I'm always amazed how a frame around a painted panel elevates the painting. And different frames definitely make the painting feel very differently. I'm always torn about framing versus not framing as I do love gallery depth canvases unframed but, especially with these smaller pieces, I kind of like the frames. I do tend to leave the framing options open to the eventual owner, and also like a variety, from rough hewn wood (like this one) to contemporary white or simple natural wood floater frames. That's the beauty of selecting something personally, like adding jewellery to an outfit.
I've begun working on larger paintings based on the 5x7 plein air miniatures I painted this summer. It's a good challenge, but certainly a challenge. It can be difficult retaining the fresh brush strokes that are prevalent in small works that are created quickly. Plus it certainly feels different working on location versus my studio. There is light and colour that you see in person that you might not remember, especially after some time has passed. I'm excited about this body of work, though, which is a lovely thing.
It's that time of the year where I'm beginning to prepare for workshops and paint nights at Bert Church Theatre for the season. One I'm really excited for is the Hedwig paint night for families which is inspired by Harry Potter. To learn more or to register, please visit Bert Church Theatre online here.
I have two pieces of exciting news...the first is that I'm creating another panel for this year's Alberta Society of Artists (ASA) 100@100 fundraiser. Though I don't know quite where I'm heading with this one yet, I do have some juicy ideas floating around in my head.
And the second is that I'm now officially a Board Member for the ASA. I have long admired the association and their membership and am honoured to have been invited to contribute in this way. I know I said I was going to remain off committees for awhile, but I just am so passionate about advocating for the arts that I just can't help myself.
Recently I was pleasantly surprised to receive an email from the Publisher of Airdrie City View stating that I had been selected as part of their annual 'Best Of' edition. I had a lovely interview with Thomas Bogda who was so interesting and came with wonderful questions. Last night I was also the recipient of an award, visited with some of my favorite local people was treated to some of my favorite things from Fitzsimmons Brewing Company and Avenue Cakery. Thank you City View, you sure know how to make a gal's day!
ANominations are now open for the 2019 Airdrie Mayor's Night of the Arts for which I was the recipient of the Fortis Professional Artist Award several years ago (that's me on the bottom right) and my daughter Katherine also received the Qualico Youth Artist award two years ago. With the award, she received a scholarship which is being put to good use as she's currently studying at the Fashion Institute in Calgary. For more information or to nominate someone from Airdrie, please visit the AMNA website here.
On a gorgeous, sunny September day I decided to pull over by a farm yard to paint the beautiful Southern Alberta landscape on my way to Bluerock Gallery. I find that driving stresses me, just being in a vehicle does, so I planned to bring my small pochade on this trip to deliver artwork to Black Diamond and am so glad I did. Not only was it pleasant to stop and enjoy the autumn, scenery, but instead of feeling like a chore, this trip felt more like a little vacation. I appreciate the galleries that represent my work so much and love visiting them, I just wish they were a bit closer and didn't require travel through a busy city. And the visits are always so lovely, especially because I get to see new work of some of my favorite artists and also pick up gifts for family and friends.
Last week I delivered a new batch of 4x4 bees along with these new 6x6 little guys on deep gallery canvas to Bluerock Gallery in Black Diamond. The colour palette is a little softer than the ones I created previously, a little more pastel, which is a bit of a departure for me but I love them. I also decided to use black spray paint since I had some Liquitex left after an earlier commission and I have to say that I really like the look of these. I'm thinking that this may translate to my larger paintings in some form as well. I also utilized a damask pattern to look a bit more like aged wallpaper, kid of like bees got into an old country home.
I was absolutely thrilled to be asked to create the cover image for the arts + culture issue of AirdrieLIFE magazine. Not only is this a fabulous local magazine but every issue features local arts. I feel very fortunate.
Airdrie artist Veronica Funk has been a featured artist and regular collaborator with airdrielife both on and off the page for 15 years. Giving her the arts issue cover was the natural choice. "My work over the past several years has been inspired by a combination of street art and traditional imagery. I love working intuitively, layering vibrant colour and pattern by utilizing stencils and other mark-making tools such as my hands. The imagery I selected for this particular piece was meant to evoke an almost dream-like sense of movement and passion that is prevalent in the arts."
It has been so great using my little Christmas pochade paintbox from Judson's through the summer. Working smaller, in this case 5x7 inches, and having a much smaller travel box means things are much lighter and the paintings go much quicker. I am struggling a bit with my two paintbrushes as the bristles bend while drying in the box (they're a little long) but I'm thinking of investing in a couple of really good travel brushes in order to combat that little problem, just need to find the right style. If the bristles are too soft, then it's difficult to move the paint around the panel, if they're too hard, they scrub the paint on rather than lying it on. Oh the challenges of plein air painting.
I've not only been enjoying my holidays in my home province, but also the beautiful views and opportunity to capture them in my own way. The top row is Beaver Mines Lake in southern Alberta, the middle HooDoos Trail by Drumheller, and the bottom are views from Tunnel Mountain by Banff. My preference in travel is to either visit family and friends or creating art, so the small pochade is perfect.
And the Open Acrylics by Golden work like a charm. They're almost oil paint like in that they take quite awhile to dry so I can blend well. The only challenge for me is that I'm used to acrylic paint drying quickly so I have to allow time for drying and then go back into the pieces to add highlights and darks.