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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Temiskaming Palette and Brush Club Visual Poetry Exhibit "Meet the Artists" Reception Tomorrow Night!

I can't wait! I haven't yet seen the exhibit, so I'm looking forward to seeing all the wonderful painting and poetry combinations that my artist friends have come up with (and to seeing how my own paintings look as part of the show)! Some of the artists also wrote their own poems, which just shows the depth of creativity that some people possess!
The reception is also the official opening of the Spring Pulse Poetry Festival which is based in Cobalt, but has events occurring all around Temiskaming Shores as well.
This is the second year for the festival, and for the collaboration with artists and poets, and I hope it will become an annual fixture!
The Festival was started by Dave Brydges in honour of Dr. William Henry Drummond, Canada's first national poet, and Cobalt's first doctor.
I do hope to see you at the reception, and perhaps at some of the poetry readings and other activities that will be going on this coming week!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Wabi Brook Studio is Sponsoring Contest at Indie North

I am thrilled to be sponsoring this week's contest at Indie North. Entering is easy, fun and free! Just go to Indie North to find out how you can be entered into the draw for a $20 US Gift Certificate valid for anything at Wabi Brook Studio! Contest closes this Sunday.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

IndieNorth Showcase - Adornment

My "Drop" pendant is in today's Showcase "Adornment" on IndieNorth's Blog! Thanks, Beth, for including my work in your feature.

Beth is doing a fantastic job of promoting Canadian Indie businesses. She has some fun contests, interesting articles and features. I enjoy visiting her blog to see all the creative talent we have here in the "great white north". She is very creative herself, making natural skin care products which she sells in her Etsy shop jazoie .

I encourage you to visit IndieNorth, have a look at the showcase, and enter the current contest. Feel free to leave a comment there!

Monday, March 02, 2009

Art Sale for Kiva

Ellen over at Creative Laundry is having a Give-away and Sale of some of her artwork, with proceeds to go to Kiva.
Kiva is an organization that pays out micro loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries. Hats off to Ellen for supporting such a worthwhile cause!

On a more mundane (but still rewarding to me) topic, the title-less painting from my previous post now has a name! My creatively inspired sister-in-law suggested "Illusions", which seemed to me to be a perfect fit, so "Illusions" it is!

The painting was done at a mini-workshop given by local Temiskaming Shores artist Faye Digulla. The workshop was all about creating and using textures in paintings. We had a blast playing with the different mediums and materials that Faye brought with her. Modelling paste, drywall compound, white glue, sand, eggshells, fabric, paper, and more were glopped, sprinkled, dripped onto gessoed canvas.

Because many of the mediums used take several hours or days to dry, Faye textured some canvasses ahead of time and brought them to the workshop for us to paint. She randomly handed us each a canvas (she wouldn't let us choose our own!) which we were then to paint. It was interesting to see how each artist interpreted the canvas they were given!

The workshop, sponsored by the Temiskaming Art Gallery, was loads of fun, and a wonderful opportunity to share some creative time with other artists.

"Illusions is for sale in my Etsy Shop.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

This Painting Needs a Name!

I enjoyed painting this textured little abstract, and I quite like it, so why on earth can't I think of a title for it? Perhaps the creative side of my brain is on overload. Do you have any ideas? Any and all suggestions gratefully received!