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So one goal I have for this year is to start doing large landscape paintings. Today I spent the day in a great class taught by Samantha Williams-Chapelsky. We worked with fluid acrylics and molding paste on a large support (24 x 24). Had a great time...very liberating with a focus on mark-making, TEXTURE, and simplified forms. Really enjoyed my time and this may be an approach that I might be pursuing....
Our winter has been long and very very cold. To deal with the winter "blues" visit the Muttart Conservatory (Edmonton) and view the pyramids as well as my show "Errant Wanderings". The exhibition showcases the Alberta landscape represented in soft pastels. The exhibition only runs for one more week as take down is Friday March 8. So, with the cold continuing in the foreseeable future come on down to the Muttart.
I am making slow but steady progress with some larger pieces for my first show in 2019. I would like to complete around another three or so. The biggest difficulty I am experiencing is finding compositions (photos) that would work well with the frames I have. ( I refuse to buy any more until I have used up my existing frames.) I have also come to realize that I need to take more photographs. Ah well...back to the easel.
My latest work based on a photo taken this fall.
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
I find that giving a name to my art pieces can be a bit of a challenge especially for my print work which is often more non-representational. For print work I think that a single word often looks better when signing the monotype. It does take a while...I look at the print, the colours, the overall design. Sometimes, but rarely, when I am working on a piece I already have the name/title in mind. More often than not, I will walk past a piece for several days looking at it with "fresh" eyes. Often it is as I am drifting off to sleep that I run through a list of potential names....very much like mind mapping/brainstorming.
This last print was particularly bothersome... I liked how atmospheric it looked, at least in my eyes. I initially thought of the atmospheric pollution, the planets, the Milky Way until I arrived at Nebulous. I don't know if it works but I like it.
I am very pleased and excited to announce that my fused glass work will now be available at the St. Albert Art Gallery in their gift gallery. Currently, my fused glass work is available in Sherwood Park at the Loft Gallery (Ottewell Community Centre/Red Barn).
So I have three new pieces at Rosie's in the Park (Sherwood Park) at 114 Athabascan Ave, Sherwood Park. The works will be on display for the next few months. There is art work from several other artists from our local art society. So if you want to grab a bit to eat and see some local art stop by Rosie's. Have a Coffee at Rosie's in the Park and view some art.
Homage (oil painting)
Our local "hospital"/health care unit is now displaying art work from the Strathcona Art Society. All the works are quite small (not exceeding 20 inches) due to the size of the display cases so the prices are GREAT!!! I have one work on display there. These works will remain on display until spring 2019 (unless sold and then replaced with new pieces).
Indigo Tango (encaustic work)