Archive for the ‘Painting’ Category

Exposing the Heart

May 29, 2012

The second piece I’ve entered into the June art show at the Terrace Art Gallery is called “Exposing the Heart”. It is 3’X5′. This is the second time I’ve worked this large and I have to say I kind of like it. The space is so big that painting on it involves my whole body. I will even share that I have though about going larger! It will be tricky to get a larger painting out of my basement studio though, but nothing that a hole through my basement wall wouldn’t cure.

Exposing the Heart

I took this photo outside and I love how the sunshine exposes the frame behind the canvas.

Harold

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Coming to Life

May 29, 2012

I am part of a June art show at the Terrace Art Gallery. The first painting I finished for the show is called “Coming to Life” and is a reflection of my own journey to becoming a 0 handicap golfer. The golf hole in the painting is not finished just as my project to become a “scratch” golfer is not yet complete.

Coming to Life

Peace

Harold

Winter Solstice

December 10, 2010

Tonight was the opening night of the Winter Solstice show at the Terrace Art Gallery. There are many great pieces in this show, which will roll through the Christmas Holidays.

I put in a painting called An Incision in Winter’s Decadent Stillness. I have been spending time with different finishes lately. I am fascinated by the reflective nature of certain mediums. In this painting I have a gloss background,  matte finish trees, and the textured “incision” is semigloss. What doesn’t show in the photo is how the light plays with these three finishes in a different way. The acrylic painting is on a 6″x27″ cradled panel. If you would like to purchase it please contact the art gallery coordinator at terraceartgallery@gmail.com. The purchase price is $375 plus shipping.

 

I also put some carved goose eggs in this show. Four “lampshades,” which are what I call the carved half shells that hang from a stand. This one is called Carousel no.1 and is from my production line. These are available for $125 plus shipping.

 

I also put a full goose egg in this show. The title for this is Summoning Intuition. I am going to write a separate post on this piece because the process I used to create it was different for me. If you would like to purchase it please contact the coordinator of the gallery at terraceartgallery@gmail.com. The purchase price is $195 plus shipping.

 

As I said, I will post the story of this egg in the coming days.

For those of you who will celebrate the Winter Solstice this year, it occurs on December 21st at 11:38 pm according to www.timeanddate.com.

peace,

harold

 

Memories of an almost forgotten boy

March 16, 2009

I am not one for reminiscing, but every once in a while something strikes a chord which resonates back to my past. There is a piece in my current show that did just such a thing. So much so that I even found myself writing about it; the memory that is.

Memories of Frank’s Field

An eight year old boy
laying and playing
in a field of  tall grass
The purity of his joy
not yet a distant memory
held tight by the husks of grass
as tall as himself

Memories of Frank's Field

Memories of Frank's Field

This is a gelatin monoprint. I like the ghost image of the grass. I lived behind what I then called Frank’s Field. I now know that Frank didn’t own that field but one across the road. I used to suck the sugar out of the purple clover, yummy.

I am happy to announce that this piece sold opening night.

peace,
harold

Opening night #2

March 15, 2009

Well, my new Canon G10 and I went down to the gallery and took some photos of the show with the intention of sharing them on this blog. I set it to auto and indoor scene with no flash.

Two brothers, on with a home, one still without

Two brothers, one with a home, one still without

This is the first wall you see when entering the gallery

This is the first wall you see when entering the gallery


Another view from the lower gallery

A view from the lower gallery

Collaboration with Amy

Collaboration with Amy

I think the collaboration pieces should be a seperate blog entry so I’ll leave you hanging with what they are, or why they are.

These photos are not a great sales pitch for the camera, even though I am not selling them. It’s a really great camera, I’ll post some proof soon.

peace,
harold

A homage to mothers

March 3, 2009

I recently finished a piece for a friend of mine. His mother passed away the same year that mine did. We are about the same age and of very similar personalities, and this event affected us both in the same way. Even though this was five years ago for me and just over four for him we still talk about the impact of this change in our lives and how we still hold our mothers close to us.

I can’t share the story of the piece itself as that is his story, told through my interpretation, but I can say that it touched me to create this and touched him to receive it. I got his permission to put it in my upcoming show that opens Friday at the Terrace Art Gallery.

Homage to a mother. 6X6 mixed media on a cradled panel

Homage to a mother ~ 6X6 mixed media on a cradled panel

We discussed the title and he chose the first of about eight titles I had written down. He chose this title because our feelings are universal.

peace,
harold

A comfortable hiding place

March 1, 2009

We tend to get stuck in mental patterns, whether we are aware of it or not. Some of these patterns do not help us grow and unfold into who we are, but instead contain us, trap us, and keep us from experiencing the joy of who we are and the people in our lives. Sometimes we take refuge in those patterns. They become a hiding place for us. A place so comfortable and familiar that we almost don’t want to let go of those patterns.

For me, one of the goals is to recognise those patterns and let them go. Listening to myself when I talk with people, when they talk, or while I am alone with just my thoughts and mental patterns.

Sometimes people enter our lives who can offer us the potential to recognise those patterns within us. It takes courage to want to face those patterns and release yourself from their grasp.

This painting is about my own suffering and  my journey to attempt erradication of those patterns and comfortable hiding places.

I take refuge in the suffering of my past

I take refuge in the suffering of my past

Thanks for stopping by and feel free to share your thoughts.

peace,
harold

The various light falling upon a fern

February 23, 2009

These are gelatin monoprints. The printmaking is made on a block of gelatin using printing ink. Monoprints are one of a kind. They cannot be reproduced because they are not made on a base that doesn’t change like woodblock, or even linoleum blocks (the gelatin starts breaking down within a couple of hours of use). The originality is what I love about this style of printmaking. There is a magic that can only happen once through each creation.

Each fern is found in a different light. The first is the light of the coming day: the quiet perspective found before sound or thougt penetrates the quiet of the mind. Second is the light of death and the ghost image we leave on each other’s minds after we pass on from here. The third is under the light of the moon: calm, peaceful, quiet.

Rising fern

Rising fern

Ghost fern

Ghost fern

Monnlit fern

Moonlit fern

Each of these prints are matted, framed, and ready to hang in my upcoming show at the Terrace Art Gallery. Opening night is March 6, 2009 if you are anywhere near the area.

peace,
harold

First contact with dawn

February 22, 2009

The title is a play on words. One meaning is the first contact we have with the rising sun each day. That very first crest of red in the early morning that cracks open our beings with the full life force of the sun. The other comes from meeting Dawn Germyn. I had the good fortune of taking a workshop with Dawn focusing on intuitive mark making. Since that meeting many connective tissues between myself and the source of creativity have been healing and growing again.

First contact with dawn

First contact with dawn

This is one of many “Fissure” pieces that I have done and will continue to study. Please feel free to comment as I love to hear other people’s thoughts on art (or whatever).

peace,
harold

A once forgotten forest

February 21, 2009

Here’s another piece going in the show I am having with Amy Warner and Melina Jacques at the Terrace Art Gallery in March. Opening night is only 12 days away. This piece still needs to be framed, but at least the painting is done. I am happy with this piece. It looks better in person, of course, as the texture of the water doesn’t show up in the photo and the colour of the background isn’t quite accurate.

It represents the deep longing of the trees to reach the water from which they have been severed from. This once forgotten forest is trying to come alive again: grow leaves, leak sap, and blossom seeds.

A once forgotten forest

A once forgotten forest

I hope you like it. Feel free to leave a comment as I love to hear other people’s thoughts on my art or art in general.

peace,
harold


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