Dear Readers, it’s been a while, but I am back! This weekend we are having our Welcome Back to Otterville studio tour. More information on that at my other blog site. (Click the link).
In addition to this, I have a few pieces at the Tillsonburg Station Arts Centre as part of the Oxford Studio Preview Exhibit until December 3rd.
Also, I am taking part in the Oxford Creates online show from now until December 31st!
It feels good to be involved in art shows again and I am hopeful the inspiration and the more open doors will continue.
I just realized today it’s been a whole year since I posted in this blog. I am sure you can guess what is mainly to blame. Yes, what with exhibitions and tours canceled, and inspiration flailing for a while, there hasn’t been a lot of activity to report. I created a few fractals early last spring, and was going to post about them right before they were supposed to be shown in April…
I’ve been keeping myself very busy in the meantime, never fear. Just not blogging!
This would have been Welcome Back to Otterville weekend in a normal year. I thought today would be a good time to let you all know I am still here, I do have art available, (see my home page), and if you wish to purchase any (for that extra special gift or any other reason), it can indeed be arranged. Just use the contact page on this website.
I may as well show you a couple of these new fractals, right?
I think these two speak to our wondering ancient minds, our need for sacred rites and for forbidden places.
Today I will be setting up at South Gate Centre in Woodstock in preparation for this weekend’s Oxford Creates Art Expo, organized by Oxford Creative Connections, Inc. I will have several of my newest watercolour paintings available there, as well as a sampling of my fractal pieces. There will be many other artists, as well as authors, exhibiting at this show.
In two weeks, I will be opening my own gallery/studio doors to welcome the public for our 23rd annual studio tour here in Otterville: Welcome Back to Otterville. This will feature a much larger selection of my own work. We have a very good variety of stops this year with several new artisans! I will post again soon with more details about that.
For now, here are the details of both shows:
Oxford Creates: https://oxfordcreativeconnections.com/oxford-creates/
Welcome Back To Otterville: https://www.welcomebacktootterville.ca/
Last week I made the drive to Clinton, Ontario to drop off some of my art, and work a shift at a new store there called ‘Mama & Me, the Canadian Artisan Gift Boutique’. The business owner, Crystal, was the Grand Prize Winner of Central Huron’s Win This Space Contest, and has worked very hard to transform her vision into a reality. As she put it, only 16 gallons of paint and 400+ hours of labour later… her shop was ready to open! It’s full of handmade items displayed in unique ways mostly on re-purposed furniture, which gives it a nice, welcoming, homey feel. The address is 17 Victoria St., Clinton, ON, and it’s not far from Bayfield, Goderich, and Blyth. Open from 11 am-5 pm Tuesday to Friday, 10 am to 5? pm Saturday (not sure) and closed Sundays and Mondays.
I took two fractal watercolour paintings, two fractal metal prints, two watercolour paintings from my ‘Cats of Italy’ series, and another large watercolour painting of lotus blossoms to be hung in the store. I didn’t get to hang them while there, but we decided where they were going and she has promised to send photos when they’re up! Here are most of them, waiting patiently in the area reserved for workshops:
The opening for this show was on Sunday and it continues until August 18.
OCCI stands for Oxford Creative Connections Inc., and it is a not-for-profit Arts and Culture organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Oxford County through the preservation and advancement of arts and culture.
The Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre is located at
125 Centennial Lane (in Victoria Park)
P.O. Box 384, Ontario
Its hours are:
Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 10:30 – 2:00 p.m. & 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.
I have one of my new fractal pieces in the show, Time for Tea. Check it out if you go!
I’ve never been to Utah, unless you count a layover at the airport on the way to California. It was snowing in Salt Lake City at the time.
However, I have seen some photos of the landscape there. Somehow, when I created this image, I was reminded of those beautiful rock formations on a clear hot sunny day. I imagined hiking through this fantasy landscape, and the name for this image came to me and stuck.
‘Utaopiah’ will be available for viewing (along with many other pieces) in person on May 4 & 5, from 10 to 5 p.m. during the Oxford Studio Tour, at my home gallery, which is Location #4 on the tour. It is the only one of my metal prints that actually has a frame (the frame is black) – something new I tried out this time!
Every once in a while I discover and develop an image that is just uncannily familiar. From the similarity of “Pollinator” to an actual pollinator, to the “Ocean Floor” that isn’t actually an ocean floor, we see how nature follows the patterns dictated by the geometry we know as fractals. However, it is not strictly ‘natural’ things which follow fractal patterns. We can see fractal patterns in things like architecture, art, music, and… fancy china dishes!
I absolutely love this image which I’ve entitled ‘Time for Tea”. To me it seems vaguely reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland and the interior of my Mom’s china cabinet. I recently printed it on metal. Here is what the digital image I created looks like. In the metal print, the white parts are silver, so it does change the look of it a little. It would be perfect in a super modern dining room, I think.
To see the 24×32″ metal print, you’ll have to come out to my gallery, as it is just very difficult to photograph the reflective surface. Lucky for you, the perfect opportunity to do that is right around the corner, during the Oxford Studio Tour, May 4 & 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.!
While I haven’t posted here in a while (been busy on my other blog though), I have indeed been making fractals! This is one of a couple of new ones I have recently had printed on metal.
Spring is coming (yay!) and so is the Oxford Studio Tour, a perfect opportunity for you to visit the gallery and check out new work. If you’d like to visit before then, just let me know.
I won’t say too much about this piece, as the title sort of speaks for itself!
This Saturday I will be one of the artists displaying their work at Art in the Park in Woodstock, Ontario. It is scheduled to start at 2 pm, and goes until 9 pm, at Victoria Park, 413 Buller Street
Woodstock , ON
I participated in this event last year, which took place at the beginning of September, and really enjoyed all the music that played during the afternoon and evening. It was a lovely, relaxing event, great setting, and many talented artists were present with their work. I wish I had taken some photos to share with you!
I will have a selection of fractal pieces and watercolours in my booth.
I know we need rain – the photo below shows what our falls in Otterville look like right now – but I kind of hope it either rains the night before or after we leave the park!