Thursday, December 31, 2020

Happy New Year

 Don’t let the door hit you on the way out 2020๐ŸšชGrateful of course for many, many things but also happy to see the back end of this loathsome year. 

Looking back at 2020 saw my painting take a bit of a backseat—sustaining concentration was often a challenge ๐Ÿ˜‘—but I started up a tea towel business that has been very gratifying. Definitely a plus. I also ran a kindness project (another plus). I discovered a love of Cheetos and Nerds (this has got to be a minus. Apparently desperate times do require desperate measures). I loved seeing all the “C’est va bien aller”s in people’s windows. I did not love that hugs and handshakes got cancelled. I loved seeing so many people out walking in the evenings. I did not love not being able to have people in our home. And on and on.

So here’s to 2021. May it be a kinder year. I wish each of you days filled with love, peace and belonging. A gentle spirit and curious, intelligent conversation. Laughter to chase away sadness. Drive out loneliness and ask for what you need. Onward.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Small sections of a larger painting in progress. If summer is dragging it’s heels I will drag it kicking and screaming into my studio LOL
#whereareyousummer #oilpainting #texture #colour #abstractpainting #contemporary #originalart #interiordesign #canada #toronto #workinprogress #wip

Monday, May 11, 2020

“Say what you mean” is a painting from 2018. This one is at my studio. If you’re interested, message me for details! It is 30”x36”, acrylic on canvas. I offer free local delivery or safe pick-up.
#artforsale #contemporaryart #nonobjective #abstractpainting #interiors #yourlifeneedsart #originalart #interiordesign #canadian

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Midnight in the garden / 36x36in / acrylic on canvas available @canvasgalleryto in Toronto. Yes, they are still selling ๐Ÿ˜Š Galleries continue to work hard for their artists and have adapted to the new normal. Call them and they will be more than happy to guide you on how to proceed! *2019 
#originalart #canvasgalleryto #interiors #design #art #contemporaryart #abstractpainting #colourful #toronto #yourlifeneedsart

Thursday, May 7, 2020

I was talking to my husband yesterday about how I missed going out for a coffee and going to cafรฉs and parks. Every day feels pretty similar and the calendar is empty. Last night on tv there was a scene where somebody bent close to someone and handed them a drink and I was like *woah on the social distancing—and she’s not even wiping that down!* lol
I guess we adapt fairly quickly to what is required of us but I sure miss being close to people. I think some days people are up and other days people are like “what the heck ๐Ÿ˜ž”

I’ve been wondering if there’s a little something I could do that might spread a bit of sunshine. And then I thought of this: some nice mail. Pretty simple. ๐Ÿคท‍♀️ If you or someone you know could use some surprise mail DM me and I’ll mail them a note with a small drawing, a poem or a favourite recipe. We’ll see how it goes! ๐Ÿ˜Š #kindness #surprisemail #thingswillgetbetter 

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

I’ve been taken with all the rainbows taped in windows and hung on doors as a way of spreading hope and optimism during this pandemic. I’ve read it began in Italy and has spread worldwide. What a small but beautiful thing.๐ŸŒˆ I’ve decided to keep a photo journal of sorts of all the ones I see. Right now I’m in Montreal and the rainbows I’ve snapped are in my stories. ๐ŸŒค๐ŸŒˆ Hope + love my friends ๐Ÿ’›
#cavabienaller #rainbows #pandemic #hope #arcenciel #covid #chasingtherainbow

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

18. Tip or advice: paint, paint, paint. Persevere. Always be curious. 
19. Artist outfit: old jeans, t-shirts + hoodie, 10 year old painting apron. 
20. Challenge you’ve faced: Having engaging social media accounts when you are a private person! ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ˜‚
21. Colour palette: ^pic 1^

#kimrempelart #artistchallenge #colourpalette

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

#aprilforartists2020 challenge Day 15: Art on the wall.
Here’s a recent painting of mine called “At Ease”. It’s 36x48in, oil on panel, $2400. Available at Canvas Gallery in Toronto. Yep! Even now. ๐Ÿ‘Œ Canvas just moved into a new space and from what I can see online it looks spectacular. Sales are still happening so if you’re interested, hop on over to their page and give them a call!

#interiors #freshpaintings #blue #modernart #abstractart #canadianart #kimrempelart #toronto

Monday, April 13, 2020

Day 10-13. Caught up on the challenge.
10 - Main inspo: Nature!
11 - On your table: Books
12 - Side job/ other life: I do have a very small other job. I’m at sensory panelist at a research station. But it is only 1.5hrs a week. What I love to do on the side though is BAKE! The last picture is the Yule log I made last Christmas. ๐Ÿฅฐ
13 - Work in progress. Actually just starting the process so all I would have to show is a gessoed board ; ) Boring.

