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Botanical Artists of Canada (BAC) Sketchbook Exchange

In September, I began participating in BAC’s first ever Sketchbook Exchange. Each exchange group has 10-12 participants. Starting with my own sketchbook, I complete a sketch each month and mail the sketchbook to the next participant. At the end of the exchange, my sketchbook will return to me, filled with botanical sketches from BAC members across the country. Here are my sketches for September – October – November. Each month I will post another sketch.

September – Stonecrop (crassulaceae)
October – Bur Oak (quercus macrocarpa)
November – Shumard Oak (quercus shumardii)

Art of the Garden: the Garden in Art – Closing Celebration

The closing celebration for the botanical & floral exhibition was held at the Grey Gallery, Owen Sound on Friday July 5, 2019. Several of the participating artists including myself attended the evening reception. Visitors had the opportunity to speak to the artists about their works and were entertained by local jazz musician Paul Danard.

23rd Calling All Artists Art Show

You are invited! Come to see the talent of Jackie Gallagher and 39 other fine artists living in Del-managed condominiums. Free admission. Bring your family, friends and neighbours. Light refreshments will be served. See you on Sunday, May 5th between 1 – 5 pm at Classic/Excellence Recreation Centre, 85/89 Skymark Drive, Don Mills, ON.
For directions to the show please call 416-499-8406. For further information call Patricia MacKellar 416-739-5413.

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

go to these guys 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

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  http://alfonsomaiorana.com/:/youtube.com/embed/jWdXWJrCmVs?wc-ajax=get_refreshed_fragments 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) ©