Paintings and More!

Amy Ferrari Art

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Amy Ferrari Art – Online Gallery

I celebrate colour as a glorification of life.  My vision is that vibrant, joyous potential thrives in everybody, everything, and in every situation.

My current work is acrylic on canvas.
The links below will navigate to different categories of my available art!


Thunder Sky
Land Shapes


 

Vegetationage                              Figuration


 

Relearning Gravitational Resistance

 Abstracts



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Serene Yellow Spaces


         

 

Snarkle Tarts                             MUKsters!!!


 

SenTrees Of The Grapes

Limited Edition Archival Prints

Artist-signed, limited-edition archival prints (archival ink on archival paper) produced by Amy Ferrari Art.  These prints are designed to last a lifetime.


 

Commissions!
Above are some paintings that I’ve created for other people…
What can I paint for you?


 

Imprinted Merchandise

The Imprinted Merchandise category encompasses items produced and imprinted by selected print-on-demand providers:

Fine Art America   (quality artist prints, greeting cards, device covers, home decor)
Zazzle   (mugs, calendars, totes, throw pillows, fabric, ties, blankets, post-its, etc.)
Art of Where   (wearables: leggings, skirts, scarves, beanie hats)
Blurb  (The book – ‘A Big Number 2’ – is available in soft cover and e-book editions!)

If you can’t find the item you’d like imprinted with the image you’d like, please let me know, and I’ll do all I can to make the item available.


Questions!  Comments!  Let me know!

 

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Fresh Air Fresh Art: The Art!

It’s an outdoor tent show in Ariss!   It’s going to be a wonderful weekend out in the fresh air of the country with plenty of art and wine!

The artists in show include:

Alana Farrel (Found Art) • Nancy Farrel (Painter/Sculptor)
Me!  Amy Ferrari (Painter) • Christine Goucher (Painter)
Marlene Kawalez (Sculptor) • Frances Kirk (Painter)
Clive Lewis (PrintMaker) • Jane Longo (Painter)
James Nye (Painter) • Amy Roger (Painter)
Pamela Rojas (Visual Artist) • Graeme Sheffield (Artisan Blacksmith)

These are the paintings that I’ll be displaying this coming weekend.  Hope you all can come out to see the show!  Hope to see you there!!!

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Fertile Farm Fantasia

Fertile Farm Fantasia
30 x 24  Acrylic on Canvas
$950.00

 

Zen Sky
Zen Sky

Zen Sky
36 x 24  Acrylic on Canvas
$895.00

 

Available
Next to Godliness

Next to Godliness
60 x 30  Acrylic on Canvas
$1420.00

 

Available
Grow House Groove On

Grow House Groove On
36 x 12  Acrylic on Panel
$320.00

 

Dusky Yielding FilaTree
Dusky Yielding FilaTree

Dusky Yielding FilaTree
20 x 24  Acrylic on Canvas
$650.00

 

Hidden Beyound the Green
Hidden Beyond the Green

Hidden Beyond the Green
30 x 30  Acrylic on Canvas
$1150.00

 

Post Pourdown Puddle Party
Post Pourdown Puddle Party

Post Pourdown Puddle Party
10 x 10  Acrylic on Canvas
$95.00

 

Raging Sky Po-e-treeprnt
Raging Sky Po-e-Tree

Raging Sky Po-e-Tree
24 x 48  Acrylic on  Canvas
$1150.00

 

Talking the Talk
Talking the Talk

Talking the Talk
30 x 30  Acrylic on Canvas
$750.00

 

Lazy Hazy Saunter Sunday
Lazy Hazy Saunter Sunday

Lazy Hazy Saunter Sunday
16 x 20  Acrylic on Canvas
$350.00

 

Here’s More Info About the Show…


Woo Hoo!

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Featuring…. Midnight Liaison!

I’m so excited to announce that “Midnight Liaison” is going to be featured at the Ferrari 500 on Friday, May 25!

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Midnight Liaison

Is it my latest painting????

Although is so swirly and beautiful, it most certainly could be a painting…

But it’s not a painting!

