Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Markham Group of Artists Juried Show May 25 - June 6

More exciting news. I entered and was accepted into the MGA juried show on now until June 6th at the Kathleen Gormley McKay Gallery 197 Main St. Unionville, On. L3R 2G8. The official opening is Thurs. May 27, 6-7:30 but it is open tomorrow as well. Again I am excited and feel very privileged to be included with many of our very talented group. So for those who missed the Mayor's Art Showcase I urge you to drop in and see this show on your way through Unionville. Audra Noble has photographed this show with assistance from Allen Class,Donna Bell, yours truly and others and it will be on the Markham Group of Artists website www.markhamartists.org in the near future.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Save money on supplies

I have just returned from a trip to a local art supply store, Curry's in Markham, On. It never fails that they give me my 10% discount. All I have to do is show them my membership card to any local art association. So naturally I think it is a good idea for all aspiring or established artists to join your local art clubs. Joining has helped me enormously in learning the art business and networking with other artists. Your community most likely has an arts council which will inform you about upcoming shows or other opportunities you shouldn't miss. My own abilities have improved a great deal just from talking to or watching other artists in my club as they work during workshops. They have given me many tips on techniques or even organizational ideas for my supplies and studio.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Paddling the Fraser

This is a painting I did from a photo by my sister in law Beth who lives very near Mt. Robson.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Exciting News! May 15th

I entered two paintings into a juried show at the Markham Civic Centre 101 Town Centre Blvd. (in the Great Hall) and both were accepted! It is the Mayor's Art Showcase in my home town of Markham, Ont. The show dates are May 17-22 10:a m - 5 p m. You can meet the artists on Tues. May 18 between 1 and 2 p m. The paintings I entered were an abstract "The Sentinel" and the other was "Whispering Birch Grove". You can look both up in my earlier blogs.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

And now for something completely different....

'Aurora Borealis' done by a technique called "staining" at Haliburton School of the Arts.

Pretty in Pinkish

Pretty in Pinkish.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Two new acrylic painting tips and new works

Recently I had a dent in the canvas I wanted to use when a colleague said that I could remove it by spraying the back of the canvas with clean water.

Another tip I came across recently concerns the quick drying time of acrylic paints. In order to
slow the drying time of a painting you can, again, spray the back of the canvas before you start.

Last week I finished an impressionistic floral resembling pink peonies in a turquoise container sitting under the light of a window.

This week I am working on a square painting of three koi in a pool.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Great Sites for Artists' Business

Alyson B. Stanfield founded ArtBizCoach.com in 2002 and published "I'd Rather Be in the Studio!" in 2008. This site teaches artists how to promote their art, gain fans, and make more money. You can subscribe to the RSS feed or follow her on Facebook. Another fantastic site for artists is makingamark.blogspot.com