Here is an update on the new series. The painting has been renamed, Women. This shows the changes: January to April.
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Right to Brag.”
Over a year ago I started looking for a venue for our art group to have a show. We were accepted by The Assembly Hall – a local Civic Community Theatre and Conference centre. This year turned out to be a special one as many venues were part of the cultural Spotlight in our West-end part of Toronto. Our show ended the Spotlight on Etobicoke.
My students are varied in skill, style, interest, mediums and devotion to art. Not all of them signed up for the art show. Those who did, worked on their art over the past 12 months. We have monthly challenges and the students came to most of the classes. I run the class all year – 2 classes every Friday unless the Islington Seniors’ Centre has a special weekend event and they need our space.
It was hard to get all the info together during September – as my skills are quite mediocre in the office admin side of things. I created an introduction to the artists binder – where each artist listed their work and said something about their art journey. I designed a poster and invitation cards to be handed out. Then I found out I was working every day the week of the show so I had to get the students to volunteer their time to make sure everything got to the Gallery on time. They have some funny stories about that day and it all worked out. The Gallery did an amazing job arranging the diverse show.
When the reception was over, 4 pieces had sold. But the end of the 2nd week we had sold 7 pieces. The class is all fired up to do another art show as soon as possible.
I will be looking into another venue but the Senior’s Centre may not financially support another show. All the artists contributed but the Centre paid for most of the expenses: the cards, posters, food and drink at the reception.
I sent over 100 photos [reworked to look their best and a bit smaller for emails] to the students a few days later. I was moved when one student responded: Wow! Thank you, Jacqueline! What a wonderful assortment of memories, and sending them on so promptly is once again a true reflection of your caring and interest in our efforts. I have always felt that your help with teaching us is only half of the blessings you bring, the other half is your kind and generous spirit. C.
I joined an art group recently and they started an inspiration Monday – where we use the image of a crumpled bag to see about 3 different images. It was quite hard but it did get me thinking outside the obvious. One of my results was very Picasso-like.
I set up my acrylic inks and ruled in some ACEO boxes and let myself doodle. These 12 images were done last night & this morning.
I thank Karen Robinson -> ido art for the nomination. Her blog has been an inspiration to me as an artist and a person. I love many blogger’s works and for lots of different reasons.
SHARING THE COMPLIMENT
To help share this compliment throughout the blogosphere, the rules for the award are:
1- Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog.
2- Display award on your post.
3- List award rule’s so your nominee’s will know what to do.
4- State 7 thing’s about yourself.
5- Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award.
6- Contact your nominees to let them know you have nominated them. Provide a link to your post.
7- Proudly display the award logo
( or buttons ) on your blog, whether in your side bar, ABOUT page or a special page for award’s.
7 things about me:
- I love almost all art and wish I could do it all.
- I love country and city life equally, as I love the 4 seasons – even winter!
- I am a typical Canadian – meaning everything you’ve heard about us [the good things only!] – that’s me.
- I love all animals and insects and see them as people too.
- Many years ago I turned to reading Sci-Fi and haven’t looked back.
- Tomato soup with a large crunchy peanut butter sandwich to dip in, is soul food for me – or any pasta out there. Simple or fantastical – I love food.
- I love to work physically – like gardening or building things and even running around.
In order to return the compliment, we are required to nominated 15 other bloggers for this award. I have nominated bloggers who have, in some way, been an inspiration to me but there are many more than these. Check them out though – they are pretty cool.
Upon looking at some of my picks and their reaction to the nomination issue & I too was overwhelmed wondering ‘what am I doing this for?’ – I have stopped sending out notices to the following bloggers – I hope their names are added to your favourites too.
- Oil Pastels by Mary – wonderful pastel paintings
- obBLOGato a Photo Blog, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to dear dirty New York
sharkouni – Editorial ‘Political’ Cartoonist
Gabriel Garbow | Artworks arts and illustration for the curious mind.
- michaelbanak – art, photography & architecture
Life and Portraits by Doron Art – fun exploration of art
- Planetary Defense Command – Sci-Fi enthusiast & reviewer
- Elenacaravela’s Blog – painter extraordinaire
- Laurie’s blog A Taste of Morning Journal of The Morning Star Bed & Breakfast
- Nat Hill Illustrator – WoNky, WaCky, WeIrD ILuStRaTiOn, DiGItAL ArT, cAriCaTUres!!!!!
