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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

 

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One a Day – Day 10

Ten days already! What a great 2014 it has been so far! I think I may start to do the blog post the morning after my challenge day. Ie: Day 11 will be post the morning of Day 12. That way I can take a better picture of the work I’m showing so the details and the subtleties are clear, as it may spark an idea for your own practice. But until then night seems to be the best time to write, so evening posts it is for now.

I am happy to say Day 7 is finally finished. I wasn’t up to really working the image as I felt that it was pretty much finished, but I did outline the image to give it a more illustrative look, as well as help define certain areas. Let me know what you think.

Day 7d

Day 9 has cracked! The black gelatinous mass has given way to the shimmer. Isn’t it incredible how much this image has changed! I knew that it would change, but not like this. It is a wonderful and great surprise! I haven’t began to add to this image yet, but I’m think a simple white wash to establish an emerging creature or just a simple graphite drawing… I should have something for this soon, but until then here it is. Since shimmery things look best in person because they change with the movement of light, this is the best photo I could get. I think it still looks pretty cool!

Day 9b

Day 10 is just a simple sketch book study for another gelli squid like creature. I am just working out ideas for both the watercolour ground and a couple of block prints. I think I’m getting close to a new series of works! Which is very exciting because I see these images as starting to get large, which is great as I have been working quite small for sometime and need to challenge myself with size.

Day 10

Happy Friday!

Trina

 


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:

2013-02-05 08.30.26-1 2013-02-12 10.56.52 2013-03-01 10.43.44


Time goes by

Wow what happened! It has been a long while since I did a post, trust me I haven’t forgot about you. Life has just been busy the past while. I can tell you that I have been working on two new bodies of work… and well I am going to hold on to that secret for a bit longer. But I can tell you it will be worth the wait.

My last post was about the Sketch Book Project, and I can tell you that it is now on it’s way to Europe! I’m very excited to get feed back on my book. So we will wait and see what comes of it, but for now  it can be viewed on the Sketch Book Project web site.

On another note, Studio 113 was once full of four artists but now it’s just two Angela Bonten and myself. It was a bit of an adjustment to go from four to two, but I think that it was a great choice. Between the two of us we have way to much stuff and have filled the space up already, and it doesn’t help that we both have been working on a much larger scale. (that’s right I did say ‘Larger’) If your interested in the studio happenings you can always checkout our studio blog at Studio113.wordpress.com We really are doing our best to stay on track, and will keep you informed of what we are doing, what we are learning and all the trials and errors that come with that.

Ang and my self have a show for the month of May called ‘More Than Just the Surface’  This will be our first official show with an official opening since the summer. I am very excited about it, and will post pictures as soon as it has been hung. This show will also be in conjunction with a Wine, Art and Music Festival in Kelowna called WAM. Opening night will be May 12, 2012 for both events.

So until then I will leave you, and I will post again.

Trina


Updates on a Few Things.

You may remember in my last post ‘One Print at a Time’. My studio mates and I had set out personal goals for our show and sale.

Let me start off by saying, Julia Trops made her goal! Julia needed enough money to get to Italy, and to be able to do an artist residence for one month! Amazing goal to be meet when you are only generating money by selling your art. And this Lady has done exactly that, Amazing! Congratulations Julia!

As for my personal goal for an etching press… well I still need to work on a few more sales. But I will make that goal.. because if Julia can do it… Need I say we all can with some elbow grease and a will to make it happen.

On another note. Some time back you may remember that I was working on a soapstone carving. Well I have put that on hold, only because winter has come to my neck of the world. If you have worked with this type of stone you are full aware of how dusty it is, and this dust gets every where. So I have put it on hold, but know that I will finish it this spring and post my trials and errors with pictures of what my first finish soapstone object looks like.

I am looking forward to spring but I am more than happy to put my energy back into creating my critters on paper.

Trina


Tears, Soap Stone and a New Lesson in Patiance

Hello Everyone,

As of the last month I have been inspired to attempt a little soap stone carving. A few of my artist friends have expressed the meditative qualities of the process,and how beautiful and amazing it made them feel. So naturally I too would like to experience this. So I got a stone and some rasps.

As a printmaker I felt confident with the idea of putting in time and the need for a process, maybe a little to confident. I am struggling! Yes it’s true, me and the soap stone are not new BFF’s if you get my drift.  I thought a soft stone you can scratch with your fingernail would be easy and all I would need were a few rasps and a bit of sand paper. Then mix in a couple of hours of time and I should have a form showing. Not the case, this stone is a lot denser that I thought, hours of sanding and I have a dent in the stone. Funny I know! I could spend days on a lino block, a copper plate, even a drawing and be fine because I can see the progress of the process. But this adventure in soap stone has been frustrated, the process is a little to slow in even for me. I am tempted to get a dremel as I think a little power being the sanding may move things along a touch faster. But this is a investment that I think may not be a long term benefit, so I am re-framing from the purchase and pushing through with what I have.

