Saturday, October 18, 2008

November 08

Happy Autumn

A fine Fall Season to all of you!

News here includes the annual

Studio Art Show

Show hours are—

Sat. Nov. 1 11-4
Sun. Nov. 2 12-4

-15 South St. E., Aylmer, Ontario-
(here is a link to written directions (scroll down) and a local map)

Other news– Both my following paintings have been accepted at Small Works North America (curated by the Greenwich Village Workshop Gallery). Smallworks is open for voting; there are some very nice images to be seen there, and if you wish you can set up your own favourites in a gallery and give them a ‘gold’, ‘silver’ or ‘bronze’ vote. Enjoy!

Pickle Season
Transparent watercolour on Arches paper, 5” x 8”

Pansies in Antique Creamer
oil on board, 4” x 5”

Relish Elgin’ is a wonderful mini magazine devoted to all the neat things in our own county (food, culture, recreation); I have been interviewed as feature artist for the upcoming issue which should be published shortly.

After the ‘home show’ I’ll be hunkering down at the easel again while the snow flies. It will be a relief, as so many images in my mind have been demanding to be painted. I hope to be posting here through the winter as these come to life.

Happy Trails, Cheers,

Art quotes’ for the day:

Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple, learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen. (John Steinbeck)

Every day I discover more and more beautiful things. It's enough to drive one mad. I have such a desire to do everything, my head is bursting with it. (Claude Monet)

Art should be something like a good armchair in which to rest from physical fatigue. (Henri Matisse)

Art is a pigment of your imagination. (Darcy Gerdes)

All information, text and graphics, is copyright Judy Minor.

Friday, September 12, 2008

The summer

The summer here was packed as usual with shows and wonderful travels, and I hope yours was pleasant as well.

I treasure many conversations I’ve had, online and in person, over the course of the summer. It is delightful to chat with people who are also ‘visual learners’. (I have often wondered what brain imaging might show, if done on different persons as they examine art. I speculate that--with some--the whole posterior portion of the cortex might light up.)

—the Maryland State flag (from the ‘Chesapeake Bay’ miniature, 3.5" x 2.5")--sadly, the low resolution for images (required for the internet) is not capable of transmitting the detail of the miniatures

Chesapeake Bay (oil, 3.5"x2.5")
However, here is a ‘detail’ example, which magnifies an area 1/2" high on the painting (it helps, but due to low resolution, can still only provide a small amount of what would be actually visible in the painting if you were holding it in hand.)

—the following miniature was done on commission and provided a good challenge
Going-Away Dress
miniature oil painting on panel 3.5” x 2.5”

--from the Snow Goose Gallery in Pennsylvania -- the critic’s award had been received for the Exploring By Kayak’ miniature (also 3.5” x 2.5”); the review was published in the newspaper there, The Morning Call (PA and NJ states)

—the ‘brush study’ painting, filmed during creation as time lapse photography, has been sold. The short video is on YouTube and was a fun experiment; I’m not sure when I’ll have time to do another

—there is still a number of upcoming shows in the fall

A massive ‘purge’ of my studio (the old horses’ stable behind the house) was also done in early summer. It now sports brand new shelving all the way up to the high ceiling, plus a clean, spare & freshly painted look. It is full of light (sparking the imagination in new ways), and the easel has a certain ‘come hither’ look. Some on-site colour studies from summer are lined up nearby; these are vivid reminders of the place and time and whole aura of the places where I made them.

Right now, there is that wonderful September light, quite golden and slanting. On the hazy mornings I see a landscape painting wherever I look, and it feels like time to get the ‘big brushes’ out, too.

Happy Trails—Judy


(in J. M. W. Turner's studio)Whistler exclaimed: "Don't touch it, the paint's wet!" "Oh, that's all right," replied Mark with his characteristic drawl, "these aren't my best gloves!” (Mark Twain)

The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel. (Piet Mondrian)

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Working method; evolution of a painting

‘Across the Avon’
Stratford (ON, Canada) to me is a place bursting with creativity and whimsy—world class drama in a wonderful setting. The image is the footbridge to Tom Patterson Island, in the middle of the Avon River there. I have seen this place probably hundreds of times over the past decade.

