Before I begin with the art news, allow me to show you this beautiful wildflower bouquet, comprised partly of garden plants (columbine, poppy leaves, arugula flowers) and partly of plain old weeds (grasses, violets, dandelions, and other nameless things) Is it not wonderful?
One might say I receive the beauty of the weeds, and try my best to send some beauty back into the world.
The same day I composed that delicious bouquet, I received something else: a few older works back from one of my galleries. I'm glad to see this painting again:
mixed media and stitching on canvas
45 x 51 inches
The title is interesting as this painting was made on the eve of a tidal change in my work.
There's a lot I like about "Precipitate" as it is, but now seeing it again after two years I can imagine some improvements. It is from a series of works I made where I left quite a bit of the raw, unpainted canvas showing. In this particular piece, I think there may be too much of that same raw canvas colour, so I may adjust the top portion a bit.
Between taking in older work and preparing newer work to send out, my studio can get a bit cluttered:
|9 large and 55 small paintings|
arrived at CKG gallery
I'm really excited that my work is now being represented by CKG here in Calgary! The people at CKG are wonderful, the space is beautiful, and they have some exciting out-of-the-box ideas about promoting the gallery and artists.
It's been a year and a half since I've worked with a local gallery. During that time my work has evolved quite a bit. First the Multiples, and now the new Ellipse series have taken me wholly into the world of pure abstraction.
I've really felt that I'm going out on a limb in making these purely abstract works. Going out on a creative limb is exciting and invigorating! ... but the potential of a parallel financial limb can be stressful. This is something to consider when making artwork for one's living. I wouldn't have it any other way, though.
After periods of darkness there is always light.