It’s another glorious cocktail concocted by Terry at MoonDance Whiskey!

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I can’t wait to try it!!

The Ferrari 500 is a pop-up art show and sale on May 25, from 5 to 9pm at Catalyst 137!

See you there!


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Paintings and More!

A Sneak Peek at the Ferrari 500!

Here are some of the original art pieces I’ll be offering for sale at the upcoming Ferrari 500!  The ‘500’ means no piece of art is priced over $500.00!  The prices of many of the pieces I am presenting here are well over 50% off their usual price! WooHoo!!!

Catalyst 137 (137 Glasgow in Kitchener)
Friday, May 25  2018
The show starts at 5:00 and runs until 9:00pm.
Get there early to make sure you get the piece you want!!!


Original Art for Sale!

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PondeRose

PondeRose
30 x 40  Acrylic on Canvas
$500.00

 

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Spirit Tree Dawning

Spirit Tree Dawning
20 x 30 Acrylic on Canvas
$500.00

 

Double Door Power Play
Double Door Power Play

Double Door Power Play
40 x 30  Acrylic on Canvas
$500.00

 

Available
Pursuit of the Pink Preservationists

Pursuit of the Pink Preservationists
30 x 30  Acrylic on Canvas
Sold!

 

Available
A Farewell to Diet Coke

A Farewell to Diet Coke
36 x 30  Acrylic on Canvas
Sold!

 

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Flatlander Fabric Flow

Flatlander Fabric Flow
20 x 16  Acrylic on Canvas
$250.00

 

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Above and Beyond

Above and Beyond
20 x 16  Acrylic on Canvas
$275.00

 

Pathways to Peaceful Positivity
Pathways to Peaceful Possibilities

Pathways to Peaceful Possibilities
30 x 30  Acrylic on Canvas
$450.00

 

Available
Grow House Groove On

Grow House Groove On
36 x 12  Acrylic on Panel
$400.00

 

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Cy-Pressing a Wave

Cy-Pressing a Wave
24 x 36  Acrylic on Canvas
$400.00

 

Happosition Harmony
Happosition Harmony

Happosition Harmony
30 x 40  Acrylic on Canvas
Sold!

 


And Some Smaller Original Works!

 

Happy Huddle
Happy Huddle

Happy Huddle
8 x 10  Acrylic on Panel
$125.00

 

Casting A Net
Casting a Net

Casting a Net
5 x 5  Acrylic on Cavas
Sold!

Ferrari Fugitive 1 Acrylic on Canvas 5 x 5 $75 2018 R
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Fugitive I
5 x 5  Acrylic on Canvas
$35.00

Ferrari Fugitive 2 Acrylic on Canvas 5 x 5 $75 2018 R
Fugitive II

Fugitive II
5 x 5  Acrylic on Canvas
$35.00

 

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Ordinary Specimen

Ordinary Specimen
8 x 8  Acrylic on Canvas
Sold!

Yellow Channelprnt
Yellow Channel

Yellow Channel
8 x 8  Acrylic on Canvas
Sold!

 

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Roswellian Relic

Roswellian Relic
8 x 8  Acrylic on Canvas
Sold!

 

Yellow Hopperprnt
Yellow Channel

Yellow Hopper
8 x 8  Acrylic on Canvas
Sold!

 

Whispering Wanda
Whispering Wanda

Whispering Wanda
12 x 12 Acrylic on Canvas
Sold!

 

Gaston Gusher
Gaston Gusher

Gaston Gusher
12 x 12  Acrylic on Canvas
Sold!

 

Ace Kid Mark
Ace Kid Mark

Ace Kid Mark
12 x 12  Acrylic on Canvas
Sold!

 

Smelly Nellie
Smelly Nellie

Smelly Nellie
12 x 12  Acrylic on Canvas
Sold!

 


 

As usual, I’ll have have some of my archival prints and drawings on hand, so there are many options for growing your collection of Amy Ferrari Art!

Looking forward to seeing you there!


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Paintings and More!

The Ferrari 500 is at Catalyst 137!!

It’s coming up before you know it – Friday, May 25th at Catalyst 137!
You won’t want to miss it!!

