Wednesday, August 27, 2008

I have just arrived back from an excellent trip to British Columbia where I spent time with relatives. I hope to get back into my studio tomorrow (I am quite under the weather today). My trip included being in such a beautiful, humid, green and lush environment, and now I come home to fall weather. It has hit me today as I wake up to the chilled morning air while I let my dog out, that summer is officially over! That also means that I can start looking forward to teaching my classes this fall. Which is always exciting.

Friday, August 8, 2008

August 7th Demonstration

This past thursday I gave a demonstration at the Allied Arts Council in Spruce Grove. I must throw a thank you out to all of those that attended. I think it went well and I enjoyed the group very much. I could feel the creativity that was buzzing through the room. I hope that it went home with everyone, I could tell everyone was itching to get back to thier own work.
Thank you to Judy for sending me the great photos that were taken at the demonstration. I think there is an interest for my future class and if anyone is interested in attending a weekend workshop please let me know by email preferably: daphne@cotesystems.com
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Here I am!
Painting away, I really zoned out at times. I find I cannot talk at all while I am painting. I cannot make those shifts in my brain.
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Demo Painting
Red Tomato on Blue Ground
August 7, 2008
8" x 10"
Oil on Board
This painting was done during the above mentioned demonstration given at the Allied Arts Council in Spruce Grove. I really enjoyed painting this tomato the stems really took on a life of their own. It was great to talk to people afterwards about the painting and to get feed back. I also enjoyed hearing peoples comments while I painted. It really felt like a pat on the back. Everyone's creative energy filled the room and made me see things very clearly.
Thanks again.
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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

A Vibrant Cluster

A Vibrant Cluster
August 6, 2008
10" x 8"
Oil on Board
These juicy little balls of joy are right fresh from my garden. I had to quickly paint them before they were eaten! I have made a space for my family and children to hang out in while I paint. I tried it out today with the kids and had great success, as you can see by the above produced painting. I have recently switched from painting on rough boards that contain a noticable grain to a slick masonite panel. I like the roughness of the boards, especially for landscapes and impasto type work. Masonite helps things become (as my yoga teacher would say) "juicy" and "delicious".
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Fallen Bloom


Fallen Bloom
August 5, 2008
5" x 7"
Oil on Canvas
Well, I was quite frustrated with this one. I was quite aggravated with it that I just about didn't post it, not that it isn't a good painting, I just have a personal grudge against it. We really struggled against each other. As always those types of struggles teach me more than the easier quickly produced variety of paintings.
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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Artist Demonstration

I will be doing a demonstration at the Allied Arts Council in Spruce Grove (in the public library) this thursday August 7th from 1-4pm. I will be showing some of my recent work and talking about my currant painting practices. I will also be speaking about the course I will be teaching through the Allied Arts Council this fall entitled Oil Painting, Simple Beauty in Everyday Life. Everyone is welcome. I hope for it to be an inspiring experience.
If you would like any further information you can check out the Allied Arts Council website at www.alliedartscouncil.com

-Daphne