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April 24,2016
Culture Show Federation Gallery Granville Island

The volunteers at the Federation just finishing hanging the show "Culture" at the Federation Gallery on Granville Island.  Several artists that are part of the show, include myself with "Sun Bathed Aztec Reflection" and "Lady in the Shadows", the other artists include Susannah Paranich, Carol McQuaid, Alice Botrill, and Caroline Dahlmanns and many more!  The show is up until May 8, 2016.  Please see artists.ca for gallery times and an online version.

What an incredible weekend of watercolor in Fabriano!  The FabrianoinAquarello facebook page is teaming with photographs of the artists and the events that took place!  Just heard from Master Artist Alfonsos L. Tejada, leader of the Canadian/Bahamas contingent ,that he is on his way to Urbino in Italy and its raining - makes it a little harder to plein air when the weather isn't as cooperative.

We may only have been 14 at the end of the day, but we had a great time at the paint out put on by Lawren Harris and the Federation of Canadian Artists! The weather started out a bit cold and wet, but the artists either braved it or took shelter under the trees near the Jericho peer.  What was amazing is that many of us knew each other and had no idea that the others were coming!  Made it that much more interesting to catch up and also to meet other Federation Members.  Artist Charles Easton volunteered to be the coordinator on site and he was so well dressed for the event, bright green jacket and pink stripe touque!  He also had some skookum plein air painting gear which I was admiring!  A fun day was had by all!

This week, I will be getting together with the other Hycroft Painters and discussing our upcoming show at the Hycroft Gallery - " Summer " will be running from July 6th to September 2nd.  We hope to have a couple of impromptu session of painting out on the garden during the summer as well.  I'm really looking forward to it!

Just submitted more paintings to the "limitless" online call at the Federation. I'm hoping to get a few more pieces into more calls at the Federation, but its always difficult trying to grasp the theme and how a painting fits it.  Sometimes, I just have to say, ok, do it and not procrastinate because a "theme" can be interpreted so many different ways.  That's what creativity is all about!

Sun Bathed Aztec Reflection


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April 20,2016
Fabriano in Aquarello

Well, tomorrow is  the first day of the four day exhibition in Fabriano Italy.  Master Artist Alfonso Tejada is there and so are a few of the other artists in the contingent from Canada and the Bahamas.  My painting, Britannia Shipyards is there alongside the other 11 artists representing our countries!  I am just imagining all the creative energy and buzz that will be happening now as morning approaches in Europe!!!!

Back in Canada and enjoyed my first plein air at the Vandussen Gardens on April 9th.  Three paintings - two oils and one watercolor were awarded prizes!  One of my favorite artists and the painter who won first in last years Harmony Competition, Brad Wong, beat me out!!!!!  All the 13 artists were amazing and the weather was just incredible! it was like July!  I found the sun so intense that again I was being overwhelmed by the whiteness of the watercolor paper.  They have umbrellas to help with that, I just need to get one!!!

Since then I was delighted to find out two of my paintings made it into the Juried show "Culture" at the Federation Gallery on Granville Island.  They will be displayed from April 26 to May 8th and I'm really looking forward to seeing them up in the space.  Artist Carol Mcquaid and Artist Susannah Paranich will also have paintings displayed!

The Biennale competition took in 575 paintings and out of that 175 were selected.  I unfortunately didn't make the cut.  However, there will be another in 2018!

I have just submitted to the Federation for their show "Plein Air" so will see if any get selected.  As well, will be painting with a large group of the Federation on Saturday, April 23rd down at Jericho Beach.  We will be there most of the day, rain or shine, so why not come by and visit, watch and maybe even the whale that's been spotted in the area will show up just to get some recognition on our paintings!!

I had a wonderful time at the demonstration given by Artist Bruce Edwards at the Vancouver Sketch Club yesterday.  We observed a still life made up of fresh flowers from the Hycroft Gardens!  Pictures can be found on their facebook page.

Today, at Opus Downtown, I was part of a group exploring the use of Faber Castel pens with Artist and Faber Castel representative Don Colley.  Fun afternoon of observing and learning more about urban sketching, expecially about the human form and how to capture the focus and form of a person.  We even received a set of Faber Castel black pens!

Friday, I deliver my paintings to Federation for the show and then the plein air on Saturday.  I've also signed up to participate in the "Art Pod" at the Granville Island Market to help promote "Federation of Canadian Artistis", artists.ca.

Still have to get the newsletter out for the spring and have to get painting myself.  Lots of ideas, just can't get my brush to do the work.  Wait a minute, the brush is only an instrument....I have to get to work!

 

 

Britannia Shipyards, Stilt Houses and a Chinese Bunk House


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April 20,2016
Fabriano in Aquarello

Well, tomorrow is  the first day of the four day exhibition in Fabriano Italy.  Master Artist Alfonso Tejada is there and so are a few of the other artists in the contingent from Canada and the Bahamas.  My painting, Britannia Shipyards is there alongside the other 11 artists representing our countries!  I am just imagining all the creative energy and buzz that will be happening now as morning approaches in Europe!!!!

Back in Canada and enjoyed my first plein air at the Vandussen Gardens on April 9th.  Three paintings - two oils and one watercolor were awarded prizes!  One of my favorite artists and the painter who won first in last years Harmony Competition, Brad Wong, beat me out!!!!!  All the 13 artists were amazing and the weather was just incredible! it was like July!  I found the sun so intense that again I was being overwhelmed by the whiteness of the watercolor paper.  They have umbrellas to help with that, I just need to get one!!!

Since then I was delighted to find out two of my paintings made it into the Juried show "Culture" at the Federation Gallery on Granville Island.  They will be displayed from April 26 to May 8th and I'm really looking forward to seeing them up in the space.  Artist Carol Mcquaid and Artist Susannah Paranich will also have paintings displayed!

The Biennale competition took in 575 paintings and out of that 175 were selected.  I unfortunately didn't make the cut.  However, there will be another in 2018!

I have just submitted to the Federation for their show "Plein Air" so will see if any get selected.  As well, will be painting with a large group of the Federation on Saturday, April 23rd down at Jericho Beach.  We will be there most of the day, rain or shine, so why not come by and visit, watch and maybe even the whale that's been spotted in the area will show up just to get some recognition on our paintings!!

I had a wonderful time at the demonstration given by Artist Bruce Edwards at the Vancouver Sketch Club yesterday.  We observed a still life made up of fresh flowers from the Hycroft Gardens!  Pictures can be found on their facebook page.

Today, at Opus Downtown, I was part of a group exploring the use of Faber Castel pens with Artist and Faber Castel representative Don Colley.  Fun afternoon of observing and learning more about urban sketching, expecially about the human form and how to capture the focus and form of a person.  We even received a set of Faber Castel black pens!

Friday, I deliver my paintings to Federation for the show and then the plein air on Saturday.  I've also signed up to participate in the "Art Pod" at the Granville Island Market to help promote "Federation of Canadian Artistis", artists.ca.

Still have to get the newsletter out for the spring and have to get painting myself.  Lots of ideas, just can't get my brush to do the work.  Wait a minute, the brush is only an instrument....I have to get to work!

 

 


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