The latest BC Article on the St. Monica Church Icon Project: - DEC. 13, 2018:
The 'Tlingit Wolf' sold today. the only remaining painting is the 'Future Generation', available through JD Stevenson Gallery.
The 'Brown Bear' and the 'Raven/Eagle Shield' have sold. The only 2 remaining pieces from the series to date are "Future Generation' and 'Tlingit Wolf' , both available through JD Stevenson Gallery, Chemainus, BC
These four beauties are ready for their forever homes, and
waiting for you at JD Stevenson Gallery, Chemainus.
I've had two unexpected inquiries as to whether I'd be interested in presenting proposals for icons in two churches. After much preparation, I presented both proposals, knowing that there were no guarantees and thinking that Murphy's Law would probably have the two projects wanting to take place at the same time.
The one proposal was acted upon quickly, and involves a series of 8 icons which will take around 10 months to complete. I then received a call from the other contact wanting to go ahead and confirm one very large icon, right after the other project was completed. So that will be another 4 months of work in the studio.
So for the time being, I will have to set the totems painting series aside until the Fall of 2019. I had started on 3 canvases, but I will safely store them until then. One never knows what will come up by then.
As I begin this new phase of icons, I also wanted to let you know that my 4 paintings are still in the JD Stevenson Gallery in Chemainus, BC,
Tlinghit Wolf 24"x36"
Future Generation 18"x36"
Raven Eagle Shield 24"x48"
Brown Bear 48"x48"
You can see them on my For Sale page.
You can contact John or Helen at the gallery if you are interested in purchasing one of them, either for your home or office. The gallery's number is (250) 324-1395.
The next year will have its challenges, but I've been up to the task before. I will try to keep blog entries for the icons as I progress, to keep you in the loop. I would so enjoy hearing your thoughts and comments.
I had started on two more paintings in the series, but received 2 inquiries about significant icon commissions. So the past few weeks have been all about preparing costings, timelines and proposals. After a meeting with a cabinetry company this afternoon, one proposal goes out tomorrow. The other inquiry will require a meeting on the Mainland, once I have the funds for the return ferry crossing.
As the First Nations page grew, with its photos and commentaries, scrolling had become extensive. I've added anchors to the page, connected to a 'Title' List at the top. You can simply click on a title and it will bring your to that particular icon. I hope this make it easier for all of you.
It was great to be at yesterday's reception, and have another opportunity to speak with some of the other artists represented by the gallery.
It was great to see all 5 of my pieces. I added some noise over the other artists' work as I do not have permission to use them. You will note that the gallery has included the background info on the original totems.
Worked through the pain, and the submission of the 2 paintings has been made, with 1 day to spare. What a relief! Now to wait until the 12th to hear whether any have been accepted. Here's hoping.
I have 2 paintings which are nearing completion, and I wanted to flag them to you in case you are interested in possibly acquiring either, before they are submitted to the gallery or Art Show. For more information about the painting(s), pricing and payment options, send your inquiry through the form at the bottom of the 'For Sale' page:
* Please note that you are under no commitment when sending your initial inquiry. Confirmation will only completed once you have the information that you require, and you make arrangement for payment(s). Inquiries and potential sale(s) will be on a first come first serve basis.
"Uncharted waters and unexpected doorways, a journey of faith and trust"
I received copies of both the Post Card and Business Card for the upcoming First Nations Of Faith on June 30th at the Strathmore Rodeo Grounds. I was asked for permission to use the image of the the Siksika Sacred Heart icon for the Festival.
The Special Offer has been extended for a few more days as I need to find good homes for these two pieces and make room for more space ASAP. The first is a Giclee paper print of the Ancestor painting, and the other is a mixed media on canvas 'Enduring Faith'.
Note: There are no watermarks on the pieces.
Needing to make space for the next projects, I needed to pack the two icons even though there is no confirmed transport date yet. With it being Holy Week, it will likely not be until after Easter. But in the meantime, they are all packed and ready. (You can see them leaning in the corner on the left.)
I also had to pack the 'Welcome World' painting as it is being picked up tomorrow, and working its way to its home in Powell River.
I had another productive day today in that I was able to get the drafting and enlarging done for both the new Siksika Sacred Heart Of Mary icon, and a new totem canvas of the Eagle/Raven Shield. The Eagle/Raven was calling strongly. I feel like that journey that I took with it back in 2015, just in time for the Silk Purse Solo Show, ended abruptly. I just completed it in time for the show, and it sold. So I didn't get much quiet time with it. It was also the last painting from that year and a half that I had been working on the series full-time, and it somehow feels right to return to that point and let the totem guide once again.
I've also hung the large Brown Bear on my wall, even though it isn't complete yet. But it was safer being on my wall while it waits to go back on the easel. If you happen to be interested in it, it just want to contact, please feel free to use my Contact Form on the website.
The pieces that I have left in my possession and are immediately available through a special eTransfers price are as follows:
PLEASE CONTACT ME THROUGH MY CONTACT TO CONFIRM DETAILS OF PURCHASE AND SHIPPING, BEFORE SENDING ME YOUR eTRANSFER.
These three pieces are available at JD Stevenson Gallery in Chemainus BC.
I received permission from both icon commissions to take a few days to complete one of the two totem series paintings, as I really need to present one to the gallery ASAP. (The other large canvas of the 'Brown Bear' will be completed once the 2 icons are done.) Gallery sales never happen right away, and the artist always sees the sea of red in the home budget coming around every corner. With the original icon commissions, the time required inevitably exceeds the cost projections, with research and changes.
The 'Future Generations' section is from the "Seventh Generation Pole / Honour of the Children Pole" at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. It was designed by James Lewis and carved by Wayne Carlick in 1995 and "raised in 1997, to honour all the artists and carvers in the past, the ones who continue today and those who will pass on their culture in the future".
The section used for this canvas is from the the second row from the bottom, which are the children of the future. (The bottom row is of the children of the past.)
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In other news, the two icons of Rose Prince (Rose Of The Carrier) are developing and will be completed within the next few weeks.
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And while all this is happening, I've just received confirmation that my contact with the Siksika Nation is able to continue with commissioning the second icon which is to be the pair to the recent Siksika Sacred Heart Icon. This new commission of the Sacred Heart of Mary will be of the same size and within the same Siksika context. I look forward to this further collaboration.
It was a very nice surprise to receive the January 1st edition of the BC Catholic today, only to find that the front cover was of the icon of Our Lady Of Canada: a full colour page. I'm not sure who spearheaded that one but it was very touching.
This edition had a natural January 1st focus on the few dedications to Our Lady through the Canadian 150th. The icon itself was not part of these recent dedications. as It was written in 1995, placing Canada under Her care in that same year. But it seems like the icon became unknown to the Catholic Conference Of Bishops. It was commissioned by then Father Joseph Royer and initially installed at Holy Cross Ukrainian Catholic Church in Edmonton, Alberta where it was to be readily accessible to all Canadians. It later followed His Grace Joseph Royer to All Saints Orthodox Cathedral, also in Edmonton.
These two paintings are hoping to be in their forever homes in time for Christmas.
They are waiting for you at
JD Stevenson Gallery in Chemainus