This Saturday, August 23rd we’ll be in Kiwanis Park with our brand new booth along with other artists, live music, entertainment, and foodÂ vendors. So come on down and say hi!
Argyle Art in the Park
Saturday, August 23rd, 2014, 11am-5pm
Kiwanis Park, Hale Street entrance, across from Trinity on Hale United Church, south of DundasÂ near Doulton
Parking at Russell Steel (Hale + Burslem) and along the side streets
London, Ontario, Canada
A group show and sale
Hope to see you there! Have a beautiful Tuesday!
August 12th, 2014personal
When Darren and I were camping on the weekend I had a bit of a mini revelation.
We had spent an hour or more in the morning lazily laying in bed talking until our growling stomachs dragged us up for breakfast. We ate granola with peaches and blueberries, both helping ourselves to seconds, and when all the food was gone we still sat for another hour or more and just hung out. We cleaned up the dishes, washed the sleep from our faces, and sat together – talking, reading, and doing crossword puzzles – until it was time to make lunch.
As I walked back through the woods to our campsite after washing up that’s when it hit me. This is what I’d always imagined life being like. Before Darren and I moved in together we were separated by a two hour drive. When we were togetherÂ our time was precious and when we were apart I dreamt about how our life would be when we lived under the same roof. And long leisurely weekend mornings together were a big part of what I wanted.
It’s now ten years later and those long leisurely mornings are very few and very far between, I’d guess they only happen a few times a year. Instead weekend mornings are filled with errands, surfing the internet, and house projects. That is, if I’m not working. So I’ve decided I’m going to re-prioritize my timeÂ and try my darndest to get all those things done through the week, save for the big house projects, so I can have a tiny slice of my dream life.
Wish me luck.
I’ve been experimenting with a few new photographic techniques lately that are basically a twist on my long exposure seascapes, I’ll tell you about it one day once I’ve completely figured it out. It results in images that look like the one aboveÂ and the one from July’s calendar. But what I did want to tell you about today is Bubblegum Elephant, you may recognize from our August Calendar which is ready for you to download by the way. I was out on the beach one evening toyingÂ with my camera, and the resultingÂ photographs had thisÂ dark area across the bottom. At first I wasn’t sure about it because originally I’d imagined somethingÂ light and bright like the rest of my work, but as soon as I removed the darkness it just wasn’t the same, it wasn’t as grounded.
When I got back to the studio and looked at them on the big screen I was instantly reminded of this dip-dye placemat from Design Love Fest. See the similarity? Or have I lost my mind? The dye she used was Bubble Gum for the pink and Elephant Grey for the darker edge, and, well, you can see where my title came from.
But the point of this photograph wasn’t just to experimentÂ with a new technique, it was to make art that would add a bit of fun ombre colour to a room while still being minimal enough to encourage meditative thoughts, helping to de-stress and feel hip at the same time.
So what do you think? Are you into the ombre trend? Have you ever dip dyed anything? And what do you think of my newest photograph? A welcome change? Or too dark and moody?
July has FLOWN by. I didn’t do enough savouring of the mild weather, though in my defence it has been un-seasonably cool in our part of the world. I want to tell you all about my new photograph that I used for the August calendar, Bubblegum Elephant, but it’s going to have to wait until next week. Until then you can download yours here:
August 2014 Calendar - iPad (1024 x 768 pixels) (23 downloads)
August 2014 Calendar - Regular Screen (works well with screen resolutions of 1280 x 800, 1440 x 900, and 1920 x 1200 pixels) (40 downloads)
August 2014 Calendar - Wide Screen (works well with screen resolutions of 1366 x 768, 1920 x 1080, and 2560 x 1440 pixels) (46 downloads)
You can see our whole archive of calendars here: Downloadable Desktop Calendars.
So how has your summer been so far? Is it going by too quickly or is it long and luxurious? How’s the weather in your part of the world?
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Got plans Friday night? Why not pop by the Westland Gallery for the official opening night of this year’s Square Foot Show. I’ve been busy getting three square feet of art ready for the eventÂ which you may have spotted inÂ our booth at the Dundas Street Festival.
