“City Lines and Winter Spaces…”
Acrylic on Canvas, 36” x 48”
…where the Deep echoes in year’s end; over hill and valley and the snowy bends of prairie grasses, glass towers and black roads.
This painting took over 3 months to finish. It developed really quickly and then got miserably stuck. What you see now is the product of many major changes and layers and attempts to get it just “right”…even if I was never quite sure what that was supposed to be…
I must be completely satisfied…I must be content with every small area….I must work the painting past the point of boredom and find something new. There is no “good enough”. These paintings can only find fulfillment in a proper resolution. And sometimes that means many, many changes and seemingly endless revisions.
Back at the beginning of the month I sold this piece which had been hanging at Kicker’s Deli. It is always a great pleasure to know that something I created has found a home in another person’s life.
Though ParkWalk is now over, my work will continue to be on display at Kicker’s Deli. A big thanks to owner Tom Kearns! And please, head on down and enjoy a delicious Montreal smoked meat sandwich…and perhaps a beer or two. 🙂
“August 2012 – Haze of Summer’s End”
Acrylic on Paper, 30.5” x 42”
Last Days of Summer.
In haze and golden light…in days moved to gone and gloss.
As the year turns in a slow burn and the wind brings forth cooling air of Autumn to come.
This was a difficult painting to close and I wrestled with it a lot at the end. I am done and I am pleased…and excited to move to my first fresh canvas in nearly a year!
(Don’t forget to head down to Kicker’s Deli… paintings should be up for September as well.)
I have been matched up with Kickers Deli as part of the 2nd Annual ParkWalk. My work is currently up and on display in this wonderful little restaurant located in the historic Victoria Park area; and will be up until at least the end of August.
Owner Tom Kearns has opened up his walls to host seven of my paintings and I’m very pleased with the opportunity. A big thanks to Jessie Li of PARK for her work in organizing this event.
Stop by and have a look…and enjoy a delicious Montreal smoked meat sandwich while you’re there!
Kickers Smoked Meat and Deli
1215 1st SW
Monday to Wednesday, 11 am to 3 pm
Thursday/Friday, 11 am to 7 pm
Saturdays, 12 pm to 4 pm
Closed most Sundays and Holidays.
Oh and do have a wander around the neighbourhood and visit all the other businesses (and artists) taking part in ParkWalk as well.
“Prairie Sublime – From July 2011 to June 2012.”…
Sometimes a painting isn’t finished…or sometimes I just don’t like it enough….
Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t think it was a bad painting. There was a lot I really enjoyed about it and I just felt it could be “more” than it was. And it was rather enjoyable to go back in and wield all the new art powers* I had gained after the last year.
*Probably only evident to the artist and has yet to include the ability to teleport or fly…
I’m really happy with the changes I made and it is definitely done. It should be noted that the photo of each painting was taken under different light conditions and that the new version was cropped a bit closer than it’s previous incarnation…so a perfect comparison is perhaps hard to make based on what you see here but take my word for it…IT IS BETTER!! Sorry, not subjective….I veto all your opinions! 😉
A very surreal thing to have this painting, once a part of my private space, suddenly out of my hands and on public display. Maybe no different than any other time my art has been in a public space but somehow…well, it was different. It was the Calgary Timeraiser! So many people…so much focused attention that I was present for, if only lurking in the background ;).
Ah! So much close inspection.. my only wish would have been more space in front of the painting in order to be able to really step back and view it from a distance.
My friend Dee and I… lurking by my painting. Too noisy to hear any good quotes though!
Also surreal; the event was held at “Flames Central”…like stepping into the headquarters of a nationalistic military force. Especially daunting if you’re an Oilers fan…
Congratulations to all the artists and to the individual who won my painting in the silent auction…and to all the volunteer organizations; who came away the biggest winners. And thank you Calgary Timeraiser for selecting me to be a part of this amazing event!
“June 2012 – City Springs.”
Acrylic on Paper, 30.5 ” x 42”
Soft, sighs the great spreading sky,
dusty blue and wet.
Soft, hums the glossy light fading,
pulling eyes and tugging hearts
to pooling tides of sunlight paling,
leaving all thought trailing, distant and dim.
And soon to be auctioned off as part of the Timeraiser event in Calgary! This painting was selected to be part of a silent auction where volunteer hours are bid instead of dollars (to a volunteer agency of your choice).
Check out the rest of the art works selected and buy your tickets now @ www.timeraiser.ca/calgary.html