Friday, May 28, 2010

My Sunshine On A Gray Day

Was anyone else up all night listening to the rain and the wind? I tossed and turned all night and did not feel like leaving the house this stormy gray morning. But I remembered I had something exciting waiting for me at the gallery this morning.

Just before I left yesterday a much anticipated box of paintings arrived by yet another new artist to the gallery, Sheila Kernan. Sheila is a young vibrant artist using lots of colour and playful techniques in her painting. I am soooo excited to have her work in the gallery!

I am like a kid at Christmas opening up boxes of new paintings from artists. This mornings box was particularly rewarding because of the gloomy day it is outside. Seeing Sheila's work in person just makes me fall in love even more.

I've included an image of one of the new paintings called "Roadside" and some detailed shots of the painting techniques. 

I absolutely love the dots, the masking and especially the glitter!

Don't these cheery bits of colour give you a warm sunny feeling on this stormy day? I actually do see the sun trying to peak out just a little bit now.

The box I opened this morning contained 4 of Sheila's landscape paintings. She also does figurative and cityscape works. She promised to also work on some cityscape paintings for the gallery so I think I'll wait and add her work to the gallery website all at once. If you can't wait to see the new works you'll just need to visit the gallery in person.

Hope to see you soon!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Fibre Art

I love walking into a fabric store and looking at all the patterns and textures. I get this from my mom. She used to make a lot of her own clothes and made me, my sister and my brother a few outfits and costumes as kids too. My mom and I both appreciate how much more excited Brandy Lynn must be when she walks into a fabric store.

Brandy Lynn is the newest addition to our artist list at Woodlands Gallery. Here's a short excerpt from her artist bio.

"Brandy Lynn is a budding fibre artist captured in a whirlwind of passion for her art. Her most recent body of work is a vibrant series of fibre art landscapes.

Her portfolio includes custom fibre art landscapes, abstract designs, photo imaging, and mixed media pieces with fibre, paint and foil. She has also designed an adorable line of baby blankets that bring back the once cherished idea of heirloom comfort, quality and charm."

You can also check out Brandy's website to view more of her creations. I have 17 of Brandy Lynn's small fibre art landscapes in the gallery. The are very reasonably priced from about $150.00 to $250.00 framed. Click here to view more images of her work on the gallery website. Here a snapshot of the display in the gallery.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A Small World Encounter with New Gallery Artist Peter Wyse

One of my favorite pass times and distractions is browsing the web for artists, artwork and art galleries. It usually starts by looking up one artist or piece of work suggested to me by a friend, client or another artist. This one search often starts a ripple effect leading me to browse the entire collection of work by the artist in question, then on to browsing the entire repertoire of artists at that gallery, then moving on to search other galleries that represent the artists that have caught my eye. It goes on and on.

A few years ago one of my clients from B.C. was in the gallery and was telling me all about a gallery in her hometown that she deals with on a regular basis. She was telling me about the artists she collects and that I should consider for my gallery.

One of the artists that caught my eye on this gallery website was Peter Wyse. He was just emerging into gallery representation, but right away I was drawn to his unique playful style. At the time his works included minimal depictions of little boys and girls, dogs, cats, and little houses. Each piece told a story or captured an emotion. Here are a couple examples of his earlier works...

So I book marked his page and from time to time I would check it out to see what he was up to next. The more I got to know his work the more I thought he would be a great fit here at Woodlands Gallery. However I didn't know how to get in touch with him.

Earlier this year I was out with some friends and was delighted to hear that I had a small world connection with Peter Wyse. My friends E & D were telling me about an artist, who is a friend of a friend of theirs out in B.C., who was asking about my gallery. OF COURSE they put in a good word for the gallery and me. Imagine how excited I was to hear it was Peter Wyse. So for a few months I've been anxiously waiting to hear from him or get his contact information so I could ask him to join my gallery.

In early May I finally got the email I was waiting for. It was Peter Wyse asking if I would be interested in representing his work. So I called him up and told him I would be thrilled! He mentioned to me that he had my gallery website book marked as well for quite some time. Even before he found out about our friends of friends small world connection, one of his collectors, who turns out to be the same client I mentioned earlier who first introduced me to Peter's work, had also put in a good word about me and the gallery. YAY!

Last week I opened a box of 6 new paintings from Peter Wyse. They are acrylic paintings on MDF board mounted 1 1/2" wood frames to create a seamless boxed look. Opposite to so many artists he paints his edges white which really works well with his style. The completed paintings are sanded, clear coated and varnished which creates a very subtle but interesting texture that can only be appreciated in person by viewing them at the right angle. I have one hanging right beside me at my desk and I love it more and more every time I look at it. I'm sure it won't be long before I add a Peter Wyse to my personal collection.

Please come in to see his works in person. They are really really fantastic!!! Here is a peak at a few of the pieces I have in the gallery. The rest of the pieces and details can be viewed on the gallery website.