As we start into a new year, I wish you all the very best of all your dreams! Live and Love Large!
Yes Its that time of year again. I'm doing the 30 Day Challenge and painting daily for the month of January. I have lots of fires in the pan so I hope I can keep up! I have some interesting projects and new things happening. I'm also revamping the old website and blog...updating it a bit so you'll see some changes now and again as I figure out a "new look"!
As we start into a new year, I wish you all the very best of all your dreams! Live and Love Large!
"A rolling stone gathers no moss"...or so the saying goes. I've felt this way for many months. Never in one place, always on the go, resting, then moving on. Like the evolution of this exquisite piece of natural sculpture, I would add to it, take from it, or just watch it and leave it. So has been the events of the past few months! And like an Inukshuk, or trail cairn, it has been a marker for me, a reminder of consistency and assurance that all is well in the world, even in the evolution of change!
Enough serious stuff..sometimes one must step out into the world - with a little pizzazz!
But sometimes things can get a little "tipsy" and out of control....
And then we have to rely on common sense and stability and good ole reliable standbys to help get us through the mucky stuff...You KNOW of WHAT/WHOM I speak!
And just to show you that getting through the mucky stuff can be lots of fun...Here are a few things that have been going on in the art world for me!
I have many works hanging at the Roger's Bulk Food store in Armstrong, BC until mid February! It's a lovely, well-stocked place with lots of kitchen essentials, aprons, and of course FOOD!! Please stop in and take in the show while you do your shopping!
I have 15 works in the 2013 Lake Country Art Gallery Under 100 Show and Sale! Come in and support local artists and buy a gift of original art for Christmas!!
And as part of the Under 100, Shaw cable interviewed a few of the artists for their show Go Okanagan. CLICK HERE to see my interview and HERE to see the rest of the interviews!
And finally, this Saturday, December 14 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. I will be at Opus Framing in Kelowna, BC giving a demonstration called Paint Small, Paint Fast. CLICK HERE to read about it. It is full, but there is a waiting list! I may do another in the new year! So stay tuned!
I promise to write once more before the New YEAR!!
What can I say..Spring Break is over ...so what did I do?? I was busy as a...well see below and fill in the blank....
I was lazy as a .....yes you guessed it....fill in the next one....
I had to be curious as a ......as you can see I'm getting repetitive here....
Okay...I think I've run out of clever ideas...think I'll just post more photos!
Okay there has to be a couple horse portraits incubating here of these lovely guys!
And maybe a crocus portrait....or two...
I did manage to drag myself to the easel and create a couple new pieces....
Oh and my dog agility friend Chris did a photo shoot for me and Austin....aren't we a cute couple...if you are on FaceBook...you've seen this...
Chris has many talents...shortly after this shot...Austin got a hair cut...I didn't :-)
Peace Love Hope! Happy Easter Everyone!
It takes me awhile to process grief. This is for a couple of my friends going through immense sorrow...my heart hurts...
Tomb building...Why would I talk about building a tomb? Today was an "unsettling" day to say the least. It started out quite glorious and I had great plans for a wonderful hike...which did happen early in the morning as usual. You can see how wonderful a day it was here in the Okanagan.
Of course I ALWAYS travel with my buddy Austin the doodle. He is a great hiking companion...doesn't complain and is always on alert. Today however, he got a fright as we neared the end of the hike.
I noticed him standing stock still, staring at something off the trail a bit - he moved toward what it was, then yipped like he was stung, and ran towards me, tail between his legs ..looking back in fear. I leashed him up and went to investigate...I couldn't see anything moving.
I saw a tan brown object laying amongst a bunch of Ponderosa Pine saplings. I thought it was a deer or fawn but it didn't have that shape...I got more alarmed thinking maybe it was an injured mountain lion and thought about Austin's fright. The closer I got, however, my heart started to sink, my fear disappeared and I only felt remorse.
Lying peacefully, as though asleep, was a huge Bull Mastiff dog. Definitely deceased (I approached cautiously...I still wasn't sure if it was injured or dead) and intact. Someone's pet.
Then I was angry and I cried and then I felt sorrow...I went through all the emotions of loss in a few seconds. Memories of my own loss of my dog that died in my arms nearly 7 years ago came rushing back. Then I got angry again and thought how irresponsible it was to dump this pet in such an open area.
