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, 3'x5' on cradled wood support, edges painted white. $2,100. Below is how it would look in a room and a detail.


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

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

Totem

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 wallpart.com 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

Untitled

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

Catch-up

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.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Shift by Kim Rempel

Here is a piece I finished yesterday - experimenting with texture. Very interesting to work with! Below is a detail where you can see the texture more clearly.
Shift / 16"x16" / mixed media on cradled wood panel / $465

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Ebb and Flow

Ebb and Flow / 40"x48" / acrylic on canvas / $1900.
For purchase info please see SaatchiArt.
And I want to thank Barbara Muir for bestowing upon me the Barbara Muir Happy Art Award. Thank you Barbara! Your work always brings a breath of fresh air to me. And for that I thank you!


Friday, March 6, 2015

Some days... + thank you Hy!


Well, the painting I last posted as a work-in-progress is now shot. I lost control of it and I'm not sure I can get it back. Ugh. And everything was going so well. It doesn't take long for something to go south, yes? Frustrating. In the meantime I thought I'd share something a friend posted. It really moved me. Joy in the act of painting. It won't take much of your time to watch - I hope it connects with you and renews something in your spirit : )

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Ditching work prematurely


Hi all! So I took a bit of time off but headed back to the studio today. I did some line/prep work for a new piece but it didn't make for a very good shot so I thought I'd take the opportunity to talk about an issue many of us deal with: ditching work prematurely.
Why do we do that?
In fact I often tell people I'm teaching - when they are scrunching their noses in disgust at what they've produced: "Don't throw it out! Live with it for awhile. I think some cool things are happening!"
And more often than not what do I do? Yep, toss it or paint over. Today I had to go through some photos and came across a few examples. Here's one of them. Now I can see that there were some interesting things starting to happen, but at the time I was so frustrated that I deep-sixed the thing. Grrr : )
How about you?

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Throwback Thursday

Here's a pastel drawing I did from about 12 years ago. It makes me want to do more : )

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Ever Constant, Ever Changing

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the blue sky, is by no means waste of time. 
~John Lubbock, “Recreation,” The Use of Life, 1894My latest work is finally complete.  I hope you find something in it that you can relate to, or that makes your heart sing a little. 
"Ever Constant, Ever Changing" / acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas / 30"x30" / $1,050

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Work in progress

So an added bonus to participating in the 3 in 5 challenge was that it gave me extra time to get work done on this painting before showing the next progress shot : ) Lots of interesting decision making on this one! More to come...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Day 5 of the 3 Paintings/5 Days Challenge

Entwined / 36"x36" / $1000 
 Reflections / sold
Climb / sold
Day 5 of the #3in5ArtChallenge. It's been great participating! Thanks Linda Hunt Fine Art and Kimberly Kincaid for the nomination. Today I nominate Claire Desjardins. I found her on Facebook and have had the pleasure of seeing her work in person in Toronto. I just adore it!