The Muskoka Arts & Crafts 38th Annual Spring Members’ Show takes place March 27-29. 2015 at the Bracebridge Sportsplex. Each member can enter 3 pieces of art. I’ve chosen, Puppy Love – The Only Love That Come Between Us and The Red Canoe as two of them.
My third is a creation painted for the Muskoka Conservancy’s theme – Muskoka Woodlands. Having hiked and photographed the beautiful paths around Bracebridge, I decided to paint a subject many never notice.
Here in Muskoka, Cedars grow in abundance. When they age-out and fall to the ground, the remaining stumps continue to decay as they provide nutrients to feed tree saplings that shoot up around them.
But before this transition occurs, they create magical structures that stir my imagination. I visualize a kingdom of elfin creatures living within these moss-covered towers of greying wood. Here are photos of just three of them. Each architectural wonder is unique which adds to their mystery.
With these images serving as my inspiration, I painted, Forest in Transition – my third entry into the spring art show. Feedback is always welcome!
If you are looking for a great place to spend a few hours next weekend, please stop by the show.. Here are the details.
Muskoka Arts & Crafts 38th Annual Spring Members’ Show
Opening Reception & Awards Presentation
Friday, March 27, 2015, 7pm-10pm
Demonstrations of art & craft techniques
Saturday, March 28, 2015, 10am-5pm
Sunday, March 29, 2015, 11am-4pm
Admission by donation
110 Clearbrook Trail, off Douglas Drive
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“Sometimes our light goes out but is blown again into flame by an encounter with another human being. Each of us owes the deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this inner light.” This is a quote from Albert Schweitzer, but it captures the essence of what “May You Be Blessed” is all about.
In my Artist’s Statement, I use the quote, A picture is worth a thousand words. I’ve always believed this to be true. A photograph, drawing or painting can convey so many meanings depending on the interpretation of the viewer. For me, I paint to draw the viewer in, to tell my stories and share my experiences. I know why I created a particular painting, what my message or story is, so I’m intrigued by what others see in my work. After all, each of us views the world through our own life encounters which influence how we interpret what we see.
Author, Tracey Chevalier, talks about this in her TEDX presentation on finding the story in a painting. She reminds us about our pre-disposition to story-telling as a way to make sense of our crazy world. Tracy found herself doing this while visiting art galleries. When attracted to certain work, her imagination would create a story to explain the image. Her lifelong fascination with Johannes Vermeer’s, The Girl With A Pearl Earring, resulted in her best selling novel of the same name.
So, what’s the story behind my painting, The Red Canoe? I leave that to your imagination and invite your comments.
If you would like to view Tracy’s fascinating TEDX presentation (14 minutes), please click on this link, How Do You Find the Story in a Painting.
About Tracy Chevalier
Novelist Tracy Chevalier is the author of Girl With a Pearl Earring. Chevalier pulls stories from paintings and historical episodes, finding the human thread behind opaque images. Her other books include The Lady and the Unicorn and Burning Bright, about two children who become neighbors of William Blake.
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Here’s what I’ve been up to since my post, The Creative Struggle, in which I explained my recent difficulty taking my art and writing ideas from inspiration to application. In writing that post I actually did experience a breakthrough in my art. For a few weeks, several painting ideas for a themed show, Betwixt & Between, competed for my attention. This annual Muskoka Arts & Crafts Members’ Show allows artists to interpret the theme in whatever way they choose.
Prompted by my spouse, I finally settled on one with a humorous feel. I couldn’t think of any better image than a fluffy puppy asleep between the feet of his two ‘peeps’. The idea made me chuckle. Here’s Puppy Love – The Only Love That Comes Between Us for your enjoyment.
With Puppy Love complete, I pulled out an unfinished landscape painting I’d had sitting in my studio for a couple of months. The Red Canoe is finally ready for sale and will be one of my entries in the Muskoka Arts & Crafts Spring Members’ Show.
With these two paintings under my belt, I’m feeling on track again. My next step – creating a realistic schedule to complete the paintings and writing needed for upcoming shows and events. Comments and any tips are welcome!
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As someone who is constantly struggling to get back in touch with my writing Muse, I found this blog post refreshing and thought it might offer some ideas to other wordsmiths….
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Can I write something the engages a reader or paint a picture that captures the viewer’s eye and imagination? I’ve done that but can I do it again? Is there a limit to my creativity?
These are the things that fill my mind and plague me, that stifle me and cause me to procrastinate, rather than getting down and doing the work.
I’ve ideas for both writing and painting projects yet I’m having trouble moving to the next stage….the outpouring on computer, paper and canvas……I need a kick in the posterior!
We have a members’ art show coming up very quickly in February and I’ve yet to start the two paintings floating around in mind….and our writing group meets this week . . . and I’ve nothing new to read . . . YIKES!
Ideas do crowd my mind
- a landscape
- a poem
- a short story
- a character wanders from my mind into my living room, stretches his lanky, tall form and settles into the wicker chair across from me . . .
“Who are you?” I ask.
“John Franklin,” he replies.
OMG . . . this is great . . . the creative juices begin to flow. This is fun.
I’ve got something here.
I don’t know where John and I are heading but I’m going to enjoy the journey!
I’m off and running. Now, I only need to get back to the easel . . . With the muse awake, I feel confident I can move on.
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It’s really so simple, you know. When I’m struggling creatively, I only need to start anywhere with anything at all and I’ll end up somewhere
surprising with something special every time . . . Why is it that I forget how it all works? Maybe this time I’ll remember. Maybe!
©Wendie Donabie 2014
In December 2013, I wrote about the process of creating a painting for my step-daughter and her husband for their 25th Wedding Anniversary. They wanted picture of poppies blowing in the wind. To fit the space in their home, the work needed to 24 x 60 inches…at the time it would have been the largest canvas I had painted which made me very nervous. So I started with baby steps and created a number of smaller pieces first!
Finally I painted one I refer to as my Preparatory Poppy Painting (12 x 24 inches) as the composition for the larger work. It was completed close to Remembrance Day (November 11, 2013) so I called it, Field of Remembrance.
It took me months to finally get around to starting and, at last, finishing Alicia’s Poppy Field in early December 2014. Due to the size of the canvas, I couldn’t use the easel in my studio space. So, our dining room table became my work space for the duration of the painting’s creation.
Here are a few shots of the steps along the way. I emailed Alicia as I made progress each day.
When I painted Field of Remembrance, I used Cadium Yellow over the Cadmium Red to add some glow to the poppies but I wasn’t happy with the result. An artist friend suggested putting the Cad Yellow under the Cad Red instead. I followed her advice.
Here is the final painting with the glow I was looking for.
I’d love your feedback! – Wendie
Copyright Wendie Donabie 2014
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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. It’s clear I fell off the wagon the last 3 months. My plan is have fewer projects in 2015 and to dedicate more focussed time on those.
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,100 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 52 trips to carry that many people.
For the third year, artists, Janice Feist, Lynda Lynn,Pat Whittle and Wendie Donabie, present their ‘4’ Autumn Show and Sale on Saturday and Sunday, September 27 & 28 at the Bala Bay Inn on Hwy 169 in Bala.
Offering a variety of styles and mediums (including acrylic, oil, watercolour, encaustic, ink, pastel and mixed media), the 4 artists, welcome visitors to the Bala Bay Inn September 27 & 28 from 10 am to 6 pm.
No matter your taste, the diversity of the artists ensures you will find a painting you will love
For more information please visit www.4paintersartshow.weebly.com or call 705-646-3663