Art Brightens the Day

Frozen Creek, 8x8, original painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki


There were so many good news on the art front lately, even the infamous Vancouver rain doesn't feel too dreary. 

While the You are Here exhibit and the Anonymous Art Show are still being enjoyed by visitors, five of my paintings have just been juried into a prestigious annual exhibit hosted by the Federation of Canadian Artists - SFCA Signature Medal Exhibition: Senior Members.




It is always a great honor to participate in art exhibits with my fellow SFCAs and this year I feel especially lucky. Having five pieces in a group show of this level of quality is an amazing opportunity to show a substantial body of my latest work.

Please join us at the opening reception on Thursday, December 6th, 6-8PM in the Federation Gallery, 1241 Cartwright Street, Vancouver, BC V6H 4B7.



If you are looking for some artsy yet practical stocking-stuffers, which work hard to raise funds for great causes, I have two ideas for you.

2019 You are Here Calendar -  the proceeds go toward supporting non-profit art events in the community. My Winter Trail is featured on the January page.




2019 Soroptimist Calendar, Western Canada Region - the proceeds support the Soroptimist International organization dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls locally and around the world. I am thrilled to have my art featured on the cover.




When the weather fails, there is always art to brighten the day!

Tatjana

Anonymous Art Show!



The Anonymous Art Show is back!

Here is an exciting message from North Van Arts: 



We were thrilled with the response from the artistic community and are busy preparing to display 738 works of art on the gallery walls. 

This year we have over 300 artists participating - if we all share in promoting this fundraiser, we can make it the most successful fundraiser in Anonymous Art Show history! 

You, your friends, your family, and your network of supporters are all invited to join us in the festivities of opening night on November 22 and for the ongoing sale of artwork until December 15.

Fundraiser Sale Opening: Thursday, November 22, 7 - 9:30pm
Sale Continues until December 15, 2018

Help spread the word online! Use #AAS18 and tag us @NorthVanArts 



This is an excellent opportunity to start collecting original art on the budget. Each piece is priced $100 for the duration of the show.  Make sure you know how the event works because it's very popular and the paintings fly off the walls quickly. 




Garibaldi Patterns was my piece that sold in the Anonymous Show 2017

Artists, this is a unique chance to experience art from the collector's point of view without breaking the bank. The lesson learned from looking at art as a buyer rather than as a creator is very valuable. 

When I create, I see art as a part of the creative process and my body of work.  But when I purchase art, I discover a completely different kind of art appreciation. It gives me a glimpse of what collectors look for. This can be quite surprising and sobering. You think those slightly smudged edges don't matter? Think again.

The selection process while browsing hundreds of pieces is fascinating and the commitment to exchange money for art provides an interesting pressure. There is a search for something thrilling, surprising, endearing, something that impresses and humbles. Something I want to have in my home to share with my dear ones.

I think that every art collector has a unique set of criteria and there is no way of guessing what yours might be until you do it. This show is a great chance to get your collector-feet wet.


How fun is this? The Anonymous Art Show 2017 opening with artist and volunteer Maria Josenhans


I have three pieces in the Anonymous Art Show 2018 and I hope they find loving homes.

I love helping raise funds for North Van Arts, a wonderful art organization which supports artists and the art-loving community by organizing numerous exhibits and events throughout the year.

Let's go out and by us some amazing art!

Happy art-shopping,

Tatjana

You Are Here





Please join us for the opening reception
Thursday, November 8, 6-8pm
at Delbrook Community Recreation Centre
851 W Queens Road, North Vancouver

to see the original artwork and meet the artists from the 2019 You Are Here Calendar

The calendar includes 12 North Shore images by 12 local artists and supports the North Shore Cultural Mapping project.
Preview the calendar here.  Calendars will be available for purchase at the opening, $20 each – buy 3 get 1 free!
Learn more about the North Shore Cultural Mapping Project here.


The exhibit is on view at this location until December  7, 2018. It's a beautiful space bursting with activity. Please visit if you can!




Little Gems



Mt Baker, 8x8, original painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki



Last year at this time, I visited the fabulous art museums of Ontario and was blown away by seeing the collections of works by my favorite historical Canadian artists - The Group of Seven.

The beauty I've seen on the walls filled with masterful art was indescribable, but what made the biggest impact on me were the collections of exquisite small landscape paintings, mostly plein air sketches.

The way these collections have been assembled and displayed puts those little gems into a grand perspective of national significance which touched me more than any single piece of art I've seen in a long time.



Paintings by Tom Thomson in the McMichael Canadian Art Collection



The experience must have inspired me on a very deep level because looking back on what I have done over the past year, I am struck by how many small paintings I have painted, and how popular they have been with my art collectors. 



