I was so pleased to have completed two new paintings to enter into the KWSA Members show at Button Factory Arts in Waterloo. The first, I called 'Tea for Two' was painted from a photo that was graciously given to me to paint from by Cathy Buttrey Jillard. I happened to finish the painting around Mother's day and when I showed her my painting from her photo she told me that lilacs were her mother's favorite flower and the teacups also belonged to her mom. What a nice way to record special memories.
The second painting, 'Signs of Spring' was a painting of some trilliums I found on a walk in Steckle Woods in Kitchener this spring. I love the delicate pink colour and the way the light was shining through the overhead branches to light up the flowers on the forest floor.
I'm so pleased to announce that both of these paintings were purchased by my friend Beth N. and they both will find their happy place in her home. I went to pick the paintings up at the end of the exhibit and the staff said, "Oh! We must have forgotten to tell you! They both sold!" I totally thought they were kidding at first. But it made my day!
I'm pleased to have some of my paintings in the Button Factory Member's Show called "Colours of Art" The opening reception is on March 31st from 5 to 7 pm and the show runs from March 31st to April 21st. If you're in the area from Tuesday to Saturday why not drop into the Button Factory - 25 Regina St S in Waterloo and check out some of the beautiful artworks!
The exhibit is open at Kitchener City Hall in the Berlin Tower from March 2nd to March 30th. The theme is "New to Me" which means that all the artists submitted art in a genre or with subject matter in which they do not usually work. I submitted my "Bird of Paradise" batik. I have always been intrigued with the process of batik which involves painting on rice paper using layers of colour and wax applied alternately from light to dark. At the end, you crumple up the paper so the wax cracks, and then apply your darkest colour. Then you iron your painting to remove all the wax between sheets of newsprint. This leaves all the colour behind along with uneven cracks, dribbles, blots and interesting texture. I really liked the process and the finished painting. I think I will work on a series of batik paintings this summer - and I already have people asking to learn how to do it! Watch for a Saturday workshop later this spring!
To see videos of our exhibit, check out the KWSA page on Facebook!
Four of my paintings are on display at the Co-operator's office on Parkside Dr Waterloo. They have a rotating gallery in co-operation with KWSA. My art will be displayed there until March 21st.
I will be participating during the Frederick Art Walk at Kitchener Public Library - main branch. KPL has a Meet the Artist each month and this time it happens to be during the Studio Tour in the Frederick St. area of Kitchener. I will be doing an Art Demo in acrylics/mixed media along with Brenda Turnour who is a great watercolour artist.
Come on down and Meet the Artists from 10 a.m. to noon, see the art show in the library by the KW Society of Artists and a retrospective exhibit of the art work of one of our honorary members Walter Ozaruk. (The opening is at noon.)Then mosey on down the street and have a look-see at some of the studios that are open on Saturday within walking distance.
I'm SO excited! I sold a painting I had recently entered at the KW Society of Artist's Member show! The show is still on at the Button factory on Regina St. in Waterloo, ON. I love flowers and I've been so inspired this Spring to start painting flowers from my garden. This is a Watercolour painting called simply, "Bleeding Hearts". It's 11x14 and it's finding a new home in Toronto. I'm told the husband bought it secretly for his wife for her birthday - isn't that sweet?? I LOVE it! So happy to bring the enjoyment of Spring's beauty into someone else's life. Watch here on my blog or newsletter or on my Facebook page to see when I have prints available for purchase so you can hang my art in the perfect place in your home.
I've also been working away on my brand new website. I have finally found a place where I can put together a website fairly easily. I've wanted a website for my art and for my classes for FOREVER! But they all were so hard to figure out, or else they were unreliable. With the help of Leslie Saeta and her Webinarts courses, I am finally able to start pulling all the pieces together. Building a website is just as creatively challenging as painting - for sure! And time consuming - WOW. This page is my blog exclusively for my Fine Art paintings so I plan on writing about my;
As always, I'm grateful for all my family, friends, collectors and fellow artists and all your encouragement for my second career :-)
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