Thursday, August 29, 2013

"Jewels" to debut on ArtBomb Sunday, September 1st!

Jewels / acrylic on canvas / 24"x30" 
"Jewels" will be up for auction on ArtBomb THIS Sunday, September 1st. If you'd like to check out ArtBomb or to get their daily art selections delivered to your inbox you can go to their site here. They will be launching ArtBomb New York Sunday as well. If you wouldn't mind sharing this with anyone you think would be interested, I'd appreciate it greatly!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Work in progress + retooling

Detail, work in progress
Hello! So I've had a bit of a break lately - not vacation, just a lot of thinking and decision-making into what direction to take things. Paths. Retooling. FOCUSING. I'm going to be putting the bulk of my energy into abstract painting. To keep my painting muscles limber I'll be doing a few other things along the way, but primarily abstract it will be.
This is a detail of a piece I'm working on currently (my favourite part - the part that's working! lol).

Saturday, August 17, 2013

ArtBomb debut!

Today my painting "Autumn" is on ArtBomb. Yay! Each day ArtBomb delivers a new selection of art to your inbox. Check it out! I've taken some screen shots here but you can go to their site and explore.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

"Terrain" Opening at Gallery M

 Merryn, owner of Gallery M and I at the opening of "Terrain".
It was a lovely night - thank you Gallery M! The show runs till the beginning of October so if you can, please stop in. There are lots of wonderful works.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

In the pink

This is the other plein air painting I forgot to post. Evening sunset, thick shrubbery/woodland...such a pretty time of the evening.
16"x20" on gallery wrapped canvas / acrylic / $425

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Evening sun

This is a plein air painting I did a couple of months ago and forgot to post (along with another I'll post tomorrow). I was drawn to some back lighting of the sun pouring out through a parting in the trees. This piece is 16x20 on gallery wrapped canvas.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Plein air workshop at The Good Earth

Friday was a plein air painting day at The Good Earth (Beamsville, Ontario) Eating, drinking, and painting! We had a full class of 8 and everyone produced great work. The flower beds were in full bloom, the vineyards leafy, and even the food was a work of art (photo below). Thanks to everyone who came out and enjoyed the experience. I really enjoyed spending the day with you!
Refuelling with a delicious lunch. And there was lavender creme brulee with blackberries on the side for dessert. Yum! 
Below is the gorgeous work - that they gave me permission to post - that everyone did (well, minus two who had to leave early). Fabulous!
J. Ponesse
T. Karwalajtys
This was my lunch. It tasted as good as it looks : )

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Iris Paper Folding

So once in a while I post about creative endeavours other than painting and drawing. I thought I'd do it today. This week a dear friend of mine - who is super creative and whose skills seem to know no bounds - invited me and the kids over and taught us how to do iris folding. And this is what we made. A little tidbit she mentioned to us: it's called iris as in the iris of your eye. And that centre bit is traditionally a piece of shiny, special paper - the magic bit. I must tell you that the cards images below were made by people from 11 years +. You can do it! Just search it online and have fun : )


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Reverie - SOLD

Today I completed this painting I'd had tucked away for a couple of months. I just hadn't known how to finish it, but this morning it all came together. I've posted this quote before but I just love it, so here it is again:
Crucially for me, I learned that appreciating Abstract Expressionist art begins with surrender, by allowing a painting to possess you. Once this occurs, you stop looking for symbols or messages or meanings and experience instead rhythm, energy, power, grace.
~Iris Nowell, Painters Eleven: The Wild Ones of Canadian Art. Published by Douglas & McIntyre

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Hopewell Cape

This is my finished painting of Hopewell Cape (home of the Hopewell Rocks). This is a spot we toured on our holiday in New Brunswick. It is at the Bay of Fundy which has the highest tides in the world. It's spectacular to be walking on the ocean floor when the tide is out. And doesn't it have the best name?
20"x24" / acrylic on canvas / $585

Monday, August 5, 2013

Alien Picnic

Done! And I'm really happy. Sometimes they turn out the way you hope they will : )
14"x18" / acrylic on canvas / $440

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Plein Air Painting Day. Eat, Drink and Paint!

Hi everyone. Just a note to let you know that NEXT Friday, August 9, is a plein air painting day at the fabulous Good Earth Food and Wine Co. 
From their website:
Join us for our third series of open air painting sessions with gardens, vineyards, orchards, farm life and interesting architecture as your backdrop.
Featuring individual instruction and lots of time for painting, artists of all skill levels will relish this series.
After a couple of hours of work, you’ll break for a delightfully inspired lunch at The Good Earth Bistro. The session fee includes your entrée, a glass of wine, dessert and coffee or tea (in addition to instruction). Once you’ve recharged your batteries, you can head back to your masterpiece with renewed enthusiasm. (please bring your own materials)
Cost is $90 including HST and gratuity. The day runs from 10-4. Please contact The Good Earth to register.