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First completed painting of the year

I am pleased to have finished the first painting of the year! This one has been around for quite some time so it’s nice to have it completed. It’s 18″ x 24″ oil on canvas – “Algonquin Memories”. I have decided not to do prints of my new work so this is one of a kind!

Algonquin Memories

The past few months have been so busy I haven’t had much time for painting. I was seconded to a new position in September as a Process Improvement Facilitator and have been trained as a Lean Six Sigma black belt. The Globe and Mail published a great article on ‘lean specialists’ that explains the position pretty well. The learning curve has been steep and it has taken all my time and focus to complete the training, but the exam has been passed!

I didn’t make any formal resolutions this New Year but I will be getting back to painting regularly. I will be returning to the Buckhorn Fine Art Festival on August 15 – 17 and the Victoria County Studio Tour on October 4 & 5 and October 11 & 12 so mark your calendars! I’ve been busy this weekend filling out all the forms for those shows and getting everything ready to send off.

My goal is to have 4 new originals to debut at the Buckhorn Festival, so there’s only 3 left to go!

The Buckhorn Fine Art Festival was a great experience

This past weekend I was at the Buckhorn Fine Art Festival and it was fantastic! This was my first year and I didn’t know what to expect but I am really pleased with how things went.

John and I went up Friday morning (it’s about a 45 minute drive from home) to get the booth set up. We got checked in at about 8:30am and went to our booth in the Community Centre They have all the booths already constructed out of plywood and painted which is so great. It was pretty awesome to see my name at the top! I was at the end of the aisle and there were only two of us on the back wall.

Buckhorn empty booth

It took us almost four hours to set up but we took our time. We didn’t run into any major snags and only had to make one trip to the hardware store for a power bar for our lights.

Buckhorn set up 1

John had brought a tape measure and a level but we quickly discarded them and just went by eye.

Buckhorn set up 2

And we were all set to go!

Buckhorn finished booth Buckhorn booth

Friday night was the Preview Night Garden Party so I dressed up. We had all kinds of family and friends come – it really was a party!

Buckhorn Friday Night

The crowds were consistent all weekend and I there was a lot of interest in my work. So many compliments!

Buckhorn Saturday

I was lucky to have great neighbours – Bronson Smith from Peterborough, Julia Conlon from Windsor and Charles Leung from Lindsay. They were a lot of fun and offered great advice and support. Thank you!

On Saturday night there was a dinner for the artists and volunteers and we had a great time. It was great to meet Henry Fernandes, Yvonne de Viller, Dave & Jane Bigham, and Malcolm Madsen. We also got to chat with Michael Dumas and his wife Ellen who have been long-time volunteers at the festival (Michael wasn’t exhibiting this year). It was wonderful to hear about their experiences at this show and others and once again the advice and support were amazing.

Now it’s time to get ready for the Victoria County Studio Tour in October!

A weekend of painting

I’ve had a very busy weekend of painting! I have to make sure I have enough original work for both the Buckhorn Fine Art Festival in August and the Victoria County Studio Tour in October. Although over the past year I have been diligent at painting every day I haven’t been terribly productive when it comes to producing new work. I’ve been picking away at paintings an hour or so at a time but haven’t really carved out the time to spend making some good progress.

I’ve planned out 6 new paintings (with John’s help!) so far. Four are florals featuring our gardens and two are landscapes. Yesterday I got the first layer of paint completed on this one (it’s 11″ x 14″):

Tulips

Today I completed the drawing on this one and got the first layer of paint done on half:

Pink lilies

Big news!

I am very pleased to announce that I have been accepted to this year’s Buckhorn Fine Art Festival and to the Victoria County Studio Tour! I’m so excited!

The Buckhorn Fine Art Festival is August 16, 17 & 18 and the Victoria County Studio Tour is October 5 & 6 and October 12 & 13 so mark your calendars.

I received some really great feedback from the selection committee for the Buckhorn show which will be helpful as I prepare. I’m going to be VERY busy from now until August and every spare minute will be spent painting! I would like to have quite a few new paintings for the show so I have a lot of work to do.

Earlier this week I attended Artrepreneur in Peterborough and it was an excellent day. It was a full day on the business side of art and I learned quite a bit about value, pricing, distribution networks, marketing and promotion. I also met some fabulously talented people that I plan on staying in touch with.

I did a quick demo on the ArtRage and Brushes apps for the iPad plus I was on a panel in the afternoon. Great fun!

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Plodding along

It’s been a bit of a rough week. The crazy weather has had me dealing with migraines almost every day. Ugh.

I have still been painting every day but I’ve officially hit the ‘will it ever be done?’ stage of the trillium painting. It seems the more I do on it the more I see needs to be done. Perhaps it’s time for a break on this one for a couple of days and then get back at it when I’m refreshed. Or maybe I should just keep plodding away…..it’ll eventually get done, right?

I’ve submitted my applications for the Buckhorn Fine Art Festival and the Victoria County Studio Tour so now I just have to wait to hear back from them on whether I’ve been accepted. Waiting is always the hardest part!

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Finding Balance

I’ve been back to work this week and John has moved in permanently – yay! It feels like the relaxation of the holidays is long gone even though New Year’s was only a few days ago. We’re adjusting to the changes and things are going well so far!

I have been painting every morning on the trilliums and I’m making good progress. This morning I was feeling really good as I was painting but then I had to pack up and head to the office.

Can you really balance everything effectively? I find that I often think about work while I’m painting and while I’m at work I’m thinking of painting or the things I have to do for my art business. I imagine this is normal….at least I hope it is!

I’m busy getting my applications together for the Buckhorn Fine Art Festival and the Victoria County Studio Tour for this year. It’s the first time I’ve applied for these shows – here’s hoping I’m successful. It would be a big boost to my career to be involved in these events.

I came across Michael Grab’s Stone Balancing Work and it’s just incredible. The only ‘glue’ holding these stones together is gravity. He really describes balance well.

The most fundamental element of balancing in a physical sense is finding some kind of “tripod” for the rock to stand on. Every rock is covered in a variety of tiny to large indentations that can act as a tripod for the rock to stand upright, or in most orientations you can think of with other rocks. By paying close attention to the feeling of the rocks, you will start to feel even the smallest clicks as the notches of the rocks in contact are moving over one another. In the finer point balances, these clicks can be felt on a scale smaller than millimeters. Some point balances will give the illusion of weightlessness as the rocks look to be barely touching. Parallel to the physical element of finding tripods, the most fundamental non-physical element is harder to explain through words. In a nutshell, i am referring to meditation, or finding a zero point or silence within yourself. Some balances can apply significant pressure on your mind and your patience. The challenge is overcoming any doubt that may arise.

Work by Michael Grab

Work by Michael Grab