I’m very pleased to intro­duce a new series of work, arriv­ing today (July 31, 2014) at Canada House Gallery, Banff AB and Gib­son Fine Art in Cal­gary, AB.

"Not Every Thing Is Black & White" ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on Linen, Framed. ($1025). 11"x14" Available at Canada House Gallery, Banff AB.

Not Every Thing Is Black & White” ©2014 Jan­ice Tan­ton. Oil on Linen, Framed. ($1025). 11“x14” Avail­able at Canada House Gallery, Banff AB.

"Once In A Blue Moon" ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on Linen, Framed. ($1025). 11"x14" Available at Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB.

Once In A Blue Moon” ©2014 Jan­ice Tan­ton. Oil on Linen, Framed. ($1025). 11“x14” Avail­able at Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB.

"The Middle Way" ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. Framed. Available at Gibson Fine Art.

The Mid­dle Way” ©2014 Jan­ice Tan­ton. Oil on linen. Framed. ($575) Avail­able at Gib­son Fine Art.

"One Life To Live" ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on Linen, Framed. ($1025). 11"x14"

One Life To Live” ©2014 Jan­ice Tan­ton. Oil on Linen, Framed. ($1025). 11“x14” Avail­able at Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB.

"Stepping Out" ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on Linen, Framed. ($1025). 11"x14"

Step­ping Out” ©2014 Jan­ice Tan­ton. Oil on Linen, Framed. ($1025). 11“x14” Avail­able at Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB.

"Family Portrait" ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on Linen, Framed. ($575). 6"x8" Available at Gibson Fine Art, Calgary, AB.

Fam­ily Por­trait” ©2014 Jan­ice Tan­ton. Oil on Linen, Framed. ($575). 6“x8” Avail­able at Gib­son Fine Art, Cal­gary, AB.

"Companions" ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil and 22k Gold on Linen, Framed. ($625). 6"x8" Available at Gibson Fine Art, Calgary, AB.

Com­pan­ions” ©2014 Jan­ice Tan­ton. Oil and 22k Gold on Linen, Framed. ($625). 6“x8” Avail­able at Gib­son Fine Art, Cal­gary, AB.

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“Ponokami­taa — The Spirit of The Horse” cel­e­brates the rela­tion­ship between man, horse, spirit and the land in keep­ing with the artist’s cross-cultural expe­ri­ence with her adopted Black­foot family.

Ponokami­taa means “Elk-dog” in Black­foot. The horse was as big and as strong and grace­ful like an elk (Ponoka), but with the social rela­tion­ship of a dog (Mitaa), and more than able to do the work of a dog around the camps. It is said that the spirit of horses are heal­ing and sacred.

Come and learn more in an open­ing cel­e­bra­tion and Artist’s Talk on Sat­ur­day July 12th

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“Ponokami­taa — The Spirit of the Horse” will open on July 3rd at Gib­son Fine Art in Cal­gary, Alberta and run through the Cal­gary Stam­pede to July 19th. Pre-sales cur­rently tak­ing place.

Loca­tion :: Gib­son Fine Art, 628 11th Ave, SW, Cal­gary AB (403) 244‑2000

Date: July 3rd — July 19th

Artist Talk/Meet & Greet: July 12th, 2:00 — 4:00 p.m.

"Ponokamitaa - Heals The Soul" ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen panel. 12"x12" plus frame.

Ponokami­taa — Heals The Soul” ©2014 Jan­ice Tan­ton. Oil on linen panel. 12“x12” plus frame.

"Siksika Ponokamitaa" ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen panel. (Framed) 12"x12"

Sik­sika Ponokami­taa” ©2014 Jan­ice Tan­ton. Oil on linen panel. (Framed) 12“x12”

"Nitawahsin" ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen panel. (Framed) 8"x10"

Nitawahsin” ©2014 Jan­ice Tan­ton. Oil on linen panel. (Framed) 8“x10”

"Starlight Journey" ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen panel. (Framed) 8"x10"

Starlight Jour­ney” ©2014 Jan­ice Tan­ton. Oil on linen panel. (Framed) 8“x10”

"Naatoyiitapiiksi_Ponokamitaa" (Powerful Spirit Beings Horse) ©2014 Janice Tanton.  Oil on canvas. 40"x60"

Naatoyiitapiiksi_Ponokamitaa” (Pow­er­ful Spirit Beings Horse) ©2014 Jan­ice Tan­ton. Oil on can­vas. 40“x60”

"Little Medicine Horse" ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. 30"x30"

Lit­tle Med­i­cine Horse” ©2014 Jan­ice Tan­ton. Oil on linen. 30“x30”

"Naamoi'staan Ponokamitaa" ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. 30"x30"

Naamoi’staan Ponokami­taa” ©2014 Jan­ice Tan­ton. Oil on linen. 30“x30”

"Aitapissko Ponokamitaa"  (Sacred Place with Living Presence Horse) ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. 24"x48"

Aitapis­sko Ponokami­taa” (Sacred Place with Liv­ing Pres­ence Horse) ©2014 Jan­ice Tan­ton. Oil on linen. 24“x48”

"Naatowa'pakaa Ponokamitaa" (Spiritual Comrade) ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. 30"x30"

