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Here is the view that is inspiring the new painting.
I am in an apartment at the bottom this hill. I come up here often to see the view, to run, to relax, to meditate, to take photos and now to draw.
I did a light watercolour and sketch from the top of the hill. the rest of the work happens in the studio.
I carried this birch canvas up the hill along with a little tin of watercolours, one paint brush, pencil, charcoal and a little stool. I sat on my little fold out stool, put on my headphones and I listened to Cindy Lauper while I took in the scene. It isn't always Cindy Lauper. This is absolutely my favourite activity - drawing plein air. You know, on location. I have drawn from this view point before, although a different scene. Here is a video of a painting I did from this hill 6 or 7 years ago! I am happy to revisit the location, but with a new approach. All is fresh, but familiar. It is a nice feeling.
I'm working on a new body of work. Cityscapes for a show at Arton9th scheduled for Mid September. This work is a combination of phototransfer, acrylic paint, oil paint and encaustic. New directions in my work has me very excited! Here is a little peak.
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The painting they used is called, 'Stephen Avenue' and you can find it in my Big City Living painting series.
Both of these pieces are hanging in the CMLC office in the old St. Louis Hotel.
EAST VILLAGE RIVER WALK MOONLIGHT
Both paintings are 2' x 4' painted on wood canvas. I used acrylic paint, ink, collage and resin. I did a lot of photography and sketching on site before painting the pieces.
When I first got to Calgary in 2003, I was painting the places of Mission district (4 st SW). I was living there so I could sketch, paint and photograph the area every day. Now I do the same in the East Village. It takes a long time for me to get to the painting stage in my cityscapes. I play around a lot with sketching and photography first. Putting things to scale are not important - rather including all the elements in a scene that give a mood and a feel to a place.
EAST VILLAGE RIVERWALK SUNSHINE
I love our libraries! I think they are a very important element in a healthy and vibrant community. Calgary does such a great job of supporting the ongoing health of our libraries. Here, my art and me get to mingle with the general public and we have great conversations about the work. Art in the library is so accessible and it feels like a great connection to why I paint in the first place.
Thank you Calgary Public Library!
Art is the...
great connector of people, places and dreams. It speaks the language of the heart when it is authentic and created from an open and non-judgemental space. It is passionate pursuit of creation with a playful mind.