|Me in deep thoughts prepping for our first art show |
Photo by Caroline Madelar
Welcome to mariejudith.com.
My name is Marie-Judith but you can call me MJ or Marie.
I'M A CURIOUS ARTIST.
What the heck is a curious artist?
It’s the most accurate label I’ve been able to come up with (thus far) to describe what I do. I do a lot of things as an artist: I read, I think, I write, I draw, I paint, I design, I produce and I organize. All the things that I do come from my curiosity about the world around me and me seeking to understand as much as I possibly can about it.
So, how do I do all that?
So, how do I do all that?
I CREATE AND SELL ARTWORKS
I LEAD AN URBAN SKETCHING GROUP
Since I move to Toronto (Canada) in 2013, I founded the Toronto Urban Sketchers where we regularly visit different areas of the city to sketch on location. The group has grown to over 700 members and we recently had our first group art show. We also self published our first book : Urban Sketching Disappearing Landmarks in Toronto. I plan to do more of that in the near future.
I CREATE AND DESIGN BOOKS
I've been involved in creating books since I was in highschool. I self-published my first coloring book for adults called Color Your Stress Away ; Geometrical Patterns in 2015, and a pocket version of it in 2016, and I plan to create more in the near future. I’ve also done some freelance work as a graphic designer for projects such as Eric Thomas’s book Greatness is Upon You and occasionally work on book layouts and illustration projects.
I HOST A PODCAST TO INSPIRE PEOPLE
Following my interest for self development, I recently took the plunge and started my own podcast on YouTube called Toronto Real. This is the result of me joining the London Real Academy. Did I mention I also run the monthly meetups for the Toronto Chapter of the Academy? I do that too.
I DESIGN THINGS AND SPACES
I love elegant modern design and always think of ways to improve the way things work and look like. I have experience as an interior designer, having worked on some great projects in Ottawa and Montreal including creating special feature booths for the Ottawa Home and Garden Show (2010 and 2011) and co-hosting for the TV show Méchant Changement (2007). I also have experience as a building engineer, having worked in the past on several projects focusing on energy efficiency in.
I TAKE PICTURES OF MY ITALIAN GREYHOUND
Maybe it's a dog guardian thing, but every since we adopted our dog Newton, he's been a huge part of my creative endeavours as well. He even has a special page I created just for him.
A little conversation with Alex from Rainbow Scontayo