Tuesday, December 20, 2011

2012 Artist Goals

The time of the year has come to reflect upon what has been accomplished (see my recent post - 2011 Progress Update) and what should be planned for the following year. Below you will find the list of what I am striving to accomplish in 2012 with my artwork.
Artist Goals 2012: To continue to find avenues to learn, produce and display artwork.
Learn:
·         Continue to increase my knowledge of various painting techniques and styles through online courses and/or local workshops.
·         Start a monthly painting challenge where we will focus on a particular technique or subject to explore.
·         Start a “create together” day once a month for the members of Arts Northeast to learn from each other, and perhaps have guest participants to increase our knowledge.
Produce:
·         Create a defined body of work (10-20 pieces) using a theme.
·         Create up to 30 pieces of artwork for 2 exhibitions in 2012 with Arts Northeast.
·         Spend more time sketching/drawing by completing one small piece per week.
·         Complete more plein air paintings.
·         Complete several winter/Christmas theme artwork.
Display:
·         Increase my online presence through use of facebook, my website, my blog and online art stores, such as Kijiji, Fine Art America, Esty, and Zazzle.
·         Explore venues for two exhibitions with Arts Northeast.
·         Explore venues for exhibitions outside of the Northeast Avalon.
·         Submit artwork to juried and non-juried art competitions/exhibits locally and globally.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Fun Fact Friday on a Tuesday - Trees

I've been very bad at keeping my Fun Fact Fridays going....hopefully 2012 will be better!

But I had to share this tip before I forget it...courtesy of Art Apprentice Online....

When painting trees, paint the outer branches with transparent paint, this keeps them soft and delicate.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

2011 - Progress Update

Well, 2011 is almost over....I didn't get to post my third quarter update with exhibits and vacation taking over....so here's my update for the second half of 2011....up to and including the rest of December. I have to get busy this week with my 2012 plan...I have a lot of ideas already in my head, so they need to just be written down in a logical manner.....

My statement for 2011..."My focus will now get back to what it originally was...the production, marketing and sale of my own artwork. Most of my goals for 2011 can be subdivided into three main categories - learning activities, productivity, and visibility:"

Learning Activities:

  • Increase my knowledge of various painting techniques and styles through courses online and/or participate in local workshops or classes - I have signed up for a couple of online courses, so some progress here. Ok, so I signed up but haven't had time to work on them. Tomorrow is hopefully a holiday, so I hope to do some painting and tackle one of the courses. I was able to spend some time on some of my online courses, no local workshops or classes have really interested me, except one which clashed with something else I had happening, so hopefully I'll be able to do that one in 2012.

  • Work on further expanding my existing classes and workshops offered to students - Well, slight hiccup in this one....I had intended on continuing my classes with the City of St. John's past my current schedule which finishes in May....short version, the City seems to be changing some of it's rules and I do not agree with how they are handling things...so I have decided to move on in the fall. I will be increasing classes of my Artist's Choice and various Workshops in "the Shed" instead. Not exactly my original plan, but we'll have to go with it. I have scheduled 2 nights for Artist's Choice (which one is full and the other almost full) as well as 4 Workshops for the fall in "the Shed". I have loaded up on Workshops for the Fall as many students do not like to venture out in the Winter. I have now expanded to 3 classes each week, plus workshops. I think 3 nights will be my limit, especially as I have a lot planned for 2012. My schedule for the winter is posted, classes are almost full (registration started last week) and I have my spring/summer schedule figured out as well. I just have to figure out which workshops I'll plan for the spring.

  • Research local art groups/organizations to determine benefits of memberships and learning opportunities - VANL looks promising, but have decided to hold off on joining until 2012. Status quo. I've done some research, but nothing is striking me right now....I'll speak with my art friends to get their opinions and decide if I'll sign-up anywhere for 2012 to give it a shot. 

  • Complete the studio and hold grand opening in the Fall - Now that the warmer weather is here (wishful thinking I suspect), work will continue in "The Shed". Work on the studio is continuing and we now have running water! Progress! Almost ready for more paint and then onto the ceiling. The studio is almost complete...just a few baseboards and trim left....that should be finished during the Christmas break. Fred did a wonderful job on the banister at the top of the stairs!

    Productivity:

  • Create a defined body of work using a theme of my choice for the purpose of an art show. At least 8 major paintings should be produced for this endeavour - Well, no theme unless you count lack of a theme, a theme! I have changed this goal a little which was a result of the formation of our own art group. My loose working terms right now are textures....The art show is booked for late July-early August for 3 weeks, so more painting must be completed. If I get 6 new paintings done for this show, I'll be happy. The show is on now! 8 major paintings were produced and I also decided to put in 2 former paintings that I previously did not wish to sell....time does wonders! The next theme is nature, so I'm well in my comfort zone there. Second exhibition was titled "Window into Nature" at MUN Botanical Garden in October - 5 new pieces painted for that one for a total of 16 pieces on display. I exceeded my goals for this one!

  • Create at least one painting a month that is not part of the defined body of work or commissions - Month 4 and I'm just finishing off paintings 3 and 4 (There was one commission in there too). So on track. 8 new paintings were completed for the show, which doesn't include 2 others that I had completed early in the year that are going in the next show. 5 new pieces painted for the second show, so I have a total of 15 new originals produced this year!

  • Create more artwork that is focused on the market demands - Right now I've been picking subjects I like, so I'm not really focusing on market demands...YET.....seems at least one of my counterparts will be joining me at a Christmas Fair, so I decided today I have to paint some Christmas/Winter subjects....so sort of on track? I have an idea, sort of a theme...maybe I need to revise the goal above....it's a secret right now though..... Ok, so decided against the Christmas fair with so much going on with exhibits/sales and teaching. Apparently need to sleep sometime. Haven't started a winter painting yet...must find one to do soon. Haven't really done that, but have started research and have some firm painting ideas for 2012...a theme for myself as well, on top of the theme we will have for our Arts Northeast exhibitions.

    Visibility:

  • Increase my online presence through use of my website, facebook, blog, and venturing into sales online - Website updated and PayPal added, Blog is going well so far, Facebook has my Blog updates posted, and have secured one local online company, working on another local one that I have a commitment from, and also checking out some global print-on-demand sites.... Hoping to do some work in these areas in the next few weeks.... Didn't get to the global print-on-demand sites this year...major effort will go into this for 2012.

  • Increase my advertising for commissions using online advertising methods - Did post some online ads...got a few students, but no commissions. Will post ads again online for the fall.... Did not repost any ads for commissions....did receive one through other means though....

  • Creation of an artist's group who will be focused on increasing our visibility and also in sharing meaningful critiques and knowledge - Well underway, a somewhat slow start, but we have a group of 4 now and have our first show booked (mentioned above) and working on 1-2 more for this year. Have a plan for a proposal for 2012. Very Excited...more details to follow. First show is in progress, second show is booked, third show still possible....will decide that in a few weeks. Second show completed, decided against the third show for this year...pushed that one into 2012 perhaps in Gander....

  • Participate in more public showcases - I have a few venues secured....looking at a few more..... Truly haven't gotten to this yet..... This one got by the wayside, so I'll add this to the "to do" list for 2012.

  • Submit artwork to juried and non-juried art competitions in the Province and globally - Not yet. Deadline for Arts and Letters is in September...will enter this year. Submitted to a few....waiting to hear back. Creating a calendar for deadlines for 2012 to make it easier to plan for submissions.

