Sometimes bigger world events can lead to big decisions in life. Sometimes you think about them for quite a while before you actually do something about it. It took me this pandemic to know just how much I wanted to sell work on my own and show in more venues than I had been. I had no idea that this change would also lead to such a dramatic change in style and subject matter.
Some of you might know that I used to paint nostalgic paintings of food and toys. I was fully on board and was genuinely interested in making the work at the time. I learned so much about colour theory and had a lot of fun trying to come up with ideas. Yet, something was pulling me in another direction. I found myself longing to work on more complex and varied compositions and to work with the landscape as a subject matter.
For me, having a pretty good grasp on colour theory, composition and drawing is rather important. I think you can do anything you want to after working through those elements of art making. But I also believe, artists often use their knowledge and ability to explore a new way of creating and seeing. I have always been drawn to exploring in art. In art school, after my foundation semester, I took more than just painting classes. I took many drawing classes, intaglio, lithography, screenprinting on fabric, woodblock printing, bookbinding, jewelery making, and art history. If time and money had not been an issue I may have taken some textile and ceramics too. That was a long time ago! All I can say is, all experience makes us do the art we want to do.
All my rambling on leads me to what I actually wanted to say. Though we are once again in a second wave of covid-19 in Nova Scotia and I cannot attend, I am in my first group show in over a year entitled “Yuletide”. It is taking place in Tatamagouche at The Ice House Gallery part of the Grace Jollymore Centre and curated by Brandt Eisner. There will be a lot of gift type items and it is a seasonal show. The opening was today and due to travel restrictions, I am missing it. It runs until December 24th so fingers crossed things get better and we can all go, check out all the beautiful things and support art and craft during the holidays.
(titles of paitings- left to right- Imagining Snowfall in Inverness 10″x10″, Imagining Snowfall at Crystal Crescent 10″x11″ and “Blushing Sky, Winter Lake” 15″x30″)
Also, I thought I would share The Ice House Gallery website though it is still in its working stages.