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Monday, September 22, 2014

Working Title a Struggle

Drawing in Progress, 55½ x 36 inches, graphite on paper 2014
I began this drawing in June, before leaving for Boston, Western Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vancouver and Victoria, BC (but not all in that order). I am back at work on it after it sat idle in my studio for the summer.  I plan to draw more of the stems, dried leaves and dead-head flower remains before using watercolours and inks. I plan to colour the plastic garbage bag an electric blue (which it is in reality) and continue the dead, dried plants with sepia and black inks.

The plants seem to be struggling with the plastic bag, but I fear that the bag is winning. I am trying to think of a strong title for the piece . . . .

During the summer, I bought a new camera and I have several thousand photos to upload to an external drive. I was fortunate to visit some spectacular botanical gardens as well as my favourite art museums and galleries in Boston and the Berkshires. I have a new series of panels in mind to work on as well.

Today I dropped off my low relief sculpture "Potential" at Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, for the Alumni Exhibition opening the new Purdy Crawford Center for the Arts. The building is spectacular! I'm looking forward to seeing the art on display!

Next week I am hanging my third of a show at the Maison Tait in Shediac, New Brunswick. This will consist of my low relief panels and several paintings.

Drawing classes are going well. I am instructing ARVI 1304 Dessin-Introduction Groupe 1 (introduction to drawing) at the Université de Moncton as well as a small group at the New Brunswick Community College night school.