Friday, July 30, 2010

Muskoka in the rear view, and what's next

Once again, another outdoor show, with its typical last minute panic painting and frazzled packing and setup, has come and gone. In this case it was the Muskoka Arts and Crafts Summer Show in Bracebridge, Ontario. You never know what kind of weather you’re going to get with outdoor shows; often they’re a mixed bag and sometimes you just get washed out. This year in Bracebridge, however, the weather was almost perfect for all 3 days: it was sunny and warm without being sweltering, and we only got a bit of rain late on Sunday afternoon.

Turn out was once again very good and it was very nice to meet so many new people. I'd like to say thanks to everyone who stopped by last weekend. For those of you who I've met before, it was very nice to see you again, and for those of you who were new, it was very nice to meet you.

If you couldn’t make it to the show, I’ve posted most of the new paintings to my website here: 

I’ve also delivered some new work to the Arts on King gallery and the Canvas Gallery, both of which are in Toronto, just in case you’re in that area and you’d like to go see it in person.

So what’s next?

Well, I’ll be the featured artist at Arts on King in November, that’s what! I’m happy to say that once again I’ll be filling a couple of the walls at Arts on King in downtown Toronto. I’m not really sure what kind of paintings I’m going to do or how I’m going to pare down all the ideas that I have, but if you’d like to see what I end up doing as I go, keep checking my blog.
Marcel Guldemond

New paintings posted

Check 'em out.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Back to doing artist things

I'm now back to work after the Muskoka Show, some time at the day job, and a weekend off. I'm not actually painting yet, though; I have things like website updates, documentation, and gallery contacts to deal with first.

After that I have a couple of commissions to do and then it's time to start making paintings for my next show, which will be at Arts on King in November.

I'll post back here again soon once I've updated the website with the new pieces that I did for the Muskoka Show.


Monday, July 19, 2010

Muskoka's all done

Overall, the show went very well: the weather was nearly perfect and sales were good.

Now I'm off to deliver some new work to galleries in Toronto, and then to get some R&R.

Over and out...

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Friday, July 16, 2010

At the Muskoka Show

All ready to go, the sun's out and the weather looks great. Here's my booth:

Stop by and say hello if you get a chance.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Muskoka this weekend

If it's been quiet here lately it's because I've been busy getting ready for the Muskoka summer show in Bracebridge this weekend.

Details here:

I'll be in booth #73, which is the same place as last year. Hope to see you there if you can make it.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Faster faster! New painting with tweaks

Here's a new painting I just finished, for the second time. To explain: I painted hard on Saturday trying to get it finished, and I did, at least as far as covering it with paint. One side effect of painting fast and focused is that at some point you get fuzzy and start making poor decisions, much like athletes at the end of a hard fought game, and you don't take the time to stop and walk away to reevaluate. Because you don't; you're trying to push yourself and go fast. Fast is also important if you have any hopes of making any money. Sometimes when you go fast, you push yourself out of your comfort zone and intuitively pare the art down to its essentials and you sometimes get something very exciting out of it. Often, however, you get something that looks like ass.

So the first time I thought it was done, this is what it looked like, a combination of good and ass:

I knew it wasn't quite there so I scraped some of the paint off and redid some of the background trees and the sky, so it's tweaked it a bit:

I think the second version is quite a bit better and much more visually interesting.

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Friday, July 2, 2010

Trees - new paintings

I'm starting on a couple of new ones today. I think they're going to be autumn colours. The original reasons for that were because I haven't done autumn paintings for a while and I'm kinda done with summer pieces for now. now, however, they're going to be orange because the freakin Netherlands beat freakin Brazil at the freakin World Cup!! Oh yeah!

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