Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Scenes from the Toronto Outdoor Art Expo. Part 1.

Last weekend I exhibited at the Toronto Outdoor Art Expo (TOAE) and had a fabulous time! It is an exhilarating weekend packed pull of impressive and diverse art. I took some pictures to share and give you a snapshot of the weekend. Such a great experience!
I met Celeste Keller. I have to admit I was fan-girling ; ). Love her work! And man, does she know how to kit out a tent!
Below is the work of Paul Gilroy. I loved these pieces. So fresh and modern. He was right across from my tent and he was a great guy - helped us get a tarp over our tent.
 This is the work of Patrice Carmichael. She was wonderful!
 The next two pieces are the work of I.E.M. Griffiths. SO GOOD! Love his paintings.
 This is the fabulous, strong work of Renée Gélinas. I remembered her from last year and was thrilled to see her back. Her work really speaks to me. Stunning!
A scene from Nathan Phillips Square.
 This is the work of Isabella Di Sclafaniart. Love the tone of these.
 Here is Jon Jarro. Wow.
 And this is work of the sculptor Peter Shoebridge. Breathtaking.
And last but not least I want to thank my show assistant for the weekend: my daughter. It is go-go-go at these shows and exhausting but she dug in and was a terrific help. THANK YOU! Sometime we will get the t-shirts ; )
I would like to do a second post of other artists I discovered in a couple of weeks when I gather and sort all the other business cards I collected. So inspiring and definitely good for the soul! Here's to the TOAE. I hope to be back next year!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Toronto Outdoor Art Expo THIS weekend!

Hello! I'd like to invite you to the Toronto Outdoor Art Expo at Nathan Phillips Square this weekend! I've been working away preparing and am almost ready. Today I was grouping my paintings together for booth placement and took a couple of snaps. These are a few of the pieces that will be available. The show runs from Friday September 18th to Sunday September 20th, 10:30-6:30 all three days. 
I am booth H25 on the corner of the fountain on Queen and Bay.
 A section of (l-r, back to front) Sea Glass, Blue is the new blue, Plunge, and Shift.
A section of Totem and Road Trip.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Plot Twist, new work

At long last, this painting is finished! Called Plot Twist, you can read into it whatever you like : ) It is acrylic, 40"x60" on cradled wood support, edges painted white. $2,100. Below is how it would look in a room.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Work in progress

A small bit of corner of a large painting I'm working on. This one's been "in progress" a loooong time ; )

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


Plunge / 16"x16" / acrylic on cradled wood support (edges painted white) / $465 
Wow...where I live it's been a smokin' hot few days. But before long it will soon be this:
Just looking back at this old photo makes me cool off : ) 
Wishing you a good day!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


I've just photographed "Totem" my latest painting. Totem is mixed media on cradled wood support and measures 36"x60". I thought it might be interesting to show it like this to get a sense of scale. Below is the cropped version.
Totem / 36"x60" / mixed media on wood / $2100.
In other news, I found out the other day that the website has stolen my artwork and the artwork of many other artists I know and is selling them as posters. Sadly, this seems to happen far too regularly. A petition was started to take the website down and if you like, you can click here to add your voice. Thanks!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015


Well, it's that time of year again! Summer holidays, the kids are home and things should be moving a a bit more slowly.
But that's not happening ; )
Regardless, I have been painting and will start with posting this little piece. This is done in oil and is 8"x10" on a gallery wrapped canvas (1.25" deep) and is $185.
In other news, I'm proud to announce Canvas Gallery (which began representing me this summer) has been nominated for "Best Independent Gallery" in NOW Magazine's "Best of Toronto Reader's Choice" poll this year. If you'd like to vote you can click here. It is very easy, you don't need to sign in, make an account, or anything : ) 
8"x10"x1.25" / oil on canvas / $185

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Blue is the new blue

Having some fun with the title ; ).
36"x36", acrylic on cradled wood support, $1300.
Here's how it would look in a room. And below that is a detail.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Sea Glass + Acceptance to the TOAE

"The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea." 
Isak Dinesin
This is my newest painting "Sea Glass."
It measures 3' x 5'.  Acrylic on cradled wood support. $2100.
I wish you could see in in person - there is so much to get lost in!
In other news, I was notified yesterday that I have been accepted to the Toronto Outdoor Art Expo (TOAE)! Last year was such a fantastic experience. The TOAE is the largest and longest running juried outdoor art exhibition in Canada. This year it is being held September 18-20th at Nathan Phillips Square. More on that in the months to come ; )

Monday, June 8, 2015

It's my 6th year blogiversary!