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Catalyst 137  (137 Glasgow, Kitchener)

I am delighted and honoured to present the 33 artists who will be participating in the upcoming Ferrari 500! Such a diverse and talented group!!!

Cathy Amos
Michele Braniff
Dominique Cinq-Mars Delay
Jennifer Depencier
Barb Di Renzo Moore
Carolyn Dix
Diana Erb
Cathy Farwell
Amy Ferrari
Anne Filiatrault
Frances Gregory
Jennifer Gough
Faith Hieblinger
Maria Holland
Greg Kirch
Annette Kraft van Ermel
Desiree Lichty
Christina MacLellan
Shaun McFee
Paint by Munzy
Roslyn Ramsay
Steven Restagno
Pamela Rojas-Perez
Jax Rula
John Rula
Liz Skelton
Logan Soeder
Maca Suazo
Elvan Konedrali Suzer
Terry Torra
Sheila Trinkaus
Ralf Wall
Trevor Waurechen


Why Go to the Ferrari 500???

The Ferrari 500 aims to help support our local visual artists by providing a lucrative opportunity specifically designed to promote sales of original art along with original art-related merchandise.

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Open Barn by Cathy Amos

The $500 price cap is meant to inspire buyers! Many people are intimidated by the prospect of buying art; and knowing that every single item in the show is priced at $500 or under, allows our art lovers to wander through our displays, knowing any single piece that they fall in love with is within the realm of relative affordability!

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Peculiar Breeze 3 by Annette Kraft van Ermel

This also gives our artists a chance to explore their possibilities for presenting work at lower price points. This could mean our artists are offering smaller works, experimental works, reproductions of works, or even some older works that are in need of forever homes where they can bee seen and loved, rather than stored away. You just never know what wonders you will find!

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Inti. (Spirit of the Sun) by Liz Skelton

Many art events restrict artists from selling their own reproductions of their original works, insisting on showing and selling only the original hand crafted items. While the Ferrari 500 deeply appreciates this focus on original handcrafted art, we also wish to provide a rare opportunity for artists to expand the income producing potential of each work of original art by allowing artists to sell reproductions and original art-imprinted merchandise. Which means even more affordable options for our art lovers.

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Splitting Ground by Trevor Waurechen

And fall in love with art they will!! We have a roster of 33 professional artists oozing with creativity, offering refreshing, colourful perspectives expressed through their original art. Our art lovers will have a chance to engage with the artists to unlock even more insights into the art being presented.

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Necklace by Barb Di Renzo

And to further inspire our art lovers to become art collectors, each artist has agreed to donate 10% of their night’s sales to an amazing organization, House of Friendship, who supports Waterloo Region’s low-income residents by offering assistance and support (Addiction Services, Community Services, Housing Services).

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Morning Splendour by Anne Filiatrault

Just for showing up to our event, our art lovers will be given door prize tickets… a chance to win a valuable piece of artist-donated art or art-related item … for free!! The door prizes will be announced at 6:30, 7:30, and lastly, at 8:30. The lucky winners need to be present to win!

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Door Prize Donation by Amy Ferrari

Lastly, in addition to a table full of enticing nibbles, you will have access to our lively cash bar, featuring selected beers, wines, and an original moonshine concoction provided by Moondance Whiskey

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Midnight Liaison by MoonDance Whiskey

For this rendition of the Ferrari 500, MoonDance Whiskey is providing a stunning custom cocktail  entitled “Midnight Liaison”.  It’s so pretty, I might even base a painting on this beautiful drink! Can’t wait to try it!

See you there!!!

 

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Art District Gallery, Cambridge Centre for the Arts

Spring! For Art!!

It’s so wonderful that Spring has finally come to the Region of Waterloo!!  As you’re clearing away the last vestiges of nasty frozen weather, and are contemplating your celebrations of the warmer weather, I strongly suggest celebrating with art!

As Mother Nature is taking care of transforming our exterior environments…. Our local artists (Myself Included!) are providing offerings that can help refresh your interior environments with amazing beauty and colour and wonderfulness!!!

