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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
So 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.
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:
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! 🙂
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! 🙂
Here are a few more photos of the “Evening with the Artist” event!
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.
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.
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.
Thanks for dropping by! See you again soon.
Yahoo summer has arrived. Today two days ago we had RAIN! Which is a super yahoo. The mosquitos will be bad as a result but the forest fire danger will be less. We may even be happy to see the mosquitoes…well who am I kidding…not really!
Last week I finished teaching at Range Lake North school until January 2017. 🙂
Here they are drawing the lemon the week before. I gridded the image to help the students to be more accurate when they were drawing.
Now we worked as fast as we could to get the painting finalized on one area at least. The class period is a limited time so we got done what we could do.
And here we all are! We had a great time. I brought my secret recipe cookies (which I started the class with way back in January) and even had 3 packages to raffle off. Congrats to Logan, Amanda & Abby for winning the cookies. I have to say it was a fun experience to teach this class. They are funny and completely enjoyable group of 13 year olds!
As I was leaving the school I saw this display. It is quite cool to be part of a new art program and be part of the inspiration of how the class is taught. Robyn and I will work together again next January to bring this years grade 7 students along even further. This year there was 19 students…next year… 27 students! What a challenge that will be! 🙂
Now that summer is here I am going to only do a once a week post here and videos every two weeks. I want to enjoy the nicer weather.
Thank you so much for dropping by and for those who leave comments. I appreciate all of it. See you next week on Thursday.
Well I missed Thursday by a few hours. Some weeks just get away on a person. Here is Part 2 of the still life drawing that I did last week. 🙂
I got some exciting news yesterday. I entered into a juried show for painters and yesterday I received the email saying that my painting has been accepted. Find it below:
‘Castle Dragon’, Acrylic, 12×12 inch
This painting will be for sale at the show. I will post the link once the show goes up at the end of May.
Thank so much for dropping by. See you next week. 🙂
So here I am…the day after my last class for the 2015/16 Winter Art Classes. This weekend I taught a brand new class. We painted fun pears, worked on a background for a flower, and then the piece resistance a still life with a donut! 🙂
Thanks Susan and Lesley for a totally fun weekend. I do LOVE teaching! 🙂 I enjoy seeing my students confidence grow as we go through the various lessons.
The above photo is all of the classes from January until early April.
I am still teaching Acrylic 1 at Range Lake North School. We did a colour wheel last week and started the journey of figuring out the difference between cool and warm colours and what that means.
So now I turn my focus to painting and videos. A new video will be out on Thursday. See you then.
I have some very exciting news at the bottom of this post! 🙂 But I will come to that in a minute
There a range of great sport competitions at the Arctic Winter Games. I usually check out a few but I generally spend most of my time at Arctic Sports or Dene hand games. This year with having our nephews in futsal meant that I spent sometime at Arctic Sports. I love the atmosphere, the camaraderie among the competitors and the slow pace that leads to amazing athletic performances.
This one is a Russian introduction to the Arctic Sports. It is called Sledge Jumping. It is amazing to watch the athletes bounce over these sledges, landing gently both feet at the same time and bouncing over then next one…10 in a row then land turn and go again!
One foot High Kick is amazing. In the 1990’s I remember going and watching a fellow from Alaska called Brian Randazzo who holds the record in One foot High Kick since 1988 (before my time going to the games). His record is 2.90 metres (9ft6in). To successfully complete the kick the athlete has to take off on one foot, kick the seal ball, and land on the same foot! Getting photos of this is very hard. This is a close as I got. It always amazes me how high they can kick.
This Inuit sport is called Knuckle Hop. It was and is about building pain endurance. Head over to CBC to watch a video of Chris Stipdonk who won gold for NWT! I can’t imagine doing this over the tundra like in the days of the nomadic inuit. It is pretty tough on the hands and knuckles inside of a gymnasium it must be insane over the tundra. Here is Chris as the start of what would turn out to be an amazing 54.8 metre run before he just ran out of steam. Amazing.
So here is my big announcement! Drum Roll please……
I have started to do YouTube videos. The first one is of this painting. Just click on the painting and off you will go to see the video. 🙂
Well I am off. Thanks for dropping by. Have a great weekend. See you on Monday.
‘Tulips’ (the name for now), 5×7, Acrylic
I have these fabulous black and white patterned fabric. I had fun painting them. But i have to say that this painting took longer than I normally spend on a small piece. I realized that I have too much happening in the piece. So the next one I do in this little series will be slightly different. 🙂
I am a bit behind in producing paintings. Turns out teaching keeps me very happily busy.
So I have completed the first round of winter classes! It has been such an honour to teach my students new skills in watercolour, acrylic and drawing. 🙂 Thanks for all the fun. I have one more Drawing 1 class at Range Lake North School on Tuesday. Then I am off until the end of March.
Ian and I will be taking a little trip. So I will post on Thursday and if I get a chance to while we are away I will try to blog. No promises! There will be a lot of photos when I return.
Thanks for stopping by. See you on Thursday.