My love affair with Vermont: I’m having a solo exhibition!
February is an exciting time for me: you see, I’ve been given a solo exhibition at the Helen Day Art Center, in Stowe, Vermont.
My family had a home not far from Stowe, for nearly fifty years, which they sold just a little over two years ago. It’s where I spent much of my childhood, learning about rock gardens, bugs, snowflakes, and snakes. The clean air provided a backdrop for me to learn how to swim, ski, and create art. Drawing with my wax Crayola crayons was a favourite pastime of mine, as was making magical moss gardens, outside on the rocks, bathed in golden sunshine.
Home again: back in my studio!
I was excited to receive the box: I had been expecting it ever since I had left China, two months ago. I knew what was inside, but that didn’t dampen my excitement, as I eagerly cut through the neat cardboard packaging. Someone had taken great care to ensure that the contents would make it all the way back to Montreal, Canada, in tact.
Carefully, I cut open the long, skinny box: it contained paintings that I had worked on, while in my artist residency, in China… It felt like an early Christmas present to myself!
After viewing them all, one by one, I rolled them back up, and loaded them into my car, to take them to be re-stretched. I had painted a total of ten paintings, while away, and I had nine with me now (I left one painting behind, at the residency). See my photos, below.
Have a look at the final result of my re-stretched canvases, here.
A last look at my fall 2013 artist residency in China
I returned from China exactly two months ago, from today, on November 1st. The memories, while still relatively fresh, are already becoming a part of the muted wallpaper that makes up the background of my life. Before I move on, I want to show a few more photos of the residency at Da Wang Culture Highland. It was hard to stop taking photos, while there.
To begin with, the night before I left, I gave an artist talk, followed by a studio visit to those interested in seeing my work up close. It was an opportunity to show my wares to the locals, including my fellow resident artists, and exchange ideas. We each worked in our studios, daily, not really sharing our work with one another, and so this was a nice opportunity to do so.
The pottery studio was located in the neighbouring building to my own studio. It was a large room, much like an airplane hangar, in which the potters fashioned their creations with loads of space around them.
The inspiration? It’s easy: the day-to-day of life in China and in Hong Kong brought my senses much to savour. In particular, I found myself drawn to the markets, where all chattels are sold.
Sprinkle: a series of small paintings!
I’ve returned from China now, after a wonderful experience of adventure in time… So many thoughts and memories fill my head, as I settle back into my studio, in Montreal. I’m glad to be back, despite missing the exotic scenery that which is the land of the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Love, the Terra Cotta Warriors, The Bund, and so much more.
One of the first things I dug into, upon my return, was working on these little wood panel paintings. They are whimsical and colourful… A contrast to the serious austerity that I saw in beautiful China! These little ones are intimate, and a way of allowing myself to reconnect with my way of life, here, at home.