A love of intricate detail, patterning, and the graphic quality of drawing have always been evident in my artwork. Several years ago I rediscovered pen-and-ink drawing, this time using structured patterns. I have an affinity for small objects, sparkle, and unusual effects. All this is present in my current mixed media work.
My imagery springs from what I see in the shapes and lines on my paper. Two years ago I was introduced to eco-dyeing and have found it most inspiring. I now eco-dye my own papers and then see what I can find in the marks on them. Frequent subjects are trees, leaves, houses, buildings, skies and celestial bodies.
‘Fairy Lane Nos. 1, 8, 13
“This, Too, Shall Pass’
Painting in watercolour has inspired me to stop and enjoy all things bathed in light and casting interesting shadows. Red poppies in my garden, I have never had as many, and moments from a special trip to Nova Scotia, are among the subjects of my work for our group show at Grace Westminster Church auditorium, April 13 to 15. Look foreword to seeing you in the spring!
What inspires me to paint is usually something nearby, whose shape or colour interests me. Highlighting those bottles or shells or flowers with focussed light brings out the elements of those items that intrigue me. As a result, I collect things – old bottles, old silver, shells, glass floats, leaves, seeds, everyday things – and find interesting fruits and vegetables, and raid my garden for inspiration. Then I assemble them to play with colours, shapes, reflections and textures. Some end up in my paintings, which I hope you will come by and see, along with all of our group’s new works, at our upcoming April show, April 13 – 15 at Grace Westminster Auditorium (details coming soon; watch our Facebook page too).
‘Peaches and Copper Pot’, Oil on linen panel
You can see more of my work at Redberry Art.
I am a professional fibre artist specializing in freestyle embroidery. My creations are expressions of my love for the prairie and originate from my own photographs and personal experiences of Saskatchewan. I am constantly amazed at the texture and intricate beauty that can be achieved by working with thread and yarn. When I head out with my camera, I am looking for things to stitch. Big open skies are translated to hand dyed fabrics. When I see fields and ditches full of flora, I imagine them as threads and yarn. Each stitch represents a brush stroke of colour and I find great joy in recreating scenes I love in this medium.
In 2010, I was juried with the Saskatchewan Craft Council. Since then, my work has found homes locally, nationally, and internationally. As a self taught artist, I am very grateful to be a part of the Artists’ Workshop. I enjoy this circle of supportive artists and bask in the opportunity to expand my creativity every Monday with them. Having the dedicated time and space to become more expressive with my sketchbook phase of creating is planting the seeds for some wonderful new works in the future.
‘Winter at Jackfish Lake’
On Monday November 27, the Artists’ Workshop is going to be holding a one day only Open Studio Show and Sale at our studio space at the Grace Westminster Auditorium. The studio will be open from 11 am to 9 pm. We will also have many of the artists working, so you can see our newest works in progress. Please come by, chat with us, and ask questions.
Spotlight on ~ Lorraine Khachatourians
This year I am looking more and more at colour, that is, how to represent the colours I see in the various objects I enjoy painting, in way that comes closest to how I see them. Over the past few months I have been paying more attention to the characteristics of colour and how to recreate them from the pigments in the paint. It is like solving a puzzle or a mystery, both of which I have always enjoyed. Below are photos of both works in progress of my favourite subjects, fruits and metal reflections, which you will be able to see completed at our open studio, and some finished pieces.
‘Works in progess’
With winter in full swing, and the holiday season winding down, we can take time to check out other things going on in our community.
Paige Mortensen, a member of our group, currently has a show entitled ‘Stories Inside’ at the Royal Gallery, The Centre Mall Saskatoon, from now until January 8, 2016. The series was inspired by Paige’s trip to Europe, all the fascinating doors, and wondering about the stories behind them.
Here are a few of the pieces you can see at the show. Just until January 8th!
Watercolour Batik on Ginwashi paper 12×18″
Watercolour Batik on Ginwashi paper 12×18″
Watercolour Batik on Ginwashi paper 18×24″ wrapped on canvas
Kathleen Slavin, a member of our group, currently has a show at Calories Restaurant on Broadway in Saskatoon. The show will be on until March 29. We hope you can stop by.