Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge – Busy

thanks to Sue W and GC for hosting Weekly Prompts https://weeklyprompts.com/2023/05/13/weekly-prompts-weekend-challenge-busy/

The last two weeks have been very busy for me, mostly with my art show. Preparing the art itself over the last two months has been a busy time but hanging the show, preparing for the opening, driving to the gallery six times to meet with friends, and then taking the show down and packing it up has taken up hours of time. Now I have to deliver the pieces that were sold. I’m exhausted but in a good way.

Of course life goes on in between trips to the gallery. I started baking again at the Inn, I played Bridge with a group of friends, attended a Zoom meeting for the Exhibition Committee at WAAC, paid bills and for three days in a row I helped prepare the lawn bowling rink to get ready for the opening of our season. Things that didn’t get done were housework, laundry and gardening. This morning I started to clean up the back garden and filled up one bag of yard waste. It’s a start.

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Curating the show from home before hanging with Andrea
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Visiting Max Cameron’s show at Bau-Xi Gallery the first week my show was up
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Getting the lawn bowling greens ready for playing
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Baking at the Inn
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Made two new pieces after the show was hung
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Weaving one more rock before the end of the show

One Day Left

for my solo art show, The Joy of Making

It’s been a crazy two weeks and my show will be coming to an end on Saturday, May 13, 2023. I’ve loved every minute of it and thoroughly enjoyed speaking to my family, friends, fellow artists and total strangers who came to see the show. I’m sorry that I missed some of them because I couldn’t be there every day but I tried to get to the gallery if I knew someone was coming for a visit.

As of today, I sold 9 paintings, 81 photo cards and two rock weavings. Love those red dots. Yesterday I added two more paintings to the wall. I had every intention on adding one more painting when I put up the show but I ended up making two more. One is called Crazy Quilt, 8″x10″, framed mixed media and the larger one is called Nothing Goes to Waste, 11″x14″ framed, mixed media.

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Love Those Red Dots

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Thursday Trios – Only One Day Late This Time

my art has become all consuming

There are only two days left to my art show so things on my blog should be somewhat back to normal after this weekend. Normal? What is that? Here are a few trios for this week’s challenge.

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A trio of my paintings at the gallery – two of these are sold
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Update on My Solo Show – The Joy of Making

after a very successful opening reception

For some reason I have no photos of me at this show, unlike last year. More importantly though I have lots of photos of the actual room and how the art is displayed. Last week, on Tuesday, my husband and I made our way to the Womens’ Art of Canada building where two galleries are housed. I was in the smaller room, The Ruth Upjohn Gallery and in the larger gallery, Dignam Gallery, the Photography Show was being set up.

The actual hanging procedure of my art went reasonably well. The only thing left to do was have the labels made and placed next to the corresponding piece of art. Unfortunately the making of the labels was a bit more complicated than in previous years so the actual labels didn’t go up until the second day of the show. None the less, everything was ready to go for the opening reception on Saturday.

On the actual day, all my worries of driving there through the city and finding a parking spot were for naught. My neighbour, Mary, came with us and kindly volunteered to help set up the food and wine and serve during the show. She was a huge help.

The actual reception was hugely successful. More than 20 of my friends and family showed up and then the artists from the show next door and their guests made their way into my show throughout the day. The photography show was also part of the Scotia Bank Contact Show which had numerous venues throughout the city so there were a lot of people from the public who also attended the show.

At the end of the day I had sold seven paintings, two rock weavings and over 40 photo cards. The show runs till this Saturday so there may be a few more sales before all is said and done.

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The Second Large Painting is Finished

a very late night and a good chunk of today taken up making this painting

This one gave me a bit of trouble. The background was relatively simple to complete but the foreground just didn’t pop and the lavender didn’t stand out. After a consultation with our daughter, we came up with a couple of solutions to fix the problem. Along the way I made a few other changes as well and I think I can finally call this one finished.

“Lavender Hills in Assisi”

15″ x 30″ on stretched canvas – acrylic paint and mixed media

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Now I just have to sign it, seal it and wire it.

I’m a Fan of……Art Galleries

….thanks to Jez for hosting I’m a fan of……https://jezbraithwaite.blog/2023/03/20/a-ride-to-the-park-fan-of-198/

I love to browse through art galleries for a variety of reasons. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon or even just an hour or less. It informs me on what is happening in the world, the values of other cultures and the diversity of art itself. I don’t always love everything I see but I can appreciate what the artist went through to make their art. The one comment I despise from other people who think that a piece of art is unworthy to hang in a gallery is….”I could do that”. The problem is that they didn’t do that and never will.

The big art gallery in Toronto is the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario) and I love going there but I also enjoy going to smaller galleries like the Dignam Gallery at WAAC, the Assembly Hall Gallery and all the smaller and larger galleries we visited on our trips in Europe.

The galleries below are: The Louvre in Paris Рfirst two photos. The Mus̩e de Beaux-Arts in Tours, France Рphotos 3, 4 and 5. The Museum of Contemporary Art in Tours, France Рphotos 6,7 and 8. The Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art in London, England Рphotos 9, 10 and 11. The Barbican Art Gallery in London, England Рphotos 12, 13 and 14. The Tate Modern in London, England Рphotos 15m 16 and 17. The Dignam Art Gallery at WAAC in Toronto Рphotos 18, 19, 20 and 21 and Neilson Park Creative Centre in Etobicoke Рphotos 22, 23 and 24 . The Assembly Hall Gallery in Toronto Рphotos 25, 26 and 27.

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Thursday Trios – From Valentine’s Day Treat Holders to Art on a Wall

….Thursday, February 23, 2023

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Four Trios of Valentine’s Day Monsters
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A tiro of burrs
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A trio of art pieces at the Ruth Upjohn Gallery

If you have any trios to share, copy my link and paste it into your post. I’ll be sure to leave a comment.

Trios in Miniature – January 12, 2023

this week’s trios come from the gift boutique at WAAC

On the last day of the Gift Boutique I discovered an entire box of these lovely little hand painted ornaments. I couldn’t help myself….I had to have them.

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If you have any photos of trios to share, I’d love to see them. Copy my link from this post and paste it into your post. I’ll get a pingback and I’ll be sure to comment. Carol