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slow and steady…

28 Apr

…wins the race, right? This saying would especially make sense if the race was without a definitive finish line… 

 

I have been {very} slowly working away at a large-scale personal piece for several months now. I seem to only find minutes, not hours, to add to it, but I am happy with what has emerged on the page.  


  

It has been a welcome treat to have a drawing to go to when I find a bit of free time. I think with a couple more committed studio sessions, it will be complete. If I can keep up this tortoise type pace, then this is hopefully the start of a new series. Imagine what will happen if I channel my inner hare?

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things of this nature

17 Apr

Untitled-1 Untitled-2 Untitled-3 Untitled-4 Untitled-5 Untitled-6Untitled-7 A talented artist, Carney Oudendag, is someone who I am proud to not only call a friend, but a fellow collaborator. Her and I have worked on two projects in the past; a multi-colored screenprint edition and a mixed-media accordion book. Our next project (which we are currently working on) was prompted by the discovery of 7 unused panel boards during a studio clean-up. When I mentioned my find, Carney admitted to having some spare canvases laying around the studio and said she would happily donate them to a new series of collaborative works!

The project has evolved a bit over the past few months, but in a nutshell, we are both be altering and adding to 14 pieces (7 board, 7 canvas). Our guiding theme and title of the show is Things of this Nature, a notion that rings true even in our solo work. Animal, insect, environmental, botanical or otherwise natural influences are at the forefront of our inspiration for this series. The only true stipulation is that the works must be finished and ready to hang at Pynelogs in Invermere, for our show August 4th-16th.

Above are the 7 panel boards that I began with and put my magic on. These are now in Carney’s studio, waiting for her additions and alterations. Meanwhile I have her 7 canvases, which I’ll share with you in a later post). After we both add to each others work, we plan to come together for a mini-residency to put finishing touches on the pieces and title them. I am very excited to see how this series evolves and what beautiful works emerge from the combination of our creative skills.

something snowy

16 Dec

Untitled-4Earlier this year, I was drawing two feathered friends for a wonderful client, who is also a very close family friend. Now that these pieces are safely with her, I wanted to share them. She had commissioned me to create “a snowy owl with dreamy eyes” for her to gift to a friend who has been especially helpful to her in the past year. image1 image3 image5In many previous conversations over dinners and glasses of wine, we had talked about her getting an owl drawing of her own, so while creating the owl that she would gift away, I also sneakily sketched an owl to gift especially to her. image6 Untitled-3 image9I have been looking forward to sharing these two beauties with you guys here on the blog; since there has been barely any snow this winter so far, it seemed extra fitting to share something snowy. Do you like them? As always, if you are interested in commissioning me for a drawing, send me an e-mail with your ideas to naturesmyfriend@gmail.com