[This is the first online exhibit of 2014] “How to become an abstract painter”

Welcome and congratulations on wanting to improve yourself.

All you need to start is a pre-existing figurative oil painting (can be substituted for acrylic – consult your Doctor) with an impasto flare to it. It should have at least one area that wants to leave the confines of the canvas.

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I used a still life painting of fruit that I did in 1994. At the time I was living in Montreal and going through chemotherapy. There were over 15,000 empty apartments in Montreal, so I was able to live in a loft in the old port even though I was a student. I lived beside a hydro facility with lots of wires and conductors. I took so long to do the painting that the fruit dried up and a wasp flew in through the open window and worried me.

Step 1: Preparing your Palette 

Try to use a painting with at least as interesting a backstory to it and follow the video tutorial below before proceeding to Step 2.

Step 2: The Basics

Are you done? Great!

Now it’s your turn to create a pile of the paint flakes on a neutral surface. Like this:

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Now zoom in close with your camera phone, pretending it is a wooden frame. You should end up with something that looks a bit like this:

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Don’t be afraid to take photos from different angles or mix up the paint chips a bit:

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Great! Now that you’ve got the basics of abstract painting down, we’ll move on to more advanced techniques.

Step 3: Advanced Techniques

Let’s pull that “wooden frame” out a bit to make use of negative space. Don’t be intimidated – the post-it note was invented from negative space. Steve Jobs was famous for creating negative space in the office, and so can you.

Again, express yourself by randomly mixing the paint flakes around a bit. Yes. Good. Like this:

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Look at you!

Now, let’s create some “dynamic energy” and spread our paint flakes even further, with an even larger lens. Don’t be concerned about reaching deep inside, but do keep children and small animals away from the designated creative area:

So beautiful. Don’t forgot to pin it with a link back to this tutorial.

Step 4: Master class

You are truly ready to unleash your inner artist. For this final segment, we’ll be using negative space combined with a circle shape. You may recognize a circle from your yoga class or from that power point presentation, but it has actually been used in many civilizations throughout history – and now it’s our turn!

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Give yourselves a pat on the back – now you are ready for a rich and rewarding hobby.

And don’t forget about the painting we started with! It’s now a new work too and should be mounted with glee:

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Here’s what we call a “detail”:

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Step 6: Art as an object

And that’s not the only new work you have – don’t forget about the paint chips themselves. They make a nice ornament if you put them in a glass container. I’ve used a round jar so it will go well with the circles from our master class:

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Questions or comments? Please let us know below – and we would love to see how your home abstract paintings turn out, so please feel free to share in the comments as well.

A visit to 10 Montreal Galleries, in Photos

I was at a cottage in the Gatineau Hills last week. Surprisingly cool and misty weather, so I decided to “pop” into Montreal for a few days and check in on some of my favourite galleries and artists. I was sure glad I did, not only to be able to hang out with my friend, artist Andreanne Hudon but got to meet and eat Taiwanese food with artist and curator Edwin Janzen. I also happened upon many exhibits for the “Extreme Painting Festival 2” – during my time at CA I discovered this school of work and saw some amazingly lush and layered surfaces. This stuff was a bit more street art styles I think, more figurative in a way.  See what you think below.

The Franco Follies were going on when I was there - look at this beautiful pedestrian only downtown street. They open it to cars in the winter, then hold many festivals because there is no more hockey.

The Franco Follies were going on when I was there – look at this beautiful pedestrian only downtown street. They open it to cars in the winter, then hold many festivals because there is no more hockey.

I was told this is a changing, curated space with projections at night. I was also told the text was poetic, confusing and sexual. Ah, Montreal.

I was told this is a changing, curated space with projections at night. I was also told the text was poetic, confusing and sexual. Ah, Montreal.

I was super glad to have seen this, the second installment of an amazing exhibit at UQAM Gallery. However, it was one of those rare spaces I was not allowed to take photos for posting, but rather could request "Peer reviewed documentation." Fair enough, and that's why I ask. They had a policy, it was fair and clear and had options.

I was super glad to have seen this, the second installment of an amazing exhibit at UQAM Gallery. However, it was one of those rare spaces I was not allowed to take photos for posting, but rather could request “Peer reviewed documentation.” Fair enough, and that’s why I ask when composing a post. They had a policy, it was fair and clear and had options. So, no photos of this particular exhibit, though I’ve seen great photos online since. Just google it – it’s worth it.