    So 2011 has been quite productive, even if I didn't get everything on my list completed...a great start...the Arts Northeast group has been wonderful and we are looking forward to what 2012 brings...

  • Any and all comments on my 2011 plan and/or suggestions for 2012 are welcome.....

    Wednesday, November 30, 2011

    Sketching & Coloured Pencils

    I don't get a lot of time to sketch or use coloured pencils, but a 3 hour car ride last Friday evening provided some opportunity to get a few things done...started off with nothing really fancy, just some sketches, then got into some colours....



    Snowman came next.....


    

    Then started a funky little tree...to be continued later.....


    And then candycane joy....


    And what would I do if I didn't do a flower of some sort! LOL A tulip....


    It was fun and I hope to more next year...perhaps during lunch on those cold and snowy days at work!








    Tuesday, November 29, 2011

    Pre-Christmas Sale Almost Over - ONLY 2 DAYS LEFT!

    PRE-Christmas SALE - ONLY 2 DAYS LEFT!!!

    Sale ends midnight (NST) Wednesday November 30th, enjoy the following savings:
    - 30% OFF ALL ORIGINAL ARTWORK
    - 30% OFF ALL CUSTOM FRAMING OF ANY LIMITED EDITION OR OPEN EDITION PRINT
    - 50% OFF UNFRAMED OPEN EDITION PRINTS
    - 25% OFF UNFRAMED LIMITED EDITION PRINTS

    SALE applies to all orders not using PAYPAL.

    NEW 2012 Art Calendars are now available for pre-order. Three versions available. Check the Gifts Tab on my website for more details.
    NEW FOR 2011 - Hand-Painted Glass Blocks - 4 different styles to choose from: snowflakes, stars, holly, and candle. Comes either filled with decorative paper, ribbon, or battery-operated snowflake lights and ribbon. Due to the weight of these glass blocks, shipping is not available. Free delivery can be arranged for the following areas: Greater St. John's area, Bay Bulls, CBS, Carbonear/Harbour Grace/Bay Roberts area, Gander/Glenwood area. Pick-up in Torbay or St. John's can also be arranged.

    Please contact me directly by e-mail (brenda@brendarowe.ca) or by telephone (709-437-7693) to order.

    Thursday, November 24, 2011

    Coasters & Calendars & More for Gifts!



    Back by popular demand....my art coasters...set of 4 glass coasters with wooden holder (not exactly as shown), where you can choose 4 of my prints to personalize the set! Regular $25, now only $20.

    Also, 3 new 2012 calendars featuring my artwork - general, landscapes, and flowers. $25 each.

    Check out these gift ideas and more on my website www.brendarowe.ca

    And don't forget my Pre-Christmas 10-day Sale is over November 30! So don't delay....stock is going fast! Prints of `Brothers`are sold out until after Christmas.

    Sunday, November 20, 2011

    PRE-Christmas SALE - 10 DAYS ONLY

    PRE-Christmas SALE - 10 DAYS ONLY
    From Monday November 21st until midnight (NST) Wednesday November 30th, enjoy the following savings:
    - 30% OFF ALL ORIGINAL ARTWORK
    - 30% OFF ALL CUSTOM FRAMING OF ANY LIMITED EDITION OR OPEN EDITION PRINT
    - 50% OFF UNFRAMED OPEN EDITION PRINTS
    - 25% OFF UNFRAMED LIMITED EDITION PRINTS

    SALE applies to all orders not using PAYPAL.
    NEW 2012 Art Calendars are now available for pre-order. Three versions available. Check the Gifts Tab on my website for more details.
    NEW FOR 2011 - Hand-Painted Glass Blocks - 4 different styles to choose from: snowflakes, stars, holly, and candle. Comes either filled with decorative paper, ribbon, or battery-operated snowflake lights and ribbon. Due to the weight of these glass blocks, shipping is not available. Free delivery can be arranged for the following areas: Greater St. John's area, Bay Bulls, CBS, Carbonear/Harbour Grace/Bay Roberts area, Gander/Glenwood area. Pick-up in Torbay or St. John's can also be arranged.

    Please contact me directly by e-mail (brenda@brendarowe.ca) or by telephone (709-437-7693) to order.

    Fall was fun....now onto Winter it seems...

    Fall was fun because classes had started again, then we went for our annual vacation (this time California, Oregon, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico), then home for a week to try and catch up, then away to Ontario for work (and got to see some relatives, but not all). Now I'm back and trying to catch up some more, especially with Christmas right around the corner! I think I may have almost all of my Christmas shopping finished, which is good since next weekend we are heading to Glenwood to visit good friends who are home and then my in-laws will be out the next weekend, so I had to get it done!

    So, no time to paint yet...have completed my 2012 art calendars - 3 versions this year - general artwork, and 2 themed (flowers and landscapes). They are ready to pre-order. New for this year are hand-painted glass blocks. And getting the usual assortment of art cards and art coasters ready for sale. I'm bringing examples to new work and old work and also getting ready for the 2nd annual Christmas fair in Torbay on December 11. And 3 nights of teaching for Nov/Dec classes.....no painting time for me it seems for a bit....

    I had wanted to get some Christmas paintings done this year, but with Arts Northeast having 2 exhibitions this year, it just didn't happen...I guess I'll do it for next year.

    Thursday, September 8, 2011

    Classes Have Started

    First week of classes have come and gone....good to see some familiar faces and some new ones too! Everyone seems to like the work we've done in the studio and the new set-up of the tables.

    Looks like we will have to add an extra session for November! If you are interested, just let me know!

    Now, to finish my paintings for our October show.....stay tuned for details soon!

    Tuesday, August 23, 2011

    Challenges - They will help you grow

    So we had another meeting of our group Arts Northeast last night. We talked art, our upcoming show, our current running show, and puppy (Taz had to visit with the visitors!)....

    Among other things we've decided to do...first of which was a plein air session last weekend.....a challenge. Something we all have to paint as an exercise to grow as artists. Just a small piece.

    So we elected Randy to pick first. We have to paint something using our non-dominant hand. Sounds bad, but I'm sure as time and challenges go on, we'll be more creative (which means the subjects will get harder and harder!). This one is due in just about 2 weeks.

    Good news is, I have done that before. When I was teaching One Stroke at Micheals, I knew there would be a difference between those who were right handed and those who were left handed. Not anything bad, but the natural direction would be opposite for them for most of the strokes. So I decided to try my left hand just to see.....It wasn't that bad.

    So, One Stroke flowers it is for me for this challenge! HA Cheating? Not really, but I'm good with it either way! Stroke work can be quite challenging in itself.

    Stay tuned...I'll post my painting when it is complete. Maybe I'll do the same one with my right hand too, just for comparison....I can just haul out an old sample I suspect and then just do the new one with my left hand. Hmmm.....which flower to do?

    I guess you should stay tuned for what exciting and innovative challenges we all come up with as time goes on. Who knows what we'll come up with. Any suggestions?

    Saturday, August 20, 2011

    Friday Fun Fact - Painting Terminology I

    Here is a brief list of common techniques we are using in Artist's Choice sessions....

    Basecoat/Underpainting – the first stages of a painting in which the elements and tonal values of a composition are established.

    Dry Brush – technique where you load your brush with very little paint and lightly skim the surface of the canvas to add colour, blend a colour, or soften a colour. You use a very light touch for this technique. Use this technique when you want to have a broken look. Do not use water.

    Wash – used to intensify, soften, grey down or darken a colour in a subtle way. Apply quickly with a flat brush. Transparent colour applied over an opaque colour. Each layer must be dried before applying another layer. This mixture is made of water and a small amount of colour – Kool-Aid consistency.

