The Lantzville Art Gallery‘s new show “It’s a Miniature World” opens this week! The show will feature the artworks of several Vancouver Island artists, as well as 10 new miniature paintings I’ve just completed with a focus on local island landscape.
Please click on the link if you’d like more information. The show runs from Oct. 19th – Nov. 20th at the Lantzville Art Gallery, located at 7217 Lantzville Rd., just north of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. Opening hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 11am – 4pm.
“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.” – William Cullen Bryant
For me, autumn comes comes with crisp morning air, golden afternoons and cozy evenings. And not infrequently, if you live on the west coast, a generous downpour of rain. It’s my favourite time of year, puddles and all, and my gumboots and camera are never far from hand.
Unexpected inspiration for the above painting came as I was on my way to somewhere else and I now stop to visit this little marshland whenever I pass by. Onward to new autumn adventures!
The art gallery is lovely, the restaurant divine (I’ve already sampled their delicious goodies) the event will make for a pleasant afternoon. You may wish to bring a magnifying glass as well, to better see the miniature paintings which measure only a few inches in size.
The following Exhibition “It’s a Miniature World” will be on display at the Lantzville Art Gallery from October 19th – November 20th, located in Lantzville just minutes north of Nanaimo BC. The show will feature several of my miniature landscape paintings and a wonderful selection of fine artworks by gallery artists.
Tickets for the event are $55.00 each and can be purchased at the Lantzville Art Gallery.
“The Ruined Keep” (a tiny 5.25 x 1.75 inches small). I discovered this old ruin (Morton Castle), slumbering peacefully along a back road in Scotland. The view was stunning and this silent ruin was great to walk through, a window into a different time. And yes, those are tiny sheep dotting the distant pasture.
This new miniature painting “Eilean Donan Castle” was inspired by a trip to Scotland where I fell in love with the landscape and ancient architecture. Many have fallen under the spell of this stone fortress, brooding on its island in the sea, and I was no different. While painting this miniature I felt like I was crawling over every wall, stone and rooftop, getting up close and personal with this formidable structure. This is one of the reasons I so enjoy painting in miniature, and it was a grand visit.
I am very pleased to be participating in the up coming art show “Honey, I Shrunk The Art” at Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park on Camano Island, Wa. A fabulous collection of small and tiny artworks will be showcased at the gallery beginning Saturday, November 21st and running through to January 10th. Please stop by if you are in the area or visit Matzke Fine Art Gallery on-line!
My kids did not always appreciate being dragged out of bed for an early morning photo shoot with mom, but they did develop a healthy love for Mother Nature and her mysterious moods. This was one of our favourite haunts on chilly autumn mornings, near Silvermere lake in Mission, BC. It was usually followed up with copious amounts of hot chocolate while fingers and toes thawed out afterward. 🙂
“Autumn Morning” acrylic on paper board, a tiny 4 x 2.25 inches small.
I love the way deep autumn reveals the rich colours and textures of landscape, the last “hurrah!” of the season. This miniature painting was inspired by a lovely October stroll with my daughter, along the Nanaimo River.
“Nature’s Palette” – acrylic on paper board, a tiny 2.5 x 3.5 inches small.
The colourful leaves and crisp morning air signal a change of palette as my creative thoughts turn to the beauty of autumn. Painting this image reminded me of many walks through this lovely forest, where thoughts and memories were carried along the tracks. There is something peaceful about watching lines disappear in the distance, maybe it is the promise of possibilities.