I was rattled and I left, not sure what to do. One of my dog agility friends lives down the road so I stopped in for some advice. He called the SPCA and the Regional Dog Control but these institutions are not responsible for dead animals. I had to call the municipality. I went home, made a call and waited and debated if I should do anything at all.
The animal was lovingly placed in amongst a grove of small trees, and I felt for the owners and I felt their loss, but I also felt that they had a responsibility to the community and to that dog to dispose/bury/cremate him/her in a suitable manner. Whatever their circumstances, I felt their loss. AND I felt I had to do something.
The call to the municipality amounted to the fact that the hiking area and where the body was dumped are not public - it is private land and I knew that. The municipality couldn't do anything.
I was brought up on a farm, have seen living animals die, have seen dead animals decomposed, but I was still rattled, and I felt drawn to do SOMETHING. It unnerved me so much all afternoon. When the boys got home from school, I donned my barn coat, my work pants, our bow saw, my work gloves, and a couple old towels and I drove back to the trail.
That dear dog was still there, still intact, lying peacefully still. So I started to work, tears in my eyes. I petted his head and back and I covered him up with the old towels. I dragged and collected and sawed pieces of deadfall and built up a tomb of logs and large branches, dirt, grass and pinecones. I worked and worked until I felt that he wouldn't be disturbed by other curious dogs and would decompose naturally over the year.
When I was done, I said a prayer for him. It was a lovely late afternoon, very quiet and not a soul in sight. (It's not a busy place in the best of times). AND I no longer felt angry, remorseful, or sad. Just peaceful. It was something I had to do and in the act of doing, I worked through all those emotions and it was a cathartic experience...
There, I had to share it. The whole incident made me think about the brevity of life, especially for our pets. Appreciate them and hold them in a joyful place in your heart! I do!
Chobe the Siberian Husky, my first dog! Loved 1996-2006
I had to share this with you, on, of all days, Valentine's Day, a day of Love! After yoga class this morning, I drove to the Lake Country Art Gallery to pick up this painting. If you remember from my last blog post, I had chosen this painting as my entry for the annual members show. It wasn't selected, which was fine (I got a peek at the paintings in the show and the works are all fabulous!). I decided to take this painting back to the library where I am showing my work until the end of February.
Then I drove home, walked in the door, got a big furry and waggily hello from Austin, my dog, and I took off my coat. I walked upstairs to make my lunch and the phone rang! It was the collector who had purchased two of my paintings earlier this month after seeing my work at the library. He told me that he definitely WANTED "Do You Want This". I was stunned...I hadn't even caught my breath from getting into the house!
Stunned, elated, joyous...I hung up after talking to him about arrangements and meeting after the library show...I literally shouted for joy at the top of my lungs and jumped up and down! Poor cats and dog!
So there you have it...Serendipity, the Energy and Love of the Universe, the Power of God, the planets and stars aligning, or coincidence...whatever you want to call it...it ahppened for me today and for that I am very grateful!
What an expression of love! Happy Valentine's Day Everyone!
The 30 Day Challenge is over, we are well into February, and I'm working on new painting projects and other things too! The feedback from the challenge has been tremendous and I am working on a couple projects for shows as a result. Stay tuned. Below are the last few paintings and of the collage I created of all the paintings.
I submitted this work for jurying to the Lake Country Art Gallery for consideration for the Annual Members Show. I had a hard time selecting a painting for this year's jurying process and I almost decided NOT to submit. I thought of submitting Day 30 or Day 29 from above, but felt they weren't polished enough...In the end I chose the one above one because I felt it was my favourite. It was not accepted and I was a bit disappointed for a little while and I'm sure when I go to the exhibit I may feel that pang of regret. But artist's need to learn to accept rejection...
I asked for feedback from the jury and I laughed!! My gut instinct to go with something else was something perhaps I should have paid attention to. The jurors felt that I've shown this type of work several times now locally and would have liked me to submit something a bit different! This one came close to getting in, but it just didn't resonate! So in my heart, I knew...the moral of the story...I need to listen to my gut!!
As for doing different work...stay tuned...I have a couple new projects I'm working on!
