This Saturday November 10, 2018 – 25 artists will be at 232 Senneville, Qc, selling our art for a fundraiser benefiting Old Brewery Mission of Montreal. Doors open at 11 and close at 4. Here are my roosters painted in acrylic on canvas and framed. It is referred to as square art as all paintings are in this format. Hot soup, bread and a sweet are offered at 5$, please come and enjoy this private home on Lac-Saint-Louis, our art and lunch.
My painting exhibition, at the Two Owl Barn in Hudson, Qc finished on September 2. I appreciated the expertise of owners Mavis and Nancy, the support of my family, friends and clients in giving me a wonderful two weeks at the gallery.
My next collaboration will be with the Old Brewery Mission of Montreal. This will be the third year for the Annual Square Foot Art organized by Montreal artists Sue Porter and Karen Hosker, save the date – November 10 at 232 chemin Senneville, Senneville Qc, from 11 to 4.
My exhibition at the Galerie 2 Barn Owls, Hudson, QC commences on Friday, Aug. 24 with a vernissage from 5-7pm. Suzy will be my bartender in her converted vintage Rice Horse Trailer. Please come and enjoy. From Aug. 25 until Sept. 2, I will be present at the gallery on Friday and Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 11-4. These are the same opening hours as the 2 Barn Owls. You will enjoy the creative talented works of art by co-owner Mavis and Nancy in the adjacent room.
This summer is hot and it was a good choice for vacation time to go to Vancouver island and visit our friends. Here we dined on local food and watched the ocean.
Sushi Ichi in Parksville, is an eatery we visit each time we come to the island. Sushi rolls, tempura, Japanese soup and warm sake.
We always dine at Cuckoo Trattoria in Coombs on the terrasse or inside.The menu has a wide variety of Italian favourite and all are wonderfully good.
At Kingfisher Spa and Resort, Courtenay Comox, we stop for lunch at Aqua Ocean 7. The vista toward the ocean is spectacular and the food exceptional with choice of mussels, seafood chowder, salmon and many other seasonal local foods.
I have my watercolours and paper with me but did only a few sketches.
This summmer I will be the artist in residence at the Galerie 2 Barn Owls, Aug.24 – Sept 2, hours Fri-Sat 10-5 and Sun 11-4, at 420 Main, Hudson, Qc. Vernissage August 24, 5-7pm. Please come and enjoy my art. There will be mostly Quebec landscapes paintings, on a scale of 36×24 or 30×30 completed on canvas with oil or acrylics.
This past week I renewed my acquaintance with artist Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) with a book among many given by my friend and artist Nasco. What I appreciated from this book was the journey of an artist. The Black Bull,(1900-01, oil on canvas, private collection), then the sophisticated decorative portraits like Danäe (1907-08, oil on canvas, private collection) and his mesmerizing landscapes of dense parallel horizontal and vertical colours.
A few years ago, Carole Segal would open her studio and provide a model dressed in the character of well known icons by famous artists. One of these was a model dressed in the fashion of Klimt portraiture. As an aside, I appreciated her kind words “we just started “ when I arrived late and tried to find my spot among many. Montreal morning traffic has not improved. Here is my version found in my studio.
For those of you who follow my blog you will know I enjoy plein air painting especially in Charlevoix . This year we were the lucky ones for weather- not spring nor winter somewhere in the middle- cold north wind, occasionally sunny spots and always star filled skies at night.
We stayed at the Auberge Cap aux Corbeaux, just 5 minutes east of Baie-St-Paul. It is small and intimate with a panoramic view from Ile-aux-Coudres to the Massif ski hill. Here, breakfast is included and this is the time we talk about where and what is the best scenery to paint or sketch. Here are some of my favourite spots from previous years completed in oil and watercolour.
This year the village of Les Eboulements, St. Joseph -de- LaRive, Baie St.Paul were my subject matter – close to coffee at the gas station, lunch at nearby restaurants and no worry about dubious roads.
What artist was I looking at before my sketching in Charlevoix? British impressionist Peter Brown (1967-), known as “Pete the Street” since he paints constantly outdoors. I loved his quote about why we sketch and thought it so appropriate I decided to reproduce it here.
“Exhibitions of your own work are all about showing off. You try and present the best of what you can do. You present a series of finished paintings or drawings editing any that do not work or are not up to scratch. Sketchbooks however are the opposite. They are for anything and everything – ideas, sketches, aides memoirs, diary notes and even shopping lists.”
Another year of spring painting in Charlevoix is over but already thinking of 2019.