#aprilforartists2020 created by #phoebeganderart

Covering days 6-9 of the #aprilforartists2020 challenge.  6. How you learnt: I went to art school (Sheridan College) for 4  years, took multiple courses at Dundas Valley School of Art and workshops with @carolmarine, Laurie Wonfor Nolan and most recently @nelsonpainter. It’s a life-long process. ๐Ÿ‘Š
7. Favourite tool: my power sander 
8. Selfie
9. Close up detail. 
#kimrempelart #process #studiolife #abstractart

Friday, April 10, 2020

Prompts 4 & 5 for the #aprilforartists2020 challenge are (4) your preferred media and (5) in your hand.
I am loving my R&F oil sticks. I learned about them in my workshop with @nelsonpainter in Woodstock, NY this summer. Game changer!
And the second picture is a chocolate chip cookie from a batch I made last night. A new recipe showed up in my feed so I gave them a whirl. Pretty delicious. ๐Ÿช @andyseastcoastkitchen_ 
#kimrempelart #aprilforartists #art #r&foilsticks

*Newest work* is Prompt 3 for the #aprilforartists2020 challenge by #phoebeganderart. Jumping in late so playing catch up over the next few days. Not sure if this one is finished yet, but today this is where it stands ๐Ÿ‘Œ 36x36in / oil on panel
#kimrempelart #abstractpainting #canadianart #contemporary #colourful

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Hi everyone ๐Ÿ‘‹ I’m jumping into the #aprilforartists2020 challenge a number of days late so am going to try get up-to-speed by combining a few of the prompts in multiple posts.
Prompt 1: an introduction 
Prompt 2: my creative space.

Hi. My name is Kim, I live in Ontario, Canada (it was actually snowing this morning ๐Ÿ˜‘) and I’m a painter. I went to school back in the day for illustration (major: children’s picture book, minor: advertising) and have very fond memories of art school ๐ŸฅฐI’ve worked in graphic design, painted plein air, been a daily painter, and now work primarily as an abstract painter! I adore colour, design, fonts, and art in a million forms. Away from the studio I love to do all sorts of creative things ๐Ÿงก I also love baking, reading, hiking, and embroidering.
Chips or cookies? Usually cookies.
Coffee or tea? Coffee. 
Favourite shows right now: Ozark season 3 was ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ‘ and have just started Money Heist. 
Music: Well, I do love me some Leonard Cohen. ๐Ÿฅฐ
Books: What is the allowable word count on an Instagram post? ๐Ÿ˜ญ Yeah, I could talk books for hours so feel free to leave comments ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ“š
So that’s my super quick intro. 
And as for my studio space, here is a shot of my table. Hard to get a cool shot of my studio but I’ll see what I can do for a later post.
Anyway, nice chatting with you all and please feel free to introduce yourself in comments! 

#aprilorartists2020 #artchallenge #kimrempelart

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.
~Helen Keller 

Sending a huge collective shout out of love and respect to all the essential service workers and innovators during this challenging time. Thank you, thank you, thank you. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Well, I managed to focus and get an underpinning to my next painting done. My husband suggested I shut off my radio (heavy CBC listener here) and play only music. This did help. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I actually got further than this today but will save that post for tomorrow.
I’ve been finding I’m productive in some areas: baking, embroidering, cleaning and yard work but useless when it comes to focusing on painting. Hopefully I’ve turned that around today. 

How’s everyone else out there faring?

Monday, March 30, 2020

Today’s ARTLOVE is all about Lisa Morgan from Australia. I discovered Lisa’s work many years ago and was instantly enchanted. She’s got it all: a fabulous colour sense, energy, killer compositions... swoon. And from the limited interactions we’ve shared, she seems like the kind of person I’d love to sit down and have a drink with. If you’re not already following her, head on over to her page and see all of her glorious paintings for yourself. @lisamorganart 
Please tell me:
1. A favourite work of art:
Jacobs Ladder
Helen Frankenthaler (seen in the flesh and I thought that’s how heaven must feel on first landing!)
2. An artist you love:
Milton Avery
3. A great book:
‘What I Loved’ by Siri Hustvedt
4. A favourite snack:
Fresh Sourdough bread with the best butter you can afford!
5. Where would you next like to travel?
Back to my homeland New Zealand to travel both islands extensively 
6. Something new you’d like to learn:
The flute- I have always wanted to learn music properly and play this instrument •
Thank you Lisa! ~Details~
1) Slow Water, Pink Clouds / 122x122
2) Passing By / 1000x1000
3) Night Sky Kerala / 122x122
4) High Tea at Dusk / 1220x1220 / oil on canvas
5) A Blue Embrace of Sorts / 1500x1500 / oil and acrylic