In case I didn't have enough to do, I decided that now was the time to learn to play the guitar! I caved into peer pressure and music envy from my friends that can really play- looking at YOU two A. and M. It's all YOUR fault! I've had lots of music training in my youth, Royal conservatory Piano...quit before I got my Grade 8 when I was in my final year of high school and I played flute in concert band for many years...I just seemed to give up playing music once I hit university.
The lovely blue guitar is one I got for my youngest son for him to learn on. It's a parlour size but its a lovely guitar and has a great sound and one that I started taking lessons on. BUT the guitar above was a recent purchase...an impulse buy...which I don't do that often but couldn't resist!! Never go with your good friend to help her buy a 12 string guitar and come away with your own guitar AND an AMP!! I have it on good authority that I got a steal and that this guitar is a great guitar! Whew! Now I just have to learn to play well!! Wish me luck! Now where did I put that pick? ....better go practice!
Just catching up on posting from the 30 Day Challenge! Here's last week's paintings...7 of them including today - Day 26. I'm still maintaining momentum. My week was thrown off -kilter with a sick son and over-stretching with some other projects....The next week is shaping up the same way, but I'm determined to FINISH the challenge...only FOUR paintings to GO! Enjoy!
It's been a busy week. I've been keeping up so far and even managed to get a bit ahead. But by Friday, I was starting to slow down. The 3rd winter Scene sketch below was Thursday's painting. I like it quite a bit and I think it took me considerable more time than any of the others and that is why my time felt compressed. That and all the other running around I do during the week!...There seemed an awful lot more of that.
I can barely believe that tomorrow will be DAY 20! I have appreciated everyone's comments and I really am enjoying this challenge. I think I'm going to stick with landscapes for a bit more yet. As you can see, I can come up with a variety of landscape ideas AND painting and repeating a theme is actually a VERY valuable exercise. The grain elevators above are an attempt at value studies, but I do like the "graphic" nature of them as well!
Thanks again for all the comments and support. You guys rock!
I have been painting daily, just not POSTING daily...I think I felt like I was spamming everyone so I stopped. I think posting them on FaceBook daily is more acceptable. I still want to keep my blog subscribers!! I love you guys!
So here they are...the last 5 days, most recent first!
Please tell me what you think and which one(s) you like the best. Any feedback is always appreciated...even tell me about the ones you DON'T like too! I can take it! Enjoy!
Here's my Day 8 painting. This is from a photo looking east of the Tansey farm. See the photo below. This painting is very sketchy and when I was working on it I just looked at it and said...NO MORE - STOP! I like it this way so I resisted overworking. I am going to paint another one using this photo though! Forganites...you know who you are...can you recognize where this is??
We had a big dump of snow again and all the roads leading across the interior of BC were closed for awhile for avalanche contral and just plain bad conditions! On the morning hike I noticed a strange bird call and looked up to see this puffed up fellow! He looks so dignified!
According to my Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America, I believe he's a Northern Harrier, due to the "owl like facial disc" and his colouring and the strange call I heard! The magpies were really annoyed with him and staying clear!
It's Day 7 and I've changed gears to practice clouds and prairie scenes. I grew up in the middle of the Saskatchewan "flat" prairie. People always think it is pancake flat , but not so! To get to my folks farm, one must travel down a small incline (fairly small!) and in the far distance you can see on the horizon, a blue line of hills called the Coteau Hills, part of the geographical formation called the Missouri Coteau, one of Saskatchewan's driest areas.
I'm likely to continue on the landscape stream for the next week of the 30 day challenge. I really do need the practice. You can see the photo I used for my painting below. I'm still working on expressing colour and value to make my work "read" correctly. Mixing and painting interesting neutral colours is the key here, I think.
I spent nearly 3 hours (yikes) shovelling snow yesterday just to keep the driveway cleared. Austin and I took a walk around the neightbourhood this morning and I took a photo of our local mountain Spion Kop, peaking through the clouds!
This photo below is looking towards Wrinkly Face Provincial Park, east of our house. We'll be off snowshoeing here this weekend I bet!
And its snowing as I write. In fact the Southern Interior of BC has a snow fall warning in effect. We are in for a BIG dump of the white stuff. Guess what I'll be doing in the morning, bright and early? Stay warm!
