Wish everyone a creative, exciting 2018!
From February 1st this year I’ll be promoting my work through my Art Newsletter to everyone who has either signed up or bought paintings from me. If you are not on my email list you can send me an email or sign up on this website.
The winning ticket for the Prize Draw of a Free Archival Print was drawn on the last day of the show. The winner is Monica, from Oak Bay. She was delighted with the print and can be seen here in the Gallery.
Exhibit at the Gage Gallery opens Tuesday, September 19th 2017.
‘THE FERRY’ is an exhibit of new paintings that document journeys by ferry through the Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands, and further south into distant communities.
Travel by ferry feels like a stress-free taxi ride into the heart of a different culture. In my signature painting American tourists sit at the back of the boat, blown by the wind and kissed by the sun. The locals stand at the front under a canopy. I notice the way they stand holding the canopy rail, silent and serious.
Other paintings in the exhibit display the shifting light and colours of the ocean. ‘Rocky Point’ shows a blitz of rough plants and rocky hollows that mark the meeting of land and water. ‘Vancouver Sands’ describes Kitsilano beach one late summer evening when the low sun caught figures drenched in light and blowing sands.
The Opening Reception is from 7pm-9pm on Thursday, September 21st at the Gage Gallery. 2031 Oak Bay Avenue, V8R 1E5. Everyone welcome. The exhibit continues Tuesday to Saturday 11am-5pm until October 7th.
The Times Colonist has published a full colour, half page photo of my piano at Turkey Head. On page 3 of the regular daily paper and on the front page of the Capital & Vancouver Island there’s a beautiful photo of Glenna Garramone, Arts & Culture programmer with Oak Bay Parks – playing my ‘Salish Sea’ piano. Her piano music covers the main image of the seal, but everything else about the photo is wonderful.
This Exhibit at the Gage Gallery on Oak Bay Avenue is open until Saturday July 15th. All the artists have created personal tributes to the Canada’s Anniversary with particular reference to the First Nations. Each of the exhibits carries a description of the painting and its inspiration. Inspired by the words of First Nations Artist Alex Janvier, this painting is a dedication to those who were ‘Here Before’.
Within the ocean’s currents and mountains, there are elements that calm my spirit. The arbutus outside our window is a haven for hummingbirds, which sometimes come by to flutter beneath my chin as I do T’ai Chi in the mornings. I feel air tremble from the beating of their wings.
In this painting I have included the features of James Squameyugs, Chief of the Songhees Nation from a photo taken in 1866.
‘The Douglas Treaty signed by Chief Squameyugs did not protect his people from colonial efforts to remove them from their village at Songhees Point, Victoria in 1858 and 1874. Chief Squameyugs vowed never to be carried alive from his home and it was not until a decade after his death that the relocation was carried out, under the guise of a celebration.
Chief Squameyugs and the Songhees people did not benefit from the massive profits made from the subdivision and selling of their land. Nor did the Snuneymuxw people at Nanaimo receive any benefits from their coal rich land despite being promised by the colonists: “The good Queen, our great white chief, far over the water, will look after your people for all time, and they will be given much money so that they will never be poor” Douglas Treaty (Snuneymuxw First Nation).’
Ref. First Nations Land Rights & Environmentalism in British Columbia
‘Here Before’ Acrylic on Canvas, 2017 by Gillian Redwood
This summer I’ve been commissioned to paint a piano for the ArtsAlive Oak Bay project. Every year three or four artists are invited to transform an old upright piano with their own artwork, and the pianos are then placed outside in the Oak Bay area for July and August. I was asked to work at the St Michael’s University Junior School in Oak Bay and the piano was to be placed alongside the Oak Bay Marina on Turkey Head. The pianos are covered overnight and in wet weather, and tuned every couple of weeks. In between times they are available for anyone and everyone to play music, to watch and listen.
