Thursday, 30 March 2017

Art Retrospective

Salt Spring Island, 11x14, acrylic sketch by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki (2017)

When is the time to take a moment and look back at one's work created over years by hanging a mixed exhibit of old and new works?

This typically happens late in the artist's career, but wouldn't it be fun to have a retrospective exhibit earlier?

It's not practical to do this in a commercial gallery, or even in a non-profit one, but there is a way. Public spaces are perfect for curating our own shows, and that's what I have done.

During the month of April, a selection of my paintings will be displayed in the Port Moody Public Library. There will be eighteen pieces, the earliest one created in 2006, the latest one just a couple of weeks ago, and everything in between.

Gabriola Morning, 11x14, acrylic sketch by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki (2012)

What ties the exhibit together is the theme of our coastal landscape, with a couple of exceptions. Sizes of works vary, and no two paintings are alike so I think that this will be an interesting exhibit.

The library is at the same time a serene and an active place with many visitors and I am thrilled to contribute to the visual joy of this public space. It's an honor to have people of all ages, my neighbors and visitors from other cities, see my art.

Salt Spring Gold, 24x30, acrylic sketch by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki (2009)

Here is the library's location in case you find yourself in the neighborhood and have time to drop by. If you do, please let me know if any of the paintings inspired you in some way. I would love to hear your impressions. If you wish to own any of the paintings, I will be glad to to sell it to you after the show is over, just give me a shout.

Coal Harbor, 20x16, acrylic sketch by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki (2006)

For those of you who are searching for opportunities to show your art, here's a hint - check out your public library! They may even be so kind to put you in the local news - yikes!  

Happy Spring!


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

In the Rabbit Hole

Black Tusk Trail, 30x22, acrylic painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

How much joy can be found in a single brush stroke? How to preserve that joy in a finished piece?

These questions go through my mind as I continue experimenting with making marks using various tools. I learn that every single mark can be a source of delight, for the painter, and for the art lover who looks at the painting.

I played to my heart's content with palette knives over the past few months and now I am into big brushes. Here are my latest purchases.

Some turned out to be more useful than others, and surprisingly some cheap ones work quite well. But overall, the best ones are still those that cost the most. Painters can't be thrifty with tools and materials.

I also decided to revisit filbert brushes which I didn't use before because of that round beginning of the stroke which I couldn't figure out how to use. But now, with some playing around, I see their versatility. I am probably the last one to discover that filberts can make all sorts of lovely marks, which add variety to the painting. As they say, better late than never.

Here's how it all looks like on a few sketches.

One thing about experimenting is that once you start, you can't stop. I think that it's because of the element of play in it, but also because experiments keep birthing new ideas, and this could go on forever.

At which point do you stop playing and pull out a brand new large canvas?

I set a temporary goal to start a new painting every five days, just to make sure I don't get lost down the rabbit hole. I am just now realizing that finishing them up should be a part of the goal too. Hopefully I'll have a new finished piece for my next blog post!

Happy experimenting!