I've been needing to tackle storage and clutter in my cramped condo, after 4 years of the last huge purge when moving from Winnipeg. I starting by retrieving a very full filing cabinet out of my studio closet, but having to get rid of 2 dining chairs to get it into my bedroom. After that, shredded 5 garbage bags of my opera and teaching documents and thinning old iconography folders. But in the interim of this level of rearranging and purging, there is always the phase of having everything in piles. So my studio will be out of commission for a few more days...in the sweltering heat in here! :-)
That was fast! And such a relief that my laptop qualified for the special Apple extended program which replaced my logic board. And all taken care of in a day! Grateful!
I've been having trouble with my computer and am having to bring it in for diagnostics tomorrow afternoon. Not sure if I'll lose the computer for a few days or not.
In the meantime, I've had to take a few days to update all my artist submission documents to begin the quest of finding artist calls from the galleries. Got one prepared and mailed out today. Would prefer to be painting but an artist can't lose sight of looking to the future and taking care of the business side of the art. Fingers crossed.
Under the weather today, but did manage to get the design inked in and started on blocking in some colour. I've got a few corrections to make and the blue is a bit electric but it is just a base.
The image is from the wolf totem in Sitka which I did a painting of earlier in February, but from a different angle and under different lighting conditions.
Spent the day looking at totems photographs today. It always takes a few days to transition from icon commissions and back to the totem paintings. They are both iconic but very different in content and technique. I was initially thinking of completing a few that I had started earlier in the year, but I am leaning more to starting a new canvas and with a fresh focus rather then trying to kick start a painting mid way. I came across a number of great photographs with lots of definition to work from, and a few that I'm really interested in but would be challenging in how they are more subtle in detail and shading.
I did come across a few more pictures on the Bicentennial Pole in Sitka, of the bottom and top sections. The Raven/Eagle painting that I did in time for the Silk Purse exhibition is the middle section. I have been trying to locate the names of the couple that purchased that painting for both the website and for my archive, but haven't been successful yet. If they happen upon My Journal, I would love to hear from them through the contact tab above. I would also especially love to see pictures of all my sold paintings in their new homes.
But I did come across a picture which was posted on the Richochet blog posting on Sitka. I was taken by how the totem has aged and the reality of how my painting caught it at very distinct time, and will never look like that again.
Andre Prevost, began his work in theatre in the late 70s after completing his studies at the Banff School of Fine Arts, and in his iconography in 1980, and having a large body of work in each. He has since been based in Western Canada; North Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, and now back on the West Coast.