It’s been a different season here in Manitoba currently in Code Red. Normally a vibrant season with friends and family, social gatherings and gift exchanges, we are now isolated and limited to the contact we can have. The seasonal feeling is muted and contemplative this year. I’m so grateful for my creative outlet and artistic expression, it’s been a saving grace in these uncertain times.
This is a new piece that I completed and I’m very happy with it. Colours I don’t usually work with and a style that I should do more often. Acrylic in burnt umber and yellow hues, this piece feels like my headspace right now. Stormy, full of thoughts and soft with colour.
THIS colour is so awesome, I love how dense it is and how it has such a big tonal range. I work in monochromatic often, so I am genuinely in love with this purple and how is works on the canvas. A few examples of some work this week with the dioxazine purple.
I’m accustomed to watercolour, but sometimes I venture into gouache territory. I love that gouache has the flexibility of watercolour and the same vibe, so it always feels familiar when I’m on the paper with it. More over I love the opaqueness of the finished product. This piece was done in portrait pink, so a very light tone, and gouache really suits it! The textures are incredible and I love how the light pink doesn’t fade away.
It’s an overcast and gloomy day here in Winnipeg, so it’s the perfect time, to spend some time at my studio. A burst of colour is the perfect way to cut through the dreariness. Painted these in acrylic on canvas paper.
This week I spent an evening at the studio, working with watercolours in a vibrant primary blue. After a long stressful day, I’m grateful to be able to sit down put my brush to the canvas and focus on being creative. It’s incredibly grounding, bringing me into the moment and letting the stress of the day fade away.
I’m so excited to share that I am having my FIRST gallery show. It’s something I’ve been working towards, and it’s wonderful to finally see it coming together. Opening on October 4th, it’s a collaborative show, myself and 3 other artists, and includes recent abstract works! The poster background for the show is actually one of the pieces that I’ll have on display! If you happen to be in Winnipeg, come on down and check out my work!
It’s been a busy summer, at work and in my studio. I recently completed a new series based on old letters from my Mom, collaged onto pieces of wood given to me by my Dad. The art feels expressive and biographical, and really came from a place of self-reflection. When you are up close to the piece, you can see that most of the letters date back to 1996, the year I officially left home. My Mother was processing her new life without her son around, and these pieces commemorate that moment.