Today I’m highlighting the work of Jeff Riffle. Jeff and I met last summer as exhibitors at the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair and I was immediately taken with his work. Note: Because of IG’s parameters the cuckoo clock images are cropped. Please go to Jeff’s page @jeffriffleart to see the full images!
ARTLOVE Quiz ✍️
Please tell me:
1. A favourite work of art: January 30: Blustery with rain spreading east, turning wintery over northern hills. 2004
8”x6” by Ben McLaughlin
2. An artist you love:
3. A great book: The Gentleman Bastards Series by Scott Lynch
4. A favourite snack:
Jif Peanut Butter
5. Where would you next like to travel? Southeast Asia
6. Something new you’d like to learn: I’d like to learn a new language, specifically Spanish or pottery and the potters wheel. •
Thank you Jeff!
1) Peonies / 4’x6’ / Acrylic on canvas
2) Caladium Sunset / 36”x36” / Acrylic on canvas
3) Nasturtium in Orange and Pink / 36”x46” / Acrylic on canvas
4) Clocked Out, 5:05pm / 4’x5’ / Acrylic on canvas
So last week I wrote about making a few changes here and taking the time to draw again. I’d really been missing it. 👉 Here’s a watercolour sketch of my amaryllis. I got this at our local flower market @thewateringcan before the holidays. It was a cool find–they sold the bulbs on a wire stand and apparently they don’t need water or soil to bloom. Everything they require is in the bulb! Living proof 😊 It grew and bloomed beautifully.
Looking a little wild now but early days. At this point I always wonder how many turns it will take before it’s done. Will I be able to make something of it? How much hair-pulling will ensue? 😂More often than not they end up looking completely different. Completely. #problemsolving
For 2020 I’ve decided to make a few changes to what I post on my accounts. Over the years I have let my drawing slide and I really want to get back into sketching, as well as some watercolour/acrylic sketches/paintings. Back in the day I graduated from college with a book illustration major and although I love painting I also enjoy illustrating!
I used to have so much angst about posting “different styles” and “branding” etc (yada yada, yada) and now I’m just saying To.Heck.With.It. I am taking a page out of @mrtomfroese ‘s book and posting “what you love, when you are able, as often as you feel like it, and don’t worry about it.” ✌️
In addition to that, I will also regularly be posting shout-outs to artists I enjoy and sharing the love. 🖤 Those will be called ARTLOVE (continuing the idea I started on this blog 10 years ago).
So, here I go! Here are some feathers I picked up on a hike with my daughter.
Also, this week I delivered (left to right, top to bottom) "Sing out", "Midnight in the garden", "Secret River" and "Sway" to Canvas Gallery in Toronto. If you're around the area please feel free to drop in and check them out!
I’d like to invite you to the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair this weekend at Nathan Phillips Square. Over 350 artists will be showcasing their work. One event I’d like to highlight this year is the Budding Art Buyers booth. Various TOAF artists have donated small works priced from $10-$20—specially for this weekend—for purchase to kids 14 and under. I am so excited by this initiative because it is a fantastic way to foster a life-long appreciation of the arts. As a kid I loved and was moved by art and the chance to buy an original piece would have been amazing! This 6x6 abstract painting is titled “Moonlight” and is my donation to the program. The (free!) fair runs THIS Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Nathan Philips Square, 10-7 (Friday & Saturday), 10-5 (Sunday).
In other news, I’m happy that “Lotus” found a home yesterday! A warm thank you to the owner! If you’re interested in looking at anything and are local, please feel free to message me and drop by my studio. If you’re out of town, feel free to check out my website, www.kimrempel.com. It is newly updated and marked with titles, sizes and prices.
presently untitled / 20x20in / oil on canvas
Oil painting no. 2
Loving this process!
ALSO: a week from today I will be at Nathan Phillips Square for the 58th Annual Toronto Outdoor Art Fair! Come one, come all : ) This free art fair is a must-see. Hundreds of talented artists will be gathered together exhibiting what they've been working on for the past few months. Throw in some food trucks, art chats, a refillable water station and a beer garden and you have the makings of a very pleasant weekend <3 350="" at="" can="" e.="" find="" me="" p="" tent="" you="" zone=""> 3>
A month ago I travelled to Woodstock, NY to take a workshop from the fabulous Jenny Nelson. I had wanted to explore painting abstract in oil (which is a whole other animal from acrylic) but needed a boot camp. I found it :)
Here is my first oil - which I intend to paint with for the foreseeable future. I am absolutely loving the process. *presently untitled / 20x20in / oil on canvas
Midnight in the garden / 36x36in / acrylic on canvas This is a new piece for the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair July 12-14, 2019 at Nathan Phillips Square. The square won't be as busy as it was today (YAY Raptors!!) but it will still be bustling :) This painting is part of my "Night Magic" Collection. To see the other paintings in this collection just go to kimrempel.com
A few years back when I joined Facebook and Instagram I let my blog lapse because it was just One. More. Thing. And I questioned whether people still enjoyed getting this info in blog form.
But after re-thinking the whole scene I've decided to revive it and see if this format is still enjoyed by followers.
The past couple of years I have continued painting primarily abstract works. Once and a while I paint a few landscapes because they have been an important part of my practice and I can't resist a good tree ;)
Here is one of my recent paintings, Cloud 9.
36 x 48in / acrylic on canvas / $1900
In four short days I will be setting up at the Toronto Outdoor Art Expo. The TOAE is the largest outdoor art show in Canada and has been running for 55 years! There is a lot to see and do. Come and shop for original art! The show runs from Friday July 14th to Sunday July 16th at Nathan Phillips Square and has free admission. 319 artists have tents and will be showing their work. Feeling parched? No problem! Henderson Brewing Co. will be on hand at the TOAE Beer Garden. I will be at Booth 137, rimming the Plaza. Stop in and say hello!
Below is one of the new works I will be showing. "Release", 36"x48", acrylic on wood.
Orchard / 24"x24" / acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. When I was a kid, my grandma's house had a plum orchard bordering one side of her house. I remember one fun evening with my brother and cousins running around in the orchard picking up discarded and rotting plums and putting them in cups and mashing them up with mud and water. We had so much fun.
Evening in Paris / 36"x60" / acrylic on wood. This is the last in a series echoing memories of my grandmother. When I was young I remember absolutely adoring a bottle of Evening in Paris perfume in her bedroom. It is said to be one of the world's most popular perfumes in the 1930s. It came in a cobalt blue bottle with a gold tone lid. It was probably that blue that had me mesmerized. 😘 Does anyone remember it?