This summer when I was in Toronto I spent a fair amount of time at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Painting the Americas show was very interesting. What I explored in this show was how the artists used light when they painted the landscape. The focus for a long time to was to highlight with “light” what you wanted the audience to see first. I found it fascinating that they would choose to darken areas like they were in shadow but then the sky showed that the sun was shining. It is a very different way to experience the landscape.
One of the rooms I like in the AGO is the “Salon” style room. I imagine the old art shows in Paris and all the artists vying for the best hanging spot. The new or not as well recieved artists getting “skyed” (which meant your painting was up very high on the wall), the more established artists getting the best middle space on the wall. There is so much to see in this room. I often wish that I could get a ladder to go up high and explore the amazing works.
The shear variety in this room is fun too. So much to see and to explore just in this one room, let alone the rest of the marvellous Art Gallery.
I also have fun watching other people interact with the art. Some are darters – quickly taking photos and moving on, some are studiers – taking time to really look at the painting, the strokes, the way the artist handled the subject matter, and some just are passer-bys – the ones who maybe come very regularly to wander but don’t really focus on any one thing. I bet you can guess which kind of person I am! :)
I sent out my Art Newsletter last night doing a report about my art show. I had this painting sell today!
Butterfly 1, 5×7 inches, Acrylic, SOLD
I had a lovely time bringing the painting to my newest collector! This makes my heart smile.
See you again on Monday.
Well with very sad hearts we said goodbye to Ian’s Dad last week. Don was a force of nature. He was a man who kept a busy pace of life. He enjoyed gardening, visiting friends and family across this country and he loved to paint. In fact hours before he had his heart attack he sent Ian a text with his latest painting. :)
We will miss you Don!
When one works at break neck speed to pull a show together something has to give. Often it is sorting and putting stuff away. I am finally able to do that this past two days. It took me most of Friday to stop being “distracted” – which is just another way of saying procrastinating. By Saturday morning I had the mess ½ gone through.
The other thing that happens is that life was so full that there were plenty of To-Dos that got put on the back burner. So while sorting my brain is unearthing all the undone To-Dos that need my attention.
Now I am a very visual person. I need to see items to keep them in my head. As you see above there are a lot of things I have to do now that the show has been completed. I have decided to take two stickys a day and do what is written on them. I could spend all my time this week catching up but I am an artist after all! So I also need to paint!
This little painting is a work in progress for my class on Sunday. My father-in-law Don passed away shortly after my show was done. So the Acrylic class that was to be a weekend class has been shortened to a one day class. The students will be painting a flower. I am not sure which of the two they will choose…but they will have a choice. :) I just have to finish this one and paint the next one!
I will be back to my regular posting. See you on Thursday.
The wind is chilly, the weather grey, but who cares as there is nothing but Summer Sunshine at my third annual Art Show and Sale. Moments of Beauty is up and here is a little video to show you what it looks like.
It feels great to finally have arrived at this day. It has been a very intense 56 days of painting and preparation. In that time I have taken two days off. I am looking forward to a slow(ish) Monday!
Well it took ages for this silly video to upload. I celebrated all the work I have accomplished but I was happy to see people again!
Focus and Breathe!
Sometimes we have things happen to us that really show the kind of person one is. Yesterday I dropped off the exhibition frames to have glass cut and placed in them. The fellow asked me when I wanted the work done by. The end of the month would be fine. He was surprised and he said he was glad it wasn’t for the end of tomorrow. I immediately felt stressed…man I could not be that late…no way, no how. I like to be well ahead, just in case something happens.
Which is exactly what happened just last week when I took the finished paintings in to be scanned. The person who does the work (and he does great job) had to leave Yellowknife in an unexpected way. So when I called to ask how the scanning progress was going and I found out that he had left. Then I could say that I would pick up the paintings (because I need to add new completed paintings in for scanning) and will return them next week…because I have time to do that. No panic ensued.
Here is a sneak peek at what I have been working on today…here I am at the end of 10 painting days left…tomorrow is 9 painting days left.
Can I let you in on a secret!?! I have only been able to take a few days off from painting in the last 41 days…I am so looking forward to being able to take an evening off after my sale! Then I will be back to painting more normal hours. That will be nice too.
Thanks for dropping in to see what I have been up to. November 6/7 is coming along very quickly now.
…You just have to tear it up and start another painting.
I have been struggling with this painting and this afternoon I thought “Enough!”. So I cut the painting off the board and did what I needed to do! :) What a sense of relief it is when you let go of what isn’t working. Maybe I needed more thinking time so that I could come up with a better way of approaching it. Unfortunately I don’t have a lot of “thinking” time right now. I am 16 painting days away from having to get ready for my show.
