Wednesday, March 31, 2010

CullioureNorth Studio, March 30, 2010

Spring ever so slowly has revealed the dark earth beneath the thick white blanket. The ice on the lake has begun to loose its cold grip on the water beneath, here and there some of the dark ochre water has managed to make it to the surface.
My work continues to make advances, the pace some times feels glacial. I have entered several competitions, as well as the exhibition now on, my next exhibition begins in several weeks, and other exhibitions are set in the future. The train is on the tracks and gathering steam.
A northern artist

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Cullioure North Studio, March 25, 2010

What about this bloging thing? Who are we bloging to and for?
Well, worked hard again today, many opportunities beginniing to take shape, so much work to do and so little time.
Today I post the beginning of an idea. Enjoy.
A northern artist

Monday, March 22, 2010

Collioure North, March 22, 2010

Detail of "March 2010", oil on canvas, 18" x 24"
Somemore beautiful spring like days, so conducive to doing work, getting out, recharging, refocusing. Working on several pieces simultaneously.
A northern artist.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Cullioure North Studio March 16, 2010

Each day here for awhile now is awash in sunshine, each day patches of dark earth emerge through icy snow, each day the new warm energy invigorates all that it touches.
Each day patches of light and dark, puddles and ice it is such a tangled convoluted mess, it's all really fine.
I've been busy a bit, but that's good.
This painting is a reflection of all that.
A northern artist

Friday, March 5, 2010

Cullioure North Studio, March 5, 2010

Spring is in the air, the air which smells fresh, and wet. Unlike winter air, or April air which smells of earth unseen for months here in the north. Rhythm is very important for me, the creative rhythm of my work; the continuous, sinuous, tenuous stream of intuitive, conceptual imaginative thought. Rhythm is everything! But then the rhythm must be disrupted, interrupted, how else to get somewhere else, to be reflective. A beautiful rhythm is a fine thing, imagine a red canoe on water as smooth as glass, the canoe rolled radically to one side, and you are holding a dark paddle, a paddle given to you by a true friend, you are paddling forward effortlessly, silently, stroke after powerful stroke, along a dark green shore line, and suddenly something beautiful catches your attention, you reach out , draw your canoe rapidly to that shore, to an unexpected stop, so that you can observe this place, you can contemplate, rejoice, question, enter the well of your memories, sore to new heights. A break in rhythm. Enjoy! A northern artist Bruce

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Cullioure North Studio, March 4, 2010

Missing a day from time to time doing necessary other activities. Such is life.

Meanwhile I have taken this time as an opportunity to explore ideas, for example the drawing of March 1st that Greg so articulately commented on. At this time I have 5 pieces on easels staring at me, each one a bit different. One might argue they are very different. perhaps! But I am exploring ideas that come to mind. 3 are portraits, one is a landscape, another a still life. The centre piece, which is a portrait, involves reflections on gravity, gesture, viscosity, aand colour. It is very different than the 30" x 36" "Vlog Portrait", exploring different creative concerns, not least of which is that the Vlog is intentionaly flat, and the Drip Drop Splatter and Smear piece, 30" x 40", was created in multiple dimensions, and expresses those dimensions. All are unfinished.
A northern artist

Monday, March 1, 2010

Cullioure North Studio, March 1, 2010

6:30pm It was a fine winter day, only -4c, but it continues to be grey, and a slight breeze kept it uncomfortably cool. Didn't do a lot of creative work today. This morning we set up a show of my work at the Classic Theatre in Cobalt. It is always so good to see some of my work up in a particular space, hung properly, with good lighting. Also a bit disturbing because we never know how the work will be received or perhaps it will be ignored. Some of my pieces are a bit difficult to be appreciated. It's hard not to be cynical at times. The work will be up for March and April. So the optimist in me hopes for the best. So is the life of an artist. Got to draw this evening, ah!
A northern artist