Artfully Late Summer



As we enter the late summer, I have a solo show and a group show to share with you. My paintings in both exhibits are inspired by the amazing colors, shapes, and textures found in nature in Western Canada, my beloved adopted homeland.

I hope you can make it to one or both. 

Everyone is invited!




There is nothing like seeing original art in person. I have put a lot of TLC into preparing these paintings for the art-loving visitors. I really hope that they will be enjoyed in the gallery exhibits and in their new homes.

All my best,

Tatjana

Summer Art Life

Evening on the Lake, 20x24, original painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki



Last weekend, my husband and I found ourselves on the top of Mount Seymour, gazing toward the smoke-covered city. Vancouver looked smoking hot with action. Sadly the smoke was from one of those wildfires we came to expect every summer.

There was almost no one around, just the 360 degrees of spectacular scenery, despite the haze. My muse was hovering among the distant mountaintops in the north.

When did summers become such hurricanes of art-ctivity? This year we have open studios, art walks, art festivals, plein air competitions. Everyone and their dog wants to see art, and what a joy it is for artists to oblige.


A top-notch art community of Nakusp gathered in the Studio Connexion Gallery to see my art and cheer me on. The show is on until Aug 4, 2018, please visit if you can.


This morning, I dropped off The Arbutus Beach Study to the Harmony Festival Group Show in West Van, and the Winter Trail Mount Seymour to the Lynn Valley Public Library Gallery for the You Are Here exhibit. North Shore looks wonderful today, buzzing with art!






I remember long lazy days of lounging in the garden, occasionally picking up a brush to capture the summer mood en plein air. Those were good times too.

To each artist their own. Some thrive in pandemonium, others in a quiet solitude. My inspiration blooms in nature. I seek the huge rugged shapes formed by the elements, crystalline waters, intricate patterns of plants.

I have to get myself up on the mountain more often and spend less time chasing my tail. I am scratching off a few items from my calendar and adding some new hiking trails.

The opportunities that truly matter are those that take us to the places where our muse hangs out. Mine seems to like the vistas of our spectacular land.



Spending time with my muse on Mt. Seymour


Happy high summer!

Tatjana

Naturally Magical


Twenty new paintings and studies inspired by our naturally magical land will be featured in this exhibit. Please join us on July 20th for the opening reception. This will be a great opportunity to chat about the mysteries of the creative process.



Alpine Summer, 11×14


The Studio Connexion Gallery is located nearby the town’s center, on a delightfully quaint little street.
203 Fifth Avenue N.W. (239.99 mi)
Nakusp, British Columbia V0G 1R0
phone: (250) 265-3586

We would be thrilled to welcome our old art friends and meet new ones.
 
 
As a part of your Nakusp trip, you can enjoy many local events and activities in this scenic area.
 
Check the Nakusp and Arrow Lakes Community Calendar to find the current events.
 
I enjoyed the colorful Farmers’ Market and the Nakusp and District Museum which features some truly mind-boggling artifacts.
 
Check out my Nakusp Pinterest board for more ideas.
 
 
Here are a few photos from the last year’s event which was a great success in many ways.
 
You can see what a charming space The Studio Connexion Gallery is and the friendly characters who make it buzz with the passion for art.



Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
 
 
See you in Nakusp on Friday, July 20, 2018.
 
No need for RSVP, just show up as you are.
 
 
The exhibit will continue until Aug 4, 2018.
 
 
Tell your friends!
 
 
With gratitude,
 
Tatjana




Art at Council


Cascade Lakes, 24x30, original painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki


My city, Port Moody, is also known as the City of Arts, and I recently got even more insight in what that means. Like most cities, Port Moody has a wonderful Arts Centre a public library that hosts monthly art exhibits, and active art clubs for sociable creatives. Our community is a constant source of support.

Wide smiles in a warm home with paintings on the walls


Things like these make artists feel welcome in the community, which is not uncommon across Canada. 

But wait, there is more!

The Port Moody City Council takes the city's artsy brand a step further. They invite local artists to present their creations directly to the Council. This initiative is called Art at Council, and this month it was my turn to show up at the podium in the city hall. You can see here how I got through it.






A special thank you goes to Councillor Zoe Royer for her invigorating questions and kind encouragement.

