February 26, 2014

Bottomless - Sold

Bottomless, 8x8 oil
I recently purchased a really nice set of cups and saucers. I had put them aside while I was working on a larger painting.  Even though that painting isn't quite done, (hopefully it will be by the end of today), I decided to paint this while it was in my head.  I have a lot of plans for these cups, (that sounds strange).  I can't believe that February is coming to a close soon.  This month has flown by.

Last weekend I went to The Artist Project in Toronto.  I have been visiting this annual show for the past few years.  It's an excellent show, and the quality of art is generally top notch.  The one thing I have learned from visiting amazing art shows is to trust myself and to keep moving forward!  When I come home I can't wait to paint!  As far as shows locally, I have been finding out about group shows, as my peers are sending out invitations regularly, but clearly I have not been invited to be part of.  This only makes me stronger and forces me to work harder to find my own way in this dog eat dog world of art where everyone is vying for attention. 

February 13, 2014

A Cold Day

A Cold Day, 7x5 oil

On Monday this week I went out to paint at Hidden Valley Park, here in Burlington.  The temperature was -8 C.  I really didn't want to head outside to paint, but the sun was beckoning me and out I went.  I found myself trudging through knee deep snow, only to find the lace on my boot had caught on some twigs and instead of keeping out the snow I was scooping it up into my now gaping boot.  Well with my pant leg soaking wet I stood in the snow and painted as fast as I could before I became too cold.  I lasted an hour and a half, (not bad). 

Friday February 7 was the big art auction at the Burlington Art Centre.  What a fun and exciting evening!  I had never been to any kind of live auction before.  The experience was a little nerve racking since I really didn't know what kind of reaction my artwork would have.  There was an excellent show of people, with the gallery absolutely packed, (over 350 people).  To my relief, the auctioneer was wonderful; friendly and comical.  Happily my painting did sell, with a little competition between a couple of interested buyers, which made it even nicer. 

February 06, 2014

35th Annual Burlington Art Centre ART AUCTION

35th Annual Burlington Art Centre

Friday February 7, 2014
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 11 – 9pm
Thursday, Feb. 6, 11am – 9pm
Friday, Feb 7, 11 am – 5pm
Live and Silent Auction
Friday, February 7th
Doors Open 6 pm
Catered Reception through 8pm
Silent Auction closes at 8 pm
Live Auction starts at 8:30 pm
About the Art Auction
Featuring over 100 original works of art in this live and silent auction by emerging and established
Canadian artists, including Robert Bateman, Gisele Comtois and Bruno Capolongo. Proceeds from the Art Auction go directly to support the BAC`s ability to provide free entry to all galleries, seven days a week and promote the talented Canadian artists that participate in the Auction.
One Special Evening
Starting at 6:00 pm join us at the BAC for a
Fete of Local Food and Wine Pairing and live music
and feel the excitement as Auction Fever builds!
Your ticket includes:
Opportunity to attend a free How to Start a
Collection seminar
Fete of Local Food and Wine Tasting Reception
Entry to the Art Auction and Previews
Full-colour Catalogue
Bid Number

Free “How to Start a Collection” seminars
Wednesday, January 29, 7pm
Thursday, February 6, 11am and 7pm
You don’t need to be a millionaire to collect art.
We will discuss how to start your own collection;
understand the risk of the market, and collect for
the right reasons.
Led by Denis Longchamps, Director of Programs
and Jonathan Smith, Permanent Collection

Space is limited so reserve your seat today!
Call 905-632-7796, ext. 326

Tickets: BAC Member $35 / Non-Member $40 and $45 at the door.
Visit thebac.ca/Auction for details or call 905-632-7796 x326

1333 Lakeshore Road, Burlington, ON L7S 1A9 

February 04, 2014

Making Tracks - Sold

Making Tracks, 7x5 oil

I went painting 'en plein air' yesterday.  It was a beautiful day.  The snow had a crisp top layer that crumbled in chunks as I walked through it.  Unless you were a small animal, the stream nearby was not safe to cross.  I saw some small tracks across it but was too far away to get a good view, (wish I had my camera with me!)   I heard a couple of guys walking along the path with a dog further down the stream.  Clearly one had tried to cross the stream.  He was soon shouting that he had a soaker and that the water had gone over the top of his boot.  Live and learn.