Summer is over and still lots going on. I was part of the FCA's OASIS Show again this summer and one of my paintings sold. The buyer was a lady who bought it for the doctor who saved her husband's life. How humbling was that! I won't ever find out who she was, but I'm so glad that my small painting had that kind of power.
My art group has a summer show each year called our Annual Art in the Garden show. It's just a one day event, but our name is getting out there and more people are attending each year. This year, we had the owner of an internationally well-known local winery donate and serve some of their wines. Very well enjoyed by all as I heard the comments. The husband/owner of the property we had the show at is also a vocalist and donated some of his time and music to the event. It ended up being one of our nicest shows yet and we're very proud of it.
I was excited to have two paintings accepted into the Society of Canadian Artists Elected Members Show, Be Squared, being held in St. Joh, Nfld. A bit of a hassle sending them to the gallery and the expense was considerably more than expected but if you want to play the game, you have to play the game! And shipping is part of the game! That show should be over with by next week, and unless either one or both sell, they should soon be home. These are the two: Leucanthemum IV and V.
Artwalk 2016 came and went. It's always a good time, the crowds were huge and amazing. I came away with lots of people signed up for my classes in January and a possible commission. I always feel like I'm rubbing shoulders with the great ones, and pick their brains every chance I get. You can always learn something from somebody.
My art group started up again in September with a new member signing on. It's always a chance to toss ideas around, or just get some painting done. We have a great bunch of ladies and always have a good time.
I've also been accepted into the FCA 75th Anniversary Show: the largest exhibition of living artists work in western Canada. My piece, NUCIFERA, is hoping to sell. It's a really great piece that I am especially proud of and it has a bit of mileage on it now not to mention the miriad of positive comments.
I also entered the FCA A.I.R.S. Show - that's the Annual International Representational Show - and was again accepted. I have already sent the piece to the gallery, so I hope it doesn't get lost in the shuffle. They also supply a dossier for us to purchase where we will have a whole page with our Biography and an image of the painting.
This year I have donated a painting to Vancouver FCA Gallery for their annual fundraiser. This was Painting By Numbers, where patrons and their guests draw numbers and get a painting. They have bought very pricey tickets for the event which gives them their goodies and their paintings. So I may never know who got my piece.
Lots of teaching, demos, classes, and show judging this fall, but I'm back in my studio with all my obligatory stuff behind me. I have finished another painting in my Costa Rica series and on to the next one. The latest piece is called, AVENIDA. I really like it and I'm quite happy with how it turned out.
Just one show in the North Okanagan to finish up with, and one left to apply to in Vancouver for my year end. Then I can start looking forward to what next year's calendar has in store for me! In the meantime I can finish up odds and ends as I move onward and upward. Until next time!
What a busy summer so far! So much has gone under that particular bridge, it's not even funny! After the spring national show in Kamloops I got back into working on my Costa Rica series. It seems like fate is working against me, every time I try to get some work done, something comes up to interfere with it's progress. Not that I mind that much, except, of course, I'm on a deadline with it. Most everything is interesting, so I have to admit that sometimes the interruptions are way good.
My May workshop was well attended and very exciting. I'm going to finish up with them this fall and turn them into two-day workshops in the beginning of next year. Really looking forward to that. It will be better for my students, I think, if they don't have waiting time between one workshop and the next one. So far I have received very positive comments from workshop participants, which makes me feel that not only are they enjoyed, but students are saying how they put them on the road to more successful work. Makes me feel humble that I have shown them something that they can take with them forever on their artistic journeys.
I'm now getting work together for the Painters' Studio's art in the garden show next month. This is the art group that I head up and they are all very excited about the show. Our posters and invitations will be available soon as will the email blasts. It's only a one-day show and we want to have as many invited guests and their friends as possible to attend. After that it will be time for Artwalk and the group and myself have all been accepted into the show. I've also had a small painting accepted into the FCA's Small, Smaller, Smallest Show. It's a show where the size is restricted. My piece is called Foothills Farm and is 9" by 12".
