Friday, November 21, 2014

Framing the painting for the show

I have been painting on a gallery wrapped canvas for a while so I don't have to frame my paintings for the shows. However, there are a few supports and paintings that still needed to be framed. One of them is this large 4x4ft painting of Colorado foothills sunflowers.

A friend of mine recommended Zorzos framing in Edmonton.

I called them and brought the painting in the next day. I was really surprised when they said to come back and pick it up after lunch! Sure enough, I came back and it was all done. Large platinum frame for a great price. I got other quotes from three different local framing places and none of them were even close to this price. Not to mention how valuable it is to have the same day service! They also have a ton of readymade frames for smaller paintings (well, smaller than 4x4ft!)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Another solo show scheduled for 2015!

I got more exciting news today. My art will be at Glenrose Rehab Hospital from October to December for 2 full months in Mezzanine Gallery. This is the largest gallery they have available and is more than 50 linear feet long. I plan on having some large format Alberta landscapes on display!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Triptych more progress

When I work on larger pieces I really like to work on them in the day time, and we have such short days here in the North. 4 pm and it is already getting too dark to paint.
I am slowly making a progress on these paintings and getting to work on all the reflections in the water. I used the flexible modelling paste to build up the texture and pouring medium for the water. I love using my huge palette knives!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Large triptych WIP

Each canvas is gallery wrapped and 24x72", making the entire painting 6x6 ft. I am making it this way to fit in three alcoves at Milner library for my solo show in January.

I love painting large. Painting large is a completely different experience than painting my daily paintings. It is also not easy to switch back and forth from small format to large format. Just this first layer of paint gave me a good workout! I am doing the background first and working my way to the front of the painting.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Art from the Unknown show

It was a fun show to be in. I met a few local artists. I am happy that my friends stopped by to say hi as well.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Two show openings this week!

On Thursday - Opening of Guilded - Let Nature Stun you! at St. Albert Art Gallery.

On Friday - Old Strathcona Performance Centre 6-10 pm - Opening of "The Art from the Unknown".

I will have my daily paintings on display - all will be $100 each! Stop by and say hi :)

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Carrot show in July 2015

Another solo show is scheduled for July 2015. It will be at the Carrot gallery. It is a volunteer run coffeshop/gallery space and it is in the Alberta Avenue neighbourhood. I am looking forward to having another solo show, especially in a nice, community oriented space. Hm, i am going to have to start thinking what the show will be about :).

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

El Dia De Los Muertos

Yesterday, I decided to do a little self portrait. I made it in a Day of the Dead spirit as the holiday is approaching us.

Day of the Dead (SpanishDía de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday observed throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico where the day is a bank holiday. The celebration takes place on October 31, November 1 and November 2, in connection with the triduum of AllhallowtideAll Hallows' EveHallowmas, and All Souls' Day (From WIkipedia). In Croatia  a tradition is to go to cemetery and visit our dead relatives, light candles and leave flowers. 

I was born and raised in the ex-Yugoslavia. When we were in the 1st grade we all went through a ceremony to become pioneers and we pledged the allegiance to the Unions of Pioneers of Yugoslavia. I was in the first generation that had blue hats. We also wore the red scarf.

The allegiance went like this:

Danas, kada postajem pionir,
dajem časnu pionirsku riječ/reč -
da ću marljivo učiti i raditi,
poštovati roditelje i starije,
i biti vjeran/veran i iskren drug,
koji drži datu riječ/reč.
Da ću voljeti/voleti našu domovinu, samoupravnu
socijalističku federativnu republiku Jugoslaviju,
da ću razvijati bratstvo i jedinstvo
i ideje za koje se borio drug Tito.
Da ću cijeniti/ceniti sve ljude svijeta/sveta koji žele slobodu i mir!
In English:
Today, as I become a Pioneer,
I give my Pioneer's word of honour -
That I shall study and work diligently,
respect parents and my seniors,
and be a loyal and honest comrade/friend.
That I shall love our homeland, self-managed
socialist federal republic of Yugoslavia.
That I shall spread brotherhood and unity
and the principles for which comrade Tito fought.
And that I shall value all peoples of the world who respect freedom and peace!

Today, these principles are nothing more than a memory. Including the pioneer hat and scarf in my painting is fitting to the Day of the Dead theme - as they are the symbols of something that is now dead. I spelled my name in old Glagoljica writing, letters dating from the 9th century The alphabet is not used in today's world, it is dead and also fitting to the theme. The flowers are poppies. Two are for my parents and one is for me that is no longer. 
Circles in the background represent years that I have lived on my own since I left Yugoslavia. The little pussycat - she has a big heart and is just happy to be alive!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Art from the Unknown show in November

Art from the Unknown will be hosted at the Old Strathcona Centre for the Performing Arts / Cosmopolitan Music Society, located at 8426 Gateway Boulevard. The event will run during the following times:
November 7, 2014 – 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Opening Night Reception with Live Music
November 8, 2014 – 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM – General Gallery
November 9, 2014 – 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – General Gallery
I will be there the entire time this weekend so please stop by and say hi!!! I love it when people take time to visit while I am at a show. I will have my small animal paintings for sale there, each $100.


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