When painting with watercolour, my biggest challenge is never the detail, it’s those simple washes! I can’t quite get ’em right — always going a few brush strokes too far. But give me pictures with craggy rocks and weathered wood, and I get giddy! The more detail in a picture, the more light and shadow, … [Read more]
While in Montreal, le Chuck and I spent an afternoon walking through the Botanical Garden and looking up, way way up, at the larger-than-life masterpieces of Mosaïcultures Internationales. We were enthralled. Definitely a huge highlight to a vacation that had so many. The Mosaïcultures exhibit brings together horticulture artists from around the world to create living … [Read more]
This spring, I had the privilege to tour the new 100 Masters: Only in Canada exhibit at the WAG before any of the public. And what an exhibit it is! I’ve seen many collections at the gallery, but this is by far the greatest one. So many amazing masterpieces in one place. There’s pieces by Monet, Van … [Read more]
This week, my coworker and I got drenched in art as we drove through a downpour to attend the “Mug Shot” media event put on by the wonderful and welcoming artists that participate in the WAVE Artist’s Studio Tour. The event was at Alan Lacovetsky’s rustic and well-loved pottery studio near Stonewall, Manitoba.
Just received an email from my friend Brenda who is currently visiting Paris. She was telling me about all the art she is seeing and how fantastic everything is. She also mentioned a Van Gogh self-portrait that made her emotional. Funny, that is exactly how I felt the first time I saw one at the … [Read more]
In the fall of 2006, my mom and I visited the Auguste Rodin exhibit at the WAG. Besides the “Thinker” and “The Kiss” I didn’t know much about his work. Rodin’s bronzes were impressive. They were harsh and beautiful at the same time. Their rough texture made you feel the emotional state of the subject … [Read more]
Frida Kahlo is amazing. I didn’t used to think so. I would look at her paintings in art books and think “nice unibrow.” Her paintings didn’t interest me. They were colourful for sure, but otherwise they looked boring and depressing. Seriously, how many self portraits can a person paint? I changed my opinion awhile ago. … [Read more]