Saturday, May 28, 2016

It's done when you abandon it


Some paintings are a gift, this one, torturous stroke after stroke, first drawn a month ago, and painted in sporadic marathon sessions since then. Burst a blood vessel in my eye on thurs, my eyes were so sore from painting for many hours, up close, step back, up close, and today, another marathon, all afternoon and evening. This detail was taken in artificial light and the colours were quite washed out so I deepened the tones in photoshop, and hopefully within the week I will get a chance to photograph the whole painting in daylight and post it.

I'm calling it quits on the painting! It's done when you abandon it.
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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Close, but not done yet!


The painting is nearly done. I need to work on the clothing a bit, and maybe darken the background if it is possible. Also, the paint is quite thickly applied in the highlights on the face and so I need to balance that in the shadows and maybe mix an orange tone to match what's there and apply it thickly. 

After putting in a full day on it, tired, my eyes sore, I am in a bit of a slump and think the painting does not work. That could be exhaustion speaking. 

It's a quick photo, taken indoors.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

End of May Poetry & Music Salon is a Fundraiser for the Ft. McMurray Fire Relief Fund


Poetry & Music Salon
Tuesday, May 31 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Ft. McMurray Fire Relief Fundraiser for the Red Cross
at Palmerston Library Theatre
560 Palmerston
Avenue​

Featuring: Clara Blackwood, Sonia Di Placido, John Oughton, Stedmond Pardy, Mikel BC, Stanley Fefferman, Steve-Paul Simms, Linda Stitt, Tim Maxwell, Kirk Felix and Brenda Clews. Open mic.

The end of May 2016 Poetry & Music Salon is a FUNDRAISER for the FORT McMURRAY fire relief fund. Everything in the donation box will go to the Red Cross. As a pop-up salon with 11 features, too many to collect for, everything will be donated to the survivors of the continuing wildfires. The Federal Government matches all donations, and so does the Alberta Provincial Government, so it will be a gift that triples!  

A very awesome evening of poetry & music at Palmerston Library Theatre on Tuesday May 31, 6-8pm! 560 Palmerston Ave. Free event.

If you would like to receive notifications of future Salons join the Facebook Group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/poetryandmusicsoiree or send an email to join the mailing list: poetrysalon [at] brendaclews [dot] com
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Friday, May 20, 2016

May 3, 2016 Poetry & Music Salon @ Palmerston Library Theatre

We had an exquisite Poetry and Music Salon in the Theatre at Palmerston Library in early May! Our features, Elana Wolff and Susie Berg, who read both collaborative poetry and some solo pieces, and Jim McCuaig, who made his guitar sing extraordinarily detailed and resonant East Coast Blues, were outstanding. All of those who read or performed on open mic were terrific - Steve-Paul Simms, John Oughton, Stanley Fefferman, Cate Laurier, Stedmond Pardy, Sharon Goodier and Roman Romaniuk. Palmerston Library is a wonderful place. I have received much support from the librarian, Iana Georgieva-Kaluba, and the branch manager, Misuk Hedman, for these Salons that I am still quite star-struck with the amazing space and the beauty of everyone. George, the sound technician, was so knowledgeable that I can’t imagine the new system of sound recording for the videos that I am embarked on without his help. Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy the Salon. You all made the evening marvellous! Much gratitude and love to all. xo

Here are photos I have taken from the video. For names, please go to the album on Google Photos.

                                                      

Here is a video of the entire salon! With a cord and the know-how of the sound technician at the library, I recorded directly out of the the library's mixer and the sound in this salon is simply the best.


direct link: May 3, 2016 Poetry and Music Salon

In order of appearance:

1. Roman Romaniuk 3:06
2. Cate Laurier 5:43
2. Stedmond Pardy 8:19
4. Elana Wolff and Susie Berg (collaboration, features) 13:36
5. Steve-Paul Simms 34:13
6. John Oughton 39:31
7. Stanley Fefferman 42:30
8. Susie Berg (feature) 47:06
9. Elana Wolff (feature) 54:52
10. Jim McCuaig (feature) 1:02:38

Poetry Features:

ELANA WOLFF is a poet, editor, essayist, and designer and facilitator of therapeutic community art courses. Her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies in Canada, the US, the UK and France. Her bilingual collection of selected poems, Helleborus and Alchémille, (Noroît, 2013; translation by Stéphanie Roesler) was awarded the 2014 John Glassco Prize for Translation. Her essay, “Paging Kafka’s Elegist,” won The New Quarterly’s 2015 Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest and is nominated for a National Magazine Award. Elana’s fifth collection of poetry is forthcoming with Guernica Editions in 2017.

SUSIE BERG is the co-curator of Toronto’s Plasticine Poetry Reading Series, and the author of the poetry collection, How to Get Over Yourself, the blog The Starbucks Poetry Project, and three chapbooks: Paper Cuts (CreativeJames Press, 2007); Awaiting Butterflies (words (on) pages press, 2015), and You Will Still Have Birds, a conversation in poetry with Elana Wolff (Lyrical Myrical Press, 2015). Her work has appeared in such journals as carte blanche, ArsMedica, and Switchback, and in the anthologies The Mom Egg Review, Desperately Seeking Susans, and Body and Soul. She is the editor of the upcoming anthology Catherines, the Great, due from Oolichan Books in 2017. Visit her online at http://www.sber40.wix.com/susieberg, or follow her @SusieDBerg on Twitter.

Music Feature:

Ex roady, ex theatre tech, ex subway driver, JIM McCUAIG is now finding joy fingerpicking East Coast Blues and some originals.

The Salon is organized, hosted and videoed by Brenda Clews,

Poetry and Music Salon Facebook Group Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/poetryandmusicsoiree

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Detail of 3rd Iteration of a Portrait


The painting is no further ahead, but I like this moment of beginning, with a backwash, some quick block-in of paint on the features and yet with the pencil sketch still visible. So I re-photographed in bright sunlight. The detail is clearer.
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Saturday, May 14, 2016

3rd Iteration of a Portrait (w-i-p)


Are we the way we look in photos? Are there other iterations? Other resemblances?

This is the 3rd iteration of a painting-in-progress. The figure is nearly life-size, the painting's size is 40" x 39.5", and he is one of the loves of my life, my son.

It is a bit risky to post paintings-in-progress because people often think it's finished. On the other hand, posting can be part of the process of showing the way you work, for inspiration, for teaching. And a bit clairvoyantly perhaps, I often get sense, a 'crowd-chat,' of energy back focused on the painting, indistinct mingled voices, perceptions, that might guide the direction of the piece even if no-one says anything.

Also, painting portraits in this style, without a firm guarantee of photo-resemblance, is an area of current exploration, and I may ....be open to commissions.
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Thursday, May 05, 2016

Three On The Scene: Upcoming Art Show





            

Next month, an upcoming show: Three On The Scene, paintings by Philip Cairns, David Bateman and moi, June 4-19th. Reception Sunday June 5th, 1-6pm. Arcadia Art Gallery, 680 Queen's Quay West, Toronto. I have done some new pieces for this show, and am sharing them with you. They may all be in the show, or not, depending on space.

Mark your calendars! Philip and David are accomplished artists, poets, writers, directors, actors, and I am delighted and honoured to be invited to show with them. My theme is celebrating the masculine.
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