I'm also waiting for results for a couple of small size-restricted paintings for a show with the Society of Canadian Artists. Their Elected Member's show is being held in St. John's, NFLD this year and I'm really excited about that. That's the farthest distance I've had to send paintings. They are two of my small daisy paintings. I'm posting them so you can see them. This show required paintings to be either
LEUCANTHEMUM IV LEUCANTHEMUM V
12" by 12" or 24" by 24". Mine are the smaller dimension. We can expect to hear something by July 28. I'm always told how 'nuts' I am to do what I do. But I tell people that I'm doing what I love to do. I waited forty years to be able to do what I want and now I am. Am I busy? Yes! Would I change it for anything? NO! I love the challenge, the competition, all of it.
Now, I think, I'll get back to work. Paintings do not paint themselves! Onward and upward! Bye for now!
It's been a while since my last post...and that's because I am doing my Newsletter as well and feel like I will be repeating myself using both. I don't want to disappoint anyone who is reading my blog by not having it, or maybe you don't want to sign up for my newsletter. So I will do my best to let you know both ways what I'm doing and what's going on in Colleen's ArtWorld!
I set up my solo show in Osoyoos last week and I have to say that it looks absolutely smashing! I told one of the ladies that if it wasn't my work, I would be looking to buy a piece. It really does look great and I was totally gobsmacked. Those ladies really know how to put a show together...! That show will be up until April 23, so hopefully some of you will get the chance to see it.
In the meantime I have entered and been accepted into the National show in Kamloops and post those two paintings here. It's the 9th Annual National juried open and I have been accepted into each one, for which I am very grateful and look forward to this show every year. These two paintings are part of my Costa Rica series which I am really enjoying working on. The first one is Across the Tracks and the second one is Afternoon Stroll. They both tell the story. I am over halfway through this series which will contain ten images. A truly fulfilling series for me!
I am now teaching Colour Theory workshops and I think I've created a monster! I am really enjoying it and feeling very satisfied with how they're going. Inside a month after a class, I like to put a painting workshop together so that the participants can bring what they learned in the class to a new painting. They bring their journal that they made during the class to refer to while they work on a new painting or make corrections on problems they were having in a painting. I must be doing something right as I have wait lists for both workshops. Very encouraging, indeed! I am thinking this last class coming up will be the last class for the summer, but I will be taking names for the class starting up in the Fall. We'll see how that goes. For more information on classes please check out my Workshops page here.
Because of teaching the workshops I haven't been applying to the juried shows other than the national in Kamloops and the other one in Toronto. But I expect that to change once my classes are finished. I hope to catch up with tthe shows as well as with my own painting. Still lots to do.
So as you can see, the post is short this time, but I'm posting on Facebook, sometimes a work in progress, sometimes not. Sometimes events are posted as well. So that will be all for now, but I will be in touch. And if you want to send me a note, you can do it here. Take care, more soon!
Hello again All, a new year started and lots to look forward to again! Got my first painting of the year done and it's now going to a new home as part of a gala art auction with proceeds going to a Community Lifestyles society. I'm really stoked about that. The painting is the latest in my Costa Rica series and I think it was my favourite so far. The next one in the series is on the easel and I've already started on it. I have gained a whole lot of confidence with putting people into my paintings, and I will continue to do that. Just don't look for perfect portraiture...can I do that? Probably...but I don't want to, it's not the look I want in my paintings. The Costa Rica series is showcasing the lifestyle, scenery, and architecture of the area. I hope you agree that it shows that well.
I actually have gotten fairly busy already. I have two colour theory workshops coming up soon and the first one is almost full. I could use two more participants to fill it. The plan is to try to have two workshops a month, so I'm hoping word of mouth and my adverts get out there and I hear something positive in this area. I am part of a two woman show until February 2 at our local University College library. This show is through the Artscape program of our Arts Council. If you can't get out to see the show you can go to www.artsco.ca click on exhibitions and follow the prompts to see our show. I also have a couple of critique sessions coming up, so I'm being kept on my toes for sure! Then there are the juried shows that I will be picking through to choose which ones I want to be involved with. There are also two National shows: one Canadian, and one American coming up in April that I am looking forward to. Not to mention the fact that I am having a solo show in April, but more details on that in the next post.
