Got the call to work on something for the Oppenheimer Park show at Gallery Gachet later this summer. I think I’ll do a painting of the park complete with tents and ruthless park rangers hounding people to get lost. Some sketches have been done, and I have restretched a recycled canvas…
Live band shows are fun!! especially in the late 80s Vancouver music scene. It was a riot capturing gestural elements and crazy verbiages of the post-punk era. Out yelled the singer: “Frank! Frank! Frank! Frank!” WTF? WTH?
This is a pastel piece on acid-free paper
graphite drawing, almost sold
done during a life drawing session at Carnegie Center, Vancouver, British Columbia. Graphite
A piece made with Chinese ink.
on recycled card
4-9/16″ x 5-3/8″ or 11.7 cm 13.7 cm
From a live show at Carnegie Center, Vancouver. Watercolour, ink, graphite.
8-15/16″ x 11-15/16″ or 22.7 cm x 30. 5 cm
This piece is done in chalk pastels. The ground is handmade paper. Done in 2004, this, one of my own favourites, finally made it out of the portfolio and onto the screen. Edgar Allan Poe was a foster child of a merchant named John Allan and his wife, Frances, who had been a friend of his mother. His own parents had died by the time he was 3 years old. John Allan was a control freak, being a high and mighty businessman, yet he still supported his foster son for a while, but Edgar felt the pain of this relationship all his life. Perhaps drove him to drink. Great book about his life Edgar A. Poe: A Mournful and Never-Ending Remembrance
Size, including deckaled edges: 9-7/16″ h X 12-1/4″ w or 24.5 cm x 31.6 cm.
I got some square watercolours with very little paint on them, which I then made to progress to a more complex state. The cards were from Gail D. Whitter. The end result is nothing like the original.
Recently getting some watercolour paper on sale at DeSerres I used my new watercolour paints and some old, to paint whatever came to mind. One started off a blue cloud, after which I went to town photographing clouds, in hopes of adding to the image. Reference photos can be used to improve a painting especially when you are imitating nature.
At times I have been involved with Oppenheimer Park, a local venue that caters to poor people wanting to hang out and make crafts, have Native circles, women’s teas and special events that bring in the whole community. People who are involved at the park are invited to show at the annual Gallery Gachet art show in the fall.
The opening was quite lively, with the local Carnival Band playing during a parade the went from the park to the gallery. Many people joined in.
Many types of art were represented. The 2017 show ran till October 22, 2017, after which the gallery plans to move. The loose theme of the exhibit is Reflections, and one of my pieces reflected a little.
New Address (2018)