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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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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


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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A New Process to Spark New Ideas

Last Friday I joined a few ladies for my first ever Zandoodle night. Yes I said ZAN doodle! To me it seems like a shortened description for zangy doodles. This form of art practice was loosening, rhythmic and a great way to just try stuff out. As a printmaker I am always attracted to process and this is a process with fewer guidelines. You simply draw a shape, fracture the shape, and fill the spaces. Ok, there is a bit more than that but this is the simple three step starter. It was nice to play with material that I wouldn’t normally pickup, simply because I do not have a need to using them in my current artistic practice. And now I am the proud owner of markers, and many other things that I have introduced to my drawing box. It was so much fun to sit around a table and share doodling ideas while learning a whole new process.  We shared color ideas, shapes, and stories while creating our page filled pictures. It was nice to hang out with great people for an evening, and it was a wonderful way to close up a Studio Friday!

It wasn’t easy to get started, I was recommended to begin with tracing my hand and then let the marks roll from there.  The second zandoodle was created the next day, with an early morning coffee. It was after my second attempt to creating a zandoodle that I began to see how these ideas will benefit larger scale drawings, as well as the possibilities in block printing. I hope your looking as forward as I am to seeing what might happen. I will be the first to admit that the pictures are not great but at least you get the idea.


The Art of Patience

Studio Friday is my favorite day of the week. It’s the one day that I dedicate to a full 6-8 hours in the studio. During the work week, I am always trying to fit more in, an hour here or ten minutes there. But it’s never enough time to really get into what your working on, I feel like I’m always just warming up. So Friday is my scheduled day of art making goodness.

I am always learning new things about myself during Studio Friday,and this Friday was no acceptation. Fridays lesson was the art of being patient. As I was creating watercolor monotypes I thought I was prepared.  A watercolour monotype is a print that requires the process of painting watercolour on to a prepared plexi glass plate. Which leads to a very slow drying watercolour. Honestly it was hardly drying at all. I did, however try to fan dry it, although that didn’t do much so I was at the mercy of evaporation.  So I wait and as I am waiting I am getting excited and the anticipation is building as I am watching it slowly evolve. The wet plexi glass version of the monotype is always different from the paper version. And that, sometimes, is the best part of the whole process. When you finally get to print, it has changed from what you thought the final result would be. Paper, water, application of paint, pressure from the press and on it can go. All of these little elements can change the monotype, that’s why you only really get one shoot to create it and that’s why I needed to wait.   So I tried to wait, and waited some more. I even worked on a few other art works that needed a little love.  But that monotype kept calling to me, and I thought since it only has a little pooling of water perhaps it will print fine. So I went ahead and printed the monotype.

Patience is a Virtue

Full on spillage! All out the bottom and all over the paper. So patience was necessary. I also learned to bring a hair dryer to the studio!


A Little About Me

Trina Ganson received her diploma of fine arts from Okanagan University College in 2005. She then became an active member of Malaspina Printmakers Studio on Granville Island Vancouver. After a number of years Ganson returned to the Okanagan to finish her BFA. Trina graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2008, with a BFA majoring in printmaking techniques. Trina Ganson is currently an active member of Studio 113 in the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna BC.

I create organic landscapes and little critters using a variety of printmaking and drawing techniques.