Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The DRAW 2018 October Exhibition & November Soirée

The Dumoine River Art For Wilderness (DRAW) art retreat took place on the Dumoine River in Quebec this past August.

In October 2018, on Thanksgiving weekend, the Canadian Park and Wilderness (Ottawa Valley chapter known as CPAWS-OV). held an Exhibition (October 5-8) in Bristol, Quebec

In November 2018, art donated by the artists will be sold by silent auction at the Ottawa Art Gallery and the proceeds will be used to protect the magnificent Dumoine River in Quebec

DRAW Exhibit: October 2018
The October exhibition was held at the beautiful Cidrerie Coronation Hall Cider Mills in Bristol Quebec. The drive to the vernissage from Ottawa was magnificent with the trees displaying their beautiful autumn colours

Below, I am sharing some photographs and videos that I took at the vernissage which was held Saturday October 6 between 2 and 4 pm.

Cidrerie Coronation Hall Cider Mills in Bristol Quebec
The painting that I contributed to CPAWS-OV I called "The Last Portage/Heading Home” and it captured artists Becky Mason and Reid McLachlan as I saw them paddling home from our art retreat in August at the mouth of the Dumoine River below Ryan's Chutes.

"The Last Portage/Heading Home” by Cindi Moynhan-Foreman, acrylic, 10 x 20
I loved seeing it nestled among all the other artist's magnificent works on the wall at the exhibition.

Vernissage
All four walls at the Cidrerie Coronation Hall Cider Mills in Bristol Quebec were covered with incredible art that was inspired by the Dumoine River and I have tried to capture ALL of it, albeit just glimpses that do not do them full justice, in the following videos so that you get a taste of what is available for sale in November.











ALL Artwork Is For Sale in November

All of the artwork in the videos above that was created at the Dumoine River Art For Wilderness (DRAW) art retreat in August 2018 is available for sale by silent auction and the proceeds will be used to protect the magnificent Dumoine River in Quebec

Canadian Park and Wilderness (Ottawa Valley chapter known as CPAWS-OV) is hosting the Soirée in November 2018 at the Ottawa Art Gallery

CPAWS Soirée: November 2018
The evening will feature a display of artwork created during our 2018 Dumoine River Art for Wilderness retreat. All of the artwork will be available for sale by silent auction during the event. Artwork by established and emerging artists will be available (see the list of artists below)

The event takes place in the Alma Duncan Salon at the Ottawa Art Gallery and we would love to see you there! 

To learn more about the Soirée and/or to purchase tickets click here: http://cpaws-ov-vo.org/events/november-14-2018-cpaws-ov-soiree-soiree-snap-vo-2018

To learn more about the artwork available for auction, please click here (http://cpaws-ov-vo.org/campaigns/draw-retreat).

DRAW 2018 Artists


Artists who were able to attend June 2018 Meet and Greet in Gatineau Quebec

Front Row (left to right)
Back Row (left to right)
Artists not pictured above who attended DRAW 2018
    LINKS
My previous blog posts about the 2018 Dumoine River Art for Wilderness retreat.
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Friday, September 28, 2018

Making Art Inspired by the Dumoine River

I previously blogged about the art retreat that I had been selected to attend that was organized by the Canadian Park and Wilderness (Ottawa Valley chapter known as CPAWS-OV). The retreat is called the Dumoine River Art For Wilderness (DRAW) and it took place on the Dumoine River in Quebec this past August.

Group photo taken at the Moore Farm in Gatineau, Qc. at the June DRAW2018 Meet and Greet
From August 1-6, 2018, approximately thirty staff, volunteers and artists camped on the shore of Robinson Lake and created art.

My plein air set-up on Day 2; Grand Chutes, Dumoine River
Below is a very brief report on some of the art that I created that was inspired by the incredible Dumoine river: my donated art; my plein air paintings; my sketches and some printmaking that I did while I was at camp and at home.

 My Donated Art

The DRAW retreat is free for all participating artists, in exchange, all artists will donate one completed piece to CPAWS-OV to help support the campaigns that protect the Dumoine River and wilderness across Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec.

