The verdant valleys that lay at the bottom of majestic snow-capped peaks that line the sides of the Yellowhead highway #16 westward towards Prince Rupert...have taken my breath away today. The smell of the air is different here. It's newer - fresher, filled with spirit and the life-breath of the trees. The life-breath of this planet. I get it. I get why we need to look at this land with different eyes, and protect it. I've never seen anything like it. Pristine...beautiful. There are no words for this place...and there are fewer people to see it.
There are many things one thinks about in a painting. Often, it's how to handle your chosen medium and how to best reveal the light in a three dimensional form on a two dimensional surface.
In this post, artist Janice Tanton provides material information and video instructions on how to make 8" figure armatures for sculpture. They are great for artists, school projects and kids.
Here are a couple of beautiful videos made by Parks Canada of the Gwaii Haanas Marine Park. I will be there this June, as Artist in Residence.
One of the most important aspects of being an artist is to be able to have deep dialogue with other artists and discover their process, talk about the meaning of the work and the joy of creating. Understanding another's path can help you navigate through yours, and today I meet with Norman Yates, Canadian painter extraordinaire at the Whyte Museum in Banff, Alberta.
Janice Tanton's land and sea route to Gwaii Haanas National Park where she will be an artist in residence on Haida Gwaii in 2012.
I'm going to be an Artist in Residence at Gwaii Haanas! Artists in Gwaii Haanas is a collaborative effort between Gwaii Haanas National Park, the Haida Gwaii Museum, and the Haida Nation. For 10 days in June, three artists (two artist residents of Haida Gwaii and one visiting artist) will be guided by a Parks Canada staff member into remote areas of Gwaii Haanas National Park.
What a lovely day to begin spring plain air painting. Here was my setup this afternoon in Kananaskis.
I've been working today on "The Artist's Daughter" for the third session of the work. It's coming along nicely, but not there yet! See for yourself...