Thursday, September 30, 2010

Really Big Show

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Well, maybe not REALLY BIG but I really wanted to use that title. The day before I left for holidays in Lake Superior and Killarney Provincial Parks, I had a show date at Hollidge Tract, York Regional Forest. As I enjoy tech free holidays (not counting an ancient b/w Palm Pilot upon which I read books—this time Dostoeyevsky’s ‘The Gambler’), the show synopsis just had to wait until I got back, physically and mentally.

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Here’s the spread. The table was provided, and the facilities had a beautiful natural pine wall. The gridwall (white grid) is a recent investment and it made for a really great display that was quick to put up, and take down. If you ever need to buy any, just do local search on ‘gridwall’ for your area. It’s a specialty item, Toronto has about 2 stores that sell it. I could not find anyone selling used gridwall at the time.

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In the afternoon we took a break and enjoyed a horsedrawn wagon ride through the woods. This was courtesy of the York Regional Forest staff, who manned the booth for us so that my husband and I could enjoy the break together. The staff were wonderfully welcoming; coffee was provided, and as I’d showed up the day before (on my regular walk, actually) I was given a choice of locations. They also spelled out other vendors (some of whom showed up alone) for more necessary breaks.

It was an exciting day for both myself and husband, but I must admit that by the end of it we were both exhausted as we contemplated a 9 hour drive to Lake Superior the very next day.

This was my debut show in a way, as friends and blog readers showed up throughout the day, and their support was priceless! One of my husband’s friends travelled quite far just to say ‘hi’ at the last hour. I was so tired by then that I was a less than gracious host, and mostly provided ‘the long stare’ of exhaustion. I owe them a ‘thank you’ note for sure. Someday, I hope to stress out just a little less for these events.

PS. Thank you blog readers, who put up with my ‘Wish You Were Here’ postdated holiday posts. Given the nature of google, I wanted to make sure there was fresh content during my absence. I’m just getting back into the swing of things this week, and hopefully by Saturday noon, I’ll have been sociable with all of you.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Abstract Explorations

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This year, I’ll be participating in the OCAD University's Whodunit! Mystery Art Sale. All art is 5.5 “x 7.5” in size, any medium, $75.00; the mystery part is that the buyer has no idea who did it and must choose not by name and reputation but by visual preference. Imagine that.

My two submissions are ready, but of course I won’t spoil the mystery. They did lead me to wish to explore more in the way of texture, painted background and successive layers of coloured pencil, not just light to dark, but light over dark using sand and acrylic gel to hold the pigment.

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& the obligatory close-up. The ochre is the ground colour, painted in gouache.

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Here is the phone doodle seed of the works I’ll be submitting. I’ll be exploring the theme more, and after the sale, will post them.

Holidays are over, but it may take me until next Saturday for me to get the library’s wifi connection—see you then.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Wish You Were Here Part 4

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Rhyolite Cove, Lake Superior Provincial Part—It’s a very long dayhike!

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Early autumn colours at Killarney Provincial Park, Cranberry Bog Trail

Photo’s from 2009

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wish You Were Here, Part 3

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Same view, different show, better than anything on television.

More from Gargantua Harbour, Lake Superior Provincial Park, 2009

Monday, September 13, 2010

Wish You Were Here

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Sharing my photo’s from last year. This is Baldhead River mouth, Orphan Lake Trail, Lake Superior Provincial Park. Hope you’re all having fun.

I’ll get back to your blogs when I can.

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Now that’s camouflage!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Into the Green Woods

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Usually, it is just me, my camera and my eyes in the woods.  But, September 11th, my art will be travelling into the woods right along with me.  It will, to say the least, seem a bit surreal, to have my art hanging in the woods in the very woods that inspired it. And, of course I’m more than a wee bit nervous, and I’ve been busy getting ready, and of course, I’ll never feel ready. I’m still a neophyte at this game. as this will be the first time I’ll have my coloured pencil work on display—and in the woods! Sorry to repeat that, but I just can’t get my around it.

I will be showing at Nature's Creations, York Regional Forest, from 10am to 2pm, Hollidge Tract, located on Hwy 48, North of Aurora Sideroad, the entrance being on the west side opposite Cherry Street. Google Map/Hollidge Tract

I’ll be bringing me, my husband, my ‘forest’ coloured pencil art, my hand-printed linocut t’s (lots), my gelatin and relief prints,  and art reproduction & digital photography cards.  I’ll probably have my travelling kit in hand so that I can add to my 365 Art Project to pass the time. Hopefully I won’t look too scary and folks will enjoy browsing. I’ll try to put my “I’m friendly and MOSTLY harmless” face on. Maybe I should make up a sign stating same, just in case.

There are other artists and craftspeople to see and enjoy, horse drawn wagon rides and guided walks.  You’ll need to check the schedule, as I believe some events start early.

Maybe I’ll see you there…

Image: 8x10 watercolour paper, coloured pencil.  June in Walker Woods, Uxbridge.

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