Sunday, March 21, 2010

An Artistic Take on Passion

Thank you so much to Tarini, for featuring me in an interview for The Passion Project. It was a great pleasure speaking with you, talking about myself (how vain!), and through that, I was able to remind myself of how important my art is to me. Since the interview, I've been quite inspired and thus productive in the art realm of my world. I have recently completed a lot of work in preparation for my April / May exhibition at Galileo Coffee, and finished two pieces including the very recent Autumn at Porteau Cove. Anyway, thank you for reminding me of what's important to me, and what helps me be ME. It's been a difficult year in the "feeling good" department, and re-fuelling my creative self has helped tremendously - I hope you know, T.

For everyone else out there, please take a read through my Passion Project interview, as I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Autumn at Porteau Cove

After a brief yet too long absence from art creation, I'm finally finished my most recent painting. At the very end of winter, I capture my autumn scene. As I begin to experience the feelings of amazement as tree blossoms come into bloom and we see signs of an early spring, I have a chance to capture another beautiful season of colour, a British Columbia autumn. Two autumns ago, on one of my many drives along the Sea to Sky Highway, I took many a photo along the way - hundreds in fact - all with the intention to do some autumn paintings to follow. Other projects got in the way along the way, and it wasn't until a year later, last autumn, 2009, when I finally sunk my teeth into this piece. This is a 3'x3' painting, my largest scale canvas since Vancouver By Night created with the intention of hanging it in my bedroom: the large room in my home that happens to also house my easel and all my art supplies, and where I harness my creative energy through my art. It's also meant to complement the large tree that stands outside my bedroom window that I'm eagerly awaiting to come into bloom for the spring.

This painting is one I feel captures the essence of some of the beauty I see every time I drive the Sea to Sky on my way to Squamish. It's abstract realism and use of complementary colour pairings is pretty typical of my style. I'm happy with how this turned out, and plan to exhibit it in April during my exhibition at Galileo Coffee at Britannia Beach (~April 3rd-May 14th), just a few minutes up the road from where the photo was taken that inspired the painting. I look forward to your comments (please, don't be shy).

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

My 2010 So Far

My 2010 has been fairly dry in terms of my art production. I'm feeling like a piece of me has been missing as a result, and hope that this weekend offers me some time and the needed space to finally reach completion on a project. It's been a fairly trying year so far, having an unexpected streak of medical issues. Things have finally normalized for me, more or less, although there is another procedure looming ahead. It's been hard to feel inspired and excited about creating art in light of this, although inevitably, it would help me greatly to start creating again and have my mind focussed on something positive, productive, creative, and that I'm passionate about. I'm going to give 'er a go this weekend, and I'm excited. Now that I can sit and concentrate for long periods of time, I want to direct my energy to something important - finishing the canvas I started in December.

January's events were discouraging, in that the day I was to deliver art to one exhibition was the day after I had surgery at a hospital about 60km away from home, where the art was being stored. Needless to say, travelling to deliver wasn't possible, and I missed out on the exhibition all together. But I want to extend a warm Thank You to Jo at the North Vancouver Community Arts Council for being understanding of my circumstances and re-working the second exhibition, so that both of my pieces could be displayed in the second exhibition called Winter Sports at the CityScape Community Arts Space.

My plans to be away during the Olympics were cancelled due to the above-mentioned medical issues. Although I missed out on an excellent opportunity, it was a blessing in a way as I got to enjoy the Olympics here in my hometown, Vancouver, and see my art displayed at CityScape. I made a brief appearance at the opening reception, although it was hard to stand, and paid another visit later on a day the gallery was a little quieter. It was an excellent exhibition displaying works from several local artists passionate about winter sports: from skiing, snowboarding, curling, hockey, figure skating, speed skating, skeleton, biathlon - you name it, it was represented. Some of the artists were local high school students. Local students also made about 400 paper snowflakes to decorate the entrance of the gallery. It was quite a sight:

Of course, I was particularly excited that my art, depictions of Canadian victories in men's and women's ice hockey, was particularly relevant this year, with Canada owning the gold podium at the Games in 2010. Go Canada Go!

My goal this month is to complete the canvas I started in December, and get my creative life back on schedule. In April, I have an exhibition coming up at Galileo Coffee at Britannia Beach, BC, which I'm very much looking forward to. This Fall, I'll be participating in the Drift again on Main Street, in Vancouver, for my third straight year. In between, I'm sure I'll find plenty more to get involved with. Stay tuned!