Garibaldi Patterns, 8x8, original painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki



These little works are really fun to paint. All you need is a piece of canvas which doesn't even need to be stretched. You can easily mount it on some kind of support later. You can even crop and spruce up a part of a banished painting.

Another advantage of working small is that these pieces come together quickly and lend themselves nicely to joyful experimentation. It's easy to feel adventurous when there is no risk of ruining a huge expensive canvas.

This is a great way to quickly try out inventive compositions, unusual color combinations, and new techniques.




Mt. Seymour Patterns, 8x8, original painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki


These paintings may be small in size, but they sure are big in attitude!

Happy painting,

Tatjana

Weddings Partisans Traffic

Wedding by Tatjana age 12


I often get asked when it was that I knew I wanted to be an artist, or when did I start painting. I've been drawing since I was first able to hold a pencil (actually my dad's fancy multi-color ballpen). But my first introduction to painting was, like for most people, in school.

I've been digging through some old boxes and was cheered up when I found my early gouache artworks from the elementary school. I grew up in former Yugoslavia and some of the themes reflect the ideals of my native country and are in a way a record of a lost world.


Partisan Hospital by Tatjana age 11
(in case you are wondering, the hospital is a cave, it took me a while to remember that myself)


Most of all, I was amazed at how enthusiastically I approached all those odd assignments concocted by the teachers. I can honestly say that I've never again thought of painting a wedding scene, a WWII war hospital with Tito's Partisans, or a traffic intersection.



Intersection by Tatjana age 11
(there are some early signs that it would take me 12 attempts to acquire a driving license)

In my adult art life, I painted portraits for a while and an odd still life here an there, but my main subject matter for the past couple of decades has been Canadian landscape, which has been immensely inspirational and will remain to be the source of my work for years to come.

But these early darlings have something about them that reminds me to remain open to trying different things. There is a joy to be found in looking at the world from different points of view and giving attention to the things that don't normally spur inspiration.

Most importantly, we must keep the creative spark alive any way we can. How about some weddings, partisans, traffic...anyone?

Tatjana

Sketching With Paint

Bow River Study, acrylic sketch by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki


Here it is again, the glorious fall season rich with colors and textures, which happen to be two important elements of the painting process.

A great way to indulge in their bounty is to make many quick sketches using thick juicy paint without overplanning the composition and worrying what the resulting image should look like.



Waterfall  Study I


When creating these little darlings, I am trying to keep in mind just three things: color, texture, pattern.  That's plenty enough to consider in a quick sketch.


Waterfall Study II

This is a fun way to paint because there is no pressure to be perfect. The little pieces can stand on their own, and they can also be used as reference material for larger works, but let's not worry about all that yet. At this stage, it's all about joy. Keep your brushes and palette knives loaded and let your marks be playful.

Happy Autumn!

Tatjana

Back to Studio

Capilano, 30x24, original acrylic painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki


I don't know how this summer escaped me, but it did. It started early and it felt tropical and endless. Then we got smoke from the forest fires and then suddenly it's all over.

I kept postponing plein air outings for various reasons and now I ran out of summer and it's back to the studio.

My first studio piece, after being busy with several solo and group shows, is a summery scene from the gorgeous Capilano Canyon on the Vancouver's North Shore. I hope you will enjoy seeing the first three steps of my painting process.

This method is interesting because the painting is created without a preparatory drawing. It's a fun way to paint, but of course, it's not the only way. I love alternating different methods and always learning and practicing new ones. What I especially enjoy with this method is a freedom to develop the overall design and patterns as I go, without feeling constrained by the initial drawing.










The third image shows the painting very close to completion. I am putting it aside for now and will come back to finish it once I've had time to look at it with a critical eye for a while.

The Capilano Canyon is one of my favorite places. It's a perfect location to escape the summer heat although it is beautiful throughout the year. It is easily accessible from the Cleveland Park or from the Capilano River Hatchery entrance. I also enjoy a long walk from the Ambleside or Park Royal to the Cleveland Dam.

My solo art exhibit Patterns of Our Land is on display for one more week, until September 23, 2018. I hope you had a chance to see it. If not, there is still time.

I am grateful to the Silk Purse staff and volunteers and to the wonderful art friends who came to the opening. They made the event even more special. Here are a few memorable heartwarming moments with art and friends.


Patterns of Our Land - opening reception in the Silk Purse Art Centre Gallery


The leaves are turning and soon there will be fall colors on my palette.

Enjoy the last days of summer, my artsy friends!

Tatjana