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.
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— Read on www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/fractal-patterns-nature-and-art-are-aesthetically-pleasing-and-stress-reducing-180962738/
One of my favourite things about opening my gallery for studio tours is the interaction with people who are seeing my fractal art for the first time. It’s definitely not the same as viewing it online, partly because of the image resolution and detail and size, and partly because of the metal and acrylic surfaces I usually print on. And for the paintings, the size and the detail provide even more of a difference from what you’ll see here on my website.
But the best part is introducing some to the entire concept of fractals. If you missed the fun of reading my blog from the very start, back in 2014, and you don’t have a way to come this weekend to see them, I am linking you back to that first post here.
I would love for you to come and visit my gallery this weekend so I can share with you the joy and wonder I feel about creating vivid reflections of nature with both paint and with mathematics.
Just come to Otterville and look for the yellow flags – we welcome you!
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:
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!
I’ve done a post about this on my other blog – so I will just link you to that here!
But I know a picture is worth a thousand words, so here are my entries in the Westland Gallery’s Square Foot Show of 2018:
I hope you enjoy the above fractal piece. It is printed in high definition on metal, with a very glossy finish. I hadn’t tried this kind of print before and I am quite pleased with how it turned out. It doesn’t have the metallic sheen that changes with the light, like my other metal prints do, but that suits this image really well. As usual, I only do one print per image, so all pieces are originals in every sense of the word. I had a lot of fun creating this one, seeing all the different things in it that caused me to name it “Frog Pond”. Do you see them too? Please feel free to comment on what you see – I’m curious!
I’ll be at the Art in the Park in Woodstock with some of my other work this Saturday. More about that tomorrow!
Thank you to all who came out on the weekend for the 11th Annual Oxford Studio Tour, and welcome new subscribers! I just wrote a post for my other blog, which is on my watercolour site, and I wanted to make sure it reached all my followers for both sites. So, if you’ve already seen it, please go on about your day. If not, here it is: New Eyes!
I posted at length about our ‘Welcome Back to Otterville’ studio tour yesterday on my watercolours blog, and I wanted to make sure everyone who subscribes to this one knows about it too. There is a press release contained within that blog post, if any local journalists would care to deliver our story to their reading public.
This is our 21st annual tour (the 12th one I have lived here for), and every year it is slightly different. The tour was founded by my good friend Sue Goossens, pictured here with me. As you can see, she is also a very talented watercolour artist. Our website is www.welcomebacktootterville.ca, if you’d like to see who else is on the tour. If you are unfamiliar with my art, you may also see a good sampling of it here, and here.
I hope to see you here in Otterville, Ontario on November 18 & 19, from 10 to 5 pm. It would make a great, stress-free day-trip for anyone in the area of London, Stratford, Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, Hamilton, Simcoe, St. Thomas, and all points in between or south to the lake. Look for the yellow flags, and I’ll be waiting in my gallery with some hot cranberry wassail!
We live in a very divided political landscape these days. There are a great many vocal people on both the left and the right, and sometimes it is difficult to imagine we can find any common ground with each other.
I helped found, and am the publicity director for, the Canadian branch of the International Watercolor Society (IWS Canada). Our mission is to “promote peace, harmony, love, understanding and acceptance of each others’ differences” through the medium of watercolour. We recently held a contest in which we asked people all over the world to express ways in which they celebrate. We asked what celebration meant to them. Many interpreted the question as ‘what’ do you celebrate, rather than ‘how’. In a way, we were asking for participants to build a bridge for us so we could learn about their cultures. It has meant we’ve interacted with 1450 people all over the world. It may be a small contribution to peace, and love, but many small contributions add up! The 150 finalists chosen by our four jurors can be seen on our website (thanks to the hard work of Ona Kingdon, Elizabeth Franchetto Irvine, and myself ;)), along with the videos in both English and French made by our president, Ona. We recognize, of course, that all art forms “can bring people together despite differences in race, religion, culture and distance.” We just happen to especially love watercolour.
As you know, I also happen to love digital fractal art.
This piece of mine illustrates a landscape full of great divisions, but wherever there is a chasm, the fractal algorithm has built a natural bridge.
What if we did that? What if each of us made it our business to build a small bridge wherever we see a chasm we can’t fill (like in that song by Sting!). Our hearts can be open without compromising our ideals. We don’t have to have “fortresses” around them.
Anyone who knows me knows I love to argue (not fight), just for argument’s sake. So it may seem odd to them – me talking about building bridges. But my arguments are never meant to hurt or cause strife – they are meant to bring more understanding, both for me and for the other person. It really saddens me when that isn’t the outcome, as is sometimes the case. There is always a bridge that can be built or found. We can’t/won’t always cross the bridges, and can’t expect others to cross over to us either, but at least we may get a little closer to seeing the others’ point of view, and sometimes we can meet in the middle.