I will be holding my exhibition of hand-made prints, curated by Susan McCrae, during the month of October. I look forward to meeting visitors to the gallery on Saturday, October 7, 2-4 pm.
I am pleased to announce that my painting, "Panorama of Ice" (oil on canvas 12 x 72") will be one of two of my paintings accepted into the 2017 Headwaters Arts Annual Juried Show and Sale. The show opens at the Alton Mills Art Centre on September 15 and runs to October 1. The gallery is open to the public Wednesdays-Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm. The opening gala on September 15 is a major fund-raising event for Headwaters Arts and tickets are available for $25. Check out the Headwaters Arts website for ticket information (www.headwatersarts.com)
I am delighted that my painting, "Inspired by the Glacier" has been accepted into the new juried exhibition at the John B. Aird Gallery, PAINTING 2017.
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.
Tony Marinus Vander Voet