Thursday, June 30, 2011

Shatford Show

Early Morning Calm
10 x 8
in progress

This painting does not reflect my life at the moment but rather how each day begins.  I try to start the morning with either a plein air outing or some cycling but before long manage to get swamped with technology and administration, yesterday being a new cell phone and taxes, today exploring website options and postcard designs.   Later I will visit our local art show at the Shatford Centre where I had my first success at being juried in.  In my excitement I forgot on my last post to thank Peggy Stel,  Picture This custom Framing in Penticton, who also had work juried in and did a great job framing my piece.  Hopefully the show will be online soon but in the meantime check out the winner of best in show, Shannon ford whose wonderful work can be seen at her website here.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Triptych Opening Night and an Award

8 x 10
oil on canvas board

What a week it has been!  A daughter graduating from university and an award for my triptych (currently posing as the banner for my blog).  My gratitude and thanks to Linda Lovisa of New Moon Gallery  for presenting me with an award of distinction at the Triptych Opening Night in Penticton.  Go check out Linda's wonderful gallery in Westbank and drop in to the Shatford Centre in Penticton for the show which is on till the the 27th of July.  It features the work of many great artists of the Okanagan Valley from Osoyoos to Vernon and beyond.   I am back to the plein air painting again and though the above piece is one that I started last summer I have just recently finished it in the studio.  It's a jewel of a lake and fortunately has some of the little remaining desert to the east of it with much of the rest of the valley covered in vineyards. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Bike to Work Week

City That Cycles

It's Bike to Work Week here and so I decided to include this photo in the few that I have hanging in Hooked On Books.  I couldn't believe the photo op whilst walking the side streets in Paris.  The street was deserted and empty but for the lineup of rental bikes parked for the day.  Not sure whether they were brought into the downtown from the burbs by workers or whether they were sitting there waiting for tourists to use.  The bikes are locked into meters all over the city and one only has to pay a fee, use the bike and then leave in any available meter.  A very bike friendly city!