It all starts this coming weekend…………….


There are 2 events on Friday evening (April 27), and I happy to say my tree paintings will be part of both!

My solo show, Expressions of TreeQuility, opens in Cambridge!

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I’ll be attending the ‘Expressions of TreeCentricity’… Hope to see you there!!!


 

Button Factory Arts is presenting their stellar fundraising event, OOTLA!  (Friday, April 27) This promises to be an amazing evening of entertainment and art!  I have donated one of my very special tree paintings, UmBrOaken Silence (40 x 30)  to be auctioned off… with the minimum bid set at only $400.00!

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UmBrOaken Silence

Sadly, I won’t be able to attend this event….it’s going to be amazing!


 

There are also 2 events happening on Friday, May 4!

The Art District Gallery (185 King St. E., in Kitchener) is presenting their May show’s opening reception on May 4 from 5 to 9pm.

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Oh…that’s right….I’ll have two of my tree paintings in this show!!!

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Pre-Flight Pavilion Party
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About to Sprout

I’ll be attending… Hope to see you there!!!


 

As well, Art$Pay is presenting their Rock, Paper, Scissors Show on both Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5 in Cambridge!

Opening Reception – Friday May 4 from 5 – 9 pm
Show Continues – Saturday May 5 from 11 – 4 pm
Teardown – Saturday May 5 after 4 pm & includes sold-art pickup

VENUE LOCATION
40 Main Street, Galt – Cambridge

In time for Mother’s and Father’s Day! A special juried show & sale of ArtsPay members’ original artwork which include paper, metal, rock, stone, cement, fiber, glass, clay and any combination of those medium!
Exhibition juried by Chérie Fawcett, Independent Artist and Curator.

I won’t be attending this event, but from my own personal experience, ArtsPay events are always fantastic productions!!!!


 

There’s an especially  wonderful open studio event and sale at Globe Studios on Friday, May 11!

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I won’t be a participating artist, but I hope to make it out to see this amazing explosion of art!


And lastly…. but not leastly…..  on Friday, May 25, there’s my own pop-up art show….The Ferrari 500…….. Affordable Excellence!

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I’m so excited about this event – Hope to see you there!!!


 

For a more comprehensive listing of the visual arts events that are going on in the Waterloo Region this Spring, please check out the Art$Pay website calendar!!  WooHoo!!!!

 


 

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art exhibition, Cambridge Centre for the Arts

And More Trees!!!

I’m so excited to announce that my forest of tree paintings has grown some legs, and is travelling to Cambridge!  So if you missed seeing the debut of my tree paintings: “Tree-Centricity” at Homer Watson House & Gallery, you’ll be able to see a second exhibition, “Expressions of TreeQuility”, at Cambridge Centre for the Arts!

“Expressions of TreeQuility” runs from April 27 to June 1, and the opening reception is Friday, April 27 from 7 to 9pm.

To make the “Expressions of TreeQuility” show as unique as possible, I’m adding three new, never seen paintings, fresh from the studio!

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Hope to see you there!

Cambridge Centre for the Arts
60 Dickson Street, Cambridge, ON
Phone: (519)740-4681

 


 

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Classes, Homer Watson House & Gallery

Colour Boot Camp!

1853 Colour Boot Camp!   At Homer Watson House & Gallery
Saturday, April 28, 2018
10:00 am – 4:00 pm…$57/$63

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Are you ready to become a colour mixing master?
Are you ready to conquer your colour qualms?

This six-hour intensive workshop will challenge you to adopt a no-fear atttitude towards colour… which will be backed up with a working colour knowledge that will open up your creative colour possibilities!

We’ll get into the basics of colour theory, colour mixing, and colour harmony, with eye-opening demonstrations and exercises along the way, and plenty of time for questions!  This hands-on workshop is great for beginning and intermediate level artists; for more experienced artists wanting a review; and for anyone simply wanting to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for colour.

In addition to a comprehensive presentation and demonstrations, there will also be plenty of exercises to drive the points home.  Of course, there would be breaks for lunch and for refreshments along the way.

