Friday, July 25, 2014

Still Life Play

'Pub Present', acrylic 24 x 48 inches ( Click to see full view )
This was referenced from a flower arrangement some lucky girl received at our local pub. I loved the way the flowers were back lit with the light from the door shinning through. I managed to capture an image on my Iphone and adjust it a bit. I'm a little out of my comfort zone, but I really wanted to play and try some different things. ( I worked on a figure painting as well...but I'm not ready to show you that ) reference photo below:

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Gus and The Victoria Gallery Paint In

I'm back from Victoria and had a fabulously relaxing time. This is 'Gus', apparently a regular visitor to the hotels' 2nd floor lounge. He sits on the sill, tapping the window to get your attention. Of course the staff do not encourage feeding him but they will turn a blind eye. He kept us amused and I couldn't help giving him some bread.

It was also a pleasant t surprise to be in town the same time as the  TD Victoria Art Gallery had their annual paint-In. 35,000 visitors and over 180 artists lined Moss street.  Entertainment, food and tons of demos, it was a nice way to spend the day. A few of the artists I knew and/or recognized. Liza Riehl, Deborah Tilby and Nicholas Pearce to name a few.

It was also nice to visit some of my favorite galleries ( Avenue, Madrona, Red, and the West End ), and of course a Victoria visit is not complete without a trip to Fisherman's wharf for some Fish and chips!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Stampede Is Finished For Another Year

'Naughty', 20 x 16 inches

Long days and a lot of work! Was it worth it? Yes, definitely. You cannot put a price on contacts and friendships. I could not have done it without the help of Mountain Galleries. Many Thanks to Wendy, John, Ben and Katlin who  put in a lot of hours tending my booth, not to mention the set up, take down, framing, marketing, delivering etc. And to Aimee who did a lot of work behind the scenes. I met a lot of my collectors for the first time, made new ones and developed many friendships. I had a wonderful partner in stone sculptor Loretta Kyle and would be honored to share a booth with her anytime. It was awesome to absorb my self in all the art and get to know many of the artists! I'm looking forward to next year!

It was also fun to paint on the spot and had sold three of them before the paint was dry! Another highlight was the Art Auction where I managed to win the 'Artists Choice' Award. Such and honor!  I meant to take more photos, but these will have to do. Yahoo!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

It's Not All About Selling

Starting day 3 of 10 at the Calgary Stampede (  that's not including the set up or Stir-Up), and I'm still standing. The days go by very quickly, and for me, it's not all about the selling, although that is certainly a bonus. The camaraderie, meeting fellow artists and mingling with the public is very exhilarating and you can feel the energy. Even if I don't sell anything else, I know down the road, the payoff will be huge. I have a great team in Mountain Galleries behind me, and it takes the pressure off myself to sell. I can enjoy talking about my work and allow people to watch me in action. I am also sharing a booth with the talented Loretta Kyle and her husband Randy, who are both very sweet and helpful. There is a lot of 'down time', where I can socialize, view art and get some painting done.

Here I am with artist Sheila Warren and fellow Stampede Studio artist Shannon Ford. My roomy Loretta and my workspace.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Loretta Kyle and Linda Wilder At Stampede

Well, the booth is almost complete with the move in of my 'Roomy' Loretta Kyle. Check out her stone work here. Our space is bright and clean. It looks good. Make sure to come and join us this Stampede week in the BMO Center, Western Art Show in the Western Oasis.