    Glaze – used to intensify, soften, grey down, or darken a colour more dramatically. Apply quickly with a flat brush. Transparent colour applied thinly over an opaque colour. Each layer must be dried before applying another layer. This mixture is made of colour and some water – thin glue or inky consistency.

    Wet-on-Wet – technique where you blend colours together while the first application of paint is still wet. Commonly used in skies and water.

    Friday, August 12, 2011

    Friday Fun Fact - Mixing Paint Brands in Acrylic

    In my own paintings, I regularly mix different brands of acrylic paints. I've only ever had one problem and could not tell if it was the paint (it was a heavy body acrylic) or if it was the canvas...

    A few words of wisdom.....I only use artist or professional quality tube paints for my paintings. You will have certain brands you prefer (as I do) and sometimes it even depends on the paint colour which brand I like.

    Some brands of paint have a matte finish and some are more glossy.....this is true even within one brand of paint (Open Heavy Body comes to mind for example). If this bothers you, you can always go over top of your finished painting with the appropriate acrylic sealer (spray or liquid).

    And if you are trying out acrylic-based oils, I've been doing some reading on if you can mix them successfully with regular acrylics. Seems the thoughts are mostly no, but some say they've done it without trouble. Unfortunately we won't really know until the painting ages to see if there is flaking, separation or other issues. I wouldn't chance it....use one or the other for a painting.

    Beginnings - EXTENDED!

    The Arts Northeast Exhibition & Sale Beginnings has been held over until September 24th! Now you have another month to visit the historic Masonic Temple and view this four artist exhibition. Daily 10am - 4pm, 1 - 4pm on weekends at 6 Cathedral Street, St. John's, NL.

    And if you drop down you can enter your name in a draw to win one of four original small paintings.


    Saturday, August 6, 2011

    New Photo Contest

    Due to the popularity of the last photo contest I had, I thought I'd do another!
     
    The Rules.....
    • the photo must have been taken by you;
    • you must allow me to paint the photo and sell it as original artwork and/or prints,
    • you must agree to let me use the photo and subsequent painting in promotions, and
    • you give up rights to any other form of compensation from my painting of your photo (with the exception of the prize listed below).
    The Prize.....
    Your prize is an artist quality reproduction on canvas of the painting in a size of my choosing. I will retain the original painting for collection or for sale. If you live out of town, or out of the province, I will ship your prize to you free.
     
    The Theme....
    WINTER....so anything related to snow, ice, Christmas...all things winter!
     
    The Date to Submit.....
    I know...hard time of year....but gotta paint winter in the summer to be ready for winter.....AUGUST 15 is your deadline....submit to brendarowe@nl.rogers.com
     
    Submit as many photos as you like....and pass this blog on to anyone you think might be interested....and since there were so many fabulous photos to choose from last year, there may even be more than one prize winner this time!
     
    You can check out last year's winner...."Bidin' my Time" under the Limited Edition Prints section of my website www.brendarowe.ca
     
    Good luck and thanks for playing!

    Friday, August 5, 2011

    Friday Fun Facts - Rule of Thirds & The Sweet Spots

    The Rule of Thirds is one of the most popular rules in composition of a painting or photograph.

    Imaginary lines are drawn dividing the image into thirds both horizontally and vertically. You place important elements of your composition where these lines intersect. The intersections are known as Sweet Spots, or Power Points.

    Proponents of the technique claim that aligning a subject with these points creates more tension, energy and interest in the composition than simply centering the subject would.

    The main reason for observing the rule of thirds is to discourage placement of the subject at the center, or prevent a horizon from appearing to divide the picture in half.

    As with most rules, it is made to be broken. This rule doesn't work on everything, but it generally adds more interest to a painting or photograph then if you placed the subject dead centre.

    For example, in this picture I took in California in 2009, I placed the seagull in the bottom right sweet spot.

    
    I purposely picked this photo to show you as it has a lot going on in the background. I positioned myself so that the boat in the background is NOT on a sweet spot. Then you would have competition in the photo for the viewer's attention. As the gull is closest to the viewer, it should be the only subject hitting a sweet spot.

    That being said.....sometimes you do want to draw attention to something in the foreground and the background at the same time....this one was taken near Bonavista. You can use more than one sweet spot at a time, but don't use them all at once....you lose the effect!


    And sometimes nature doesn't quite cooperate, so you can still create an interesting composition by "being close" to the sweet spots....these cone flowers were taken at Manitou Cliff Dwellings in Colorado in 2008....


    And of course...always break the rules!!! When it makes sense of course (And when it's not illegal!) This is Brandywine Falls in British Columbia.

    Is the weather making you feel blue? Arts Northeast can help!

    Is the weather making you feel blue? Why not boost your spirits by attending the last week of the Arts Northeast's Beginnings - Exhibition & Sale of Original Artwork and a chance to win 1 of 4 original artworks by the artists?

    You are sure to find something to cheer you up....

    Look for the bright yellow Black-Eyed Susan (Simply Susan), wander along a beach to find hidden sea treasures (Aristotle's Lantern), or yummy Licorice All-Sorts (Mom's Favourites) by Brenda Rowe.

    Or perhaps a nice walk through Oxen Pond (Near Oxen Pond), approach a cozy bay (Ochre Pit Cove), or look up at the cliffs and rocks (Below Signal Hill) by Randy Blundon.

    Maybe some refreshing cantaloupe (Cantaloupe Slices) or pears (Pears in Colander), or a stroll through a serene outport (Peaceful Cove) by Michelle Whitten LaCour.

    Relax by the ocean with the waves (Landwash) or wonder at the colours of our many fish species (Capelin Whispers) or (Rosie) by Jeanette Jobson.

    There are many more pieces of art to lose yourself in....drop by the historic Masonic Temple, 6 Cathedral Street, St. John's NL to enjoy!!!

    Beginnings runs daily until August 13, 2011. Open weekdays from 10am-4pm and weekends 1-4pm. And of course you can always view the artwork before, after, and during intermissions of Spirit of Newfoundland's dinner theatre. Take home a piece to brighten up your home!

    Don't forget to enter your name and e-mail address at the Masonic Temple for a chance to win 1 of 4 original artworks by the artists!

    Tuesday, August 2, 2011

    2011 - Second Quarter Update

    So the start of the second quarter of the year has come and gone...but July has been quite busy our first show as Arts Northeast. Now that the show is underway (running until August 13) and the in-laws have visited, I can revisit my goals for 2011 to see how I'm progressing.....so from my January & March 2011 posts:

    "My focus will now get back to what it originally was...the production, marketing and sale of my own artwork. Most of my goals for 2011 can be subdivided into three main categories - learning activities, productivity, and visibility:"

    Learning Activities:
  • Increase my knowledge of various painting techniques and styles through courses online and/or participate in local workshops or classes - I have signed up for a couple of online courses, so some progress here. Ok, so I signed up but haven't had time to work on them. Tomorrow is hopefully a holiday, so I hope to do some painting and tackle one of the courses.

  • Work on further expanding my existing classes and workshops offered to students - Well, slight hiccup in this one....I had intended on continuing my classes with the City of St. John's past my current schedule which finishes in May....short version, the City seems to be changing some of it's rules and I do not agree with how they are handling things...so I have decided to move on in the fall. I will be increasing classes of my Artist's Choice and various Workshops in "the Shed" instead. Not exactly my original plan, but we'll have to go with it. I have scheduled 2 nights for Artist's Choice (which one is full and the other almost full) as well as 4 Workshops for the fall in "the Shed". I have loaded up on Workshops for the Fall as many students do not like to venture out in the Winter.


