Ghost Lake I + II / 36x72 / acrylic on gallery canvas
Whenever I work on a diptych, I try to create two complete paintings that can be hung as a set but can also be separated in order to display them as full pieces on their own. I love the fact that a diptych can create a huge painting to fill a wall, but whenever we'd like a change they can be moved to different areas of the house. I like flexibility because I love redecorating on occasion just to freshen things up. And I also love larger works to make a bold statement on a wall. Plus, diptychs are much easier to transport, which is always great for me.
This particular piece was inspired by a drive through the foothills with my husband. Because I always carry a small moleskine sketchbook in my purse, I was able to capture the beauty of the fall harvest nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. I love this time of year, the beautiful colours and this place that we live in so much.
I've spoken about white paint pens and markers before but, since our local supply store no longer carries the Liquitex acrylic paint markers I picked up these Montana acrylic paint markers again. This time I grabbed the same one as I had in the past, but also a fine point one, which I'm loving so far. I can see myself writing on paintings with it. I only wish it wasn't so bulky, but I guess that means it carries more paint, which is always a good thing.
In between my other projects I have slowly been working on my ASA submission. It's interesting to change substrates from flexible stretched canvas to a solid cradled wood panel. I do like working on a solid substrate on occasion, but it does change how I approach the work. I began with layers of gesso then acrylic ink followed by spray paint and I'm thinking I may add some texture. At this point I'm still uncertain as to what image I'll add, though I do have a couple of ideas that I'm leaning towards.
In his second collection, including the iconic and much-referenced title story featured in the Academy Award-winning film Birdman, Carver establishes his reputation as one of the most celebrated short-story writers in American literature—a haunting meditation on love, loss, and companionship, and finding one’s way through the dark.
It's been several years since I've worked on a Mural Mosaic project and I'm glad to finally be contributing to one for our community. In 2008 I was honoured to paint a panel for the Le Cadeau du Cheval mural which travelled to different countries and then later I contributed to Mount Royal University's Centennial mural. This time, we're celebrating Canada's 150 Mosaic with a mural created for our community. I know I say it all the time, but I really, really love collaborations.
Yesterday I had a great morning speaking with a group of arts students at Rocky View Schools Education Centre. I had a chance to share my experience with social media and website creation as an artist and I hope that they were able to take something away from the talk. Throughout my years as a professional artist, I have been the recipient of amazing opportunities because I document my process and progress and always try to keep things positive and professional. My daughters have also experienced the same and so my hope is that these students will carry this forward. I am always grateful for the opportunity to share what I love.
The Alberta Society of Artists approached me about being a guest artist a in their 100@100 fundraiser and I didn't hesitate to say 'yes!'. This project encompasses two of my favorite things...the arts and collaboration. It reminds me a little of the Alberta Flood Rose Project that I was privileged to take part in and I can't wait to see the finished works. Here is a list of contributing artists:
I was going through my portfolio and stumbled upon this article that was published in AirdrieLIFE magazine in 2008. Though it wasn't the first time I was featured in a publication or even television, it was the first time to be featured in a local magazine and one of great distinction. I am still grateful to the writer of the article, Ellen Kelly, to the photographer, Kristy Reimer, and to the publisher, Sherry Shaw-Froggatt, as they all made me realize that interviews were just conversations and helped me to be comfortable in that area of my creative life. They have all become dear friends.
"Life's everyday comforts are the essence of Veronica Funk's art. Her warm, colourful acrylic paintings of overstuffed sofas, wingback chairs, books, coffee cups and other familiar objects produce a welcoming, secure feeling that all is right with the world.
Funk was raised in northern Manitoba - Leaf Rapids, the end of the road. 'When we first moved there,' Funk recalls, 'we had to take the train. There was no road.' As isolated as it was, Leaf Rapids had an amazing town centre that included a library and arts education centre. 'They brought in original artwork and artists, and poets would visit. Lynn Johnson taught us how to cartoon. I loved the arts centre.'
As a child, Funk knew she was an artist, but her formal fine art education began in high school in Edson, Alberta. 'The Art program had a profound influence,' she says. 'I had a great teacher who really extolled the basic principals of art - to draw properly, pay attention to line, form, shade, colour,' she says. 'I learned more from her than from any teacher since.'
Following high school, Funk attended Red Deer College where she was influenced by such artists as Mary Pratt and Robert Bateman. 'Artists would come and talk to us,' Funk recalls, 'and then after school they would come down to the little pub and sit with us all night and talk art.' She says the mentors she has met on her journey have been wonderful. 'Artists are incredibly generous with their time and support,' she says.
Funk has been a member of the Airdrie arts community for the past 10 years. In 2005 she sojourned in Saskatchewan, living on a farm for ten months where she had the opportunity to explore mixed media with a focus on oils. Besides painting, Funk is currently working on a quilt top, using one of her landscapes as a pattern. She loves literature and reading and says, 'Doing research is a huge part of who I am.' She belongs to the Alberta Society of Artists, the Federation of Canadian Artists and the Airdrie Regional Arts Society. Her art has been displayed throughout western Canada, recently at Art and Soul Gallery in High River and locally at Benjamin's Coffee House and the Airdrie Public Library. Funk says, 'Painting is my joy. I tried to give it up for awhile but I was miserable. My family said, 'You need to paint.' "
LEAVES OF GRASS has its genesis in an essay called The Poet by Ralph Waldo Emerson, published in 1844, which expressed the need for the United States to have its own new and unique poet to write about the new country's virtues and vices. Whitman, reading the essay, consciously set out to answer Emerson's call as he began work on the first edition of LEAVES OF GRASS. Whitman, however, downplayed Emerson's influence, stating, "I was simmering, simmering, simmering; Emerson brought me to a boil."
As I've been working on this piece, I have layered more colour onto the distant mountains and my original plan has changed ever so slightly. I hadn't intended to add swallows but they seemed perfect when I began to think of farmland. Originally I planned sailboats since they are prevalent at Ghost Lake but, I think because I grew up in a land of canoes and fishing boats, I have never connected with images of sailboats and all things connected with the seaside. Seashells and pastel colours and a lot of white feels a little foreign to me. I find that whenever I try to incorporate images or colours that I don't connect with, my heart isn't in it and the process feels foreign and challenging...not in a good way. I'm interested to see where this rabbit hole leads. And, yes, I am working in my robe...I can't help but pop into my studio whenever inspiration hits. :)
'Honouring the Ancestors': Awesome Airdrie
AIRdirondack Art Project
'Counting Crows': Great Places Plan