Showing posts from April, 2014

Rendezvous Gallery show, Vancouver, BC

I shipped my paintings to Vancouver this week for a group show that I'm part of in Rendezvous Art Gallery. The show's theme is "Seasons" and I didn't send a single snow scene; that's a season that I've had enough of. I sent a lot of still life pieces and some beach scenes. 
The show opens on May 10 and I'm flying to Vancouver to have some wine, see some art and mingle with like-minded people.  I hope you'll be able to join me. 
Happy painting!

Planning with Thumbnails

I've finally accepted the importance of the thumbnail in my painting process.  I fought it for years, mainly because the little charcoal drawings that I produced didn't seem to have any relationship to the world of paint and colour. So while I attempted them over the years, I never felt thumbnails to be particularly helpful to my work.

But recently I've begun to paint tiny thumbnails in black and white before launching into a full colour version, and it's been a revelation.  Thumbnails in paint correlate perfectly to the colour paintings - they already are paintings - and so they become what they should always have been: maps to the finished works.

You can see the process that I go through in these images. Using a photo that I took at the beach last summer, I wanted to separate the girls and their inflatable rings from what was a chaotic mess of people and beach toys.  I needed to edit and organize a composition.

My first step was, in fact, to use charcoal to visuali…

New Gallery Opening in Portland, Maine

I've dropped off the blogger map for a while because of a silly amount of travel: teaching in Mexico, learning in Philadelphia, and teaching two workshops for the Federation of Canadian Artists in Vancouver; all within 6 weeks.  It's not conducive to painting, but it sure has been fun.  But I'm settled back into my studio now and I won't come out for a good long time.

There are exciting things on the horizon for me, one of the biggest of which is the opening of the Roux and Cyr International Fine Art Gallery in Portland, Maine.  I was honoured to be invited to join the roster of artists from around the world whose work will hang in this gorgeous new space.  Thanks to Google maps street view, and pictures sent by artist and owner, Susan Roux, I've seen the 3000 square foot gallery from the inside and out.  Hopefully, someday I'll see it in person (when I decide to venture out of my studio again).
The grand opening of the gallery is May 24.  If you live in the …