My studio is brimming with 95% finished paintings in the CAMP project. Today was a good day as I worked on a monumental six foot piece. Here's a sneak peek…
How a canoe is traditionally built reflects the form human so perfectly as well. There is a bone structure to it - a rigidity but yet flexible structure that underpins the function and provides form. The skin - a canvas in many cases for the older canoes or actual skins of trees or animals with earlier indigenous canoes, the vessel itself becomes this humanistic art form for me.
Here is the progressive work on Day 3 for the oil on linen panel work by Janice Tanton - "The Artist's Daughter".
This is the last image that our family saw as we were coming back from a trip to the Royal Tyrell Museum in Drumheller, AB in 2010. After this....we saw nothing but three feet of snow and sleet ahead of us on the road. An extreme freak storm in April claimed the lives of eight people in road accidents all around us. We were very lucky.
It's very difficult if not impossible to capture the real jewel-like quality in a oil painting on linen with a camera. The many glazes in this work all weave together to give an amazing optical effect in person, so I urge you to visit Elevation Gallery to view the work....before it's gone!
Three new works in the brand new series, "What's In A Name" will debut at the opening of Sacred/Modern this weekend at Elevation Gallery in Canmore. Come see them in person! Have a look at the works in progress.
As summer approaches, I've been out tire-kicking ...or "paddle-kicking".....for a new red canoe of our own. For now, since it's still pretty cold and the rivers are high in the mountains.... I'll be content to craft them with a brush, one by one....in my studio, remembering fondly the warm lakes of the east that wait for us.
This series is based upon identity, how we identify ourselves and how others identify us within the context of different relationships. Beginning with a series of portraits of women, I will examine our identity in relationship to family, seated within the context of culture and time. I expect that I will continue this series over a period of years.
Check out three new works created, week of May 7, 2011.