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Exhibit, demos, and more!

I am so looking forward to this Friday and Saturday!

Opening of ‘A Symphony in Watercolour’ International Art Exhibit:

Friday Sept. 28.  Boynton House, 1300 Elgin Mills Rd. E., Richmond Hill.

(see map on home page of IWS Canada)

Official Schedule:

Booths and exhibition will be open from noon until 5:00 pm within the garden area of Boynton House.
12:00 – 12:15 pm: Welcome speeches and official ribbon cutting ceremony by the Presidents of IWS Canada, IWS Globe & CSPWC/SCPA on the porch of Boynton House
The following events will then take place in booths in the fenced garden area of Boynton House or on the main porch of Boynton House:
12:15-12:45 pm Demos of products/talks by QoR and Da Vinci
1:00-1:30 pm Demos of products/talks by Winsor & Newton and RockWell


1:45-2:45 pm Demos by IWS Master watercolour artists Ze Ze Lai (vice president of IWS Globe)

 

and Rainbow Tse (youth juror for our show)

 

2:30-3:00 pm Live music by the Hill Chamber Players on the porchway of Boynton House
3:00 pm Award presentations and speeches on the porch of Boynton House
3:45-4:00 pm More live music by the Hill Chamber Players
4:00-4:30 pm Demos/talks by Daniel Smith and DeSerres
4:30-5:00 pm Chance to talk to people at booths and see exhibition at your leisure.

Burr House Craft Gallery & Tea Room, 530 Carville Road, Richmond Hill.

6:00-8:00 pm: An informal gathering of artists and art lovers; a time to relax, socialize and see the rest of the exhibition. Watch the Burr House spinners, weavers and potters at work. Tea and scones will also be available at a small charge.

Saturday, Sept. 29.

Richmond Hill Central Library, 1 Atkinson St., Richmond Hill, ON L4C 0H5

10:00- 3:00 pm 3rd floor of library: Try your hand at watercolour, an activity sponsored by DeSerres, where we can give back to the local community. Connect with people from Richmond Hill and experiment with simple techniques for painting in watercolour.
10:00-10:50 am Watercolour demo by Michael Solovyev, IWS Canada International Director. Watch him create a painting and ask questions.

10:55- 11:50 am Watercolour demo by Atanur Dogan, IWS Globe President and Founder. Watch a painting come to life before your eyes.

 

 

 

 

12:00-1:15 pm Take in David McEown’s presentation: ‘Water & Light, an Artist’s Journey from Antarctica to the North Pole”. David narrates an entertaining digital show that merges painting, video and photography inspired from travels in the Great Bear Rainforest, Africa, Antarctica and the North Pole. Stories of chance encounters with many creatures including polar bears and emperor penguins are woven together with reflections on the environment, and the inner creative process of painting with watercolour.
2:00- 3:00 pm Watercolour demo by Vera Bobson, CSPWC

 

 

As you can see, there is plenty to keep an artist interested. These watercolour artists that are demonstrating, are some of the best in the whole world.  Almost like attending a workshop only without the fee!  Both days are registered Canada-wide Culture Days events.

Those are just the first two days of the exhibition.  All information that you could possibly want, including maps, are on the home page of the website iwscanada.ca.

I will be there for sure.  Gather a friend or two and have a fun field trip!!  Say hi when you get here. 🙂

This post is pretty much copied from the iwscanada blog post but that’s okay because I wrote it too 🙂

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Happy News

It’s been a happy couple of weeks since the Oxford Studio Tour.

I received news that my painting ‘Last Light Near Goat Rock’ (below) was juried in as a finalist to IWS Canada’s ‘A Symphony in Watercolour’ exhibition, an international biennale taking place this fall, September 28 t0 October 27 in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada.

A total of 320 paintings were entered, from 32 countries around the world, so I feel very honoured to be a part of this show!

Last Light Near Goat Rock. Watercolour on Gessoed Paper. 15×22″. Artist Lianne Todd

I sold a couple of paintings too (Hiking Around Horne Lake and Quiet Pond).  The first one was actually sold via its display in our neighbourhood corner store – or at least it used to be our corner store.  Having been sold and renovated it’s now called Market by the Falls and is pretty cute and trendy looking.  You just never know which exhibit opportunities are going to result in sales!

We celebrated my father’s 96th birthday, and my sister’s birthday, I have a full house of offspring and cats for a while, and there are other family events making me happy as well.  Thinking about the good things in life really does make the difficult things less so!

New Eyes

We just held the 11th annual Oxford Studio Tour and I welcomed visitors from many places over the course of the weekend.  Thank you, everyone, for coming, it really means a lot that you used your free time to come and look at my art.   And welcome new blog subscribers!  I hope you’ll enjoy my posts – I don’t post on a daily or weekly basis but I do like to introduce my new work and announce upcoming events, as well as occasional helpful tips for other artists.  This is one of the best ways you can support me as an artist, even if you aren’t in the market to buy art for yourself.  As with all types of social media, your subscription, your visits here and around my site, your ‘likes’ and your comments will all drive more new traffic here, putting new eyes on my art and helping me reach those who would be interested in buying.

