Yesterday I began a new landscape painting based on a photo by John Kingma, a friend of ours who was up north on vacation. It was a picture of a lake with lily pads and reflections. Now usually I work from life, and sometimes from my own photographs, but when I saw his picture with all that crazy stuff going on in the water I was dying to paint it. I asked and he said yes. Thanks John! So here is a picture of where I'm at. Early days but I can't wait to get back into the studio tomorrow!
Also, the other day I posted the very first strokes of a new abstract I'm working on. This is were it's at now. I still have loads of work to do. It looks crazy I know - a real mess of disjointed colour. But it will find its voice.
I almost had this completed for the Toronto show but didn't quite make it. Now I think it's done. I'll sit with it a wee bit longer to be sure. It's 16"x20" on gallery wrapped canvas. Detail below.
And today I have a question for you. Do you have a favourite piece of art in your home? Do you view it differently over the years? Just curious. I was thinking of this quote by Canadian author Robertson Davies:
“A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.”
Beginnings! Liking it so far. Where will it lead... And Sunday July 20th is the last day of my 50% off Studio Sale. If you're looking for something to brighten a space - from small to a large statement piece, take a look!I have everything from small (extremely affordable) paintings to larger statement pieces. Quirky (the painting with the hidden Goddess) to Canadian (Happy Moose. Check out his smile). Feminine Plane is a plane tree I painted that appeared to be dancing. Here are a few to whet your appetite : )
Okay! Let's do this! Beginning today until the end of the day Sunday July 20th I am holding a huge 50% off studio sale. This sale is comprised mainly of landscape paintings although there are a few figure and still life pieces included. 54 paintings to choose from! Prices range from $65-$500 depending on size. I took all the photos last week in a sunny spot outside my studio and have arranged all the paintings on one page with title, size and price listed underneath each piece. Click HERE to be directed to the paintings for sale. Now for the nitty-gritty: If you would like to purchase a painting and live within driving distance from my studio, let me know when you'd like to swing by and pick-up your painting! I can take cash, cheque and credit cards through my Square reader. For those that will need paintings shipped, when you choose a painting I will take it to the post office the next day to calculate shipping costs and then make a PayPal invoice. Pretty straightforward :) If you have any questions about any piece, send me an email. I'm happy to answer them. Hopefully this time next week I'll have more space in my studio and you'll have original art on your walls! Happy Shopping!
After I came home from the Toronto Outdoor Art Expo this weekend and unpacked all my paintings, I began a major studio clean-up. I've come to the conclusion that I have WAY too many paintings. They are stacked two or three-deep along the edges of the room, hung on walls and...well...I need more space. It's getting hard to work! When you are always painting, you accumulate a lot. And they are not doing me any good gathering dust in my studio! They would look much better in your home : ) So very soon I will be having a 50% off sale on most of my older landscape works (that I love, but either haven't exhibited or have not sold at a previous exhibit). Stay tuned!
This weekend I exhibited at the fabulous Toronto Outdoor Art Expo (TOAE) at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto. TOAE is the largest and longest running juried outdoor art exhibition in Canada. The quality of work was top-notch and I was proud to be part of it.
The many conversations I had with the people that came through my tent proved that the love of art is alive and well in Toronto! I met one couple who lives in Ottawa and travels to Toronto every year specifically for this show.
I sold some paintings, discovered exciting new artists and saw lots of cute pomeranians (just one of those things : P) A huge thank you to my helpers for the weekend: Sandra, Sheri and Harry. I could not have done the show without you. And thanks to my friends who let me bunk at their place so I didn't have to drive back and forth each day. To all the new people I met who had such kind words, to my friends who came to see me, and to those who purchased paintings, a very warm, deeply felt THANK YOU!
I'd like to invite you to come see me and over 350 other artists at the Toronto Outdoor Art Expo happening Friday-Sunday at Nathan Phillips Square (City Hall). Today will be a day of packaging, packing and list-checking. I can't wait! It's going to be a spectacular show. If you have any gifts you are looking to purchase in the coming months, or are thinking about a piece for your home, come and shop! The weather is supposed to be cooler than the past week, with Friday being a high of 23˚!
TOAE is the largest and longest running juried outdoor art exhibition in Canada. It's not to be missed! Artists participate in 14 categories, offering hand-made originals to 100,000 visitors attending the exhibition every year. Hours are 10:30-7:30 Friday and Saturday and 10:30-6:30 Sunday. I am Booth i11 (close to the fountain off of Queen Street).
Just sitting down to finish my second batch of labels for my paintings for the Toronto Outdoor Art Expo this weekend. Phew! Is there ever a lot to do. I will get through it with lots of checklists : ) Please consider coming to Toronto if you are nearby. It promises to be a very exciting, professional show. The expo is held at Nathan Phillips Square (City Hall) and I will be in booth i11. The weather promises to be less sauna-like than the past few days so it should be quite pleasant to stroll around. Okay! Off to make some labels...
This is "Shenanigans" and it will be at the Toronto Outdoor Art Expo July 4-6th. Today I worked on creating a visual inventory of the work that will be there and now have to finish up wiring all the pieces. I also began work on another piece but just need a tube of phthalo blue to finish it off. It's in the same vein as love.sex.chaos.love. I can't wait to show it to you!
So this is not photographed in its natural environment ; ) but this is how I photograph my paintings. Outside in light shade. This painting is of Hopewell Cape, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick. Wishing you all a lovely weekend! 20"x24" / acrylic on canvas / $585
I won't be painting for a few days while I design printed material for the upcoming Toronto show so I thought I'd take the opportunity to show some paintings from different viewpoints. Usually you see them cropped, but I thought you might like to see them pulled back a bit for scale. This is Bowman Swamp on location. 36"x36" / acrylic on canvas / $1000.
Thanks to everyone who put in their name for my 5 Year Blogiversary Giveaway! The winner is...Beverly Mcnabb! Beverly, please go to my "Flower" photo album on my Facebook page and choose an available 6"x6" painting! I'll message you now with further details. Thanks everyone!
So this is a zoomed in shot of the new painting I'm starting. For years I've driven by these 3 old, twisted apple trees that I've grown quite fond of. It is time to paint their portraits : )
Thanks for all who have entered my 5th Year Blogiversary Giveaway! If you haven't entered yet, you have till Sunday! Good luck!
In a month I will be at the Toronto Outdoor Art Expo at Nathan Phillips Square exhibiting my abstract work! I am basically ready but hoping to complete a couple more paintings for the show. This is one I've been working on. It has taken many turns and I really don't know where it will end up. Always a mystery. Tomorrow I hope to get outside and get to work on some old, twisted apple trees. Stay tuned : )
June 8th is my 5th Year Blogiversary and to celebrate I am having a painting giveaway! I truly appreciate all of you for commenting, purchasing and following me on my creative journey. I can't tell you how much all of your encouraging words have meant to me over the years! You have helped spur me on more than you know : )
So there are two different ways to enter. If you follow me on my blog (Eat Drink Paint) through Blogspot please leave a comment. If you follow me on Facebook at Kim Rempel Art, please "like" my page and share. That's it! The winner will be drawn Sunday night, June 8th using Random.org. This giveaway is open to EVERYONE! You do not need to live in Canada. Thanks again and good luck!