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Studio Staycation

I took this past week off work and had myself a staycation. I’ve really been enjoying getting my hands dirty at the pottery studio lately, so I figured this would be a great time to take a week and really get my hands dirty. Every day.

I was recently reflecting on my time in university. Wake up, go to school (make art all day), eat, make more art, talk about art, go home, sleep, and do it all again the next day. What a good life. This week reminded me of that. I neglected my homework a little and put all my effort in to making lots and lots of work.

Lots of mugs, cups and a couple of little planters are starting to come to life.

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A few things even came out of the kiln this week. Take a peek.

I’m in the Club!

Turn off your 50 Cent – it’s not that kind of club. It’s way better. While I was in university for art, I primarily worked on print making and painting. I had taken one ceramics class and the teacher gave me good marks and described my work as “folk-ish” – I couldn’t decide if this was good or bad, given the pieces in front of me were not what I would call good. So when I got this crazy idea to start taking pottery classes at my local community centre I wasn’t sure what was going to happen. I knew as soon as I walked in that it was going to be a great experience. I had a great teacher, Charmian Nimmo, who helped me find ways to infuse my drawings into the pottery techniques she was teaching us. After a bit of practice, I was hooked. I had found a new creative outlet and I was improving my skills and learning every time I walked in to that studio.

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Drawing on hand built pottery

My only issue was I wanted to work more than the three hours a week the classes gave us (you can also do drop in on Sundays if you’re in a class, but that has a time limit as well). I found out about the Pottery Club at the community centre. The price was amazing and it gave access to the studio whenever there wasn’t a class in it. Sign me up! Only problem – there was a wait list. A very long wait list.

After 2 years of waiting, I’ve made my way up the waiting list and am now a member of the club and have been spending as much time as life allows me in the studio. I took a week off of work in November and I plan on spending every day in that beautiful studio, getting my hands dirty and seeing what I can come up with.

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My first night in the studio this autumn

 

An untitled doe

Why is naming paintings so difficult? I love writing, I love painting, but when it comes to combining the two, it’s just not a thing I’m interested in. I’m one of those people who ends up writing “untitled” on everything. Some people have a knack for naming paintings. I am just not one of those people.

So, I sat down last night and worked on another submission for the Anonymous Art Show, and here you have it. An untitled doe.

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8″ x 8″ acrylic on panel

I’ll have to come up with something, though – naming the painting is a requirement of submission. Can I just call it “An untitled doe”? Ha!

Anonymous Art Show 2016

Well, it’s that time again. When the leaves start falling it’s a reminder that it’s time to start working on my submissions to the Anonymous Art Show at the CityScape Community Art Space in North Van.  I love this annual art show. It’s a great opportunity to create something new and be a part of something – even if life is hectic, there’s always time to do an 8″ x 8″. Actually, I’m going to back track on that comment. I always think there’s time to do an 8″ x 8″ because hey, that’s pretty small… right? But then I remember how much I prefer painting larger canvasses. So, I’m starting early this year. You know, to leave some time for trial and error.

My boyfriend and I were in a store recently and I crammed myself into a child-sized donut Halloween costume. I kept thinking about pretty pink donuts. So when we sat down to work on our submissions recently, this is what I came up with. Apparently painting this didn’t get the donut thoughts out of my system, because I still want to be a donut for Halloween. We’ll see. We’ll see.

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Donuts 8″ x 8″ acrylic on canvas

How the show works

The Anonymous Art Show brings together local emerging and established artists, all paintings are priced at $100 and there is no signature on the front of the painting. In addition to being a great opportunity for people to purchase local art as gifts, it’s also an awesome fundraiser for the North Van Community Arts Council. All pieces are done on 8″ x 8″ x 1.5″ supports and when one is bought, it’s taken right off the wall at the time of purchase.

Important dates

  • Deadline for submissions: October 29 (4pm)
  • Opening reception: November 17 (7-9pm)
  • Show open to the public: November 18 – December 17

For more information, check out the artist call. Happy creating 🙂

Life Drawing

I’ll never forget how awkward I felt when I was 18 and suddenly there was a person without any clothes on right in front of me and I had to pretend it felt normal and remind myself not to giggle as I settled in for three hours of drawing. After the first half hour and a little growing up, the giggles subsided and I was hooked on life drawing classes. (I hope that made you laugh, because it makes me shake my head to think about, haha.) You really had to learn to roll with the punches – sometimes you’d be so committed to something but the models would only be instructed to hold the pose for 5 or 10 minutes and you’d have to accept what you had. Other times you’d spend an hour on something and feel like you over did it. It was all so temporary.

I’ve been working on updating the portfolio part of this site and had some real nostalgia rush through me as I looked through old photos. Every piece has its purpose, but it also has a memory attached to it. The image below is one of my most favourite drawings I’ve done to date. While I was in England, our life drawing class was a bit different than the ones I was used to. Our model was always the same, and the poses were much longer. He was much more social and would often walk around and see what we were doing in the middle of his pose. I asked him how he got into being an art model, and he said he did it because he wanted to be immortalized. That always stuck with me.

Your Mundane Life is Killing Me (headless man and skeleton) 23.4%22X33%22 acrylic paint, paper, collage, charcoal, wallpaper paste and graphite on paper
Your Mundane Life is Killing Me – Charcoal, paint and newsprint on paper

I was on Main St. recently and saw there are daily life drawing sessions at Basic Inquiry Gallery. So, you’ll find me there soon. If you know of any other life drawing sessions in Vancouver please let me know!

 

Rhino 

I’m finally wrapping up a painting I’ve been working on for some time now. I enjoy seeing process photos from artists so I thought I’d share some of my own. 

This big guy is done with acrylic on 24″ x 30″ canvas.

The first layer is always exciting as you get your first glimpse as to what your new painting could look like. 

“Rhino” in progress
  

The next couple layers are the most challenging in my opinion, as you start to work out what colours will go where while staying true to the drawing underneath.

“Rhino” in progress

People often think at this point you’re finished, but you know you aren’t. These last couple treatments are my favourite- I love refining everything and seeing the little pieces come to life. 

“Rhino” 24″ x 30″ acrylic on canvas
 What’s your favourite step when you’re painting?