Art in Nova Scotia

chief in window

I am proud and excited to say, my art prints have made it to Round Hill Studio in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia. This is a studio that just opened in November 2016, and I’ve been eagerly watching their progress and events on Facebook (somewhat jealous we do not have this sort of art community here – yet?!).  I wish I could have traveled with my prints… I mean, look at this view from the gallery!

great view

So how did my prints end up at a Gallery on the east coast? It’s all thanks to Facebook; and to make a long story short, after my show in July I reached out to Jaime about sending her some art to display in her shop. She suggested I send prints ASAP, and the process for originals is still in the works (and my thought process… like a road trip delivery in the spring or fall? hehe…).

all of them on shelves

If you know anyone near Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, send them to Round Hill Studio!

If you are a Canadian Artist looking to network with other Canadian Artists, I recently started a Facebook Group: Untitled Canadian Visual Artists. Feel free to join us, to share your art, articles, blogs and discuss the whole process of creating.

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Summer Fun

Another art show was a success; and as always I’m left feeling so grateful and humbled from it. Last year our show “Earth and Sky”  brought friends out from Toronto to Belleville. This year our show “Vast Lands” brought old friends, some who I hadn’t seen in over a decade!

I even met a new friend, who ventured out from Toronto with her daughter just to meet me and see the latest paintings (Remember my cross-country adventure with my childhood friend? That inspired the hoodoo paintings and kicking horse river valley paintings… well those two ladies are friends! Hence the drive to meet me…)

 

This year, as soon as the show started at 1pm people were coming in the door! We were so busy, so early, we never had a chance to take photos of our set-up! So many people were coming through at once, I was trying to balance multiple conversations and sales at once. Jenn and I hardly had a chance to say hi to each other, until around 4pm, and it was just us- we finally stopped to take a photo!

 

Thank you to everyone who came out, said hello, and bought our work. We are so grateful for your support, and it makes every moment of this journey worth it! Stay tuned for next years show… In the meantime here’s a few pics of what we did get:

Jennifer Trefiak:

Jennifer Anne Burke:

The day before the show, I finished “The Invitation” and had prints made of the 10×10 inch canvas. I cannot sell the original, but if you are interested in a print please contact me. They are $15 each (with additional $5 for shipping if needed):

the invitation

Georgia O’Keeffe | AGO

On Friday, June 2nd I traveled with a friend into Toronto to explore the Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). I have seen so many art exhibits over my lifetime (Klimpt, Van Gogh, Lawren Harris (lots of Group of Seven), Mystical Landscapes (which had so many famous artists) and this was by far the largest, and most enlightening for me. Also, the first woman artist where the exhibit was fully her own (even the Emily Carr exhibit I saw in Vancouver, was paired with modernist artist Wolfgang Paalen).

We were not allowed to  photograph any of the art, so I don’t have a whole lot to share visually. Just a few key points to share about her work, that have re-inspired me.

  • She worked with tons of charcoal, chalk and oil pastels on paper.
  • She has an amazing ability to make oil paints look like water colours.
  • Her lines are both soft and hard, crisp/clear yet blended so perfectly into her subjects and compositions (she played with abstract and expressionism, and created some very surreal paintings).
  • She painted in Canada, Quebec’s Gaspé!

georgia in gaspe

 

HER LIFE AND WORK:

I knew so little about this woman before the show. She is an artist who others have said my work reminds them of, and I never took it as much of a compliment (all I was familiar with were her flower paintings, which I always find a bore). It wasn’t until I saw her “Red Hills” painting at the Mystical Landscapes exhibit, that she really intrigued me:

georgia red hills

After this I started reading more about her, and her love of nature, the desert, and her connection to the earth. Her move to Ghost Ranch later in life is what really resonated for me (I can very much relate from my personal experience of Jasper- something about the air, the land, the lines, the energy… it feels like home, like I belong there. But to move there? Not yet, haha…) – she is incredibly strong, brave, and so independent. One of her famous quotes:

“I have been absolutely terrified of everything in my life, but I never let it stop me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.”

So few people do what they want to do in life, yet here is a woman, born around the turn of the century, who uprooted to New York, married a photographer, and traveled. After her husbands death she uprooted again and moved, alone, to Santa Fe, New Mexico. She lived almost an entire century (1887 – 1986), painting and never afraid of living life on her terms.

MY PERSONAL INSPIRATION

This exhibit reminded me of the value of different forms of exploring in art- I used to do a lot of oil pastels and line drawings, but moved away from those materials as my paintings started to sell. My focus moved fully to acrylic on canvas. I can feel myself transitioning back to oil pastels, and charcoal sketching. I miss working with the simplicity of lines on paper. Georgia’s work looked so stunning framed, that I’m inspired to try.

Since my last show in December, I had already decided I wanted to start “softening” my lines in my paintings. However, I have been struggling with this. Once I saw this exhibit, something clicked for me. I could physically see and visualize how Georgia was able to create contrast and dept through sharp lines, and blending. I’ve been playing with this and you might be able to see the difference between last years painting “Silver Sun, Lake Superior” where I was starting to soften and blend, and this new one I’m exploring of “Killarney, Georgian Bay.”

I am feeling a bit desperate to start working in oils. The more exhibits I see, and more professional work I observe, and the more I paint with “sticky acrylics” the more frustrated I become. I’m still unsure how or when I will transition, but for now I will keep working with my acrylics on canvas, and explore more oil pastels on paper.

ANNUAL SUMMER ART SHOW – Vast Lands

So the ball is rolling for the next art show happening Saturday, July 15, 2017 in Port Hope, Ontario. I will be displaying with Jennifer Trefiak again, and we are very excited to share our new works with you. Please drop by if you can, between 1-5pm.

Vast Lands” will include paintings from a variety of Canadian Landscapes, with Trefiak’s focus on beaches and skies, and my focus on Badlands (Alberta) and Georgian Bay (Ontario). I am trying to figure out how to make a 2018 Calendar for special orders too! If you have a favourite painting you’d like included in this project, let me know ASAP.

We look forward to seeing you there!