Category Archives: Blog

Dziadzio – 2018 TIFF – Short Cuts Programme 02

Delighted, excited and proud to attend the world premier of Short Cuts film – Dziadzio – in addition to 6 other short cut films on the evening of September 7, 2018 at the Scotiabank Theatre, Toronto ON.

Intro to TIFF Short Cuts Programme 02, Sept. 7, 2018

Congratulations to Aaron Ries (director/producer) and a special shout out to our son John Gallagher (editor) and the rest of the group who worked on Dziadzio.  Well done!!!

Director Aaron Ries (Rt) post screening Q&A
John & Aaron at after-party

Forelle Pears – Watercolour on Canvas

The 3 Forelle pear paintings (8’x10”) are my first attempt at applying watercolour on canvas.

Forelle Pear #1
Forelle Pear #1, watercolour on canvas, ©, 2018

To begin, I prepped each canvas with several coats of Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground as per instructions.  Applying my first layer of watercolour was a new experience.  As with watercolour paper, I started by applying a wetter tonal layer which was not effective.

After viewing other artist videos, I began using more intense colour with less water for better success.

Forelle Pear #2
Forelle Pear #2, watercolour on canvas, ©, 2018

A light spray of Krylon Workable Fixatif allowed me to add more watercolour layers … stippling, shadows, etc.  The trick was to use light brush strokes and not work the watercolour too much as the layers begin to lift.

Forelle Pear #3
Forelle Pear #3, watercolour on canvas, ©, 2018

 

This may not be the correct technique … but overall pleased with the results.  Will definitely try again!

Hooked on Tradition

Hooked on Tradition ~ Exhibition of works by the Newmarket Rug Hooking Guild ~ March 10 – April 28, 2018
Aurora Cultural Centre, 22 Church St., Aurora ON
http://auroraculturalcentre.ca/events/hooked-tradition/

Attended the opening of the exhibition on Friday. Amazed by the detail and history of the rugs. Beautiful pieces of fabric art using materials such as wool, ribbon, yarn and even t-shirts! Some rugs are quite old … from Newfoundland. Worth a visit.

Hooked on Tradition
Exhibition of works by the Newmarket Rug Hooking Guild, Opening March 23, 2018
Hooked on Tradition
Exhibition of works by the Newmarket Rug Hooking Guild, Opening March 23, 2018
Hooked on Tradition
Exhibition of works by the Newmarket Rug Hooking Guild, Opening March 23, 2018
Hooked on Tradition
Newmarket Rug Hooking Guild member – Cecile with her first hooked rug 

 

“Prairifire Reds” Awarded 3rd Prize at VAM Members’ Art Show & Sale

here 2018 VAM Annual Members’ Show & Sale – March 21 -29, 2018
Excited that my entry “Prairifire Reds” – Branch of Prairifire Flowering Crabapple Tree was awarded 3rd prize! The show runs until March 29th at Visual Arts Mississauga, 4170 Riverwood Park Lane, Mississauga ON L5C 2S7.
https://www.visualartsmississauga.com/

"Prairifire Reds"
“Priarifire Reds” – Branch of Prairifire Flowering Crabapple Tree

Latest Work – “Prairifire Reds”

“Prairifire Reds” – Branch of Prairifire Flowering Crabapple Tree

It was the dark red crabapples (pomes) that caught my attention one sunny late fall day while walking at the The Riverwood Conservancy in Mississauga.  And it was not until this past summer that I was able to identify the type of crabapple tree … a Prairifire Flowering Crabapple (Malus ‘Prairifire’).  The tree is a disease-resistant cultivar developed by Dr. Daniel Dayton, University of Illinois in 1982.  He misspelled the name intentionally.  Do you know that crabapple trees are members of the rose family, Rosaceae?  People are attracted to the Prairifire crabapple by its deep pink-red flowers, its ever-changing leaf colour … maroon to dark green/purplish-red veins to bronze … and its reddish-grey bark.  I was hoping to obtain another small specimen for my painting, but sadly on my visit the tree appeared stressed with few leaves and fruit.   Enjoy!

