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Monday, June 20, 2011

Expressing your authentic self through art

When I am painting I never know what is going to show up on my canvas that day. I sometimes feel like those Inuit carvers who search for the image in the stone. Maybe we are really searching for our authentic selves.Or maybe we are  searching for glimpses of our creator.  Or  maybe our authentic self is itself a reflection of  the creator.

I often lay down clues in the form of random colors on my canvas as starting points. Then I try to still my mind to become aware of the images that are waiting to be born.. I find this to be very healing. I am always in search of the hidden worlds of the spirit.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

art thoughts

Wanting to explore a more abstract style in my painting. Painting is open to so many possibilities that I don't want to confine myself to one style. Although working in one style is a great way to learn and grow.
As a new painter (2years old) I felt a bit overwhelmed at first as to where to begin. I now feel more familiar with using a brush and paint.

It's funny but painting is something that I have always wanted to do but for some reason felt it was "beyond me" and took some gift that required great intellegence and talent. I chose to study fibre art at "The Nova Scotia College Of Art and Design"  instead. During the 70's Nascad was a very experimental school and I loved exploring texture and design. At this time very little painting was being done at this school and there was an emphasis placed on "conceptual art"  I found alot of it very obscure but it was a great place to push boundaries and explore materials.
If art becomes too much talk and requires the reading of a thesis in order to understand it; then who is it for? I don't like this elitist attitude. Art is for everyone and will speak to different people in many diff ways. Art is as diverse as the people who love it.
These are some of my favorite paintings exploring a more expressive style.


Sunday, June 5, 2011

My little Garden

Living close to downtown Toronto it is a real treat to have a little patch of soil to plant a garden. My daughter Julie has worked very hard creating our little piece of heaven. My bad back has prevented me from doing a lot of this type of work but I do what I can. So far we have peas, tomatoes, corn, zucchini, eggplant, strawberries, sage, oregano, and today we added stevia and dill.We also have a very old pear tree that is abundant with fruit in late summer.

As far as painting goes I have thoroughly enjoyed painting on stretched canvas instead of hardboard. I bought a huge piece of hardboard last year at Home Depot and had them cut it up into a ton of 8"x8" pieces which I have come to the end of. I have also indulged in good paint (Golden brand) was on sale.  It has more pigment than a lot of other brands and you don't need as much.  I bought red, blue, green, yellow, black and white and have started mixing more of my colors. LOVE this.these are my week of paintings

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Another day at the market

I have a little shop at the historic St. Lawrence Market here in downtown Toronto. I have been there for 7 years and would like to work from home in the near future. I find that I don't have the energy that is required to shlep down there on the subway everyday. I would love to work from home and spend some time outside sitting in my garden. I really never see much of summer because I am usually at my shop.
This is something that I painted today.