Larger Than Life Whimsical Art

Edited: Oct 25 2022 I read what I wrote here and I could not believe it, I personally have no idea what I was thinking so I have to edit in order for it to make some kind of sense. The original idea is lost or maybe it was never there.

Nobody has ever described my work as whimsical and I wonder how can that be?! I must be the most whimsical of people out there, never fully immersed in our daily reality. As a child I was barely there and functioning in two parallel realities.

I learned to engage and love this world without losing my whimsy, but nobody is recognizing that I am a true whimsical artist. I will give this world more time to find that out about me. I heard today that I will be making art for the next 40 years so I have a little bit of a margin there. Still, time flies so it may not be as long as it sounds.

Yes, I gather my girl self is quite surprised that there are no fairies and mermaids in my art but she may remember how she always loved porcelain figurines, fruits, and flowers so these do appear in my work regularly.

Now I am off to challenge myself with a sunlit stone family I am painting at the moment. They are asking for their faces to be put in place, as they need to talk to each other while you are not looking.

ADDED Oct 2022: OMG, I had no idea my world is going to turn up side down. Anyway, it is funny how one day you are smiling while you paint stone faces, and second you are packing boxes and moving far away.

Technology & Art Practice

Technology & Art Practice

I will be presenting at our chapter’s (Federation of Canadian Artists Central Okanagan Chapter) upcoming monthly meeting on Monday, March 7 at 7pm. That is actually a very special day for me, it is 16,801st day of my life and my birthday. Statistically speaking, I am past the mid point in my life and need to be more careful about how I distribute my time and energy in future. Basing your decisions on facts, remains important every day of your life.

This is a demo recording compilation done after the meeting demo.

EXHIBITION: 2022 Shape & Form

EXHIBITION: 2022 Shape & Form

My painting Grape Views, View 3 has taken a ride to Vancouver to participate in the Shape and Form exhibition. Last fall I painted a bowl of grapes three different ways, with three different viewing angles and this was my last one. It has considerably less detail and way more colour than my previous versions. This little trio also shows a process of my familiarizing with the subject and my tendency to avoid repetitions. You can see the entire evolution of colour that becomes more dramatic as the project is progressing.

This bowl definitely caught my attention and I enjoyed painting it paired with different lights. I used colour gels that I attach to my studio lights to produce different colour effects. In this process my sun light grapes turned into something of a disco sensation.

Photo of my participating painting, 12×12″ oil on canvas.

Shape and Form is the Federation Gallery’s annual celebration of artworks that really explore the visual language of art through shapes and forms. Bold brushstrokes, curves and edges, and a focus on foreground vs background. This exhibition is a feast for the eyes and showcases work in a range of themes from delicate florals, sweeping landscapes and precise realism. Let yourself indulge in the beauty of form, taking in all of the shapely details in these works.

EXHIBITION: 2022 Artist’s Choice Exhibition

EXHIBITION: 2022 Artist’s Choice Exhibition

The Artist’s Choice Exhibition is one of Federation’s most highly anticipated exhibitions by artists and collectors alike! Unencumbered by theme, medium or style restrictions, artists often submit their favourite pieces which brings a wide variety of incredible works to the Federation Gallery.

Spacious landscapes, everyday objects made art, and expressive abstracts fill the walls of Federation’s Granville Island gallery. There is something for everyone to appreciate in the 2022 Artist’s Choice Exhibitions!

My painting: After the Party is making an appearance in this exhibition.
EXHIBITION: Works on Paper 2022

EXHIBITION: Works on Paper 2022

Exhibition is happening at FCA Federal Gallery in Vancouver.

The Federation Gallery’s 2022 Works on Paper exhibition is exactly what it sounds like – a celebration of all things paper! Technology and environmental concerns have resulted in a variety of different types of paper being developed, including pulp, fibre, stone, hemp, bamboo, textured, homemade and yupo. Be sure to check out the variety of ways talented artists turn this humble material into works of art!

My painting “Into the Sunset” 16×20” oil on Arches oil paper is part of this exhibition and you can also see it online as federation has all their exhibitions in online gallery format as well.
Into the Sunset, oil painting on Arches oil paper mounted on board, 16"x20"
Into the Sunset, oil painting on Arches oil paper mounted on board, 16″x20″

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