The Love that Surrounds Me 1 & 2. Diptych 36" x 36" ea

Sunday, October 19, 2008

An Artist's Space...Mine

Yes, you have been cordially invited to have a short tour of my live/work studio space... at least that's what I call it now since I moved my studio home. It was a challenge paring down the spralling 900+ square feet of studio space, into my 150-ish square foot den at home. BUT, it works and I am loving it.

I have a great view and the light is fantastic all day - no it's not north facing (the artists' preferred light), but to me the west is best! I get a beautiful sunset in the evening and a nice breeze too.

It feels great saving the extra rent money each month that the studio was costing me, and I'm also enjoying the quick moments when I can add a few brush strokes to a painting between piano students. I can keep up with emails, have tools on hand, watch movies, etc. - multi-tasking in a fun and efficient way.

I generally use the wall as my easel and there is very limited wall space in this room - one wall is windows (which is gorgeous), one wall is sliding french doors into my living room (which makes the room feel open), another wall is mirrored closet doors (which reflects that gorgeous light and sunset and makes the room feel even larger) and another wall (as seen above) is a door (now closed off) and glass brick.

This photo makes the room look abominable, but it's just a reflection of the room (yikes, eh?) Can you see me waving in the back? (lol) Those are the mirrored closet doors I was mentioning. I keep a couple of paint/paint brush carts in the middle of the room - kind of like a kitchen island. Oh yeah, I like cooking too, and the studio is also close to my kitchen!

Just in case you were dying to see inside my closets, I thought I'd save you the curiousity and just show you. Above is "panel one" moved aside. Below, the "middle panel".

Here's the last "panel". It is actually quite organized, I must say. There is a place for everything and everthing is in it's place. I even have a fire extinguisher ...

This room is on the other side of the glass brick wall - my music studio where I teach piano. It's also nice having the piano close by too - more multi-tasking activities!

Paintings are stored everywhere! These are beside the piano, outside the studio.

These (blank, waiting to be painted on) are outside the sliding french doors of my studio, leaning against my sofa.

And alas, I have some stacked & squished in the electrical room (shhhh) in the building hallway on my floor:

I hope you have enjoyed your virtual tour of my space. If you would like to help me make more room for myself, simply buy a painting or two!

Monday, October 13, 2008

New Work, New Show

Art Show Invitation Open to All
Lions Bay Art Gallery Exhibition in Downtown Vancouver

Where: Terasen Centre
Address: 1111 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC
Date: October 15-31
Time: 9am - 6pm Mondays thru Fridays

I am SO-O-o-o-o excited to have finished a new tree series:

the crooked, forever shedding
Arbutus tree - no two look the same.

The inspiration comes from vacationing on Vancouver Island for years and also living in Nanoose Bay (on the Island) for 4 years. This tree has been winding it's way through my creative grey matter and meander-doodling around my sketch book for some time, but it has now finally appeared as a series of paintings.

Because they are curvey and bear little red berries, I envision them as females, whereas the Garry Oak (also particular to the Island) conjurs up the male species for me. This impression came to me when I saw an Arbutus wrapped so lusciously around a Garry Oak on one of my forest walks. The looked like lovers.

The Arbutus is a messy tree. They don't shed leaves in season with other trees... just when you finish raking up the fallen autumn leaves, nature decides that the Arbutus needs to rebel to the expected cycle and cast its left overs on the ground! The deep red bark peels like fine paper, leaving a constant mess everywhere, but creating an incredibly smooth and hard under greenish bare type of bark.

"Unobstructed Ocean View" 30"x6" (above) SOLD

"Good Ol' Boys" 24"x20" SOLD

As soon as I finished the first two paintings seen here above, Alice had already sold them!

"Reach Out and Touch Someone" 20"x24"

The last few days here in BC have produced a balmy autumn with the warm red, orange and yellow leaves still hanging on to trees limbs. Soon a gusty wind will race in, and whoosh them on their first and last flight through the air, then float them gracefully to the ground, leaving the boney sticks of naked trees exposed.

Today was rainy and a little foggy as I was hiking around Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver and Whitecliff Park in Horseshoe Bay. The painting below reminds me of many days that I've stood by the ocean and watched the sky darken as it approached me...

"Storm Watcher" 12"x36"

... kind of my favourite days - fresh salty air, the sound of waves on the sand and not many people on the beach. Love it.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Lions Bay Art Gallery - Art Show Sept. 26, 2008

The evening of September 26 at Lions Bay Art Gallery was a fun mix of people celebrating 20 years of Michael and Alice Tickner being in Lions Bay, and me, the new artist in their gallery.

Alice displayed my large tree painting "The Friendly Giants [Look up... Way up]" at the entry.
The town is not large, but Alice knows how to draw a crowd! I'm disappointed that I don't have a photo of Tony, Val's husband (photo of Val below), who filled everyone's glass with wine whenever they were empty.

My paintings can be seen on the wall in the window above the bench.

Here we are: Val (Gallery Assistant), Alice, Michael and me, enjoying the evening in the gallery that resides up the hill with an incredible view of Howe Sound.

Michael and Alice Tickner surrounded by Michael's vibrant work.
He is currently working on a painting of "The Squamish Chief" which was on display as a "work in progress"that evening. It's always so interesting to see how another artist works and the method he uses.

My painting below, "Autumn Sway" 18"x24"), is a new type of tree scene for me which I hope to pursue. It was bought the next morning by a man who saw it the night before and couldn't get it out of his mind! Alice did her "magic" and sold over 10 of my paintings, along with Michael's as well.

Below is a picture of Alice and I close to the end of the evening... my feet were just KILLING me, so I had to take of my boots and walk around in comfort!

Michael and I with his paintings.

Just a couple of crowd shots... Richard Tickner (their son on far right) is also an artist and was there with his fiance, Kate, as well... lots of fun to meet them as well.