I've been wanting to post a photo of the art quilt I created which was based on this painting of the Bow River at the base of Banff Springs Hotel. It was a three year labour of love - by labour I mean that I'd work on it and then put it away for months - and now I am happy to be able to use it. Unfortunately its original destination was to be my foyer but I ended up creating a piece that measure almost 90 inches square, so it didn't fit...but it does fit on my bed, which I'm thrilled about. I battled with the idea of having it professionally quilted but then felt that it was a cop-out as I really felt that I should do this entire piece with my own two hands (and a sewing machine). I'm really happy with how it turned out, though, as my history includes the study of tayloring, I sometimes feel like I should apologize for not being a perfectionist in this work - though in the end my creative, artistic side won (thank goodness).
Last night I watched the finale of Work of Art: The Next Great Artist on Bravo and was thrilled with the selection for the winner as I felt that her drawing skills were impeccable. Almost every drawing and painting of hers has moved me. The critiques often made sense, but at times I felt that they judges weren't accepting the artist for who they were and were instead attempting to direct them elsewhere which I personally found challenging in art school. I'm glad she stayed true to her original vision and her roots while still growing and adapting as an artist.
Also, today's local paper has published my latest statement about the next exhibit to be hung at the library - "Between Heaven & Earth" by Michelle Pickering. The article can be viewed online. Plus, we have updated the Airdrie Artists website. If anyone has anything to add, I'd love to hear from you.
'Honouring the Ancestors': Awesome Airdrie
AIRdirondack Art Project
'Counting Crows': Great Places Plan