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Currently I am enjoying the warm sun and breezes of Malta. I am snapping some great photos which I know will inspire me during the dark days of our winter
I thought my season was done for 2019 but I forgot about one more show that I will be exhibiting a work. It is the annual member winter show for VASA (St. Albert). This particular show is taking on a different flavour as it is also a major fund-raiser for the organization. The theme of this show is a "Merry Masquerade" which suggests a night of festive hi-jacks and great fun. The show runs from December 3 to 21 with the opening reception December 5.
The Road Home, soft pastel
So I only have two more events before I shut down my season for the 2019 year. This weekend I have "Art From the Unknown" with the opening night tonight (Friday) from 6-9 p.m. at Strathcona Arts Barn (Edmonton). This show runs through Sunday until 3:00 p.m.. From Monday to Wednesday I will have paintings and handmade gift ideas (fused glass, pottery) at the Cross Cancer, Edmonton. This group show runs until Wednesday at 4:00 p.m..
With my last solo show done ("Deconstruction" @ Walterdale Theatre, Edmonton), I am gearing up for my next fall show which will be held in Sherwood Park at the A.J. Ottewell Centre/Red Barn. This annual fall show hosted by the Strathcona Art Society will be held on October 18-20. There will be over 200 pieces of art by forty artists. I will have about several pieces in this show; most never exhibited in Sherwood Park. The opening/artist reception is Friday, October 18 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.. There will be live music, nibbles and, of course, fantastic art!!
Just spent the last couple of days at the painting workshop at the Red Barn/Ottewell Centre hosted by the Art Society of Strathcona. The instructor, Heather Pant, was funny, helpful and very informative. I loved the fact that she uses student quality materials and produces these magnificent paintings...it is inspiring for a novice painter like myself!
I have not recently posted on this blog because the summer months are my time to take a variety of classes and learn new techniques/methods etc. So I thought I would write about one of those classes I attended. It was in Red Deer as part of the Series program that runs annually every summer. The class was based on abstracting the landscape and taught by Susan Woolgar, one of my favourite instructors (based out of Red Deer). The class was very intensive and I took copious notes,although I know I missed out on some Susan's many demos. I also participated in a week long glass class (photos will come at a later date)..so here are some images from last week in Red Deer.
There is a debate among artists whether to donate an art piece to a cause. I have decided that in my career I would donate at least one art piece every year. This year I am donating one pastel landscape to the Strathcona Community Hospital Foundation. They will be holding a golf tournament and silent auction on May 30 with and dinner and silent auction at 6:30 at the Broadmoor Golf Club House. There will be many items to bid on.
I finished and framed my last piece that will appear in my next solo show at the Dow Centennial Centre (Fort Saskatchewan). It was a bit of a struggle as I have been producing many new works this year for my solo shows. It is wonderful to be accepted for solo exhibitions but I did not realize how much work these shows are! For each show I had to produce quite a few new pieces (naively I thought I had enough inventory). For one show currently at the Londonderry Public Library I produced ten new acrylic paintings of varying size. I can not believe how many pieces artists who exhibit in larger venue must produce. Kudos to them for all the hard long work that is required to create some wonderful art.
So, my last BIG solo show is in Fort Saskatchewan at the Alberta Lottery Fund Art Gallery (Dow Centennial Centre). It opens May 28 and runs until June 24. The gallery is open every Thursday and Friday from 11-2 p.m..
Along the River Bend (my last piece)
This past month I have been quietly working but in a new direction. The subject matter has remained constant (the Alberta land) but I have moved into acrylic paint. The sizes of my paintings vary from 8 x 8 to 18 x 24 and all on cradled birch panels. Most of these new works are in preparation of a small solo show at Londonderry Public Library for the month of May. I am enjoying this new venture more than I anticipated (I never really embraced acrylic paints prefering the "juiciness" of oils). By using a glazing medium with the paint I am able to build up layers of colours similar to my pastel works. I have also incorporated the palette knife in many of my works. I think that these early paintings are a good start in a new direction...
With 2018 drawing to a close, I am now preparing for an upcoming solo show at the Muttart Conservatory(Edmonton) in February 2019. I need several new pastel pieces so in between prepping for Christmas I am tackling some new works. I am also working on a "new" paper that I am not familiar with. It is a sanded paper which I prefer but it is not one of my home-made ones so I am finding I cannot blend my colours as much as I would like although the paper does take a LOT of pastel. I am also working on suede board for a couple of pieces and these boards require a different approach as well.
One of the "new" sanded papers