 

Color Class

Color Boot Camp! SUPPLY LIST
A Set of Acrylic Paints (Watercolorus are OK too, but not preferred)
Required Colours: White, Yellow, Magenta,
Red, Phthalo Blue (either shade),
Black.   Additional Colors are welcome too!
Small Sized Brushes (#0, #1, or #2)
Protective Clothing (Acrylics won’t wash out of clothing!)
A good night’s sleep…..   😉

 




I love what I do so much,
It’s hard to not want to share what I’ve learned over the years with others.
I teach in a relaxed atmosphere, with lots of fun and nurturing guidance



Homer Watson House & Gallery
1754 Old Mill Road, Kitchener, ON N2P 1H7
Phone: 519-748-4377 Fax: 519-748-6808

 

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Homer Watson House & Gallery, merchandise, Paintings and More!, Prints, Wearables

TreeCentricity… The Merchandise!

As with most of my paintings, I’ve uploaded images of my tree paintings to my favourite print-on-demand websites (Art of Where and Fine Art America), allowing you to order fun items, like beanie hats, shower curtains, and tote bags emblazoned with images of my art!


 

TreeCentric Framed Prints

You may wish to collect all of the paintings from my “TreeCentricity” exhibition, but alas that may not be reasonably affordable.  One thing you could do is order prints or posters from Fine Art America!

 

 

Fine Art America also offers a variety of imprintable items….

Shower Curtains

 

 

Duvet Covers

 

 

Tote Bags

 

 

Spiral Note Books

 

 

Pillows

 

 

and Mugs

 

 



Art of Where offers a variety of wearables (leggings, headbands, scarves, etc.), along with many other items.  This link will take you to my “TreeCentricity” Collection page.

I love the prints on these wonder beanie hats!  Great for keeping the ‘ol noggin warm in these colder temperatures!

 

 

These styling notebooks are a new offering from Art of Where – they’re the same ones that I have in the gift shop at Homer Watson House & Gallery.

 

 



 

As always, if you’d like one of my images on an item, but can’t find it, please simply email me to let me know, and I’ll do all I can to create that combination for you!


 

If you missed the exhibition’s opening reception at Homer Watson House & Gallery, don’t fret…
You can see them in person through the remainder of February, until March 7.

And, if you’d like a chance to find out more about the pieces in this collection, please plan to attend my Artist’s Talk, which is scheduled for Saturday, February 24, 1:00 – 3:00pm.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, Noon – 4:30 pm

Also, please be sure to notice the gift shop, where you can find greeting cards, unframed art prints, and notebooks, all for sale, and featuring the exhibited images of my work!


 

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TreeCentricity: Before and After

I always think it’s interesting to see the images that inspired the art… so now, I’m sharing the reference images alongside the paintings, and bit about what inspired me…




It seems that trees, ever-present in the background of everyday life, each have a unique stance, a unique expression, and a unique way to embrace the sky. I believe that a focus on trees can help to center us and bring us back into alignment with the flow, harmony and wisdom of life. It seems the trees are trying to teach us how to be strong and majestic, even with all of our flaws.

Each painting marries the abstract expression with the tree’s representational framework, and is sensitive to the varied environments having to do with season, weather, and time of day. Thus, this exhibit celebrates the grace with which the bough structures of trees embrace the sky, quietly plead for sunshine, sing with the wind, and keep the sky from falling.



Grasping at Sunshine
40 x 60 (vertical)

 

This painting is based on a photograph I had taken in Uptown, Waterloo during an event called ‘Once Around the Block’. Usually when I’m taking pictures, it’s when I’m on a Sunday drive, so this was a special day for me to walk with other photographers and get to photograph subjects from more interesting vantage points. When I took this photograph, I was doubtful of whether shooting into the sun would ruin the chances of the picture being usable.

Happily, it was!

To me, this piece is simply about a tree summoning the sun, so as to finally shake off the winter doldrums, and to commence with the growing of leaves!


 

UmBrOaken Silence
40 x 30 (horizontal)

 

 

This painting is based on a photograph of a tree that I’ve had in my tree reference collection for many years, and finally I decided to turn it into a painting. I believe that this tree lives somewhere in the Southern US, but there’s no real way to know the exact location.

