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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!


 

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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

 


 

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TreeCentricity: A Sneak Peek!

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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 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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About Trees…

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 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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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!

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Spooked by Triskaidekaphobia???

Does the fear of the number 13 affect you??  Hopefully not!

The Ferrari 500 is an art show popping up this coming Friday the 13 – and it’s less than 2 weeks away!  The only scary part is the possibility that you’ll miss out and forget to come… so mark your calendars!

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It’s really nothing to be scared of – especially since it’s going to be sooooo much fun and a feast for the eyes!

• 17 very friendly, approachable, and un-scary local artists will in be attendance, showing their awesome original art, and they all will be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.

• All of the amazing art for sale is decidedly affordable, as every item for sale at our event will be priced at the un-scary price of $500.00 OR less!

• Way-Cool Door Prizes!!  Each person coming to the Ferrari 500 will be given a door prize ticket, and you will get to choose your chance from a wide array of donated art, gift certificates, etc. (donated by our artists!)  Believe! Believe in the power and luck of the number 13, and you could be coming home with a wonderful door prize!  Believe!

• Making our community a bit stronger is surely a non-scary and joyful thing to do…  Did you know that 10% of any purchase you make will be donated by the artist to The Working Centre, a Kitchener institution that is making a difference in our community!

• A New Signature Cocktail:  The Formula One!
This pineapple juice and moonshine concoction was crafted by Terry Gibson of Moondance Whiskeys, our event’s provider of spirits!  No, not the scary kind of spirits… it’s OK!  In additional to the tasty Formula One, Terry with be serving up his special selections of wine and beer.

Formula One 970

Developed with rising star Ben Murphy of Murphy’s Law Distillery, Elmira, Ontario, Moondance is a double distilled, triple charcoal filtered corn mash spirit, historically known as Moonshine, the first offering of its type made in Canada using traditional recipes originating from 17th Century Midlands England and further refined in the Hills of West Virginia, USA.

•  Yummy Snacks!
Our 17 artists will also be providing their own signature snacks for the evening.  How can that be scary?!  Nom nom nom!

Friday the 13th?  It’s really a lucky day, with the power to change your life.
Just imagine, you come out to our event in the energizing space of Communitech’s Area 151 Hub, make some new friends with artists, fall in love with a painting, and by purchasing it, you strengthen a worthy community organization (The Working Centre), and bring some visual joy to your home – very lucky indeed!!!

Where:       Communitech, 151 Charles St. W, Kitchener
When:         Friday, October 13, 2017,  from 5:00pm to 9:00pm

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Now on Display at Art District Gallery:

Winter’s finally given up, so come on out and enjoy the sunshine as you saunter on over to the Art District Gallery in downtown St. Jacobs to see my latest work in our new exhibition!  It’s on display until May 23.

Art District Gallery
1369 King St. N.
HOURS:
Tues-Thur….11AM-4PM
Fri-Sat ………10AM-5PM
Sundays ………..12-4PM

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

24 x 48     •     Acrylic on Canvas     •     $1475.00

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Winter Farmscape Frolic

30 x 20      •     Acrylic on Canvas     •     $800.00

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Fertile Farm Fantasia

36 x 24     •     Acrylic on Canvas     •     $900.00

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Art District Gallery Welcomes Diana Erb!

The Art District Gallery is pleased to welcome Diana Erb as our newest member with a flair for abstract expression!  Don’t miss the chance to come out to our next opening reception to welcome Diana and experience the creative vibe of all of ADG’s artists!

Art makes a wonderful Easter gift too – we have a whole wall of smaller pieces that will fit into your Easter basket… and Woo Hoo!…. no calories!ADG_APRIL-14_2017_POSTER_WEB

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Ferrari 500 Update

WOW!!!  The Ferrari 500’s Debut Exhibition was a fantastic success!

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We had roughly 200 art lovers come through to check out art by 12 artists, and they came with buying art in mind! In a single 5 hour period, $6,000+ of art was sold!

I think we’ve proven the concept: A price point of $500.00 as a maximum for an art show really does have power to bring in buyers. Affordable Excellence.

