Monday, November 11, 2013

Self Portraits in the AGA Art Rental's & Sales Collection
Art Gallery of Alberta
Art Rentals & Sales
   I am honored to have the pleasure to ecstatically announce that you can now find my work at the Art Gallery of Alberta in their Art Rental & Sales collection.
  What excites me further is the gallery has chosen to include three of my self portraits in their collection, which clearly demonstrates their forward thinking. It is also encouraging for a figurative artist to be asked to be apart of a collection, who for the longest time, in my opinion, has focused and championed abstract and landscape work.
   My self portraits have been a continuous subject that I am constantly turning to throughout my career. I tell everyone, I'm a cheap model, though it is more complicated than that. It serves as a visual diary documentation of my progress as an artist. I can push my self portraits trying new techniques and focusing on honing particular skills during their creation. I learn so much about painting, the human figure as a multi layered dynamic subject, and about myself when painting self portraits. I estimate that I have created over 1,000 self portrait paintings and drawings to date. (I plan to soon hire someone to take stock of exactly how many as I'd rather be painting then counting and cataloguing them).
  Thank you to all those that believe and find value in what I do. I am continuously working hard to further my career not only for myself but for all my supporters and patrons so their investments made in my career are fruitful and beneficial demonstrating their importance in my success.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Positive Thoughts

Positive Thoughts
October 2013
36" x  36"
Oil on Canvas
 I have been working for the past month on this painting entitled Positive Thoughts. I must say that these are the best eyeballs and hand I have ever accomplished. I learned so much from the process of creating this painting. At the risk of sounding like a parrot, I must say that I really enjoy that I will never know everything that there is to know about painting. Just when I figure out something then another painting comes along to disprove or push my thoughts on what I thought was true about painting. There is never a rule that sticks and it is often about breaking rules and pushing things to the limit. Painting is also about paying attention. In the past I really focused on looking intensely at my subject matter and now  I am also looking deeply into what my paint is doing. Instead of creating colors or brushstrokes that are "close enough", I am pushing myself to be patient enough to get the exact color and brush stroke I want and finding balance between energetic and loose painting techniques with more deliberate and planned responses in choices when painting. I am slowly learning that with every life experience it is always more successful and fore filling with an attitude of patience and balance.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Sleeper #5

The Sleeper #5 2013
8" x 16"
August 2013
Oil on board
   I can finally say that I'm a busy artist. My professional website should be up by the end of this month. I am busy painting. I am going to a local model session every Saturday that I am honored to be apart of, it is giving me the energy and encouragement to grab hold of my career by the horns and pushes my skills and work further each week. Practice does make perfect. It also helps that I love and I am passionate about what I do. I feel so fortunate.
  The absolute cherry to top things off is that I am signed up to attend the Portrait Society of America's Conference in Washington this upcoming spring and then skipping up to New York City to tour the galleries. It is absolutely a dream come true!
   In the process of taking my career by the horns I am also delegating so that I can paint more. It has been a wise and successful choice and I can already see the blossoms coming to bloom and I know that there will be fruit from my decisions soon.
  I look forward to photographing and posting my recent work that I have just finished and a selection of the drawings from my Saturday figurative drawing sessions.
Thank you world and all the beautiful people in it!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

