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The work I submitted to the Northern zone show (ACACA) hosted by the Edmonton Art Club has been juried to move up to the province-wide show held in Drumheller. This show opens at the new Convention Centre/Library on July 4 and runs until July 28. I am hoping that my work is well received by the public and the jurors (could move up to the Alberta Spirit show in Edmonton). Keeping my fingers crossed.
The Road Home
Yesterday helped in hanging the upcoming Strathcona Salon Series at Gallery 501, Sherwood Park. This annual exhibition showcases local artists from the Strathcona region and beyond. The show looked amazing. I am always inspired by the talent we have in our little part of the world. P.S. I have two pieces in this show.
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...
My new solo of acrylic paintings featuring quilt patterns is up at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital. The exhibition runs until June 27. You can view my work at the Art in the Inside Gallery (lower level).
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....
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).
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).