In an attempt to loosen up my painting style, I thought it would be a fun and interesting challenge to enter a local evening of entertainment called "Art Battle". Essentially, you have 12 artists painting in a competitive arrangement for twenty minutes with a crowd of 150-200 onlookers, who then become the judges of the competition. It has been a great experience and has definitely helped me loosen up and enjoy the processes. Not to mention I made a bit of cash! my 20 minute paintings sold from 50 -200 dollars. Not a bad wage for a fun filled night. Out of 12 artists, I placed second, and am invited to the regionals!
I have had the privilege this past year to work with a very talented photographer, Sharalee Prang, to help her make her clients feel loved and appreciated. I took on the project of creating over 25 8x10 paintings or drawings of her wedding couples on their special day. By giving each couple one of my original paintings of them, based on one of her photographs, each couple felt that she had gone above and beyond as a photographer in her appreciation of their business. What this has done for me is give me ample material to push myself as a realist painter and has given me lots of opportunities to continue my practice in Alla Prima painting (painting the whole painting in one sitting, between 3-5 hours).
I am having my first solo show at the Fort Gallery in Fort Langley July 30-August 16, however, I was given the opportunity to jump into a group show for February 14th- March 1st! Really happy to be able to be a part of the show and look forward to going on Friday for the opening! All who are in the area are welcome to come out Friday anytime between 7-9 for the opening reception! Great place to start off a date night for Valentines!
So, I've been a little impatient for my solo show in July, and have a few opportunities to show a few pieces in a public space in Abbotsford, at the Westcoast Health Collective. I gave them the choice of about 6 paintings, in the end they went with the three shown below. Being a Midwifery clinic, I thought it fitting they have a couple kids in the center piece. Though I don't think art is meant to simply coordinate with furniture, it sure doesn't hurt when it does! I had no idea what their color scheme was going in, but I'd say a near perfect though somewhat eclectic fit!
I have no less than 11 new paintings under way, very excited about all of them; all landscapes of my neighborhood with the exception of three that will be of the Thompson River, and one of a forest scene inspired by a friend in Nova Scotia. What makes me excited about working on this many pieces at once is there will be a sense of continuity that I will work through each painting that will naturally tie them together. I have been doing a lot of "looking up", looking at the relationship between the trees and the sky, or the trees and the road, the subtle changes in color as the landscape moves upward from the darker undergrowth to the dark green of the evergreens to the spots of light piercing through the branches higher up. I'll be posting progress of these new pieces in the coming months, so stay tuned!
Fort Gallery New Member! As of February 1, 2014, I will be the newest member of the Fort Gallery Artists Collective in Fort Langley BC. This is great for lots of reasons. A chance to connect with other artists, to learn and grow, as well as a number of opportunities to show my work! So the big solo show is set for July 30 - August 16th, with an opening night on the Friday, the first of August! The show will be themed, still working that out...but am very excited!