Here is an update on the new series. The painting has been renamed, Women. This shows the changes: January to April.
I am working with Palette Knife and brush work in acrylic & oil this winter. One project is the Farm Series – of places and things that remind me of the life I knew/know in rural Southern Ontario. A regional and time sensitive project. It started with Niska Bridge and the loss of nature and a sense of the area before bulldozing it all flat.
I am experimenting with the knife and the levels of realism I will use. This is the beginning. Oils and acrylic respond differently as you paint and how – these differences make a mark in the art itself. Then there is the use of the brush – how it can simplify or tidy too much.
These 3 paintings are the 1st in the series.
- WIP – The Apple Tree – a Fall scene – oil 8×10 canvas board
- WIP – Grandma’s Garden – Spring – acrylic 14×18 canvas
- Field Entrance – acrylic 18×24 canvas board
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 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.
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
I find selling my art, very entertaining. Watching the buyer’s face and expression, listening to their comments – wonderful. They ‘love a piece’, ‘it doesn’t say anything to them’, ‘they are taken to some place by my art’ – it is all good. I enjoy presenting my art. It may be a hangover from my illustration days. Talking to the Editors or Designers at Newspapers, Magazines and Publishers was always entertaining and when the work was done the atmosphere was celebratory. Many of my paintings are stored or haven’t been up on my walls for a year or two. I enjoy bringing out samples for the client to see.
I don’t understand the current concern [in some eyes] that an artists older art is less interesting. It is true for me that often I will not return to the concerns or style of past work – but that doesn’t make it less in some way. I may return to that idea or application – it isn’t unheard of nor is it forbidden.
This week I sold two paintings and the experience was as purely blissful as it was painting them. Both buyers were clearly in love and saw the paintings in their space, eager to get home. Here are the 2 pieces. They come from my series Rhythms – Earth and Sky 2012. #1 & #5 Acrylic on Canvas
Yes that is right – I am down that road again. It is no wonder I have a love-hate relationship with realism. I have this idea and I am struggling with the result. So here is Jenn. From the early stage to now. I actually like the rawness of the original stages. However I am happy with the introduction of the leaves. Although I would love to work on it today again – I am waiting a while before doing so. I have to think about the warm tones on her face. In the photo I am not too happy but when I look at the original I am.
One of the upsides to this summer’s efforts is that I allowed myself the time and the uncritical [at least in part] progress of this painting. In the end I am not too fond of the tightness that has crept in. Perhaps when I revisit this piece I can free the piece.
The Mulberry trees behind the figure are supposed to be an extension of the figure. Right now I think they are a bit forward.
I have been busy and my work is growing thankfully. Possibility of an art show happening is a good incentive. The busy part gets in the way of art most of the time. Here are the latest pieces.
Calculus is a good name for this piece however I did have another that alludes me. It is all about control, lack of control and layers.
Flotsam is similar however it is full of found objects and reminds me of discovery of lost or discarded items.
Percussion [formerly Structure] is a minimalist piece – it is executed half matt and half gloss so it has an interesting effect on the viewer. The transparent layers give a stained glass experience and therefore seems like a detail from a larger piece.
Rhythm : Organics #7 continues my series down yet another road. It is still organic although it is the most controlled of the series. It is similar in feel to #2 which has been sold.
~ note: this also sold this Spring and looks a bit differently – as seen in this image. Or maybe not – you may not see the colours added or note the final presentation.