New Drawings and Looking back on my Summer of 2013

Drawings done August 2013
   My summer has been a beautiful time to focus on my life as an artist and family member and taking time to slow down and ponder both life long roles. It's strange that in my efforts to simplify and focus in the end I wound  up accomplishing more in both aspects of my life than if I went about in my frantic don't-stop-till-you-drop tread mill I typically love to turn the speed up on. I learned so many life lessons this summer.
   I was tired of my life always trying to please and make deadlines. I decided that this summer I was going to take a break for myself. No planning a crazy long vacation, piling up courses and activities for the kids. Having a submissions list a mile long and always being disappointed in myself when putting a last minute submission together. I was going to try to do the bare minimum with the goal of doing only things I wanted to do and feeling only responsible for making myself happy. I decided to only work or paint because I felt like it, to only take the kids to things because I wanted to and knew I would have fun, not just the kids. And Hot Damn! what do you know, it turned out I did more and accomplished more than I would have normally. I went swimming and to playgrounds for fun with my kids, not because I promised the kids or a friend that I would. I spontaneously did things for the fun of it, because I felt like it at the time, and it seemed to work out organically and not forced full of arrangements or conditions. It brought me to meet my inner child a bit. I remember a time in my early childhood where a day seemed to take forever and as such I felt like you had all the time in the world. That said I tried to feel that way, like I had all the time in the world. My level of personal happiness shot up with the corners of my mouth into continuous smiles, but what really shocked me was the amount I accomplished in my art career.
   I painted because I wanted to and worked on the business side of my art because I wanted to. When spring had sprung I was getting worn out with mountains of unfinished paintings and I felt like my art business to-do list was a thorn in my side growing every day and it looked like it wasn't going to quit any time soon. It was daunting.  I almost started to sigh when telling people I met that I was an Artist.
So I decided to take a break this summer. If all I had accomplished was completing the art walk (because I already committed to going) that would have been enough. As for my personal life, if all I did was read while watching the kids play in the kiddy pool in the back yard that was enough for me. I wanted to focus on doing things I love to do. Read, cook, enjoy art. Now the last on the list of three, 'enjoy art', may only make sense to me so I'll explain: I am passionate about art and I love it. I like to read about art. I enjoy creating art. I love thinking about how to create art. I relish in studying other artists. I get a kick out of art history (I think it explains so much more than is written about the history of man). I am an art nerd.
   When I decided to only do art because I want to and only work on things I want to when I want to, I removed the pressure of deadlines and obligation and ended up working on something almost every morning after breakfast simply because I felt like it. I ended up having more energy and all that nagging 'daunting' feeling washed away. The carefree attitude I adopted and spread into my self-talk allowed for more carefree thoughts towards my work leading to pushing my work further and opening to much needed experimentation. I didn't realized how my view of my to do lists and this 'daunting' mindset I had created plugged up my creativity valves that allow me to become a better painter with each painting.
   I was stifling myself and didn't even know it. In my focus to care more about myself I ended up getting a baby sitter more often, especially at the beginning of summer. I was also a burnt out family member that was stifled by always trying to make everyone else happy first. So, it was  hard, but I faced my decisions with posing the questions of what do I really want to do? And if it's too much struggle and causes me anguish I 'm not doing it.  I started to do things that are easy and that come my way; things that occurred organically. This may sound lazy, but I have a tendency to become too pushy and forceful to make things happen. Sometimes I work too hard for my own good and in the end accomplish less. (Where as my previous mindset was constantly considering what would be best in the end for other people to be happy around me no matter the cost). So I went to art openings and dinner parties by myself. I made new acquaintances and friends. It was awesome. It was energizing.
   I came back feeling like an individual with important thoughts and ideas which helped me to get down into my studio and continue on with those feelings of I'm important and what I'm doing is important. Painting returned to what it used to be for me, a form of meditation, that I lost myself in. I also fell in love again with my materials and what I was painting. I had dropped into that zone where it had become 'work'. It no longer is. Oh, right, It's My Passion. Here's to heading into the fall finding joy in my family and my art career.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

In Blue on Bed in Gold Frame

In Blue on Bed
June 12, 2013
Oil on Board
10"x12" (unframed)
contact artist for price
   'In Blue on Bed' was an incredibly fun painting to paint. You may even see some of my joy oozing out of the brushstrokes. I used a different type of board made from birch. It was definitely different. I felt like the nylon brushes I used got quite a beating off the rough texture. Maybe for the next one I will take some fine sandpaper to it to smooth it out. Even though I was experimenting with a new surface, I am happy with the end result. The smaller scale made me practice the constant saying I tell my students of 'measure twice, stroke once', where by I look at the subject deeply, get the right color and tone, then in one swoop I cut in one significant brushstroke that defines and gives life and shape to an area, such as the highlights especially in the foot and shoulder.
   In other news, I am in the process of having my website built which will have a portfolio/gallery in which to browse my work (YAY!).  My website will have a link to this blog that I will still work on for those who like to read my babbling and I must thank all of you that do!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Stony Plain ArtWalk and St.Albert Square One Show

I must apologize, for I should have posted about these events before they happened instead of after. Life has been incredibly busy. Blogging often displays the vicious cycle of my busy productive life.
  On June 1st I participated in two shows on the same day. The first was the Stony Plain ArtWalk, then in the evening I was at the St.Albert Art Gallery's Square One with my 12"x12" piece titled 'Painter's Touch'.

   The Stony Plain ArtWalk went well. It was a good dry run for me in preparation for the large Whyte Ave Art Walk in Edmonton which I will be at July 12-14th in front of the Princess Theatre.

