Sunday, December 14, 2014

Three paintings auctioned off this weekend :)

Every year our swim club has a silent auction at the end of the year and this is the second year I contributed my paintings. 

These three 12x12 paintings have found new homes this weekend. The silent auction was for the swim club to support these hard working young athletes. All three received nice bids (there was no reserve) and I am happy they are off to good homes. Huge thanks to my new collectors :)!

Friday, December 12, 2014

VASA group show in September - Animals

More great news for 2015! Several of my animal paintings will be in a group show with other animal artists at VASA gallery in St. Albert. I just got the news that my paintings have been juried in and that the show will be some time in September, 2015.
I am excited to feature my animals locally!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Writing exhibit proposals and other stuff

I have been busy writing proposals. This is a task I do not like that much, but it helps me evaluate where I am on my art journey. I have a few ideas floating around in my head at all times and even though it may seem like a lot, they all will converge nicely together in the future. In the mean time, I am doing bits and pieces every single day. I explore new materials in my paintings, play with different textures and tools, even substrates.

I think I am going to paint a few ravens soon - haven't painted them in a while!

Friday, December 5, 2014

"Ravine" painting from the Marking the Valley Show


I got great news today - my painting "Ravine" has been bought by the River Valley Alliance for their retiring executive director. I am so excited about it! I hope he likes it :)
The painting was a part of the traveling exhibit that was on display here in Edmonton at Jubilee and in Calgary at the Souther Jubilee Gallery.

Many thanks to Visual Arts Alberta CARFAC and River Valley Alliance! Much appreciated!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Summary of 2014

The end of 2014 is approaching fast and it is a good time to look back and see what happened on my artful journey this year.

The year started with 30 in 30 days challenge in January. I painted 30 cocks, and I had lots of fun and good laughs with my friends. It was a great way to start the year and get into a daily painting routine. I signed up for the challenge in January again.

I had 4 solo shows this year as well. The first one was at Muttart Conservatory in Edmonton. My paintings were on display on the art wall in February and March.

My small paintings were on display at The Paint Spot in Artisan Nook in Edmonton, and I was the Artist of the Month at Westwood Unitarian in Parkallen.

My 4th solo show was at Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital. I love that I was juried to show my art at the hospital gallery. Knowing that my art brighten patients days for two months makes me happy! The picture below shows the display at The Blue Curve Gallery. I am happy to say that I applied again for their exhibits for 2015 and was accepted to show in their largest gallery - Mezzanine Gallery. The show will be October-December 2015. I am working on a series of Alberta landscapes for that exhibit.

My art was in nine group shows this year, and most of them were juried shows! One of the group juried shows was "Marking the Valley" organized by Visual Arts Alberta CARFAC. All of the 28 paintings ( painted by Alberta artists) chosen are inspired by a place along the North Saskatchewan River Valley. My painting "Ravine" was purchased by the River Valley Alliance for their retiring executive director!!! I am excited about this and hope he enjoys it! I certainly had fun painting it :). I am so grateful to be juried into this show that featured our beautiful River Valley, and I am humbled that my painting was chosen among all the other wonderful paintings to be purchased for the River Valley retiring director!

The shows are always a lot of work, but help me keep my priorities straight and stay motivated to work on a new series (or two).  This year I finished painting about 150 paintings, a lot of them on large canvases. I also did a lot of drawing, taking pictures for reference and went on several very productive and inspirational trips. It was truly an amazing year. I am hoping to do even more work in the next year, as we are comfortably settled into our lives here in Edmonton now, and I can do full-time painting. Such an exciting time in my life!

I am starting 2015 with a solo show "Serene Vistas" at Milner Gallery at the library downtown! I am putting it up on January 2nd and it will be up until the end of the month. Two more solo shows are lined up so far for 2015 - one in July at The Carrot Gallery, and one in October at GRH, Mezzanine Gallery. I already signed up for a few other shows and exhibits - more details on those in the new year!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Koi II


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Koi I


 In this painting I used only acrylic paint, but lots and lots of layers.

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Spirit Island triptych

Each canvas is 2x6ft. I added some grass and rocks in the foreground. The painting is mostly done, I may tweak a few things before finishing it.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

9x12" Ocellated Turkey

I almost thought I would not be able to finish this little guy today! I have been thinking about painting him for a while, just never got around to doing it.

The orange paint is the new paint I am trying out. It is made by Kroma Acrylics from BC. I really like it so far. I got four of their colours and they are bright (which of course I love!) They have a nice consistency (close to Golden acrylics) and that is a huge plus for me. I will continue working with the new paints this weekend.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Small Temptations at The Paint Spot

Just dropped off 5 small paintings for the Small Temptations show at The Paint Spot.

There are so many wonderful artists in Edmonton. I have only met a handful so far, but planning on getting more involved in 2015 in the local arts.


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