March 15, 2013

Crimson Feather

I'm happy to announce that I'll be showing 12 paintings, like this here,

in Caledon at beautiful Crimson Feather Gallery.

The gallery is located inside the Alton Mill arts centre, which is this gem:
The show runs from March 13 to April 21. The reception will take place on Sunday, March 17, 1-3 p.m. And I just checked the forecast - it calls for sun!

March 8, 2013

From Eric Tardif

One of the things I like most about the art shows I do is meeting fellow artists and learning about their art.  I try to make a trade at every show.

At the Artist Project in Toronto recently, I was fortunate to be neighboured with Eric Tardif, a seasoned sculptor from Gatineau, Quebec.  In exchange for a small painting, he gave me this elegant piece of a bird in wood.  I have no idea how he made it, but the simplicity and abstract nature of it struck me immediately.  It reminded me of a classical musical instrument, something out of East Asia.

Canada is awash in naturalistic depictions, but except for some notable works by Native Americans I haven't seen a lot that manages to transport you to nature, or capture a moment in it, an experience many of us have had, in quite the same way, with so few lines and fussing.  I look at the sculpture and think of the birds I have seen and heard flapping on the lakes of Algonquin in a canoe, or less idealistically the geese in the river by my house, seen out of the corner of my eyes as I drive by.

Merci Eric!