Thursday, September 29, 2011

You Never Can Tell



Studio Tour 2011 - all photos by the artist (that would be me!)

The 2011 edition of the Hemmingford Studio Tour is now a thing of the past. The signs have been stored for next year, the number of visitors tallied, and no doubt planning for the 2012 Tour will soon begin.

This year, I exhibited my work at Roxham Farm, which is the home studio of watercolourist Susan Heller. Roxham is a delightful place, a real old fashioned farm which dates back to the first half of the nineteenth century, and retains its antique charm.

Roxham Farm

Because I am a self-employed artist and a farmer, I really don't get out much. The weekend of the Tour was a pleasant opportunity to talk with other artists about our different techniques and media, and to chat about the art market. In Sue's barn, I shared wall space with Sue, John Hodges, and Helga Sermat.


Watercolours by John Hodges (in frame) and Susan Heller, along with some wool for sale.




Helga hanging her cards .


More of Helga's colour pencil work.




Some of my set up.





And some ducks.

The Tour was also an opportunity for me to see people I almost never get to see or haven't seen in years, and also the chance to meet all kinds of new people. You never know who will come out to a studio tour; it really takes all sorts. Of course there were some artists come to check us out, and I met some local farmers and people from the area, some Montrealers out for a day in the country, and a few Americans. I also met a statuesque,blond, Swedish masseuse (and her dog), and a man who had built a trebuchet. Yes a trebuchet: a forty foot high medieval siege engine capable of hurling a three hundred pound weight a distance of six hundred feet. Now, that's your winner right there, I think.



Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Hemmingford Studio Tour


It's that time of year again! No, not Christmas, but that is coming, too! The Hemmingford Studio Tour/ Circuit des Arts takes place this weekend, September 24th and 25th from 10 am to 5 pm. This year I will be moving my studio out to the farm of Susan Heller, 332 Roxham Road, where I am sharing wall space with three other artists: Susan Heller (watercolour), John Hodges (watercolour), and Helga Sermat (mixed media). This is the third edition of the Tour, and as always there is a beautiful collective exhibit at the Old Convent, 549 rue Frontiere, in downtown Hemmingford. If you are in the area, please stop in- I'd love to meet you! To take a look at the Tour brochure just click here . There you will find a map and details about the participating artists. And you never know, you might just get an early start on that Christmas shopping or find the perfect gift for a friend's birthday. Keats wasn't wrong, a thing of beauty is a joy forever.

I'm taking fifteen collages to the Tour this year, all varnished,framed and ready to hang. Here is a sample of what I will have on sale:

On the Bit - 6x4 collage on panel, © 2011 Alyson Champ ($165)


Miss Juliet - 10x8, collage on panel, ©2010 Alyson Champ ($245)


Pinto - 7x5, collage on panel, © 2011 Alyson Champ ($195)

Arnold Would Like a Cookie - 11x8.5 collage on panel, © 2011 Alyson Champ ($350)

I hope to see you there!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Winter Blues



Winter Blues- 16x20 painted paper collage on panel ©2011 Alyson Champ


As much as part of me dreads the coming of winter, another (weird) part of me actually looks forward to it.
I usually start thinking about the winter sometime in July, and this pondering of the ice and snow generally manifests itself in some winter themed art.

Since I am full on into collage making now and am anxious to try it out on landscape "paintings"  and other subjects, fittingly the need to represent winter came out as a collage: Winter Blues.

When my daughter asked me why on earth I was making a winter picture in August, I could only answer, "Because I like to look at blue." Go ahead and imagine the appropriate eye rolling.