Summer has finally arrived in Victoria after two months of cool and wet weather. The sunshine and warmth are back and energy is being restored. I currently have a piece in Art Rental and Sales at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Small Works Summer Exhibition. The show is beautiful and if you have a chance you should check it out.
I did a residency at the Coast Hotel for the month of May and I had over 30 pieces placed throughout the lobby and the dining-room.
I am currently working on some larger paintings and I have a venue but the date is yet to be confirmed...news to follow. As you can see I have been absent from this blog for almost two years. I had personal issues to deal with and I am now finally able to get back to my love of bringing paint to canvas.
I hope everyone enjoys their summer and I look forward to reconnecting in the fall.
Good morning, a beautiful sunny day in Victoria and I have a few logistical things to take care of and then I will get outside for some fresh air.
I am part of the Small Works Exhibition at the Art Rental and Sales Gallery in Victoria, BC. This exhibition is hanging in the Massey Gallery and is also on-line (virtual). There are many wonderful paintings and I think during these difficult times art can definitely uplift our spirits.
The other news I have is I am in the process of ending my stay at Rock Bay Square where I have had a studio for the past 6 years. It is with deep regret and sadness that I am moving my studio home. Due to personal circumstances with my spouse I must spend more time at home. I am setting a studio up in our second bedroom and look forward to seeing what transpires from a new environment.
I will be part of an exhibition in March and I will keep you posted if it will be virtual or an in-person exhibition.
I hope everyone finds a way to find joy during this particular holiday season. We are blessed to have family in Victoria and so we will still be able to connect with them.
Happy Holidays and Many Blessings to everyone.
A friend of mine wrote something beautiful that he said I can incorporate into my website or wherever I would like to post it.
He is a wonderful writer and a collector of my paintings and this is what he said:
"Susan seems to have a talent for capturing in lush colour these moments at either end of the spectrum where things are emerging out of nothingness or disappearing back into it. Her paintings are a reminder that solidness and stability don't exist; that much that seems permanent is in fact evanescent; that is is in fact wise to catch the incredible beauty of the vanishing or emerging moment.
Rather than casting her vote for realism or abstractionism, Susan's paintings catch abstraction coalescing into form and form dissolving back into the squander of shade and colour."
Wow!!! I was so honoured to have my paintings described this way and it makes me realize how unique everyone's perspective is and that my only job is to paint what I love.
I hope that everyone is well during this difficult isolation time
and that we come out the other side of this with more refined viewpoints.
It is hard to believe another full year has passed and we are once again in the studio presenting our new work. I have some lovely new pieces as it has been a wonderfully creative year. Please stop by for a visit and a gander.
Hours: Friday, November 22, 4-8 p.m.
Saturday, November 23, 10:00-4:00 p.m.
Hard to believe it is October 1!!! I am now back in my studio painting up a storm for many events that are fast approaching.
I have an exhibition coming up on October 22 with two friends at Cedar Hill Recreation Centre in the Cafe. We will be exhibiting until November 11. I am getting other pieces ready for the Small Works Exhibition at the Art Gallery.
Yesterday my granddaughter gave me a quest to try and paint two paintings without any BLUE. It turns out that in the past couple of years blue has popped up in almost all of my pieces...stay tuned and I will post the results when they are finished. I must fly lots of painting to accomplish.
Until next time enjoy this glorious time of clean pure light.
It is now mid-summer and the weather has been amazing the whole time. It was a bit cold in July but now the warm weather has arrived. I will be hanging some of my paintings at the Emporium in Brentwood Bay on August 1. This is a beautiful gallery/cafe/gift shop. If you are out that way please drop by, they also have delicious coffee and amazing treats.
In September I will be at the Delta Ocean Pointe in Victoria as the Artist-in-Residence. I look forward to catching up with friends and meeting new people.
Enjoy the rest of summer and may light, colour, and texture fill your days with joy. Until later......
We are having the most glorious spring/summer weather. It is warmer than usual for this time of year but maybe this is our new norm. It is a month in Victoria full of flowers in bloom and makes one think about painting them. I am trying to put the essence of the flowers into new paintings without actually replicating the blossoms.
I have started a new series called "All That Glistens is Not Gold", no photos available yet but soon to come. Enjoy every blessed day and savour the weather.
I am now in the planning stages of two new exhibitions....details to be revealed later. Part of the fun of being an artist is deciding where to present your work and then painting the best pieces possible.
I am having a feature called "Eclectic Expressions" at the Coffee Lab on Bridge Street for the month of May. I will continue to advertise this exhibition. Please come by and view and taste their delicious coffee.
I have a piece featured this month at Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona and I am part of the catalogue they produce.
You can check out their website at xanadugallery.com
Enjoy this gorgeous spring weather, Victoria is ablaze with flowers, such a gift.
I have now been at the Coast Hotel for two weeks and it has been
a wonderful experience so far. I've enjoyed interacting with guests and locals and some friends have dropped by for visits which is
My work is hanging in the front lobby and throughout the Blue Crab Restaurant. I probably have about 35 pieces, large and small.
I love getting out of the studio and in front of people and I love sharing my process. People are always interested in colour and texture which are two of my favourite things. It makes me realize how lucky I am to have something that I love doing.
I will be at the hotel for another two weeks and hope to connect
with you there. Happy Spring, this weekend was such a blessing
in Victoria. It is the middle of May and wildflowers and bulbs
are out in Beaconhill Park and some trees are blooming and others are about to burst forward. The ducks were happily splashing away and the goats leaping, such an exciting time when things come alive. Enjoy this wonderful time of year.
Hello fellow art lovers and collectors. I will be hanging my work at the Coast Hotel on February 28, 2019 in the afternoon. The following Wednesday, March 6, 2019 I will begin painting on site. I will be in the hotel Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays from 11:00 - 4:00 and sometimes later. Please come down and visit me and my work. The food at the Blue Crab is worth the visit. See you in March!!!