Two of my small watercolour woodblock prints have been accepted into Print London's exhibition, "The Ontario Miniature Print Exhibition" (TOMPE 2017). This juried exhibition runs from June 21 - June 30, 2017 at the Satellite Project Space (121 Dundas St., London, ON) with opening reception on June 22 from 7-9 pm. More information will be posted on Print London's website www.printlondon.ca
Susan (McCrae) and I will each be exhibiting two photographs at the Beaux-Arts Brampton Open Juried Photographic Exhibition, which is part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. The show runs from May 3 to June 3, and the opening reception will be held on Thursday May 4, starting at 7:00 pm. For details about the gallery go to www.beaux-artsbrampton.com.
One of the nicest and most thoughtful Christmas gifts you can give to friends or family is the gift of original art. But I realize that original art can be expensive. It is a treat, therefore, to attend events where you can find affordable works of original art. I am participating in two such events and I recommend them both as occasions to see good art and perhaps do a bit of Christmas shopping for those special people on your list. I will be showing water colour woodblock prints, but there will be many artists participating and a wide variety of works that can tempt you.
I Am definitely having too much fun!
I have had this 12 x 72" canvas in my studio for some time. I bought it on a whim - and had no idea what I would do with it. Until recently! I decided I would create an imaginary 360 degree view of a glacier-filled bay (inspired by Glacier Bay, Alaska), and project it on the canvas....
I started by sketching the concept on tracing paper... Although not immediately evident, if the paper is curved to create a cylinder, the right end of the panel matches up with the left end to create a continuous view.
I then drew 12 x 12" panels on the tracing paper and then realized that the initial model was in a 5:1 ratio rather than the required 6:1. No problem, I just added another square somewhere in the middle. The final model looked like...
I transferred the image to the canvas using old fashioned carbon paper, and began to paint. I needed two easels and a lot of to-ing and fro-ing. (i really need a studio chair with wheels if I do this again.)
I finished the canvas (at least I think I finished), and took some pictures. I got the final image by stitching together the individual photos, so the finished product looks a bit ragged. Once the piece is dry, I will take it outside and photograph it properly. I don't know where I will ever hang it, but I had a lot of fun painting it.
Susan McCrae will be exhibiting her wonderful collagraphs in a group show entitled "The Clothing Project" which opens on October 16, 2016 at the Red Door Gallery in Georgetown.
One of the things I liked most about going to Alaska was seeing glaciers. These massive ice sheets represent the magnificent power of nature, and at the same time, its fragility. Sailing in front of these beauties in Glacier Bay was awe inspiring. I have started to put one impressions on paper in the form of woodblock prints. A small print, titled "Midnight Sun" was intended for use as a card. The larger "World of Ice" (9 x 12") is, hopefully, the first of a series of blocks and paintings inspired by Alaskan scenery.
Midnight Sun watercolour woodblock print 4 x 6"
World of Ice watercolour woodblock print 9 x 12"
We always seemed to be on the go while travelling in Alaska - either on the bus, train or even walking. But there were some quiet moments when I was able to take out the watercolours and do some quick sketches - that I hope may become paintings in some near future.
Susan and I had marvellous trip to Alaska - cruising the inside passage from Vancouver and then a week touring on land. The landscape is inspiring and the people are very hospitable.
We took thousands (thank heaven for digital cameras) and are only starting to select and process. And although we didn't post a lot of images or impressions along the way, I hope to make up for that as I update the website/blog
One of the things I did on the trip was to sketch with a pen in my little book - not consistently but enough to keep the memory fresh with quick impressions. Although a few sketches were done while on the ship, most were done sitting in a bus as the scenery whizzed by, and completed in less than a minute.
I post them here as a slide show.
Feeling the need to loosen up, so decided to do some pastel batiks - working quickly and having fun. I call these "Cosmic Questions" (100% pastel, about 10 x 13")
I am pleased that my watercolour block print, " Killarney Dream" was accepted into the 2016 Print Show at the John B. Aird Gallery. Susan also had a print accepted and we are looking forward to the exhibition.
Tony Marinus Vander Voet