Sunday, March 25, 2012

Upcoming show, Mixed Media and Red Bubble.

I will be participating in a show, Inside Outside, at the Foyer Gallery from this Wednesday until April 15th.
As you can see on the above poster ( 3rd column), my large varnished cherries (The Independent Ones) will be on display. I will be showing also 3 brand new mixed media pieces on a Northern theme: Northern View ( Inukshuk), King of the North (polar bear) and Whale Wave.  I could not get a good picture of these pieces because of all the metallic reflections. I will try to photograph at the gallery without a flash later on this week.

Red Bubble continues to boost my morale with great features.Thursday morning I woke up to a nice email announcing that one of the groups had chosen my "Independent" cherries above as the Editor's pick of the day.

Tomorrow, I will be starting to work on a commission for another "Green Man" sculpture.

Have a great week.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Weekend Show

I took only one picture at the Nepean Fine Arts League Spring Show during the weekend...and I took it Sunday morning after 3 paintings had already been sold:-)
In all, I sold 4 paintings and many, many greeting/note cards. What really surprised me is that the first three works to go were the 3 mixed media that I had finished shortly before the show: "Lake Fantasia", "Soaring Spirit" and a smaller one entitled "Dreamland". My giant cherries and my Mascarone ( The Protector) attracted a lot of attention, but did not sell. I am not too sorry about that: I really like them and want to keep them with me a bit longer :-)

The Friday night opening reception was fantastic with great wine, great food and super company. I want to thank all my friends who came during the weekend: I loved seeing you and I greatly appreciate your continued support!

My next show will set up on Sunday at the Foyer Gallery and I am feverishly working on more mixed media pieces for that show. After Sunday, I will start working seriously on my commissions.

Here in Ottawa we are enjoying a July-type heat wave! Nature is rather confused, me thinks:-)
Take care!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Spring Art Show this weekend!

This week-end, I will be participating in the 3-day Spring Art Sale organized by the Nepean Fine Arts.  League  at the Ukrainian Hall, 1000 Byron Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario.

The week-end promises to be an exciting art and social event for all. A vernissage will be held Friday, the 16th from 6pm to 9pm. Delicious finger foods, a tempting sweet table, with wine or non-alcoholic beverages, are included with the $10 admission fee (tickets available in advance or at the door).
The evening will end with a draw for donated door prizes. As well, take a chance on a raffle to win one of three paintings. The sale continues Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday from 10am to 4pm ( free admission on those days). Winners of the paintings will be announced Sunday the 18th at 3pm (winners do not have to be present to claim their paintings).

I will try to take some pictures of the event!
I hope that you will drop in if you don't live too far.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Procrastination, Play and Upcoming Show

I have not worked on my giant cherries for the past two or three days. It has to be completed and varnished by Friday for an upcoming show and sale weekend organized by the Nepean Fine Arts League. I have just felt like playing:-) Here is the result of that play...don't laugh too is sooooo "not me", but I loved making this mixed media piece that I am calling " Soaring Spirit" and which started as a pure abstract and which evolved into something semi-representational with tons of texture:

It  is acrylic paint on a 12" X 12" X 1" wood panel with metallic foil, cheesecloth, tissue paper, metallic paints. Because of the reflection of the metallic paper surfaces, it did not photograph well at all, but you get the idea:-)

What do you think?


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

WIP - Giant Cherries almost completed

I am still working on my giant cherries: the painting is on watercolor paper adhered to an 18" X 24" wood panel and will be varnished for display without glass.
I still have work to do on the shadows and on the tablecloth and lace...I am getting a bit tired of this one; I have struggled with it since I have realized that this surface is better for small cells than large washes!
Nevertheless, at this size, I like the impact the cherries make.
Next time, on this surface, I am simply going to try acrylics!
In the photo below, the colors are not entirely true: for example, the shadows under the plate are more grey than blue and they are actually much darker. I will try getting a better picture tomorrow in better daylight.
What do you think?

I hope that you are having a great week.