Bittersweet Completion

It’s hard to believe I’m coming to the end of this three-and-a-half month stretch of painting for my Canada Project and show.  Bittersweet.

What an artistic learning curve this project has been. I made sure to give myself LOTS of time to explore these landscapes, because I wanted to add depth to my work and play with colours, brushes, mediums and techniques.

This was the first time I did a project that had “practice boards”… 13 tiny canvases for me to make my mistakes on before I painted on the final canvas. Mostly, they helped me decide the best colours to use, because I still made mistakes on the final pieces! I found my self repainting, reblending and restructuring compositions more then ever before. To the point where I was getting annoyed with myself (wasting time and wasting paint argh!).

Despite planning and plotting and scheduling my painting time over the last few months, it still was not enough. Painting is “job #3″… a passion that is snowballing into a side business, and hopefully long-term will become part of a permanent career. However, the time I make to paint is basically my own personal “free time”… so I consider it an investment in myself and my work, and it is starting to pay off.

Gratefully, a few of my paintings have already sold. I have completed 11 out of the 13 canvases, and will finish these last two before the show:

the last two

I have one day left off to focus on the finishing details. It’s both stressful and exciting. I still have prints to sign, and cards to fold, and boxes to pack… it’s going to be a busy few days.

If you’re on Facebook, follow me there! Check out the event page too: Canada The Provinces and Territories.

 

 

 

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Sick Day = Paint Day

Well after a week of feeling a bit “off” I lost my voice last night, and it has yet to return. For those of you who do not know, I am a yoga teacher by trade and losing my precious voice meant cancelling classes today. I spent most of the day resting, but finally I couldn’t handle the boredom and decided to just “try” painting.

I managed to finish the iridescent clouds in “Ontario Summer” and now only need to add some Queen Anne’s Lace to the green fields. One more almost done! Then only four more to go (I only have 3 more painting days left). I also did my rough practice on the little canvas board for the Northwest Territories. Every little bit counts, right?

west coast sold
ALL THREE WESTERN CANADA HAVE SOLD!

Also, exciting news, I have now sold 3 of the paintings from this project! Do not fear, I am keeping them all for the show on December 16th so you can come see them. Remember, I am offering these paintings at my old price ($200) until December 15th. After that the new prices are instated ($250)- you can read more about that decision in my “Pricing Art Is Hard” blog.

If you think you might be interested in purchasing one of the paintings from this collection, please keep your eye on the Canada: Provinces and Territories page. I will continue to post the paintings there as they are completed, and will mark them sold as they go.

Hope to see you at the show next week!

 

 

Christmas (show) Countdown

December is almost here, and this weekend seems to be kicking off the Christmas season. We made a gingerbread house, the Christmas lights go on in Cobourg tonight, and tomorrow we will be hitting up Christmas at St.Mark’s and the Santa Clause Parade in Port Hope.

But for me, I’m over half way through my Canada Series, and feeling darn excited to get it finished for the show December 16th.  Below you can see the final 5 canvases I have to complete on the left, and the 8 finished ones on the right.

If you haven’t read my blog about the prices of my work, be sure to check it out “Pricing Art Is Hard” I’m offering a discount on these paintings until December 16th (prices will be up for the show).

Stay tuned for the final five paintings! You can follow the progress on my Facebook Page: Jennifer Anne Burke or check out other details on the Event Page.

2018 Art Calendar

Well, what a learning curve! I finally decided to try and make an art calendar. Talk about being pushed beyond my comfort zone. I do as much business as possible locally. I do as much IN PERSON as possible. I dislike ordering bulk of anything, without seeing and feeling the first trial run of a product. I like to look, tweek and improve the things I sell. I am a hands-on person and have done very little on-line production or business.

Peer pressure resulted in some online exploration, and I finally took the risk and had a small batch of 2018 calendars made. They are not up to my perfect standards, but I am happy enough with the results. They are 8.5 x 13 inches (open) and $20 each. Check out the images I used:

The final results of the calendar are okay. Some images turned out PERFECT (picking up even the details of canvas grain and paint strokes), some aren’t as bright as the original images (this is normal in many art reproductions in general), but I have to come to terms with projects like these there is only so much I can actually control. I am happy to see this in the works, and it is a project I will be able to improve upon year after year!

OTHER PRODUCTS

Along with the 2018 calendar, I have also produced 20 prints of my “Alberta Skies” painting (the original has already sold), and there is a variety of gift cards from 2015, 2016 and 2017.

The prints are $15 each (they will be numbered and signed), and cards are $5 each or 5 cards for $20. Shipping in Canada is an additional $5.

CANADA: THE PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES

This show is taking place Saturday, December 16th in Port Hope from 12:30-4:30pm.

The original 13 paintings will be on display, and for sale $250 each.

Come and find a unique gift for the Canada-lover in your life!

 

The Canada Project Continues

Since my trip to Killarney at the end of August, I have been going non-stop. Over that last month I have re-visited the French River, Frontenac and The Petroglyphs. I feel very blessed to have access to these inspirational places, always a driving force behind my art.

