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476 Are you wondering where I got the name for my Art show?  It is because I am painting owls.  Great Horned Owls to be precise.  I hope to get a  Great Grey owl painting too…but time will tell.  I am also painting flowers.  🙂 So I have been flowing between watercolour flowers and acrylic birds.  Birds have really captured me.  I am loving painting them. So here is the start.

This spring the most magical thing happened…Great Horned Owls took over a Ravens nest at a local school.  It was AMAZING.  I spent a fair amount of time there photographing them.  I don’t know if in my lifetime I will ever have the chance to see owls nest again but I have photos to work from for the next few years.  It was truly a gift from Mother Earth.

I have completed the eyes.  I seem to need to get the eyes all finalized before I move on.   I have started on the branches that surround the baby male owl.  🙂  It had fledged to branches close by the nest when I was there taking photos.

Working on the head.  I am pleased with how it is turning out.

Happy Thanksgiving in Canada.  Our family will be celebrating it in just a few weeks when my show is completed.  🙂

11 Painting days left…

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Ptarmigans hiding in Willow, 20x20in, Juried in the Federation of Canadian Artist’s show “Acrylics in Action. 

Click HERE to see the other works in the show

It doesn’t matter if the break is a month or a week (or longer) I seem to struggle to get my brain to get focused on painting again. Do you have the same problem?  I often wonder if my brain just enjoys not having to work so hard or if it is just basically loves being a lazy sod.  We went to care of our grandson last week…so now I am trying to get settled back into painting.

How do I manage to get back to work and try to get the flow going?  I have to admit that the first two or three painting days are really difficult. I find myself out of my studio and doing something mindless or easily distracted by anything that comes my way.  Oh I am thirsty.  Oh I need to do this immediately (what ever ‘this’ is).  Oh I forgot to bring that down to my studio…better go and get it.  Oh I am tired.  Oh bathroom break. And on and on it goes.

Then the second challenge is that I have to figure out where did I left off of on the painting.  I have found that is is much easier to have a painting in progress as this takes one more decision away because at least I don’t have to figure out what to paint next.

So I do have some things that help me to get settled.

1. I sort my space, turning on a podcast and making my studio habitable again is helpful.  This is a great procrastination technique that allows for contemplation time on the painting so maybe I will figure out what to tackle next. 🙂

2. I listen to Artist interviews on Savvy Painter podcast,  John Dalton’s Gently does it podcast, Suggested Donation podcast, or Eric Rhodes Plein Air podcast (just to name a few).  This helps to inspire me to get focused again.  I love listening to artists talk about their work and successes, their schedules, and their struggles.  Most of which I can totally relate too.

3. I tend to go out of my studio on all the various ‘errands’ that my mind comes up with, then I paint in between. I make sure to stop the artist interviews so I don’t miss anything.  I do that until I start getting cranky.

4.  At that point, I remember to use the next strategy which is putting a time limit on how long I am going to stay and not leave the room.  I will say an hour or two and then I can take a break.   Often at the end of the hour I am finding that my brain will be  more settled in. This continues on until I don’t even have to think about it.  I just can work for 4 hours straight through. Two of those sessions most days gets me the hours I need to get the work accomplished.

There are a few things I never do in my studio…listen to dancing music (or all I want to do is dance and I have found it hard to paint while dancing) or listen to things that require my undivided attention. I keep all food out of my studio as well as I don’t want to mix food and paint…seems like a bad idea.

I have 15 painting days left before I have to get all the details of my annual show accomplished.  Thanks for stopping by.  See you soon.

 

 

 

 

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It is hard to believe that it is time to register for my fall and winter Art Classes.  Where has the year gone!?! I will be teaching a range of classes that are for beginner students. There are only 6 spaces in each of the classes.  The level 1 classes filled up in a matter of 36 to 48 hours.  Make sure you get registered as early as possible. Registration opens Friday September 1st at 12:01am.  (Yes I will be up at that time getting all the links prepared to go live)

For dates, times and more information head over to my website by clicking HERE

Below are some of the classes from last year. 🙂  And to read what some of my students testimonials click HERE

Watercolour 1 & Acrylic 1

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Watercolour 2

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I hope you will join me this winter to begin to explore your more creative side!  See you soon.

This past May I put in a proposal to the City of Yellowknife’s call for painting various electrical/traffic control boxes around town.  I sent in 4 drawings like this one below.

When I was designing for this project I had a number of things that I wanted to consider.

1.  The final painting will be seen from a vehicle driving past (I had no idea which box I would possibly get) which meant that the design needed to be large and adaptable.