This is a rather iconic building in downtown building because it's so small and isolated - and has some popular clubs and seedy shops surrounding it. Trust me, this was a common kind of landscape when I was living in Montreal in the 90's.

This is a rather iconic building in downtown building because it’s so small and isolated – and has some popular clubs and seedy shops surrounding it. Trust me, this was a common kind of landscape when I was living in Montreal in the 90’s.

Aside from art, the other half of Montreal loves car racing. And this is their artwork about it.

Aside from art, the other half of Montreal loves car racing. And this is their artwork about it.

3D printing and the north! This was a great exhibit to wander into at 372, rue Sainte-Catherine O., where a good mix of arts and culture industry and most of the good galleries seem concentrated these days.  Many have never left.  suite 507  SBC | Gallery of Contemporary Art Curator: Sarah Watson Artists: DUSTIN WILSON, ZACHARIAS KUNUK, PETER PITSEOLAK, JOANASIE SALAMONIE

3D printing and the north! This was a great exhibit to wander into at 372, rue Sainte-Catherine O., where a good mix of arts and culture industry and most of the good galleries seem concentrated these days. Many have never left.
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SBC | Gallery of Contemporary Art
Curator: Sarah Watson
Artists: DUSTIN WILSON, ZACHARIAS KUNUK, PETER PITSEOLAK, JOANASIE SALAMONIE

LANDINGS // Sovereignty and the North

LANDINGS // Sovereignty and the North
http://wp.me/p22MS4-1oY
SBC | Gallery of Contemporary Art
Curator: Sarah Watson
Artists: DUSTIN WILSON, ZACHARIAS KUNUK, PETER PITSEOLAK, JOANASIE SALAMONIE

LANDINGS // Sovereignty and the North http://wp.me/p22MS4-1oY SBC | Gallery of Contemporary Art Curator: Sarah Watson Artists: DUSTIN WILSON, ZACHARIAS KUNUK, PETER PITSEOLAK, JOANASIE SALAMONIE

LANDINGS // Sovereignty and the North
http://wp.me/p22MS4-1oY
SBC | Gallery of Contemporary Art
Curator: Sarah Watson
Artists: DUSTIN WILSON, ZACHARIAS KUNUK, PETER PITSEOLAK, JOANASIE SALAMONIE

LANDINGS // Sovereignty and the North http://wp.me/p22MS4-1oY SBC | Gallery of Contemporary Art Curator: Sarah Watson Artists: DUSTIN WILSON, ZACHARIAS KUNUK, PETER PITSEOLAK, JOANASIE SALAMONIE

LANDINGS // Sovereignty and the North
http://wp.me/p22MS4-1oY
SBC | Gallery of Contemporary Art
Curator: Sarah Watson
Artists: DUSTIN WILSON, ZACHARIAS KUNUK, PETER PITSEOLAK, JOANASIE SALAMONIE

LANDINGS // Sovereignty and the North http://wp.me/p22MS4-1oY SBC | Gallery of Contemporary Art Curator: Sarah Watson Artists: DUSTIN WILSON, ZACHARIAS KUNUK, PETER PITSEOLAK, JOANASIE SALAMONIE

LANDINGS // Sovereignty and the North
http://wp.me/p22MS4-1oY
SBC | Gallery of Contemporary Art
Curator: Sarah Watson
Artists: DUSTIN WILSON, ZACHARIAS KUNUK, PETER PITSEOLAK, JOANASIE SALAMONIE

LANDINGS // Sovereignty and the North http://wp.me/p22MS4-1oY SBC | Gallery of Contemporary Art Curator: Sarah Watson Artists: DUSTIN WILSON, ZACHARIAS KUNUK, PETER PITSEOLAK, JOANASIE SALAMONIE

LANDINGS // Sovereignty and the North
http://wp.me/p22MS4-1oY
SBC | Gallery of Contemporary Art
Curator: Sarah Watson
Artists: DUSTIN WILSON, ZACHARIAS KUNUK, PETER PITSEOLAK, JOANASIE SALAMONIE

What an drawing! Amazing find while browsing through La Galerie Trois Points at Unit 500

What an drawing! Amazing find while browsing through La Galerie Trois Points at Unit 520 – not sure who did this but I posted the signature below… any ideas what the name is? Love to tumblr this one. UPDATE: The Gallery got in touch with me and confirmed the info for this work is:
Natalie Reis
Crawl Space
2009
Acrylic on paper
56 x 76 cm | 22 x 30 in

Another Galerie Trois Points open storage score - beautiful cloud painting. Again, not exactly sure the artist name but below is the signature.