  • Research local art groups/organizations to determine benefits of memberships and learning opportunities - VANL looks promising, but have decided to hold off on joining until 2012. Status quo.

  • Complete the studio and hold grand opening in the Fall - Now that the warmer weather is here (wishful thinking I suspect), work will continue in "The Shed". Work on the studio is continuing and we now have running water! Progress! Almost ready for more paint and then onto the ceiling.

    Productivity:

  • Create a defined body of work using a theme of my choice for the purpose of an art show. At least 8 major paintings should be produced for this endeavour - Well, no theme unless you count lack of a theme, a theme! I have changed this goal a little which was a result of the formation of our own art group. My loose working terms right now are textures....The art show is booked for late July-early August for 3 weeks, so more painting must be completed. If I get 6 new paintings done for this show, I'll be happy. The show is on now! 8 major paintings were produced and I also decided to put in 2 former paintings that I previously did not wish to sell....time does wonders! The next theme is nature, so I'm well in my comfort zone there.

  • Create at least one painting a month that is not part of the defined body of work or commissions - Month 4 and I'm just finishing off paintings 3 and 4 (There was one commission in there too). So on track. 8 new paintings were completed for the show, which doesn't include 2 others that I had completed early in the year that are going in the next show.

  • Create more artwork that is focused on the market demands - Right now I've been picking subjects I like, so I'm not really focusing on market demands...YET.....seems at least one of my counterparts will be joining me at a Christmas Fair, so I decided today I have to paint some Christmas/Winter subjects....so sort of on track? I have an idea, sort of a theme...maybe I need to revise the goal above....it's a secret right now though..... Ok, so decided against the Christmas fair with so much going on with exhibits/sales and teaching. Apparently need to sleep sometime. Haven't started a winter painting yet...must find one to do soon.

    Visibility:

  • Increase my online presence through use of my website, facebook, blog, and venturing into sales online - Website updated and PayPal added, Blog is going well so far, Facebook has my Blog updates posted, and have secured one local online company, working on another local one that I have a commitment from, and also checking out some global print-on-demand sites....  Hoping to do some work in these areas in the next few weeks....

  • Increase my advertising for commissions using online advertising methods - Did post some online ads...got a few students, but no commissions. Will post ads again online for the fall....

  • Creation of an artist's group who will be focused on increasing our visibility and also in sharing meaningful critiques and knowledge - Well underway, a somewhat slow start, but we have a group of 4 now and have our first show booked (mentioned above) and working on 1-2 more for this year. Have a plan for a proposal for 2012. Very Excited...more details to follow. First show is in progress, second show is booked, third show still possible....will decide that in a few weeks.

  • Participate in more public showcases - I have a few venues secured....looking at a few more..... Truly haven't gotten to this yet.....

  • Submit artwork to juried and non-juried art competitions in the Province and globally - Not yet. Deadline for Arts and Letters is in September...will enter this year.

    Not a bad start for the first half of 2011....I'm enjoying the painting...even if there have been alot of deadlines involved. So that is the main thing! Another update for the third quarter in October. Stay tuned!
  • The Grass is Greener - UPDATE

    For those who have been following along, I thought I had completed the painting "The Grass is Greener"....but it just needed something else. I know, I usually love doing monochromatics, but with this one being so large, it just needed something.

    For those who are familiar with colour theory, you will not be surprised to find out that I decided to paint a ladybug. Why, might you ask? Because green and red are complementary colours and will help to highlight one another, thus making something "pop" more.

    Do you think the ladybug "pops"?



    The ladybug is also in a "sweet spot" of the painting....more on sweet spots in another post.

    Check out "The Grass is Greener" in person at Arts Northeast's exhibit and sale of original art - Beginnings - at the historic Masonic Temple, 6 Cathedral Street, St. John's, NL. There are 40 pieces of original art in the show and the show runs until August 13, 2011. Open daily Monday through Friday 10am-4pm and weekends 1-4pm. You can also view the artworks during one of Spirit of Newfoundland's shows - Feeling Groovy or Patsy Cline.

    Don't forget to enter your name to win one of 4 original paintings by the members of Arts Northeast when you visit the show.

    Tuesday, July 26, 2011

    Arts Northeast Beginnings Now Open!

    The Opening Reception was held on Sunday, July 24th from 2-5pm at the historic Masonic Temple. It was a lovely sunny day, despite the thunder, lightning and rain that started the day off.


    Spirit of Newfoundland provided refreshments....the food was FABULOUS and the wine and juice was great as well. I think everyone went away with a nice snack after perusing the 40 pieces of art.



    The exhibition and sale runs daily until August 13....drop by and check it out Monday-Friday 10am-4pm and weekends 1-4pm. Of course you can always see the artwork when you catch a show (now playing - Groovy and Patsy Cline).

    The winners of an original piece of art (4 giveaways - one by each of us) will be announced at the end of the show. Stay tuned....see details at the Masonic Temple.


    Sunday, July 24, 2011

    Arts Northeast - Beginnings has Opened!

    Although the day started off with thunder, lightning and hard rain, the sun came out for the opening reception of Arts Northeast - Beginnings.

    Thanks to all of my co-workers (former and current), students, friends, and my parents for taking the time out of their busy schedules to support me at the opening reception of Arts Northeast. It is greatly appreciated and will not be forgotten.....

    And thanks so much to Spirit of Newfoundland (especially Paul and Renee) for all of their help....the food was FABULOUS (yes, it deserves big boldness) and I heard the wine was great too (seeing I don't drink, I had to rely on others for the wine critique!).

    Winners of the original paintings will be announced at the end of the show.

    For those who could not make it to the opening - THERE IS STILL TIME!

    The show runs until August 13, Hours are Monday-Friday 10am-4pm and Saturday & Sunday 1-4pm daily. And if you are there for one of Spirit of Newfoundland's fabulous shows (Feeling Groovy or A Closer Walk), you can still see the artwork as well!

    Saturday, July 23, 2011

    The Day Before

    So, this morning, the 4 artists (including myself) and some helpers, descended upon the historic Masonic Temple on Cathedral Street. With 40 pieces of art between us...ranging in size from 8" x 16" to 36" x 36" and various mediums, there is quite a splash of colour now gracing the walls of the main floor of the building.

    I think we did a fine job putting the artwork up...no arguments or anything! And I can't believe how quickly we got everything accomplished!

    Tomorrow is the big day! Beginnings is aptly titled as it is the beginning of something good....

    Hope to see you all tomorrow....2-5pm 6 Cathedral Street....

    Wednesday, July 20, 2011

    The Telegram - All About Us

    One of our Arts Northeast members gave an interview with Tara Bradbury with The Telegram today about our inaugural exhibition Beginnings which starts this Sunday.

    We will have an article in this Saturday's Telegram's Arts and Entertainment section.....check it out!

    And dont' for get to pop by and see first hand what all the fuss is about at the Opening Reception of Beginnings at Masonic Temple, 6 Cathedral Street, St. John's, NL on Sunday, July 24 from 2-5pm. All 4 artists will be in attendance and there will be some surprises as well.

    Come on down and check it out this Sunday afternoon!!!

    Sunday, July 17, 2011

    Arts Northeast - Beginnings is only a week away!

    This time next week our Opening Reception for Arts Northeast - Beginnings will be over.....Don't miss out!

