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HAPPY NEW YEAR'S 2015!!

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Wishing y'all a safe and happy New Year's and a special, wondrous and exciting 2015!

Many blessings and good wishes,

Brenda xoxo
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(photo from Nuit Blanche this year)

auricfields

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auricfields, 2012-14, ©Brenda Clews, 16" x 20", graphite, permanent inks on stretch canvas.

This began as a pencil sketch of a young man posing at a life-painting session at the Toronto School of Art, at the old location in March 2012. Early 2014 I dripped, splashed and brushed inks over the canvas and gave his defining shadow a bit of darkening colour. In the last few weeks I have added more layers with a dip pen and words, Spring words, fertile words, words of resilience, opulences that rise and burst with joy. He is visionary man embedded in an ecology where vegetative Nature and human Nature share an imagination that can be actualized in a coherence, a stability.

And the auras.... biofields ecofields of energy. Photons dance.
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An Artistic Dialogue on Inner Cultural Borders: Paintings by Erik Chong at Urban Gallery

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An Artistic Dialogue on Inner Cultural Borders: Paintings by Erik Chong at Urban Gallery

by Brenda Clews
December 8, 2014

Erik Chong, in his show at Urban Gallery, 'Shifting Borders: Seen and Unseen,' uses Chinese calligraphy techniques on rice paper to create minimalist modern urban paintings. Many are imbued
with geometries of the city that remind one of rhythms of a Mondrian filtered through a colour field sensibility that has the presence of an Olitski. They also echo Chinese tradition in their colours and simplified geometric landscapes. ‘Sunset On The Roof (Cityscape Series)’ shows both of these elements along with Chong’s signature brushstroke, a grid painted painstakingly by hand with a bamboo brush and Sumi ink. While his paintings have a stark purity, the blacks and vermillions and golds are sumptuous and rich, and the grids that form many of the paintings are nuanced, like threads interweaving in a loose burlap material through which light shines and in which we fin…

'Étude: Red Sun/Babel,' ink painting in Yellow House Gallery Group Show

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Étude: Red Sun/Babel. Brenda Clews, 2014. 16" x 20", permanent inks (Derwent IntTense blocks and pencils, Noodler's, Daler Rowney, Kooh-​I​-Noor, Diamine, Sailor, Sennelier) on canvas.
Babel​myth. ​H​ow languages became. ​ P​illar unitary speaking fragment letters.  Random script​s​​ falling​.  She, mute, meditat​e​, silen​t​.
Poem written on back of painting. Many of the paintings are around $300., very reasonably priced, including this one,


Please join us in celebrating the opening of our December Art Salon and Sale!
In this exhibition we feature over 20 artists with over 40 pieces being displayed. We have sourced local, regional, and international talent to mount a widely diverse show!
I'd like to invite you to our opening reception on Friday December 5th. See details below.
This exhibition runs until December 20th
See you at the gallery!
Christina Director

December Art Salon and Holiday Sale  runs from December 5th until the 20th, 2014
OPENING RECEPTION
Friday Decembe…

November 2014 Poetry Salon at Urban Gallery -final one for this year!

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Adam Abbas hosted my final Poetry Salon at Urban Gallery this year on Saturday Nov. 29th from 3-5 PM EST. Talented, charming and ever-generous, thank you Adam for all the hard work you put into this Salon! Featured were Anna Veprinska, Dave Hurlow, Rasiqra Revulva, Neal Alexander Shroobacca Armstrong and Nyla Matuk. Thank you for such fine poetry and readings! Norman Bethune Allan, John Oughton, Areta M., and I also read on open mic. Adam arranged for the licenses and brought beer and wine. It was truly a wonderful afternoon! Many thanks to all who came out!!! xoxoxoxo

Anna Veprinska's new poetry collection Sew with Butterflies was released by Steel Bananas in 2014. She is a poet who is currently pursuing her PhD in English at York University, researching empathy in poetry. Her writing and photography can be found in various Canadian and British publications. She also plays the mandolin in the Toronto Mandolin Orchestra.

Dave Hurlow's first collection of short fiction Hate Le…

Life-Drawing at Bampot on Oct 19th 2014

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Finally got around to photographing, cropping and whatnot the life-drawing session at Bampot Bohemian Teahouse on Oct 19th. Not terribly.... not. But, ok, let's post. The final drawing, which is the first here as they are in backwards order, was what keyed me into thinking, Why don't I take a little canvas for that last pose... (which is supposed to be 40min, though it's often a lot less than that because the break is a lot longer than the time allotted but I can insist that the model do the long pose right after break and then whatever short one might fill in to 5:30pm, yes I can).

You'll see my little canvas, which will be in a Group Show at Yellow House Gallery, in my next post, whenever that is.

Hope you're all well!




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