Another Galerie Trois Points open storage score – beautiful cloud painting. Again, not exactly sure the artist name but below is the signature.
UPDATE:
David Gillanders
Floating #5
2010
Oil on canvas
35,5 x 46 cm | 14 x 18 in

Pudlo Pudlat (1916 - 1992): glad I discovered this important inuit artist's work. He'll be rediscovered again and again I'm sure.

Pudlo Pudlat (1916 – 1992): glad I discovered this important inuit artist’s work. He’ll be rediscovered again and again I’m sure.

Fantastic drawings.

Fantastic drawings.

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Mario Côté - a remarkable hard edge pop painting with censored text.

Mario Côté – a remarkable hard edge pop painting with censored text. UPDATE: Received a clarification from GTP about my comment and Mario’s painting. Here it is – “Mario Côté’s paintings do not include “censored text” : I know there is a similarity in the way he paints it, but the black lines represents the interval of indeterminate sounds that he is not able to identify. Mario Côté is interested in transposing sounds and music with painting to make them visible for the eyes. “

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La Galerie Trois Points is by far one of my favourtite galleries, both by email newsletter and in person. Always worth a visit to at 372, rue Ste-Catherine Ouest, Espace 520

La Galerie Trois Points is by far one of my favourtite galleries, both by email newsletter and in person. Always worth a visit to at 372, rue Ste-Catherine Ouest, Espace 520
http://galerietroispoints.com/

Vicky Sabourin at CIRCA

Vicky Sabourin at CIRCA: For me, this gallery has been a cornerstone of the Montreal art scene since I attended Concordia University in the 90’s. Still showing some of the best contemporary artists in Canada too – I always feel like I’m getting a sneak peek at future art history here.
http://www.circa-art.com/En_cours_files/depliant-VSabourin.pdf
372 Ste-Catherine Ouest. Espace 444 – Montréal.Québec H3B 1A2

You can't see it with this photo, but this is a small dark room with a platform and objects like stones, papers, cups and fronds. I think this was the artist, and she walked about a bit and wrapped what appeared to be a loaf of bread into her apron. I could of watched this all day but there were many shows to see, including the rest of this one.

You can’t see it with this photo, but this is a small dark room with a platform and objects like stones, papers, cups and fronds. I think this was the artist, and she walked about a bit and wrapped what appeared to be a loaf of bread into her apron. I could of watched this all day but there were many shows to see, including the rest of this one.

A view of Montreal from CIRCA's corner window.

A view of Montreal from CIRCA’s corner window.

Paryse Martin exhibit at CIRCA Really nice feel with these works, with an explorer / surveyist meets steam punk feel to them, but with far more yarn. In the background stand artist Andreanne Hudon, kinda making this a league of extraordinary artists.

Paryse Martin exhibit at CIRCA Really nice feel with these works, with an explorer / surveyist meets steam punk feel to them, but with far more yarn. In the background stands my friend & artist Andreanne Hudon, kinda making this a league of extraordinary artists.

Detail of this crazy art - organic or industrial references? Both? This is such good work..

Detail of this crazy art – organic or industrial references? Both? This is such good work..

Paryse Martin exhibit at CIRCA

I repeat: This is such a good show. Every bit of this form and surface is considered.
Paryse Martin exhibit at CIRCA
http://www.circa-art.com/Circa/MARTIN___SABOURIN.html

Gabrielle Laforest

This work is by -not clear on the gallery website – Gabrielle Laforest and it was one of my favorites on the entire trip. This one work is a successful painting and sculpture.
http://www.galerielilianrodriguez.com/

Gabrielle Laforest

This drawing / collage / installation is breath taking and successful close up and far away. Gabrielle Laforest
http://www.galerielilianrodriguez.com/

Gabrielle Laforest

I could probably earn some sort of grad degree on researching this remarkable installation. A fleeting crush via a blog post will have to suffice.
Gabrielle Laforest
http://www.galerielilianrodriguez.com/

Carlos Ste-Marie

Carlos Ste-Marie’s painting – “Extreme Painting”? I’m not sure because I am still learning what that means, but it’s a brilliant work no matter how you look at. My friend Andreanne has some similar work, probably because she’s brilliant too.
This composition is so fantastic – look how there is so much energy as you are drawn in and stopped by the hands, which draws you in again. A successful composition in painting is often considered to be a circle of some sort. The best ones I think extend the circle of the composition beyond the surface.