Dear readers, if you missed this weekend, please know I would welcome your visit on another day.  My gallery remains set up all year.  Right now there is plenty of art, but that can change over the course of the year as shows occur or new venues become available.  Actually, the best time to come and visit would be in the coming week, as my schedule this week is fairly open and my prices will all be increasing next weekend.  It has been some time since I raised my prices, but with rising costs of materials and general rising costs of living, I feel that I must do so now.  So, don’t delay if you were thinking of purchasing in the near future!

Here are a few photos of my gallery from Saturday morning, to give you an idea of what to expect if you’ve never been here.  I think there is something for everyone!

 

More Watercolours inspired by Jasper

I’m getting ready for this weekend’s Oxford Studio Tour, and have now framed some more of my work that I just recently finished.  I thought I’d put the ones I have done of Jasper National Park, Canada, all together (except for the one that sold, and the one that is being juried for a show) in this post even though one of them (the last one in this post) has been featured before in my Happy Holidays message.

This first piece is of a view from our hike along the Maligne Canyon.  I don’t mention the name of the canyon in the title because this particular scene doesn’t really give you an idea of the depth and narrowness of most of the canyon.  I just really liked it.  I actually struggled with the title for a while, and finally settled on Canyon Creation, Jasper, because I think it shows how the canyon is at least partially created by the water flowing through the gaps in the rock, carving out potholes and other interesting features.  This one is done on gesso-coated paper, (Strathmore Aquarius II 80 lb paper that I coated with Liquitex gesso), so it looks a little different from the other two, which are done on cold-press Arches bright white 140 lb paper.

Canyon Creation, Jasper. Watercolour on Gessoed Paper. 11×15″. Artist Lianne Todd. $280.00

The next one is of Pyramid Mountain, which was my favourite mountain in Jasper because of all the colours of rock, and the sort of diamond-shapes formed by the rock.  I just found it really pretty.  We did the Pyramid Mountain hike on our first full day in Jasper, and were lucky it wasn’t quite as smoky from the forest fires in BC that day as it was on other days.  Beautiful hike, even though we went in a direction we didn’t at first intend to!  This is the same hike that had the birch trees you can see in my previous post Hopeful Ventures.

Pyramid Mountain, Jasper. Watercolour on Paper. 15×22″. Artist Lianne Todd. $450.00

This one is of Fourth Lake, one of the lakes the Valley of the Five Lakes, which we also hiked on our first full day in Jasper.  Lots of beauty along that hike too!  And the lakes really change colour depending on which direction you are looking.  See my post titled ‘A watercolour inspired by this summer’s trip to Jasper’ for more about the hike and another painting which is already sold.

Fourth Lake, Jasper. Watercolour on Paper. 11×15″. Artist Lianne Todd. $280.00

All three of these, along with many more of my paintings and my digital art, are available at my gallery in Otterville.  I hope if you’re in the area you’ll consider coming out to see them in person this weekend during the 11th Annual Oxford Studio Tour.  Maybe you need a little bit of art on your walls!

The Cats of Italy, Number 3

On the Friday of our week at The Watermill at Posara, our hosts took us to the village of Monte dei Bianchi, the home of an old monastery.  We were surrounded by old stone buildings of every shape and age, flowers everywhere, and mountain vistas.  Every direction you looked, a beautiful scene you wanted to paint awaited you.  However, we didn’t spend a lot of time painting there, just long enough for a demo by Keiko Tanabe and a little watercolour sketch by me, in the yard by the monastery.

My tiny sketch. I made sure to include the ever-present swifts.  Not the best photo, but you get the idea!

Then we explored a little bit.

While the village seemed mostly devoid of people (or perhaps they were just indoors on the hot day!), we did find this independent seeming cat who led us around.  Here, in this latest of my series of The Cats of Italy, she seems to be beckoning to us from down the slope of this alley, to follow her out into the sunshine and see the part of the village that faces the valley below.  Which is exactly what we did.  This cat may be featured twice in my series!  More painting-worthy scenes awaited us there.

Cat of Monte Dei Bianchi. Watercolour on Paper. 15×22″. Artist Lianne Todd. $450.00

After we said our goodbyes to the cat, we walked down the road to the Ristorante Al Vecchio Tino for a gourmet lunch.  It was delicious, and way too much food!  It seemed like it would be a very pleasant and peaceful place to stay.

If you’d like to see this painting and the other Cats of Italy I’ve done so far, in person, put the weekend of May 5 & 6 on your calendar if you’re in Southwestern Ontario.  We have the Oxford Studio Tour happening that weekend and I’ll be welcoming everyone into my gallery/studio to view my paintings and my digital fractal art.  I am at Location #4.  Hope to see you – please let me know if you regularly read my blog!  Also I’m terrible at remembering names and faces, so if we’ve met before, please remind me.

Here I am with Cats of Lucca… photo credit for this one goes to Jeff Tribe.  Thanks Jeff!

