Category: Learning Art

A Time to Create #2

A Time to Create #2

I hope everyone is using what techniques they have in their toolboxes to keep active, keep your mind strong, and stay resilient to the need for social distancing right now.  Part of what helps is staying connected and sharing whatever way you can.     This blog serves to share the stories behind some of the means and works that artists often use to help in this quest.

Melody Roth, the programs coordinator for the Blind Bay Painters group,

tried to figure out ways for the artists to continue learning during this time when they were no longer able to meet.  She recently sent the painters a few YouTube videos that shared how to paint animals in bright colours.  Using online sources to help teach new techniques of any craft is a wonderful way to keep your mind focused on positive with the added bonus of learning!  She herself used the videos to help her create these beautiful paintings!  You can view one of the videos at https://youtu.be/PXQWZwo24nw

Patricia Smith just recently joined the Blind Bay Painters group just prior to the self isolation occurred, so she is anxiously waiting to be able to meet with the group to paint with them again soon!  She is just finishing up courses at Thompson River University for the semester.  This is a piece of art she just completed for her Drawings & Painting class that was done during the lock down.  She’s loving seeing what everyone else is doing during this time!

Reflections and Tranpanency In Isolation resized

 

Vi Isaac indicated “Looking for a project that would help brighten my spirits during this troubling time, I chose to paint a scene similar to a calendar

 
page from a previous year. I had it taped to the freezer in my studio for many months, and every time I looked at it, I thought, “I want to paint that”. This pandemic provided the motivation to finally do it. “Sunrise” is a 16″ square oil on canvas that now adds a splash of color to my Livingroom.

Vi Isaac Sunrise

She’s also added a little fun spring art to some T-Shirts:
Vi Isaac 2
Judy McKenzie, has been busy working on completing yet another painting!   She says –  “Here is my newest painting.  It’s done in acrylics, 24 x 18, unframed, available for sale -$950.  It’s called “The Colours of Nature”
Judy McKenzie
We will continue to post Art that is being created in the Shuswap while everyone is self isolating and social distancing.  If you are interested in sharing your art, email us at artintheshuswap@gmail.com.
High Caliber Art Workshops in the Shuswap

High Caliber Art Workshops in the Shuswap

We are lucky here in the Shuswap to have so many individuals interested in art that we are able to bring in some very talented artists to host workshops.  This fall we first had  the Jonn Einerssen workshop at Shuswap Lake Estates, organized by Carol Warkentin, a Blind Bay Painter.  Jonn always shows you how you can make your painting the best it can be and offers much experience and knowledge with using acrylics and oils.Jonn Einerssen

Jonn pairs up with his also talented buddy, Vance Theoret, who teaches the fine art of soap stone carving while the painting workshop is going on for Jonn.    Its always amazing to see how quickly these lumps of stones become fine works of art!

Vance Theoret class

All participants are pleased to go home with a piece of art that they love which is why we keep coming back again and again. You can see some of Jonn’s art on his website – www.einerssen.com  and Vance Theoret’s on https://www.vancetheoret.com

We also had a new artist from Comox, Brian Buckrell,  come in to teach a workshop at the Blind Bay Hall, organized by Agnes Nykiforuk. Brian is a very talented acrylic painter  and the hall was booked to capacity for his class.

Brian Buckrell

Brian’s known for his abstractified landscapes full of colour and provided both great technical information as well as sharing his practical experiences.  You can see more of his work on his website https://www.brianbuckrell.com 

Buckrell class

We look forward to what fall of 2019 brings!