Above is the Work in Progress painting I was working on during the Stony Plain ArtWalk 2013.


'Painter's Touch'
Oil on Cradled Board
May 2013
For the Square One Show at the St.Albert Art Gallery.

My 'Painter's Touch' painting can be seen at the top between the heads of this group. It was a fantastic event. There was a live Jazz Trio that was amazing, they set a wonderful tone for the event. The art was incredibly intriguing (and cheap!). Next time I will definitely have to bring more cash. I recommend this event for all aspiring art collectors. The artists have 12"x12" works for sale at either $150.00 or $200.00. I am quite sure that for many of the artists there this is a significant drop in their prices but all for a good cause and great exposure. The event was packed full of interesting people and art. It was a great place to meet new people. The food was delicious and meticulously perfect. It made me feel like I fell into something important. If you get a chance to go next year I highly recommend it. You're guaranteed a great time! You I still have a chance to see and purchase some pieces until the end of this week (June 21st 2013). I have not yet heard if my piece has sold yet, so it may still be available.

These last two paintings were done for two very important people, Mary and Marianne two very important early ed. teachers. They encourage young children to put up their hands in order to ask questions, stick up for themselves and others, to say 'Yes I Can!', to hold hands with others, to give high fives, and pats on the back. For all they do, I thank you!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Rejection and Inspiration, the ups and downs of being an artist

Here I am working on my response to rejection and being fueled and inspired by Patrick Finn's article
'Artists are Dangerous'.
Collecting Reference Material: Self Portrait
Oil on Canvas
22"x 28"
(was entered into the National Portrait Gallery of London's BP Portrait Awards 2013)
Olina Ballerina
Oil on Canvas 
11"x 14"
(was entered into The Portrait Society of America's International Competition 2013)

This past Wednesday was a difficult day full of ups and downs and was all too typical a day in the life of an artist.
As my day drew nearer to it's close, it ended up taking an inspiring turn that I would like to share with you. The following is a good portion of an email I felt absolutely compelled to write:

Dear Patrick Finn,
I am writing to you because I just read your fantastic article 'Artists are Dangerous'.

I am a painter. My name is Daphne Cote. I live in Stony Plain, Alberta. I have just had an all too typical day of an artist where I received two letters of rejection from two major international art competitions and a phone call saying that the classes I am teaching got enough enrollment to make them possible. Ups and downs. I decided to take these large rejections and a small thumbs up and let it fuel me to work even harder. Before going into the studio I decided to get pumped up by looking at art and reading some articles on the web. Your article 'Artists are Dangerous' serendipitously was the first one I came across. I found in your words a description of exactly who I am and what I think it is to be an artist.
   I found your article inspiring and that it reaffirmed the fire that burns within me telling me after each rejection letter to work harder and after each success to think bigger.
Thank you for putting your words out there and I hope you consider allowing me to use/reference your article with the intention of inspiring others.
With gratitude,
-Daphne Cote

Patrick Finn generously wrote a response within a few hours encouraging me to go ahead and post his article, I hope it inspires you as much as it did me...