    Please come out next Sunday, July 24 from 2-5pm to the Masonic Temple, 6 Cathedral Street, St. John's, NL to meet the artists, see the 40 fabulous original paintings, and perhaps there may be some surprises as well....

    Mark your calendars!!!

    Wednesday, July 6, 2011

    One more painting to go....

    Well sort of...one more to finish that needs to be framed for the show starting July 24. Two more to finish that don't need to be framed...well sort of for that as well.....

    I'm heading to the framer tomorrow and will take the night off from painting and then will finish the others this weekend.....then I'll get to do some other things that need to get done!

    I'm debating adding a critter to the Grass is Greener painting.....ladybug, spider, grasshopper, lizard....or other....what do you think? Here's the painting again for reference.....

    Tuesday, July 5, 2011

    Spirit Of Newfoundland

    Did you know that the historic Masonic Temple in St. John's, NL is home to Spirit of Newfoundland?

    Check out their website to see their upcoming shows and.....

    Arts Northeast - Beginnings poster is now posted on their website as well.....

    Take a look! Hope to see you all at our opening!

    http://www.spiritofnewfoundland.com/

    Saturday, July 2, 2011

    Beginnings Opening Reception

    Our art group, Arts Northeast, is having its inaugural exhibition and sale titled Beginnings starting July 24, 2011 at Masonic Temple, 6 Cathedral Street, St. John's, NL. The show runs for three weeks until Saturday, August 13th.

    Our opening reception will be on that first day, Sunday, July24th from 2-5pm.

    Everyone is welcome.....all four artists will be in attendance and there may even be some surprises.....

    Hope to see you there!

    Friday, July 1, 2011

    Arts Northeast marks its Beginnings with a summer exhibition

    Beginnings marks the inaugural exhibition of a recently formed visual art group – Arts Northeast.  Artists Randy Blundon, Jeanette Jobson, Brenda Rowe, and Michelle Whitten LaCour created the group in 2011 to provide support and networking, as well as exhibition opportunities.
    This summer exhibition, in the historic Masonic Temple, introduces ten original pieces of work from each artist.  Each artist shows their view on the natural world around them in subjects ranging from gyotaku fish prints and seascapes to florals and traditional landscapes.  Mediums encompass printmaking, mixed media, watercolours to oils and  present the viewer with the broad range of styles and experience that is evident in this group.


    Check out my website and the websites of my fellow group members....


    Tuesday, June 28, 2011

    Thursday, June 16, 2011

    Latest Finished Painting

    Here is my latest finished painting completed last weekend. It is of one of my goddaughters (Isabella) walking the Salmonier Nature Trail with her brother.

    Wednesday, June 15, 2011

    Taz Mania

    Here is a pix of Taz - our new addition to the family, who has been keeping us on our toes, but he is starting to let me get some painting done....

    Sunday, June 12, 2011

    Catching Up

    It has been too long since I last posted....a lot going on....including painting....

    I have several unfinished paintings all being worked on simultaneously.....
    • Rudbeckia hirta (Black-Eyed Susan, which has a brown center, not black funny enough)
    • The Grass is Greener....family Gramineae (Poaceae). I had "finished" this one and posted it....but decided (along with some painting friends) that it needed something else...well a ladybug it is! Have to add one in....
    • Concrete steps with fallen yellow/orange maple leaves (most likely Acer saccharum) on them
    • a lighthouse from Pigeon Point, California
    • rocks on a beach near Bay Roberts, with some Aseophyllum Nodosum (kelp) and a broken Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis (sea urchin) with the Aristotle's lantern showing
    • and the Arches, Utah painting (for me)....
    PS - Had to get those scientific names in...lol

    I also completed a painting as a gift for one of my goddaughters, who was received her first communion/confirmation last weekend. I'll post that in a separate blog.

    In other painting news, we have officially formed our art group...ARTS NORTHEAST. We will be having our first show at Masonic Temple starting July 24....more details in a separate blog post. And we are in the process of confirming our second show. Very exciting and a lot of planning involved!

    And in news unrelated to painting.....we have a new Shih Tzu puppy.....I'll post a pix of Taz also in another post.

    Friday, April 29, 2011

    The Royal Wedding - Friday Fun Fact

    Today is a day for all Royal fans...including me....ROYAL SOFT-GRIP BRUSHES!!!!

    They are my favourite brand of brushes....They are a very good price and are of excellent quality. They have a great range of brushes, from "regular" brushes (flats, liners, rounds, filberts) to "Specialty" brushes (fans, foliages).

    I've had some of my Royal brushes for more than 10 years....and as many know, I'm not the best at giving my brushes a good cleaning (with Murphy's Oil Soap....see a previous Friday Fun Fact) after every painting session. These brushes hold up to my abuse!

    So today after you have watched the Royal event over and over again and had your tea and crumpets, head out to your local craft and art supply store and try a Royal Soft-Grip brush. You'll like it!

    Wednesday, April 27, 2011

    The Grass is Indeed Greener....

    And yes, some of you will read more into this statement...go for it! HA

    I have been painting, although not getting as much accomplished as I wished....a lot of washes to build this piece up, so it took a while to dry in between coats. And the canvas is a gallery wrapped 30" x 40"!!!

    But this is my latest painting....yes, more monochromatic...but perhaps a little more colourful than the last!


    I have another painting almost finished, so hopefully I'll be able to post that one soon as well.....

    Monday, April 11, 2011

    2011 - First Quarter Update

    As many of us are wokring diligently on year end activities at work, it is the end of the first quarter of 2011....a reminder to me to revisit my goals for 2011 to see how I'm progressing.....so from my January 2011 post:

    "My focus will now get back to what it originally was...the production, marketing and sale of my own artwork. Most of my goals for 2011 can be subdivided into three main categories - learning activities, productivity, and visibility:"

    Learning Activities:
  • Increase my knowledge of various painting techniques and styles through courses online and/or participate in local workshops or classes - I have signed up for a couple of online courses, so some progress here.

  • Work on further expanding my existing classes and workshops offered to students - Well, slight hiccup in this one....I had intended on continuing my classes with the City of St. John's past my current schedule which finishes in May....short version, the City seems to be changing some of it's rules and I do not agree with how they are handling things...so I have decided to move on in the fall. I will be increasing classes of my Artist's Choice and various Workshops in "the Shed" instead. Not exactly my original plan, but we'll have to go with it.

  • Research local art groups/organizations to determine benefits of memberships and learning opportunities - VANL looks promising, but have decided to hold off on joining until 2012.

  • Complete the studio and hold grand opening in the Fall - Now that the warmer weather is here (wishful thinking I suspect), work will continue in "The Shed".

    Productivity:

  • Create a defined body of work using a theme of my choice for the purpose of an art show. At least 8 major paintings should be produced for this endeavour - Well, no theme unless you count lack of a theme, a theme! I have changed this goal a little which was a result of the formation of our own art group. My loose working terms right now are textures....The art show is booked for late July-early August for 3 weeks, so more painting must be completed. If I get 6 new paintings done for this show, I'll be happy/

  • Create at least one painting a month that is not part of the defined body of work or commissions - Month 4 and I'm just finishing off paintings 3 and 4 (There was one commission in there too). So on track.

  • Create more artwork that is focused on the market demands - Right now I've been picking subjects I like, so I'm not really focusing on market demands...YET.....seems at least one of my counterparts will be joining me at a Christmas Fair, so I decided today I have to paint some Christmas/Winter subjects....so sort of on track? I have an idea, sort of a theme...maybe I need to revise the goal above....it's a secret right now though.....