The piece that I donated is called ”The Last Portage/Heading Home”

”The Last Portage/Heading Home”; acrylic; 10 x 20
Title:”The Last Portage/Heading Home”
Size: 10 x 20 inches
Medium: Acrylic on cradled birch panel
Description:

“Along the 129 kilometres of the Dumoine river in Quebec, you can still hear ancient conversations between the river rocks and the water at every rapid, swift, chute and waterfall.
At the mouth of the Dumoine where it meets the Ottawa river, below Ryan’s Chute, the river grows quieter and slower.
That’s where I spotted artists/canoeists Becky and Reid heading home.”


There will be an exhibition of the art made by ALL of the DRAW 2018 artists from October 5-8 (Thanksgiving weekend) at Cidrerie Coronation Hall Cider Mills, Bristol Quebec. Please drop by if you can!



I also donated a 5 x 7 acrylic painting of Ottawa-based forager, wildcrafter, writer and educator Bryan Dowkes to the CPAWS-OV office.

Ottawa-based forager, wildcrafter, writer and educator Bryan Dowkes

Bryan joined us at the Dumoine river and shared his deep love for the outdoors and his years of experience foraging.

Bryan serving the fermented wild soda prepared two days earlier
The four wild sodas that Bryan created during the week were: white pine and sweet fern; blueberry, wood sorrel, wintergreen and juniper berries; strawberry, lime and wood sorrel; and the everything soda with strawberry, lime and wood sorrel. Can I just say that they were absolutely delicious! Thank you Bryan!

(The sodas that Bryan created were based on The Wildcrafting Brewer: Creating Unique Drinks and Boozy Concoctions from Nature’s Ingredients by Pascal Baudar.)
 

My Plein Air Paintings

I created three acrylic plein air paintings on the second day of camp (Thursday August 2, 2018: see the photo of the Grande Chutes above for the first two) This painting (below) that I called "Sacred Rock" was inspired by the egg-shaped rock located in the exact same spot at the two Grand Chutes paintings but facing in the opposite direction away from the river.

My reference photo of "Sacred Rock"
"Sacred Rock"; 6 x 6 acrylic/mixed media

The unfinished painting below was created at the Open House that was held on the last day (Sunday August 5, 2018) at camp. I had just started blocking in the colours with my palette knife when the Open House guests started arriving and I greeted them showing them around camp and I eventually abandoned the painting!

Unfinished painting "Robindson Lake"
I posted the unfinished painting on social media and then took a twitter and facebook poll for fun asking people if I should "Work On It?" or "Leave it Alone?"

To my surprise, the majority of "voters" wanted me to "Leave It Alone!" I must say that I am tempted to, at a minimum, add some branches to the trees

The photo I took of the scene before I started painting

My Sketches

I did a number of sketches at camp in my Strathmore art journal and a number of additional sketches when I got home from camp. Here are just a few ...

I sketched Bruce and Lynn's camper while waiting for a drive to the Grand Chutes
On Saturday August 4, 2018 in the evening after our pontoon ride to Ryan's Chute, the night sky was clear enough to see the planet Mars (at its closest to earth since 2003 and won't be closer until 2035) , some shooting stars (from the Perseid meteor shower ), Cassiopeia and a satellite overhead. I made a visual note of it in my sketchbook.

Mars and some shooting stars from the Perseid meteor shower
I was pretty impressed with my ability to keep everything to a bare minimum in terms of luggage. My goal was to be able to carry everything all at once without making multiple trips to and from the campsite and I succeeded! Five items in total: (1) Duffle bag on wheels with (2) sleeping bag attached; (3) Back Pack with easel, paints, and tripod chair; (4) Tent, camp chair and tarp bungeed together and (5) my shoulder bag sketch kit.

I did a quick sketch of ALL my bags in the early morning before my transportation to camp arrived
I did lots of sketches of the artists at the retreat once I got home.

The sketch below of artist Christopher Griffin captures how he worked all week. I was in awe actually. Propping large pieces of canvas and painting with bitumen it was quite brilliant and amazing to watch!

Artist Christopher Griffin


Printmaking

In addition to my watercolour sketches and acrylic paintings, I brought my printmaking materials to the Dumoine river. I brought my Akua Intaglio black ink because these inks are:
"...non-toxic and fume free. They can be used for all types of intaglio, photopolymer methods, relief and monotype. They are the only inks with endless open time – they will never skin over in the jar or dry on a plate.

These inks clean up is easy with just soap and water, not hazardous solvents, leaving you with more studio time!

