Wednesday, 29 January 2014

White Dog Whistler

Great job by Penny, Jonathan and Karla with organizing the show opening last Saturday! The paintings were hung beautify, the company was great and everyone appreciated the bubbly :-)

But the best part was the people who came to meet me. I was blown away by all the stories connecting them to the places I painted. Not just "I've been there", but really meaningful relationships that Canadians have with their landscape. What an inspiring experience! Warm thanks to the team and all the art lovers!

If you are planning to go to Whistler for some snow adventures, don't miss to see all the snow on the gallery walls :-)

Whistler From Backcomb, acrylic, 24x30

Monday, 20 January 2014

Painting Puzzles

I sometimes get asked how I create my paintings, so here it is.

Winter Sunset, acrylic, 30x40

BTW this painting will be featured in the Whistler show starting this Saturday. Come visit if you can!

Now about the process. I start by selecting an image which must evoke a strong emotion in me. I respond to interesting patterns, unusual shapes and color combinations, and wonders of nature. After selecting an image, I establish a composition. This is my favorite thing since I develop a unique composition for every painting by applying the theory of Dynamic Symmetry as defined by American artist Jay Hambidge in the 19th century. This theory is based on geometrical shapes inspired by nature and methods of ancient builders and architects. The beauty of this is that even the most complex yet elegant structures can be designed by just using a stick and a rope. 

Once I have constructed the composition, I draw or paint my image into it. This includes adjusting and simplifying shapes to emphasize interesting patterns. Everything from this point on is a usual painting process (perhaps a topic for another article). I apply acrylic paint in many layers, ending with transparent glazes and opaque finishing touches. I especially pay attention to complimenting patterns and shapes with various brushstrokes and to achieving luminescence with subtle variations of analogous colors.

I enjoy complexity in my creative process because it reflects my personality – it's equivalent to inventing my own puzzle and putting it together.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Varnishing Day

The dreaded varnishing day! Varnished 12 pieces for the Whistler show. Paintings drying everywhere...oh no...did I miss a spot on that one!?

Did I miss a spot?

Paintings everywhere!

Done and dusted!

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Winter Haven

Do you like Whistler? Do you like art? Do you like my art? This piece will be featured in my solo show in the White Dog Whistler Studio Gallery - come see us on January 25, 4-8pm! Everyone is invited!

Winter Haven, acrylic, 20x24

Friday, 10 January 2014

Dam Mountain

Sunset on Dam Mountain (short snowshoe hike from the Grouse Chalet).
Can it be done even if you forget to bring your snowshoes, water, food and map? That's exactly how it happened!

Material for new paintings? I think so!

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

WAM Gallery

Participating artists:

Annalee Kornelsen ; Bonnie Haughton ; Brenda Hill ; Brenna George ; Carol Wylie ; Darija S. Radakovic ; Debbie.lee Miszaniec ; Debra Bachman Smith ; Deirdre Keohane ; Jessica Viens ; Krista Bailie ;
Marina Nelson ; Noemi LoPinto ; and Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

WAMSOC web site

Monday, 6 January 2014

Mountain Top

Being on a mountain helps conquer inherited fears and experience something we didn't believe was available to us. Ground level dwellers get liberating ideas sitting in the eagles nest. It's not mystical, you don't need to join any ritualistic group or be anointed by anyone. Just get yourself up there and take your own sweet time on a mountain. There is nothing like it.

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Visual Joy

Goat Mountain Summit, acrylic painting

I have always been content to be left by myself anywhere, in a street, nature or in my house. I can sit quietly for a very long time and look at objects around me and just contemplate their form or effects of light. Visual joy has always been very important to me. I suppose that many visual artists are like that, as long as we can find the time in this busy world to enjoy those quiet moments.

Fire in the belly

Kindergarten 1971

When I was a very young child, I sometimes wasn't allowed to go outside. I don’t remember why any more,
maybe I didn't eat my breakfast or maybe there wasn't anyone to watch me. I remember with clarity
the terrible longing to go outside in the sunshine and see and do all the wonderful things waiting there. Then I would be given a pen and paper and dive into my internal world and draw and draw. All our books had my drawings on all empty pages, illustrating a world of my own made up stories and games. Where does this artistic fire in the belly come from?