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The One a Day Challange Continues

I may not have been posting as often as I did when I started this challenge, but I think I have been doing pretty ok. My plate of regular life is starting to get really full, and I have a ton of things to find balance with. But I guess that is part of my challenge, perhaps the next 30 days will be a different perspective of One a Day. I’m still thinking creative moments.. but maybe not a start one in a day and finish one in a day.. maybe just the documentation of the days creative moment… What are your thoughts?

Day 26 – Acrylic on cradle panel. I wanted to play with the idea of grouping the critters. This mini has given me a few ideas that I will play with soon.

Day 26

Day 27 – Watercolour pencil and water soluble graphite. Fun Fun Fun! A softer look for one of the critters. Day 27

Day 28 – Acrylic gouache on decorative paper, with shimmer… Yes I really do like the shimmer! It’s a funny product that requires the viewer to view the work at different angles to get the whole picture, and it’s eludes to movement. I also love how each time you try to document it the image changes because of the shimmer… an interesting thing to play on.

Day 28

Day 29 – I am in love with the new critter, and I am so very happy with my watercolours right now. But that could be do to the size of these images. 6-7 inches in diameter. Real mini works,equal a really nice time to play with watercolour.

Day 29

 

So this is what I have been up to, and I am super excited to share with you what happens this Studio Friday. A lot of blocks are ready to go for the print marathon.

Chat soon and until then enjoy those creative moments!

Trina

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Days 20-26

It’s been a few days, and although I have not been post images any where, I have been finding creative moments. My one a days have been consumed with preparation for a print a thong I am hoping to have this Friday. I have been carving lino blocks that I hope to print in layers, as well as tearing down paper for said project etc. My side project has been needing my attention, as I am in the silkscreen phase of that project. But in the middle of it all I have also been spending some time with my knitting, yes I am learning to knit. The last few days I have been knitting and un-knitting a scarp, and trying to fix pair of miss shaped leg warmers that I made earlier this month.

So here goes the pics..

Day 20+Day 21 +2014-01-07 21.25.31Hopefully I will write sooner. Until Next Time, Have Happy Creative Moments! Trina

 

On a side note here is a call to artists that you may or may not be interested in.

Call for Artists

 

The North Vancouver Community Arts Council is seeking artists working in 2D and 3D for a themed exhibition called “Recycle Art” (TBA).  

April 11 – May 10, 2014

CityScape Community Art Space

 

This exhibition will celebrate the creation of art made by recycling materials.  We are looking for artists who have found inspiration from industrial, consumer, found or everyday materials that are no longer desired, needed or can fulfill its original purpose.  We encourage innovative and creative “recycle art” varied in subject and style made from diverse and alternative mediums. 

Submission must include: 

 

·      Up to 6 printed photographs or digital images on disk or USB of completed available artwork,
labeled with title, size and medium.

·                      A list of work including thumbnail images of work, title, size, medium and price.

·      75%  of each artwork must be made from recycled materials (materials re-purposed from its       original use or intention)

·           A CV, bio and brief artist statement that describes your artist process
and/or methodology.

·           A jury fee of $10 for members and $15 for non-members.

·           Include your name, mailing address, phone number, website and email address.

·           A SASE if you would like your submission returned by post.

 

Deadline for submission:  Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 4pm

You do NOT have to be a resident of North Vancouver or a member of the Arts Council
to submit or exhibit for this exhibition. Emailed submissions will not be accepted.

 

Contact: Jo Dunlop

CityScape Community Art Space

North Vancouver Community Arts Council
335 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, BC   V7M 2G3

604.988.6844 exhibitions@nvartscouncil.ca   www.nvartscouncil.ca

 

 

 

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North Vancouver Community Arts Council presents:

4th Annual North Shore Art Crawl

Saturday & Sunday, April 26 & 27, 2014
11:00am-5:00pm

The North Shore Art Crawl is a free community arts festival that celebrates the creative energy of our local artists and enables cultural vitality. Thanks to the hard work of Norman Vipond and Sandrine Pelissier, the NS Art Crawl has become a key event in the cultural calendar of the North Shore.  The NVCAC is taking NS Art Crawl logoon the organization of the event for the first time in 2014, building on the strong foundation created by Norman and Sandrine.

Registration is a two-step process this year (2 easy steps!):

Step 1:  Register Online

Step 2:  Upload Artist Images – these will be used to create online profiles for each registered artist participant.  (You can upload up to 3 images, maximum 1MB each.)

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS – Saturday, March 8, 2014

All registered artists will be listed in the North Shore Art Crawl brochure by location. 15,000 brochures will be widely distributed throughout the Lower Mainland to market the event, in addition to colour posters, newspaper ads, press releases and social media campaigns. Each participant will be recognized on the North Shore Art Crawl website with artist profiles, gallery images, a link to their website and on a map. Lawn signs are also  available for $10 each, on the registration form.

Questions or Info email: Megan events@nvartscouncil.ca

 


Day 19 of the One a Day Challenge

Back to work, the weekend is over and the ideas are flowing. Why does that happen when your busy working, or have other commitments, creativity consumes your mind. Such is life, always motoring around looking for adventure.

Day 19 – Inspired by Artist Brandy Masch I decided that I needed to do a little baking. Yep if you have been following the #oneaday or the #opus6x6 on Twitter or Instagram you know exactly why I needed to bake. So here is it my Day 19, chocolate caramel tarts!

Day 19a

Now just in case my baking does not count as my Creative moments I did make a Sweethearts card that may or may not go along with the tarts.

Day 19

I also wanted to take a moment and share with you the final crackle of Day 9’s evolution.

Day 9cAfter the crackle I did a drawing in pencil… but it didn’t work out as I couldn’t see the graphite so I had to commit, and white coloured pencil was that moment.

 

 

 

Day 9d I didn’t love the strips and so I decided to cover them up. But this time I went for a white wash…. less commitment right?

 

 

 

Day 9eA slow evolution, yep this is my way of not committing to my painting.. which is funny because who am I trying to fool. Every mark with paint is a creative commitment.

 

 

 

Day 9fDay 9gDay 9h Yep I slowly added green… and then a little more.. and slowly I felt like my shapes were becoming my critter.

Day 9i

Finally I think I have found the finish… and I am still in love with the crackle. The evolution is done… for now…… What are your thoughts?

Happy Sunday!

Trina

 

 

 

 


One Beer, Two Beer, Three Beer Down

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An amazing evening, with even more amazing artists! Everyone warmed my heart, it was and is such an honor to be apart of this event, not to mention being apart of Opus Kelowna.  I had a blast, maybe one beer to many, but I encourage you to stop by the art gallery and check the show out or look it up on line and see the amazing online catalog that has been created. You will not be disappointed.

Even amidst the beer, and people, and late night I still worked out a one a day…. I’m not sure how.. but here it is.

Day 17 – a simple pink watercolour sphere embraced by a mystery critter.

day 17

Day 18 – I must admit the residue of beer seems to linger a lot longer as I get older. Next time around I will have to make a note to stop at one.  After a lot of water, rest, and more water, I found a some creative moments. It seems that me and my watercolours go hand in hand for these one a day challenges, and I am starting to enjoy the small scale, at last. However that being said, it could all change by tomorrows one a day. Today I decided to create a work that reflected the mild January weather we’ve been having here, a couple of spring blooms.

 

Day 18

These flowers may also represent my urge for youthfulness, the spring chicken… an age when the mild hangover three beer gave would have been gone first thing in the day.

