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"Fire In the Sky"

Mixed Media on Canvas 30" x 36"

Fire in the Sky is a creative collaboration between two artists. One is a landscape painter and the other loves everything PINK. Together we explored acrylic painting techniques, landscape composition, colour layering and collage. We applied paint to the canvas with brushes, palette knives, spoons, water and our hands. In the end, one of us learned a whole lot about painting and the other one now also loves pink.

HARBOURVIEW_KINGSTON 2015

Oil on Canvas 24x40

The process for this painting started by walking around downtown Kingston and taking pictures of possible subject matter. This is an oil painting of the boats in the harbour on stretched canvas. It shows the flow of the boats, and the depth of the sky. The background was painted first then more extreme lights and darks were added.

How We Saw the World

Oil on canvas 48x24

From Roz: On creating a painting... I chose Ollie to work with because I sensed a commonality of a strong drawing background and sense of design. Along with that, we share a love for architecture, detail and texture. As I was going to spend the summer in PEI, I invited her to join me there. Prior to that, in several studio sessions, we had talked about art while reviewing her work; we mixed paint colours and used different brushes and knives to play with paint, just as an introduction to the process. In PEI we visited a charming fishing village, finding inspiration in ramshackle huts with peeling paint, barn board and visual texture galore. Over a couple of photo shoots we captured the images that were so appealing, pooled our thoughts, and later in the studio, we used a grid system to translate our visual idea on to a large canvas. Working in tandem over about ten visits, we applied layer after layer: base coat, outline and colour, dark and light, details to gradually bringing our vision to life. We also built a frame. Ollie learned that the process is not quite so daunting when broken down into many steps, and was introduced to palette knives and paint brushes of all sizes to create our piece. It is important in all this to exercise the joy of creative licence, so we added an element or two that had meaning for us both to document our time spent together in PEI. I was touched by how much Ollie recognized things that brought me so much joy in life, and sensed something of a kindred spirit in her, hence the title of our joint effort, "How We Saw the World".

Black and White Photo using projection and model 20" x 30" unframed

From Taylor We decided to go with this project because it was what first attracted me to Ella's submission, I liked the idea of overlaying an image onto a live model to create something that blended a living subject with a static image.  To create this image a projector was used to project an image onto a blank white wall. We then had the subject stand against the wall within the projected image to create a merging of the live model and the projected image. From Ella I enjoy using projected images on my subjects because it allows me to create any mood or meaning I want to with my photos. The beauty of this kind of photography is that you can put any photo you want on the model. This allows the viewer to respond to the image differently than if they were just viewing the subject. I thought it would be interesting to project nature images onto the model because I wanted to combine the beauty of humanity and nature.

Out Building/Bunkie
13.5' long, 8' wide and 10' high.
Value to reproduce: $15,000

This building, pictured here in a partially finished state, was designed as a multi-functional structure. It could work as a bunkie, a studio, a small office, or anything else one might conceive.
The driving factor in the design process was that it had to be less than 108 square feet (10 square meters), as this would allow it to be placed on a property without the need for a building permit. Various forms were explored at the outset, ultimately deciding on a rectangular shape with a shed roof.
Another factor that influenced the design was the type of construction we were employing. It is a timber frame structure so that the construction mentees could learn traditional joinery methods, as well as allow the building to be easily assembled and disassembled. The whole framework of the building has been constructed without a single nail or fastener. The timber frame aspect also challenged the design mentees to explore a specific method of construction. Last photo is the artist rendering for the project, which also shows the roof installed.

 

Note:  No base ,  Delivery within Kingston included, - outside city limits can be delivered for a fee, based on distance,  Posts and beams and siding are sealed , Roofing steel sheets included.

 

"Electric Calm" Acrylic on canvas 28x32 Working in series on a variety of supports, expressing various styles and techniques, led Lily and I towards understanding how best to express ourselves harmoniously. This piece showcases repetitive detailing, delicately and painstakingly applied, offset by broad strokes of colour, thick luminous glazes, with hints of opalescence. These concepts are the cornerstones of colour-field painting, evoking a space of sensual texture containing and expressing both energy and tranquility. We played with texture, reflectivity and colour saturation, using layering, collage and extrusion techniques to produce further depth.
The painting is a celebration of colour and a vital expression of the possibilities of acrylic colours and mediums. We are both passionate about mark making, clustered and repetitive non-subjective imagery, (doodles, basically), that express both of our compulsive and detail oriented creative personalities.

"Remembrance"

Oil on canvas Dimensions - 2 x 20x20 (approx 20" x42" finished hanging dimension)

We decided to produce a diptych together and chose a red flower as our subject matter. We narrowed it down to a red flower, a poppy and decided to work in oil paint. We worked out the compositions together and then in following sessions proceeded to work side by side on our respective canvases to produce a collaborative finished product, titled Remembrance.

