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Painting Night – Inspired by Lisa Congdon

                      

Recently we had a wonderful night at The Cat Pub on Dundas with a group of women from Mums and More. We were inspired by the artist, Lisa Congdon and spent the evening making our own Birch tree paintings.

   

They experimented with many supplies and techniques and shared a lot of laughter and fun as they created.

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Steve Driscoll Inspired Waterfalls

“I am trying to explore the awe and wonder of nature.”

– Steve Driscoll

This week in our adult class we learned about Toronto artist, Steve Driscoll. To see some of his work this weekend Oct 27 – Oct 30 visit the Angell Gallery booth at Art Toronto.

We were inspired by his contemporary take on landscape painting and used a scraping technique to create our own waterfall pieces.

Driscoll is a landscape painter that uses his unique way of envisioning the vast landscapes of Canada to transform our awareness of the outdoors.

He paints with a fast drying pigmented urethane on board or panel and makes large paintings with modern, heightened colour effects in only a few hours (due to the fast drying of the medium). Urethane is an industry standard for automotive painting and is like a liquid plastic. Using urethane he is able to achieve a luminous and vibrant quality with his work. It is extremely difficult to work with and full breathing protection must be used when using this material.

In 2016, Driscoll exhibited an installation, Just a Sliver of the Room, at Angell Gallery in Toronto. He flooded the gallery space with 2000 gallons of water and built a wooden pathway for viewers to walk across and see and experience his work with the reflection in the water.  In the summer of 2017, working with photographer Finn O’Hara, Steve Driscoll exhibited Size Matters at the McMichael Gallery.

His work is in the collections of TD Bank, Bank of Montreal, Nordstrom, The Four Seasons, Seneca College and Aura at College Park.

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Fall Collages Inspired by Rex Ray

“I’m not as much confident as I am fearless.  I have a lot of doubt and a lot of insecurity when I go into a given situation.  But I don’t let it stop me.  It took a long time to find that.” – Rex Ray

Recently in our adult class, we learned about the life and career of the late American artist, Rex Ray. We printed our own paper using Gelli Plates and acrylic paint. We then used the printed paper to create abstract collages inspired by Rex Ray and the beautiful colours of fall.

Rex Ray (Michael Patterson) was born in Landstuhl, Germany on September 11, 1956. His father served in the US Army. He was raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado and later moved to San Francisco, California.

He was inspired by Andy Warhol and adopted the moniker, Rex Ray. He attended the San Francisco Art Institute where he received his BFA in 1989. After earning his degree he designed digital graphics for nightclubs and rock concerts. The first t-shirts and posters he created were for the political advocacy organization called Act Up.

During his lifetime he had an impressive client roster in the music, fashion, entertainment and design industries. He worked with David Bowie, Dreamworks, Neiman Marcus, Sony Music, Apple and many others. His designs have been licensed and produced on clothing, carpets, ceramics, wristwatches, surfboards and on a Mini Cooper.

In the early 1990’s, he moved away from his computer graphics business and returned to studio work. He produced a prolific number of fine art paintings and collages that are marked by the use of psychedelic pop art images. His techniques involved a process of Xerography, handmade woodblock prints, newsprint and magazine images that were transformed into vibrant colour schemes.

Rex Ray has been collected by museums and art lovers the world over and his work continues to resonate in the art world. He was the subject of a documentary, “How to make a Rex Ray”. Sadly, Ray died of cancer in 2015.

To learn more about our adult classes please email artinactiontoronto@gmail.com.

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Georgia O’Keeffe – Adult Class Inspiration

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.”

– Georgia O’Keeffe

Our new adult class began with inspiration from the mother of American Modernism, Georgia O’Keeffe. She was born on November 15, 1887 in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. The second of seven children she grew up on a dairy farm. Georgia received art lessons at home and her abilities were quickly recognised and encouraged by teachers.

O’Keeffe is well known for her large stylized paintings of flowers, cityscapes and the landscapes of New Mexico. She became most famous for her large, up-close paintings of flowers. She said that everyone loves flowers but few take the time to really see them.

She began her career in New York City with a series of abstract charcoal drawings. O’Keeffe mailed some of these drawings to photographer Alfred Stieglitz who immediately began promoting her work. In 1916 he offered her a one-person exhibition of her work.  The two fell in love and were married in 1924.  They lived and worked together in New York City and Lake George. Three years after Stieglitz died, Georgia O’Keeffe moved to New Mexico, whose stunning vistas and stark landscape configurations inspired her work. She died in 1986 at the age of 98 and her popularity continues to grow.

Everyone did such a great job in our class and were really fearless working with watercolours and acrylic paint.

Would you like to join us? There are three classes in this session left that will be inspired by Rex Ray, The Group of Seven, and Steve Driscoll. Email artinactiontoronto@gmail.com to learn more.

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