Artists are Dangerous

Patrick Finn
Calgary is a city of visionaries. To inspire us to reach greater heights through our planning process, we have engaged a number of people to provide their personal views on the future of the arts in Calgary. This article presents the views of Patrick Finn.
Artists are dangerous.
Don’t be deceived by the fancy scarves and all that kissing on both cheeks stuff. Artists are dangerous creatures who go straight for the jugular… actually, that’s what those scarves are for: protecting the neck from other artists.
Make no mistake: artists pose a direct threat to life as you know it. People in power are aware; artists are the first to be silenced when tyrants seize control. Throughout history artists have terrified Kings and Queens, CEOs and Generals, Popes and Prime Ministers.
Thinking of becoming an “Arts Champion?” You better know it means. The following is a public service announcement of sorts… a warning for delicate souls out there.
Artists work harder than you. They don’t take breaks, don’t have casual Friday, and they don’t have conferences in Miami. They punch in once, and don’t punch out until you put ’em in a box. If you complain about how hard you work to an artist, they won’t even have time to laugh in your face.
Artists are better with money than you are… and they work for less. You can’t bring in foreign workers to replace them, and you can’t outsource their jobs, because even the oppressed don’t want their spot. An awful lot of governments and businesses plan and spend like drunken teenagers, but artists deliver on time and on-budget every time. Ever hear the phrase “the show must go on?” It’s a blood oath.
Artists are fearless. People talk about tolerating risk in order to be innovative or entrepreneurial. Artists eat risk. They see comfort and walk the opposite way. They run into the fire. You cannot scare an artist. And if you could, it would only make them stronger.
Artists are not artsy. Being artsy is like being a kid in the suburbs who dresses like a gangster from South Central LA. Artists don’t have time to be artsy just like gangsters don’t have time to play at being gangsters.
Artists are drop-dead sexy. It doesn’t matter how rich and powerful you are; it doesn’t matter what you drive, or who makes your clothes; your partner has an artist fantasy. Heck, so do you. Seriously, no one dreams about running away to Paris with Jenkins from accounting. But don’t worry; artists are too busy steal your partner.
Artists are time travellers. Freud said that every time a scientist makes a discovery an artist has been there first. Artists look into today and see the future. Forget economists, astrologers and weather forecasters – artists are the only ones that glimpse the road ahead.
Heroes are those who relentlessly pursue a journey in order to fully realize the quest that is the complete expression of their lives. That’s a word-for-word description of what it means to be an artist.Artists are heroes. Heroes are those who relentlessly pursue a journey in order to fully realize the quest that is the complete expression of their lives. That’s a word-for-word description of what it means to be an artist.
Artists don’t need you. We often hear people talk about funding the arts as if it were something artists need. They don’t. They will work with or without your money. We fund the arts for our children and for ourselves. There is no such thing as a society without artists. You should fund the arts for your own self-interest. Just know that if you do, no matter how much you give, you will never own even one percent of an artist. The only artist worth funding is one you can never buy. And that’s exactly why we should fund them.
Artists manipulate your brain. We live in an age of rapid change that continuously speeds up. The only defense is to develop a nimble mind. Artists are experts at challenging the status quo and shaking up minds. They can navigate the depths. There are stormy seas ahead, and artists are deep-water specialists.
Artists will tear your heart out. True artists make you feel. Sometimes, they make you feel more than you want. They will rip your heart to shreds and leave you pulverized. But when your heart heals, it will be stronger. Then, when life brings the real tears, you’ll be glad they prepared you for the genuine tests of the heart.
Artists are not entertainers. It’s nice to be entertained, but every moment you commit to entertainment is a moment your brain is taking a break. It is running in old ruts… following patterns from the past that will not serve your future. Art will move you, change you, and challenge you. Entertainment is for moments when you are too weak to face the world and need a time-out before continuing your quest. Once you’re rested, come back to art, and get back on the trail.
Artists are warriors. A lot of people go to pretend boot camps these days. You want boot camp? Artists will boot camp your heart, mind and spirit. Come on, tell the truth: would you rather be lusted after for the song in your heart or for the relative density of your buttocks? In time, all bottoms fall, but with art, the spirit endlessly ascends.
Artists are Calgarians. They are mavericks, ranchers, pioneers and adventurers. “Titans of Business” and true government leaders align themselves with artists. They recognize fellow travellers. Champions march side by side.
Artists do not criticize. Their work is out ahead. You don’t have to be book-smart or in the know to connect with art. You don’t have to “get it.” The only requirement for embracing art is full-stop bravery. Real artists don’t lecture you or pretend to know what’s best for you. They are on the field, not on the sidelines yakking.
Artists are dangerous. They are there before the first-responders. They are “the abstract and brief chronicles of the time.” They are unafraid of things that keep you up at night… and they are everywhere.
Those who support artists commit themselves to lives of courage, adventure, and discovery. The faint of heart had best stay home.
So, if you want to be an “Arts Champion,” by all means saddle up, but you better be ready for one heck of a ride. And don’t say I didn’t warn ya.
Dr. Patrick Finn is a performance expert who found a home in the Department of Drama at the University of Calgary. He has worked as a professional musician, writer, designer, programmer, as an artist/academic and consultant. The central theme of Patrick's work is Human Performance and Information Technology, where technology can be everything from vocal technique and colour palettes to alphabets and computer code.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Showing at The Parlour in Spruce Grove

(notice all their awards!)