Until next time,

Trina


One A Day Challenge – Day 16

 

Day 16 – Still feeling tired and warren out by this thing called a cold. I did manage to get to work and stay there all day, but I’m not going to lie I was burnt out by the end of it. After dinner I took up what seems to be my regular spot on the couch and let myself indulge in a few moments of creativity. Here is my delicate Squid/Gelli Critter in a Bubble. Did I mention I think I’m falling in love with the sphere?..  Day 16

On a different note, there is a gallery opening at the Kelowna Art Gallery Friday January 17th, from 7-9pm. I am in this show with 27 other amazing artists. If you are not able to make it between now, January 16th and March 2, 201. For more information view the Gallery website:  http://kelownaartgallery.com/exhibitions/the-front-project-space/day-job/ Soon there will be an online catalog of the show, but the images are not up yet but will be soon. I will send a reminder and link out as soon as they are but until then you may want to check out the gallery for other details.

If I do not post tomorrow night.. I hope you’ll understand.

Trina


Under the Covers Day 14 & 15

What a couple of days! You know your not well when preparing dinner wipes you out. I have been doing things in inter volts, between naps, and zone out time on the couch. I did manage to get to a few little critters done up for the one a day challenge.

Day 14 – After a hot cup of tea I was feeling a bit better and decided there was no time like the present to give my self some creative moments.

Day 14

Day 15 was full of more naps, and hot tea. I think I spent most of the day under the covers, in a comatose. I did however managed to get a little creative time in. Day 15

I hope that tomorrow will be a better day and that I am back at work. As much as I like the naps and creative inter volts, I do also enjoy being out of the house and chatting with other like minds, not to mention who likes to be wiped out after dinner prep.

Until next time, Keep healthy.

Trina


Day 11 – Boxed Creature

Today was a busy day full of family and mini tasks. Although I did accomplish a lot today, I didn’t manage to carve out time to begin to tackle the last crackle project I started the other day. Sometime I just have to be happy with getting a little art in everyday. For today, Day 11 I did manage to create another little critter, this one is a boxed creature from the sea. A coloured pencil sketch that I hope to work into a larger painting, or monotype soon.

Day 11

Have a great night!

Trina


Day 9 – Evolution

I just love to document a work of art as it evolves. Not only is it amazing to watch the evolution, but it also reveals something about our creative thought process. And each time you do one, or watch another artists process, each of us do it in a different way. I have been having so much fun with my mini works, and am in love with the images I am revisiting. Not to mention that I am trying out products that I wouldn’t normally give a second thought to. Today I started to think about different surfaces to use,and it boils down to: My wheels are turning!

The Shimmer adventure; Day 7 spilling into Day 8 and Day 9 is here! With one more day to go, I am not sure what I want to do next. That’s the fun part anything goes with the challenge to push your creative self.

Day 7c

It’s hard to believe how much this critter has changed in just one day. Even the crackle… WOW! I really like how the crackle has worked with my critter, just giving it the right amount of texture to allude to its deep water incrustations. So much fun, and I continued to work in more shimmer… To much?

But before I got to part three of Day 7, I did hang out with my sketch book and work on a drawing that may become a Day 10 block print… still not sure as I have this Daniel Smith Watercolour ground that I am anxious to try. My Artist friend Brandy Masch uses this product.. and I like how the watercolour sits on/in it so I think I should give it a go. So Thank you Brandy for the inspiration, to try something new.

Here are some links for you to investigate. http://www.brandymasch.com/#!   http://www.danielsmith.com/

Day 8

But until I make up my mind to carve or paint, I still had to do an actual Day 9… So here it is!

Day 9

A black gelatinous mass of awesome Kroma Crackle! Yep I mixed it with carbon black, and the under painting may or may not be shimmer…. As I write this it has begun to crack, and I am excited to embark on another evolving creative process. Although I have some ideas on what I would like to do… you’ll just have to wait…….

Cheers for now.

