Energy

I am a firm believer that we as artists are conduits for energies. Sometimes a work will “flow” effortlessly onto the canvas a symbiotic meeting of spirit and media. Other times, there is a battle, a struggle where it seems like energies are at cross purposes. Perhaps, the story being told isn’t the “right” one for the moment, the intuitive spirit is waging an inner war with the logical, what is thought to be the “right” story.

For this painting, I started off with an idea or concept. I have always loved Georgia O’Keefe’s paintings and saw a plate created to represent her work that was stunning, a balance between delicate and powerful. I loved the energy that it had so started off with that in mind. Wrong. Somewhere deep within, my own energies, the place where I am in my psyche, spirit, was at counterpoint to what I thought I wanted to do. I started off in one direction and absolutely hated it. It was not subtle (not that many of my works ever are). It sat there, heavy on the canvas, flat and boring and disappointing.

I looked at it. Left it. Looked at it again. Was tempted to pitch it. But stubborn woman that I am, I was determined to fix the damnable thing. And that was when I let it go-the preconceived notions of what I thought I wanted to achieve, the ideas of what it “should” look like. I pulled out my knives, mixed a crap load (technical term) of colours that I “felt” at that moment, and hit it blind, no direction, no “have to”, no “thinking” or “should”, just “be”, let the energy and where I am take me into the space and place where the energies are just channeled from the soul onto canvas.

I am much happier with the energy of the piece, the flow of colours, contrasts and movements because that is where “I” am. And that is the whole point really sometimes 🙂 Not the best pic as I took it on my phone since the painting is wet, really large and hard to move, but you get the idea I hope.

Energy

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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 🙂

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

It’s Back…The Museum “The Brush Off” 2015

Once again, The Museum in KW is hosting their annual fundraising, live art at its best painting competition.

On January 24, 26 artists will be competing live, in  four 30 minute, heart pounding, creative testing, eye dazzling rounds. With a live DJ, music pumping, voting fast and furious, original pieces of art immediately going up for auction, I am sure it will once again prove to be a phenomenal event. The caliber and range of artists to delight the sense is outstanding so everyone should find something to bid on and someone to cheer for. So looking forward to being there again! Tickets are on sale now, and they sell out every year, so advance tickets sales are a wise choice. Cash bar. See you on the 24th…now just to decide what/how to paint!

Check out the info below, or go to their web site to buy tickets

http://www.themuseum.ca/exhibition/brush

The Brush Off | THEMUSEUM// // // //

1 night.
26 artists.
4 rounds.
38 original works.
January 24th 2015

Doors open at 6:30pm, competition begins at 7pm. Admission to Unwrapping Egypt is included in ticket price.

vote

20 artists will compete in 4 rounds of a friendly live-painting competition. Your votes determine who advances each round and eventually wins The Brush Off.

bid

38 original works of art will be produced during the night. Bid on your favourite painting at this fundraiser for THEMUSEUM and bring home a piece of the night.

party

Revel in the creativity displayed by the artists and maybe even dance to the tunes being blasted over the speakers.

love art

20 artists creating 38 original works and mingling with the local art scene – you’ll be tempted to pick up some paint, a brush, and some canvas on the way home!

Details

$15 per ticket plus tax.
Cash Bar

– See more at: http://www.themuseum.ca/exhibition/brush#sthash.IRsJXXHB.dpuf

New Year Sale!

Once again, with the new year, comes new things. However, in order to make room for new things, new styles, new fun, i need to downsize some of the pieces currently taking up residence in my limited studio space.

All works not currently associated with a gallery are on sale up to 40% off. If there is a piece that you have been eyeing up, send me a message with the title, and I will send you details regarding prices. Please note that prices do not include shipping. Pieces can be shipped on the stretcher bars, or I have successfully shipped different pieces around the world by taking them off the stretcher frame, rolling and sending. That would mean, however, that you would have to get them re-stretched, or framed accordingly. Please also check for import fees depending on your country.

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!

Art Auction to Benefit students…

While everyone is frantically dashing around shopping, clanging of Christmas tunes piped through their brains, and the grinches of commercialism and marketing are rubbing their hands with glee, tis the time of year to remember that not everyone can indulge in this frenzy. For some, it is a struggle to meet the basic needs that many of us in Canada take for granted. Shocking isn’t it? While we run around wondering which IPad, which Furby, which this that and the next thing, there are many in our own local communities who are wondering which bill to pay (should we have heat or water this month), which child to clothe, which meal to forgo.

So, in keeping with the original intent and spirit of this glorious season, the “elves” at my school have put together a series of events to help out those families in need right in our very own community. To aid with that, I’ve decided to auction off to of my paintings. ALL of the proceeds will go to help students and their families.

The auction begins today, December 10th and will run until December 20th at 12 pm.  Bids will be updated twice a day. good luck! Be generous and bless your hearts for helping someone else this season.

Annie

Christmas Auction