Thursday, November 29, 2012

Winter show this weekend

I will be at the Nepean Fine Arts League Winter Show this weekend, Nov. 30 to Dec.2. This show is usually great fun and the quality of the artwork is very high.
I have just finished in time for the show a few paintings in my Polar series. They are small ( from 6" x 6" for the small panels to 12" x 12" for the largest). This series has been very popular and I hope some of my new pieces will go to a good home this weekend:-)
The pieces are on cradled gallery panels; the background is layers and layers of acrylic and the designs are made with metal sheets or metal foil and all kinds of various gel mediums. They are so much fun to make. However, because of the metal, they really do not photograph well.

If you are in the Ottawa area, I would be so happy if you could drop in.
Have a fabulous weekend, everyone!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Back from Italy and Miniature Show

Flooded San Marco Piazza
My husband and I have just returned from 2 weeks in Italy. Naturally, I wanted to spend most of the time in my beloved Venice. We had rather nice weather, but the Acqua Alta ( High tide) alarm sounded three times while we were there and the first two floods were almost fun and offered great photo opportunities ( see above0.  Our last day, Sunday, we basically " escaped" from Venice when the city had its 6th worst flood since 1872; high winds from the Adriatic violently whipped sea waters into the city and the tides were 5 ft above sea level. Our hotel manager told us at 5 am to leave "now, right now" if we did not want to swim to the bus station.We left early in the morning and walked in the dark to the bus station for our transit to the airport. The water was rising by the minute and we could no longer tell where the street ended and the canals started. We were lucky to leave early as we did; later on that morning, the water was waist high in many areas of the city. It was an adventure for us, but an almost scary adventure. I feel sorry for the people whose homes and shops were flooded on Sunday.

On a happier note, I am pleased to say that I returned home with 1500 photos of Venice, Florence and Rome to provide me with enough inspiration for months of painting!

In my previous post, I mentioned that my work had been accepted in the Rothwell Gallery. On Nov. 17, I will have 4 paintings in their 33rd Christmas Open House and Exhibition of Miniature Paintings. The show will continue all of November. Do you recognize my Inukshuk on their poster?

I hope that all is well with you. I hope to have new work to post within a week or so.