Friday, August 7, 2015

Waterfall

For the first time in a long time I have painted a landscape. And yes you read that correctly, PAINTED, not collaged. That makes two oil paintings in a row! No, this is the start of a major change of artistic direction. I had a couple of overdue commissions to execute and figured I had better get them done.

This painting is pretty big: 36 X 24, oil on linen. 'Waterfall' was inspired by a photo my daughter took in Mount Royal Park in Montreal a couple of years ago.

Waterfall 36 X 24 oil on linen © 2015 Alyson Champ

Mount Royal Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted who also designed New York's Central Park. As you can imagine, Mount Royal is a gem! It is a green oasis atop the summit of a small mountain, right smack in the heart of North America's most beautiful city.... Not that I'm biased or anything.

View of Montreal from Mount Royal
© 2012 Anna Kiraly

Okay, well maybe just a little.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Oil Painting

Since switching over to collage full time eight years ago, it's like a mini vacation for my brain whenever I get a commission to do an oil painting.

I recently had the pleasure of immortalizing a Canadian stallion (yes, Canadian IS a breed of horse) who belongs to a friend of mine. He is a beauty and a true gentleman, so the job was a pleasure.

First I gridded up a drawing from a photo that my friend and I selected as our best portrait reference option.

To avoid unnecessary labour, the drawing was transferred to the panel via tracing paper and then drawn over with thinned oil paint to preserve the lines.


Then comes the  blocking in the major colour and value areas. The finishing of a painting is - for me at least- a process of gradual refinement.


I always marvel at artists who can work on isolated areas of a painting at a time. I need to bring the whole picture along simultaneously so I can see how all the parts relate to each other. I was taught to do this, and as I work, I can still hear one of my old painting instructors shouting to the class, "Start everything at the same time; finish everything at the same time." I guess that advice stuck!

Here is a detail of the portrait near completion, and the finished product below.




Avery, 14x18 oil on panel


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

And Another Thing

Keeping with the Mackinac Island in summer theme, here is another collage hot off the work table.

Wrought Iron Fence - 8x10 painted paper collage on panel.

I must confess I rather like this one and will be a little sad to see it leave for Mackinac's Little Gallery. I hope it finds a good home!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Summer

Summer is in full swing here on the farm. The vegetable garden is growing gangbusters- and so are the weeds! Weeding is what I do instead of a hobby. The results are worth it, though.


When not in the garden or the barn, you can find me in the studio. Here are a couple of new collages destined for Mackinac's Little Gallery in Michigan. 

The Windermere 6x8

Wicker Rocker 5x7

Both collages say 'summer' to me. How about you?

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Work and Recent Work

It's a busy time of the year for work on the farm....oh, who am I kidding: it's always busy. Our lambs are growing;
Wool covered lawn mowers.


the garden is planted; we have ducks, broiler chicks, and new laying hens in the barn. And we have this little guy. Do you see him? One of these things is not like the other.

Chick, chick, chick....goose?


That little ball of fluff in the middle of all those chicks is a GOSLING! He (or possibly she) was hatched in an incubator I borrowed from a friend. I'm looking forward to having a goose around again since Henry the Watchdog doesn't bark. He just watches.

And in the new works department, these collages have recently arrived at Mackinac's Little Gallery on Mackinac Island, Michigan. The first one is already sold!


The Grand Hotel, Summer 10x6 (Sold)


The Iroquois Hotel 6x8

And I especially like how this one turned out. Wouldn't you like to stay there?

The Iroquois Patio 8x6

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A Little April Foolery

When I'm not making collages, I write a humour column for a sheep farming magazine. Now how many people can claim that?

Just click the link below.



Monday, March 30, 2015

A Couple of Cool Things

The good news about Katherine Tyrrell's book Drawing 365 has made it to The Huntingdon Gleaner. The Gleaner is weekly paper of the Chateauguay Valley area of Quebec.






Journalist Katie Martin came out to the studio last Monday to do an interview. She was also able to do an email interview with Katherine, which was kind of neat- all the way from the rural Chateauguay Valley of Quebec to London, England via the good old internet.

The other rather cool thing that happened recently was the video made for and about me by my old friend Tracy Martin made it onto a list of Eleven Artist Videos to Whet Your Appetite on the Art Biz Blog.



Art Biz is the brainchild of art coach Alyson Stanfield of Colorado, USA. She helps artists build and advance their careers through workshops, one-on-one coaching sessions, and a variety of writings. Her book, "I'd Rather Be in the Studio" is a personal favourite of mine. Alyson's blog postings, newsletters, and Twitter feed, are followed by THOUSANDS of artists worldwide. AND she spells her name the same way I do, which is kind of cool, too!

I have included Tracy's video again below. Cameo appearances by studio cats, sheep, and chickens.Enjoy!