The show will featureÂ Port Stanley #4 and Pelee Rhythm, both on canvas, andÂ Vanilla Dream,Â whichÂ is printed directly onto wood – a little experiment that turned out to be quite popular.
2014 Square Foot Show
July 15 – August 16, 2014
Opening Night: Friday, July 18, 2014, 7:30pm
156 Wortley Road, between Craig and Bruce
London, Ontario, Canada
A Group Show and Sale
If you happen to see us there definitely introduce yourself, we always love getting to meet people live and in person! And maybe we’ll snap a photo for our instagram feed!
I always think that because I’m a photographer I can do my own portraits for our website. Do carpenters let other people work on their own homes? Hells no. So why shouldn’t I be doing my own portraits? Because it’s more than just positioningÂ and snapping the shutter. Expressions need to be elicited, eyes need to be brightened, and tilting the head an inch can make all the difference. It’s not that I don’t love my current portrait, I just felt it was getting to be time that I update it. So I enlisted the help of Sandra Dufton to makeÂ my head shots.
And I’m smitten with my new photographs! After seeing the results of my session I know I’ll never be seriously considering doing my own portraits again. Not only was Sandy super speedy, getting way more variety than I ever could have in that amount of time, but she has an eye for seeing the beautyÂ in people that they don’t see in themselves. And as a result I have a lovely collection of head shots that I plan to use throughout our site as things are tweaked in the coming months.
To other photographers – It really is eye-opening being on the other side of the camera, I highly recommend it once in a while.
SandyÂ - Thank you so much for these fun portraits! You’re fantastic at what you do and you clearly LOVE Â your job!
And to all our readers – I’d love to hear which are your favourites!
Happy Canada Day Everyone! We’re out of the studio today, busy frolicking in the yard, bbq-ing, and admiring all the things that make this country of ours so spectacular. What are you doing to celebrate our great nation?
We spent last Friday night on the Ipperwash beach. First having our portraitsÂ made by the very talented Sandra Dufton, then we had a tuna sandwich picnic inÂ the sand. And you know, we never take a trip to the beach without packing my camera. It was a beautiful evening! We watched the sunset, made friends with a dachshund, and Darren relaxed with a book while I relaxed with my camera.
This photograph is a bit of a different style than what I normally do soÂ I’d love to hear what you think. You can download yours in calendar form here:
July 2014 Calendar - iPad (1024 x 768 pixels) (42 downloads)
July 2014 Calendar - Regular Screen (works well with screen resolutions of 1280 x 800, 1440 x 900, and 1920 x 1200 pixels) (49 downloads)
July 2014 Calendar - Wide Screen (works well with screen resolutions of 1366 x 768, 1920 x 1080, and 2560 x 1440 pixels) (46 downloads)
Facebook Cover (40 downloads)
And you can see our whole archive of calendars here:Â Downloadable Desktop Calendars.
When’s the last time you had your portrait made? At your wedding? When your kids were babies? Or do you get one done every year or two?
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June 17th, 2014events
We’ve had such an amazing and inspiring time with this year’s London Fringe! Thank you so much to Alison and all the volunteers who made it such a successful event. Thank you artists who have given me so much inspiration over the past few weeks. Thanks to the performers that kept us entertained for ten days, some of our favourites were Killer Quack, Deranged Dating, Roller Derby Saved My Soul, God is a Scottish Cross Dresser, 2 Ruby Knockers, 1 Jaded Private Dick: A Dirk Darrow Investigation, and High Tea. Click through those linksÂ learn more about each production and take a look at their schedules, if any of them are coming to your area definitely go check them out.
Thank you to everyone that came out to say hi at the Visual Fringe opening night that kicked off the whole event and thanks to everyone who stopped by our tentÂ at the Dundas Street Festival over the weekend! We loved getting to know you just a little bit better and sharing all our favourite beach spots in the area.
And an extra special thank you to Darren. I truly could not have done any of this without you. Thanks for your patience with the giant canvases in our tiny living room, thanks for turning a blind eye when the street festival inventory filled our dining room, and thanks for standing by my side and laughing with me for the past few weeks. You’re amazing!
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