As 2021 comes to a close we are once again being ravaged by COVID. There were moments in 2021 when we thought things were wrapping up and we were seeing numbers go down. I even manged to gather with my fellow artists on Toronto Island for a week long Artist Residency in relative safety with masking and dining outdoors in what turned out to be an awesome week for beautiful fall weather. Then BAZINGA we are back into yet another round. This darned boxer just won't lay down for the count.
My gallerist worked very hard and made some online sales for me. I understand that people are wanting their homes to be beautiful places where they can hunker down for the duration. Thank you to every last one of you who gave my work a new place to call home.
Keeping to my home territory kept me close to my studio where I enjoyed many long hours painting and thinking of new projects, dabbling in some 3D work which you can see at the Sivarulrasa Gallery. I zoomed with my 7 Works Collective friends at least every other week to keep up with each other's work. I joined an artist-run gallery in Kingston called Modern Fuel where I showed in 2 exhibitions. A couple of my paintings went to the Ottawa Art Gallery Annexe, one of which is currently out on a rental contract, the other on display in the year end show & sale. And most recently I was accepted into the Herringbone Online Gallery hosted out of Port Williams, NS where I am showing my works on paper for sale.
For the most part this year I enjoyed working in acrylics on wood panels. I really like the panels for their sturdy surface. They give me the opportunity to use a somewhat heavier hand. Even when I have been working on canvas, I'm usually working on unstretched canvas stapled to wood so that I can get the same feel.
Here's hoping that 2022 holds the promise of a safer, healthier world where we can meet up in person. Keep safe, see you in 2022.
I am preoccupied by the intuitive journey that paint takes me on with its colour and texture when working with layers that can be revealed through scratching back, rubbing away or lifting, to bring back the history of the previous layers.