Our art group started up this week. The girls were all excited to be back together and tossing ideas around. We have a couple of tutorials planned for this month with much interest being expressed for both of them.
Bringing you up to date with the art group, we ended our first half year the end of November with our Christmas Luncheon and painting exchange. We enjoyed each other's company, ate some great food, and left with an original painting we could add to our own personal collections.
In October, I was working hard on a commission painting for a special friend and it's now finished and waiting to be varnished. It measures 30" by 40" and is a great piece that has already received several compliments. After varnishing it will patiently await it's new home.
This post ended up being a bit mixed up, but you get the gist that I'm busy working on my Costa Rica series, workshops, critiques, and anything art that I can think of. I post new work on my Facebook page so you can find me there, like my page, and friend me to follow what I'm doing. It's a lot of fun!
That's all this time, take care!
Wow I can't believe that over three months have flown past since my last post! So much water has gone under the bridge during this time. The art group had their Art in the Garden show which was again very successful for us. We will make a few changes to the one next year, but hopefully, it will be just as well done and the previous ones.
The group was also involved in Artwalk where we enjoyed a few sales. I even sold a couple of small pieces. We always look forward to any opportunity we have to exhibit and this year was no different.
In the meantime I have been enjoying the competitions of the juried shows. In August I had been accepted into the Society of Canadian Artists 47th Open Juried exhibition and sale at the Gainsborough Galleries in Calgary. I had two boat paintings in the show, and one sold at the opening reception and the other one sold before the end of the show. Very excited to have two special people in Alberta owning some of my work. Then three juried shows at the Federation Gallery in Vancouver with another one coming up soon and I was accepted into Artwalk with my own booth once again. Next on my list is an exhibit with the Potters and Artisan group of artists in November, and really looking forward to that. I don't get to show very often locally. Right now I'm getting ready for the signature show in Vancouver as well as a solo show here in Kelowna this December and a huge solo show at Osoyoos Art Gallery in Osoyoos next April. I've been painting up a storm, spending about five hours a day in the studio, working a bit larger, hoping to have a new body of work done soon. I need ten new pieces for a show and have five done towards it now, so it's coming along. No stress there!
I've kinda sorta moved into social media. How astounding is that!!? I mainly use it to show my art and will post new work as it is completed or show a work in progress so you can see the process as the piece is painted. I really enjoy doing that then fielding the questions. Talking about answering questions, I will be doing critiques on the works of several artists coming up next month. The fca chapter of the north Okanagan will be having their monthly luncheon meeting and I get to look at the artwork afterwards. So looking forward to that, not only as an educational opportunity for the artists, but also as a personal opportunity to hone my observational skills. Learning to be impartial, honest, and encouraging, and empathetic all rolled into the process is something I am really interested in. Again, no stress there! I've also got my Newsletter off the ground and will be putting another one out the beginning of December. It will contain my events for the following three months. It is very exciting and another great opportunity to connect with people. If anyone reading this would like to receive my Newsletter, simply click on my Contact page to let me know so I can add you to my email list. You can opt out at any time. I hope to add a button to my site in the near future which will facilitate that.
So it's onward and upward with lots of work to do, lots of shows yet till the end of the year, and much to look forward to. So, see you next time!
I can't believe how long it's been since I last posted. It's not quite two months, but seems longer because I have been so busy. I have been exhibiting in a couple of shows at the FCA Gallery in Vancouver; set up a prospective solo show at the Osoyoos Art Gallery, hopefully for next year, although haven't heard the date yet; in the midst of organizing our annual Art in the Garden Show with my art group; got both myself and the group juried into Artwalk 2015 in September; waiting for results for another show in Vancouver; waiting to submit to a couple of art shows in Vancouver; waiting to ship a couple of paintings to Calgary for a national show with the Society of Canadian Artists; and working on putting the finishing touches to a sale with an international client. I'm also working on another piece in my Costa Rica series. I had posted a couple of work-in-progress photos of it, to show the fact that I really do work on black canvas. It's a very interesting piece and when it's done it will be posted with everything I can say about it. I'm really stoked about the Costa Rica series!