LOVE / HATE

Iron sculpture Dimensions 108x52x48

Finish - oiled

The trunk was fabricated from round bar and pieces plasma cut from sheet plate and then hot formed to create a round shape. The roots were all hand forged using roundbar. The branches were fabricated bundles of round bar to get a transition from the thick end to the thinner end of the branch. This is a great piece for outside like someone’s’ backyard or front lawn. It is going to take on natural patina over the years, which emphasizes its organic look, and it as well creates a focal point. It would make a great centerpiece for a house entrance or lobby, “bringing the nature inside'.

Dimensions - 65x19.5 inch plexiglass with 6 brass metal grommets for hanging.

This is our collaborative piece of ten photographs. Images were naturally photographed, and woven with an organic thread of a line, a light and our worlds, that brought them all together to create the piece you see here. Applied to a clear surface to allow the energy of light to continue to flow through our images.

Two Distinct Glass Necklaces:

(15" from top to bottom).

Laura Donefer and Gabbie Templar would like to present two necklaces created from flame working glass on a torch. The glass starts out as a rod, and has to be melted in a hot flame then formed to make a bead. It takes a lot of skill to master this technique, and the shorter necklace is nestled into the longer one. This neck adornment is being presented as one piece, consisting of two separate necklaces

Day Dream

Encaustic on plywood 36" x36"

This painting was made with beeswax and oil paint and sits on a 2 inch deep plywood frame. Many layers were poured or brushed on and then fused with a blow torch. The flexible qualities of wax allowed us to manipulate the paint by gauging down into under-layers, etching or building up 3 dimensional textures. Yasmin became very efficient and relaxed with the torch technique and I would also say, is well on her way to becoming a texture junky like myself!

"Lucid"

Acrylic skin, glass & metal beads, LED lightbox 10" x24"

Working in series on a variety of supports, expressing various styles and techniques, led Lily and I towards understanding how best to express ourselves harmoniously. This piece showcases repetitive detailing, delicately and painstakingly applied, offset by broad strokes of colour, thick luminous glazes, with hints of opalescence. These concepts are the cornerstones of colour-field painting, evoking a space of sensual texture containing and expressing both energy and tranquility. We played with texture, reflectivity and colour saturation, using layering, collage and extrusion techniques to produce further depth.
The painting is a celebration of colour and a vital expression of the possibilities of acrylic colours and mediums. We are both passionate about mark making, clustered and repetitive non-subjective imagery, (doodles, basically), that express both of our compulsive and detail oriented creative personalities.

"Lady Mariana"

Acrylic on wood panel 36x36

This process started with developing one of Ale's sketches based on her drawing" grow a tree", a feminized play on the phrase "grow a pair"; an image of a girl with a tree growing from her head. We began with a simple outline, adding textures and layers of colours. The palette is cool with warm touches of reds and sepia. We played around with the background and finished with something that resembled Canada’s geographic landscape, similar to the east coast. The title of this piece comes from the Latin term for Black Spruce (Picea Mariana) and thus Lady Mariana or lady of the spruce. Ale wanted to incorporate some of the things from her home country, Cuba, so she made sure the landscape also resembled it a bit adding a small white house with a red roof that are very common in Cuban art.

Their Blue jay and Flamingo

Oil on canvas 24x30 inches (61x76 cm)

This piece demonstrates the existing femininity and masculinity within one individual. Pink and blue, colour themes stereotypically associated with gender (and deeper colours within these ranges) as well as the figures’ clothing and postures, work to define the two sides. The stance of the figures and their interactions with each other attempt to demonstrate them managing a healthy balance, thus maintaining self-acceptance and inner peace. The background design reinforces the concept of two coexisting sides. Feminine curves in the shapes of a stylized floral motif balance with the straight masculine angles of the leaves. The colour purple of the shadow combines both pink and blue, again integrating feminine and masculine elements. The two figures are not meant to be seen as two separate people but symbolize the feminine and masculine nature of the same individual. The bird names Blue Jay and Flamingo relate to the wings of the figures and their associated colour themes. Symbolizing their self-acceptance and inner peace, the wings also associate the individual with the saying free as a bird.

"Spark"

Mixed-Media Dimensions - Triptych,

3 x 12" x24" (approx. 24" x38" outer dimension)

This piece is a collaboration incorporating digital sketches with painting. It began with a ton of sketches-digital files and paper sketches-mainly of different characters she has created. It is a combination of expressive creatures with abstract painting. We put together a triptych which would depict a little story in three expressions of one character. We enjoyed working through the challenges of the project to come up with something unique, together.

This asymmetrical necklace is constructed from hand built and hand formed pieces. The links are created with copper wire and the organic triangular shapes are formed from sterling silver plate. The necklace links are all made to mimic each other in their respective forms. The strand of beads are strung with lapis, sodolite, and bloodstone. Necklace is about 20" long.

Dreaming Ballet

A framed colour photograph (12x14.5 prior to framing).

This image taken at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning in Kingston working with model Holly Crowson, a Steinway piano and a fog machine.


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