Here are a few more details from the painting completed by the family referred to in Part 1 of this post! They had so much fun! Enjoy and keep making art!
Some of you may think I am saying goodbye to you but I am not. Anyone who has been following my blog for over 5 or 6 weeks knows I had completed a painting with a family with whom I had worked for about year. We completed the painting during our final meeting just before I moved to Newfoundland. As promised just after that meeting, here are some of the photographs of the work completed that day by this wonderfully creative family. I will post more over the next few days. I hope the family now has this piece hanging proudly in their home as their efforts to work together in creating it need to be celebrated every day! Enjoy, think about sharing your talents with others in creative ways and keep making art!!
Today, I thought I would showcase my daughter’s works of art. She loves making jewelry and is doing a jewelry camp this week with an exhibition of the work planned for July 27, 2012 from 3:45pm to 4:30 at the University of New Brunswick Art Centre. One thing that I have noticed about my children since their Mommy found her art again is that are experimenting much more with their own. I love it!! Enjoy and keep making art!!!
In memory of Penny, my neice, who passed away suddenly six months ago today. Twenty-three forever. I ‘ll always be her god-mother, she’ll always be in my heart. This work was actually painted a few weeks after she passed but “she” was on my mind for months, dog-eared in a travel magazine. I wanted to paint a close facsimile of that advertisement…for practise using different tones and shades of one colour. After Penny passed, I looked at “her” differently, seeing that she looked like Penny (I didn’t do her justice at all by the way) and was wearing a wonderful travelling cloak as she embarks on her next life’s adventure. Enjoy, love the ones around you for they can leave without warning and, as always, keep making art.
So after this title I am guessing you were wondering what the heck I had planned for this post. Well, those of you who have followed my artistic meanderings over the last few months may recall me posting one of a five piece series called “My Mother’s Closet”. Then I posted a detail of another in the series but didn’t show it to you in its entirety. Well, here they are…all five in the “My Mother’s Closet” Series. They are all acrylic on canvas and are 24 x 36. The photographs were taken by me so my apologies to all of my wonderfully talented photographer blogger friends…I know, some of these photos are a little wonky (and one has my overhead fan pull in it!!) so please forgive me for this!
These five pieces are a tribute to my 82-year-old mother and all of the fabulous colours she surrounded me with as a child and continues to do so to this day. They are my rendition of her closet from her home in Florida. The pieces have been in the works for a little over a year and finally, they are complete! Thank you to my wonderful mother for her inspiration throughout my life. I hope she realizes how much Colour and Joy she adds to my life and the life of my children every single day! Thank you as well to Jean Rooney and Donna Mulholland, who continue to guide me in my journey back to art. Thank you to my husband and children for encouraging me in my daily art practice these past hundred days and more (as well as my daily blogging practice). The support of my friends and colleagues is also greatly appreciated. Finally, thank you to my fellow journey women and men who have enriched my artistic education in more ways than I could ever describe. Enjoy, cherish the ones you love and what they bring to your life and, as always, keep making art!!!
Copyright 2012 Lorelei Walsh Park
My apologies for the flash in the centre of the photo. I painted this piece in November 2010 and was still really new at the art and the photography! At that time I was combing through art books like there was no tomorrow and was also looking through magazines as well. I was drawn to chairs (still am) and for fun and in order to do some experimentation with different techniques and colours as well as try to learn a little about art history I thought I would integrate the two..or in this case the five! There are four chairs and the loving, motherly and yet militaristic lady (boy does life ever imitate art or visa versa in this case..read my ‘about me’ and a few of my earliest blogs for hints on why!). The lady you ask..she is from a book called Naive Art (Art of Century) by Nathalia Brodskaya.
According to Wikipedia, “the term naïve art, is often seen as outside art which is without a formal (or little) training or degree. While this was true before the twentieth century, there are now academies for naïve art. Naïve art is now a fully recognized art genre, represented in art galleries worldwide”. The lady though, I can not recall the artist’s work on whom she is based! It was well over a year ago, and I have long since returned the book, so please forgive me! Enjoy, learn about naive art and its artists and keep making art!
Acrylics? Well yes, it is true, I have been having an affair with acrylics while the watercolours are out! Anyone who has seen my work is aware already that I also paint with acrylic paints and re-visited the watercolours due to the fact that the acrylic works tend to “scream to go big” as my art teacher Jean Rooney would say (love her I do!). Well, when I’m working on the larger acrylics I wanted to also create a smaller work each day that allowed me to play around and experiment with watercolours. I have learned so much about watercolours of late, but just enough to know that I still have so much to learn, and have really come to realize that I love watercolours and acrylics equally and can not leave one for the other. So today I’m posting a detail of a completed piece that is the fourth in a five piece series called “My Mother’s Closet”( other details of the work in progress were posted on January 23, 2012 in a post called Watercolourist in Training: Life is a succession of lessons…. ). The five works are based on the colours of my mother’s closet as they hung in her home in Florida. She is a very lovely lady and adorns herself in wonderful colours which compliment her inner beauty and accessorize her outward beauty. I hope I am still wearing these colours when I’m 82!! Not to worry thought, when all five are complete I’ll post them all together…as they should be. Enjoy, wear colours you love and keep making art!