 

"Prairifire Reds" - Branch of Prairifire Flowering Crabapple Tree
(New) “Prairifire Reds” – Branch of Prairifire Flowering Crabapple Tree © $720.00 CDN

Artwork is done in coloured pencil w. graphite on Fabriano Artistico hot press paper. Framed 27¼” x 22¼”.

http://jackiegallagher-artwork.com/artwork/other-mediums/

Botanical Artists of Canada 2017 Juried Exhibition – July 2017

Excited that my juried entry – “Spring’s Harbinger” – Pussy Willow ~ Salix discolor was awarded 3rd place and the People’s Choice Award at the recent  BAC 2017 Juried Exhibition – A Celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary through its Native and Indigenous Plants, July 5 – 26, 2017.  The exhibition was held at the Robert Langen Art Gallery, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo ON.

Spring’s Harbinger – Pussy Willows (Salix discolor) ©

 

 

Botanical Artists of Canada 2017 Juried Exhibition – Closes July 26, 2017

Just a reminder that there is less than 1 week left to view the BAC 2017 juried exhibition at the Robert Langen Art Gallery in the Library, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario. As one visitor noted … it is certainly worth the trip to Waterloo. I will be sitting the exhibiton on Sunday, July 23rd from 11 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Plan your visit then. The exhibition closes on Wednesday, July 26th at 12:00 noon.

I’m excited that my piece – “Spring’s Harbinger” – Pussy Willow ~ Salix discolor was awarded 3rd place!

Spring’s Harbinger – Pussy Willows (Salix discolor) ©

Botanical Artists of Canada 2017 Juried Exhibition, July 5 to 26, 2017

 

The Botanical Artists of Canada (BAC) invites you to its upcoming 2017 juried exhibition titled:

A Celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary through its Native and Indigenous plants. 

The Botanical Artists of Canada is presenting a Juried Botanical Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings depicting native and indigenous plants of Canada.  The exhibition will celebrate the existence, beauty, uniqueness and diversity of Canada’s native and indigenous plants (including fungi); connect people with plants and botanical art through the artist’s creative expression; and inform the public of how our native plants sustain our lives, our habitat and the natural world.

Hope to see you there!

My entry in the Exhibition.

Spring’s Harbinger – Pussy Willows (Salix discolor) ©

FENIX Art Exhibition, Fayetteville, Arkansas

FENIX Art Exhibition

On our way from the Fayetteville market on Saturday, April 8th, we happened upon the opening reception of a 3-week art exhibition by Fenix Fayetteville (an artist and artisan collective in Northwest Arkansas) in conjunction with Experience Fayetteville.  The art exhibition was the first event to be held in the Walker-Stone House*.  The works of 29 artists on display included paintings and drawings, photography, sculptures, ceramics, installations and mixed-media.

I was intrigued by the silverpoint and watercolour pieces by Karla Walden Caraway.  Silverpoint drawing is a technique I would like to learn more about.

Stonepoint Artwork
Stonepoint Artwork by Karla Walden Caraway ©

 

Watercolor & Pencil Artwork
Watercolor & Pencil Artwork by Karla Walden Caraway ©

Artist Janis Gill Ward also drew by attention with her loose (somewhat abstract) watercolour pieces (below).

Walking the Beach
Walking the Beach, watercolor by Janis Gill Ward ©
When the Rooster Came into the Yard
When the Rooster Came into the Yard, watercolor by Artist Janis Gill Ward ©

The art exhibition was an unexpected yet quite delightful experience.  We were glad that we took the time to “drop in”.

*Walker-Stone House, Est. 1845, Fayetteville, Arkansas

The nearly 6,000 sq. ft. house was built in 1845 by Judge David Walker, an attorney who became one of the first justices on the Arkansas Supreme Court.  Walker built the home as a wedding present to his wife and they were married there.  In 1850, the house was sold to local merchant Stephen K. Stone who occupied it during the American Civil War (it was hit by Confederate cannon fire during the war) and for most of its history.  Stone’s grandson Edward D. Stone, a world-renowned architect, reacquired the house and began restoring it in the early 1970’s.  The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Walker-Stone House