Girl in Gold, an Exploration.

Golden Anniversary

Here in Victoria BC we have a local organization called the Victoria Arts Council that is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. In conjunction with a Christmas show entitled “Little Gems” they decided to have a ‘celebration wall’ of 50 works done in the theme of gold. I received one of these 10 inch gallery depth panels that will be for sale Nov.28-Dec21/18. As a result, I “had to” 😉 go out shopping to gather various gold and metallic art supplies. I set to work researching inspirations and a subject. The influence of the German symbolist Gustav Klimt is hard to avoid . Any mention of gold always brings to mind his pieces featuring luxurious patches of glittering leaf.

Ici à Victoria, en Colombie-Britannique, nous avons un organisme local, le Victoria Arts Council, qui célèbre son 50e anniversaire cette année. Parallèlement à un spectacle de Noël intitulé “Little Gems”, ils ont décidé de créer un “mur de célébration” de 50 œuvres réalisées sur le thème de l’or. J’ai reçu un de ces panneaux de profondeur de galerie de 10 pouces qui sera à vendre le 28 novembre au 21 décembre. En conséquence, je «devais» faire des courses pour rassembler diverses fournitures d’art en or et en métal. Je me suis mis à la recherche d’inspirations et d’un sujet. Il est difficile d’éviter l’influence du symboliste allemand Gustav Klimt. Toute mention de l’or fait toujours penser à ses pièces comportant des taches luxueuses de feuilles brillantes.

In the beginning . . .

The beginning in gold
The beginning in gold

For this project however, I limited my materials to iridescent paints. Ultimately, the items items used primarily were Iridescent Antique Gold acrylic market by Liquitex, Iridescent Gold (fine) High Flow acrylic by Golden.

Pour ce projet cependant, j’ai limité mes matériaux à des peintures irisées. En fin de compte, les articles principalement utilisés étaient le marché de l’acrylique Iridescent Antique Gold de Liquitex et l’acrylique Iridescent Gold (fine) High Flow de Golden.

Baby Steps . . .

2nd stage, adding some opacity
2nd stage, adding some opacity

 I did include something of his spiral motifs in the background, but the style of the face became my own.

J’ai incorporé quelque chose de ses motifs en spirale à l’arrière-plan, mais le style du visage est devenu le mien.

It begins to come together . . .

Getting closer with lights & darks.
Getting closer with lights & darks.

Photographing to shimmer of the golds was difficult, so I took a short video:

Photographier à la lueur d’or était difficile, alors j’ai pris une courte vidéo:

Ta-Da! 

Girl in Gold, 10" square
True to You, 2018

Profile Picture Challenge

I had a discussion with my friend Adam recently about the Inktober challenge I had done & also a challenge that he had posted on Facebook referring to the game of Being Seen. Part of what he was wanting to make people aware of with this challenge was that many people have the same (smiling/happy) profile picture for years or some people may be hesitant to post an unflattering/unedited picture. This essentially is an incomplete representation of the multifaceted & complex people we truly are. (For that matter, how many of your friends are paying attention? Or take the time to comment? What do they have to say about your expression that day?)

THE PROBLEM: Adam is a Life Coach

Now this is of a very positive pickle to find myself in. A constructive conundrum! I know when speaking with him that he is always encouraging people to go for it & aim higher! I want to be able to say “I did it!” when I see him next. 

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Adam, always aiming higher!

This caused me to realize

“I’m going to have to try this challenge too, aren’t I?”

He then one-upped me by specifying that I would need to DRAW myself every day for a week! 😲… 

“Okay”, I thought, “I can do this, challenge accepted!”

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The last couple was a bit of a squeeze to fit into my vacation, but it gave me the opportunity for different scenery too 😉

So which profile picture is my favorite? I think it might be the first. Which is yours?

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Inktober part 4

Inktober part 4, the final round for 2016.

Well I’m glad I made it to the end of Inktober, my latest online artistic challenge. But also glad that I restricted myself to 3 inch square drawings so as to not overwhelm myself. In reflection I think that I would do it & other similar challenges again.

(If you missed my previous Inktober posts you can click for part 1, part 2 & part 3.)

Inktober slow
Inktober slow
Inktober tired
Inktober tired
Inktober surprise
Inktober surprise
Inktober wreck
Inktober wreck
Inktober creepy
Inktober creepy
Inktober one dozen
Inktober one dozen
Inktober box
Inktober box
Inktober burn
Inktober burn
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Self Portraits aka Selfies

This coming week in participating in a group art show at the Martin Bachelor Gallery which is themed Selfie.  Or  what they used to refer to back in the days of Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Kahlo  etc as self portraits.

Selfie painting, acrylic, 12" square
Selfie painting, acrylic, 12″ square

No, I’m not a Millenial narcissist as Psychology Today and this selfie article help explain the point of view.

Selfie painting, chalk and charcoal, coloured pencil, toned tan, 9" x 12"
Selfie painting, chalk and charcoal, coloured pencil, toned tan, 9″ x 12″

It should be a fun show with dozens of faces of different styles and interpretations staring down at the viewers.

