More energies…

I finished ( at least I think I did lol) the latest large painting. A mass of energy directed onto the canvas, this one is what it is and the responses to it have been interesting and diverse, which is what all art should evoke. At 40 by 60, with the bold colours and movement, it is not for the weak of heart, or for those who favour more subdued colours or scenes, but I love it…I think…unless I work on it more. Unfortunately, it has been difficult to get a photo that captures the essence of it live as the light tends to play with the layering of glazes and changes the colours and the details.

untitled-View 1 oil on canvas 40/60 knives

untitled-View 1
oil on canvas

Untitled-View 2 Different light Oil on canvas 40/60 Knives

Untitled-View 2
Different light
Oil on canvas

And something that harkens back to the series I have been playing with. This one shows the complimentary yet conflicting energies that sometimes we deal with in our souls.

Energies Oil on Canvas Knives

Oil on Canvas


Elora “Art in the Yard” 2013

Art In the Yard 2013

The date is fast approaching, so make sure that you book the time to visit the lovely town of Elora and take in the fabulous Art In the Yard, put on by Elora’s Centre for the Arts!. There promises to be amazing artists, incredible edibles, music, an art zone for the kiddies, and when you are done there, take some time to go exploring through Elora itself. I will have many of my new series with me this year, including my “endangered species” series, forest series and many more. If there is something that you would like to see up close and in person, do not hesitate to send me an email and I will make sure to bring it along as well. See you July 6-7, and don’t forget to enter the draw!

The Museum-The Brush Off…tickets on sale now. Get them before they sell out and come watch me paint live with 22 other artists!

The Brush Off

Come watch me paint live at “The Brush Off 2013” at the MUSEUM in KW

Wow! Just found out that I will be competing in The Brush Off 2013 at The MUSEUM in KW in January! It sounds like so much fun and I am so excited and can’t wait.

23 artists will get together. Each artist will receive the same materials (paints and canvases). Using our own tools, styles and techniques, we will have 30 minutes to paint a work of art. At the end of each round, guests will use their ballots to vote for their favourites. The winner from each round will move onto the next level to compete again. Immediately after each round, the creations will be put up for auction with proceeds going to help the MUSEUM.

Better brush up on my acrylic work beforehand to get a feel for them again since I’ve been pretty much using oils :o)

Get your tickets soon as the event sells out quickly! Each tickets gets you ballots to vote for your faves for each round, and there will be a cash bar, music and a brilliant, electrifying atmosphere all night!

Hope to see you there!

What happens when you beome too formulaic?

In the case of this painter, it happens. I know people like the lilies, so I started painting lily scenes, focusing on just the lilies and water background, in various sizes and colours. It was fun for a while, getting back to oil and playing with effects and colours. After about the fifth one, my lilies didn’t turn out the way I wanted them to. So, I had an “Annie” moment, where I looked, paused and then took the big palette knife to a section, creating a giant flood/waterfall/water creature/wave which obliterated a few of them :o) . Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s just part of my “process” as Sandi says. I really, really had to restrain myself from taking the knife and smooshing the whole thing, because once you start blending and moving the paint (or really once I start I should say) the compulsion comes on to see exactly what would happen if I did this, moved this there, squished that there lol…I’ll post some pics later to show the full effect. But lesson learned. Take a break when doing a series of anything and SMOOSH, blend and play dammit.

Little dancing feet!

While pondering my rut, I went over all the things that I would like to paint…laughter, love etc etc…and somehow while standing at the kitchen moving my feet ala a ballet wannabe…why not paint dancing feet…or rather have the dancing feet do the painting…and then, make it the dancing feet of small children! All those teeny tiny toes, splashing and stomping and twirling on colours…now where to find a giant canvas to accomplish this on, how to tack it down so that it doesn’t slip slide with the kiddes…and I guess as much as I would love oil, acrylic would be the way to go here…now whether to let one dancer’s colour dry before doing the next…hmmmm…more and more possibilities…

I wish…

…that I could paint…

the sound of children’s unabashed belly laughter

the smell of newly cut grass in the spring

the feeling of that hug you get from someone you haven’t seen in years, like a warm, safe blanket

the sound of a grand piano in an empty concert hall

the sun’s rays as it shimmers off the lake while the loons call

the sun sparkling through a perfect raindrop

the smell of wood smoke on a crisp fall day

the feeling of peace and contentment when you take that deep breath and all is right in your world