Hello my friends!
Wow, what a busy October! I feel a bit like a wizard after coming up with big bro's super awesome cheetah costume! I found a plush yellow blanket at a thrift store and sewed pants and sweater (complete with spots and tail) and hand sewed a felt mask that I stuffed with the filling of an old pillow. WIZARD.
I also started a new class called Emerging Artists at the Homer Watson House and Gallery. I've learned so much already and feel like I have a grasp on what my next steps as an artist will be. It is an exciting feeling to have a clue!! I also have a few pieces hanging in the gallery!
This week I managed to finish up my elephants, I think I will call Matriarch. This piece is special to me. The reference photo was taken by my dear friend Michelle Kula in the Serengeti during our field study, and it has been waiting to be painted since then, always at the top of my "stock" folder. I've been holding off because I've always had a very specific vision and I knew that I couldn't realize that vision until I expanded my skill set. Now it is just waiting for varnish and wiring and then it'll be hanging in my living room until my upcoming show :)
Speaking of which, I'm busy as a bee preparing work for my first solo show coming up next spring! "Horseback Safari" is so much fun to work on seeing as the images are constantly dancing in my head! Just beckoning to me ...."come fly this horse over the Tanzanian savannah Paulina, we're waiting...." Uuugh one day. Soon. I swear. I think my next piece will be another like Peponi, showing a scene between horses and wildlife.
Please stop by the Homer Watson House & Gallery to see one of my favourite little pieces, "Fire" hanging with the Living Narratives show. The Gallery is also hosting some amazing work from Ralf Wall, who's art absolutely must be seen in person!!
In the meantime, my head is hurting from spending way too much time in front of my PC. I have no idea how people do it on a daily basis, honestly. I've been building up a proposal for a new Waterloo 25+ danceclub mural I will be working on coming into the new year, which actually goes really well with my Queen series. Additionally, I've been preparing a colouring book for my son's Earth Rangers Bring Back the Wild campaign. He picked quite the fundraising goal and I'll be damned if I convince him that it's not achievable. So trying to tie in a bit of scientific inquiry, I had him ask some great questions about the Gray fox (the animal he chose, which is of threatened status in Canada) and we did some exploring. But you can read all about it in the super informational colouring book that will be available soon ;););)
If you are local, please consider joining me on Saturday Novemeber 18th in Paris Ontario as we try to raise some money for water protection. I will be doing a live painting from 2-5pm titled "Watering Hole" that will be available to bid on at the end of the day and ready to take home. It is a wonderful cause, supporting our neighbours in their fight for clean drinking water. You will find us at 48 Broadway St. West in Paris. Hope to see you there!