Soy-based with a high pigment load, Akua inks deliver rich, vibrant colours and strong blacks without compromising your health."
Creating a monotype of "Goats Island" based on my morning sketch

My early morning sketch of "Goats Island"; watercolour in Strathmore 500 series Mixed media Paper (100% cotton)
First Pull Monotype; "Goats Island"
Monotype; "Goats Island" colourized with watercolour and watercolour pencil
I also decided to create a linocut of "Goats Island" with the intention of doing a three-colour reduction. I did not make the September 27 deadline for artwork but I intend to continue with this linocut and will update this post when I am done.

The design for my linocut
The linocut is ready for the first colour


 Gratitude

First of all, I want to thank ALL of the CPAWS-OV staff, organizers and volunteers for organizing this great artist retreat.

Thank you CPAWS-OV staff and volunteers!

I want to also thank ALL of the artists who attended the week. I returned home so enriched and inspired from witnessing the many different styles and mediums.

I want to give special thanks to artist Marie-Christine Bedard and her partner for driving me to the Swisha so that I could attend DRAW 2018 and also artist Charlotte King for driving me home to my family in Ottawa.

I am looking forward to the Exhibition (October 5-8) in Bristol, Quebec and the Soiree at the Ottawa Art Gallery on November 14th.
The evening will feature a display of artwork created during our 2018 Dumoine River Art for Wilderness retreat. All of the artwork will be available for sale by silent auction during the event. Artwork by established and emerging artists will be available, including pieces by Aleta Karstad, Phil Chadwick and many others. To learn more about the artwork available for auction, please click here (http://cpaws-ov-vo.org/campaigns/draw-reatreat).


The event takes place in the Alma Duncan Salon at the Ottawa Art Gallery and we would love to see you there!

LINKS
Links to my previous blog posts about DRAW 2018

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Where Did August Go?

Where did the summer go?
I love this poem about "August" written by Elizabeth Maua Taylor.

August rushes by like desert rainfall,
A flood of frenzied upheaval,
Expected,
But still catching me unprepared.
Like a matchflame
Bursting on the scene,
Heat and haze of crimson sunsets.
Like a dream
Of moon and dark barely recalled,
A moment,
Shadows caught in a blink.
Like a quick kiss;
One wishes for more
But it suddenly turns to leave,
Dragging summer away."

My month of August started here on the Dumoine River, Quebec August 1-6, 2018

"Like a matchflame" indeed. My month of August started on the Dumoine River in Quebec and is now ending with an invitations to talk to students about the Ottawa Urban Sketchers at the Ottawa School of Art  (August 28) as well as a delightful invitation to join an Ottawa women artists gathering in Westboro (August 29). I am so grateful!

A snapshot of a birthday gift I was working on for my Father's 82nd birthday in August.
It has been such an incredibly busy, inspiring and productive month. I have met some incredible artists, learned a great deal and I have grown in some exciting new directions in my own art practice.

August Links

I am planning to blog in some detail about my experiences at the Dumoine River art retreat "DRAW2018" and about some of the projects that I am currently working on, but for now I thought that I would share some interesting links of things I came across in the month of August.

Watson-Gupthill "Handbook of Landscape Painting"


"The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield


I am really looking forward to blogging again in September and, until then, in the words of Gordon MacKenzie, keep painting!


"Keep Painting" by Gordon MacKenzie

Saturday, July 21, 2018

My Summer Plein Air Painting & Sketching Adventures

I am feeling so grateful to have spent the last four weeks urban sketching and plein air painting with other local artists.

Since my last blog post on June 18th, Ottawa experienced a record breaking heat wave that lasted for many days. Looking back, I am surprised that I actually ventured out as many times as I did.

Here are some photos, sketches and paintings I created (some finished, some not) from June 19 to July 19, 2018.

June 19th: Drawing at the Rooster

I really enjoy the monthly Drawing At The Rooster event hosted by artist Peter Purdy (of Art Battle fame) at the Atomic Rooster on Bank Street every month.

Drawing At The Rooster: Model Ringo (2018)

The models for the month of June were great (as usual) and I thought there was something familiar about our first model Ringo. I later realized that I had also sketched Ringo way back in 2016!

Drawing At The Rooster: Model Ringo (2016)

Drawing At The Rooster: Model Ringo (2018)

June 20: Block Sketching at Glebe and 2nd Avenue

This was the third Block Sketching event organized by artist Colin White. I sketched the Octopus Book Store (and it rained) then moved over to Felena's Mexican Cantina to sketch until the skies threatened rain again and I had to hurry home on my bike to avoid getting soaked.