To me, this work communicates the contrast of the welcome and wonderful shade from a giant oak tree on a blazing hot day to the overwhelming quiet heaviness from the thick humidity on a Southern sunny day. As you may see in the reference photo, a clump of trees became a shack. Maybe there really was a shack hidden behind the trees, but it felt better to me to make it certain. The tree acts as if it were an umbrella from the heat in the form of an Oak tree….UmbrOaken Silence!


 

About to Sprout
20 x 20

 

This painting is based on a photograph I taken at my favorite Taco Bell on Weber St. in Waterloo. I’ve enjoyed many a taco in the presence of the shrub, and was always appreciative of its perfectly rounded structure. Also, this shrub, and its surrounding flowerbed, was always one of my favourite places to sit and notice the beauty of the passing seasons.

On this day, I was particularly enjoying the form, as I could see the underlying branch structure since the leaves had not yet sprouted. I love the radiating pattern suggested by the plant. This painting, ‘About to Sprout’, will always remind me of the time in early spring when the sun is shining stronger, but the plants still aren’t so sure about bringing their leaves out into the open just yet.



Dusky Yielding FilaTree
20 x 24 (vertical)

 

At this point, I was exploring the idea of doing a series of tree paintings from local trees, and this is one of the first of the newly created tree pieces. This tree lives somewhere in the Woolwich Township area, I couldn’t say exactly where, as this was taken on one of our many Sunday drives. This tree is fully dressed in leaves, but still allowed some openings to see through the canopy – kind of like a filigree.

I felt like this tree had something to say. Something like, “I’m exactly where I should be, and you can count on me to be here to keep an eye on things.” Very solid and steadfast, despite the see-through bits.



Raging Sky Po-e-Tree
24 x 48 (vertical)

 

Like the previous ‘Dusky Yielding FilaTree’, this tree also seemed to have something to say. It felt to me like the tree was dancing and singing just for the sky, extolling the virtues of grounded-ness to the ever-fleeting passing clouds. And the clouds responded by threatening rain. And rain is all that the tree really wanted.


 

Sun-Shielding GallanTrees
30 x 48 (vertical)

 

The photo for these trees was taken on the grounds of Homer Watson House and Gallery on one April late afternoon just as the sun was starting to take a dive towards the horizon. It felt like a great opportunity to shoot more tree photographs directly at the sun, so I took quite a few pictures, many of which have been transformed, as least in part, into tree paintings for this series.

For this piece, the trees are blocking the sun, kindly shielding me from the very bright light. I thought it was very gallant and kind of them to do that for me. But still, the sun’s presence manages to sneak around the edges of the tree, just to make sure I don’t forget about it’s brilliance.


 

The Joyful TreeLease
16 x 20 (vertical)

 

This photo was taken on the grounds of Homer Watson House and Gallery, and is one of several close-ups of trees in this collection. The leaves are new and just learning how to capture that ever-moving target of a sun. This day was a good day of sunning, and the leaves are ever joyful at their new venture!


 

Sun Catcher Training Day
24 x 24

 

This photo was taken on the grounds of Homer Watson House and Gallery, and is one of several close-ups of trees in this collection. The leaves are new and just learning how to capture the light of the sun. There is still much for the young leaves to learn, and they are being guided by the whispers from the branches.


 

Pre-Flight Pavilion Party
30 x 30

 

This photo was taken on the grounds of Homer Watson House and Gallery, and is one of several close-ups of trees in this collection. The leaves are at the end of their cycle, and finally, it’s time to let go. It’s not sad, as the leaves have always been jealous of the birds and really want to fly. So they get really happy about the matter in the weeks ahead, donning the fanciest colors they can manage.


 

Gracious Golden Passage Gala
36 x 36

 

This photo is from a drive somewhere in the Woolwich Township area. Cropping in the picture resulted in a scene that reads more like a river flowing behind the tree than simply an empty field. It seemed to me that whether it was to be a river or a field, there was this idea of it being a passageway, and the tree simply was there to enjoy the parade of whatever or whoever happened to pass along the way. On this day, the day is drawing closer to sunset, and there is a great anticipation and celebration of something special that is about to glide by. What a happy time!


