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April Show & Studio Sale

Hello All!

I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend full of family and friends! I had a wonderful weekend with family, and I some how I managed to get into the garden and start my seeds. I am looking forward to spring and a new season of growth.

I am writing to let you all know that this weekend April 10, 11, &12 will be my Final Show & Sale with Studio 113 at the Rotary Centre for the Arts. I am both excited to begin my new adventure in life as a mother, but I am also very sad to leave such a wonderful space and good friends. As some of you may already know this is the final hurrah to the March Madness Sale. All artworks in the studio will be 50% off the labeled price, that includes framed artworks & paintings. I will also have all of my hand bound books marked at $5 off the labeled price. So this is a great time to invest in an original Ganson art work.

Both of my Studio Mates will also be showing their art works and selling them a great prices as well.



Studio 113 in the Rotary Centre for the Arts

421 Cawston Ave, Kelowna, BC

Dates: April 10, 11, 12

Times: 10-4pm each day

We are all looking forward to seeing you during our event and hope that you will see something you just can’t live with out.



It’s Been to Long

Hello All,

It has been some time since my last post and things still haven’t slowed down. 2014 was super busy near the end and next thing I knew it was a new year already, and 2015 hasn’t started off any slower. I’ve joined a group of local Okanagan Artists in a new challenge to create everyday. This is different from the one I joined in on last year (#opus6x6), as this one is about showing what your up to on a day by day basis. This new group has set a goal of a whole year of posting daily creativity… you can follow the progression on any social media website by searching #opusartdaily and if you live in the Okanagan feel free to join us and post your works using the above hashtag.

Not that one challenge is enough, I’ve joined another! Opus Art Supplies has posted a challenge to all artists to do a 28 day challenge for the month of February. Same concept as the one I joined did last year, one completed work per-day. This challenge is based on the idea that it takes 28 days to build a habit.. so lets build a good habit together. This art challenge is world wide and has been super fun to both do and watch. The hashtag for this one is #opusdailypractice, and it is not to late to join in!

I hope so see your creations!


Process an Evolution

Evolution and time, two reoccurring themes related to my art practice.

I have been working on a 18×24 inch cradle panel for long while now. The image gets to a certain point then I find that I leave it hanging or leaned against the wall. It is during this hanging time that I want to really look at it, make a choice and eventually act on it. For me this practice is common in my adventures in painting, but when it comes to printmaking I am quick to make a choice and act on it now.

In my practice of printmaking there is a process that forces me to think, reflect, then decide. At times I think ‘wow Trina your acting fast’ but really I’m not, I’m just more aware of the print process. I have time to think, because I am waiting for the paper to soak up enough water to make a great emboss, or waiting for the acid to etch the line I drew earlier. While I take my time to methodically wipe the plate clean of excess ink, I am constantly visually engaged with the image but not in the same direct way I am with a painting. In print each step in defined by process and each process makes you visit the work in a different way visually, and texturally. So with painting I forget all of that, and think ‘wow I am taking my sweet time with this work’. When really I am not taking that long at all…. well lets just say I am learning a new way to define my process.

Like many of my paint/drawing images I often leave works in a frozen state, not finished but finished with my idea for that moment. Then I leave it until I get the next idea for direction. Just starring at it until it becomes apart of my every day then bam I get an idea, and I go again.

Stage one: get the drawing on the board. I just started to draw and the the little guy just shows up. A flower of some sort, and a very enjoyable drawing to discover. But then it sits, I stare, and it waits.

Stage two and three: sorry I do not have photo but I coloured the back ground in a perry winkle blue. Yes the whole thing, and yes I thought it looked funny. So I painted in a volcanic mass, green and yellow, to break the space up. Yes you got it, it sits,I stare, and it waits.

Stage four: sorry no photo, I paint the critter with a pearlized white. Don’t ask why because I don’t know, for some reason I think it’s gonna look great. The work had been sitting around for about six months, and it was time to react and do something. I’m not suggesting it was a great move, but remember paint is a new process, and it’s evolution will take time.

So on a Studio Friday, after a long look at an even larger, and very texture white surface a saw this guy hanging on the wall and I had an idea! I also wanted to use a pen and nib. So as you can see the pen and nib was going to be a long adventure but I stuck it through, after all I did enjoy the rhythmic drawing style.

This is what I mean by evolution, and how it works for me in my art. Today with one particular painting/drawing, it was about the slow mythological development of the process. That process takes time to be learned, time to be created, and the evolution of all processes are continuous.

I bet you know were this guy is right now… Yes back on the wall awaiting the next change. Feel free to drop a suggestion or two, you know I love feed back.

Happy Painting!