Tuesday, May 16, 2006

vancouver special

I've gotten into the habit of taking pictures of older, more interesting Vancouver houses when I go into town every Wednesday. (It makes me feel like a p.i. on the divorce trail.) Now I need to figure out what to do with them! This painting has been in the conception stage for a hideously long time due to its unusual format (36" x 12") and it has taken even longer to paint it seems, so imagine my relief to finish it up last night! It may be surprising that it took so long as it's quite a simple painting. (Never judge a book by its cover.)

Needless to say, there hasn't been any small art happening as a result, in spite of my best intentions. I also seem to have lost track of time completely as this painting was going to be entered in a fairly important annual juried show at the Surrey Art Gallery that I was accepted into last year, and I just discovered that I've been a week behind and missed last Friday's deadline! I need an office manager. Among other things.








PS to any Canadian readers: please visit Reluctant Nomad's blog so the South African viewers can be left in the dust! (Since Alan called me competitive I'm just being cooperative...) More on that in this post.

17 Comments:

Blogger Caroline said...

Love these houses - shame you missed the deadline - you are bound to find something else that these would be perfect for.

16/5/06 11:06 AM  
Anonymous krista said...

I love your small art.

16/5/06 11:17 AM  
Blogger Brian the Mennonite said...

I also have to drive out of town to find interesting houses to photograph. In my town, I think that my home is one of the oldest, and it is only 60 or 70 years old, and not that interesting looking. The sameness of all the new stucco homes is visually diappointing.

Your triple decker painting, however, is not. Could you sell this as a triptych on your small art blog?

16/5/06 11:59 AM  
Blogger Reluctant Nomad said...

So this is what you mean by the 'big guns'! What a worthy adversary you are!

I was going to say how much I like your small art but I won't now. :-)

16/5/06 3:47 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

Caroline: My absent-mindedness will be the death of me I swear.

Krista: This is what I call LONG art.

Brian: Many of the western Canadian houses of 60-70 years ago have a sort of utilitarian charm, too. Would love to see yours. Triptychs really need to be three separate paintings, so that wouldn't work.

Nomad: Fearsome, ain't I? :)

16/5/06 7:20 PM  
Blogger Laini Taylor said...

I LOVE that painting, Andrea, and I have to admit to a kind of perverse relief when I read that it had taken you some time to finish it -- when I first clicked to your site and saw it I thought, oh, Andrea shames me again with her insane productivity. And you still DO. You paint so many more paintings than me, it motivates me to work harder! I love old houses too, and I love the unusual format of this, and the cool moon, the colors... it's wonderful!

16/5/06 11:22 PM  
Blogger kyknoord said...

A huge pile of money would go rather nicely with the office manager, I would think.

16/5/06 11:56 PM  
Blogger carla said...

Although I really don't like to talk about paintings in terms of decorating, I have to say that this one would look so amazing on a narrow wall where it would sit on its own. It's such a great shape! I also love the combination of the different times of day and weather. I think the hardest part might have been creating a flow from one "panel" to the next while retaining the distinct look of each section. It's a shame you forgot to enter this...does your computer have a program that gives you a "tickler"? I know on Mac OS X there's something that does that (Jol uses it, but I don't, so I can't give you specifics). I'm sure there's something like that in Windows platforms as well.

17/5/06 2:34 AM  
Blogger susan said...

yes andrea... you need iCalendar from mac... it has a little wake up alarm clock which helps you remember when things are due...
when you reach my age, it is a very valueble tool!!!!
the painting is lovely and such a great use of this tall vertical format! what's up with these panels? i have been drawn to them too.

17/5/06 5:30 AM  
Blogger sugar mama said...

I. Love. This!
The long narrow canvas turned out so well, the colours and composition of the different houses have a great organic feel. You might also get hooked on LONG art!

17/5/06 4:19 PM  
Blogger Toni said...

I love this long format. And love what you doing with houses. I know what you mean about an office manager. I finally use icalander on my mac but the important thing is you need to remember to set the alarm. ;-)
So when I do it works great.

18/5/06 4:15 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

Oh I love this one. I am so sorry you missed the deadline! You should march over there and SHOW them this and then they would surely reconsider. It is so beautiful. All your work is.
a.
P.S I've been bugging the hubs about purchasing one of your little small art lovelies. He wants to wait till after our move though.

18/5/06 6:02 AM  
Blogger merlinprincesse said...

I love your paintings Andrea! All of them! Power to the Procrastinators! LOL!

18/5/06 7:37 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

Laini: Thank you for the encouragement. I just varnished it today and it really looks good with a gloss coat on it, being of that kind of pop art style.

Kyknoord: Are you offering to put me on a retainer? :)

Carla: When I got the canvas I hemmed and hawed over vertical or horizontal but in the end went with vertical for just that pragmatic reason. Wish I was more pragmatic about my business dealings...

Susan: My husband uses a Yahoo program (Yahoo Alerts?) as we have a pc. If things get any more complicated I'll just have to sign on.

Baa: I want to do another! I have another vertical stretcher that needs canvas/gesso. The wheels are turning...

Toni: Ha! It's great to have reminder devices if someone reminds you to use them, right? :)

Andrea: I'm a goof. Thank you for considering one of my little pieces. Move quickly! :)

Merlinprincesse: Charming lot, aren't we?

18/5/06 2:42 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

This is beautiful!!!

18/5/06 10:16 PM  
Blogger camera shy said...

love these
very nice indeed
do they come in wallet size?

19/5/06 9:34 AM  
Blogger Nan said...

I've always been fascinated by old houses, and I'm attracted to creative paintings or drawings of them, as well... I think it stems from childhood book illustrations that would capture my imagination. These are lovely--I really like the time of day/night variations. Too bad about the deadline, but I can so identify. I have all sorts of things I do to remind me of deadlines... sticky notes on the mirrors, leaving a reminder object in the middle of the kitchen counter, even an electronic calendar that sends me email reminders.

23/5/06 5:31 AM  

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