I've been reflective this last week, with all that has been going all in the world. My mind races from thinking, how can I help? Is my family safe? Am I prepared for catastrophe? It makes me feel immobilized and I question why am I doing my art making when there is so much in the world that needs attention. I then remind myself that creativity, even amongst disaster, is a way to get through that disaster. Making art gives me joy and brings me a sense of peace. Perhaps that is why I do it; for myself and to pass those feelings on to others.
I decided to honour spring with two rose paintings. Flowers are one of my favourite things! I love taking photos of them and these are from photos I took many years ago. Pink roses signify grace and elegance and they are small works 6X6 inch each painted with a palette knife. I had to do a great deal of observation...What IS that colour in the shadows?? I enjoyed doing these and plan on doing a few more!
This is my dog Austin. He gets a good walk/hike every morning, except for Monday and Wednesdays, he's 2nd on the list...he has to stay at home while I do a 1.5 hr Iyengar Yoga class. THEN he gets a walk. Today, it was so beautiful when I got back, that I just grabbed the leash and said to him..."Let's GO!" as soon as I unlocked the door to the house. Well...he ran away from me, circling the dining room table!! After a few minutes of this I got his favourite treats, which usually makes him come running...he wanted them, but kept his distance and laid down and barked at me a few times. "What is going on??" said frustrated me....not really being an expert in dog psychology...I just wondered, what am I doing differently?? After a few minutes of staring him down (I was completely annoyed!) I thought...I didn't take off my boots or my coat when I came in....I wonder....and sure enough...I went downstairs, with him following at a distance, and as soon as I took them off....he ran up to me! Needless to say...we had our walk a little later in the afternoon, I didn't feel like getting dressed for the outside, again....go figure!
In the flurry to get some decent paintings for the members juried show, I forgot to post this painting. This is my 2nd attempt with a painting knife. It's small - a 6X6 gallery wrapped canvas (the rest of the island is wrapped around on the left side!) This is a lighthouse in the Georgia Straight near Vancouver Island outside of Naniamo..if I remember correctly. I think it needs a partner to go with it so I will be doing another one...maybe a fishing boat, or kayakers or a sailboat!
Wow, I've not posted two blog entries in as many days before! I'm excited to say that the works that I posted yesterday were selected by the jurors for the local members show! And two jurors are the curators of the Kelowna Art Gallery and the Vernon Art Gallery!! I am thrilled and I've been looking at the other works of some of the selected artists and I feel grateful to be included with so many professional and talented artists!
I have recently discovered a site called Artist's Helping Artist's on BlogTalk Radio. American Artist's Dream Tolle Perry (don't you just love her name!) and Leslie Saeta (unique name!) are not only great artist's but once a week do a one hour "radio" show. Topics range from ways to sell your art online or in galleries, how to plan your work, guest artists and more. They are enteraining and very knowledgeable. You can find the latest show here by going to the blog and clicking on the link: http://artistshelpingartistsblog.blogspot.com/
You can also find their websites there too and their artwork is among my favourites!!
I like how they include an easel with their smaller works and their presentation of their artwork is great. I've nearly been tempted to buy something from them!
Here's an image of a painting I've been working on. I love horses and I have a few interesting pictures I want to make into paintings. Need to finish this...its small, an 8X10.
March is roaring in with a c-c-cold northwind today! Walking with Austin at the dog park, I thought my nose was going to freeze! Sitting here by my window I am having a hard time warming up! Spring, PLEASE COME!
I have entered the Lake Country Art Gallery members juried show and I will find out tomorrow if the two paintings I submittted are selected! Crossing my fingers! Below are the two paintings and the artist's statement I submitted. Family members - do you recognise these buildings??
“Abandoned - Grandma’s Outhouse” 5”X7” knife painted acrylic on canvas board.
“Abandoned - Is the Power Out?” 8”X10” knife painted acrylic on canvas board
"The two works I have submitted are the part of a series that I am working on that I call “Abandoned” and are painted with a palette knife. They are buildings that still exist in my hometown in Saskatchewan, which was near the farm I grew up. Forgan is now a ghost town. While the knife creates a looser work, I had to be more precise in laying the strokes. I feel that this approach has helped me take the feelings of loss I have for these abandoned places and instead bring out the beauty of the wildness and loneliness when nature claims these manmade structures."
Writing an artist' statement is new to me. I really had to think about why I wanted to paint these pieces, and I felt I needed to join the use of a painting knife with the outcome. I'm not sure others would think of loneliness or wildness when looking at these, but because they are my memories, it is apparent to me!