2. Winter lasts a long time up here, so I felt that the design needed to be something colourful and cheerful.

3. I love painting flowers, so painting something I know really well seemed to make sense.  Plus I could paint flowers that grows in profusion around Yellowknife – Wild Roses (one of my favourites). I got to indulge in one of my favourite colours – Pink!

4. And I wanted to address something that is of concern – aka the Bee population.

In the end there were 15 boxes to be painted.  I got allocated a box right here:

It was most likely the busiest corner in all of Yellowknife, which had its own challenges as you can imagine.

There were a lot of firsts with this project.  It was the first time I have painted outside.  It was the first time I have painted this large.  As well, it was the first time I painted on metal.

There were many challenges to deal with.    I had recently hurt my back, this meant that I really had to be mindful of how I moved while I was painting.  As soon as my back allowed I got to working on the mural.

The weather was hot this July and when I returned from our holidays in August.  I was painting outside in temperatures ranging from a very cool 10C (I wished I had long johns on that evening) to 30C.

Another challenge were the amount of interruptions that happened every time I was painting.  I enjoyed (for the most part) interacting with people as I don’t get to do that day to day in my studio, but I have to say that it took a lot of energy and then it added so much more time. It took me more twice as long (well maybe even more) to get the painting completed than others who’s boxes were in more out of the way places or even a few blocks over on Franklin.

The wind was yet another challenge that I hadn’t considered.  LoL!  It made the paint dry faster and made it hard to hold my image to see where I needed to go next.  Thankfully I figured out the ball cap to keep my hair from being in the way before I started.

The last big challenge was the constant beeping from the cross walks.  This nearly drove me batty.  Thankfully my son Sean borrowed me his noise cancelling headset so I could listen to podcasts and not listen to the beep, beep, beep, beep…

When I got the box assigned to me, I went down to check it out,  I discovered that the traffic control box has two smaller boxes attached to the large main box.  I had intended to wrap the flowers around the box. But this wasn’t going to work so well on this box.  See below a bit of the painting progression. I kept forgetting to take photos each time I finished painting for the day.

This meant that I had to put on my artist-problem-solving-thinking-cap on.  One morning I woke up with the idea of painting the sides of the small boxes pink and putting quotes on them.  Thanks to Janet at Signed for printing them for me and to my friend Henri Brown for helping to put them on!  

I also have to thank Kelly Bluck for coming to watch my stuff so I could take bathroom breaks, which allowed me to stay and paint longer.  🙂 I was limited to 2 hours until she came to my rescue.

I have been told that people stop at my mural and walk around the whole box to read the four quotes on the mural:  “When the flower blossoms, the bee will come.” ‘Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.’  “The Earth laughs in flowers.”  ‘A flower blooms for its own joy.’   That makes me smile.

Head over to my facebook page to see a short video I did of all 4 sides. ‘Like’ me while you are there.  There is a give away coming up real soon.

Here I am at the end.  I am happy with the results and also happy to have it done.  I do hope in February, when winter is in full swing, that my mural will cheer people up and remind them that indeed the wild roses will bloom again in a few short months.

Thanks for stopping by.  See you again soon.

 

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The month at NACC was really fun. I had an Opening on April 7th.   Then every other night I was there painting.  Well at least beginning a painting with the focus all on birds.

So I painted Ptarmigans

an Eagle

A raven (which I finished)

and Snow buntings

I had quite a few people take time to explore my paintings and I got to talk to a few of them. 🙂And after all the shows I had a spectator do the draw for the basket and Beth Collinson (one of my students) won the basketful of goodies. 🙂

It was a busy month and it was great to see everyone and to chat.  Now I am finally back to painting. I started a commission yesterday and also will be finishing the rest of the birds. I got the raven done before we went on holidays.

“Heedful”, 6×6 in, Acrylic, SOLD

Thanks so much for dropping by!  See you again soon(ish). Have a great week.

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I have been really busy painting in preparation for my show at the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre for the month of April.  Ian and I hung the show yesterday…no photos taken!    I have to say I am pretty pleased with how it looks.  I tried to leave space for the viewer to really get to look without being overwhelmed.  There are some older pieces and there are 10 brand new pieces both in watercolour and acrylic.

I continue to explore beautiful flowers and the new, never before seen acrylics are of birds!  🙂  

Claim the Sky 2, 12x12in, Acrylic

I hope you will stop by for the Opening Reception on Friday April 7 from 6 to 7:30 pm at NACC!  See you there.

