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).