art exhibition, Homer Watson House & Gallery, paintings

About Trees…

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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 feel compelled to try to explain why I’ve been so concentrated on trees….

Why dedicate a year to painting trees?

The reasons to focus on trees are innumerable, from environmental issues to the irrepressible Groot; trees seem to be taking the forefront of my consciousness, and they may not let up on me anytime soon.

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Since my work is decidedly abstracted, depicting the physical reality of trees is always a creative challenge.  What kind of form language can I invent for trees?  How much can I abstract a tree and still have it read as’ ‘tree’?  What are the essential aspects of trees?  What is the most important thing that a representation of a tree has to say?   These questions are endlessly fascinating to me, and still, I believe there is much more to do and explore.

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The ubiquitous nature of trees propels me even further.  They are always just there, buffering the sky from the ground; softening the harshness of urban landscapes.  And if you’re not paying attention to them, you could miss out on so much poetry about living, personality, and stability.  And even if you’re not paying attention, the trees are there, giving you clues about the world you’re in.  They’ll tell you what season you’re in, or about the stillness of the air.  Every year, I marvel at their autumn display of yellows, oranges, and reds; their winter displays of branching structures with collections of glorious frozen water crystals, their spring displays of fresh yellow-green renewal, and their summer displays of lush, sheltering canopy.  I’m especially captivated by their dances with the wind.  But all it takes is to see, to notice, and appreciate; and then, you’re opened to a world where trees become individuals with personalities and attitude, just waiting to have their story told.  I believe part of their purpose is to inspire us with their quiet strength and sense of community.

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As someone who strives to capture positivity with paint, I believe focusing on trees can help to center us and bring us back into alignment with the flow, harmony and wisdom of life. I imagine that trees are trying to teach us how to be strong and majestic, even with all of our flaws.  Through my Sunday drives through rural regions, I commune with the trees, and capture images of the trees whose voices seem to be loudest, and whose accompanying landscape and sky are the best counterpart to enhance the tree’s expression.  I imagine the trees are communicating with the sky and the heavens, and translating those messages to those of us scurrying along the ground.

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art exhibition, Homer Watson House & Gallery, paintings

TreeCentricity… Coming Soon!!!

A forest of Amy Ferrari tree paintings is coming soon…

For most of last year, I have concentrated my painting on the expression of trees.
I have amassed a collection that showcases the personalities of all types of trees and I am honoured to debut this new collection at Homer Watson House & Gallery! 
Please plan to come join me on Sunday, February 4th, to celebrate the opening of TreeCentricity!  I can’t wait to share a year’s worth of art with everyone!

Opening Reception Sunday, February 4 | 2 – 4 pm

Meet the Artist Talk Saturday, February 24 | 1 – 3 pm

 


 

Woo Hoo!

Classes, Homer Watson House & Gallery

New!!! Mini-Lecture Series: Composition Concentration

Clear your Friday evenings this fall!  I’m so pleased to announce that I will be presenting a new mini-lecture series at Homer Watson House and Gallery!

This is an in-depth lecture mini-series (3 two-hour sessions) suitable for both beginners and intermediate level artists. The traditional elements and principles of design will be explored and re-evaluated from the perspective of the viewer. The eye-opening presentations will be augmented with interactive activities and simple exercises for the participants. As well, there will be plenty of question and answer time.

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With a design-based vocabulary, participants will test their critical thinking skills in a special critique exercise during the last session. Participants will evaluate paintings (paintings for critique will be provided), and determine the reasons for each painting’s strengths and weaknesses.

Self-guided exercises for independent study that focus on basic composition concepts will also be provided online and will be available for download in a PDF format.

Whether you’re at the early stages of considering concepts of composition, or perhaps could benefit from a review, come out and enjoy this informal discussion concentrating on composition.  Refreshments will be provided.

Sign-up at: Homer Watson House and Gallery

Homer Watson House and Gallery Art Talks
Course# 17177
Fridays, 7:00 – 9:00pm  $29/$32
September 22, September 29, and October 6


Link to Class Notes & Images on Google Drive.


Woo Hoo!