It Was A Battle!

Once again, the folks at The Museum in KW put on a great event! 26 artists competed in live round painting competition with each artist having 30 minutes to complete a piece. Once done, spectators got to vote on their faves and then bid on pieces to take home. All proceeds go to the artist and The Museum.

Competition was fierce and the crowd truly seemed to enjoy it. At max capacity, over 600 people came to feast their eyes on what the artists came up with. The end products were definitely diverse, with artists using a phenomenal range of techniques and styles.

It’s an interesting process. I got half way through this one, had the water completed, mostly through the forest part and hated the way the colours looked. Checked the clock and with 17 minutes left, took a deep breath and scrapped the whole upper half of the painting. Had to answer a few spectator questions regarding whether or not that was intentionally part of my “process”, and some preferred the forest over the snow capped mountains, but it is what it is and how I felt at the time ūüôā

Kudos to The Museum for arranging the event, the artists for participating and all the fans who come out to support the artists and the arts!

A few pics to give you an idea of what we were doing…

Something is happening

Something is happening

Second phase-knife work

Second phase-knife work

Add the forest

Add the forest

Scrap the forest, add some mountains

Scrap the forest, add some mountains

15 minutes left concentration

15 minutes left concentration

Crowds

Crowds

Crowds

Crowds

Crowds

Crowds

The Ice Mountains and Ice Flows

The Ice Mountains and Ice Flows

Opening Doors…so to speak

Sometimes, ideas just pop into my head, seemingly from out of the blue. I have the privilege¬†of working with high school students and they continue to be¬†a source of inspiration for me. One of my projects has been running¬†school art battles. Individual artists¬†will compete, creating works within a specified time frame, using specific materials¬†and themes…for our year closing, or in this case, year opening battles, we’ve put together team battles. This year’s inaugural battle saw 11 teams of over 70 staff and student combos battling it out and it was magnificent!

So, this idea, you say…well, it was to use doors as the canvas. The theme was “gateways”. Each team was provided¬†with an actual¬†door and they had to produce¬†a finished piece in 30 minutes. Luckily, we are blessed¬†with some amazing local businesses who are more than willing to help out. In this case, Artefacts in St Jacob’s (an architectural¬†salvage business) donated a number of doors to this project, thereby allowing us to accommodate all the people who wanted to participate.

In the case of my “team”, we decided to blend the inside with the out, and used actual¬†stones, both painted colours and natural to create our gateways. A play on gateways/pathways, actual paths…well, you get it. Although we did not finish our door within the time frame (a bit challenging with two team members out of four running the gauntlet of technical difficulties keeping things progressing smoothly for the battle), we did make considerable¬†progress and plan on completing the door in the upcoming weeks. I will post pics of the finished door. I guess my point is-think outside the box. Let nature and unusual¬†things be your canvas and palette. Don’t be afraid to try new things and most of all…have FUN!

 

Setting up our "colours"

Setting up our “colours”

 

The canvas

The canvas

 

Phase 1 Design

Phase 1 Design

 

Phase 2

Phase 2

 

Phase 2 another view

Phase 2 another view

The Brush Off 2014 !

 

 

 

It’s back! On January 25, at KW’s THE MUSEUM, join 20 artists, about 4 or 5 hundred guests for an exhilarating evening of live art. You vote for your favourites after every round, and each piece of art is up for auction immediately after each round. It’s a fun evening with amazing art and electrifying energy. Get your tickets soon as this event has sold out every year!

Brush Off 2014 Poster

Live Your Life in Colour 2014 Sale

New ideas, new colours, new works and it’s time to refresh. For a limited time, selected works will be offered¬†at a reduced price. Gallery credited works are not included in the promotion. Please send a message to inquire about your favourite work and starting living your life in colour this year. Regards and best wishes in the new year! Annie

Happy New Year SALE

New Group Show in Brampton!

With My Last Breath Oil on Canvas

With My Last Breath
Oil on Canvas

Beaux Arts Brampton will be holding its annual 2013 “WALK ON THE WILDSIDE” OPEN JURIED WILDLIFE, NATURE & NATIVE SHOW from September 17 to October 5, 2013. With 36 artists showing over 46 works of art in a range of mediums, it’s going to be very interesting!

Come out and see “With My Last Breath” up close and personal :o)

Upcoming events…feel free to cross post and get the word out

There are two amazing events coming up and deadlines for artists are fast approaching.

The MUSEUM in KW is holding a Jr Brush Off. This is a fabulous opportunity for young artists aged 14-18 to challenge themselves, add to their CV and portfolios, and benefit the local museum. It’s the same competition that I was in this year, only for younger competitors. The deadline to enter is next week, so artists need to get their applications in fast! It really is a blast and both artists and guests had a lot of fun. Go to THEMUSEUM.ca for details.

The other deadline that is coming up is for Elora’s Artcetera 2013. This fundraiser showcases high calibre artists as well as intriguing items donated from patrons. Elora supports a dynamic and thriving artist community with events, workshops, festivals and art shows going on year round. Artists do receive a percentage of the auction end total, so everyone benefits!!

Have fun and explore!

The Museum The Brush Off

crowd shot Mid-point round 1 Round 1 starting off Round 2 mid point Round 3 final pictures Round 3 Set up The crowds at the brush off