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Carlos Ste-Marie
http://www.galerielilianrodriguez.com/

Carlos Ste-Marie

Carlos Ste-Marie

Laroche/Joncas

Laroche/Joncas – Terrifically approachable gallery and one of the best in Canada with an alternate slate of Canadian and international contemporary artists.
http://www.larochejoncas.com/

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EXTREME PAINTING  June 19 - August 31, 2013  Adam Bergeron Jean-Philippe Harvey Sean Montgomery Manuel Ocampo Jayson Oliveria

Laroche/Joncas: EXTREME PAINTING
June 19 – August 31, 2013
Adam Bergeron
Jean-Philippe Harvey
Sean Montgomery
Manuel Ocampo
Jayson Oliveria

Laroche/Joncas: EXTREME PAINTING June 19 - August 31, 2013 Adam Bergeron Jean-Philippe Harvey Sean Montgomery Manuel Ocampo Jayson Oliveria

Laroche/Joncas: EXTREME PAINTING
June 19 – August 31, 2013
Adam Bergeron
Jean-Philippe Harvey
Sean Montgomery
Manuel Ocampo
Jayson Oliveria

Laroche/Joncas: EXTREME PAINTING June 19 - August 31, 2013 Adam Bergeron Jean-Philippe Harvey Sean Montgomery Manuel Ocampo Jayson Oliveria

Laroche/Joncas: EXTREME PAINTING
June 19 – August 31, 2013
Adam Bergeron
Jean-Philippe Harvey
Sean Montgomery
Manuel Ocampo
Jayson Oliveria

Laroche/Joncas: EXTREME PAINTING June 19 - August 31, 2013 Adam Bergeron Jean-Philippe Harvey Sean Montgomery Manuel Ocampo Jayson Oliveria

Laroche/Joncas: EXTREME PAINTING
June 19 – August 31, 2013
Adam Bergeron
Jean-Philippe Harvey
Sean Montgomery
Manuel Ocampo
Jayson Oliveria

Laroche/Joncas: EXTREME PAINTING June 19 - August 31, 2013 Adam Bergeron Jean-Philippe Harvey Sean Montgomery Manuel Ocampo Jayson Oliveria

Laroche/Joncas: EXTREME PAINTING
June 19 – August 31, 2013
Adam Bergeron
Jean-Philippe Harvey
Sean Montgomery
Manuel Ocampo
Jayson Oliveria

Laroche/Joncas: EXTREME PAINTING June 19 - August 31, 2013 Adam Bergeron Jean-Philippe Harvey Sean Montgomery Manuel Ocampo Jayson Oliveria

Laroche/Joncas: EXTREME PAINTING
June 19 – August 31, 2013
Adam Bergeron
Jean-Philippe Harvey
Sean Montgomery
Manuel Ocampo
Jayson Oliveria

Laroche/Joncas: EXTREME PAINTING June 19 - August 31, 2013 Adam Bergeron Jean-Philippe Harvey Sean Montgomery Manuel Ocampo Jayson Oliveria

Laroche/Joncas: EXTREME PAINTING
June 19 – August 31, 2013
Adam Bergeron
Jean-Philippe Harvey
Sean Montgomery
Manuel Ocampo
Jayson Oliveria

Étienne «NIXON» Chartrand @  Espace Robert Poulin www.espacerobertpoulin.com Ceux qui arpentent les rues de Montréal

Wow … very confident. I like this work more everytime I look at again.
«NIXON» @
Espace Robert Poulin
http://www.espacerobertpoulin.com
Ceux qui arpentent les rues de Montréal

Étienne «NIXON» Chartrand @  Espace Robert Poulin www.espacerobertpoulin.com Ceux qui arpentent les rues de Montréal

«NIXON» @
Espace Robert Poulin
http://www.espacerobertpoulin.com
Ceux qui arpentent les rues de Montréal

