Monday, October 31, 2011

Pumpkin Art

I have to confess, I have not carved a pumpkin in years. Ryan and I each carved one for our Halloween party in 2008. I thought we did a really good job (even though Ryan cheated... he used a stencil) but our pumpkin carving skills obviously rate average compared the following works of art.

Artist Ray Villafane is a master pumpkin carver! Prepare to be amazed!

Read more about the artist and his other artistic endeavors on his website Villafane Studios. You can buy signed prints of his creations and even commission him to carve your Halloween pumpkin!

This next carver, Noel Dickover carves Fantasy Pumpkins. Here are a few that caught my eye...

Wow! These guys have talent!

I know you're probably still wondering what our pumpkins looked like. Well here they are...

What do you think? Just a bit more practice before we become pumpkin carving masters?

Happy Halloween Friends!!!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Melissa Jean Art Demo

Last year I started representing a vibrant young artist from Lake of the Woods, Ontario. 

 Photo courtesy of Joel Ross

Melissa Jean is a fast emerging artist who can barely keep up with her own creativity. Every new painting is an adventure for Melissa. She studies her home surroundings at Lake of the Woods with a unique perspective and an inquisitive eye. Whether she is looking up, looking through, or clearing brush to climb down to the perfect little painting spot, Melissa is always looking to show us the world from a new perspective. Her success in this first year of representation at Woodlands Gallery is very exciting.

She was first featured in the gallery during a group exhibition in Fall 2010, which resulted in a great pARTy and a number of art sales.

This Fall Melissa was the Feature Artist for September, showing 16 brand new paintings. She even offered a Friday afternoon to come to the gallery and demonstrate her paintings techniques. She worked on two paintings that afternoon... here are some photos of the process.

 Photo courtesy of Joel Ross

 Photo courtesy of Joel Ross

 Photo courtesy of Joel Ross

"As I paint, there is an energy, a thought or an emotion that I try to capture into my painting... the inspiration filters through who I am and out onto canvas... traveling through to the viewer, and into their space. There is a human connection in an original piece of art, it is a thoughtful thing." -Melissa Jean


The completed paintings!

In The Woodlands, 24x18 acrylic on canvas 
by Melissa Jean

Rocks and Raindrops, 24x24 acrylic on canvas 
by Melissa Jean

There are so many great things coming up for Melissa! With each new painting completed, her energy and creativity are growing. We can hardly wait for the solo exhibition planned in the gallery for the Fall of 2012. Possibly to include another painting demonstration! 

~ You can view more paintings by Melissa Jean on the gallery website. 

~ Read more about what inspires Melissa most about nature and living in Lake of the Woods, Ontario.

Please visit the gallery at 535 Academy Road in Winnipeg to view Melissa's paintings. I guarantee they are even more awe inspiring in person!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Meet my Assistant Gallery Gal!

I first met Stephanie when I was eleven and she was four when her family came over for a pool day in my parents’ back yard. I remember my sister and I being so excited to meet these 4 curly haired little girls (triplets and their little sister). Yes, Stephanie is a triplet! How neat is that?!?!

Little did we know back then, that our love of art would bring us together again more than 20 years later? 

Stephanie graduated from Sheridan College with a Bachelor of Applied Arts (Illustration) in 2010. After graduation she moved back to Winnipeg. She is continuing to upgrade her education at the University of Manitoba School of Art and illustrating childrens books part time. Stephanie currently lives along the peaceful Red River with two cats and one sleepy Saluki dog. 

I had been thinking of getting someone to help out in the gallery for a while. My Dad remembered that one of the McGregor triplets attended Art School and casually mentioned to her Dad one day that Stephanie should contact me about a possible opportunity in the gallery. She came in to meet me one day in March, then started coming in a few times a week and has naturally become my Assistant Gallery Gal.

If you would like to see some of Stephanie's Illustrations please visit

Stephanie would love to meet you! Please pop into the gallery to introduce yourself next time you are in the neighborhood.