medium /// painting




“what’s the why”

So, that’s a painting. Yeah. I’ve been dying to talk to Canadian artist Lindsay Arnold about this ongoing series for ages. It’s titled “Tedium”, and in case you haven’t listened to the episode yet, I read her artist statement about this work. I’m going to post it here too because it’s just too perfect to be missed:

“In my grandmother’s time the doily was required for protecting surfaces, concealing imperfections, ornamenting surroundings, and measuring status. Today doilies are found in abundance at thrift stories, auctions and forgotten linen closets. Hours of female labour are represented in these worn, stained and unfashionable objects. The imperfections which have rendered the doilies unusable for their original purpose inspire narratives which are further explored through interactions with objects such as scissors, pins, and utensils. The doilies are stretched, torn, and misshapen, such as we are by marriage, illness, motherhood and more. “Tedium” is way to honour the difficult experiences which leave us worn, acknowledge thankless repetitive labour, and reveal a part of the anonymous doily maker’s story.” ~ Lindsay Arnold

See? Beautiful, and it sets up everything you’re about to see. That said, here are a few of my favorite paintings from this gorgeous series:

Oh my word. They’re just too good. Paintings. How are they paintings?

Now, before I show you all of the other pieces I’m in love with from that series, I want to show you a few of the drawings from one of Lindsay’s earlier series, titled very appropriately, “Rooted”:

Ah yes, I remember all of that from those first few years as a new mother. Sigh. So lovely, so smart … and fantastic that her mentor at the time, Canadian artist Holly Fay, encouraged her to turn these from something she did while her baby napped, into a full project bound into a gorgeous “artist book”.

And now, back to “Tedium”! This is where it began… perfect doilies drawn with a dip pen and white ink. And those shadows… oh, the shadows {they’re what made me assume these were photos during a quick scroll-by}:

… and then things started to get not so perfect, because imperfection is so much more interesting {and real!}:

Seriously. Paintings. Now, how about watching some real doilies in action! Here’s a trailer for the video Lindsay created using her delicate muses:

So fun! If you’d like to see the full video, you can find it right here.

Speaking of fun …

Yes, both Lindsay and I in all our catty / Halloweenie goodness! Meow. Thanks so much to Lindsay for answering all of my prying questions; thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting yet another episode; and HUGE thanks to you for listening. I’m on my way to the University of Wisconsin for the entire week, because they’ve invited me to be a visiting professor – obviously I’ve tried desperately to buy a corduroy jacket with elbow patches, but alas, nothing. Anyway, all of this to say there won’t be a podcast this coming weekend, so have a great Halloween {I’m sure we’ve inspired you with our costumes}, and I will be back with a new episode on Saturday, November 4th!

ps. If you want to listen to an older episode while I’m away, you can find all one hundred and ten of them right here.

Other links:

  1. SAIT, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
  2. Holly Fay, Artist
  3. Martha Cole, Artist
  4. Lindsay’s Instagram feed
  5. Video Pool
  6. Lindsay’s video, “Table Dance”

 





laura payne

What? Acrylic paintings, that’s what. This is the very precise work of Canadian artist Laura Payne. I feel a tiny bit dizzy, but in a really, really good way. I’m not sure how this is the first time I’m seeing Laura’s work, but thankfully, she was a finalist in the RBC Painting Competition and so her stunning work showed up in my inbox this morning. Now I want one.

 





sarah detweiler

In case you’re wondering, yes, those geometric bits are embroidery surrounding those beautiful washy women… GAH! So beautiful. This is the work of American artist Sarah Detweiler. Some of her pieces are available in her Etsy shop. After you pop over there, I’d highly recommend following her on Instagram. Gorgeous finished pieces, works in progress, and lovely little videos of both. Dreamy.





lindsay jones

Ok, let me begin by saying that photos do not do the work of American artist Lindsay Jones justice. I held some of her tissue paper pieces in my carefully gloved hands the last time I was in LA, and they’re so, so lovely! Speaking of which, her latest show, titled “Pattern Recognition” was just showing at Carbondale Arts in Colorado. It came down a couple of weeks ago, but I’ve done my best to give you a glimpse into the world she created. Here is a description of the show, found on the gallery’s site:

“Abstracting images from architecture and landscape, Lindsay Jones creates drawings, small sculptures, and installations out of materials such as paper, collage, and balsa wood. Her work is the result of her observations of the landscape; the rural, the urban, the exquisite, the boring, the natural, the unnatural, etc. Lindsay says she finds herself both in awe of, as well as disturbed by, the way that we build, and transform our environments, and believes that humanity will always be trying to figure out how to negotiate our life in this shared environment … This collection of drawings by Lindsay uses imagery from the Western Colorado and Utah deserts, whose environments she finds to be valuable because of their lack of human development.”

Beautiful. Now I have to go and make stuff.





meghan hildebrand

Sigh…. I want to go camping in there, and I never want to go camping! This is brand new work by Canadian painter Meghan Hildebrand. Her latest solo show, titled “Lorafauna”:

“Lorafauna pays tribute to the marvels and mysteries of the coast and forest.  Using animal and mythical motifs, symbolic landscape elements, and a highly tuned colour palette, these paintings portray the stories of dark and light just under the surface of familiar places.”

The show just opened at Madrona Gallery (Victoria BC) over the weekend. Don’t worry though, it will be up until October 28th. Pop in if you can because seeing her work in person is an entirely different experience than seeing it online.