I have tons of mountain pictures I've taken over the years. The painting below is a combination of a few of those, plus one from a friend. Below is a cropped photo of the Crowfoot Glacier in the Rocky Mountains in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.
I did a value sketch before hand and cropped and changed the horizon line and a bit of the viewing angle to make the painting "read" a bit better. I'm still working on getting values and colour temperature to read "right".
Jerry Markham, an artist with whom I have taken a landscape workshop, recommended a book called Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting. I don't have it yet...but it's inexpensive and full of great info...from what I've seen. The book I do have and recommend is this one...
I purchased this book in Pasadena at the Pasadena Museum of California Art back in September when they had the Edgar Payne exhibit. Its a great book too...still haven't read it all though!
That's today's painting. If you have any favourite art books on landscapes, post the name and share! I'll be sharing a couple more in the next few days! Time to go shovel snow!
I am still painting, just not posting everyday! I did get a little behind on Friday, but I feel caught up now! I'm finding it a challenge to post daily, usually due to the fact that by the time I finish my painting, its dark and I have to take the photos inside...the lighting in my studio area is still not that great, but it will have to do! I'm learning more about taking indoor painting photos! Here's my latest bunch of paintings from the last three days!
My favourite of these three is the Lake Louise Sketch. I used a couple photos I had of Lake Louise plus a photo of a painting by California Impressionist painter Edgar Payne (1883-1947) of Lake Louise to get the colours and values. I enjoyed working on this one.
The palette knife painting of Mount Baker was a lot of fun to do. I need to do more palette knife. I find I enjoy the looseness, and the ability to blend thick paint gives me interesting paint effects!
Which one do you like!?? Thanks for looking!
This was inspired by the fall colour photos I took up the mountains on Beaver Lake Road just east of our house this autumn. I'm also trying to implement and remember the techniques and lessons I learned form the April workshop I took with Neil Patterson. I'm still having a hard time with making the colour work and with just laying on LOTS of paint. Maybe its because I'm feeling stingy after the Christmas frenzy??
Here's a couple photos that inspired today's painting... Enjoy!
Happy New Year Everyone! Well, I am starting 2013 by participating in a 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. Artist Leslie Saeta, whose workshop I attended in Pasadena in September, is hosting this challenge. She has over 250 participants doing this with her! I've signed up and will be posting a painting a day for January. Here's the first one:
I've decided to focus on landscapes this week and use a limited palette. A limited palette for me is Cad. Yellow Light, Cad. Red Light, Perm. Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue and Pthalo Green (blue Shade) plus Titanium White. This will force me to focus on a couple things... one, mixing colours and two, planning colour schemes. Landscapes are also a challenge for me as I think I don't do them very well!! I tend to fiddle and I want to just lay on thick paint with less strokes. I have tons of landscape photos so I have lots of material to chose from!
On the weekend I threw everyone's name from my last newsletter campaign signup into a hat and I drew two names for these paintings:
Congratulations you guys! And thanks for signing up for the newsletter! I hope you'll join me and cheer me on in the 30 day painting challenge as well...I'll be posting here daily and those posts will be on FB too!!
I thought I would share this photo of this mis-placed winter resident! I was certain all the robins had flown the coop for balmier weather, but this fellow must love my mountain ash seeds too much! I hope the weather stays as mild as its been for him...I think he's a him...!
Okay I'm being silly...yes that is my feeble attempt at humour...that is ME falling off the earth! But I'm back. Terribly busy this fall...so lots of new things happening!
This wall of paintings are the ones that I packed up and took down to the Lake Country Art Gallery's Under 100 Show and Sale! There is an Open House TODAY starting at noon November 17th. I'll be there! Looks like tons of great affordable artwork, so come check it out!
My BIGGEST news is that I've been busy busy revamping my website with an online STORE!! I have joined the world of e-commerce and now people can purchase my smaller paintings, fine art prints, cards and calendars right here on my website! CLICK HERE to go to my store. Tell me what you think!
So if you'd like a gift for someone or yourself, how about a calendar! I have a limited number available. CLICK HERE to go look at my 2013 Calendar.
