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?
Floating Rose / 24"x24" / acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. About this painting: My grandma was a gardener and in summer when her roses were blooming she would float them in a glass bowl on the centre of her table. It was one of those things I would love to stare and stare at. And inhale. Such a nice memory :)
Summertime / 20x20" / acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas
I'm really excited about the way this body of work for the Toronto Outdoor Art Expo (July 14-16) is shaping up. The paintings are loosely based on memories of summer evenings at my Grandmother's house.
The top painting is "Porch Swing." While she didn't have a porch swing per se, she had a garden glider swing where the seats faced each other. I loved it! Gliding back and forth, taking in the evening. A time to think about the day or chat with my cousins :)
The bottom painting is "Summertime." My grandma had raspberry, gooseberry and current bushes. After supper we were often told to go pick a bowl of raspberries and then we ate them with sugar and cream. Mmm. The life.
Yes. New! I was shocked to go to my blog and see my last update was over two months ago. Yikes!
I used to be so faithful. I must say I find it so much easier to post to Instagram and Facebook that I have neglected what started it all - my dear blog! (both can be found at Kim Rempel Art)
So I have collected the updates on the other two platforms and will post them over this week on my blog. Thank for for continuing to follow after all these years!
First off: I just marked 8 years of blogging! I credit daily painting with bringing me into the online art world and blogging. When I began in 2009 I was hardcore faithful. After a couple of years I moved into painting larger abstracts and got away from daily posts but I ma working harder than ever at my craft and love where the journey has taken me.
From April 11th:
"A New Day" / 36"x36" / acrylic on wood / $1400. I'll be bringing this painting to The Post Office, Shannon Passero Gallery tomorrow in time for the opening Thursday night. For me, tree paintings are good for the soul 😍. Space to breathe and dream. Opening is April 13th, 5-8pm, 18 Front St. N., Downtown Thorold. From April 12th:
Opening tomorrow night! Shannon Passero / The Post Office Gallery. 18 Front St. N. Downtown Thorold. Thursday, April 13th, 5-8pm. 20 landscape paintings. Refreshments will be served. I'd love to see some friendly faces! 😍 Also, for those who love shopping at SP, receive 15% discount at retail store (opening night only).
You are cordially invited to an exhibition of my landscape paintings Thursday April 13th, 5:00-8:00pm at The Post Office, Shannon Passero Gallery. 18 Front St. North, Downtown Thorold, Ontario. Appetizers and refreshments will be served. I would love to see you there!
(and yes, the painting above is abstract, long story ; ), but it is landscapes that will be hanging!)
This weekend I will be at Artist Project 2017 at the Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto. Booth 730. February 23-26. For all information click here.
It is a wonderful show with hundreds of artists all under one roof. If you like art, please consider attending! Not to be missed :)
Dream Builder, 36"x36", acrylic on wood, $1400. New work for the Artist Project Toronto in February! Last night—I cannot know which way it came Or what star-way it went— There was a little dream without a name That left my soul content... ~Margaret Widdemer (1884–1978), "The Joyous Dream," The Factories, With Other Lyrics, 1915
I've been diligently working for a number of weeks developing/finishing paintings for The Artist Projectcoming February 23-26th to the Better Living Center, Exhibition Place. More images in the days to come! Also - if you like Instagram, you can find me at kimrempelart. Cheers! "Love, wide open" acrylic on wood, 36"x48", $1700.