Sometimes my work is all about my surroundings and how I interpret them. Sometimes I like to reflect inward and to communication my inner thoughts and feelings in my artwork. I love turning to the Encaustic medium for this. I am adding to a previous 'heart' series. Here is a view into the beginning of a new series.
I use a combination of photo transfer, drawing, painting and encaustic work. I hope to tug at the heart strings of some viewer. Someone who would really resonate with the feeling I am trying to express. Or just really love the image. It is series I will continue to develop. Here are a few photos of the latest pieces and one little video clip that is a development of one piece. I hope you enjoy!
I know many artists who wouldn't ever do a commission. They have in the past, and they really didn't enjoy the experience. Here are some of the reasons I heard:
On the other side, many art lovers are afraid to commission paintings and here are their reasons:
These can all be true! Commissions are difficult - they require some careful communication and negotiation. Don't be afraid to ask for the amount of money you need to do the project, and if you are a client- don't be afraid to negotiate.
I have done a few commissions over the years. I look forward to doing a multiple painting commission project one day! Here is the process that has helped me:
Here is a glimpse into how I created this painting:
Top left: C-Train Runs Through Downtown. Middle Top: Fireworks over Centre Street Bridge Top Right: Analog Cafe
Bottom left: YYC Chinatown Middle Bottom: Two Bridges and Eau Claire
These are all mixed media paintings creating with ink, drawing and collage. They are then covered with a top glass - resin like coating. They are painted on birchwood canvas and ready to hang. I'm really enjoying getting back to my Big City Living Series. The colours make me happy and I have memories of all the spots and places where I took photos and sketched. Almost every painting I create is of a spot that I see repeatedly throughout my travels. Colours and images begin to grow in my mind as I visit the spot. For me, painting is about capturing the energy of a space. The vibrating colour and texture all bounce off each other to give the impression of a dynamic place full of life. I see the world this way.
Collage started showing up as early as the 1860s, whereas transfer came along with photocopiers. In my workshops I often demo photo-transferring and I always use collage in my artwork. These two techniques are similar, but have some very particular differences. Specifically what kind of images are different for each. Collage has the most versatility. You can add in any printed material by glueing it in and taking care to make sure it is flat and properly glued. Photo-transfer is about transferring the ink and only photocopies or laser printed images will work. In this video I talk about the differences and what images work best for photo-transfer.
Saturday 12 - 5pm. & Sunday 1 - 5pm Oct 24-25, 2020
Cost: $195 - includes most supplies.
Yes!! Our second Cityscape workshop. The first one was a big success. Everyone was amazed at the outstanding work they created during the workshop. City scenes launch our paintings because they can include so many different elements. Buildings, trees, transportation, skies, people... your imagination is the limit. What is most important is to experiment and play with form, colour and layering. You will create a painting starting with the sketch of a city scene, using markers, collage and photo transfer to complete your painting by the end of Sunday.
I love this workshop because everyone's results can be different from each other. Some want to draw an exact replica of a scene, while others want to work from a fantasy place. Following your creative desire is encouraged.
During the last workshop, some students brought ipads or laptops in order to work from a picture they like. Other's worked from a printed photograph from their own collection. I will have some city scenes available that are both inspiring and accessible for all levels. YOU DON'T NEED TO KNOW HOW TO DRAW to enjoy this workshop.
I always work on board - never canvas. If you want to work on gallery quality birchboard canvas please bring these to class. I will be providing small boards for experimenting.
Please bring a sketchbook, felt pens, pencil and sharpener/eraser and apron. The rest of the supplies will be included.
Saturday & Sunday, Oct 17 & 18, 2020. 1 - 5pm Cost: $150
LIMITED SPACE available - max 10 students. We will be following all recommendations to stay safe, including wearing masks.
I am so excited for this, as it will be the first workshop dedicated specifically to young people! I want to support the next generation who has had to put up with such a crazy world these days! I want to offer a joyous place to create where complete self-expression is encouraged and accepted. If I can supply a place for 10 teens to relax, be themselves and express feelings they may have about life these days - then I will rejoice!
I will be showing lots of techniques that I use, but also, students will show and share things they have learned along the way. It will be a very collaborative approach. You bring: sketchbook. felt pens - like sharpies, pencils you like and a sharpener. I supply the rest!
Some techniques we will explore are: painting with ink & acrylic. Collage and Ink transfer. Linocut printmaking. Wax layering. Expect multiple activities to be happening at once. Embrace variety and experimentation.
To register please send full name, age, address and phone number to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.