I've decided to work on completing this totem detail which I had started during the Silk Purse Exhibition, as a paying icon commission came up in good time to keep things afloat. Any potential sale(s) for the Port Moody Arts Centre Exhibition wouldn't come through until the end of September. Once I've completed this totem painting, although I have another painting that was started earlier, I'm feeling that I need to start a new canvas and continue the journey of discovery.
I've completed a smaller gift icon commission, which is being shipped out tomorrow. As I return to the Journeying With The Totems series, with the Port Moody Arts Centre show in mind, I am also discussing a few other gift icons which I could do as well. Got to keep that roof over my son and I's heads and food on the table.
I'm still feeling heavy hearted about not being able to afford the big ArtVancouver which opens on the 21st. The timing was perfect in keeping the momentum going on the series. But it was just not meant to be.
I went through the photoshoot from the closing day of the Parksville exhibition in March and re-created jpegs with a more transparent watermark. It improves the quality of the totem painting pictures to give a better visualization for anymore considering any piece(s).
Thank you all for your support.
I felt that 2 comments received after purchasers receiving their paintings pointed to how website photos just don't do justice to the real thing.
- "MY GOD!!! Is it beautiful! We loved the picture on your website, but that doesn't come close to the real thing! We're so happy that we chose this painting, it's far more beautiful than we could imagine."
- "The internet photos do not do it justice- absolutely breath-taking- can't take my eye off of it!"
I'm half way through a smaller icon gift commission, and my mind is returning back to planning my next step with the series of the totem paintings and time to move forward from the fact that I couldn't come up with the fee to show the series at Art Vancouver (which opens May 21st).
I have 2 paintings that had been started, including the smaller one which I had started during the final week of the Silk Purse exhibition. But having been away from the series for the last 2 months, while completing the large Centenary Icon for the Archdiocese of Winnipeg, I'm thinking that it would be best to begin a new painting as my way to get back into the flow and style that I've developed for the totems.
So having done the gold leafing on the icon, while it needs a few days to set before i can continue, this is a good time to review my library of images and select which study (and size of canvas) I will do next. My easels are ready, and I've stored the easel (which I designed and built for the large icon commission) behind my bedroom door. Three months to the next exhibition at the Port Moody Arts Centre.
I am pleased to share that the Grizzly #1 and Brown Bear have gone to their new homes. The Grizzly #1 painting has arrived in Winnipeg and the Brown Bear is on route to its home in North Vancouver.
From the two exhibitions (West Vancouver and Parksville), these three paintings went to their new homes also. The Child/Cub Totem painting and Raven/Eagle painting went to two individual homes in West Vancouver and the Thunderbird took up residence in Parksville.