I just finished a solo exhibition, October 12th to 18th, 2021.  It was wonderful, and I'll write more about it soon.  But what I want to write now pertains to how I followed up, or I should say, refreshed, after the exhibition.  I always like to have something very special to look forward to after I've completed a demanding project.  So while I was still at the gallery I booked an online workshop with a group of my, especially favourite, artists... 

The image I've used here, these animated and juicy clementines with scrolling leaves, articulated an opportunity to paint after a previous and lovely workshop I attended in March of 2018, in person, with the same group of masters.

I compiled a series of videos as I painted the clementines.  The links will be posted  below.  There's a trailer, about 1 minute, followed by a 6 minute video featuring the main moves.

But, now, if God wills it, I will have the pleasure to focus the next year exploring the techniques I learned nearly 4 years ago and just now refreshed in my 4 day online workshop, after my exhibition concluded.

I confess,  ... it's taken me almost a month to regain my energy.  Having been focused and painting for the  peony exhibition some 24 months, more actually, and finishing with the organization of the exhibition, I've done seemingly precious little but organize, clean, tidy, and so on.  I did a lot of thinking.  I sorted out many things in my mind.  I cannot ever recall being so clear headed.  After the exhibition I felt quite relaxed.  It was a lovely experience and catching up with friends really made it distinctly so.  

The online workshop...

From October 28th to 31st, 2021, I participated once again in a workshop, online, with the Artist's Guild Fine Art masters, David A. Leffel, Sherrie McGraw and Jacqueline and Stacy Kamin. For one reason I wanted to conclude my year with this wonderful opportunity and having just presented a solo exhibition of my own I'd already become preoccupied with my next artistic steps.   The "Beauty for Ashes" art exhibition took place October 12th to 18th at Galerie Erga in Montreal. I re-edited this video as it's contents demonstrate the techniques I learned with the Artist's Guild Fine Art in Santa Fe and in my next artistic chapter I will return to this exploration as I continue the development of my art. This will be part 2 of the "Beauty for Ashes" concept which will also be exhibited, hopefully in the not too distant future.

Here's the trailer "Clementines" 2018

Here's the demo:  This video features the setup, sketch, palette and painting of the "Clementines" oil painting which I created in 2018 after returning home from an art workshop with the Artist's Guild Fine Art in Santa Fe.   



I hope you enjoy this video; and I look forward to seeing you at my next exhibition.

With warm regards,



The videos are published on VIMEO.

Licensed track:  After the Silence, Vicki Hansen,

I painted this artwork over a week.  The sound was very inconsistent for the most part in the video clips, so I removed it and put in the above music track.  There is also much more, but I edited the demo to the best bits.  The finishing was however not videotaped, for example, the edges around the clementines. Hopefully in my next works I'll have the time to capture such important detail.  Videotaping while I paint is very difficult, very distracting, disruptive to the momentum when creating a piece of art...  I'm trying to sort out a way to do it in a less intrusive manner as I create.  Any suggestions?

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