The idea felt a bit scary at first, but it proved to be really satisfying. It's good for us artists to get out of the studios and showcase what we do. People love talking with artists. Who knew?

I encourage you to seek the art-sharing opportunities in your community.

All my best,

Tatjana


P.S.  The preparations for my July solo art exhibit "Naturally Magical" in the Studio Connexion Gallery in Nakusp, BC are going well. Twenty landscape scenes featuring our magnificent province are waiting to be varnished and shipped. 

The show opens on July 17, 2018. The artist's reception is on July 20. 

Save the date and check out my Nakusp Pinterest board!


Nakustp Adventure

Art Quality

Tofino Study, 8x10, acrylic painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki



Quality is such a big word, it can mean many things to many people, and nothing to others. What does it mean for us artists? How can we convince ourselves that our creations have the quality that we expect from them? What in particular is within our control?

The criteria will be different for every person and can change over time. For example, when I started painting, I was obsessed with composition - my every piece had to follow the strict rules of the Dynamic Symmetry. Then, I studied many color theories and defined very specific criteria for selecting color mixtures. These days I am into mark making and will not consider a painting of mine satisfactory unless there is a variety of brush marks in it.



Work in progress - a piece for my solo exhibit in the Studio Connexion Gallery in Nakusp, BC in July - stay tuned!



My Art Quality Checklist


Step 1 - PREP

- The best materials and tools that I can afford (canvas bars straight, corners crisp, gesso layer thick, canvas tight like a drum, paints of artist quality, brushes well shaped)
- Generous palette (squeeze out huge blobs of paint)
- Lighting perfect
- Reference material clear and deeply inspiring


Step 2 - CRAFT

- Values
- Color
- Composition
- Lines and shapes
- Edges
- Marks
- Originality
- Freshness


Step 3 - REVIEW

- How does it look on the secondary easel?
- How does it look on the wall in my home?
- How does it look with or without a frame?
- Identify surface issues (sloppiness, ignored passages, craft-related issues)
- Identify deep issues (originality, emotional response, overall style, and direction)
- How does it fit with my body of work?
- What can I learn from this piece?


Step 4 - SEND-OFF

- Show it to my favorite gatekeepers
- Document it for my records
- Impeccable presentation (varnish, backing, edges, hanging hardware, frame, etc.)
- Where does this piece want to go?
- Show it to the world!


I hope this will help in defining your own creative quality checks if that's what you need.

Happy painting!

Tatjana

Huge thank you to everyone who visited during my artist residency in the Federation Gallery. It was a fun weekend in the company of wonderful art lovers!

Pop-up Art Studio






For this weekend's West of Main Art Walk, I am creating a pop-up art studio in the welcoming space of the Federation Gallery on Granville Island.

The idea is to create an ambiance that reflects my painting practice, in order to give the visitors an idea of where and how the creative process takes place. The setup will be something in between my home art studio and the plein-air setup for painting outside, in nature.

The Federation staff graciously allocated a nice area by the gallery window, so there will even be enough space to display pieces available for viewing and purchase.

There are a few more days for planning, which includes deciding what to bring and what to do while I am there. For once, deciding what to wear isn't a problem since most of my clothes are splattered with paint and thus, appropriate for this event.

We expect many visitors, and I hope you will make it there if you are in the area.

I am packing up examples of my work to bring with me. There will be a mix of finished pieces as well as a number of small unframed studies. These little darlings rarely leave my studio and I seldom get convinced to let them go. so this will be a unique opportunity to see them. They are great for getting a glimpse of my creative process, and they are quite affordable. I myself own several studies by my fellow colleagues which I snatched at similar art events over the years.


Details of a few paintings that will be available for viewing and purchase


Hopefully, there will be time to paint something on the spot between chatting with the art lovers, so I am bringing my paints and brushes. There will even be some freebies. This will be fun!

The event takes place this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 2&3, 2018, 10am-5pm, in the Federation Gallery on Granville Island, 1241 Cartwright Street, Vancouver, BC, V6H 4B7.

I hope to see you there!

Tatjana

West of Main Art Walk





Spring is a great season for art walks and they are happening everywhere. If you are in the Vancouver area, please come see the Roundhouse Exhibit on May 24, and visit me on the weekend of June 2/3 in studio #24 in the Federation Gallery on Granville Island.









You can download the full map here:




Happy spring!

Tatjana