Monday, October 31, 2011

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

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The winds are blowing, leaves are flying everywhere but it will be a great night for trick-or-treating.  And after two days of hard work, Steve, my husband will have his creations decorating our steps.  They turned out so well I just had to post them for all to see. He was very pleased with his efforts.  We have been having great family fun sharing our masterpieces on Facebook, as everyone in the family has to have at least one pumpkin to celebrate the night.
Tomorrow it will be pumpkin pie and some muffins and if I get really brave we will try some pumpkin soup as well!  Happy Halloween and may you have a safe and fun night.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Three's A Crowd

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THREE'S A CROWD - 5 X 7  Available


As I promised more of my pansies -  Yes, I do love pansies and I was really taken with these double pansies.  They just seemed to have so much more personality than the single petal ones.  Don’t get me wrong I like them too but . . . 
After the Chatty Twosome failed as a threesome I went back to my drawing board to try again.  I combined my pansy challenge with the requirement that I try something different for cropping.  I usually keep my subjects more centered and I am reluctant to cut them off.  This was a real attempt at a new way, for me anywhere, of cropping my flowers.  When I was done I felt sorry for the little guy on the left and hence my title, Three’s A Crowd!!


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Chatty Twosome

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CHATTY TWOSOME under construction


No, I am not finished with summer yet and actually with all sales of winter pansies on right now it may be some time before I pack it in!!
My latest piece, Chatty Twosome, grew out of some work I am doing on composition. I had some great pictures of  pansies and I wanted to experiment with different compositions. The first picture started out with great promise but quickly turned on me. As you can see from the layout, the composition didn’t work and so I started to crop away. (I know you saw what I did to my birds in my Sept 26 post "Hacked and Burned; I am really becoming lethal with my scissors.) My goal is to work with different compositions so nothing is sacred! When I was finished, this chatty little twosome emerged. 
CHATTY TWOSOME - 3.5 x 3.5 - Available
More pansies are on the board with my next post as I am using the same subject to force myself to try different approaches.
(As an aside, you can also see from the unfinished areas the effects of my glazing on the background. It started off very light and multicoloured but it seemed to gain more richness and depth the more layers I put on.)

Friday, October 14, 2011

SNOW: WINTER'S COAT OF BEAUTY SHINES AGAIN!!

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SNOW:WINTER'S COAT OF BEAUTY

This was one of my early drawings and one that gave me my first recognition, my first picture in a large juried show.  Now it is getting new attention, Kilby the Historical Site at Harrison Mills, www.kilby.ca is going to use it for their labels on their jams and jellies.  I am thrilled that they would like to use my picture for their labels and I think they did a great job on the design. They even did a little test on their consumers and found that the new label out sold the old one hands down.  What do you expect with my picture on it, eh??!!
As a side note, I will be out at Kilby this Sunday, Oct 16, 11-4pm as part of the Harvest Market.  I love to be out in country on these lovely fall days, the air somehow seems fresher, the sky bluer and of course the colours of the trees  in the sunshine stunning!!  Come join us if you can, it will be a great day. 
Label for the Jams

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Artists in Residence Program

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SPRING DANCE

No, I have not started in a new direction in my art.  This picture, Spring Dance is by artist Becky McMahon who will be with me at the Newton Cultural Center, 13530 72 Ave. Surrey, BC for the Artists in Residence program.   On Tuesday morning 10-12pm, October 11 and every Tuesday after that ending on Dec 6, Becky and I will be at the Cultural Center in the main gallery area.  We are there to meet and talk with anyone visiting the gallery.  We will have some of our work there and will discuss it but more than that we are there to have art filled discussions with everyone on any topic: art, techniques, mediums, critiquing, events and basically anything artful.  Also we will be looking for direction for visual art programs to offer.  Becky already has a Chinese Brush Painting Class scheduled to start Saturday, Nov.  19, 26 and Dec. 3  and I have a One Day Marketing Workshop for Emerging Artists set for Sunday, October 23.  We think that being artists in residence at the center will be lots of fun, a great way to increase the profile of arts in the community and a real source of information and networking for artists.  I wish that all my internet friends could join us but I guess in a way we have our own artful talks here in our blogs. 
To check out more of Becky’s work or sign up for her class see www.triskeltreecreations.com .  For information and registration for the Marketing Workshop: Let’s Get Your Art Out There see my website www.artbywendy.com

Monday, October 3, 2011

Taking Turns gets into a major show

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TAKING TURNS - 11 X 14 - Available

Yes, I made it into the "Annual International Representational Show - AIRS" which is being held at the Federation Gallery on Granville Island in Vancouver.  The show runs from October 4 -23 with the reception Thursday, October 6, 6-8pm.  This is the second year that the Federation of Canadian Artists have held this show and my second year of getting in!!  I am just over the moon.  If you make it to the reception be sure and say hi, I will be the nut walking around with a grin on my face!!

(My picture of the sandhill crane, Stepping Out, was the successful picture last year.)
STEPPING OUT - 14 X 11 - Available