Even though I feel a touch defeated I will keep chipping away at it and finish what it was that I started with. Although I think my final image will be at the mercy of the stone, I hope to have a picture to share that is more than a dent. At the end of the say I found a new process, with a new set of rules in the art of patience. It’s makes me happy to know that as curious people we never stop learning.

xo Trina


Adventures at Artwalk

My First day at Okanagans Lake country Artwalk was amazing. Three years back, I belonged to the Night Mode Gallery, and I got to show a few works at artwalk. This year was different because this was my first time displaying as an solo artist. The experience that I had today in comparison to last time was very different. Since I was solo people were able to see my body of work as a hole, it really made a difference in viewing. The feed back from the viewers and other artists was priceless. The four words that were used the most to describe my works were; different, refreshing, unique, and fun. I was so happy to share my story with others, and even more excited that they wanted to hear them. Any show like this would be more than worth the efforts, because the information that people share with you is amazing. I thank everyone who took the time to have a look at my art, your words are very appreciated.

I also decided to get involved and do a live painting. Yep a live painting! Since this years artwalk theme was “eye tunes” I had the pleasure of painting a still life of musical instruments in fifteen minutes! Crazy, and super fun! I have never in my life done anything thing like this, I must say it exciting.

Lakecountry Artwalk will be on 10-5 September 10-11, 2011 go have a look and let me know what you think. 300 Artist’s makes for great inspiration!


New Fall Line Up!

Printmaking with Trina Ganson

Classes offered at Studio 113 in Kelowna’s Rotary Centre of the Arts

Soul Drawing

Soul drawing is a simple yet profound printmaking process that creates an image through touch. Oil based paints and inks are applied to a plexi or glass or surface then transferred to rice paper resulting in a one-of-a-kind print unique to the maker. A great class for all ages.

$75 (supplies provided)

August 19th, 26th, 27th

10-12pm

Basic Block Printing

In this class you will not only learn to carve a lino block but you will a variety block printing techniques. We will create single layer and multi layer block prints. Some sharp tools are used.

Price: $75 (some supplies provided)

Saturday October 1st

1-4pm

Pronto Plate

Pronto plate lithography, is a non toxic form of lithography. This is a great way to experience lithography with out all the toxins, and heavy stones. If you like to drawn this form of printmaking is for you!

October 15

10-2pm

$80 (supplies included)

Monotype: Printmakers Painting

We will create a one of a kind print made from a plate. A great class for anyone who is interested in creating printmakers painting.

$75 (some supplies provided)

October 21st, 22nd

2-4pm

Collography

Collography is a printmaking process in which materials are applied to a rigid substrate and then the textures are transferred to paper with the use of a press and ink. This is a great class for the mix media artist to dabble in printmaking!

November 18-21

6:30-9pm

$120 Some supplies included

Soul Drawing

Soul drawing is a simple yet profound printmaking process that creates an image through touch. Oil based paints and inks are applied to a plexi or glass or surface then transferred to rice paper resulting in a one-of-a-kind print unique to the maker. A great class for all ages.

$75 (supplies provided)

December 2 & 3

12-3pm

Please contact me for further details. Or stop by Studio 113 on Fridays to see what I’m up to.

My Studio Mate Angela teaches Acrylics…..


Work Space – Studio 113

WORK SPACE- STUDIO 113

 

This month the the Galeria, the showcases and the main Atrium of the Rotary Center for the Arts will be filled with work from the artists of STUDIO 113.    JULIA TROPS, TRINA GANSON, ANGELA BONTEN, and LAURI COPEMAN explore their artistic expression independent of each other — each pursuing different mediums, different vision.

JULIA TROPS – Julia is a master of the art of freestyle impressionism. Her enthusiasm for color and form has spread  from paint to sculpture and back again – from figures to flowers — from technicolor to black and white.

LAURI COPEMAN – ‘I endeavor to paint my dreams – my whole journey right now is in the study of old master’s styles so that I can communicate these visions more clearly.’

ANGELA BONTEN  – ‘As an artist I am exploring my environment through the marks I make; whether it is a conceptual work such as my recent exhibition “Evolutionary Fugue” (www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xb0JvHOGmFo ) or just taking time to relax and paint in nature. I make art… just because I do!’

TRINA GANSON – Trina’s realm is printmaking and paintwork. Her marvelous Critters and Creatures remind us that even the things we ignore have presence and — even romance.

I personally have very large works in this show, and it would be nice to here your thoughts… good or bad feed back is always welcome.

WORK SPACE  is a celebration of diversity and cooperative intent.


Studio Happenings and My Art of Gardening

So I am trying to be gardener.  Each year I try a few more plants both on the patio and in the ground. This year my friend has given me a Gypsy Pepper plant, Yellow Tomato, and Alpine Strawberries. Yummy! I am so excited to see if these little guys will provide me with some treats. So this is what I have been trying to do the past while, and why I haven’t been updating you with Studio Fridays events.  So let me do exactly that!

Lets see…May 1st was Wam! This was a fun Wine, Food, and Music event in the RCA. I liked that the food that was served was by local shops and it was paired with a local artist’s work in mind.The few treats that I did have were great!  I did not try any wine but I am sure it was wonderful! I should point out that I was surprised by the musical entertainment, as it was a one man band. Sorry but I did not get his name, but I can tell you he was amazing. I did a little performing myself, and worked on a drawing throughout the duration of the evening. It’s a great start to a monotype and I plan to be starting it some time next week. I will do my very best to document the process for you.

May 5th was my Studio Mates Opening. Evolutionary Fugue by Angela Bonten. It is an amazing show and if you find yourself near the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna you should take a moment and stop by. It will be be worth every moment.

So although I have been planting my tiny garden, I have been creating in the Studio as well. Here are some images. All of them are works in progress and may or may not have been influenced by my spring love of growing something eatable.

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