Trina


Summer Fell Away

What a season, I have to admit the summer went by so fast. I wish I had a ton of stories about intense adventures. Nor was there an epic amount of camping, as I stuck close to home to tend a larger garden, and spend time with my family and friends. Which also meant no second road trip to the Great Northern for fishing. But I did manage to fit in one big adventure to Ottawa, where I got to see the Star Wars Show. Super cool concept to create your own Jedi, if it is in your area, and if your a fan… or not.. you should check it out. It will be worth it! So since I was in Ottawa why not take a drive and head over to up State New York for a few days, to do few hikes in the Adirondack Mountains near Lake Placid. I had never been, so why not right?!?  We found our selves on what was said to be an easier hike. Only about 4.5 miles to the top, no problem… lol  Well when we got there it turns out the hike began to look like a dry river bed, then is started to get steeper. Yep that is right, we were hiking (climbing) up a dry water fall! After a major sweat and  aching soar muscles we made it to the top. What an Amazing place, the views are breath taking. I can see why the Olympics were held there. This whole area, drive included, is such a lovely space to recharge your creative juices.CIMG9147

This picture above is of another mountain, White Face, if I remember correctly, it was the one that had an elevator in it. lol Turns out it there is a weather station at the top. I could go on and on, but I will just leave it at that. This area is one of those ‘must see for yourself’. I think that’s what most places are like, and the best parts about adventures are the stories that are shared.

Some how no matter how much I planned to do some local BC camping, the summer just slipped away into cool nights, and the garden is starting to change with it. The canning season is at my door step,  and I am beginning to feel like I am already awaiting fall.

However, I know there is still a bit of summer time to be had, so in the mean time perhaps you’ll want to join me and a few others this September 7 & 8.  You will find me with Studio 113 in the Memorial Hall at the Annual Okanagan Lake Country Art Walk. This event is jam packed full of amazing local talent. If you live in the area and have two bucks, take a day, or two and check this event out!  I promise this will be great adventure to bring in the fall, and it will be full of surprises around every corner.

For more information please visit:  http://www.artwalk.ca/ or Facebook them at Lake Country Art Walk

Until Next Time! May you have many stories to share this fall.


Finding Bravery!

Hello,

I thought it was time I got caught up. Where to start…. You might remember the posts I send out about up coming art shows that you could maybe challenge yourself with and enter? Well I did exactly that, I send works out into the big world and hoped for the best. Now I was not accepting into every one of the shows I applied for, but with effort and a new sense of what it means to be brave I did get into Two!

Yes it is true this Thursday April 4th 7-9pm You can see two of my very new and hot off the press monotypes on display in what I think to be amazing frames, that I put together myself! I think they look good and the owner of Sopa Art Gallery did too! The two images can be found in Sopa’s annual U8 show. This show will have over 40 artists and 400 works of art all for under $800. To learn more about this amazing art gallery, or how to get involved for next year check out their web page.

http://www.sopafinearts.com/

For those of you whom can not make it to the show for various reasons here they are:

Monotype V

Monotype I

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second show…… Yep you got it the Okanagan Erotic Art Show. Just wild, you never know what the jury is going to pick and well they pick me to be one of the artists to show in this years event. The links for this show, and information about the event which happens this summer are in the “Unspoken Secrets” Blog.  I was really surprised I had created a few over the top girly images that were quit abstract and thought at the last day… I just gotta go for it!

Here they are!Pear

Tganson Out side of my monotype madness, I have actually been finding time to work on my painting skills. I must confess I did take a class, and at first it was a bit nerve racking, but I found it so very helpful. The painting below was created with the same techniques we did our class, well almost, I did this one in full colour. I challenged my colour mixing abilities, and I think I did a’ok. I choose to re due the same type of painting to reinforce what I had learned in the class. Not only did I learn something new, I retained most of what I was taught… now I have to apply those same concepts to create my critters.

So this is what I have been up to all winter. I hope to have a few new paints done very soon, and also plan on posting more often.

Be Brave! and you will always learn something.

Trina

Perhaps you to will consider taking a class, that is if you were having as much trouble as I was, other wise keep on painting on!

Oil painting in stages:

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