Showing posts from September, 2010

Art Visions 2010, Kelowna, BC

Art Visions 2010 is set to open once again on October 7 in Kelowna BC. 

I was fortunate enough to be juried into this growing show again this year, and my painting "Digging" will hang in Hambleton Gallery

The show is unique in that it encompasses 4 galleries in the art district in Kelowna.  Last year my work won the Gold Medal and I attended the event.  It was an impressive organizational feat, and the Central Okanagan Chapter of the FCA pulled it off without a hitch.  We all had a great time mingling and viewing art.  Opening night was chilly but the Okanagan wine that was served in each gallery warmed people up nicely. 

If you're in the Okanagan, I hope you'll attend this ambitious and exciting show.

Painting Out

Afternoon in the Rockies 9 x 12
I went out to Banff to paint with Alice Helwig recently and we had a great time. 
That's the easy part; the part that's tricky is having a great time AND producing some work. 

Both Alice and I talk while we work.  I'm not sure that it's always intelligent talk because we're also intently focused on our paintings, but it means that we work well together.   I got a painting and a half out of the day.  The half a painting is partially scraped out and awaiting revisions to clarify some design problems.

The piece above pleased me because it caught the drama of the light conditions.  We avoided our usual rainstorm by a few hours, but the clouds loomed throughout the day, and every time I looked back at the mountain, there was a new shadow pattern on it.  That was frustrating at first, and then liberating: I could do whatever I wanted, because I could never capture what I was seeing in the short time that it presented itself. 

I tried s…

New Workshop October 2

Painting the Figure The Long Pose October 2, 10am to 4:30pm

I'll be teaching a workshop on October 2 at the Calgary School of Art.
I thought it would be nice to teach a long-pose figure painting which allows time to develop a finished painting.  Normally I work the painters fast and hard in my workshops and have them do 3 to 4 paintings over the course of a day.  They leave pretty tired, but with signs of a definite progression. 

Nice as that progression is, I saw the value of a long pose when I did Zhaoming Wu's workshop in the Spring.  We had a pose for the entire day, and not even a face to work with.  I managed to snag this profile view when we were setting up but some painters spent the day looking at a spotlit back.  And yet, they managed to do interesting things with that because they had the time to fully explore and develop the painting.  We still left tired though.

I'm interested to see what students do with a long pose.  When there's no time constraint, I beli…

CIPA Exhibition in Calgary

Images from the 2008 CIPA Exhibition
I'm very excited to have been asked to be a member of the awards jury for the Canadian Institute of Portrait Artists' national exhibition. 

CIPA holds a juried, biennial exhibition in Canada, and this year it is going to be showing at Mount Royal University here in Calgary. 
The dates are: September 21 to October 15
Venue: 2nd Floor, Bissett School of Business, Mount Royal University

I'm looking forward to seeing the show in advance and hope that you'll check it out while it's in the city.

Dazzled by Light

Designs 12 x 24" I realized while I was on vacation in Kelowna, BC that Calgary's light sucks!

Calgary has a very cool, hard light for most of the day, only breaking into warm, saturated colour in the morning or evening. 

By comparison, the light in the BC interior is an impressionist's dream all day long.  I've never been to France, but I suspect the light is like what I saw on my vacation: warm, rich, and full of colour bouncing in every direction. 

The painting above is from a photo of my son fly fishing in a small lake near Kelowna.  When I painted it, I tried to remember the magical, atmosphere and let myself introduce lots of reflected warm and cool light.  The underpainting is ochre which softens and warms all the colours on top of it. 

I'm glad that I painted this within a couple of days of returning from our trip.  Like most photos, the picture that this was taken from doesn't capture much more than the basics of colour and pose.  Having the memory …

Presentation Counts

Boy 9 x 12
Last week I visited a frame shop in Kelowna that I've wanted to see for some time: Classic Gallery Framing.  I've looked at their frames online, but, like most people, I need to see the real thing before I'll buy something.  What really interested me was their plein air frames. 

When I was in New York recently, I noticed that many galleries frame work in these seamless-cornered, gold frames with no liner.  This is not the Calgary aesthetic, but boy do I ever like it!  The simplest little painting looks like a million dollars when surrounded by gold.  I also like the fact that there is no linen liner to collect dirty fingerprints and dust. 

I bought 3 different styles of plein air frame: 2 gold ones and a black one.  The picture above is of the simplest of the frames that I brought home and shows just how effective gold can be.  If it's good enough for New York, it's good enough for me!