    Visibility:

  • Increase my online presence through use of my website, facebook, blog, and venturing into sales online - Website updated and PayPal added, Blog is going well so far, Facebook has my Blog updates posted, and have secured one local online company, working on another local one that I have a commitment from, and also checking out some global print-on-demand sites.....

  • Increase my advertising for commissions using online advertising methods - Did post some online ads...got a few students, but no commissions.

  • Creation of an artist's group who will be focused on increasing our visibility and also in sharing meaningful critiques and knowledge - Well underway, a somewhat slow start, but we have a group of 4 now and have our first show booked (mentioned above) and working on 1-2 more for this year. Have a plan for a proposal for 2012. Very Excited...more details to follow.

  • Participate in more public showcases - I have a few venues secured....looking at a few more.....

  • Submit artwork to juried and non-juried art competitions in the Province and globally - Not yet.

    Not a bad start for the first quarter of 2011....now to keep on track.....
  • Saturday, April 9, 2011

    Friday Fun Fact - Q-Tips

    Sorry...Friday has come and gone...but a tip (no pun intended) is ready to go....

    Q-Tips can be your best friend when painting.....

    Sometimes you paint something you shouldn't....quickly wet a Q-Tip and lightly rub over the paint you don't want to stay on your painting. As long as you get the paint before it has completely dried, you can remove your boo boo.

    However, if you think Q-Tips can only help you when things go wrong, think again.....

    You can actually paint using a Q-Tip! Small berries are quick and easy with the end of a Q-Tip that has been dipped in one (or two) colours of paint. Press the Q-Tip straight down firmly and give a slight twist when lifting. Presto - a berry!

    I've also used a Q-Tip to lightly bend the edge of a colour into another when applying a new colour over top of an existing dry colour.

    I'm sure there are many other painting-related uses for Q-Tips.....Please share!!!

    Sunday, April 3, 2011

    It's been a while.....

    Since I posted....so much going on....I've got 2 paintings going at once...one of a Sand Ladder from a pix courtesy of a great photograher and biologist from Ontario (Melanie) and the second of a close-up of grass with dew on the blades from a pix courtesy of a friend of my Aunt Michele in Ontario (Shannon). I see a pattern here....pix not taken by me and all taken by people in Ontario...interesting!

    Some big plans are shaping up for some exhibits...stay tuned for more on the shows at a later date....planning art exhibitions takes a lot more time than one would think....especially when you are trying to do it right!

    Hopefully the Sand Ladder will be posted on the blog by the end of this week....the grass painting is rather large...30" x 40", so it will take a little while to get that one finished.

    And when that one is complete, on to a pix of Pouch Cove (I took this pix!).

    I'll be getting back to the Friday Fun Facts starting this week as well....March was just MADNESS!!! (Thanks to those who supported the March Madness Sale!!!)

    Monday, March 21, 2011

    The Newfoundland Shop

    I am excited to share that the Newfoundland Shop is now selling some of my artwork on their website! They also offer framing.

    Check it out at http://newfoundlandshop.ca/
    (I'm in excellent company....you can find me on the left-hand side of the screen under the list of artists between Ed Roche and Dale Ryan.)

    As always, you can find all of my art offerings - including Original Art (remember it's MARCH MADNESS and all available Original Art is 50% OFF!), Limited Editions, Open Editions, and Gift Ideas on my website.

    http://www.brendarowe.ca

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011

    Ides of March

    The Ides of March is here.....snow was melting, but more came to replace it.....Madness!

    The Roman calendar probably was referring to the Ides of a month as the night of the full moon (and we all know what happens during a full moon!)....Madness!

    Julius Caesar was killed in a theatre by a group of senators (supposedly more than 60) led by Marcus Brutus.....Madness!

    When will all of the Madness end? Not until March 31.....but until then, you can purchase any of my available original artworks for HALF PRICE...yes 50% regular retail prices!!!

    Check out http://www.brendarowe.ca/

    Madness!!!

    Tuesday, March 8, 2011

    March Madness - Buy Online!!!

    Did you know you can purchase any of my Original Artwork online from my website http://www.brendarowe.ca/ securely through PayPal?

    And remember it MARCH and it's MADNESS!!! That means all available Original Artwork is on SALE for 1/2 PRICE!!!

    You can also purchase Prints and Gifts online now as well from my website http://www.brendarowe.ca/ using PayPal. Select items are also available for purchase through the blog using PayPal.
    And of course, you can pay the old fashioned way with Cash.

    What a great way to purchase original art with a SALE you can't beat!

    Tuesday, March 1, 2011

    MARCH MADNESS !

    It's MARCH....there is an awful amount of snow and cold here....We've gone MAD!!!!

    MARCH MADNESS is here!!!

    For the entire month of March, I am offering a crazy sale on all of my available original paintings!

    Half Price - Yes 50% off all available original paintings....choose from the following:

    BECKONING - Regular Price $450 March Madness Sale $225
    BLUE FLAG IRIS - Regular Price $350 March Madness Sale $175
    CALLA LILY - Regular Price $260 March Madness Sale $130
    CANADA LILY - Regular Price $260 March Madness Sale $130
    DUCKS AT DUSK - Regular Price $425 March Madness Sale $213
    FLOATING MAJESTY - Regular Price $475 March Madness Sale $238
    FOREST FLOOR - Regular Price $120 March Madness Sale $60
    FRUIT STILL LIFE - Regular Price $150 March Madness Sale $75
    HILLS OF TORBAY - Regular Price $400 March Madness Sale $200
    KEEPING WATCH - Regular Price $150 March Madness Sale $75
    MORNING GLORY - Regular Price $300 March Madness Sale $150
    NOOKS AND CRANNIES - Regular Price $150 March Madness Sale $75
    RAINBOW FALLS-HOPEALL - Regular Price $250 March Madness Sale $125
    RED SKY AT NIGHT - Regular Price $425 March Madness Sale $213
    SUNSET STUDY - Regular Price $300 March Madness Sale $150
    THE WINDOW - Regular Price $195 March Madness Sale $98
    TULIPS - Regular Price $225 March Madness Sale $113
    VASE - Regular Price $350 March Madness Sale $125

    To view or purchase these originals, please visit my website http://www.brendarowe.ca

    Enjoy March Madness!!

    Friday, February 25, 2011

    Friday Fun Fact - Painting Safety

    A Material Safety Data Sheet, or MSDS as it is commonly known, is a document that contains information intended to describe product hazards, how to use our products safely, what to do if accidents should occur, how to recognize symptoms of overexposure, and what to do if such incidents occur.

    I work with acrylic paints, and even though they are water-based products and most are non-toxic, it is still a good idea to find the MSDS sheet for your brand(s) of paint and have a look....it would be more important to know this information with oil paints and solvents.

    I also like to have an eye-wash station nearby as you can occasionally get paint in your eye....it won't hurt but it is best to wash it out as quickly as possible. I have had to stick my head under the kitchen sink and wash my eye out....the eye-wash station is definitely easier...

    Safety should be first in all aspects of our lives....including painting!

    Sunday, February 20, 2011

    Keeping Watch - Puffin

    You only have one week left to purchase the original Keeping Watch (Puffin) painting....

    It ON SALE for 66% OFF Regular Price selling for ONLY $50.00!!!!!

    It is painted on a 12" x 12" Gallery Canvas (you don't have to frame it).

