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!

Monday, January 19, 2015

 The Allsorts Family 
 To Inspire
Day 4 of the 3 Paintings/5 Days Challenge. #3in5ArtChallenge. Today I'm showing a few of my daily paintings. These are small works in oil that I do in studio. I credit daily painting with my growth as an artist. Because of it I began blogging, which opened up a world of art to me as well as a multitude of friendships. It also proved true all the things you read regarding logging in the time to hone your skills. There is no quick ticket. Miles of canvas and all that : ) Today I nominate Tom Homewood. Check him out!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

3 Paintings / 5 Days Challenge. Day 3.

 Old Growth Cherry / sold
 Sanctuary / sold
Great White Oak / sold
Day 3 of the 3 Paintings/5 Days Challenge. Today, some trees. As anyone who has followed me for a while knows, I have a deep and abiding love for trees. Thanks to Linda Hunt Fine Art  and Kimberly Kincaid for the nomination. Today I nominate an artist I discovered this year Lisa Morgan.
heart emoticon her work. I think you'll see why! ‪#‎3in5ArtChallenge‬

Thursday, January 15, 2015

3 Paintings/5 Days Challenge - Day 2

 Frisky Business - sold
Joyful Rebellion - sold
Shenanigans / 30"x30" / $1,050
Day 2 of the 3 Paintings/5 Days Challenge. Today I am highlighting three of my abstract paintings. 
And I pass the challenge on to Britton Paints Sometimes. As far as I know, Britton does not have a website up, but is on Facebook. Very strong, very consistent interesting, original work. An inspiration to me. Britton does not have a heads up about this nomination so I will write and ask if I can post a piece of work tomorrow so you can see what I mean. Take care everyone!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

3 paintings/5 days Artists Challenge - Reaching back into the archives

Hey folks! So on my Facebook page, Kim Rempel Art, I received a nomination to participate in an art challenge. I am to post three paintings a day for five days and pass the nomination on to a fellow artist each of those days. Linda Hunt, who is an artist I got to know through blogging, asked me to participate. Please check out her work, she's a very good painter. Hunt paints with confident, loose brush strokes and has a very lovely, interesting and sophisticated palette. Thanks Linda. I admire your work greatly : )
So here are my three paintings for the day. I have reached way back into the archives and chosen three figurative works.
After the party / sold
 Bed of Roses / acrylic / 24"x30" / $750
Nude from behind / acrylic / 36"x36" / $1000 (framed)
Today's nomination is Barbara Muir, a Toronto artist who has become a friend of mine. We met through blogging and ended up meeting in person and becoming friends. She is a lovely, vibrant artist who lives and paints with joy. She specializes in portraits but also paints bright, bold landscapes and killer food paintings as well : ) Please check her out!

Monday, January 12, 2015

New beginnings

Hello all! A new year, the start of a new painting. I'm beginning this year with an experimental piece. It is proving quite time consuming (hence the small patch) but here is what I've got so far.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Top 10 List for 2014

Well, as the year draws to a close I find myself thinking on the last 12 months. It's been a difficult year for many people I love. For some I wish I could turn back the clock, for others I wish I could speed it up. This is life. 
I browsed some quotes regarding New Years and here are two I'd like to share:
An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. ~Bill Vaughan
And ye, who have met with Adversity's blast,
And been bow'd to the earth by its fury;
To whom the Twelve Months, that have recently pass'd
Were as harsh as a prejudiced jury -
Still, fill to the Future! and join in our chime,
The regrets of remembrance to cozen,
And having obtained a New Trial of Time,
Shout in hopes of a kindlier dozen.
~Thomas Hood
And now it is time for my annual Top 10 list. These are my favourite paintings from the past year. A very sincere thank you to everyone reading this and for the comments you may leave throughout the year. It means so much and keeps me going. I truly wish you a warm, secure, exciting 2015.
love/sex/chaos/love - sold
Joyful Rebellion - sold
Entwined - $1000
Reflections - $995
Sanctuary - sold
Marbles - collection of the artist
Gelato - $1,200
A change in the weather - $1,270
Shenanigans - $1,050
Frisky Business - $650