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"Like a true nature's child
We were born, born to be wild
We can climb so high
I never want to die
Born to be Wild!"
Every once in awhile a line of a song (or a few) will take hold of my heart or my head and stay there with persistence nudging at me until I make it sing on a canvas. The first such incarnation of a song was "Born to be Wild" ~ the painting is created by feelings of freedom and joy. The energy of wild nature.
With great gratitude on this Valentine's Day - all my hearts have a home. All You Need is Love, Flux & Reign. None were purchased for this day but because each one spoke to the buyer on a very emotional level. I had the wonderful opportunity to be inspired by the prose of local Vancouver writer Derrick Bauman and from his words came these works.
The sun is finally coming out this morning after what feels like months of rain (a bit of an exaggeration)! I have been busy in the studio but not so good at posting as pieces come to completion. However, today there are 4 new works on my website and I hope you will enjoy them.
Two pieces in the Dark Night Sky series "NIGHT MOVES" & "WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN" . . . clearly, music inspires me :)
In a departure from my usual palette and style are "WHERE THE SALMON RUN - (The Mighty Fraser)" & "WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE - (BC Interior Desert & Lakes).
I'm so happy that "North Shore'' has been accepted to the 2017 Painting on the Edge Exhibition at the Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery in Vancouver July 18 - August 6/17. Painting on the Edge is an International open call, competition and exhibition open to all artists worldwide. (Best to open the photo to see the whole painting). The Federation Gallery is at 1241 Cartwright, Granville Island.
Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas 40" x 16"
I'm so pleased that "Anticipation" has been accepted by jury into the upcoming Oil & Water exhibition at Gallery 1710 in Tsawwassen, BC. This is one from a series of 4 pieces. All pieces can be seen in the Seasons Gallery page on my website.
Reception is June 1, 2017 from 6:30 - 8:30. I look forward to seeing you there!
Exhibit runs from June 1 to 24, 2017. There are 83 amazing works.
I'm so excited that "GYPSY" has been selected for the upcoming LUMINESCENCE ll exhibition. The big event night is March 18, 2017 at the Deer Lake Gallery. For all the great details of the opening event please follow the link. I hope to see you there! The exhibition runs to April 8th.
Earthwise Gardens in Tsawwassen, BC is a truly magical place for both organic gardeners and flower lovers. Spots like the Hummingbird Garden, the Butterfly Garden are dense, lush and highly colourful to attract bees and of course, hummingbirds and butterflies. The gardens also attract painters who love to work outdoors.
I have painted a few florals but generally I'm not a paint the flowers kind of artist and definitely not garden scenes. To date, all of my work has been created from photographs of places I've been, things I have seen or inspired by songs and poems.
En plein air painting has always seemed daunting to me. I paint rather slowly and I paint in acrylics - fast drying paint. Interesting combination. Painting outside means the paint will dry even faster. There are many opportunities to paint with plein air groups and competitions but nothing has moved me to get out there. Until a chance to paint at Earthwise came up. I put aside my "I can't do that" thinking and tagged along with some good mentors on the past few warm and sunny Saturdays. I had fun. And, I discovered some ways to work with the paint and then to take the sketch and work it a bit more at the studio.
I happy to tell you that some of my work will be on display at Good Day Sunshine Café for the entire month of February. On February 7th from 2pm to 4pm I am hosting a "Meet the Artist" reception and hope to see some of you (I know it's Super Bowl Sunday - but, not all of us are football fans).
Good Day Sunshine Café is located at #100 - 2950 King George Boulevard, Surrey.
Creatively yours, Jan
I have been spending a lot of time over the last few months exploring the Gulf Islands of B.C. with my life-love, George. To my mind these islands are truly magical spaces of forests, oceans and ancient rock carved by water and wind. Galiano and Saturna are my favourites. Each visit is different and the landscapes offer something breathtaking and awe-inspiring every time regardless of the season or weather. We have been lucky enough to see transient Orca silently passing by while we sat on a bit of pebbly beach. The sandstone that surrounds each of these truly amazing islands is unique - nature's own artwork. Pocked. Shiny. Polished. Rough. Gouged. Rippled. Curled. Striated. From these visits comes my latest piece "Gulf Island Sandstone" a diptych created of acrylic and mixed media on high profile canvas. (each panel 20 x 20). Highly textured. Find it in My World Gallery.
I'm not a fan of shorter days and darker skies but I find it more enjoyable to paint when it's a bit cooler. The last few weeks have produced a few new pieces - Silent Temples, Temples and Wildflower #4. All are currently hanging at Gallery 1710 in Tsawwassen from now until December 20. There is an Artist's Reception on November 19 from 4-6:30 pm.
November 7th is Meet the Artist at ROAM Gallery at City Centre Mall - 12th and Cambie. I will be there will a large selection of my work from 2-5 pm.
Also I will be showing select pieces at Shine Art Show and Sale on November 14 - 4960 48th Ave., Ladner from 10am - 5 pm.
On November 22 there is a wonderful artist's festival in White Rock. Check out the link for more details and I hope to see you there! http://vendelfestival.weebly.com/beecher-place-nov-22-2014.html
Contact me directly if you have any questions or are interested in any of my work.
The rains are coming so stay dry!
All the best, Jan