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Yorkville art show in March: The Highway Series

I’m thrilled to be having a solo show of my art in the Yorkville Library gallery during March. It’s a wonderful spot — a brightly-lit sunny room at the back of this historic location.

Here are a few of the installation views of the show.

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It’s surprising how much work it is to put together a show like this. It makes me appreciate the work a commercial gallery does!

First, I have known of this date for about a year, because I had to apply for the space more than a year ago. I had gone in and measured the space to see how much room there was.

I’ve been painting with this show in mind for months, actually — as far back as last summer! I had started The Highway Series around 2015, and have continued to refine this idea and work along these lines. The concept is simple — looking at the rural landscape as we see it from the highway, usually in a moving car. More on that in another post…

As the time for the show comes closer, I started worrying I did not have enough work that met my standards for being good enough to show. A few pieces were reworked, and repainted. In one case, The Yellow Fields, I am thrilled with how the finished painting came out, after feeling it was not quite right for months.

I also started and finished a few pieces just in the last few months.

And everything needed to be mounted or framed, have wires put on it, titled even!

There’s a lot of second-guessing of oneself. “Is it good enough?” So now it is hung on the walls, shared with the world. The librarian in charge of that branch told me how pleased she was to see larger paintings, as they are often quite small. And it really brightens the whole space!

There are a number of libraries in Toronto that make their space available for art exhibits, and I think this is such a wonderful way to use the library system, in addition to all the other great stuff they do.

If you are in the Toronto area, I hope you drop by to see the work, “in person.”  All of it is here on the site.

Thanks for stopping by!

Susan

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Broken Words

This series of small paintings explore words through paint, image transfers, and collage.

The words are intended to be a bit humorous, sometimes witty, or perhaps thought provoking. They may be whimsical or more reflective of a serious topic I have been pondering.

 

New art works on display at DVAC Fall Show

I have four pieces in the Don Valley Club’s fall show, shown here. The show is at Todmorden Mills, and runs from 16 November to 27 November.

These first two are part of an ongoing series I have been doing experimenting with words and image transfers, and some gentle humor or wit. They work well alone or as a pair. If you only see one hanging on the wall, ask to see the other, which may still be in the back. These are unframed, but are painted on 1.5″ gallery canvas, with the edges painted in gray, which I find hangs quite nicely with no frame.

I love imagining that these birds have the same idle conversations that other neighbors have when we chat on our street!

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“Online Chat” 12″ x 12″ Mixed Media and Image Transfer $144

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“Online Update” 12″ x 12″ Mixed Media and Image Transfer $144

If you’ve ever been to Pelee Island, you’ll love this view as much as I do. Pelee Island is the southernmost point in Canada, and a beautiful place to visit. There is a very long natural spit that seems to connect to the distant horizon, making lovely shapes. The small piece was the study for the larger piece, shown below.

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“Pelee Study” 12′ x 12″ Acrylic on Canvas $144

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“Pelee” 20″ x20″ Acrylic on Canvas, comes with a narrow black floating frame, $275

I painted one more version of this image (not in the DVAC show), called Looking South at Pelee.  For this one, I used an oblong format, simplified the composition even further, and changed the color scheme to be even more calming.

It’s hanging outside my office right now, and I love it, I think you would too. (If you are interested in this piece, contact me directly.)

"Looking South at Pelee", 20" x 24", Acrylic on Canvas

“Looking South at Pelee”, 20″ x 24″, Acrylic on Canvas, $350

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Don Valley Art Club show at Todmorden Mills

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The fall show and sale for the Don Valley Art Club is coming up soon, and I will have a few pieces in the show. This particular show is set up so that if you buy something, you can take it with you immediately, not have to wait until the end of the show.

Opening: Wednesday November 25, 7:00 to 9:00 pm.  The show is on until December 6. Todmorden Mills is at 67 Pottery Road, where there is free parking and free admission. The gallery is closed Mondays and Tuesdays, open noon to 5:00 pm weekdays, and noon to 4:00 pm weekends.

This show is always popular for the wall of square paintings available at $144 each. These are 12 x 12 inch original pieces.

New pieces in this show

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The cabin we rented in Halliburton last summer was on the water, and we had the most spectacular sunsets, with amazing combinations of almost neon colors. With the fading light filtering through the tall thin trees at the water’s edge, I just had to capture this mood in a painting. I thought the finished piece looked oddly tropical, despite being in the near north, hence the name. It’s part of the Near North series of paintings.

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This piece is another in the Highway Series, where I have abstracted the landscape visible from the highway. The blocks of color are carefully selected and layered to produce a calm mood, and a sense of spaciousness.

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This is also part of the Highway Series, and I think creates a lot of space in a very small canvas. The silo stands like a sentinel watching over the activity, which becomes a competition between the agricultural structure and the wild bushes and trees. The photo has an odd brown cast that does not exist in the original — I’ll have to take a picture with a better camera, instead of the ipad. (Better plan, come and see it for yourself!)

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This is the first of what will be a series that I think will be called Broken Words. It uses a new method of transferring printed images that I have developed, and am getting good results with. The letters have been finished with a high-gloss gel that makes them stand out from the matte finish of the paint, something that does not come through very well in the photo.

There are many fine artists that show with the Don Valley Art Club, and you will not be disappointed if you make the time to stop by. For more details about location, check here.

Upcoming show at NEXT!

I am delighted to have two of my recent pieces going in to the juried NEXT! show at the Arts and Letters Club.

This is an amazing club that looks like Hogwarts on the inside, and has been in existence since 1908. Many famous writers, painters and musicians have been members. The club runs an open submission juried art show, and I am so pleased to be a part of this event, since they select only 45 pieces.

The two pieces I will have in the show are Cooper’s Farm with Sketchbook Page, and Three White Buildings and Triangle, shown below.

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Details about the show and public access dates are on the Arts and Letters Club Web site here.

More in The Highway Series

I almost overlooked adding this little gem, Billboard and Cows, which is currently hanging in my sun-room. It’s also an 18 x 18 piece, and although it is painted using a hard edge technique, you can see there is lots of texture. I guess we need a new term (see more below*.)

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Also hanging in my sun-room are the two vertical pieces, called Shapes and Shadows 1 and 2. I think this view gives a more accurate impression of the colors, which came out a bit strong looking in the other photos posted.  These two paintings work well side by side, I think — they were actually painted from the same source material — but they also work well on their own.

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*Hard Edge painting is a term that dates from the late 1950’s. You can read more about it at the Guggenheim or the Tate.  Or have a look at some of these paintings from Takao Tanabe.