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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).