I started my 52 Portraits Project as a self-directed, self-imposed year long project to get myself drawing more.
While I have been drawing a bit more than years past, drawing 1 portrait as week has been a bit of a challenge for me. I’m woefully behind now, but perhaps in December (after my first ever fight camp for Muay Thai is over), this can become a daily drawing challenge!
Nevertheless, I am happy with the way some of my portraits have turned out!
Will I be able to complete the challenge before the end of the year? Stay tuned (or check out my portraits on Instagram with this hashtag #52portraitshyedie!
Although I couldn’t attend the opening reception of ‘In the Round’, I did check out the show when I returned to Toronto. There were so many different styles, ideas and uses, however, most people created a 3 piece series with their birch rounds.
I created 3 new pieces for a group show at Graven Feather. We were given 3 birch rounds to create whatever we wanted with. So I wanted to explore my Parched Flora series on vellum and mounted my vellum paintings onto wood. Working with vellum was a very different experience compared to the regular watercolour paper that I usually use. And despite some struggles with getting used to the texture, I’m quite happy with the results!
Unfortunately I won’t be in town for the opening reception on November 6th 7-10 pm 2014, but I can’t wait to see the other artists’ round artwork when I return. Hope you can check out the show, too!
The show is on from November 6 – 29th, 2014. Graven Feather
906 Queen Street West, M6J 1G9
Hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday 12-7 pm
I had such a great time at my show reception, I can’t believe it’s been a month since it happened! So many of my friends came out. I wish I had taken time to take more photos, but a few of the people who came out I hadn’t seen in years and I was too busy catching up to be bothered with lugging my camera around.
I wish I could properly express my gratitude to everybody who took time out to come see my show, at the reception and through out the month. Thank you just doesn’t seem enough. For the first time ever, I also sold my art! My art clients were all friends, but the prospect of having my paintings hanging on a wall that isn’t my own is so thrilling!
A big huge thank you to Denise, Joe, Noriko, Mike, Elynn, Alyson, Liz, Ferzin and AD for your support!! I’m slowly scanning in all the new paintings, but please visit the Parched Flora portfolio pages to see my new work. I am also so grateful for the Exhibition Assistance grant that I received through the Ontario Arts Council. I was approved in the nick of time and was able to use the grant to purchase all the frames for my paintings. Without it, this exhibit would have been a pitiful sight.
Now that my show is up, I’m finally saying good-bye to my real life parched flora friends. Some of these flowers stayed on my desk for more than 5 years! Even though these dried flowers have joined the great circle of compost life, my desk is still a mess. It’s something that I’m just going to have to accept … and it’s something I’ll be ok with, soon-ish.
I’m so excited to announce my new show: Parched Flora
It will be on for the month of February 2014 at the Northern District Library in the 2nd floor atrium area.
The show is available for viewing anytime the library is open:
Monday-Friday: 9:00 am – 8:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
I will be hosting a reception close to the end of my show. If you find yourself in the Yonge & Eglinton area, please come by and say hi!
Parched Flora Almost Closing Reception
Sunday, February 23, 2014 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Northern District Library (40 Orchard View Blvd)
I hope you have a chance to see my new work!