I've been travelling! First out to the west coast, then east into the prairie, with a week between.
1. Before my Travels:
I prepped some grounds on Arches 140lb watercolour paper for my friend Russell Mang and I to make some collaborative works.
|the other side|
I worked a bit more on a few of the small oil paintings which have been in progress since July 2015...
… and made some small oil studies on primed paper, about 10x11 and 12x12 inches:
2. During my Travels:
Plein air painting with Ross Melanson at Wakamow Valley in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
|done over Ross's old painting|
|inspired by Ross's painting style|
|a more typical-for-me landscape painting|
I also hiked, made meals for & with friends, had good conversations and enjoyed the company of various pets - also made portraits of friends both East and West, which I will show you in a separate blog post later.
3. After my Travels:
The week of my return, I worked a shift at the art-supply store, taught a couple of classes at Arts Commons, and went to the KOAC Art Centre Gala, where my painting along with many others were auctioned to raise funds for the Centre.
|many colourful prints at Arts Commons|
|"Skyline II" oil on stitched canvas, 2012|
auctioned at KOAC Fundraiser Gala
|and a couple of new studies begun|
With only a week between the two trips, it felt like a lot of moving around for this artist who is usually quite grounded in one place. But returning from my travels I feel quite rejuvenated!