The first Tuesday "semi-drop-in" drawing class went very well. I set up a still life with directional light and white objects. We concentrated on light, shadow, values and negative space. At first it seemed intimidating, but the artists were pleased with the results. I set up my easel and sketched along with them, pausing to check and comment on their drawings. I spoke as I was drawing, and was able to explain what I was thinking and how I was going to deal with the project. Sometimes not an easy thing to do when immersed in the "right brain". The "classes" are $25 for 2 hours, and the class size small, 6 max. I just ask that participants email or phone me to get on the list ahead of time and let me know if they cannot make a day they have signed up for. Fits easily into every ones busy lifestyle!
I thought it was maybe time to blog once again. I have been struggling with some decisions as an artist and up until now was not able to make up my mind. I have my new studio in Qualicum Bay, and I absolutely love it! I am also still a resident artist, working upstairs in studio 8 on Wednesdays at "The Old School House" in Qualicum Beach, that is, until May. One of the factors that prompted me to open my very own studio/gallery in the first place was that I had all these ideas and energy that needed to be channeled into creating a professional space to show and sell my work. I was contemplating working both studios for another year, as the one day a week is easy to schedule. Studio 8 is a "quaint" little space to paint, and I have enjoyed being a part of it, but I feel it is time to move on for my own personal and professional growth. I love the Gallery as a whole, and have enjoyed the connection with all the other artists in residence. I will miss that, but I can stop by for a visit any time.
I am onto something new once again! To quote Monty Python, "And now for something completely different!" Well, maybe not completely different, but a kind of evolution of my newest acrylic on paper style. Some of these works have a twisted little story which goes with them as I let my imagination take over. Some I have matted and framed in 8x10 contemporary black frames. Simple clean lines as to not distract from any message that particular painting may have. I will be previewing my newest pieces this saturday and sunday, the 19th and 20th, in my studio in Qualicum Bay, during Susan Schaefer's grand opening of her studio. Stop by if you are in the area!
I have organized a new studio on my webpage, titled "New series". I have tried to place the paintings in order as to show the "evolution of a style". Check it out for an explanation of this and other works!