Nathalie Savoie

Nathalie Savoie @ Galerie Luz http://www.galerieluz.com

Nathalie Savoie @ Galerie Luz http://www.galerieluz.com

A really good painting exhibit by Nathalie Savoie @ Galerie Luz http://www.galerieluz.com

Nathalie Savoie @ Galerie Luz http://www.galerieluz.com

Nathalie Savoie @ Galerie Luz http://www.galerieluz.com

Nathalie Savoie @ Galerie Luz http://www.galerieluz.com

Nathalie Savoie @ Galerie Luz http://www.galerieluz.com

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John Player at Pierre-Francois Ouellette Art Contemporain

Very happy I discovered this artist during this visit – superb paintings both formally and for relevance to media + right wing political + military day and age.
John Player at Pierre-Francois Ouellette Art Contemporain
http://www.pfoac.com

John Player at Pierre-Francois Ouellette Art Contemporain www.pfoac.com

John Player at Pierre-Francois Ouellette Art Contemporain
http://www.pfoac.com

John Player at Pierre-Francois Ouellette Art Contemporain www.pfoac.com

John Player at Pierre-Francois Ouellette Art Contemporain
http://www.pfoac.com

John Player at Pierre-Francois Ouellette Art Contemporain www.pfoac.com

John Player at Pierre-Francois Ouellette Art Contemporain
http://www.pfoac.com

John Player at Pierre-Francois Ouellette Art Contemporain www.pfoac.com

John Player at Pierre-Francois Ouellette Art Contemporain
http://www.pfoac.com

John Player at Pierre-Francois Ouellette Art Contemporain www.pfoac.com

John Player at Pierre-Francois Ouellette Art Contemporain
http://www.pfoac.com

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That concludes our visit to 372 St. Catherine in Montreal - this is a shot of the empty store next to it.

That concludes our visit to 372 St. Catherine in Montreal – this is a shot of the empty store next to it.

Still some grit and run-downess in downtown Montreal... someday, for better or for worse, somebody will sell this dirt lot to a condo developer.

Still some grit and run-downess in downtown Montreal… someday, for better or for worse, somebody will sell this dirt lot to a condo developer.

Next we headed off to the Parisian Laundry in Montreal's west-end St.Henri neighbourhood.

Next we headed off to the Parisian Laundry in Montreal’s west-end St.Henri neighbourhood.
http://www.parisianlaundry.com/fr

Fabienne Lassarre http://www.parisianlaundry.com/fr

Fabienne Lassarre – love the idea of this work and why it’s here. Just not so sure about it though… just not sure.
http://www.parisianlaundry.com/fr

Area shot of the 2nd floor. http://www.parisianlaundry.com/fr

Area shot of the 2nd floor. http://www.parisianlaundry.com/fr

Projection installation in the basement - confusing and dark down there! Loved this space.

Projection installation in the basement – confusing and dark down there! Loved this space.

Olivia Boudreau

Olivia Boudreau was the artist in the basement space. Worked really well – very quiet.

We were guessing this industrial building, and it's basement, is about a hundred years old

We were guessing this industrial building, and it’s basement, is about a hundred years old

Back to the main floor of the Parisian Laundry. Look at this terrific drawing / sculpture! By Fabienne Lasserre. This I am sure about.

Back to the main floor of the Parisian Laundry. Look at this terrific drawing / sculpture! By Fabienne Lasserre. This I am sure about.

Fabienne Lasserre

Fabienne Lasserre

Derrick Piens

Derrick Piens

Derrick Piens

Derrick Piens

Celia Perrin Sidarous - I really, really dig this work. Another favourite artist added to my list...

Celia Perrin Sidarous – I really, really dig this work. I feel like I can learn alot from this series. Another favourite artist added to my list…

Area shot of the 1st floor. http://www.parisianlaundry.com/fr

Area shot of the 1st floor. http://www.parisianlaundry.com/fr

Parisian Laundry always has great shows. They know it too ;)

Parisian Laundry always has great shows. They know it too 😉

Found this gem of a public art dedicated to Dino Bravo in St. Henri.

Found this gem of a public art dedicated to Dino Bravo in St. Henri.

This old warehouse building is really interesting visually as it undergoes restoration. Hamilton could learn from Montreal that you can be corrupt and still keep your heritage buildings.