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This past few weeks have been very full with teaching.  I have completed 2 of the three foundation classes: Acrylic 1 and Watercolour 1.  This weekend I complete the last foundation class Drawing 1.  I am finding that the teaching space is far more comfortable!

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I have mentioned that our house has experienced the death/rebirth cycle!   We are finally feeling settled in our space. There are still boxes that need to be gone through,  one box that seems to have disappeared…but for the most part we are settled. What a long time it takes to get this all done.

new photo of the room set up for the class.

In other news I finally got my video done for my Luminous World Art Show.  I took a series of videos just hours before the Opening happened on October 28, 2016 but when I went to process them my old computer wasn’t being at all cooperative.  Now that I have a new computer I was finally able to do the work to get the video together and up on YouTube.  Check it out!

Thanks for dropping by!  See you soon.

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Happy New Year and may 2017 be a year filled with wonderful memory making events that make your heart sing.

Time flies…and I haven’t posted much.  Lets see if I can change that.

If you have been following me for long you will know that I have been doing a word for the upcoming year.  Words like Habit, Focus, Patience, Steadfastness, Preparation, Consistency…that changed to Containment in Feb 2015 and stayed there until August last year when the word that seem to fit most was Stick-to-itiveness.    So I have these words and the years in my office (photo below). 🙂 I find it helps me to remember and pay attention.  01-04-2017-yearly-words

This years word is RECEPTIVENESS.  It was an interesting and unexpected word for me this year.  I really thought I would go back to Consistency because I feel like I struggle with that the most.  But instead here I am reflecting on what it means to be receptive.  How do I let that concept play out over the next 12 months?  I think I have glimmers of what that could mean…but glimmers are by their very nature mirage-like.  So I hope to come back to share what events have required me to be receptive and what has happened as a result.

Let 2017 begin!  🙂 . Leave me a comment below of what you think of my word and if you had a word for the year what would it be?

 

 

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dsc_0021So I have been working on a video to attach to this blog post, but my computer is 6 yrs old and has decided to be decrepit and ancient…there sadly won’t be a video until I get a new computer.  Soon (I hope).  The photo above is the first sale I had on Friday, which went to  Russell who came into the house to fix something and he also checked out the art.  He stood in front of this painting (photo below) and chuckled.  I loved his response because that is exactly how I felt while I was painting this Ice Road Batman!  It made me very happy.

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My 4th annual Art Show and Sale  called “‘Luminous World’ with 60 paintings in 60 Days” is complete!  And it was amazing to see all the work I had been doing for the past 10 months up on the wall.  The new hanging system worked rather well.  As you can see in the photo below:

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Each of these little paintings were done in a day (if I was lucky, most took 1 1/2 days  andsome took 2 full days) and I put them in a binder in protect plastic pages.  I continued to add to this binder until I had 60 paintings.  It is funny how 60 paintings don’t look like that much when they are in the binder, but as soon as they are framed and hanging.  Wow that is a lot of work! 🙂

 

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I still have some 2017 calendars for sale.  If you want one you can order one here on my website. There are 4 different shipping options to choose from.  I had one person order one for Yellowknife, one for Canada, and one for International…they were all shipped and delivered to the various places!  🙂

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Thank you for checking in on me.  There has been a lot going on and so my time for blogging disappeared.  But I  have it back and will start slowly.  See you next Thursday.  Have a great week.

Dean Mitchell

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Congratulations to Dean Mitchell AWS NSW for receiving the 2016 PleinAir Magazine Life Achievement Award, which he shared with another artist the late Ken Auster.

His story is very interesting and unique.  I thought I would like to share it with you all.  There will be a little effort on your part to get to the podcast since the way the website is set up there was no simple way to isolate the interview with Dean.  So head over to the website and scroll down until you find Episode 11 Dean Mitchell and have a listen.  🙂

Dean Mitchell’s website is filled with amazing watercolour paintings!  So inspirational.   06.09.16 Dean Mitchell hopeincolor

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Though I don’t work in any way like him I am completely inspired by his understanding of value, of his tonal qualities and how he brings us into his way of seeing the world.   Above are just a few of his amazing watercolours.

Recently I have begun to  think about how I can begin to develop a deeper understanding of value, tones and not use such strong bright colours.  I think working towards other colour options might be quite an interesting challenge.  And as you know…I do love my challenges!

p.s. My flowers will always be lovely and bright and colourful.  Flowers can’t be any other way.  They make my heart sing and the flowers have begun to bloom here!  I love this time of the year.

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Thanks for dropping by!  See you again soon.