Friday, September 30, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
You know what this means, don't you?
A lttle hint - it's my studio desk. Covered in wire and beads and so on.
Yes, it's getting close to christmas :) and these are my current WIPs, also known as works in progress. Sometimes, at the start of a creative busy period (as this is going to be - check out the Events tab above, four craft fairs!) It's good planning to have some projects on the go to lead you in to being productive once more.
And oh boy, do I have to be productive!
Saturday, September 24, 2011
This afternoon I will be taking part in Art For Youth Day in Port Moody. I've got some fun hammered wire projects to get kids started on wireworking.
See you in the Rocky Point Skate Park, 1-4pm this afternoon :)
Friday, September 23, 2011
I've deliberately not posted much these last two weeks. Although I was so excited about coming home, the actual reality of eight weeks away was being very much behind, out of the loop and playing cat...
Monday, September 12, 2011
During September the work of stone carver, Tom Reid, is featured in the gift shop display. As you can see from the photographs in this post, the display case is filled with a most wonderful menagerie of critters for adoption.
From salmon to dolphins and orcas for your (very large) aquarium, plus horses, swans and and a couple of bears for the landlubbers, there is definitely something pleasing for everyone.
Tom has been carving stone for over 35 years, and works in a variety of materials including soapstone, alabaster and jade. His main works represented in the gallery are inspired by the natural world and he accurately captures exactly the right expression or stance for each animal he carves. Tom also demonstrates his carving techniques at local rock and gem shows around the area so keep an eye out to watch this artist at work.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
The main permanent exhibitions are arranged chronologically so it's possible to follow the artist's progression as he experimented with different techniques and ideas. Sadly, it's also a diary of his decline in the last two years of his life, culminating with his suicide in 1890.
Historians believe he suffered greatly with epilepsy during this time. To make matters worse he also felt that his artistic ability was slipping away. How unfair.
I completely fell in love with his bold colourful Parisian paintings and completely captivated by the warmth and immediacy of the Arles work. Although the museum was busy with some of the most impolite gallery visitors I have ever encountered (wandering right in front of you to obscure the paintings, standing with backs to the works while listening to the audio tour thus spoiling the view for everyone else) it was a complete treat to get up close enough to appreciate each brushstroke. One thing which occurred to me when looking at the more vibrant colourful pieces was how migrainous and jazzy the effect is; those of you who suffer from visual migraines might know what I mean. Coincidentally, it's Migraine Week right now!
And even more of a treat was the Wee Guy's very obvious enthusiasm for the whole visit, drawing admiring glances and comments from visitors.
We both appreciated the cafe :)