- Be Illustrated by alf sukatmo – wonderful images and ideas
Soul Healing Art by Kimberly Harding – the connection between art and soul
- Drawings, Paintings & other Art – Nicholas Herbert – exceptional abstract to realist landscapes
Anita C. Miller | oil painting – what a treat her work is – please go & look.
I was at the AGO [Art Gallery of Ontario] today to see the Alex Colville Show [http://alexcolville.ca] & am extremely happy. Great show – lucky for us no school groups or crowds. Recommend this show – to anyone. His artistry, insights and connection to animals [especially dogs] for their emotional and spiritual comfort is compelling. I was very moved by the gathering of personal images and paintings. It is an emotional show – which may be surprising to some who may only see the quiet and ‘bloodlessness’ in his presentation. He offers a dream-like quality. His war paintings are so somber and he layers these images into his later works to remind the viewer of the past. A must see.
And now for my favourite artist of all time – sometimes that is hard to say with so many new and past artists …. but who could forget him?
450 years have passed since the death of Michelangelo – he died the 18th of February 1564, in Rome – and his work still resonates with the public … and still generates a fair amount of business.
On the anniversary of his death – and you’ll read this phrase often this year on this blog – there are major exhibitions, events, and conferences planned that will try to cast new light on the Renaissance master. And to mention a few: 7000 led lights will illuminate the Sistine Chapel and show off its beauty like never before; exhibitions, events and books are planned in Pietrasanta this year hoping to reveal the secret genius of Michelangelo, and the famed art publisher FMR will publish a large coffee-table book featuring the striking black and white photos of Michelangelo’s sculptures, by Aurelio Amendola. The photos were on display in Florence, recently; they show the…
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This ink work was done with graduated ink pens. It is on 95lb watercolour paper. It may seem hilarious to some but I have tried so many mediums and still there are more to try. Ink was a medium I used a lot as an illustrator. It has been a long time [over 20 years] since I worked with any focus in ink. Usually I just fool around and do experimental stuff. Realism always sends out a challenge I cannot refuse.
I post these knowing they are rusty but OK.
I know many artists are showing/selling their work through printing houses. A local and new company approached me and I thought it was an interesting opportunity. My page is now up and I hope it is well received.
The limited edition prints are available in a variety of sizes and are signed. The prints are digital on archival paper.
I am running through my older art works and making a catalog. Tedious but it is nice to document some that are starting to wear due to storage issues. My drawings are the most affected but some of my earliest attempts at painting are quite fragile – done in pastels, acrylics and oils on old canvas or sign-painter’s linen. The most fragile are in rolls.
Oil Pastels and Oil from the 1980’s
1980s: Oils on linen – a lot of these are self-portraits, images of friends and some imaginary scenes. I was an editorial illustrator at this time and it affected my work.
Acrylic: Balcony Triptych – 1993 – this effort has been referred to as my opus. I painted this when my son was little – when he was napping. It took a year. I was really into gardening and from this passion I had to pay homage to my crazy balcony. I think this shows it at its most beautiful.
Acrylic: Cold Clear Morning Triptych – 2006 – this painting was worked on from a number of painting sketches I did one winter while visiting my parents. This is the view from their sun porch – a painter’s dream studio.
It is fun for me to wander through all this work. A lot of my earlier work is realist and now I do abstract most of the time. I haven’t had may art shows. Some of these have been in shows. Because I do both abstract and realism I can never see the two in a show together and I am not the most prolific of artists.
When asked if I am showing this year I can honestly say I really have no interest or plans – maybe next year. It seems to take a lot of extra effort that isn’t where I want to spend my time. Promotion is key and getting people out to see them. This is a common failing for artists.
This is an interesting ‘steal’ – from one artist to another. I recently read a quote from Picasso – artists steal – others imitate. This is pretty surreal – I’d like to see it – the point is to step back. We all should step back to see our art.
If you’ve ever been intrigued by Renaissance painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s monstrous portraits of composite heads made entirely of fruits, vegetables, flowers, and other objects, then American artist/director Philip Haas’ Four Seasons is for you. Haas has reimagined the 16th century painter’s series Four Seasons as four large-scale sculptures standing over 15 feet high, one representing Spring, another Summer, Autumn, and lastly, Winter. The three-dimensional interpretations are created with intricately detailed fiberglass made to look like flowers, bark, vegetables and leaves.
Photos courtesy of the artist and NY Botanical Garden