My favourite time is early morning, especially when it’s foggy and the sun illuminates the mist as it rises from the river. The air is heavy with moisture, and silent—sounds are muffled except for the splashing and calling of the waterfowl echoing across the water. There is a powerful sense of solitude and even a feeling that one could be very close to the Otherworld. (Fittingly, willows in ancient lore are trees of enchantment, and swans in Celtic mythology are often the guardians of a druid’s island home—or humans who are under a spell.)

In my painting I wanted to capture both the look and the feel of that experience. To portray this in a painting, in practical terms, first I needed an on-site colour study (quickly, as it the light is very transient) — and cameras do not capture colours accurately. Secondly, I needed some sort of photo of the bridge (to have a reference of the ‘draftmanship’ sort, such as how many braces on the bridge and the angles of it. It is amazing how easy it is to forget those things when one sits down to paint in midwinter.).

The photo is rather uninspiring, but gave me all the shape data needed for the drawings; my colour study was really just a mishmash of layered pastel colours but provided the colour data. I knew that I‘d be painting this in a fairly intuitive way, sort of feeling my way along from one brushstroke to the next, and so did a small 6” x 8” study painting first in order to work out any hitches.

I evaluated that painting, determined some changes I wanted to try, then followed up with the larger 11” x 14” finished version. The lead swan in the final painting was designed to echo the shape of the bridge—and to rise up as if to meet the sun’s rays.
Across the Avon (oil on panel, 15"x11")

This is my usual working method—to get the mood and the feel of a subject; then to gather the various reference materials, and then to keep tweaking and fixing as I paint until I feel that the image communicates what I want it to say.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

The Art of the Miniature XVI; Snow Goose Gallery, Bethlehem, PA.

16th Annual Invitational Miniature Art Exhibition

The following three paintings are a sampling of the ones I've sent along to Pennsylvania. (The penny is shown below so that you might see the relative size of the works.)

Chesapeake Bay oil on panel 2.5” by 3.5”

Our travels this year included a trip to Maryland and Chesapeake Bay, and while there, I noticed the unusual Maryland state flag. It displays the Calvert/Culver coat of arms--one of my ancestor families who came from the Northeastern United States in the late 1700’s. Purportedly, (my several times-great-) grandfather Jabez was the chaplain for George Washington’s army. Of course I had to put this flag in my painting.

Evening in the Smokies oil on panel 2.5” by 3.5”

We travelled through Pennsylvania on our way home. To me, the Smoky Mountains have a very ancient feel and a somewhat mysterious aura—I could almost imagine Jabez making his way north. I am sure conditions were very primitive at the time.

A Marvellous Bean oil on panel 2.5” by 3.5”

In keeping with that theme, I also did a painting of an antique coffee grinder. I expect that real coffee was a luxury in those days. As I was painting I marvelled at the care and pride taken to build this simple kitchen implement—dovetailed joints and extravagant detail in the cast iron reservoir.

This show runs from April 27 to June 7, 2008. The address of the Snow Goose Gallery is 470 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA.
Cheers, Judy

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Miniatures Show at Townsend's Gallery


I will shortly be sending four (very new) works to the Miniatures Show, at Townsend's, in Warkworth, Ontario.

The miniatures are oils on panel, and each is approximately 4" x 5" in size.

This show will run from April 19 to May 18/08 from 12 pm to 6 pm; there will be a preview night by invitation on April 19. The address is 33 Main Street, Warkworth, Ont.

Cheers, Judy

Monday, January 21, 2008

Showing at Lindsay Public Art Gallery

There are a number of my 1" x 1" miniatures on display at the Lindsay Public Art Gallery (in Lindsay, Ontario), from January until mid February 2008.
Also being shown are pencil drawings by Michael Dumas, Arnold Nogy, and Glen Loates.