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Join me on Instagram Live with Platform for Passionate People at @plapp.in at 8.30-9.30 am MST (Alberta time) on Tuesday, May 12 for a free workshop on creating abstract acrylic backgrounds. It will be my first InstaLive so...fingers crossed! :)
The Grandmothers::Minnie Amelia Powell
My grandma was a wonderful woman. She was very athletic as a young woman and even won some athletic awards in school. As a young lady she attended business college and then met my grandpa and started a family. She was the mother of 5 boys! Always keeping her faith through her life close to her. She enjoyed doing needle point as a creative outlet in her adulthood. Her family was the most important to her. She called all her grandchildren "dearest one." She passed around 2 years ago in September. I truly believe she is my guardian angel now.
~ Kristen Powell
Working on 3 more mountains - Cascade (top), Castle (bottom) plus Sulphur Mountain (not pictured). The third mountain isn't to my liking yet, so the original drawing on the canvas needs a bit more adjusting before I continue working on it. I tend to get a bit frustrated with myself when I can't get the image I want onto the canvas, especially when I'm taking a sketch from my pocket moleskine sketchbook that I'm happy with so this one may require a paint over to begin again. And I think Cascade Mountain needs a bit more shaping. I don't mind that, though, as the layers of colour and line just seems to add interest to the final painting. Fingers crossed!
I've been giving a lot of thought as to the direction I want to head as an artist, especially now with what has been going on in our world. I'm leaning towards simplifying what I do and how I do it, though at this point I'm still unsure of what exactly that means. Today it means that I will complete these last few large canvases I have and then focus on smaller works from here on, which it seems the direction that my work has been heading. I may have a sale on the large pieces so that I can direct my full attention on these larger bodies of work using smaller substrates. It may be the uncertainty of the world today that has me feeling this way, but I have found that this has been the organic direction my creative life has been taking in any case. Who knows...I may revisit this again as I do like working large, but there is so much I love about the smaller pieces. I'm thinking of having a large sale on the larger works and rather curious about what will happen with my work in the future.
The Grandmothers::Lynn Kirkpatrick
He said she wasn't smart enough, good enough, domestic enough. He said she couldn't do it. She was a woman. Meant to be barefoot in the kitchen, pregnant and round by 20. She was meant for no more. This father was sorely disappointed when his daughter passed the age of 20, then 25, and 30 with no husband, no children. He said she wasn't smart enough, so she got a university degree. He said she was an old maid, meant be alone, so she traveled the world by herself. He said she would never find a husband, so she married her best friend. My mother followed her own path and lived the life she wanted. This educated, well-traveled woman knew herself and what she wanted. She married and had two children later in life. She flew high in the face of oppression. This strong woman grew up in poverty and sexism, the cards stacked against her, but she threw those cards out and choose the life she wanted. She chose faith and love in herself.
- Kelly Kirkpatrick-Lauzon