Our community non-profit beneficiary, Button Factory Arts (our Waterloo community arts hub), will receive 10%, which will be $600+, plus the proceeds from some donated artwork. Yay!

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So, I’m sending a big THANK-YOU! to all who came out, who purchased art, and who helped make this event a reality!

I didn’t do this show all on my own, as the participating artists pitched in greatly with graphic design services, promotional expertise, and much more.

So, after a rest, it’ll be time to start gearing up for the 2nd rendition, Mach 2.  😊

 


 

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The Ferrari 500 Sneak Peek

The Slide Show Below gives you a peek at what I’ll be offering at Friday’s Ferrari 500.

Eleven other local artists will be showing their amazing work as well.  We’ll all be donating 10% of the proceeds from every sale to Button Factory Arts.

Every single piece is priced at $500.00 or UNDER!

Hope to see you there!
Friday Evening, February 24, 4:00pm to 9:00pm at Button Factory Arts

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I work in acrylics. Acrylics dry quickly, and this fast drying is what makes all of my transforming layers possible, because I don’t have to wait more than a few minutes for the paint to dry. Once the paint dries, I can forge ahead with another layer, without the worry of having unwanted glopping textures appear on my painting.

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Me in one of my typical paint shirts.

Blending with acrylics is challenging, precisely because the drying time for acrylics is very short. In order to blend colours smoothly, I have to work very quickly, as the key to blending is controlling the amount of paint and/or water on the paintbrush. Wiping the brush is the best way to manage the amount of paint on my brush. Did I mention I have to work very quickly? My wipe rag must be on hand at all times. There is no time to search for a misplaced wipe rag.  Having a traditional wipe rag hasn’t been a reliable solution to my wiping needs, which is where my paint shirt comes in. I always know exactly where my wiping rag is, because I’m wearing it!

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Me wiping paint on my shirt.

My paint shirt has paint wiped and smeared all over it, and it doesn’t take long for a shirt to become encrusted with my acrylic paints.  If my paint shirt is relatively new from the thrift store, the shirt is also at its peak absorbency and usefulness as a wiping rag.  If my paint shirt has been in use for weeks or months, a globular texture begins to develop on the shirt. Putting the shirt through the heat of a dryer cycle repeatedly allows a bead-like texture to develop as the acrylic layers on the shirt melt and meld together. A globular paint shirt is not as effective a wiping tool as a newer shirt, so eventually, the paint shirt is retired and put away, and it’s time to visit the thrift store to find a replacement.

Because my wiping action is so ingrained and so automatic, I find that this wiping habit is very dangerous to my wardrobe. So, in order to not ruin my ‘nicer’ clothing, I tend to wear my paint shirts most of the time, and I go everywhere in my paint shirts. I get a lot of comments about my paint shirts, and surprisingly to me, most people think that the paint patterning on the shirt is intentional. I’ve often been told that I should sell my paint shirts because they look so colourful and cool.

It’s hard for me to imagine anyone wanting to wear my paint shirts, but it has also been hard for me to want to throw away these wonderfully random assemblages of texture and colour. This is what led me to preserving my paint shirts on wooden artist panels.

Much like stretching a canvas, I stretch my paint shirts over the wooden panels. Then, I position the shirt for the best composition possible, before adhering the shirt with acrylic gel and stapling the material to the backside of the panel. I give the stretched fabric a final clear coat, in order to protect the globules, and to bring out the colours to their maximum brilliance. Each shirt panel is a dynamic artifact from my process of painting, is fully unique, and is not replicable.

For the first time, these shirt panels are for sale, and will be shown at an upcoming art event, The Ferrari 500! It’s a must-go show for art collectors is coming to the Region!  The Ferrari 500 is a unique art sale featuring art from 12 of our local artists. Why is it unique?  Every piece of art in the show is priced at $500.00 or UNDER, and 10% of the proceeds of all sales go to benefit Button Factory Arts.

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It’s a one-day only event, and will race by like…a Ferrari…so mark your calendars:  Friday, February 24 from 4:00pm to 9:00pm at Button Factory Arts at 25 Regina St. S., in Waterloo.