Looking back I was somewhat surprised to realize that it has been 5 months since I last sent out an e mail to those of you on my mailing list. At that time in January we were in the midst of that long cold wet winter -- happily the sunshine and warmer weather is back. On a personal level it has been an interesting year so far with the highlight being that I have a lovely 5 month old granddaughter. I am also happy to report that my shoulder seems to be healing and so I hope to get back to painting more.
My intent in January was to take some "time out" and do some more experimenting and to take a couple of art courses myself. I did take a fabulous course on abstracting figures on line. I have not done an online course before but the theory part of the course was great and course participants, from literally across the world, were joined together on Facebook. I throughly enjoyed it and even though I don't paint in oils I found the concepts and examples very helpful. In fact I recently had 4 of my figure paintings accepted into the South Delta Artists Guild "Oil and Water Show" including one called "Tulips and Geisha" (see below) which won and Honourable Mention Award. The Oil and Water Show is on till Saturday June 24 and I would encourage you to go and see it. There are over 80 terrific paintings which encompass a variety of different media and styles. Check out the information at www.southdeltaartistsguild.com.
I had a number of paintings accepted into the Gallery shows at the FCA on Granville Island over the winter and spring. I have also added several paintings to the inventory at the AION Gallery which rents out art to film productions in BC and have placed a few paintings at the Little Cricket Gallery in Maple Ridge.
Two other accomplishments include having one of my paintings called "Flower Power" accepted in the 8th International Association of Acrylic Painters (ISAP) on line show. Last month I also received my copy of the publication " Acrylicworks 4, Captivating Color" which includes one of my works.
So thats the latest for now. I have no idea what the rest of the year will bring but I continue to feel very fortunate to be part of the artist community and have painting as part of my life.
I have continued with experimenting with abstracted figures and here are the last 4 paintings I have done. Three of the four paintings below were done on cradled wood panel which is working better for the collage. On the painting Butterfly girl I have finished the painting with a poured self levelling gel and a cold wax application. I recently went to a workshop in Seattle at Lynn Hanson gallery given by Pamela Beer. It was fun and finishing a painting this way was one of the things I learned.
As I look at the paintings below I was suddenly aware of my colour choices -- seem to be in a red and blue phase.
I was just notified that Acrylicworks 4 has been published and will be available by the end of this month. One of my paintings called "The Spotted Cow" has been included in this publication. My copy of the book is on its way and I am looking forward to seeing all the paintings in it. The cover photo and my painting are below.
I also had my painting "Flower Power" accepted in the International Association Of Acrylic Painters.http://www.isap-online.com/8th_online_intl/8th_online_intl.html.
I recently put several of my paintings in this Gallery in Maple Ridge. All of the art and crafts in this gallery are made by Canadians. Check it out by clicking on the Gallery website listed on my links page
i will have 3 paintings in the upcoming Show called Bloom show at the FCA Gallery on Granville Island.
After my return from a short trip I realized what was bothering me about the painting. It was too dark and too cool so I brightened it up and added more red. I have posted the start to finish story below.
I did a demonstration on Saturday at Opus Art Supplies with another fun group of painters. I started a still life but because I once again ran out of time I promised the group to post photos of the painting once I had a chance to "finish" it. Since I am going to be away for a short while I decided work on it on Sunday afternoon. Posted below are 2 photo's taken with my iPad. The first is how the painting looked when I left the demo and the second is an "almost" finished painting. I say almost as I am not quite satisfied with it yet and likely will go back into it and mess with it a bit more after I have a chance to look at it with fresh eyes at a later date. Those of you who attended the demo and have any questions or comments please feel free to do so. I obviously made some changes to the vase etc.
I had my painting accepted into FCA Abstract Show
I have been taking an online course on Abstracting the Figure by Melinda Cootsona a figurative artist from California. I am really enjoying it and have tried out some new things. I am posting a couple of paintings that I have done in the last week fyi. The first 2 were done on old paintings and are somewhat lumpy and bumpy and therefore are not for sale but I learned a lot doing them. The first figure is called "contemplation" and the second one is called " Leggy".I may try a "redo" of these works on some new canvas later. The 3rd painting I challenged myself with colour and and in finding a figure in the underpainting which was fun. Since it was done on a new canvas I have posted it in one of my galleries.
I have had 4 paintings accepted for the upcoming FCA Shows Artists Choice and Canvas Unbound. Two of them are shown below