News from the Studio
Ah…the start of a new year. As I reflect on the past year, I am grateful for the successes I’ve had here at Caprice Fine Art & Co. It is also a time to look towards the future, set goals and make plans. Lots of things on the horizon! My theme for the new year is to do things that I have wanted to do for a long time but kept putting off! I am well on my way. In fact, just yesterday I ordered a new zoom lens for my camera. This is one item I have been wanting for years and now I can hardly wait to see how the new photographs will inspire a change in my paintings. Yay for upcoming road trips! So many new possibilities!
I have also begun a new BIG project that has been in the plans for years! I am incredibly inspired at the moment but it is simply too soon to tell you about it. Stay tuned to future newsletters where I promise to provide updates.
In early December, I had the pleasure of sitting down in the Studio with Keith Powell, the publisher of ‘Kootenay Business’ magazine. I was honoured by his words and feel he captured the essence of my work and what it’s like to visit the Caprice Fine Art & Co Studio Gallery in this recent online article “Kimberley artist Caprice Hogg brings mountain vistas to life”. Click on the title to view the article.
Photo courtesy of Keith Powell of "Kootenay Business" magazine.
December has been a hectic month with lots of festivities and distractions. To be honest, I dabbled in the Studio, made plans for future paintings, did some sketching, but I certainly did not complete any paintings in time for this newsletter. First on the agenda for the new year will be to work on two commission paintings. So grateful to have patient clients who are willing to wait until the time is right for their paintings to come to fruition.
I have a fantastic story to share with you! In my last newsletter, I posted a painting called “West Kootenay Splendour”. Believe it or not, this painting found it’s new home with my Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Heck and her husband! A few years ago, I received an email from Mrs. Heck and she informed me that she had been following my work on my website and she wanted to own one of my paintings one day. Well, that day finally arrived and I couldn’t be happier! I have to keep pinching myself as I remember playing at her house when I was a little girl…I even went to sleepover parties at her home with her daughter! What a small world, eh? Even though we haven’t seen each other in nearly 30 years, we are looking forward to hopefully getting together in the new year. In the meantime, Mrs. Heck has a small piece of me hanging on her living room wall!
Here I am with Mrs. Heck blowing out the candles on my 6th Birthday cake in my Kindergarten class. She was a wonderful teacher!
You may have noticed the new section of my newsletter titled “Featured Art Documentary”. During the winter months I love to sit and watch art documentaries in the evening. Does this make me a nerd? More often than not, they inspire me! This month I watched one of my favourites called “The West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson”. Rather than being inspired by his work, I went into the Studio and wanted to paint over all of my paintings after comparing my work to his! I began painting over one painting, but then decided it was time to give my paintbrush a rest. Now after some time away I am once again fully inspired and encouraged to take the strength, power and brilliance from Tom’s paintings and hopefully paint some of that into my next painting. The next masterpiece is only a few strokes away, right? I must never stop dreaming…
Painting from the Vault!
The commission painting that I am currently working on is a view of the sun setting over mountains and reflecting in a lake. It reminds me of a painting called “Dusk” that I painted in 1998. If memory serves me correctly, that was the last time I painted a sunset. It’s time to get back to it!
'Dusk', oil on canvas, 20X24", private collection, Calgary, AB www.capriceartstudio.com
I thoroughly enjoyed the students that painted with me in the Studio this year. I am open for one on one private art lessons at my Studio Gallery here in Kimberley. If you would like to learn to paint in oils or to expand your knowledge of art, please contact me to arrange a lesson. Supplies can be provided.
Continuing on with plans for the new year, one of the other projects that I have wanted to do for a long time is to teach a weekly class at our local art gallery. I am contemplating teaching a 6 week course, one night a week. Please drop me a note if this would be something you would be interested in. If I get enough interest, I will carry on and get things booked. More info will be posted in upcoming newsletters. Thanks for your feedback!
Happy New Year!
As I am focusing on painting, the Studio will only be open sporadically over the winter months. I do however welcome visitors by appointment. Please drop me an email or call if you are in town and would like to stop by. I would love to see you!
I sign off with best wishes of good health, joy and of course great art for you in this coming year. Thank you for being a part of my life and I look forward to hearing from you!