Friday, September 4, 2015

Shelter Valley Folk Festival....day 1...



 
....that's a lot of art per square inch! ....
Shelter Valley Folk Festival.....hot enough to peel paint off a Sherman tank, but I got water and iced tea...back for more tomorrow and Sunday.
 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

...Shelter Valley Folk Festival........



Shelter Valley Folk Fest.....sea of tents.....

...the day before....I went in to figure out how to make the best use of my tent....think I've got it worked out. Hot days! ...there will be 3 white walls to the tent, so I hope it won't be 'pass out' hot. I'll post some pictures tomorrow of my tent full of art! The festival is on this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

It was nice watching and listening to the volunteers putting up the tents. They worked so well together! ...don't know how they did it in this crazy heat! ....for the most part, I had the shade of the tent above, but they were working out in the open sun......

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

See me at Shelter Valley Folk Festival!


I will be showing many pieces, about 10 framed pieces, 4 shown here, done up in the shadow box method I favour,.....and perhaps about 150+ pieces in plastic sleeves as shown here. Come and check out my tent!  Plenty of good food, music, and art this weekend September 4 - 6 just outside Grafton, Ontario.

I will be painting in my tent, as people spend the weekend at the festival, and would welcome doing a few portraits, if anyone wants to sit for about an hour and a bit...

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Monday, August 31, 2015

August Ends.....


There are small things that catch my attention.....there are not really names for these things, but they remain important regardless, and they become the basis of the pictures. Tonight it was the look and feel of the dusk, just as the temperature started to drop. I liked the sound of the distant tractor and baler, the sound of cars and their tires on the asphalt, I can hear the crickets and the frogs in the wetlands and fields around me...I can hear gentle house sounds, things winding down at the end of the day...the horses make gentle noises. But this might be for tomorrow....

In the 2 paintings here, the sensation was of the evening sunlight on the fresh green of cedars at the trout ponds....so I looked into the foliage in different places on my walk that evening. I make only one painting a day, so these are from 2 separate days...there may be more coming, I can never tell, nor do I wish to plan the work in advance.

On the making of pictures, it pays to risk everything. If you already have a picture like the one you made, best to follow your hunches, if you have any, and chances are good that you do....because you are after that fresh, excited feeling in yourself, and you won't get it if you repeat, in essence, a picture you already have. You've made that picture, so you can move on, and each new work calls for a new, but small push forward. This just means that in the process  of making each new work, there will come a moment, and likely more than one, where you have to say, well I'll try this even if it upsets the apple cart, and it likely will. But gradually the picture you are working on will find its balance as well, and then you can stop.  It could mean that you have to take out a portion of the picture and try again....now the other thing doesn't belong, and you have to try something else, but the thing is not dead, so you and it move along in some way, change after change, seeking a new, pleasing balance that you haven't quite seen before, but that you welcome.  But you have to listen to your hunches to do this. And this is what makes it all an adventure, and exciting.

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Evening Cover, August 26


I was gifted some Canson paper and tried it out....it's not bad. It doesn't absorb paint at all, so encourages use of thicker paint. 9 x 12 inches. I love art papers of all types...always have.... and hope to explore even more types.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Line Them Up!


....after I make each one, I stare at it for a good long time. The sign will hang from my tent at The Shelter Valley Folk Festival, near Grafton, Ontario, where I will show very many works on paper, Friday Sept. 4 - Sunday Sept, 6. I'll make a few paintings while the folk festival is going on.......I wouldn't mind if someone sat for a portrait.....

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

August.....


'Little Saturday House' and 'Bank Over Chickabiddy Place', acrylic and pencil on unprimed Arches paper, 10 x 13.5 inches.

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