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.
Susan and I will be guest artists at the Kennnsis Lake Art-on-the-Dock weekend. Our host is our good friend, Jeff Gardner, a great photographer.
July 9 : 10 am -4 pm July 10 10 am - 3 pm
Click here to read about the event in the Haliburton paper -
Click here to link to the brochure:
Here is some of the information you will find on the brochure.
Access only by boat to Island 11, which is the larger island south east of the island with a lighthouse. Docking for 3 boats at a time. Mainland parking is available at 2280 Wilkinson Road (call from the dock 705-754-9726)
Jeff Gardner is passionate about nature and photography. He is an award-winning photographer, inspired by the character of the land; often as viewed by canoe. By combining colour and texture, he
typically creates an artistic impression that extends beyond the photograph. This year’s images will feature stunning nature works from several locations including Kennisis Lake.
Tony Marinus Vander Voet –
Paintings & Wood Cuts
Tony is an avid painter, elected member and past president of the Ontario Society of Artists (OSA). His works can be found in the Government of Ontario Collection (Archives of Ontario) and private collections in Canada, Germany and Chile. Tony is also an elected member and Past-President of the Colour and Form Society, member of Headwaters Arts, signature member of PastelArtists.ca, and holds the designation of Master Pastellist.
Susan McCrae – Paintings & Mono Types
Susan is an avid painter and printmaker specializing in monotypes and collagraphs. She exhibits in juried exhibitions, group shows and solo exhibitions throughout the GTA. Her works are found in numerous private collections in Canada, Chile and Germany. Susan is an elected member of the Ontario Society of Artists, the Colour and Form Society. She is also a member of Beaux-Arts Brampton and Headwaters Arts.
Since coming home from Mexico, I have been printing up a storm in preparation for the Art-on-the Dock Exhibition at Kenissis Lake in early July (July 9 and 10). Susan and I will be showing with our good friend, Jeff Gardner - a fabulous photographer - on his island dock. While on the artistic production line, I had some fun turning a couple of the paintings I did in Jocotepec into woodblock prints.
The painting, "Mexican Colours in a Graphical Vein and a Mondrianic Mood" morphed into the block shown below. I liked the grid work in the painting and decided to incorporate it as embossing in the finished print.
The finished print " Mexican Colours in a Mondrian-ic Mood
"Village Square" (Original painting shown below)
Tony Marinus Vander Voet