Me, with Cats of Lucca

Oh, and one more thing – you still have until April 30 to vote for my paintings or any others you choose to vote for on Facebook in the People’s Choice Awards album for the entries into the Symphony of Watercolour Exhibition that is coming this fall to Richmond Hill, Ontario.  It is a joint exhibition of the International Watercolour Society of Canada (IWS Canada) and the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (CSPWC).

 

The Cats of Italy, number 2

As I mentioned in my previous post about the cats of Italy, some were definitely feral and others clearly had a home, like these two Kittens of Venice.  Venice was our last stop in Italy, so by then I was definitely on the lookout for all potential kitty subjects.  We had spent a late afternoon exploring on the north side of the Grand Canal, then were looking for a restaurant to eat supper.  We passed this window just as we found the perfect spot to eat.

Like most windows in Italy, there was no screen, so I was actually able to reach in and give their little heads a scratch with my fingers, and they were so sleepy they didn’t care.  I love the age of the brickwork, and the ornate wrought iron.   Everything in Italy, no matter how simple or practical its use, seems to have been made to look beautiful for hundreds of years.  We could learn a lot from this over here in North America!

During the Oxford Studio Tour, coming up May 5 & 6, 2018, this painting (among others) will be on display along with the previous one in the series, and a new one that I’ll be introducing soon!

Kittens of Venice. Watercolour on Gessoed Paper. 15×22″. Artist Lianne Todd. $450

And now, for a little context, here is where we ate, with this window next door.   It was very lovely, and the food was good, though now I can’t actually remember what we ate!   For anyone interested, it was the Trattoria Alla Palazzina.  These are two other views from our table:

Hopeful ventures

I’ve recently entered three of my paintings into the juried international exhibition the International Watercolour Society’s Canadian Branch (IWS Canada) is holding in conjunction with the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour.  The exhibition is called A Symphony in Watercolour, it’s taking place in Richmond Hill, Ontario, this fall, and promises to be a great event for artists and art lovers alike.  Maybe, if you are a watercolour artist, you’d like to enter too!  The deadline is March 20.  There are some great prizes available, thanks to our sponsors.  I am the Publicity Director.  If anyone knows how to do that job best, please inform me because I am so new at this!

We shall see what happens with my entries when the jurors do their thing.  We have Peter Marsh, CSPWC, and Anne McCartney, CSPWC, as jurors for the over 25 crowd, and Rainbow Ze as the youth juror.   I am hopeful that at least one of these paintings will be chosen for the exhibition.  But in the meantime, IWS Canada is posting all the entries in an album on Facebook for people to vote on with likes, loves and wows.  New entries are added every week, and mine were just added last week.

I’d love to have your support in this, but the tricky part is you have to be on Facebook, and you have to click on the actual photo to get to IWS Canada’s post, rather than the post on my Lianne Todd – Watercolour Artist/Digital Artist page.  You’ll know you’re in the right place if your window is dark except for the photo and you see the IWS Canada emblem at the top of the written text to the right.  I’m not sure any votes will be counted if they aren’t on IWS Canada’s album posts.  So thank you very much if you take the trouble to do that!  I personally hate being asked to like or share anything (I’m a bit of a rebel that way) so of course I will understand if you choose not to.  I am not even sure these links will take you directly to the photo (they are supposed to!), they might take you to the whole IWS Canada album of entries, and it might depend on whether or not you are signed in to Facebook when you click on them.  One tries, but one can never quite be sure how these things will work!

This one above is called ‘Through the Stand’.  It is 15×22″.  Remember when I was talking about our hike on the Pyramid Trail in Jasper a few posts ago?  This is the breathtaking stand of birch trees – or a portion of it – that we were treated to on that trail.  In this scene we have come through the trees and turned around to look back up the mountain at them.  I am not sure my photograph of the painting does justice to the clarity of it, and certainly not to the startling clarity of the real birch trees against the beautiful blue sky.  I started painting it before Christmas and finished it a few weeks ago.

These two are both paintings on gesso-coated paper, and both are scenes from our trip to Sonoma County, California a few years back.  I was saving them, along with some others, for a solo show just based on the Sonoma trip.  My usual distracted self has not got that organized yet – nor have I finished the series!

Anyway, the top one is called ‘Last Light Near Goat Rock’ and it is also 15×22″.  This area of coastline was just so beautiful at sunset.  I remember coming around a bend in the road and the sun had lit up all of the headlands, including a house with plenty of windows reflecting it back.  It was really pretty, but a very fleeting sight.  We watched the sunset from the beach by Goat Rock (I have done a painting of that as well – it’s still in hiding) while we watched the waves crash in, and after a while headed back up the hill and kept on snapping photos along the way.

Before we went to the coast, we spent time hiking in Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve.  This painting doesn’t exactly feature any of the gigantic and majestic trees we saw there – it’s more about the way the light was coming in to the forest.  Hence its title – ‘Light in Armstrong Woods’.  It is smaller, just 11×15″.  It’s one of my favourites – I hope you like it too!