Today is my 6th year blogiversary : ) Usually I do a giveaway but this year it's something new. As you no doubt recall last summer the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS went viral. Little did I know a couple of months later a good friend of ours would receive the diagnosis. So...there was my initial disbelief, and then sadness and while I still float between the two, of course I also want to help. I was at an ALS walk on the weekend and one of the speakers said something to the effect of not feeling like all you have to offer is a small amount. Because it's a small amount here, and there, and there and there, and all of that adds up to help the organization help its clients. Therefore, in support of John and his family I am holding an auction for one of the three paintings below. Since tastes differ, the winning bidder gets to choose which painting they'd like. Because I need to keep a running total in one place, the bidding will only be available through my Facebook page, Kim Rempel Art. All you have to do is put a comment in the post stating the amount you wish to donate. 50% of the final bid will go to the ALS Society of Canada (Ontario chapter) and 50% will go to John. Bidding is open till Wednesday at 9pm EST. Winner will be announced shorty after.
Each painting is ready to hang. Painting details below. *In my haste to photograph these before the rain set in I inadvertently photographed "Shift" upside down.  It is shown correctly below.
Incoming / 16"x20" / acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas, edges painted black / list price: $425
Peonies and Phlox / 16"x20" / acrylic on masonite / framed / list price: $450
Shift / mixed media on cradled wood panel / list price: $465

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Road Trip

New work. Meet "Road Trip." 36"x48" / acrylic on cradled wood support. It took me just about as long to finish as being on an actual road trip ; )

Thursday, May 28, 2015


Just to catch you up on a few things... yesterday I got word from Canvas Gallery that they had sold my painting Shenanigans! : )
Then today my day began like this:
The container of gesso slipped out of my hand, toppled over and spilled centimeters from my support. A lot of it. 
But it ended on a high note - I made a lot of progress on my painting today. Maybe it will be finished tomorrow and I can share it with you.
And lastly, I wanted to share this link because I can't get enough of watching Theo Jansen's Strandbeests! If you don't want to watch the entire 4.5 minutes, pop in at 25, 29 seconds and 1:40. Fascinating what people can create. These boggle my mind. Have a good weekend!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Happy Days

Ebb and Flow, 40x48, available at Canvas Gallery
So yesterday was a pretty great day for me: I put a big checkmark beside a longtime goal. I am super-pleased to announce that I am now being represented at Canvas Gallery in Toronto. In the morning when I was loading my paintings into the truck I actually got a little teary. Yep. Just for a moment : ) Megan and Mark own a fantastic space on Dupont & Ossington that will blow you away. I could have browsed for hours. I'm kicking myself that I didn't take any pictures. Please check out their gallery, you'll be happy you made the trip. So, now off to the studio to do battle with the piece I'm working on. And then tonight it's champagne and Haagen Dazs for me!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Work in progress, details

I've been running in a few directions but have been in the studio more than my blog would indicate ; ) I have been working on my next abstract and as usual it has taken a million turns. I think I'm closing in on it now... so here are two details. Hopefully it'll be ready soon to share!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Exhibiting at the Jeffrey Meier Gallery!

"Replenished" / 40"x30" / acrylic 
I am pleased to announce that my painting "Replenished" is in the current exhibit "May Day" at the Jeffrey Meier Gallery in Lambertville, New Jersey. The show runs till July 5th. I wish I lived closer so I could check it out! The gallery looks wonderful; the art dynamic. Thank you Mr. Meier!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Drinking Stars

I was listening to a program on the origins of champagne and heard that upon discovering champagne, French Benedictine monk Dom Pierre Pérignon exclaimed:
Come quickly, I am drinking the stars!"
I looked it up and saw that apparently it's a myth. No matter. It's a lovely image whomever wrote it!
Dancing. Champagne. Laughter. Romance.
acrylic on cradled wood / 24"x24" / $795
For purchasing info, message me directly or see Saatchi Art.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

#tbt painting and "Big Eyes" the movie

Dawn, 12"x12", acrylic on canvas, collection of the artist
Hey folks! So I am right out of canvasses and need to stock up on supplies but in the meantime I thought I'd post a favourite of mine for Throwback Thursday. It is called "Dawn."
Also, sometimes I find myself posting random tidbits on my Facebook page (Kim Rempel Art) and realize I have not posted them on my blog. Here is something I posted recently that I wanted to share. Last week we saw the movie "Big Eyes" starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz. It was really very good. I've attached the trailer in case you want to check it out. Do any of you remember the paintings from the 50s and 60s of children with dark, oversized eyes? Like this:
Well they were painted by artist Walter Keane...or so everybody thought! It came to be realized that the paintings were the work of Keane's wife, Margaret and "Big Eyes" chronicles this fascinating tale. This movie has wide appeal - it's definitely not a flick that only artists will enjoy. You can watch the trailer here. Let me know what you think!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

"Secret Garden" by Canadian abstract painter Kim Rempel

This is my largest work to date: 3'x6'. I see many more large works in my future : ) I'm not going to lie - it was a massive struggle working out the space, but in the end it came together.
Secret Garden / 3'x6' / $2600 / acrylic on cradled wood support

Monday, March 23, 2015

Golden Sun

What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit.  ~John Updike
New work. Golden Sun, 40"x48" on stretched canvas. Edges painted white. $1900.
And here's how it would look in a room.