So this is what the last few weeks have entailed, design paintings, paint, photograph said paintings for record keeping and web posting and then set up at Art From The Unknown put on by MLA Rachel Notley and attend each day for a few hours.
I wasn't sure I'd get accepted as due cracked ribs felt too under the weather to apply before the deadline then as I felt better I sent a note of explaination requesting if they had space to please consider my work. Well a couple artist pulled out in the last two weeks which opened up space for me so I worked full time to complete new paintings that were on the go.
MLA Rachel Notley
Art-talk with interested viewers. Its becomes so much fun when I overcome my initial trepidation of how to approach people and get into storytelling how each painting was inspired.
This fella was too irresistible to not paint, and it seems 70% of the viewers said oh this must be so_an_so's cat. Well truth be know I have no idea who belongs to this neighbourhood cat, but he has so much character. And speaking of character, one of the most mentioned things about my work is that it has life and character; right on!
Loki The Dog of Mischief
Loki is one of my grand-dogs, and yes he has a cute lil way about him, loves being under the covers, the laundry, inside coats, he's so adorable who wouldn't love such a sweet fella.
I had all three of these paintings lined up on my work table and worked on them all at the same time. So you see I've been very busy. Two weeks of intensive painting to get them to the finished state. I was putting the wires on the backs and photographing them on friday afternoon and managed to have them packed up and ready to go just in time. Man-oman was I tired and wired after the reception was done at ten pm.
Ok, after this point I forgot to photograph the process as there were more glazing layers of pigment and detailing to strengthen areas, but at least it gives an idea of the way I work to complete a painting; or three at a time as it was. Compare with finished painting posted above to see other changes made such as adding a slash or orange down the left side and blue at the base to frame sleepy-eyed goat.
Well this has been a long post so I will wish you all well and now I am going to slip into my recliner sip a hot cocoa and be lazy, oh ya!
Hugs and a happy smile!