Last week, Friday August 11, I attended the Art Map Calendar Show and Sale reception. What an honour! Here is a coverage of the event. The photo below shows me on the far left, with two of my paintings peeking out behind me. Thank you Barb Pearn for creating the Art Map calendar, and allowing me to contribute to it!
Here is the painting I did that was chosen for the calendar:
There are so many Art Shows and Studio Tours during the summer and fall! You can check out many of them on the Art Map website here. If you scroll down on that page you can sign up for regular emails about upcoming shows and art events. I will be involved in one of them, on August 11 to 13. It's called the Art Map Landscape Calendar Show and Sale. My entry in the 2018 Art Map calendar will be there,
along with a couple of my other pieces. And, of course the calendars will be for sale! The show will be held in the Kimberley Community Hall. More details, including directions, can be found on the Art Map website, by looking here. I hope to see some of you at the reception Friday night!
I enjoyed a great painting class at a "cottage" near Bayfield a few weeks ago, under the teaching of my artist friend Cheryl O. I always come away from Cheryl's classes with a few inspired but unfinished paintings! I finished this one over a week or so ago, and haven't even given it a title yet. (It's harder for me to name a painting than it is to paint it.........) We started this one with an assortment of items from the kitchen, and all of us came up with a different arrangement. The purpose was to use a Matisse style that was loose and free. You may notice a bit of a wonkiness about it. I didn't worry about being exact, and it was way more fun that way! Cheryl teaches many different art classes in her home town of London, Ontario. I highly recommend them! You can see her website here.
Another recent painting lesson at my church was on a kitchen theme. Some of the participants brought items from their own kitchen to include, and even took photos beforehand to have as references. I started "Tea and Oranges" at home, to begin a demo, and finished it afterwards. The title is from a song-- perhaps you remember Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne". In the song there are the words "...and you feed her tea and oranges that come all the way from China". And my favourite tea really is Earl Grey! I was tempted to call it "Earl Grey-- hot". Science fiction fans may recall Captain Picard asking his replicator for his favourite drink........
During a recent acrylic class that I was teaching I was encouraged by my demo to finish this crocus piece. There are several layers on the background, because the participants and I wrestled with how to finish off the painting to make the crocuses shine! I attempted to create sunshine from the left, landing on the crocus petals. It's always a joy to paint the first flowers I see in the spring.
I am so pleased to report that my latest painting "Saugeen Spring" was accepted for the 2018 Art Map Landscape Calendar! It is such an honour for me. The painting will be hanging at the Southampton Art Gallery by May. Barb Pearn does such an awesome job organizing the calendar, contacting all the artists, arranging for the jurying of the submissions, having the paintings photographed professionally, etc. It's a lot of work, and the finished calendar is an excellent quality. I'm proud to be in it!
I have finished a new painting that I've entered into the Art Map Landscape Calendar contest. I don't get too excited about painting large spaces of green in landscapes, so it was a challenge to use this particular photo reference! It was taken at a spot between Durham and Hanover, that I spotted a couple of years ago. It was such a gorgeous sight in early spring that I stopped the car to take the photo. The water and the sky were a brilliant, clear blue that took my breath away. My dislike of painting pure landscapes (can't there be a barn? a house? at least a fence?) meant that I put off using the photo until I needed something exciting for the next calendar. But there were all those cedar trees, looking the same except for their size. I tried a couple of different styles for them, until I stayed with the shapes that you can see here. Simple shapes. Abstracted shapes. Stylized shapes. I like those shapes. Simple shapes are good. Even the reeds in the foreground turned into shapes. Simple shapes. Abstracted shapes. Whether it gets in the calendar or not, I have learned lots by working through it. But I still don't care for large spaces of green!