I find myself extremely unfocused in my projects though. On top of the Canada Project I’ve started a side project of mini paintings from my trips. Plus a variety of other paintings I keep putting on the side line.

THE CANADA PROJECT CONTINUES

I finally cleaned up the studio and set aside all the little projects so I could refocus on the 13 Provinces and Territories. I am having a blast making little sketches, playing with colours, and watching the skies come to life in this series.

mini sketches

Three of the Thirteen are complete:

“Alberta Sunset,” “The Journey Begins- Yukon,” and “Gatineau, Quebec.” The next ones to be complete will be the Nunavut and British Columbia canvases.

Oh and I have started an event page on Facebook, for the art show which will be taking place on Saturday, December 16th. Mark your calendars friends, it will come fast!

Follow my art page too (Jennifer Anne Burke), if you want to watch this project unfold.

My Canada Project

A few weeks ago I introduced my next project on the blog: The Provinces and Territories. It is coming to life already: I have started 3 out of the 13 canvases (because the other 10 canvases had to be ordered in- they best get here soon as I’m on a roll!).

This is a new process for me, because after my last few paintings, I realized that for the final product to be it’s best, it’s a good idea to hash out a “rough” version to play with form and colours. Already I’m seeing improvement in the gallery canvases, and those little boards are ROUGH but FUN, and have already saved me from making mistakes on the 14 x 16 inch canvases.

Another motivating factor in my painting, that is new with this project, is listening to music. I’ve always painted in silence. However- the power of painting to Neil Young’s “Prairie Wind” while painting Canadian Landscapes… a totally surreal experience. This inspired me to pull out all the Canadian Classics… The Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo, City In Colour… and from my Jasper experience: Cadence and Nathan. I’m finding it highly motivating and feel like I’m painting faster and better then ever.

The paintings I have begun are: Yukon Territory “The Journey Begins”, Alberta “Prairie Sun” and British Columbia (not yet titled). Thank you to friends and family who have contributed their photos for this project. I am still looking for photos of Ontario, Quebec and Northwest Territories. Spread the word to fellow travelers and/or photographers!

And now… a break from art until next week.

The Provinces and Territories | Canada Project

I’ve had an idea brewing for a while now, about a Canada painting project. The idea solidified when I saw this image floating around the internet:

canada newfoundland labrador iceberg doreen dalley

This photo blew my mind about Canada. I instantly wanted to hop in the car and drive as fast as possible to Twillingate, Newfoundland Labrador. Of course, this was not possible so instead I contacted Doreen Dalley and asked permission to paint from her photo. I want to capture the majesty of this incredible iceberg, and Canadian Landscape.

That was how the project was born: what else do I not know about this country? What have I not seen, that others have (that I might want to!)? So I put out an invitation for people to send me their favourite photos from around the country. Funny enough the territory I thought would be hardest, was my first respond: Nunavut! I still need images from the Northwest Territories though, if anyone has some to share?

I have done enough traveling out west, and around Ontario, to have collected a huge amount of photos. However, I really want this project to not be about my travels: but instead to be about people around the country coming together in a collective project. Each painting, will give the photographer credit, and they also have the option of adding a small story (even just a sentence or two) with photo.

The photos I have collected above are: Northwest Territories (Jennifer Poole), Nunavut (Jennifer Shymko), Prince Edward Island (Carrie Freake), New Brunskwick (Emily Smith), Nova Scotia (Laura Sanders), Albert (Maggie May), and British Columbia (Robyn Cowan). Notice no Mountains? I’m pushing outside my comfort zone haha.

I choose the pictures based on the feelings that come to me, and the flow I see in the ability to paint them (how they compliment my style of painting). So many people have sent me INCREDIBLE images, and I am so grateful. Keep them coming, you just never know what might hit me!

The two photos above are mine, driving through Manitoba and Saskatchewan on October 31st last year. What a grey, boring drive! But something about these two images, I really love. I am not too eager to use my own photos (so if you have a Manitoba image or Sask image you’d like to share, send it my way); I will use these if nothing else has jumped at me over the next few weeks.

In conclusion, I am still looking for a few photos: Quebec, Ontario and the Northwest Territories. Please do not be shy, send as many as you like, I am happy to sort through images.

Ontario has been the hardest for me, perhaps because I have seen so much of it, and this province of mine is so large and has such a vast diversity in it’s land. I have a ton of images from Ontario, and people have sent so many gorgeous photos, that have come close to the “ah ha!” but not quite the flow I need… and it’s made me think: what do I want to capture about Ontario? …Wild flowers! If anyone has an image, of a field of wild flowers (yellows, oranges, purples, blues, greens, etc.), with open skies above, and maybe some tree silhouettes… please forward them to me. I will be so grateful. Of course, you are welcome to send me anything, I am open to changing my mind if something else clicks.

In the meantime… I’m going to start some practice paintings on small canvas boards, and I am super pumped to start with those bold colours in Maggie’s Alberta Sunset. Stay tuned… I will keep writing about the process of this project over the next few months. I hope to have it complete (13 canvases all the same -medium- size) by December. One painting a week? I can handle that. I think.