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Writer/Artist event painting

Each year the Yarmouth Art Society and the Yarmouth Writers’ Group get together for a joint show. This year the basic theme was post cards. The writers did a post card message and the artists did an interpretation. The post card and message will be printed separate from the work on display at the Yarmouth County Museum gallery space. This piece is based on writing by Julian Smith called Come-from-Aways that makes illusion to things unexpectedly found on the beach.  I called it Come-from-Aways, The Movie, mostly because I had to get the detail of one frame to the proportions of a postcard and needed to use the rest of the canvas. It is a mixed media of acrylic, foil, ink and paste done in somewhat of comic book style.

 

Come-from-Aways, The Movie

Come-from-Aways, The Movie

Come-from-Aways, Detail

Come-from-Aways, Detail

Yarmouth Bar

This port area is one of my favourites to paint. It has lots of great boats, sheds, and fishing gear. Can always find good light direction and comfortable place to sit. This is a watercolour on canvas. Just trying out something new. It does react differently to paint and takes it awhile to dry. Very easy to lift most colours.

Yarmouth Bar  22 x 25 cm

Yarmouth Bar
22 x 25 cm

Watercolour doodles

Sometimes I am not too much into getting involved in a “real painting” so just play around with colour and composition. I have to remember that I am not an artist but an image maker. I heard on CBC the other day in a discussion about ART, that to be art the image has to be “transformational” to the person(s) seeing, hearing or watching it. Wow! That would be too much pressure for me and I would never get anything done. I am pretty happy when I like an image I make. If it also appeals to someone else that is a bonus. If a piece  is transformational for you I will feel doubly blessed. I must warn you that I have seen a lot of art, have a satisfying collection, but no transformational pieces. Not that I am immune from the feeling as a live performance of Wagner’s Ring Cycle does place me in a new space so I know what is being said.

How did I get into that? Anyway, here are some non-transforational doodles. I should add that playing around with doodles does inform my other, more serious (whatever they are), images.

Click on them to see larger but still non-transformational images.