Out There

It has been a busy spring and early summer for me, painting and putting myself out there, in terms of my art. It is always fun for me to see where my paintings begin, as I paint with my hands and play with paint and colour, doodle with pencil and oil pastels, slowing witnessing the painting taking shape. For several months I have been working on a piece for a friend and because I work best on multiple pieces at the same time, I of course painted two. Here are some pictures of where they each began, followed by the finished work.

MountainOcean

My friend selected this first one and here is the second piece:

SeaThrough

This one is called Sea Through, 40″ x 30″ and is still available for sale. It is currently hanging on the wall at LOVESHACK LIBATIONS in Qualicum Beach.

http://www.loveshacklibations.com/

On top of managing to finally be creative in my studio, I was asked to participate in an ArtWalk for the set of Chesapeake Shores that is being filmed locally. Myself and ten or so other artists set up our market stalls, where we were able to sell our work, as well as have the opportunity to appear as extras in the show. The first show of the second season airs August 6th on the Hallmark channel and it is episode 10 that myself or my artwork may appear in. I am super grateful for the opportunity to participate, display and share some of my work and also have a glimpse into an industry I know very little about. And bonus, I sold two small painting while I was there!

The wonderful part about setting up for this set, was that it was more like a mock market stall, because I didn’t have to actually be able to replenish stock or have all the tents and tables, as that was provided. I have some fabulous ideas now for markets in the future though. The three days in Parksville were long and hot, and the view was spectacular, of both the beach and the lead in the show!

We are head to Ontario soon, and I may find my way to my little Tree Fort Studio while I am there, although I intend to take some time to just relax and regroup, read a book, do some yoga, maybe swim a little. There are exiting art things ruminating in my mind for the fall and it would be so fun to see them come to fruition.

The New Studio

 

imageAfter many years of dreaming, wishing, imagining and manifesting, having my own studio (with windows) has become a reality. The previous owners of our house used this space to repair and rebuild Harley’s. It was truly a garage with every tool imaginable in cabinets hanging on every wall. When we moved in the space was overflowing with the boxes of stuff I have been collecting for years, the floor was concrete and the walls were filled with holes. In January, my Dad and Owen put a door through from our main home into the studio, making it accessible without having to travel outside. Given our winter, this was an extremely handy thing! The flooring was tackled next. We went with inexpensive plywood which required filling and sanding and vacuuming, and painting and sanding and vacuuming and varnishing and sanding and vacuuming and more vanishing! While I worked on the floor (for many, many days), my Dad filled all the holes in the walls and added a fresh coat of white paint.

Several months later and many boxes moved and unpacked and sorted, I was finally able to move in. The colour of the walls and garage door are so inviting and fun. Owen built me a magnificent table and for the most part, all of my collected bits and things and ‘art stuff’, has found a home.  I am so grateful for the space and all the support in making this happen. Now…to get creative and actually paint!

Farewell for Now

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For five weeks this summer, when I opened my eyes first thing in the morning, this was my view. Sometimes it was a little more pink with the sunrise, sometimes misty, often very calm and occasionally drizzly. Different every morning and equally beautiful everyday.

On the day of our departure I was definitely unready to leave our spectacular Stony summer behind and at the same time I was thrilled to have been able to participate in the Juniper Island Art Festival the night before. Both pieces I put in are Stony Lake inspired and because we were graced with such a warm, dry summer, Tree-Fort Studios worked out well for me to get some work finished (there is no roof on our tree fort).

One piece is 12″ x 12″ called Goldfinch Remembered. I always enjoy looking back and seeing the evolution of my paintings from the initial playful splashes and doodles, to where they end up. Here is how this one settled and how it began:

The second piece is 24″ x 30″ and I started the background for this several years ago. It has quite a bit of ‘underwater’, depicting Stony from a different perspective.

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I also managed a third piece this summer, it is an 18″ x 24″ mixed media piece and is called Navigating the Shoreline. It has sections of a chart map of Stony Lake incorporated into it. This will be available at the Friends of the Fraser Wetlands Art Auction, to be held on August 27th at Crowe’s Landing in Upper Stoney Lake.

https://friendsoffraserwetlands.com/

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I am looking forward to painting more on the west coast, now that I am home, and I am excited for next summer to see what fun creations come out of Tree-Fort Studios!

Tree-Fort Studios

July 23, 2016 Stony Lake

imageEvery summer, for varying amounts of time, I go to Stony Lake, Ontario to visit my husbands family and go to the cottage. I am always inspired to paint when I am here – it is spectacularly beautiful. For the past couple of years I have repurposed the abandoned tree-fort, creating a space for me to work, weather permitting. This summer we are here for five weeks and I am wanting to create a few new paintings for the Juniper Island Art Festival this August.

Today I woke up to a gorgeous sunrise and despite the wind (which can be fairly nerve wracking in a tree-fort), I have managed to carve out some creative time and play with paper and paint. Between all the boats going by, kids swimming, breeze-a-blowing, trees creaking, the heat of the day setting in and cocktail hour fast approaching, I have managed to begin a few something’s that are taking some shape. The best part about this early stage of my process is the unknown, because even though one part of my brain keeps wanting to figure out where we are going with these, I also know how much they will evolve and change and surprise me. I thought I would share my view and where one of the paintings has made its beginnings.

I am certain that I spent more time today writing this on my iPhone and figuring out how to post it, given my long haiatus from this site, than I did actually painting! Good thing there are more sunny, leisurely days ahead.

COLLECTIVE ROUTES: Interpretations of our Travels Across Canada

Here are my paintings for the exhibition. Looking forward to Opening Night tomorrow! I will miss all my friends and family that are in Vancouver and beyond – please be sure to connect with me if you are in Qualicum before the end of the month, I would be happy to go to the gallery with you! I am also excited to see family and friends, that are here, tomorrow evening. Thank you so much to my parents, to Sam and Michaela, to my husband and to good friends for all your support. It is because of you that this was able to happen and I am truly grateful.

When I was young, my family and I traveled a fair bit to the east coast. As an adult, my Dad and I drove across Canada together when I was moving west. Since then, we have both moved to Vancouver Island where we continue our journey and exploration of this beautiful country together. Our inspiration for this exhibition comes from these travels together, interpreting it through our artwork, each in our own individual styles. This was such a huge subject matter that I found it difficult to decide what to paint. In the end, I painted what I remember, what moves me and how I felt. Capturing only a small glimpse of our collective routes.

Thank you Dad for taking this latest trip with me. And thank you Mom for both our travels together and for your unwavering, generous support.

Collective Routes Exhibition Invitation

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My Dad, Martin Hill, and I are showing our work together, themed on interpretations of our travels across Canada. We each have very different styles – where I work in acrylic on large panels, my Dad works in watercolour on medium sized paper. The juxtaposition of these elements connected through our subject matter will be fun to see hanging side by side in the gallery. I have wanted to exhibit my artwork together with my Dad for some time and I am so thrilled to finally be doing this. OPENING NIGHT is Wednesday, October 1st from 7 – 9pm, and the exhibition will be up from September 29th to October 25th.