The two paintings above need new homes! So I'm doing a holiday draw for two lucky winners in December. Each person will get to take home one of these paintings. I'm celebrating another year of blogging and painting!
Which brings me to how to win yourself a painting? You MUST subscribe to my newsletter! Yes I am beginning a once a month newsletter. I will no longer be sending blog updates to everyone via mass email. So PLEASE sign up to stay in touch with me and my art blog! CLICK HERE to sign up. AND you can also get your name in two more times in the "hat" when you sign up for my blog (see the side bar) AND "like" my Facebook Fan page SHEILA TANSEY FINE ART. My first newsletter comes out early next week.
So if you've already done one or more of these things, well you are already in!! So it looks like a great November and December so far...Stay tuned...I'll be back painting and submitting entries for more shows!
Here's a couple lovely fall images to remind us what a lovely autumn we are having here in the Okanagan so far...we've only had one dump of snow so far here...and its all gone now!
Have a great week! AND don't forget to sign up!
I have returned safe and sound, inspired and motivated from the oil painting workshop in Pasadena, California! The weather was great, the instructors were exceptional and the people attending, fantastic.
Leslie Saeta and Dreama Tolle Perry held an awesome workshop with wonderful, insightful demos, a fun exercise, lots of tips on painting and marketing and 2 gourmet dinners! I have now developed a huge liking for gelato! Here's some highlights from my trip!
You can enlarge any of these photos by clicking on them.
Both artists have completely different approaches to their paintings. I learned a tremendous amount about transparent oil paints and working with oils from Dreama. I learned how she gets all those goregeous colours in her work!
While I have done quite a few paintings with a palette knife, I learned a lot from Leslie on how to handle the knife with confidence. She can paint anything with that knife!
Leslie treated us to TWO evenings of gourmet dinners, and marketing talks at her home. Her home is a lovely old house with an old carriage house she's converted into her studio.
If you click on any of the photos on this post, the photo will enlarge!
Below are group shots of more of the demos we all did! It was wonderful seeing everyone's unique styles come out when painting the same subject matter!
Click on each image to enlarge it!
Here are three more studies I did at the workshop. I know its been a long post, but I hope you've enjoyed it! I'm quite inspired to get on with more work! And if you are inspired to take a workshop from these two amazing artists, check out Dreama's workshops here and Leslie's workshops here.
Artwalk 2012 was held on September 8 and 9th. I showed 12 pieces, 10 in my own booth and two in the FCA Central Okanagan booth. While I sold only one piece, the one above, I had a great time, met lots of people and had great feedback about my work. The exposure for a new artist like me was excellent!
I've posted all the paintings from Artwalk on my facebook fan page Sheila Tansey Fine Art. Click on the link, and my photo album is ArtWalk 2012. And while you are there "Like" my fan page...I need more likes!
I'm also excited to say that I'll be travelling next week to Pasadena, CA! No, I'm not going to scope out the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (although that would be uber cool for the geek side of me! ) I'm off to attend a 5 day oil painting workshop.
In April of 2011 while I was listening to Artist's Helping Artist's on BlogTalk Radio, I won the grand prize of an oil painting workshop with the two hosts Leslie Saeta and Dreama Tolle Perry!!! Check out their websites and artwork! Both of these ladies are very well known and successful artists and I feel deeply honoured to be attending. I will have a full blog report when I get back! Stay tuned!
I fell off the old blog band wagon about the end of July...eep...where did the time GO?? While I had a great summer, it was darn busy and as you can see, I have been up to my elbows in creating!
YES! I am getting ready for Artwalk 2012 in Lake Country, BC. I'll be showing 10 works (8 of them brand new!) in my own display. I will have 2 more new paintings with our FCA-Central Okanagan Chapter booth (Federation of Canadian Artists - this was juried as well and 2 of my works were selected).
I'll be at the Memorial Hall this year, just across from the High School. The hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:0o p.m. both days Saturday and Sunday September 8 and 9th. Admission is only a twoonie for the entire day!
Here's a sneak-peek at a couple of my new works! See you at Artwalk!
P.S. If you can't get to Artwalk this weekend, I promise to blog and post the work I've been doing plus highlights from the summer...stay tuned!