In the middle of all this, I even managed to take a quick holiday down to Tacoma, Washington. Saw Chihuly's glass blowing studio and watched the guys at work; rode the monorail, that was great!; checked out Pike's Place Market, it's way and way bigger than I ever thought it was; did the Spaceneedle, really enjoyed that; and even took a little ferry ride. Our friends celebrated Canada Day here with us and so we spent July 4th weekend with them. It was great fun. We ate some delicious fresh salmon and clam chowder, drank some great wine, and had an awesome time! And now it's back to work!
In the next week or so the art group is going to have a paint-out at one of our members home. We all always manage to get a small painting completed and we eat lunch together and have a great time. We will also nail down final plans for the summer art in the garden show while we are all together that day. We are all really looking forward to that show. When we have the poster ready we will post it on our event page on our website and as an event on facebook.
Now I'm off to get some work done, but may have to post again soon. Things change that fast!
I'm also thinking of starting a newletter. I'm usually so busy with my art that I would like to share it with you. Not that I'm any more important than anyone else, but to me it's another creative outlet.
I have just submitted my application to Artwalk 2015. I'm really excited to hopefully be selected to have my own booth in the show. I will also be showing with the Kelowna Painters Studio Society group, which I head up. I have been getting some new larger work together for the show which I hope will be favourably received. I will also have the paintings that have earned awards since Artwalk last year.
I will also be showing with this group for their Art in the Garden one-day show this August. It's always an exciting show and I certainly look forward to being part of that.
I am also applying for a members show at the Rotary Centre For the Arts here in town. It's only one of two opportunities that I have of showing locally.
The other being the local FCA chapter's OASIS show which is part of an annual symposium that they host. I have been juried into their show and getting ready to deliver the two paintings to their venue.
I'm also using Facebook more, but still haven't figured out how to share this post to it. So I do it this way and post new work on facebook as it's finished.
I'm getting ready for summer. A couple of friends of my sister's are coming up at the end of next month from Washington state. We will entertain them well including a winery tour, then my sister and I will drive them home. They will entertain us with a sight-seeing trip of Seattle and a visit to Pike's Place Market. I've never been to Seattle so I'm really looking forward to that. I'm hoping to get many street scenes as reference photos on the trip.
So that's what's going on in my world at this point in time. I will spend the rest of the day in the studio getting another large floral done so it can get posted. Till next time.......
I just had to take a bit of time to make this piece. It's from one of my trips to Costa Rica. It's an exploration into not just the degree of poverty I saw while there, but of how the people live with it and are happy with their lives. They are a very simple people who are very happy to have a home to go home to.
This is the third piece in my Saltspring Island Series of paintings. It has been applied to a national show coming up and I hope it gets accepted. I really enjoy doing these seascape pieces and hope to finish the series with a total of five pieces. They may not get done right away, but I'm sure they will eventually.
This painting is the second one in my Saltspring Island Series. It has been accepted into the FCA Landscape show coming up this month. This series is not doing too badly for my first foray into seascapes. And I have to say that I'm really enjoying painting them.
# 320 Saltspring Island Series II 24 x 18 oil
This painting is now sold!
Spilsbury Medal Show - FCA Gallery, Vancouver, BC Dec 9 - 24, 2014
These two paintings have been juried into this show and I'm really excited about it!
A.I.R.S Internation Show - FCA Gallery, Vancouver, BC Oct 14 - Nov 2, 2014
This is an annual international show that I was happy to win the Best Still LIfe award, even though it was a floral.
SCA 46th National Open Juried - SAGA Gallery, Salmon Arm, BC, Sept 2014
We western Canadian artists belonging to the SCA were thrilled that the national show was being held in our area this year. We usually have to send our paintings to either Toronto or Montreal. This is my painting that was accepted into this show.
I am new at this blog business, but I want to share what I am doing with you. I will add my activities as they happen and show you what I do each day. And, hopefully, I'll get some painting done.