Studio Tour

Judy, Carolyn and Joshua were pleased to be featured in the 2018 Beaverlodge Art Club Studio Tour!  Each year a band of merry art fans signs up for a cross-country discovery tour, visiting Places Where Art Is Created.

This June the group travelled all the way to Fairview, stopping first in Spirit River to see our studios.  Judy welcomed everyone to her house of art rooms, where all three of us, but mostly Judy, create using a variety of media.  The basement classroom, supply warehouse and library became a demonstration theatre as alcohol inks and Elegant Writers made their appearance after having been tidied away for show.

Squares and coffee squared away, it was time to move on to Carolyn and Joshua’s studio.  We’ve moved into the space just for the tour and then everything will come out again for some renovations.  In the meantime, it looks great filled with Joshua’s themed show and a display of our brushes and paint.  We also happen to have the school mosaic project in our garage, waiting out the rainy spring weather before it moves into it’s permanent home.

On to Fairview, where the Beaverlodge cohort were met with a contingent of members and representatives of the Fairview Fine Arts Centre offering open doors to the spinning and weaving, pottery, painting, drawing and quilting rooms as well as a well-stocked gift shop of local art.

Visitors were also  introduced to an area author of spooky snippets from local people.  Her book cover features the painting of a formerly local artist: his painting of the Ghost of Dunvegan Bridge was also present to be admired.

Our Show, Things Great and Small, is on at the gallery right now (good timing!) and there was plenty of time to wander, chat, and consider the watercolours, felted pieces and miniature books.  Newcomers remarked upon the fact that punch, goodies and chairs were made available right in the gallery, encouraging discussion and lingering attention to the show.

It was, altogether, a lovely way to spend the day and we received plenty of great comments on our work and artistic environments.  We have been inspired ourselves and hope that our guests were also touched by that magic that creative possibility brings to our lives.

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Selections From the School Show

Our time at the local school with students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 seems like a long time ago already!  We very much enjoyed drawing the creative sense from all the kids and were pleased with the results as well as with the reception of the art from staff, parents and students.  Below are some of the great pieces that were created by the students, on display at the school’s art show.

The trees were drawn and painted using Elegant Writers by Grade 4s, who also sketched trees in pencil.

Here and there is a tinfoil turtle sculpture.  The Kindergarten class made sure there was a lot of bling on their shiny turtles.

The balloon cartoons are pen and ink and watercolour, created by Grade 5/6s.  The scratch board fish are also Grade 5/6 work.

We were blown away by Grades 1 and 2, who produced translucent marbles with shadows using pastels.

Grade 3s arranged lovely flower bouquets using water soluble pencil.

The 7/8s are responsible for the moonlit acrylic scenes of northern lights and and spruce, as well as the detailed drawings of birds (with the odd giraffe, goalie and crocodile).

Paint Out at Kleskun Hills

Our chosen destination for the first paint out of the year was the Kleskun Hills, a geological anomaly just north of Grande Prairie, Alberta.  It is the site of the northernmost badlands in Alberta (maybe in Canada, I’ll check).  The flora, fauna and soil is very different from the expected. Besides the hills, the place features vistas of farmland, distant hills and even the Rockies, a forested campground and a museum full of pioneer buildings and equipment.  There was plenty to photograph and paint.

Here are some of the sights at Kleskun Hills:

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Paint Pouring Plus a Brush

Judy’s paint pouring demonstration shows that you don’t have to hang up your brush if you use the paint pouring technique.  Here, she poured first but added a lot of detail using her skill with a brush.  It makes for a detailed, yet glowing painting with beautiful colour and contrast.

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Paint Pouring

Grandeur

Pouring paint is a fun technique where the painting goes really fast because you literally pour on the pigment!  However, there is a lot of drawing and filling in with masking fluid… which means major thinking and planning ahead.  This painting shows some of my learning process, including finding out that my blue paint would granulate, but not reliably!  Compare the right side with the left: the right granulated with the red while the left did not.