News from the Studio
It’s been a hectic month here in the Studio despite the fact that this is generally my slow time! The renovations on the Studio are now complete and I am pleased with the new wall color. It felt great to get organized and put everything back into place. I am still hanging paintings but I am getting there…it is a process. Here are a few photos of how the Studio is looking right now:
Where I work!
Where Oliver watches me work!
Recently there was a knock on the Studio door and the people commented “We understand you are friends of the deer”. It is nice to know that we are known in town for being animal lovers! As it turned out, they were from the Animal Alliance of Canada, based out of Toronto. Please take a moment to check out the good work that the Alliance is doing on their website here. They stopped by hoping for a treat to some wildlife in our garden and the deer did not disappoint! You never know who you will come across when you visit Caprice Fine Art & Co Studio Gallery!
On Friday I had a chat with Chris Sprague of the Video Content Network from Philadelphia. My interview with Chris will be aired online on his program “Expert Showcase” at the end of March/early April. I will have more details for you in the next newsletter.
With the busy times in the Studio, there were days of painting which produced less than satisfactory works. In other words it was a waste of paint! You will never see these pieces as they will be destroyed. A painter certainly cannot win them all. I am working on a few other paintings and hope to get them finished up in the coming month.
However, my latest commission is now complete! It will soon be on it’s way to my collectors in Winnipeg. I loved working with the beautiful fall colors...can’t you just imagine walking down this path?
'A Walk in the Woods' oil on canvas, 30"X20", commission, Winnipeg, Man. www.capriceartstudio.com
Painting from the Vault!
In 1999, my young 18 year old neighbour carried me on his back on a hike to Meachen Creek Falls. It is a magical place that is near Kimberley, BC. If it wasn’t for Bart, I would not have had the opportunity to paint dozens of paintings from that area! My first painting from there is a view while standing directly above the falls and it is called “In Nature’s Arms”.
'In Nature's Arms', oil on canvas, 40"X40", private collection,
Kimberley, BC www.capriceartstudio.com
I am excited to announce my upcoming 6 week “Painting in Oils” class at Centre 64 Art Gallery. The course will cover oil painting techniques, the five rules of fine art (composition, value, color mixing, etc) as well as discussions on art history. The class will take place every Tuesday night from 7-9pm beginning April 26th to May 31. The price is $120 with no tax. A $40 deposit is required. Spots are limited, so book early. Bring your own supplies or they can be purchased from Caprice Fine Art & Co, but please let me know well in advance. If you do not wish to invest in purchasing supplies I can provide oil paints for you to use during the course for a nominal fee. Go to the website for more details. Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to register.
Meanwhile I continue to teach private art lessons in the Caprice Fine Art & Co Studio Gallery. As everyone knows renovations always take longer than expected, so I had no idea there would be hammering and banging during my recent art lesson! Luckily my student didn’t mind the extra bit of chaos. Since she is from Lethbridge there was no chance of re-scheduling her lesson and she managed to get a good start on her painting and we still had a good time!
Happy Anniversary to Caprice Fine Art & Co!
I recently received a note from a contact on LinkedIn congratulating me on my work Anniversary. As it turns out, Caprice Fine Art & Co Inc has been in business for thirteen years and I didn’t even realize it. Can you believe that? Thirteen years! On the one hand it feels like a blink, but on the other I realize how far I have come! I started in a small little studio in the back of my house. At that time there was no gallery, not even a website! In these economically difficult times it is an honour and a privilege to be in business for that many years and something I do not take lightly. I am still here because of a tremendous amount of support from customers, followers, friends and family. For that, I thank you all!