Saturday, 5 May 2018

Preparing for Summer Shows

I am devoting the next couple of months to build up my inventory of pastel works for several  upcoming summer shows. I am hoping to complete some smaller works and a couple of bigger ones (14 x 20) but it is very hard as the weather we are experiencing currently is phenomenal and my garden is calling.
Prairie Monoliths 

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Strathcona Salon Series next show

With the spring shows behind me, I am getting set for the summer shows. The first one I have is the Strathcona Salon Series at Gallery 501 in Sherwood Park. This show serves as part of Strathcona's annual acquisition program for their permanent public art collection. I am submitting two mixed media works and am hoping that I will be lucky again to be purchased by the County. If not, Gallery 501 is a great venue for a developing artist to showcase their work.

Woodland Wanderings- mixed media paper collage

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Weekend course Great Inspiration!

I took a weekend course with painter Cindy Revell on 'Whimsical Painting." The class of fourteen had a thoroughly enjoyable weekend in which we learned a lot and for most students produced two pieces of work. For me, I came away with some new ideas for future projects based on this theme of "whimsy". New to painting, I did not complete two works but I am going to complete one smaller work entitled "On the Edge."
Still needs a bit of work or fine tuning....

Monday, 16 April 2018

Juried into A.S.A. show "Air"

I just received notification that my two works have been accepted into an upcoming A.S.A. show titled "Air". I do not know all the details such as location(s) and duration, but once I do I will let you know.  Very happy with this news!!

Thursday, 5 April 2018

The First Blog for 2018

Wow! I can not believe that I have not posted anything for over four months. I have been busy with some shows and, of course, painting. Most of my winter shows have come and gone but I do have a couple upcoming spring shows. The first is a VASA show (St. Albert) which will feature three of my "quilt" acrylic paintings. This show runs all of April with the artist/opening reception Thursday (today!) from 6-9 p.m.. Then there is the annual spring show for the Strathcona Society of Artists. This show runs April 17-19. I will have a variety of works in this show.

My solo show at the local cafe Common Ground (Sherwood Park) is wrapping up this Friday and I am preparing for another solo show at the Glenrose Hospital. In the meantime, I am trying to complete some larger acrylic paintings for an upcoming show sponsored by the Alberta Society of Artists. These paintings will all be based on quilt patterns.

So, now I am off to pick up my brushes and palette and get to work.

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Another Winter Art Show

Gallery 501 in Sherwood Park is hosting their annual member show and sale from January 11-February 25, 2018. The artist/opening reception is January 11 from 7-9 at Gallery 501. I will have some pieces in this exhibition.   Come on out and enjoy some great local art!

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Keep Painting Quilts

So in the summer I started to experiment with acrylic paints and I decided to start off quite simple as I had not used acrylics in a long time nor had I painted in a very long time (several decades for sure). I decided to start with painting quilt patterns. They are based on simple geometric shapes (square, triangle and occasionally the circle) and use bright vibrant colours. For me, it was a pretty obvious choice...learn about colour, paint,  and try to stay in the lines!  So now I have become "hooked". I am currently on my eighth quilt painting and I have plans to do several more at a much larger scale
 (24 x 24).
Sunrise Lattice latest quilt painting