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29 June 2011

My First "En Plein Air" Painting!

by Regina Sabiston

In the Drizzling RainWell here it is...my first finished 'En Plein Air' painting. I really can't say that it's all that good and I hesitated to show it to all of you, but I am here to tell you that I have wanted to paint a 'plein air' painting for quite some time. I've started many, but have never really finished any of them. Okay...you can stop laughing now. I did this one on a very cold drizzling day in Regina at the Neil Balkwell Centre while taking my first 'En Plein Air' workshop with Ward Schell. He brought us a beautiful painting that he had done. It appeared as though he had dabbed on his colors and they were marvelous and the result was stunning. I wanted to be able to do that too, but truthfully it is a lot harder than you can imagine going from painting every little detail to painting only abstract shapes. When I looked at all the trees I tried to simplify and simplify I did. When I heard Ward say, "There are yellow greens, orange greens, blue greens, purple greens etc." I was astounded that greens had never been described that way to me before so with that in mind I created a whole lot of greens. I asked Ward if he would show us how he paints trees. His reason for not showing us how he paints trees was simply because he wanted us to develop our own style. Okay I can understand why, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed.

During our critiques this is what Ward said to me, "This is fine Reggie, if that is how you want your trees to look, but I think you are painting what you think you see and not what you really see." Yes, my trees are like trees you might see in a fairy tale book, but that's how they turned out. I believe it's partly due to my perfectionism. I try to make everything so even, so perfect. It's something that I struggle with. I say to myself...at least it looks like the dreary cold day that it was and we all agreed, our hands were nearly frozen to our paintbrushes.

The next day was a different story. We couldn't have asked for a more glorious day, but the park was so busy and we kept being interupted by all the people enjoying the wonderful day at the park. I was easily distracted and just wanted to do what the rest of the visitors were doing...walking and enjoying the day or kayaking on the lake, doing anything, but trying to paint trees. Everyone else seemed to be so focused. Attitude is everything and I'm here to tell you that I had the wrong attitude that day so the question is, "Do I really want to paint En Plein Air?"

I have to be honest with myself and the truth is that I don't know. Am I afraid that I might not succeed and be ridiculed? I need to search my soul for what it is I really want. Perhaps someday I will know the truth, but in the meantime I'm just going to have some fun. I love art and I'll keep trying new things until I find what's right for me. It may take me a lifetime, but it is in the journey that we discover ourselves and our mission in life. Perhaps I will be a jack of all trades and a master of none or maybe, just maybe I will have many missions...like Tom Cruise in "Mission Impossible". Ha!Ha!Ha! Have a great day my friends and laugh lots, even if it's at yourself.

28 June 2011


by AVR

Sometimes you have to descend into the darkness to realize that YOU Are the Light.

Artist and Teacher ~ Howard Cowdrick

by Regina Sabiston

RagePanicSlow Burn/SmoulderThe Veil of TransformationD'illusion

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Artist Howard Cowdrick has been studying The Day of the Dead images, The Death Masks of China, Japan, Egypt, the Aztec, the Maya, the Inca, The Tattoos of the Mauri and adornments of many nations/cultures and their symbolism (World Culture Iconography).

Howard says, "I have also been fascinated how symbols travel the glob with little change in meaning or content."

Waiting for two months for test results, with the possibility of the return of a terminal illness, Howard Cowdrick was introduced to "The Art of Healing" through a local group and it was suggested that a mask might be a good outlet.

Art is not new to Howard as he creates mixed-media works and paintings on canvas. He is also a teacher and has had two works published in Sancturary Magazine which is the quarterly "Journal of Massachusetts". I suggest you have a look at his website to see more of his artwork. I recently watched two of his videos on you tube about photo transfers and found them very useful.

It was on Wet Canvas that I first saw "Death Mask 2: Rage", 8" by 12", with backing piece and about 3.5" deep with sheer cover. I was suddenly overtaken by emotion...and it reminded of the movie, "The Silence of the Lambs".

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26 June 2011

Glittering Butterfly

by Regina Sabiston

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This is another one of the tiny boxes I made, but this time I tried to place the rhinestones in the shape of a Tiger Butterfly. Not perfect, but glitzy and bright. I carefully cut out the rhinestone stickers and placed them on the golden painted box. It's not as easy as it sounds. Once placed on top of the painted box, the rhinestones can be very difficult to move. I tried, but many times without success. It still turned out alright...good enough for me. The fun is in the making of it and after that all you have DSC00970 to do is place it in a sunny spot. I love things that sparkle and that's why I bought the rhinestone stickers. Why don't you give it a try, just for fun and who knows, you might find yourself crafting happily ever after! Ha!Ha!Ha!

25 June 2011

South American Portrait Artist ~ Victor Crisostomo Gomez

by Regina Sabiston

Circle of LifeAlone togetherHolding up the Sky

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Victor Gomez's paintings have always filled me with emotion. As a portrait painter, Victor paints the people and cultures of his native country Peru with an almost dream-like quality. His use of intense and symbolic colors (including shadows) are harmonious and beautiful. He wants his subjects to represent harmonie and values. They are a source of energy and life. Victor says, "In my art I seek to combine their strength and richness of heritage with the challenges of the urban world."

Victor Crisostomo Gomez is a Native American of Inca Qechana heritage living near Lima, Peru. He is a self-taught artist with an amazing talent who travels through the jungles of South America for his inspiration. His work is mysterious and full of treasures, rich in the heritage of the Native Americans of Peru. Victor's work can be seen on Facebook where I have personally admired and shared many of his paintings, but can also be seen on-line at Galory Today as well his personal website. I was lucky enough to have had the opportunity to see some of his paintings at the Exposures International Art Gallery of Fine Art in Sedona where I was filled with emotion as I stood before his recently sold painting, "Cradle of Love".

I love intense color and emotion in artwork and that is why I want to share Victor Gomez's paintings with you. I have never met him, but can feel his love and pride for his heritage in all of his work. The Native Americans of Peru are well represented by Victor as he combines the past and present together in an incredible style. Thank you for sharing your wonderful paintings with me and the world. Your paintings are powerful and captivating and to own one would be a treasure.

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