This old warehouse building is really interesting visually as it undergoes restoration. Hamilton could learn from Montreal that you can be corrupt and still keep your heritage buildings.

Andreanne has it easy - back when I was her age, we had to locate galleries by using a piece of wood and some chewing gum.

Andreanne has it easy – back when I was her age, we had to locate galleries by using a piece of wood and some chewing gum.

Back to the tree-lined streets of the NDG neighbourhood.

Back to the tree-lined streets of the NDG neighbourhood.

              Well, that was the big art day in Montreal. Was it worth the almost 2,000 kilometers and 20 hours of driving? Absolutely. It’s Montreal. I can’t think of many people who have lived there and wouldn’t want to again. Many of the artists are very inspiring and I really lucked out seeing much of the extreme painting festival. When I am able to paint again in the studio for a sustained period, I know this trip will affect my work.

[Video + Podcast #8] Christopher Healey interviewed about exhibit Mexico ii, by Hamilton Artists Inc.

You listen to the Audio Only Podcast or watch the video below:

Raw audio + finished video  from a 20 minute interview on June 29th, 2013 of Christopher Healey. Conducted by Hamilton Artists Inc’s Curatorial Assistant Caitlin Sutherland, and Gallery Assistant Samantha Roketta, about my exhibit Mexico ii featuring paintings by my mother Beverly Healey and digital collages by me.

I’m the first artist for this video interview series for the Inc, and was glad to help out this way. I really appreciated being able to articulate more of about the show and the process, and yet still feel like I forgot to mention a couple of key points – of course. That is, essentially, my work is about death and the “thinness” of our existence – which is one of the reasons I used the sunlight and the materials I did, such as the skull and white plastic. My Mom’s oil painting portrait work is about life, and the richness of an individual’s character and immortalizing it.

More information at my original post about the show here: https://chrishealey.me/2013/05/26/mexico-ii-an-exhibit-of-paintings-digital-collages/

One of great things I enjoy about the culture of the Inc is involvement with some young graffiti artists – one in particular has been very involved. He got very excited telling me about the impression my Mom’s work made on him during the member’s exhibit “Oh my god it was so good – no offence, but it was the best work in the gallery… it’s like a 17th century painting by on old master… no one else came close to it – no offence to your work or anything – it was totally sick. If she gave me her one of her paintings, I would walk out of the gallery and never do graffiti art again.. I’m serious!..”

This was awesome feedback for my Mom 🙂 Especially since we live in an age where street artists usually end up as the new art stars.

I’ll update this post when the video is available. In the meantime, enjoy the pictures of the exhibit below:

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Christopher Healey & Beverly Healey – photo by Joanna St. Jacques

Mountain Path

Mountain Path

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New work: text back in art

I had made myself promise I would not compose any text based work for a year. I kept falling back into the same work, the same way and it was slow and I was losing the joy.

I cheated a bit, but mostly held true to staying away from using text – and super glad I did. I’m feeling freer with the composition and quicker about it to – funny how feeling uncertain will slow things down so drastically. I am now officially allowed to work back in text as much as I want.

Yep, another series to finish off – this one will be called “AP3”. This will be with a lot of stencils work and on a stack of very nice arche rag paper that I’ve been hoarding for almost 20 years. It’s … relieving to have this kind of clean break from the old text work to this.

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oil, vinyl on paper

 

 

[photos] Painter Kathy Seaboyer’s studio & home in Ajijic, Mexico

Kathy is an artist hailing from Lunenburg, Nova Scotia and now lives in the middle of an Mexican farm field near the shore of Lake Chapala.

Kathy could be another case in point for making an argument of a talent drain from Canada, and her life here gives one ideas and schemes. A comfortable, sunny living and studio space that is sorta typical here and rents can be very affordable (The crop fields are a bonus for this particular location). I loved the chickens in the space, and the stained glass doors too. Also, the dogs.

I met Kathy at Pat Apt’s studio and we quickly figured out my family and her live very close by and in fact we had mutual “friends” – her dogs. Dogs, both street and domestic, are everywhere here in this village and one tends to get to know the area pooches who greet you as you walk by. Many domestic dogs are strays taken in by people, and can be fierce and loyal pets – Kathy’s are a mix of both and I was received well by them but they kept a close eye on me. Especially around the chickens.

www.kseaboyer.com

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