“balance, brushstrokes, burning cars”

Oh boy! Flaming cars burning across the wide open skies of the Canadian Prairies… why? Well, you’re about to find out! Today I’m talking to Canadian painter Sean William Randall. We’ve been trying to make this happen since August, and today is finally the day! You can listen to our conversation right under that “tranquil” nightscape, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First up, the painting Sean did for “That Night In Toronto”, the show I curated this past July at Mayberry Fine Art in, you guessed it, Toronto. I asked each of the ten Canadian artists in the show to make a piece inspired by any lyric from any “Tragically Hip” song, as an ode to an iconic Canadian band whose front man, Gord Downie, had recently been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. This was the piece Sean made, titled “I thought of leaving it behind”:

Gorgeous! I had to include closeups of this beautiful beast – the final painting is 48″x60″ but the brushstrokes are so tiny! From across the room it’s hard to believe you’re looking at a painting – only when you get really close up (which I totally did) do you understand it is, in fact, an acrylic painting.

Speaking of flaming cars, here are some more (because I love them so much!). I realize Sean is beginning to move on from this series, but apparently I’m not! Oh and ps. the first one below is the first car piece he ever did – thank goodness for that frustration-filled, painting defacing, wonderful turn of events:

Gah! Again, so good! These are all quite big, so pretend you’re standing really close up, taking in all of the detail done with Sean’s teeny tiny brushes.

Next, I’ve always thought the paintings from this series would make a great album cover… turns out, they do!

Yes, orange vinyl! This was part of a project Sean did with Vinyl Moon.

And now, a few of his latest pieces featuring diners, astronauts, and of course, ice cream:

… and let’s not forget his dogs! This little fella got a starring role in “Sun Machine” :

Big white dog, tiny little brush. Love! All of this new work will be featured in his show, “IRREMEABLE”, that opens TODAY, Saturday October 14th at Mayberry Fine Art in Toronto. The opening is from 2pm – 5pm at 324 Dundas W (right across from the AGO). Sean will be there, so pop by if you can! Thanks so much to Sean for this really fun chat – life-threatening stories included; thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting the episode; as always thank YOU so much for stopping by to look and listen! There will be more art for your ear next weekend:

Other links:

  1. Gordon Adaskin
  2. Frank Lloyd Wright
  3. University of Manitoba
  4. Andrew Wyeth
  5. Mayberry Fine Art

 





lisa congdon, a glorious freedom, AND a giveaway!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered! The winner of this lovely book is …. PAMELA HASTINGS! If you’re not Pamela, no worries, I have lots of other amazing give aways coming up in the next couple of months!

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Well, she’s done it again. A gorgeous, inspiring, wisdom-filled book has just been released by artist, illustrator, and author Lisa Congdon! It’s titled, “A Glorious Freedom – Older Women Leading Extraordinary Lives”, and it is exactly that! Quotes, interviews, illustrations all celebrating the lives of some very awe-inspiring women. Here’s the gist:

“The glory of growing older is the freedom to be more truly ourselves—with age we gain the liberty to pursue bold new endeavors and worry less about what other people think. In this richly illustrated volume, bestselling author and artist Lisa Congdon explores the power of women over the age of forty who are thriving and living life on their own terms. Profiles, interviews, and essays from women—including Vera Wang, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Julia Child, Cheryl Strayed, and many more—who’ve found creative fulfillment and accomplished great things in the second half of their lives are lavishly illustrated and hand-lettered in Congdon’s signature style.” ~ Chronicle Books

This beauty is now on shelves, and it just so happens that I have ONE to give away to ONE of you! Please leave a comment below and I’ll draw one winner on Monday October 16th, 2017. Good luck! ps. Here is Lisa’s upcoming West Coast book tour schedule if you’d like to have your book signed/meet her:





pippa young

Gasp! New oil paintings by UK based painter Pippa Young. Seriously. I am always absolutely blown away by her work, but these pieces for her latest show, “Through a Glass Darkly”, are easily my favorites. The top-most piece, titled “Unspoken”, feels very relevant at the moment, no? Now, I apologize for the late notice on this one {just discovered this today, myself} but this show opens TODAY, October 12th, 6pm at Arusha Gallery in Edinburgh! Not to worry though, it will be up until November 5th. Go if you can!





federico infante

Acrylic on large-scale canvas… sigh. This is the work of Chilean born, New York based painter Federico Infante. From what I can tell, he applies the paint, scrapes it away, applies it again, scratches at it, applies more eventually building layer upon gorgeous layer to these landscapes… landscapes that look like bits and pieces of a really good novel! Here is how Federico describes the beginning of his process:

“Each of my paintings is deeply unique and emerges through its own process. I start with an expressive act of covering the canvas with several layers of acrylic paint and then scratching it off. I repeat this process many times. I do not plan my images in advance and try to stay present and as detached as possible from the result. In doing this I am able to express my unconscious mind, the part of me that has not been processed by logic. I then react to this abstract and expressive atmosphere, by searching for the elements that have emerged, possibly in pockets of light, or the foundations of a landscape. In this way each painting shows me its singular identity.” 

Beautiful.





laura wood


Oh! Dreamy oil paintings of even dreamier chandeliers and their magical light. This is just one series by Toronto based painter Laura Wood. She also paints gaussy cityscapes, swans, sunlight filtered through tree branches, and lost memories… but these chandeliers … well, need I say more? Beautiful.