Friday, October 21, 2011

Annual Studio Show 2011

Happy Autumn

A fine Fall Season to all of you!

I am in hopes this finds you all well, and taking time to enjoy the changing of the seasons. Here’s what’s new here— if you have any questions, just drop a line?

Distant Thunder (study)_______ oil on canvas 6" x 8"

News here includes the annual

Studio Art Show

Show hours are

Saturday Oct. 29 11-4

Sunday Oct. 30 12-4

And the location is

-15 South St. E., Aylmer, Ontario-

(here is a link to written directions (scroll down) and a local map)

Hope you can drop by. If you are ‘from away’ you might want to make a daytrip of our little area here; there’s Pinecroft for lunch (a working pottery with a log cabin tearoom, and a music program too); Clovermead apiaries north of town; Quaker-built Sparta with its shops; several wineries and more. The local map on my site gives the locations and a link or two.

We have been undergoing massive renovations, the interior this year, and so have been in turmoil! I’m not sure how I’ll set things up, as it certainly looks different here...however it ends up, we’ll have a fire going if it’s nippy out, and it should be a pleasant atmosphere in which to browse and ‘visioneer’.

I do try to greet my visitors, and then I tend to leave them alone to visually explore. Please know that I’m being quiet out of respect, not neglect.

There’s a physical reason for doing this. The domineering, chattering left side of the human brain, the static, has to be quieted down before we can slip over to use the visual, wordless right side of the brain. Sometimes that’s difficult, but if you can achieve it, it’s very fulfilling and restorative. (Right brain thought has been called the ‘paradise within’.) We'll have some instrumental music (no words), which helps with this shift over to right.

(Artists call that happy state ‘in flow’, and it’s a great painting day when one can manage to stay in right brain for long easel time.)

I’ll be there for any questions, or if you do want to chat— just ‘holler’.

After the ‘home show’ I hope to get back to the easel and have just dozens of ideas. Over the winter I hope to post new works on the blog in a (more) timely fashion, so ‘come on by’ and leave a comment if you wish. I also have a Facebook Page, if you prefer.

Best to all,

cheers, Judy

PS. I Dare Not forget the quotations—

Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere. ~ Gilbert K. Chesterton

As for the degenerate artists, I forbid them to force their so-called experiences upon the public. If they do see fields blue, they are deranged, and should go to an asylum. If they only pretend to see them blue, they are criminals, and should go to prison. I will purge the nation of them. ~ Adolf Hitler

During the Second World War, Winston Churchill's finance minister said Britain should cut arts funding to support the war effort. Churchill's response: 'Then what are we fighting for?"

Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known. ~ Oscar Wilde

Very few people possess true artistic ability. It is therefore both unseemly and unproductive to irritate the situation by making an effort. If you have a burning, restless urge to write or paint, simply eat something sweet and the feeling will pass. ~ Fran Lebowitz

I have walked this earth for 30 years, and, out of gratitude, want to leave some souvenir. ~ Vincent van Gogh

(comic strip by Bill Watterson, cartoon is of Calvin showing his work)...As my artist's statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance. ~ Calvin and Hobbes

All is measured by that relative term quality. It is in this search for quality that the artist is, of necessity, the eternal student. ~ Rex Brandt

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Almost August e-letter update 2011

I hope you are staying cool this midsummer!

A quick mention that the Buckhorn Fine Art Festival begins soon (Buckhorn is north of Peterborough). There is a nicely-done preview night on Thursday evening, August 11, with a wonderful atmosphere (and great hors d’oeuvres), and full days on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. If you appreciate fine art, this is a ‘don’t miss’ — 80 or so of some of the country’s best—further information and directions may be found on my website or Facebook Page Events or on the Buckhorn link above. If you do slip up to the show, please come on by our booth and say hello--

This year, there will be a special section on sculpture entitled 'Sculptural Dimensions', billed as: 'a special feature exhibit showcasing extraordinary sculpture by prominent national and internationally known artists, in a wide range of style, medium and message.'

Hot off the easel, the vintage Canadian sports series has been continued this year.

Basketball oil painting on panel 12" by 21"
prints are also available

Basketball was developed by Canadian physical education instructor James Naismith, in the latter 1800’s. The ball was said to be an asymmetrical rugby-type leather ball, and the sport was intended to be noncontact. (Early players apparently had to be discouraged from tackling each other, however.)

The basket is imagined as it may have looked after that first game.

(I just couldn't resist an ever-so-subtle Made in Canada on the basket.)

I've done a couple more small oil studies of 'County Elgin'.

Pinecroft Potting Studio ____________oil on linen

Study, 8” by 10”

Snowed In _____________________oil on panel

Study, 6” by 10

As I painted these, I also photographed my progress (dodging out of the way of the camera every 4 minutes or so!) in order to make another time lapse movie.

I've put all three time lapse paintings to date on a split screen beside some completed works. It's about 8 minutes long. The wonderful music was written and performed by Scott Brunelle, a gifted 19 year old from our county (just down the road in fact). I felt that made the music even more appropriate. Enjoy!

The two 2011 newsletters are complete, and uploaded. There should be a link on the right hand side of this page if you scroll down, or access them here and here.

My home show is October 29 & 30 and I'll be sending another e-letter near that time. We are undergoing even more renovation work; there has been much painting (with 'the big brush'), and there is just no telling at what stage our renovations will be.

Hope to see you at Buckhorn!

Happy Trails, Judy

I dare not forget the quotations!

Right-brained quotes for the day:

A painting doesn't have to have a profound meaning. It doesn't have to 'say' a word. We fall in love for simpler reasons.
Harley Brown

Art is a game where impotence struts the high road, and capability smiles shyly from the quiet corners. Joe Blodgett

Life is not a support system for the arts. It is the other way around. Stephen King

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