    I am also only charging $15.00 shipping anywhere! Of course, if you live in the St. John's NL area, delivery is free! Free shipping may also be available for Central NL as well....

    This is a great way to get a piece of original artwork for a fraction of the cost.....

    Get it before it is gone!

    Friday, February 18, 2011

    Friday Fun Facts - Straight Lines

    You can use painter's tape to create a straight line. Sometimes the paint will bleed underneath the edge of the tape, so have damp q-tip ready for touch ups and to remove the excess paint while it is still wet.

    Tuesday, February 15, 2011

    Middle Cove - Part 3 - Finished!

    I have completed the Middle Cove painting....now to name it! Suggestions are welcome.

    I'll be dropping it off for framing and printing in the next day or so....Giclee prints will be available in approximately 2 weeks!!! I'm not sure what sizes I'm going to print this one in, so prices can't be determined until I figure out sizes.....

    If you may remember, last year I had a contest of sorts for people to submit their photos and an independent judge (Don Short) picked the winning photo! Now, I had picked my top 3 in order and they matched his exactly (I told him this after he picked). Great minds think alike! Or perhaps truth be told, I have learnt a lot from Don over the years and this is the reason we picked the same photo. I may paint numbers 2 and 3 as well sometime in the future..stay tuned....

    So here it is, Middle Cove finished and yet unnamed....Suggestions are welcome.

    Saturday, February 12, 2011

    Middle Cove - Part 2

    Rocks....beach rocks....lots and lots of beach rocks.....tedious yet so rewarding when completed.

    I enjoyed painting these more than I thought I would. So I was pleasantly surprised. Not sure I'd want to tackle another similar painting in the next few weeks, but I am looking forward to my next beach rock painting - whenever that might be.

    I completed the drawing of the young boy waiting for the capelin to arrive before I painted the rocks, but you can see some "cheating" behind where the boy will eventually sit in the painting. I spent some time doing the "squiggles" before I started painting the beach rocks. (Shout out to Don Short for the tip!!!) This made placing the rocks much easier as you could make rocks out of the squiggles. You don't have to exactly follow the squiggles, but I think it went alot faster than if I was free-handing them one at a time. I used 6 tones/shades plus white and payne's grey to paint the rocks.

    So obviously I have to paint the young boy, some capelin fishing accessories, and the waves breaking.....that should be Part 3 I would suspect. Hopefully you will have Part 3 as the final chapter on this painting in the next few days....

    Friday Fun Facts - Blending

    Because acrylics dry fast, you will need to work fast to blend colours. Using a bit more water in your brush than usual will assist in creating a more natural blend of your colours.

    Monday, February 7, 2011

    Middle Cove - Part 1

    I manged to fit in some painting on the Middle Cove pix that is WAY overdue....A good start has been gotten...I actually have a little bit more done now than what this photo shows, but so far I am pleased.....the beach rocks are next. These may be a challenge for me...not because they are hard, but the obsessive part of me will have a hard time with so much detail. I love detail but I have to be careful not to get too carried away in the painting. I have to remember to step back often and view the entire painting in perspective. That is always a good practice and I have to remind myself sometimes to do that.

    Here is the first stage.....sky and ocean complete....the lighting wasn't very good, so you can't quite get the yellows and pinks in the sky. Maybe next photo will have more natural lighting.

    Sunday, February 6, 2011

    Website Updates - February

    I have new prints available....check out the website for more details!

    Don't forget the special pricing on the original painting of Puffin for the month of February at more than 50% savings!!!

    http://www.brendarowe.ca/

    Saturday, February 5, 2011

    Friday Fun Facts - Murphy's Oil Soap

    Sorry, I know I'm a day late.....a lot going on yesterday.....here's this week's tip.

    Use Murphy's Oil Soap (make sure it is the soap version) to clean your brushes. Rub some MOS into your brush on the palm of your hand to release the paint from the brush. Rinse in warm water and repeat until you do not see traces of paint colour coming out of the brush.

    Then, rub some more MOS into the brush and then grab the end of the bristles between your thumb and forefinger and gently move the bristles from side to side. Rinse and repeat as necessary. This process releases the paint that accumulates near the ferrule (metal casing that attaches the bristles to the handle) which is more difficult to remove.

    If you are patient enough, you can restore an older brush with a build up of paint to a somewhat new-like condition. Cleaning your brushes after each painting session when the paint is still wet will extend the life of your brushes.

    Tuesday, February 1, 2011

    Holiday Photo Winner

    And the lucky winner is Carol!!!!

    Carol will receive a 5" x 7" of her fav photo the Red Poinsettia!

    Congrats Carol!

    Thanks again to all who voted.

    Stay tuned for another contest coming soon.....

    Holiday Photo Choice

    So the voting is over. Thanks to all who took the time to vote for your favourite holiday photo.

    And the winner is..........RED POINSETTIA..........by just one vote!



    Carollers and Lighting the Way tied for second place.

    Now, this was an interesting study for me....my fav was White Poinsettia which only got one other vote besides me. It is great to see other people's point of view........

    I have an judge picking a random number to determine the winner of the print of this photo...stay tuned!

    PS - The judge liked the White Poinsettia too! LOL

    Sunday, January 30, 2011

    The Puffin - Completed

    As promised...the finished Puffin painting. I did enjoy painting it....so to me it doesn't matter if someone tells me it won't sell. However, I would certainly like to prove them wrong in this case....

    A special price is available for this painting until the end of February....$50.00 (plus shipping costs if applicable).

    The painting is done on a 12" x 12" Gallery Style Canvas (it is 1.5" thick with the canvas wrapped around and painted so that framing is not necessary).


    Saturday, January 29, 2011

    Favourite Holiday Photo Voting Ends Jan31

    Just a reminder for you to vote for your favourite holiday photo from the post on January 3....to view that post, scroll down the page and on the right hand side you will see the "Blog Archive" area...click on "Holiday Images" and you will be brought to that post to see the 5 photos and then you can post your vote!

    If for some reason you cannot post your vote to the blog, please send an e-mail to brenda@brendarowe.ca with your vote.

    One lucky voter will win a print of their fav photo!

    Voting closes January 31!!!

    Friday, January 28, 2011

    Friday Fun Fact - Photographs

    Your own photography can provide inspiration for your paintings. Don't forget you can change elements in your photo to create a better composition for your painting.

    Friday, January 21, 2011

    Friday Fun Fact - Pre-Painting Studies

    Completing a small sketch or painting or just practicing one specific element before you put brush to your canvas can aid you in developing your painting.

    Thursday, January 20, 2011

    The Arches National Park, UTAH - Part 1

    In 2008 we (I, my husband, my parents, and our 11-year old Shih Tzu Cuddles) embarked upon a 30-day 25 state/5 provinces driving tour. I think I can say with certainty that Utah, especially the Arches National Park, was the #1 memory of our entire trip for all of us, perhaps even Cuddles as a very nice vet saved her life in Utah.

    The Arches has over 2000 arches and other spectacular rock formations within its boundaries. We enjoyed Utah and its numerous national parks, that we have all returned to Utah at different times since 2008 to explore more of its treasures. We are even planning to return again, hopefully sometime this year.

    For those movie buffs, you may know that the Arches was the opening scene in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade as well as Austin Powers 3. Other locations in Utah have also been the backdrop for numerous Hollywood movies, especially the old westerns.

    One of my fav pix is found early in the 76,518 acres of the park...See the pix below....



    The Three Gossips are to your left, followed by Sheep Rock and on the right are Tower of Babel and the Organ. All of which make up the Courthouse.

