I just wanted to let you know about a show opening this Sunday at the Creative Arts Centre in Ingersoll. I am participating in a group show with the Artists of Oxford and I think it will be a very worthwhile exhibit for you to go and see.
I don’t have any watercolours in this particular show – I chose to exhibit two of my digital fractal pieces. These ones, Diaphanous and Indeterminate, are printed on acrylic (single edition) rather than the metal I have often used previously. I hope you like them.
I’m currently working on a commissioned piece of a scene from Venice. A departure from my normal subject matter but I am up to the challenge! Then I am hoping to get that large scene of the highlands done before the end of February too. I will be busy, so probably no blog posts for a while.
Have a great leap year February!
One of the volunteer things I do in the art community here, is look after the website for the annual Oxford Studio Tour, which my friend and fellow watercolour artist Sue Goossens is the main organizer for. In the past, we’ve used a site that was not terribly user friendly, at least, not for me. So Sue suggested since I am the one doing it, maybe I would like to make a site that was easier for me to manage. So I said thank you very much, and proceeded to make a WordPress site (of course!).
I have now, after a couple of days of work, completed the site and I am fairly proud of how it turned out. I would love if you would go visit it (HERE) and tell your friends and family about the tour if you are in this vicinity anytime on May 2 or 3. We are changing the mapping of our original domain name so that it will lead to the new site, but that’s not done yet. Share it on whatever networks you have, and wish us luck!
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Tagged Art, art marketing, artists, artists' network, Ingersoll, Norwich, Otterville, Oxford County, studio, Tillsonburg, tour, Watercolours, Woodstock
I sincerely thank all who have looked at this site in the past year. As an artist who has not obtained gallery representation, who lives in a very tiny town, I depend on the views my art gets online, in whatever form it happens. New eyes on my art are always welcome, and if you are one of the people who has been generous enough to share any of my posts or pages, it is so appreciated!
I am looking back on the past year with a sense of accomplishment since I finally had the fractal show I’ve been working towards for the past three years. If you somehow missed all that, it is covered in my other blog (new this past year) fractaliart.com. That was a very satisfying experience. (I felt like, for once, I had it together.) So I’ve been focusing on getting the fractal art, and the ideas I have that are associated with it, out to the world this past six months or so.
I ended my presidency of the Artists of Oxford as of the end of December, so I will have a lot more time to paint, and create. I did take on some other responsibilities (i.e. IWS Canada) but have promised myself they will not interfere with my creative time. Another goal this year is to actually approach some galleries with my work to see if one of them will allot space to me. It would free up so much of the time I’m currently spending marketing my art. Now I’m looking ahead to the new year with many creative thoughts in my head, and anticipating another solo show, this time at the Station Arts centre. More details on that later!
We now have our very own branch of the International Watercolour Society here in Canada!
As a representative of this branch, along with Alfonso Tejada (BC) and Alain Godbout (QC), I would like to invite all enthusiastic watercolour artists to join us. This is a different kind of watercolour society. It is not meant to compete with other, already established societies, but rather to unite them. The goal of the IWS is to promote universal peace and love through art, and to promote the medium of watercolour. As such a society, it is friendly, and networking, festivals, exhibitions and workshops on an international scale are the primary ways it aims to go about achieving that goal. For more information about the IWS, please visit their new website: www.internationalwatercolor.com.
The email for the Canadian branch has (as of today at least) not been updated to the correct one which is: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to join, simply email us, or like our Facebook page and post some info about yourself to the page. At a later stage, we may have a more formal process for membership, but at least this way we will have a way to contact you. We will in future be registering as a non-profit organization, and organizing events. For now, networking is our primary activity.
We would like as many great watercolour artists in Canada to know about our activities as possible, so if you know a master watercolour artist who is not very active on the internet, please inform them and us! They may be interested in our future activities as exhibitors, jurors, or teachers and we would like to be able to contact them by email or mail if they are.
Pour l’immédiat il n’y a pas de structure officielle de membership. Peuvent se joindre à la IWS-Canada les aquarellistes de bonne foi qui croient en la nécessité de faire la promotion de l’aquarelle par l’échange fraternel mondial en utilisant le médium comme langage commun et pour partager notre passion de l’art. Avec le temps, cette structure tendra à évoluer vers sa maturité selon les besoins et les volontés du membership local.
Nous voulons invite à vous joindre sans obligations à ce groupe dynamique d’aquarellistes de talent et de développer par votre participation un immense réseau de contacts avec des personnes qui partagent votre passion. Nous tenons à le rappeler, il n’y a pas de frais pour être membre et nous vous invitons à partager cette information avec tous les aquarellistes de votre entourage qui pourraient être intéressés par cette initiative. (Alain Godbout email@example.com est le coordonnateur du chapitre francophone.)
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Tagged aquarelle, aquarellistes, artists' network, exhibitions, festivals, international, International Watercolor Society, IWS, IWS Canada, networking, organisation canadienne, Watercolors, Watercolours, workshops
A little while ago I mentioned I’ve been working with the International Watercolor Society in their preparations for their biennial “Universal Love Through Art”, and the composition of their annual catalog, “Watercolor of the World”. I helped edit the President’s Message, the founder’s introduction, the Chapters’ Blurbs, the Sponsor’s Message, the Brief History of Watercolor Art, and the message about the Biennial. In addition to this I helped write the answers to interview questions conducted by a magazine, and wrote a press release which I posted the link for earlier this month.
I had been asked to submit photos of some of my favourite paintings and knew the society wanted to acknowledge my volunteer work. My only intent, in volunteering, was to help an organization that I wanted to be a part of because I liked its ideals, its methods, its focus, and its scope. Also, Atanur Dogan, the founder, is one of the nicest people I have met. But yesterday I discovered they really do reward you for your work.
Here is a link to a photo album of the pages of the catalog, which features master watercolor artists from all over the world. I am humbled by their talents. It is available for purchase from the society.
And here is a link to the page they gave me in it!!
Master watercolour artists to gather in Turkey.
The last couple of months, I’ve added to my fun by being the ‘Deputy Press Secretary – English language’ for the International Watercolor Society, having met the founder of said society whilst taking a workshop taught by him. I wrote this press release earlier this spring. The person who was going to take care of distributing to the press wasn’t able to. So yesterday I submitted it to a few art magazines. The first place I contacted, though, was the ArtDaily Newsletter, because I knew it would probably have a very wide reach. And they published it today!
I really like the way IWS tries to promote peace through art, and embraces the global language art is. I hope to attend one of these festivals in the future, possibly as an exhibitor! It is so inspiring to see all the great watercolours these masters produce and also all of the ones that were submitted in their contest earlier this year.
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Tagged Art, artists' network, exhibition, festival, global, international, International Watercolor Society, Turkey, Watercolors, Watercolours
On Wednesday, a few of the Artists of Oxford braved the winter storm that was raging and got to Tillsonburg to hang the show which opens tonight. Come and enjoy some dessert while you peruse the county’s beauty through our eyes. Dress is casual, atmosphere is friendly. Some of the artists (including me) will be there if you’d like to chat, or you are completely free to be left alone to wander if that’s what you prefer.
That’s me on the left.
The Station from my parking spot.
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Tagged Art, artists, Artists of Oxford, artists' network, exhibition, gallery, local, Oxford County, show, Tillsonburg