 

Hidden Beyond the Green
30 x 30

 

This painting is based on a photograph I took at the Hidden Valley in Kitchener in advance of entering the Hidden Valley juried show at Homer Watson House and Gallery. I was fortunate to have a friend show me around the trails and the wonderful spaces in this hidden gem found in the midst of the trappings of paved city life. Thanks, nik! This day was the peak of summer, and very hot, humid, and especially distressing to me – BUGGY! Nevertheless, I persevered, and managed to hike to some wonderful spaces with trees, ponds, puddles, and pathways. It was a magical place, despite being pelted by the bugs.

This photo of a pond behind some trees stirred my imagination and made me wonder what was lying beyond the trees in the distance.


 

Spirit Tree Dawning
20 x 30 (vertical)

 

The basis for this painting comes from a photo of a tree taken on another drive somewhere in or near the Woolwich Township area. I could really see the personality in this tree, and was inspired to create a drawing based directly on the photograph. The drawing is very stylized, and I was curious to see what might happen if I were to subject the drawing to various photo filters. I got a result which had very little to do with the drawing, but it had an appeal that I couldn’t ignore, so I decided to use the filtered image as the starting point of my tree painting. So, much of the initial personality of the tree is now wiped out….but… a different personality has arisen, and almost seems like it’s become an evergreen tree of sorts. I really liked the coolness that I felt from the tree, and I felt that this tree existed specifically to greet each new day with a quiet calmness in advance of the day’s hectic pace.


 

TreeCentric Summer Glow
30 x 40 (vertical)

 

This is another photo taken from my excursion to Hidden Valley. I loved the sense of space in this photo. It seemed to me that it was a spiritual spot, and that the puddle was the alter-piece. But as I painted, what became perhaps more important to me was the notion of the clearing beyond the trees. So it made me think that spirit in a covered solitude was amazing, but there’s also great spirit in the openness and sunshine.


 

I Am Treemendous
24 x 48 (vertical)

 

The photo for this painting came about when I was somewhere in or near the Woolwich Township area. Here’s another tree with oodles of personality, and I was determined to try and capture some of it with my painting. Since this is about the tree only, I edited out all of the other extraneous elements…. Leaving only a strip of land, and sky, and the portrait of a great tree. This is a solitary tree, yet he’s very active, engaging his surroundings. He’s filling up the immense surrounding space with his boisterous charm, and won’t allow any entity in his space to feel lonely or sad.


 

Joyful Pines, Whispering Lines
20 x 16 (horizontal)

 

This is another photo from around Woolwich Township area, and also an image that I subjected to a photo filter. This resulted line of pine trees seemed to be dancing with the sky, and who can resist such a beautiful waltz?


 

Flourishing VitaliTree
11 x 11

Flourishing VitaliTree
Flourishing VitaliTree

This small tree sprang from pure imagination, and has such a happy presence.


 

Euphoric TreeQuility
48 x 36 (horizontal)

 

The photo used for this painting was taken from around the Woolwich Township area. I loved the sense of solitude and mystery in the photo, and was excited by the challenge to transform the snow-scene into a very joyful piece. I am so pleased that it feels tremendously joyful to me, and it also retains much the initial quietude that initially struck me.


Ellie’s Tree
18 x 24 (vertical)

 

This tree is located on the property of the Home Hardware headquarters in St. Jacobs. It’s a lone tree, but seems to have perfect form, pretty as a picture.

I wanted the tree to feel like it was being all dressed up in it’s finest Sunday-go-to-meeting frock, showing off it’s innocence and perfection.




 

If you missed the exhibition’s opening reception, don’t fret…
You can see them in person through the remainder of February, until March 7.

And, if you’d like a chance to find out more about the pieces in this collection, please plan to attend my Artist’s Talk, which is scheduled for Saturday, February 24, 1:00 – 3:00pm.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, Noon – 4:30 pm

Also, please be sure to notice the gift shop, where you can find greeting cards, unframed art prints, and notebooks, all for sale, and featuring the exhibited images of my work!


