My usual process is to roughly paint the whole background first, then sketch out a rough idea of the actual focal points using chalk (easy to erase). Then I will usually procrastinate for a really long time, until eventually starting to build up the painting. The mind games are the worst. initially, I always think “I love painting, painting is awesome”, then the middle stages are rough and the mind game becomes “I suck at this, this looks awful, and I should just give up.” But once I get through that and it starts to look like the image in my head, I feel like a million bucks and the thoughts return to “I love painting, painting is awesome” again. This happens with every single painting so pushing through those middle stages is easy when I have a deadline, harder when I don’t.

What was your first piece?

My first painting on a canvas was a Bob Ross one of a mountain view, where I used undiluted oil paint (because I didn’t know you can’t just squeeze it out of the tube). It took at least a year to dry. I still have it somewhere at my parents’ house.

What age do you feel right now and why?

I feel about 26 (I am 29). 30 seems like a big deal and I don’t feel like I am there yet, but I am definitely feel much more mature than when I was 21. Most of my friends around 30 are engaged/married and doing the whole adult thing so I feel slightly behind there, but I am also in no rush to join them in that club yet.

Agata Lawrynczyk is a talented Ottawa based Artist. I had the pleasure of working with her at the Royal Canadian Mint, which is were I found out she was an extremely skilled artist, while she was studying at the University of Ottawa in Biomedical Mechanical Engineering. Since that time she has moved on to another job but I was fortunate enough to have purchased two amazing pieces. 

What got you interested in doing art?

Art was never something that I consciously made a decision to do. It was always just a normal part of my life, since as far back as I can remember. My mom told me that when I was a little kid, people would often give me dolls as gifts (because girls love dolls) and one time I said to her “But what am I supposed to do with these things? I like to create things.” From then on, I would get art supplies/kits as gifts and I was obsessed with each and every one. It wasn’t until I was in my early 20s that I made a website and starting coyly selling my artwork and then it just grew from there.

What does a perfect day look like to you?

A perfect day for me includes painting, coffee, wine, and spending time outdoors with people I love, and especially my two dogs.

Where do you get your inspiration?

My inspiration can come from just about anywhere. When I was in university and stressed out over exams, I often painted a lot of dark paintings, with a light in the background (my “light at the end of the tunnel”). Lately, about 90% of my paintings are commissioned ones so the client tells me what it is that they want so less opportunity to be inspired. But otherwise, it will come from experiences or things that I see and hear.

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