UPDATE: One of the curators Efren Quiroz made this video interviewing many of the artists. Sadly is unable to attend the opening and meet some of  these talented people.

Here is a review of the show has recently been published in the Times-Colonist, written by a well known local arts writer/critic Robert Amos.

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Rome: Virtual Paintout

Piazza del Paradiso, Virtual Paintout
Piazza del Paradiso, Rome, Italy (coloured pencil & watercolour) for the Virtual Paintout.

 

I participated in the Virtual Paintout again this December. The area to focus on was Rome, Italy.

Every painting is a voyage into a sacred harbour.

Giotto di Bondone

I have never been to Rome but as I have recently returned from Amsterdam, Barcelona & Paris. I can imagine to a small degree what it could be like: Narrow, cobbled streets lined with tall antiquated buildings (by my Victoria, BC standards, where some of the oldest buildings are 135-140 years old. Only babies by European or Asian standards!) in various states of decay/preservation, with cafe tables in every other doorway. I’ll get there eventually but for now, this surrogate ramble through the medium of Streetview with have to suffice.

While doing research for the Virtual Paintout the contrast of warm stucco against the cool sky caught my eye this time around. I also like the the negative space, the slightly cock-eyed “X” of the sky.

If your curious to see a glimpse of how Piazza del Paradiso appears in Streetview, click the link here, but remember you’ll need to crank your head way up to get the perspective.

 

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Paint Party Friday

 

Fast, Slow and a Series

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An assortment of crows. All are acrylics except centre right which is watercolor on birch panel.

 

What can be learned by doing things really fast?  Or really slow? Or in a series?

Reiteration

Many artists painted have the same subject over and over, from different angles (Monet’s Waterlilies) and others have painted the subject repeatedly looking the same (Warhol’s Marilyn silkscreens) in an effort to show that even with endless amounts of reproduction where on the surface they appear the same, the small smears and clogs give an individuality to each piece. Even in my attempts to manually reproduce the same familiar image from memory, each time there would be variations to the theme. Some I liked and of course others not so much.

What I found is that each time I repeat a subject (such as a  bird) I become more aware of :

*the textures & highlights

*the shape & proportion

*the body language & movement

*seemingly subtle things such as the highlights of an eye can draw your attention

*the addition of a tiny prop like a cigarette can change the attitude

 

Speed

I hadn’t tried to give myself a time limit until I applied to compete in Art Battle, along with a few friends (Buddy System!).

My first reaction to the challenge was trepidation but the more I thought about it the old saying of “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger” was lingering in the back of my mind.  That’s when I made the dive and sent in an application, only then to panic with my acceptance!

I needed a plan of action so our group, which we soon dubbed “the A-Team” (an attempt to take on the strength & ingenuity of these iconic characters) put into motion several practice sessions, complete with timers, distractions and loud music (we had to learn to block these things out).  We tried new images and old familiar ones to the point where it began to feel that our hands began to form a memory of their own for the twists and turns required, endeavoring to become more efficient in the movements each time. The results did surprise me at times and really made me consider whether some of the long drawn out hours necessarily paid off?

The day of the competition was loaded with adrenalin, unfamiliar materials and faces but I’m certainly glad I did it. Will I compete again? Only the future will tell but in the meantime I have a collection of birds in various sizes and shapes to contemplate and learn from 🙂

 

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Mystery Art Show Revealed!

The Mystery Art Show is now over!

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“Quadra Island boat” is ink & watercolour painting on wood cradle board, 10″ × 10″. SOLD

I’m happy to say that my painting “Quadra Island Boat” sold yesterday via Red Art Gallery! I’m to see it off to a happy new home.

I shallook forward to participating again in the future and meeting many more local artists. 

Is like to extend my thanks to Bob & Marion for hosting this fun event!

 

Mystery Art Show Teasers

Mystery art show

In June 2014 there will be a Mystery Art Show at the Red Art Gallery in Oak Bay I will be participating! 

En juin 2014, il y aura un spectacle d’art mystère à la Red Art Gallery d’Oak Bay, je participerai!

Mystery Art Show teasers
Mystery Art Show teasers

The gallery of images up for sale during the Mystery Art Show is posted on the Red Art Gallery site.

La galerie d’images mises en vente lors du Mystery Art Show est affichée sur le site de la Red Art Gallery.

Can you guess which might be mine?

Pouvez-vous deviner lequel pourrait être le mien?

The show begins June 3rd with the sale on June 7th, 2014 at 2249 Oak Bay Ave. Victoria BC.

Le spectacle commence le 3 juin avec la vente le 7 juin 2014 au 2249 Oak Bay Ave. Victoria BC.

Red Art Gallery Third Annual Mystery Art Show

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Red Gallery Mystery Show

 

 My work has been chosen for the Red Art Gallery Third Annual Mystery Art Show. There were 102 entries this year, but just 40 works to be displayed.

Mystery-Show
Red Gallery Mystery Show

I like the idea of this show because people would be buying the art because they loved it, not because of the name on the front.

I will post a picture of my painting once the “mystery” is over 🙂