Naatowa’pakaa Ponokami­taa” (Spir­i­tual Com­rade) ©2014 Jan­ice Tan­ton. Oil on linen. 30“x30”

"Iiyikssopaapii Ponokamitaa" (Hard Wind Old Man - a wind spirit who can be called upon for assistance.) ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. 48"x63"

Iiyikssopaapii Ponokami­taa” (Hard Wind Old Man — a wind spirit who can be called upon for assis­tance.) ©2014 Jan­ice Tan­ton. Oil on linen. 48“x63”

"Ponokamitaa - The Spirit of The Horse" ©2014 Janice Tanton. Oil on linen. 48"x72"

Ponokami­taa — The Spirit of The Horse” ©2014 Jan­ice Tan­ton. Oil on linen. 48“x72”

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Work In Progress

Work In Progress

I view the prac­tice of paint­ing and the prac­tice of being an artist, a ‘work in progress’. In fact, I sup­pose that being a human being is all about ‘work in progress’.  It’s a verb. It’s a noun.

Work In Progress

Work In Progress

I often share my ‘work in progress’ through social media — and a lot of the time, it’s sole pur­pose is to be a record for me to be able to refer back to the devel­op­ment of a paint­ing or draw­ing. How­ever, I’ve noticed the com­ments that folks put for­ward — “Oh, I like it just like this.”…..“Please don’t do any­thing more to it — it’s fin­ished now.” …..“STOP! It’s beau­ti­ful now.”

Those com­ments are some­times tempt­ing to lis­ten to and for me to stop the paint­ing. They’re also a good reminder of how we each see a work dif­fer­ently and accord­ing to our point of view as well as our life’s experience.

What I love about the prac­tice of paint­ing is that it’s amaz­ing to me at any stage — that’s why I do it. Sure, there’s an idea — a con­cept and image in my mind for the work, but it’s never exactly what ends up on the linen. I know we all have ideas about what our lives should be like as well — but rarely do they turn out how we plan them. In my mind, noth­ing is ever finished.

It just ‘is’.

 

Work In Progress

Work In Progress?

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Janice Tanton sketch journal - Haida Gwaii, Burnaby Narrows

A page from my sketch jour­nal — Burn­aby Nar­rows, Haida Gwaii. ©2014 Jan­ice Tanton

I’d like to invite you to join me for a morn­ing of fun and art that is per­sonal to you. This sim­ple tech­nique of ink and water­colour will be some­thing you can use all your life to cre­ate and record those moments of impor­tance in your life.

Throw away that Insta­gram and Face­book post for a quick sketch and some penned thoughts

that will stay for­ever in your mind. This work­shop is suit­able for ages 9 — 99+ and total begin­ners. Even if you say you can’t draw a straight line or a stick draw­ing, this work­shop is for you! As part of the won­der­ful Banff /Lake Louise Tourism springstART Fes­ti­val, I look for­ward to wel­com­ing you to my home ter­ri­tory! Check it out — lots of great work­shops by artists who live and work in the val­ley, includ­ing soap­stone carving!

Date: April 19
Time: 9:30 am — 12 noon
Place: The Fair­mont Banff Springs Hotel, Norquay Room
Cost: $31.50 plus mea­gre supplies

How to reg­is­ter and short mate­ri­als list avail­able here:

REGISTER ME NOW

 

 

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As artists, we are free to express our­selves in most coun­tries in the world. Never take for granted, this abil­ity to do so. It is inte­gral to the well-being of our soci­ety. The next time you take up a brush, an instru­ment, a pen… be reminded of how you can cross over and step boldly into the fray.

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I’m feel­ing so much grat­i­tude to have been accepted this March for Bo’s Mas­ter Class at Colum­bus State Uni­ver­sity in Colum­bus, Geor­gia. I can’t wait to spend time with the other artists and this great painter in his home town for a con­cen­trated expe­ri­ence, and intel­li­gent dialogue.

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Enchant your inner artist in a sen­su­ous slow feast with painter Jan­ice Tan­ton, singer song­writer Julia Lynx and Chef George Bayne. Explore the role of art and music in your life with a spe­cial focus on heal­ing and reju­ve­na­tion. A two-time Canada Coun­cil award recip­i­ent, Janice’s works are rep­re­sented locally at Canada House Gallery in Banff. Julia will share some of her songs unplugged.

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Most artists, includ­ing myself, are hap­pi­est when we are work­ing on our craft and not spend­ing time on marketing/accounting, grant and pro­posal writ­ing etc. Recently, I was dis­cussing with sev­eral artists, the mer­its of gallery rep­re­sen­ta­tion vs. going it solo. Here’s some of what I thought about.

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Abu Dhabi Art Hub was the first artist com­mu­nity to be estab­lished in the United Arab Emi­rates, by Ahmed Al Yafei. In addi­tion to oper­at­ing artist in res­i­dency pro­grams for for­eign artists, through Friends of Art Hub and Adopt-an-Artist spon­sor­ships, emerg­ing Emerati artists are eli­gi­ble to par­tic­i­pate in res­i­dency pro­grams over­seas. It’s a global win-win exchange oppor­tu­nity for artists.

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