 

New Hoosmaller copy

art exhibition, Homer Watson House & Gallery, paintings

TreeCentricity!

I’ve been thinking for a long time about ways to present images of trees, and now, I’m deliriously happy to be able to share the images from my new collection of tree paintings!
These 18 paintings below comprise the content of my current show running now at Homer Watson House & Gallery.

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Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, Noon – 4:30 pm

 

 

If you missed the exhibition’s opening reception, don’t fret…
You can see them in person through the remainder of February, until March 7.

And, if you’d like a chance to find out more about the pieces in this collection, please plan to attend my Artist’s Talk, which is scheduled for Saturday, February 24, 1:00 – 3:00pm.

Also, please be sure to notice the gift shop, where you can find greeting cards, unframed art prints, and notebooks, all for sale, and featuring the exhibited images of my work!




The Paintings

The paintings below are listed in order of completion.
All of the paintings, except for “Grasping at Sunshine” are available for sale (as of this posting).

Grasping At Sunshine
Grasping At Sunshine

Grasping At Sunshine
40 x 60
NFS – On Loan, courtesy of Lou Seguin
2013


Available
UmBrOaken Silence

UmBrOaken Silence
40 x 30
SOLD!
2014


AbouttoSpoutwebr
About to Sprout

About to Sprout
20 x 20
$500.00
2014


Dusky Yielding FilaTree
Dusky Yielding FilaTree

Dusky Yielding FilaTree
20 x 24
$800.00
2016


Raging Sky Poo-e-treeprnt
Raging Sky Po-e-Tree

Raging Sky Po-e-Tree
24 x 48
$1475.00
2017


GallanTreeprint
Sun-Shielding GallanTrees

Sun-Shielding GallanTrees
30 x 48
SOLD!
2017


HappyTreeprnt
The Joyful Treelease

The Joyful Treelease
16 x 20
SOLD!
2017


SunCatchersprnt
Sun-Catcher Training Day

Sun-Catcher Training Day
24 x 24
$600.00
2017


Autumn Branchesprnt
Pre-Flight Pavilion Party

Pre-Flight Pavilion Party
30 x 30
$800.00
2017


Golden Treesprnt
Gracious Golden Passage Gala

Gracious Golden Passage Gala
36 x 36
SOLD!
2017

Hidden Beyound the Green
Hidden Beyond the Green

Hidden Beyond the Green
30 x 30
$1200.00
2017


Treeonblueprnt
Spirit Tree Dawning

Spirit Tree Dawning
20 x 30
$550.00
2017


Canopy Tree Prnt2
TreeCentric Summer Glow

TreeCentric Summer Glow
30 x 40
SOLD!
2017


Blue Tree prnt
I am Treemendous

I am Treemendous
24 x 48
$1100.00
2017


Pine Lines prnt2
Joyful Pines, Whispering Lines

Joyful Pine, Whispering Lines
20 x 16
SOLD!
2017


Flourishing VitaliTree
Flourishing VitaliTree

Flourishing VitaliTree
11 x 11
SOLD!
2017


Euphoric TreeQuility
Euphoric TreeQuility

Euphoric TreeQuility
48 x 36
SOLD!
2017


Ellie's Tree
Ellie’s Tree

Ellie’s Tree
18 x 24
$600.00
2017

 


 

New Hoosmaller copy

art exhibition, Homer Watson House & Gallery, paintings

TreeCentricity: A Sneak Peek!

Golden Treesprnt
TreeCentricity:
A Collection of Tree Paintings 
Opening Reception:
Sunday, February 4 | 2 – 4 pm
Meet the Artist Talk:
Saturday, February 24 | 1 – 3 pm
Homer Watson House and Gallery
Hope to see you there!

 

As my exhibition approaches, I thought maybe that it might be nice to show some of the images that inspired some of the paintings in this collection.  What kind of paintings do you think these images would inspire?  Stop by the exhibition to find out how I transformed and abstracted the imagery below!

 


 

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