New Works – Saturation

UP COMING EVENT 

WAYNE ARTHUR GALLERY SEPTEMBER 2 to 29, 2017

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, September 7th 7-9pm

Join us for some food, refreshments and great conversation! 


SATURATION! – Intense colour and heavy paint application are used to explore themes of emotional and sensory overload, fullness and abundance. 

 

Rescue Rx

sKNOWflakes

The ‘sKNOWflake’ series is an exploration of social hypocrisy, individual accountability, balance, repetition and cumulative effects. Each digital work was created by using Smart Phone technology to operate a portable virtual studio. The birth of each flake starts with a ‘guerilla’ style image taken on the move with my iPhone, most as a passenger while traveling, but sometimes I am driving and pull over to get out and capture an image. The image is then manipulated through various apps and combined with screenshots of articles, graphs, charts and jargon related to the original photo and often referencing various points of view on a trending environmental topic. Once each digital image is complete it is then printed on canvas. Some I have taken a step further and ‘Modified’, by hand, with various materials such as gold leaf, paint, embroidery, beads and found objects juxtaposing contemporary against traditional, handmade against manmade.

“No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.”– Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

Mindful Mittens

sKNOWflakes and Hand-Delivered on display at the On Thin Ice Exhibition 2016 at Cre8ery Gallery.

Mindful Mittens are a each carrying a contemporary message to ponder. Nålbinding is an ancient method of fabric construction which is often referred to as Viking Knitting, due to the fact it has been discovered in numerous Viking archeological burial sites. Hand-Delivered explores current man-made social and environmental issues through the use of ancient craft.

cubist landscapes

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Going En Plein Air!

Plein air workshop at Falcon Trails Resort with Melissa Jean

Plein air workshop at Falcon Trails Resort with Melissa Jean

WOW!  It’s hard to believe more than a week has already passed since I was setting up my easel out at Falcon Lake Trails Resort in Manitoba’s Whiteshell Provincial Park a short 90 minute drive East of Winnipeg to do my first ever ‘plein air’ painting session.


I have drawn on location outdoors a few times with the Winnipeg Sketch Club, but never painted outdoors. Even the few times I have been out drawing in the past, it was never with instruction, so this was a brand new experience and I really enjoyed it.  I was fortunate to get one of 15 spots available in the workshop led by Kenora artist, Melissa Jean.

Comparing our warm-up pieces (approx 90 min.) with our 37 minute work

Comparing our warm-up pieces (approx 90 min.) with our 37 minute work


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It was truly a fantastic day with GREAT instruction, beautiful vistas to paint, a yummy lunch included, as well as a talented and fun group to paint with….even the weather co-operated! Not too sunny, not too hot, not too cloudy….the perfect Goldilocks kind of day, everything was JUST RIGHT. The day was filled with laugher and motivating challenges to help snap us out of our comfort zones. I joined the 37 minute painting club, learned a great deal regarding gear set up and what to bring, as well as some great tips on colour selection and mixing by utilizing a limited palette and mixing cool through warm. 

limited palette challenge, primary colours plus white and extender medium......GO!

limited palette challenge, primary colours plus white and extender medium……and GO!

Beautiful  Falcon Lake

Beautiful Falcon Lake

Limited palette challenge

Limited palette challenge


Now I cannot wait to get out side and paint again!! Fingers crossed for this weekend to be nice so I can get some much needed practice in! 

Melissa Jean's demo painting.

Melissa Jean’s demo painting.

Canadian artist, Melissa Jean demonstrating  at  Falcon Trails Resort 2016 Plein Air Workshop

Canadian artist, Melissa Jean demonstrating at Falcon Trails Resort 2016 Plein Air Workshop

Visit  Melissa Jean Art to view a selection of her gorgeous Canadian landscape inspired works. 

Thanks for stopping by, happy creating!!