You can now find my work in The Parlour Salon in Spruce Grove. The kind beautiful gals there are providing me with a fantastic opportunity to show my work on rotation at their chic salon. It is such a privilege. The exposure is fantastic.
I highly encourage everyone to go into The Parlour where they are always doing something new. Every time I go in I am pleasantly surprised by their ever changing and inspiring decor. Thank you Parlor Beauties for allowing me to be apart of your cultural hub. You not only make me look gorgeous but you make my work look stunning as well.
All my gratitude for your amazing support.

The Parlour
102, 314 McLeod Ave. Spruce Grove, AB

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Soft Flattery

Soft Flattery
January 20, 2013
8" x 10"
Oil on Canvas Board
For Sale (Contact Daphne [email protected])
   In November I was on a roll with a balanced painting schedule. I was afraid that in the New Year I might lose the routine and momentum I had going. Me and my silly fears. I decided to shut that voice off in my head that was questioning my ability of being a successful artist. I am quite sure everyone comes into contact with that ridiculous voice that can be so persistent and if not confronted promptly, can often make us doubt our selves for no rational reason. We are amazing creatures. If we put our heart and souls into positive things that we are naturally drawn to we can do things that even amaze ourselves.
   What I find amazing with the portrait above is that it only took me a couple of hours to do. I did this painting as an exercise. I went looking through reference material from adverts and found this one. I was interested to see if I could create the emotional sense that it conveyed. The woman isn't quite blushing but it is like she was just told she had done something extraordinary. Everyone needs to be told how amazing they are every once in a while. Even if it is just for the small things they do. It is often those small things you don't think twice about that are the most important.
   I appreciate the simplicity of truly genuine smiles that I encounter that can change my whole day around. For instance: I am disturbed by the amount of time I spend, on a regular basis, in the grocery store. I am definitely a cave woman gatherer at heart that loves to cook for my loved ones, but sometimes it can make me want to scream. When I have no food in the house, a time limit, during a busy grocery shopping traffic hour, with kids that would rather be playing on a playground and no amount of bribes of bakery cookies could change their energy level as they scale and hide in the toilet paper isle in the hopes of building forts out of it's contents, while wheeling a cart so loaded and heavy which constantly reminds me of all the work I still have to do with packing it all up and carrying it just to go home and unpack it all again. Then when I am close to throwing in the towel and one upping the kids by throwing myself on the floor kicking and screaming "I don't WANNA!" I pass a complete stranger that smiles a true genuine from the heart smile. They are not annoyed but amused and enjoying the catastrophe that's rolling by. They see the precious beauty in the life I'm leading no matter how messy with my paint clothes and kids smothered in some unrecognizable goop. Their smile is contagious which makes me stop and smile and see how fleetingly wonderful this haphazard moment is an how fortunate I am to be able to experience it. It makes me want to take a moment and close my eyes and just feel all the warmth and loving energy that is surrounding me no matter how loud, fast, and calamitous it all is, I am fortunate. It took that honest smile to make me see the beauty in it all.
   So now how do I translate feelings like those visually? Well this is a small exercise to test and push my skills to see if I can do it. Sometimes the exercises are larger, longer, and mapped out; and some are quick little tests. All are valid, significant, and needed to succeed. That is why I do what I do. I can always get better and there is always something new to learn.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