I'm "recovering" from a road trip from our home in the Okanagan to my hometown of Forgan, Saskatchewan and the farm I grew up. The driving there and back was long and a bit stressful...see below!..and aside from the 14 hours of driving time (broken up into 2 days each way), we had a wonderful time as a family.
My family gathered in Saskatoon and our parents farm south of the city, from the Okanagan, from Toronto and Kingston, ON, and Warman, SK to celebrate my parents 50th wedding anniversary and my nephew's highschool graduation. It was low key, but it was a lovely time, catching up and reconnecting with my siblings and getting to know my nieces and nephews.
Prior to leaving I was very busy and I managed to create a few pieces of artwork as gifts for my parents, my nephew and my only sister...who I realised I hadn't gifted an original artwork...ever...silly me! Enjoy!
Next post will have a few more photos from our trip. Stay tuned!
I worked my volunteer shift at the Lake Country Art Gallery last week. Check out the latest cool exhibit Bones of Tobias by artist Lori Mairs.
Have you ever tried to sketch people moving? The art gallery is right across from the Aspen Grove Golf Course in town, so I took the opportunity to practice some fast figure sketches of some golfers and other people sitting and moving about. Wow, it takes some doing...I love practising powers of observation! Really all I'm able to get is shape and value!
To ignite my creative painting process, which seems to be really slow at the moment, I decided to do a flower painting study, using an another online video workshop by Hedi Moran. Here are a couple steps in my process:
And this is my own flower still life sitting on my easel right now! The sparse flowers in the vase are really only there for colour and shape reference. In painting flowers I've learned that the set up can be tricky, flowers DON'T last and working quick is the key...luckily these flowers are in bloom in my front flower bed...
I thought last month was busy...well June is flying by ever so quickly. It's been a mismash...busy events, unexpected events, happy and sad.
And part of it is the weather...um...excuse me...it's supposed to be the SUNNY Okanagan...at least we aren't complaining about the heat or lack of RAIN!
While more hearts have always been on my "to paint more of" list, I decided I to do it now...
These hearts are on 4X4 inch gallery wrapped canvases...small, but I think they pack a punch and they are a joy to paint. These are going to very good homes...
This is a real plein air piece...done at Gardom Lake while watching my oldest son's classmates kayaking across the lake...it even has sand and rain on the canvas!
My youngest son Liam, came home with this piece of artwork that he created at school! Isn't it lovely?!
He also mentioned something to me about painting shadows..."Mom I saw lots of people at school painting their shadows black...but I've watched you and you don't use black for that so I did what you do...I used a darker colour for the shadows. " Wow!! An Impressionist and Colourist in the making! He's correct! One way to do shades and shadows is not to create dull neutrals, but keep the colours fresh by using a darker version of that colour!
And here's a video of Austin and I participating with our dog agility club at a demo during Oyama Fun Day on June 3rd! We've improved over a year! You can view more videos of other dogs here.
And one of our more happy and unexpected events was a visit from my brother in law, Allan. He realized a life long dream on May 28 by summiting North America's highest peak, Mount McKinley, or Denali as many people call it. Congratulations Al! A remarkable feat...while Mount Everest is by far higher at over 27, 000 ft (McKinley is just over 20,000 ft), McKinley is as dangerous and formidable. Not for the faint of heart. Enjoy the photos.
Well this month I FEEL liked I've been climbing up peaks, and languishing in valleys...its all a process, like climbing to the summit. I hope your climbs are interesting, have great views and are inspiring...like Al's climb! Congratulations to you again Allan!
I've been offline of lately... I've had a horrible cold AND I am catching up on home/yard/domestic issues..just stuff that has now created within me this BAD RELATIONSHIP with my house, my yard, my PILES OF STUFF TO GET TO...I NEED ORDER! Art is on the back burner too because it's really bad when I can't find that special pencil/palette knife/sketchbook etc...well some of you know how it goes :-).
These two paintings above are off to a local show and sale here in Kelowna starting June 3 until the end of the month. Location: The Rotary Centre for the Arts downtown in the Alex Fong Galleria. Click on "Now Showing"...it'll be up next week.
Here's a bunch of photos from a recent long weekend trip to Vancouver...my home for nearly 20 years before we moved to Texas and then the Okanagan. Still love it very much...although some things I don't miss...can you tell which is which??