#lisamorganart #artlove #artlovequiz #noosa #australianartist #kimrempelart #originalart

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Self-isolation Day 5. 
We returned from the States last Thursday and have been holed up in our house since then. Taking it seriously. Family and friends are bringing groceries which is very kind! People ask us if we’re bored to tears but so far so good ๐Ÿ’ช None of us get bored easily. I paint by myself all day anyway so I’m actually having more interaction then normal. ; ) 
Alas, I’m not able to go to the studio but here is a painting I was working on before our trip. It’s 36” square. Since I haven’t been able to work on it I’ve been staring at this image for quite a while. ๐Ÿ‘€ Normally I’d have worked over it a fair bit by now but I have to say, it is really growing on me! I love the energy but think there is still a cohesion and composition in the midst of all that frenetic line work. I may keep it like this. ๐Ÿคท‍♀️
Anyway, I hope you’re all well and staying put. Kindness + gratitude. ๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ’“
#workinprogress #ormaybenot #kimrempelart #contemporaryart #abstractart #toronto #interiors #design #artforsale

Thursday, February 27, 2020

This is my submission to the ALS Paddle Auction Fundraiser. I decided to go full on Canadiana. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ The handle is painted with the Hudson’s Bay stripes, and each side of the paddle shows an iconic symbol of Canada: the beaver and the maple leaf. 
The paddles will be up for auction Saturday, May 2 at Megalomaniac Winery. Tickets available from Eventbrite. 
This paddle was painted in memory of our dear friend, John Hamm. ๐Ÿ’ž

#megalomaniacwinery #als #alsfundraiser #peterfritz #paddleartauction #fuals

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Let’s talk about colour. It’s so personal, eh? My husband has a strong (negative) reaction to a certain green I mix. Whenever I use it in a painting, he never likes the painting. LOL 
But there are some colours that just resonate with us so deeply. 
Colour memory. 
Colour mood. 
All that to say I *really* connect with the colours in this piece. Very good associations for me. 
What are the colours that draw you in?
(I could talk colour for hours ๐Ÿ˜‰) 
36x48 / oil on panel 

#colour #color #blue #green #contemporaryart #abstractart #freshpaint #bold #interiors #design #toronto #originalart #artforsale 

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Today’s ARTLOVE are paintings by Tom Hodgson (1924-2006). Hodgson was a Canadian painter, born in Toronto. By all accounts he was quite a wild one* ๐Ÿ‘€ Here are three of my favourite pieces of his: Street Scene #3, 1958; January ‘58, 1958; and Untitled, 1958. I just can’t get over the gorgeous colour, shapes and line. Superb! If you want to read further about him, please check out the beautiful book Painter’s Eleven, The Wild Ones of Canadian Art by Iris Nowell.
*he has quite a story and as a side note, he was also a two-time Summer Olympian in canoe sprinting. 

#artlove #kimrempelart #painterseleven 

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

My latest painting. ✨ 36x36in (91x91cm) / oil on panel
#kimrempelart #contemporarypainting #modern #abstract #colourful #oilpainting #texture #interiors #interiordesign #canada #niagara #toronto #artistsofinstagram #peinture #kunst #peinturecontemporaine #originalart 

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

A flood of colour. Just what the doctor ordered for a cloudy February day.
42x42in / 106x106cm / oil on panel.

#colour #color #contemporaryart #modernart #oilpainting #texture #interiors #interiordesign #canada #niagara #toronto #artistsofinstagram #kunst #peinture #peinturecontemporaine 

Friday, January 31, 2020

I’m very happy to be a part of the Small Works show at @petroffgallery 
The exhibit opens tomorrow and runs for the month of February. It’s a wonderful time to pop in and purchase affordable, original art! 
Below are a few of the paintings that will be available. ๐Ÿ˜Š Petroff Gallery is located at 1016 Eglinton Ave. West, Toronto.

#smallworks #originalart #contemporaryart #petroffgallery #toronto #interiors #artforsale #

Thursday, January 30, 2020

New work!
Lots of texture, loads of colour. ๐Ÿฅฐ Below, two details.
Presently untitled / 42x42in / 106x106cm / oil on panel.
#modernart #contemporaryart #oilpainting #texture #colourful #interiors #interiordesign #interiordesigncanada #toronto #niagara #artistofinstagram #kunst #kunstwerke #peinture