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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

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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 12 rolls into Day 13

Oh Mondays… The start of the week, and a great day to dream about all the things you’ll get done before Friday. This Monday was no exception… however with our staff shin dig last night…. I’m feeling a little slow on the up take. Not to mention that I have other projects that take precedence over my challenge to do a creation a day.  So here we go.

Day 12 – A late night sketch as it was worked on after the above mentioned staff party. So I wanted to photo doc it this morning… and well after last nights wind storm, lucky me, no internet connection. lol Yep Monday started out just as it should, full of surprises. Day 12
Day 13 has been interrupted because another projects need my attention. Handmade Cards, and new sketchbooks need to be made. So I just got an out line of what I want started and will get back to it later tonight.Day 13

 

These are the cards I’m working on right now, a frank Lloyd Wright concept. These cards have been a lot of fun so far, and I have about 40 to do. I’ll post images of the books when they are finished. But these are some of the other projects that I get up to outside of the one a day challenge.

Side ProjectHave a very Wonderful Week!

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


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

 


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


Day 8 – One A Day Challenge

I can hardly believe I was excited to watch paint dry. Yes crackle paint is actually exciting, and this crackle paint takes a few days to fully cure so I have allowed myself two more days of alterations. The product I am using is from a local company in Vancouver BC. They make and sell their paint right in the heart of Granville Island. Here is there link if you are interested in learning more about them, or want to get your hands on some of their product to try for yourself!  http://www.kromaacrylics.com/ They also make a full line of great acrylic paints.

For today creative project I did a simple line drawing, and will continue to develop this image over the next two days. I visited these types of critters many years ago and was surprised that I was drawn to draw them again. I think you will be seeing more of these types of whimsical critters in my future works.  I just love how yesterday gold and interference violet are twinkling through the cracks that have already started to form. I also like the milky quality that was left behind in the blue area… I am not sure if that will stay or change…. It’s all a mystery…two more days!

Day 8

 

 


Bring on the Winter of 2014

Happy New Year!

Wow! I have neglected my post for sometime. Where to start…. Well I did a tone of canning in early fall, and I got a dehydrator so you can only image how many things I tested out in that. And yes they are worth it! Life was such a whirl wind so many things to do, and so much art to see and create. Art walk was amazing! My studio mates and I did it as a group and we had so much fun, a must do for next year. I did a few other really really great artisan shows, they are always such a treat, and I am always so thankful to be apart of them. Studio 113 had their annual art show and that was a blast. A live band, lots of wine, what else could we ask for.

I am now apart of an online gallery http://ballantynegallery.ca/

I also started to use a new type of sewing for my handmade books. I just love how they lye flat. Those can be seen on etsy.  http://www.etsy.com/shop/TGanson

Check them out and let me know what you think. Feed back is always appreciated.

 

So now that we are at the start of 2014 I have started a few new challenges/goals, that I hope will last the year.

Goal Number 1: Do at least a one art work a day!

A few artists and I have decided to challenge our selves to create at least one 6×6 art work a day. They do not need to be masterpieces just a creative something to get the ideas flowing. To play/learn about art supplies and how they can and cannot work together.  So far so good. You can check in on us via Instagram & Twitter by searching #opus6x6, or, #oneaday If you and I are FB Friends then just check out my One a day photo album.

Goal Number 2: A mini blog everyday… so that means not only will you be able to see my ‘one a day’, but you’ll get to read about the process, etc. Something that I am not doing on Twitter, or FB. Something I hope you will not only enjoy but also be inspired by.

So to catch you up here is what I have created so far:

Day 1Day 1: Facing the 365 days of this challenge, Yikes! Needles to say I was feeling over whelmed, so day one is a picture of the supplies I was going to begin my journey with. My trusted travel companion, the watercolours.

 

 

 

 

Day 2Day 2: A quick watercolour sketch to try and capture one of the amazing views during our snowmobile / ice fishing day trip. Each turn there and back was just breath taking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3Day 3: Still captured in my memories of the snowy trip, I want to keep it simple and play with the idea of the square. As I have certain reservations about the square. The shape is challenge all on it’s own for this lady. So here is it a Frank Lloyd Wright inspired snowflake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4Day 4: Well I had all day to think and create this work. I still had uncertainties about the square so instead I used a circle. Beginning with a little watercolour, and detailing with a lot of coloured pencil a critter emerged. I based this image off of an old document in a sailors log about a sea creature, and here is my whimsical version of that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 5Day 5: The day before I had went for a pedal break (yes in January you can still ride your bike) and the sunset was just magnificent so instead of taking a picture it did this little square by memory of how those moments struck me. Again I find myself digging in my pencil box.  There is just something about coloured pencil, but this time instead of watercolour I used black ink.

 

 

 

 

 

Day 6Day 6: I wasn’t finished with this sunset, it was just not enough luminosity in it. So I tried again, but with a lot of improvisation. I added shimmer, which by the way is not something that has ever struck my fancy. But this is a challenge and an opportunity to allow myself to play, so why not. Turns out I really like shimmer… and am interested in figuring out how to use it more often. This mini was created with iridescent gold, interference violet and green-blue, and willow charcoal. Lots of fun, and will most likely do this style of mixed media again.

 

 

 

 

Day 7Today, Day 7: Well the shimmer adventure is not over with me. I did another circle, and more water, but this time I added just a bit of shimmer. This mini work will be a two or more day work, because this one is now covered with a Kroma crackle medium. I hope to draw on before the crackle is fully dry, as I read on the tube it can take up to three days to fully crack. Image what the drawn/painted element on the surface will look like in the end.

 

 

 

 

Thanks for having a read, and know that they will be shorter after today.

Hugs 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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