Well, it’s now just four days away from the Studio Tour – we’re busy cleaning out the house and hanging up the artwork. There will be lots of new paintings to look at – Corinne’s landscapes and my house themed paintings.
We’ll also have our daughter Emma helping out on opening night – how she’s grown – pretty soon she may be making art herself!
Also for the weekend we’ll have our friend Steve Sawchuk here filling the house with beautiful guitar music.
If you can make it out this weekend we (and all the other Studio Tour artists) would love to have you visit.
Studio Tour website.
“Birches, Looking Up” 24×36″
Field Tree, 12×12″
Through the Valley, 24×36″
Vista Heights 11×14″
Witty’s Lagoon, 6×8″
Witty’s Lagoon, 6×8″
Kintail Beach, 24×36
Double House 12×12″
Twin Trees 16×20″
Chloe the Chicken (RIP) 11×14
Four Houses 12×16″
The Winter season passed us by with no updates – we’ve been busy with painting, and making commissioned artwork for a variety of people. We’ve also been able to make an assortment of new work for the London Artist Studio Tour, which is just around the corner.(April 15-17th)
Here are a few new pieces that you will see if you come and visit for this year’s Tour:
Field’s Edge, 16×20″, Oil on Canvas, Peter Karas
This was a fun piece, with a high vantage point and some variation in the houses. Nice and earthy, but bright also.
Houses from Above, 18×24″, Oil on Canvas, Peter Karas
This piece has an extreme downward point of view, and three nice little cottages beside a lake.
Hamilton Escarpment, 36×48″, Oil on Panel, Corinne Garlick
Corinne and her friend took the kids to Hamilton last summer and visited this gorge and waterfall. A large work with lots of detail for the eye.
Emma & Kelly, 5×7″, Oil on Board, Corinne Garlick
A small study of Emma reading with the family pet.
Things are “ramping up” here at the house in preparation for our Studio Show.
Peter is busy framing some new panel paintings, with lumber from his woodshop and will also be making a batch of new prints as well this week. We have a number of last minute paintings for the sale as well… have a look.
This painting has been “gestating” for a while now – in may we got a piano from Corinne’s mother, and the kids have been taking lessons. I have always loved the challenge of painting hands – they’re very much like portrait painting. Quite a challenge.
This piece measures 10×30″.
This painting is part of Corinne’s ongoing landscape series – these trees were down at the new trail off of Orchard street, near to the Coves. (Corinne’s new fave walking spot.) 🙂
It is a 12×16″.
This piece is from the imagination. I sketched out a few houses with the thought of flying overhead. Lots of overlapped diagonals, and the warm/cool colours. And boats! Have been painting few boats lately, so this piece needed boats. 24×30″
This painting is from that same area of the Coves – it’s a lovely little walking trail, perfect for kids and dogs and getting subjects to paint. It’s a decent sized painting at 24×30.
It is always an exciting time getting ready for our Open Studio Art Show and Sale. On our poster is all the information you need to know, but if you have any questions at all please feel free to email us! This year we have lots of new artwork to feast your eyes on , a special guest fiber artist Sue Ann Yamamoto, our friend Steve Sawchuk playing incredible classical accoustic guitar and lots of goodies to enjoy….. So come on out and invite your family and friends. It will be a show you will not want to miss 🙂
Corinne and I have both been keeping quite busy painting this fall; both our own work and a number of commission pieces also.
Here’s a sampling of new work that has passed across our easels in the last month:
Corinne has been making a lot of larger format landscape work lately, like this one of birch trees, looking upwards. 36×48″
Here’s another – a view along the path at Mazinaw Lake. It’s quite large at 40″x60″.
Here’s another, this time by Peter. A bit of an experiment, this one has more loose and flowing brushwork, and a bit of fun with “drip control”. 24×30″
This piece will look a little more familiar. I had fun with the graphic aspects of the picture – the sky especially. I have this one on display currently at this show.
Here’s another by Corinne, of a dry creek bed in Komoka park. Corinne has been getting all sorts of good picture ideas for her landscapes in our local parks. this painting measures 24×36″
Another fun piece – this one originally had a graveyard in the background – but it seemed a little too spooky to keep it in there. Looks better now I think! (10×30″)
It has been a wonderful summer balancing our two girls and sharing working in the studio. We had lots of interesting commission work this summer and shows too. One of the most interesting things we got to do though was Peter getting to be filmed painting for a TD bank training video. We set up at the Arts Project in London Ontario and had it all done in one day! We can’t wait to see the finished piece. It was really great getting a chance to get a glimpse of what the London film world is like. Dwight, Gary and Greg also produce feature length films through their company Matchbox Pictures – pretty cool!
So now that our commission work is complete for a little while we are back in the studio full time, the kids are in school and loving it. We get to really focus on our next show which is our own Open House Art Show this coming November 20 and 21st!!!
Here are some new pieces from the both of us, it has been a while since we’ve posted. Busy with many commissions, and our yearly Wortley show – the Gathering on the Green.
This piece is from my house series, night time looking up a hill. Corinne has been painting a number of trees and some landscapes lately. This is an 8″x10″ of a white pine.A shady grove. I tried to get a shady, cool foreground with a brightly lit background.
This piece is one of Corinne’s landscapes, a 16″x20″. She’s been trying to paint the complexity of the forest. This one worked out well, with lots of texture and thick paint.
A picture of our friend’s daughter. An 18″x18″.
This post is just to say thank you to all the kind people we met over the weekend at the London Artist Studio Tour.
We really appreciate all the visitors we had, all the connections we made, and selling a few paintings as well. It’s so reaffirming to get all the positive feedback from all of you over the last few days. Many new faces came through our doors, and lots of old friends dropped by as well. A big thank you to each and every one of you.
Art is a largely a solitary pursuit, and can lead to long periods of quiet, contemplative retreat from society. It isn’t easy to know if you’ve connected to your audience, or if they just don’t get what it is you’re trying to say with the brushes. Having such a warm and encouraging response from all of you is quite gratifying.
So thanks for a wonderful weekend!
Last week we had Miranda Brumwell, a reporter with the Londoner visit our studio for an article about this year’s tour. Have a look:
London Artists’ Studio Tour 2015