    I decided in 2009 to paint the above pix. I've had the custom-made gallery canvas (30 inches x 70 inches) for many months in my living room....blank. Late last year, I put some colour on it. There is a fair amount of detail needed in the rock formations....the canvas is too large to stand on my easels so I have to paint it when it is flat on the kitchen table. This creates a challenge as you can't lean on the canvas, so it has been a challenge to paint comfortably. So progress stopped before the holidays and it is a challenge to get it back out as then we have no kitchen table to use!

    I've decided I have to finish the Middle Cove painting before I get back to the Utah one....but I wanted to show you my progress to date....I've only gotten some of the shadows in on the right side of the canvas painted although I have drawn all the formations in with chaulk. Getting the scale right in order to get the formations drawn in was its own challenge as well!



    Let me know what you think of it so far....I will be posting updates on this painting as I get to work on it some more. Stay tuned.....

    Vote for your Fav Holiday Image

    Just a reminder for you to vote for your favourite holiday photo from the post on January 3....to view that post, scroll down the page and on the right hand side you will see the "Blog Archive" area...click on "Holiday Images" and you will be brought to that post to see the 5 photos and then you can post your vote! One lucky voter will win a print of their fav photo!

    Voting closes January 31!!!

    Saturday, January 15, 2011

    2011 Goals

    I've always had goals for my painting, I've just never put them down on paper. In order to hold myself more accountable for my goals, I have decided not only to write them down (which I did a couple of weeks ago very early in 2011) but to post them publicly. I intend on reviewing them at least quarterly to keep myself on track.

    Another artist friend of mine has inspired me and encouraged me to complete this task.  We have similar goals, as one might expect from like-minded people.

    In the last few years, I have focused on expanding my teaching with the City of St. John's, which has worked quite well. I have also embarked upon setting up my own studio space which is a major project to say the least. The "shed" as it is affectionately known, is still a work in progress but is functional for classes with heat and light. Grand opening will be scheduled for the Fall 2011....one of my goals listed below. My focus will now get back to what it originally was...the production, marketing and sale of my own artwork.

    Most of my goals for 2011 can be subdivided into three main categories - learning activities, productivity, and visibility:

    Learning Activities:
  • Increase my knowledge of various painting techniques and styles through courses online and/or participate in local workshops or classes.

  • Work on further expanding my existing classes and workshops offered to students.

  • Research local art groups/organizations to determine benefits of memberships and learning opportunities.

  • Complete the studio and hold grand opening in the Fall.


  • Productivity:
  • Create a defined body of work using a theme of my choice for the purpose of an art show. At least 8 major paintings should be produced for this endeavour.

  • Create at least one painting a month that is not part of the defined body of work or commissions.

  • Create more artwork that is focused on the market demands.


  • Visibility:
  • Increase my online presence through use of my website, facebook, blog, and venturing into sales online.

  • Increase my advertising for commissions using online advertising methods.

  • Creation of an artist's group who will be focused on increasing our visibility and also in sharing meaningful critiques and knowledge.

  • Participate in more public showcases.

  • Submit artwork to juried and non-juried art competitions in the Province and globally.


  • One goal doesn't fit exactly into either of the three categories above....create an artist's statement. I have actually already completed this task and is posted on my blog.

    Some of the above goals have already been started. Since this is only the end of the second full week in 2011, I think I have made a great start.

    I encourage my readers to keep me mindful of my goals and on the right track for 2011. If there are any goals you think I have missed, please let me know your thoughts!

    Friday, January 14, 2011

    Friday Fun Fact - Wet on Wet

    Layers of paint colours are applied while all paint is still wet. Origins of wet-on-wet are in oil paints from the 15th century but this technique is easily adapted to acrylics.

    Thursday, January 13, 2011

    Puffins

    I was told once by an art promoter that Puffins won't sell....I have no idea if this is true, but thought it didn't really make sense as it was a prominent tourism symbol for our Province. Well, I started a paining of a puffin late last year and I'm going to finish it tonight since I now have a few hours free that I wasn't supposed to have.

    SNOW....it finally arrived. And with it, I cancelled my first Artist's Choice class tonight. Which is why I have a few free hours that I didn't anticipate. I'm off this weekend, so I'm hoping to get a good dent into the Middle Cove painting as well.

    So, do you think a Puffin painting would sell?

    B

    Sunday, January 9, 2011

    Before & After

    Today has been a very productive painting day and it's not even over yet! The Puffin's grass is next and then that one will be complete as well!

    Sometimes my students tell me they wish their painting was the same as mine....well, I have a rule about that....if I'm teaching a painting, theirs should not be like mine as it is their painting. They should interpret things a little differently and also be focusing on learning and practicing the techniques involved.

    Practice is the key to almost everything and painting is no exception.

    So I challenged myself to repaint the very first painting I ever did - a fruit still life. I completed this about 15 years ago I guess and was tickled pink with how it came out! Over the last many years, I've hidden it away as I thought it was very bad. Well, it's really not that bad, but I've improved based on many hours of practice.

    So, I have finished my new version...I've changed up the composition a little, but not much...even that needed some improving! I'm going to try and remember to repaint it again in 15 years to see the progression. Hopefully there will be more improvements!

    Let me know what you think!

    Before

    After

    Feature Work Updated

    I've just posted my first Featured Work....click on the "Featured Work" tab at the top of the page next to "Artist Statement" to check it out.

    Just finished packing supplies for my first classes of the new year - Winter Scene at Wedgewood Park and Teddy Bear at Mews. Both full....looking forward to getting back to the teaching.

    Now on to some more painting......this one is for my students in the Artist's Choice sessions....I've been threatening to show them the first painting I ever completed...a still life of fruit. I was so proud of it when I completed it, now I hide it away! So, I'm always preaching practice is the key, I decided to show them...so I'm re-painting the still life for comparison. Trying to get this one finished before Thursday's Artist's Choice class....which means all I have time to devote to it is today or Wednesday night...wish me luck!

    Saturday, January 8, 2011

    How to Post a Comment on a Blog

    Some people have been having trouble posting their vote of one of my five Holiday pix I have posted as a contest (see January 3 post)....so here are detailed instructions on how to post comments to a blog.....

    To post (or in this case vote), please click on the "# comments" link at the bottom of the post you wish to comment on (next to "Posted by Painter Gal") and then put your comment in the "Post a Comment" box. Then change the dropdown box "Comment As" to "Anonymous" or "Name/URL". Make sure you include your name in your post if you use the Anonymous option! Then click the "Post Comment" box at the bottom. Voila! Your post should now go to me to approve. After I approve your post, it will show on my blog.

    If you have any more trouble, please let me know!

    Happy commenting and voting!!!

    Friday, January 7, 2011

    New Paintings

    I have 3 paintings in progress so far this year....

    One is WAY overdue and barely started (a commission of sorts) of Middle Cove during Capelin season,

    One is for me - a large 30" x 50" gallery canvas of the opening scene in Indiana Jones Last Crusade and/or Austin Power's Goldmember in The Arches National Park - taken during our 30-day driving excursion in 2009 through 5 Provinces and 25 States with puppy,

    and One is for hopefully selling - a monochromatic in yellow/gold tones of 3 lonely trees....

    The plan is to at least finish the lonely trees tomorrow and start in on the Middle Cove piece. The Arches takes up the entire kitchen table to paint, so it's hard to get that one out and going for any length of time.

    I'll post pix soon of these in progress....I think I'll post the monochromatic in the Featured Work section when it is completed....stay tuned!