First painting of the year, Magic Carpet

Magic Carpet
January 13, 2013
3' x 4'
Oil on Canvas

   This Magic Carpet painting has been coming into bloom for what seems to be an unreasonable amount of time. It's birth was relaxed and it appeared to flourish on it's own schedule, not mine. I started this painting in September during the Alberta Arts and Culture Days. Due to the layering techniques I used to create Magic Carpet with it require extensive drying time. Therefore, I have been working on three fair sized paintings simultaneously. Working this way helps distract me while one painting is drying I can work on another. Without this distraction I might have tried to sneak in a few brushstrokes ruining the entire thing into a muddied mess of polluted colors caused by my impatience.
  I date all my paintings. The date that I include is the date that the painting is finished, when the last brushstroke  is placed. I finished this painting this past Sunday. Though as a whole it's creation was lengthy but it's end was finished quite unexpectedly. I thought that I had several more hours to put into it but it seemed to just all come together to it's final state. The things I thought needed more work actually just needed a slight tweak and some areas needed to be left as is. I was making mental notes the last time I laid my brush to rest and called it a night coming closer to the paintings completion, when I came back to it they all seemed to be superfluous. I knew I needed to build the knee up and work on the face, and after I had accomplish that it didn't seem to need much more. I had started this painting months ago. For those that follow my blog, you may recognize it's early beginning in previous posts including a picture of a detail portion of it's texture in my last post and in a different posting about my studio. I have also done a small, what I would now call, study of this same pose at a minuscule size in comparison with this larger painting.
   I have resorted to titling it Magic Carpet because in it's early state I worked quite a bit on just the cloth the figure is laying on and I had for the longest time left the two triangles on the bottom corners blank giving it the effect of being a floating carpet. My Significant Other started to refer to it as the Magic Carpet Painting and he was constantly pointing out this one area I had yet to work on, so it is hard for me to think of it as anything but the name he gave it of Magic Carpet.
   I feel like I am repeating myself a bit when I say, the painting looks and feels nothing like what this photo captures. It was terribly difficult to photograph. Standing in front of it it seems to take up much more space than it measures. It has a significant presence.
   I am quite excited about this painting because I have pushed myself and explored the juxtaposition between thin scuffy layering where I used thin washes and often used rags to wipe away layers into thin veils of color. Then I took different tools to slap on and vigorously push thick dragging layers where the different colors and shades of paint don't just sit on top of each other but intertwine, play, and blend creating a completely new surface plain for light to reflect off of. This creates a major problem to photograph and to capture the feel of this image through a lens because when you move and interact in front of this painting you can see it differently in new light, rediscovering the painting over and over again.  That is why I love original paintings.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Upcoming Classes and Workshops 2013

Happy New Year!
I stayed out of the studio for much of the month of December after painting my heart out in November. Honestly, I tried hard to stay out of the studio but I did end up sneaking a few hours in here and there. I just couldn't help myself. Why would I force myself to take some time out of the studio? Well, I wanted to come back to my paintings with a fresh set of eyes. Sometimes paintings are like puzzles where you need to take a break and come back and then you start to notice things or solutions that you may have missed before. You can often lose your grasp of the big picture or tiny things that effect the whole because you were looking or working on them for such a long time. A month is too long for me, but it was a good exercise, and taught me a lot. By the time I came ,back to paint I couldn't get in there fast enough. I couldn't squeeze my paint tubes and pour my mediums fast enough. I am so fortunate to be able to do what I love! What a great way to start the new year.

I am not only painting, but getting my submissions ready for upcoming art competitions and shows, and finished putting together the classes I am going to be teaching for the next 6 months.
If you are interested in my work you can either subscribe to my blog by entering your email address into the box on the right side of your screen (remember to click the link in the email that is sent to you in order to confirm your subscription, you will not get anything but my new blog posts -no spam). You can also email me and ask to be added to my emailing list where I send out email invites to to both public and private upcoming shows, demos, and classes/workshops. [email protected]

Upcoming Art Classes and Workshops
(Side Note: These classes are listed for Adults, but I will accept teens 14+ in the weekly oil painting class and feel comfortable working next to adults.)

Drawing the Human Figure
In a positive and encouraging atmosphere learn different ways to draw the human figure and learn tricks and tips to create interesting compositions out of the human form. We will also cover proportion, shading and capturing drapery of fabric. Supply list available at the gallery.
Instructor: Daphne Cote
Saturday, January 26
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost $40

Painting the Human Figure
In a positive and encouraging atmosphere learn proportion, lighting, skin tones, composition, while using your choice of either oil or acrylic paint. We will also be touching on how to handle clothing and backgrounds. Supply list available at the gallery
Instructor: Daphne Cote
Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost $80

Exploring Oil Painting
In this six week session , through the use of still life and other reference material (i.e. photos), explore oil painting in a supportive, positive and creative atmosphere with one on one instruction focusing on what makes up a painting. Completing one painting per class. All skill levels welcome. No toxic solvents. Supply list available at the gallery.
Instructor: Daphne Cote
6 Thursday Evenings:
1st session:  April 4 – May 9
2nd session: May 16 – June 20
7 – 10 p.m.
Cost $115 per session

You can register for classes by contacting:
The Allied Arts Council in Spruce Grove
We are located in the heart of Spruce Grove within the Melcor Cultural Centre which also houses the Spruce Grove Public Library (East Side of King Street Plaza).
35 – 5th Ave, Spruce Grove, Alberta
(in the Melcor Cultural Centre)
Phone: (780) 962-0664
Email: [email protected]
NEW Gallery Hours!
Monday to Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Sundays and all Statutory Holidays.

Thank you for reading! And I hope you have a wonderful day.