I am a mark maker. Always close at hand in my studio are buckets of mark making tools. I love the act of applying paint to a surface. Creating is at its best when the marks suggest the next direction. I also prefer to not be fully in control of my painting tools. Discovering, often by accident, a new way to move paint by flowing, scraping, rolling, scratching, dripping, and so on is endlessly satisfying. Texture builds up in rough layers that hide and reveal the layers below and offers direction for what to do next.
I am so fortunate to have a studio with a window of a big Saskatchewan sky. This lighting is crucial for enriching the process of my watercolour paintings. The natural light not only makes me feel healthy and happy but inspired. It allows me to “read the paper” when it’s time to drop, splash or brush the paint on. There’s a tiny window just before the water is absorbed as it momentarily sits on the surface. A sheen that can only be really seen using natural light. For the upcoming show I have changed up my pallet using reds, blacks and blues against the ultimate contrast of crisp white. Just like a bright and sunny day of winter casting dark shadows on the snow. Mark your calendar for Monday November 26th at Grace Westminster United Church 11am – 9pm.
I am a fickle artist. If you asked me what my favourite item in my art toolkit was last week, it would have been raw canvas. This week I am on the alcohol ink band wagon. The colours are vibrant and luminous but I find myself quite often toning them down. It is interesting to just dab the ink on a ceramic tile or yupo paper and watch them move but to manipulate the ink is wonderful. I do this by cutting into the ink on the paper or tile with a brush dipped in alcohol. To protect my art, I spray it with a vanish. I find Kamar by Krylon to work best. Many vanishes will make the ink bleed and discolour. Come and see me dabbing on Monday, November 26, 2018.
One of my favourite art making tools that I wouldn’t be able to make my art without is the copper, silver and gold foil that I use to gild my paintings. Since I started using foil it has taken over as one of my favourite mediums. I love the different effects that it creates and it inspires me to experiment. I use birds in most of my paintings and the foil seems to capture the lightness and fun that I see in birds.
As we get underway for our 2018-2019 season, several of our members are involved in shows around the province and in Saskatoon. These are the three shows on now ~
And Val Miles has a solo show at the University Club on the University of Saskatchewan campus. The show runs from now until December 20 and is called ‘Elements of Klimt’.
So we are off to a great start this year. Watch for news of our own one day group show in November.