As Turkey Head is alongside the harbour where tourists and locals feed the seals, I’d decided to include some seals in the design. By coincidence I’d also been invited to go with my daughter-in-law and grandchildren to the Aquarium in Sidney on Mother’s Day, the ‘Centre for the Salish Sea’. Here I was enchanted by the displays of exotic underwater life, stunning colours of sea anemones, spot prawns, jellyfish, hermit crabs, pacific salmon, a million tiny creatures all happily living beneath the surface of the sea, right outside our window. Arriving at the school the next day I found the children already studying the Salish Sea, well informed about all the creatures and with a series of requests for each of them to be included in my artwork. How could I refuse?!
As I worked each day in the hallway of the school, young visitors would venture out to see my progress and give me helpful advice. ‘When I painted the Salish Sea’ said one young girl, I painted it light on the top and dark at the bottom. ‘Good idea – thanks’. ‘Can you put an octopus in there?’ ‘Oooh I don’t think I like them’ I said. Oh please…. Well ofcourse, in the end I had an octopus playing the piano. Another moment a I was given an impromtu recital by a young student, playing beautifully. I had a great time at the school. Here’s the result:
This week I made a presentation to the Orbus Business Network. I spoke about Leasing my paintings to businesses. I have recently been in touch with Todd Kergan who outlined the ways in which Leasing can benefit both the artist and the business owner.
This is how it works: I connect with a business owner who would like to have large artworks in his offices. He might want to create a dynamic workplace for the staff and/or create a pleasing environment for customers. Upon selecting one or a number of canvases for Lease, I put him/her in touch with the Leasing agent. After the formalities have been completed and a leasing period and terms agreed, the artist is paid the full amount for the painting/s by the Leasing organization and the paintings are delivered to the Business.
This arrangement follows the same principles as leasing office furniture or a Photocopier. It is listed for accounting purposes as a depreciating asset and business expense. At the end of the Leasing period the business owns the painting, and the business owner might even choose to take it home. If the artwork has appreciated in value due to the profile of the artist, then this is an added bonus.
I have been researching my new series of Special Edition Prints. Each time a painting sells, I ask my Photographer friend Greg to create a series of High Resolution images. With an archive of these images I will be able to produce Prints of the painting on fine Art Paper and canvas. Up until now, I have not invested much time and energy in marketing prints. Sometimes I get an order for one or two, however my main focus has been on selling the original artwork. Things have changed. First of all, I realize that some collectors are delighted to receive a high quality reproduction of their favourite painting, printed on canvas and Gallery-wrapped on a purpose-built stretcher. With Greg’s technical skills I can now have the image created to “wrap around” the stretcher, in a similar way to the original painting. The result is beautiful, and I am able to sign these Special Edition Prints and provide a Certificate of Authentication.
My most recent Print was created to be the same size as the original canvas : 48 inches x 24 inches.
A less complex way to produce prints is via Saatchi Art website online. I have been selling artwork and prints with them now for a few years, and they offer a professional service to create, package and mail Prints. They also sell my original artwork and last Fall I managed to sell a painting twice! Fortunately they were sympathetic, and was able to offer the Collector a Print of the original painting.
The Prints available through Saatchi are standard sizes, and have either black or white around the sides of the stretcher. Some of my original paintings are also available on the site.
You can see my Saatchi Art page here:
Thanks to everyone who came out to see the two exhibits, and visit my Open Studio. I have had some wonderful feedback about both paintings. One friend has called them ‘The Flower Sisters’! As I normally don’t create many environmental paintings these days, these two were a little diversion into the natural world. I’m putting them up on the website today.
Thursday, 1st December is the Opening Reception for the ‘Red Thread’ Exhibit at the Gage Gallery. I have a new large painting in this show, and two smaller paintings in the newly opened ‘Small Works’ Gallery. Come and join us for the evening: Refreshments 5pm – 8pm and continue around Oak Bay for the Art on the Avenue Gallery Walk.
Friday, 2nd December is the Opening on Xchanges Winter Show ‘Visual Record – Exploring the Narrative in Art’. I have a large abstract painting in this show. Opening Reception is from 7pm – 9pm at 2333 Government Street (behind Gregg’s Furniture, just south of Bay St Intersection).
Saturday 3rd December my studio will be open from 12 noon – 4pm for the annual Open Studios at Xchanges.
For Directions see website: