I like to take Laurie Wonfor Nolan's class at the DVSA because she drags me outside of my box. I have never been a big fan of abstract art but I am beginning to appreciate it more and the process of creating a great abstract piece is, in my mind, far more difficult than painting a landscape or a portrait.
After years of attempting to paint impressionistic landscapes is it time for me to start painting abstract pieces? We were told by Laurie to think of a place and of how it impacted us and paint that. We were to use colours and shapes that represented the place and how we felt about it but we were absolutely not to paint a landscape.
This is my finished painting. It is 30" X 24" which is huge for me. There are multiple layers to this because of the many changes that it went through. Laurie was excited because she finally got me to paint something that wasn't a recognizable landscape. I chuckled and rotated it counter clockwise until it was horizontal.
Yesterday was hanging day for the 6th annual Monday Painters show at the Dundas Museum and Archives. It is hard to believe that I have been painting outside with this group for more than six years. It has been loads of fun and I have learned a lot from this very talented group. There are 42 paintings by 22 of my artist friends and in my mind it is a show well worth seeing. I won't be at the opening because it is the same weekend as the Beyond the Valley Studio tour but it is a chance to see some fantastic artwork and chat with some of the artists. They will be the ones with the name tags and they are all very friendly and approachable.
I haven't posted in ages because home renovations took over my life. I am still not finished the reno but six weeks of camping and painting have me thinking more about my art than my home. I decided to move my blog from Blogger to my site so that it would be easier to post. It has been a long time since I've posted so it seemed the perfect time to move it here. My older posts, on my old blog, can still be viewed by clicking on "My Old Blog" in the Archives section to the right.
I have a lot of paintings to work my way through and will post a blog about my trip in the near future.