Thursday, October 14, 2010

Trumpeter swans making a comeback in Ontario - thestar.com

Compliments: Compliments go to Oakville Galleries Gairloch situated on a beautiful lakefront property which is open to the public...It was on this property that Joseph & Sari were feeding the Canada geese who live there, the ducklings & duck parents, the gulls, the heron couple, & that one swan who swam by...What a beautiful property to allow so many wildbirds to live there amongst the gorgeous gardens & rocks & ponds...This is what art is about...Real beauty...-
what I am working on now till the end of 2010...(progress report for October)...notes on method & materials for posterity...
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A little film promo about me, Sari Grove, & a quick look at some works(cuts out at the end)...Note: to do this yourself...Upload some photos to iPhoto on your Mac...edit them...select all of them & drag them to slideshow...save the slideshow as .mov file to your desktop...Open up GarageBand...select new movie score...drag your .mov file to the place where it says drag movie file to...add a new track...make it a real sound track not machinemade...select a vocal track like epic diva...press the red record button & talk about your slides as they play in front of you...share...in the share choices select export movie to disk...give it a name then save it to your desktop...then upload to Blogger...TaahDaah...! promo movie...(time spent, 5 minutes)...

Work in progress notes: Oct. 29, 2010: Note to self: biodegradable gloves are a really dumb idea when oil painting...!!!(filled in the night rain background a bit in purple & green)...
signing a painting: 
I sign on the back...Title, date, notes, orientation, copyright, at the back...Then, if I get bored with a painting, I change the orientation from vertical to horizontal, or upside down if I want...So do my collectors...I can't tell you how many people will prefer a painting hung in a different direction than I had painted it...A restaurant took a vertical work (titled "Tsunami") & rehung it horizontally so it was at the eye line of sitting diners...Changed the whole look of the piece from tsunami to raging river or something...(p.s. I did the tsunami painting before the tsunami happened...In fact, it was in a gallery window all Christmas, while the gallery was closed for the holidays, when the tsunami happened...In january when the gallery re-opened, the owner was freaked out that I did the painting beforehand, even sent some sort of Kresgin person to investigate me..."The force is very strong in this one" is what he said, or something like that...personally, artistically, this has happened to me before, alot actually...I used to freak out a bit myself, but now I just think that artists have their ear to the ground & can hear those trains coming before anyone else because of their position...Nothing weird about that...Just good listening...)


Swans:
p.s. It is just right now the season here in Ontario when our swans decide whether to migrate south, or stay in Burlington...It has been about ten years of people here trying to rebuild the Trumpeter Swan population, & now others, besides the core group want to help...
  On the one hand, it is cold for them to stay here, although they get food from November to April in Burlington by conservationists...On the other hand, they can fly south, but it appears that they get hunted, whether by being confused with tundra swans (black beaks as well, but smaller), or on purpose...
  My husband & I are trying to inform ourselves of any new possibilities to help our Trumpeter Swan population survive the winters better-either here or in the States...There are some new young Trumpeters born this summer who we are watching...(adopted by Mute swans)...
Reading is such a great way to learn...I am hoping for some answers...Thanks again...

Art Advice:
Top ten tips to sell your art...(above link)

Movies:
"You gave him what he asked for, I gave him what he needed"...The Angel Gabriel asks how it is possible that the rebellious Archangel Michael has been given his wings back...From the movie called Legion...(The Archangel had the guts to take a stand-, while Gabriel was more of a yes angel...)(This quote reminds me that sticking to my guns, even if it is not what galleries want, is better than just giving them what they want...)


work in progress:
here is how my 36 by 48 by 2-1/4 inch swan family of four painting looks like today october 21st, 2010...I am laying on a layer of kama pigments walnut oil paints, using a knife & bio-degradable dog poop picker upper gloves, then I am going to do a layer of shimmering powder metallics with oil binder medium like Sennelier on top...the undersketch is kama walnut oil sticks on top of M. graham walnut alkyd medium, on top of sennelier oil pastels, on top of liquitex clear gesso, on top of belgian ten weight linen hand stretched by me, with carpet tacks a hammer, & some B.C. tree gold nails for the temporary stretch to prepare...copper wire is already on at back for hanging & edges have been sized for rot protection as well...the beauport extra large but light travel easel is doing alright...(only took me 2-3 years to figure out how it worked...-I used to paint horizontally mostly, flat, but am going back to easels...hmmm)...(feels so artsy)...Sari

kittens:
6 month old Serengeti female kitten at PJ's in Sherway gardens needs a home...(around 1299.00 but less if you ask Vele to ask for a lower price...)gorgeous very spunky fun loving kitten...(the fun of a bengal with the exotic qualities of the oriental cats)...

Sari Grove Today I held this 6 month old serengeti kitten at PJ's pets in Sherway Gardens...Vele, who takes care of the kittens asked me to ask if anyone I knew was looking for a kitten...A serengeti is half bengal half oriental, this one is still intact...If anyone was looking, please go to Sherway gardens in person, & Vele said...she would help to arrange a better price than they are showing...The kitten has been there for a while...thanks...posted yesterday on Facebook Oct. 20th, today here on Oct. 21st...2010...


Newspapers:
Trumpeter swans making a comeback in Ontario - thestar.com Great Article!

Rant:
Art thought: Don't you wish under the credit for a painting, it would say "machine assisted" or "not machine assisted" to indicate whether the artist had used a photograph somewhere in the process & had traced or sketched from that?
  Hand sewn materials are labelled as such, machine sewn materials are also labelled...An image that was traced from a photo is not the same as an image that was created using the artist's eye, hand & skill to gloam...
  "Image sketch not machine assisted" is what I want to see...
 "Image sketch machine assisted", well, I for one am not at all interested in seeing...
  Please please please stop exhibiting & painting & selling works that are machine assisted images...At the very least label them as such so people know...If you don't tell people that you have worked from a photograph, I think it is fraud...It implies that you have skills that are really the skills of your camera...
  Give credit where credit is due...Write which camera you used & your entire process of taking a photo then tracing it, then filling in paint...be honest...
  Let's make the art world a better place to live...