Block Sketching 3: "Felena's" watercolour

June 21: Sketching & Plein Air Painting 
at the Humanics Sanctuary and Sculpture Park

The Ottawa Plein Air Adventurers held their first outing at the Humanics Sanctuary and Sculpture Park. The organizer, Ottawa visual artist Lissa Rachelle, has a blog post that explains who the group is and she reports on this adventure at the Humanics Sanctuary and Sculpture Park. http://lissarachelle.com/blog/2018/06/plein-air-adventures-at-humanics/

The Ottawa Plein Air Adventurers
I managed to do a watercolour before lunch and I started an acrylic after lunch that I later finished at home .
My lightweight set up for watercolour and acrylic
On the left: As far as I managed to get in 60 minutes; On the right: Finished details
 
Acrylic on canvas paper
June 21: Sketching at the Jazz Fest

For my Artist Date for the week June 21st, I decided to catch some free concerts at the Ottawa Jazz Fest. It was a big challenge trying to sketch the musicians because they were moving around quite a bit as they played and as they marched through Confederation Park.


 June 24: Bike-n-Sketch 

I love these 60-minute sessions and I found this lovely, quiet and bug free location behind the Drill Hall.

My bike-n-sketch gear

Bike-n-sketch: Acrylic on canvas paper

Here is the link to the video https://twitter.com/cindiforeman/status/1010916728295968769 that I tweeted https://twitter.com/cindiforeman/status/1010916728295968769

June 26: Pride 

During Pride Week I spotted a great restaurant on Somerset Street West called T's Pub that had a beautiful patio with lots of rainbow flags and I just had to do a 60-minute sketch of it.

Detail: Finished "T's Pride" watercolour
I sat across the street where there was a lovely park bench to sketch from.

T's Pub; 323 Somerset Street West, Ottawa (in progress)

June 28: Sketching at the War Museum

We had a great turn out of artists at our monthly Ottawa Urban Sketchers outing at the Canadian War Museum to sketch the exhibit "Armour"

The Ottawa Urban Sketchers at the Canadian War Museum

My sketch of the horse and rider at the Canadian War Museum

July 2: My Encounter with Ottawa's Black Swan 

I was exploring places to sketch and it was dreadfully hot. I parked my car near the Rideau river and then I spotted the Black Swan. I took lots of video and photographs and sketched and painted it later at home (in air conditioning).

A page that I created about the black swan in my art journal

Ottawa's black swan
I later created a small 5 x 5 acrylic of the black swan using Indian yellow hue and Prussian blue. I loved the deep greens I was able to mix with just those two colours.

"Black Swan: acrylic (5 x 5) on canvas paper

July 12: Notre Dame & Beechwood Cemetery 

The second gathering of the Ottawa Plein Air Adventurers was held at the two historic cemeteries in Ottawa

Plein air painting at Beechwood cemetery
Beechwood cemetery : watercolour & gouache

Beechwood cemetery : watercolour & gouache

 July 19: The Artists' Residency Project

I am so grateful that I could attend the Artists' Residency Project on L'Île-du-Grand-Calumet (Quebec) for one day this past week. I am a member of the Pontiac Artists Association and I love this group of incredible artists very much!!

Photo (used with permission) was taken by Pontiac artist / photographer Cheryl Dolan http://cheryldolan.blogspot.com/

Photo (used with permission) taken by Pontiac artist / photographer Cheryl Dolan (on twitter as @PontiacLady) http://cheryldolan.blogspot.com/
 I managed to get two monotypes done (thanks to our printmaking teacher Rob Hinchley) and i finished an acrylic (2 hours) on site.

"The Pond"; Acrylic on canvas paper

Lots of Sketching & Painting 
From Photographs 
(On the HOT Days!)

Here in Ottawa, we had a week-long heat wave and on some days it was just better to stay indoors with the air conditioning on than be sketching outside.

Here are a few of my sketches done indoors from photographs this past month.

My art journal June 23, 2018



My art journal July 6, 2018

My art journal July 5, 2018

I fell in love with these two cats in the window of High Jinx in Ottawa I will have to add this latest sketch to my page
My art journal July 13, 2018
 
My art journal July 13, 2018