I stretched a couple more 16×20 papers so that I can do some smaller pieces. I drew out one flower and another one is in drawing process for the smaller paintings. And I am working on a background of a larger piece…never a dull moment in my life.
My frames arrived today! So now i can order the glass or plexiglass for the larger paintings. :) That is a tomorrow job.
It is coming together. Slowly but surely. See you next week sometime. Have a great weekend.
The days are quickly passing. I have 26 painting days left! There is a bit of butterflies in my stomach most of the time now. I just keep reminding myself that it will get done the way it will get done…it will be just fine.
I finished a painting yesterday and was drawing the next one today which meant I took a bit of a break from watercolour and working on an acrylic painting. I have figured out what flowers we will be painting in the November class.
I thought we could start with a wild rose. :)
I am working on invitations…they have to be in the mail by Thursday! I have a few left to do. :)
I have the posters printed and will drop them off in 10 days or so to be put up around town! So things are coming along quite well. I am off to order more cards. I also I have to find out if I can get my latest big paintings scanned or if I have to get the photographed…
Here is the next one I am working on. It is 25″ squared. Another big one!
Well that is all for now. I will see you when I see you. There is a lot going on in my world these days.
Thank you so much for dropping by! Have a great week.
Well I have been painting, painting and painting. I finished a large watercolour piece today…well mostly finished. I will wait for a few days so that when I look at it with new and rested eyes, which will help me to see what is not quite right.
As I am preparing for my show I thought I would test out teaching a class at this time of the year. The jury is out to whether I will do this again. I will see how it is afterwards. I have 37 painting days left until my show. I am starting to feel a bit panicky when I think about leaving my studio do to other stuff. So I am now in shut down mode. :)
I finished a small painting today as I will be having a small display of 6×6 and 5×7 acrylic paintings at ‘Moments of Beauty’. These paintings will cover a range of themes. Anything that interesting to me! You never know what that will be. :)
‘Seagull 1’, 6×6, acrylic
I remembered my camera when I went for a walk in the spring and caught a great photo of seagulls standing in a wee puddle on the ice on Frame Lake. Here is 1 of 2 paintings that fit together.
See you on Monday. I hope to have more completed paintings to share a little snippet of. Happy Fall!
When I was in Toronto in July, I hopped onto a train bright and early one morning. I went to Ottawa to Canada’s National Art Gallery. They had a retrospective of Alex Colville (1920-2013), a prominent Canadian artist. You can learn more about Alex at his website and see more of his art work: Click here!
Years ago I remember watching a really interesting show about him. He talked about his life long muse, Rhoda, his wife. It is highly unusual for women of a certain age to be painted, or to be put on magazine covers. Alex always painted his wife. Partially (or wisely, mostly) because she didn’t want him to paint other women. Rhoda had to have been very brave because he did quite a few nudes of her and she said she worried that people would judge her in a negative way, but she really didn’t want him to have other models.
“Woman at Clothesline” 1956/57
But the gift that Rhoda’s decision to be his only model is that we have wonderful paintings of a woman who has aged. Thank you Rhoda for being willing to be his muse all of the years you were married. She and Alex have given us a wonderful view of woman through out her life. The above painting was done when they had been married 14 to 15 years. They had 4 children by that time. :) Life would have been very full for Rhoda, who was an artist and poet in her own right.
“Woman on Ramp”, 2007
In this painting Rhoda at around 86 yrs of age. Isn’t she beautiful! She died before Alex in December 2012 at 91 yrs of age and he left in July 2013. They were marred 70 years. Can you imagine!?!
One thing I can say…Alex wasn’t the most original when it came to naming his paintings! :) But he had his own distinctive style and colour/value sense.
The other thing I remember about the tv show I watched was that he took us on a tour of his studio (I was a quilter not a painter at that point). He stood at his painting and talked about his studio and painting practices. I remember him talking about how he always stood when he painted. So as a result I set up my painting studio so that I stand while both painting with watercolour and at the easel. :)
I finished one painting and now I am working on another for the show. This one is the largest at 30×30 inches square.
Thank you so much for dropping by. See you on Thursday.
Save the Date!
As of today I have 44 painting days left. My 2016 calendars have arrived. I will be starting to fill out the Invitations for the “invitation only” part of the show. I finished one of my very first square paintings! I am thrilled with how it looks. And, I have started on the flower that is 20×30 sized painting the other day. I am also working on some small acrylics as well. Lots going on as I prepare for my 3rd Annual Art Show.
Time to hit the sack as my to-do list is long! So I best get at it. I will be coming every week to tell you what I have been up to. Watch for updates.