Friday, July 13, 2007


oceans ten

This week's Illustration Friday topic (discovery), along with the weather, reminds me of all the time I spent as a child at our nearby beach, looking in tide pools and turning over rocks, discovering shells and minnows and crabs. I grew up near Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver, when it was still something of a quiet little village.

This is one of seven paintings and ten drawings of mine showing in Rochester, New Hampshire, this summer. The show is called Summer Splendor, includes three other artists, and opens at Susan's artstream gallery tomorrow, continuing until September 6th. If you have the chance to visit, please tell me about it as I certainly won't be able to make it! :( I believe these drawings and paintings will also eventually be made available at artstream's online shop. Visit Susan's blog for updates.


Anonymous annax said...

Lovely work Andrea! It is nice to be back again!
Hope you are doing well!
Joy! Annax

13/7/07 10:13 a.m.  
Blogger tlc illustration said...

Andrea - these ocean-themed drawings are amongst my favorites of yours. Perfect balance of subject matter, texture and complexity. (And since they are ocean-themed, have you considered trying some on a very dark blue background? I was thinking of a set for an artist friend of mine whose studio is all underwater-themed... Hmmmm.... Maybe we should talk...?)

13/7/07 12:13 p.m.  
Blogger zime said...

I love the texture!! Nice illo, Andrea!!

13/7/07 12:43 p.m.  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

Hi Andrea! Looks like you are having a lovely summer! I adore this piece! Very wonderful and reminiscent of my youth too. I never tire of the beach and pictures of the beach. I almost submitted a beach theme too. Best wishes for your group show!!!

13/7/07 12:45 p.m.  
Blogger Ian Lidster said...

That crab is sheer magic. I like it very much.
I used to go fishing out of Horseshoe Bay when I was in university. We used to rent the old clinkerbuilt inboards from Trolls and have a great day drinking beer and not catching any fish.

13/7/07 1:24 p.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Annax: Glad to see you take a break from your busy life.

Tara: Dark blue -- hmmm. That's a great idea. Must see if I can find suitable paper the next time I'm at Opus!

Zime and Val: Thanks.

Ian: Apparently I ate my first solid food at Troll's, thanks to the original Joe Troll who started feeding me fries. I'm still eating them. My first 'real job' was as a waitress at the old Thorn's, the diner at Sewell's Marina.

13/7/07 2:26 p.m.  
Blogger Tori said...

Beautiful work Andrea.
I am not too far from Rochester NH and am going to check into possibly going to the show.

I would love to have the drawing in this post as a beautiful tapestry to hang on my wall.

13/7/07 4:13 p.m.  
Anonymous Detlef said...

I've always been a huge admirer of your piscatorial pieces, it brings out the aquarian in me. There is something ethereal - well in my eyes at least - about aquatic creatures and your work brings that quality into colourful relief.

13/7/07 5:02 p.m.  
Blogger carla said...

I love the brilliance of the blue against the dark background, and the crab is so wonderfully done! I am so, so excited to see your work in the gallery... I'll try to take so pictures of it for you.

13/7/07 5:36 p.m.  
Blogger Cre8Tiva said...

love the sea, rebecca

13/7/07 7:23 p.m.  
Blogger CS said...

That's a peaceful beach scene - I like it.

13/7/07 8:30 p.m.  
Blogger dinahmow said...

I wouldn't mine having a wander through Susan's gallery...I wonder if Richard B. would flick me a freebie?
Here's wishing you lots red dots!

13/7/07 8:37 p.m.  
Blogger Cream said...

Great beach, Andrea!
Good luck at the gallery!

14/7/07 12:23 a.m.  
Blogger HMBT said...

I saw the announcement over at Susan's blog a few days ago...and was so pleased for you! As soon as I scrolled down and saw the picture posted I was "Hey! That's Andrea's work!" I hope you sell out! Your work amazes me, and I can't figure out how you do it...which really amazes me and makes me love it even more. I love the textures, colors and layers of image and meanings.

14/7/07 3:20 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Tori: It would be so great if you could go. Reports back please!

Detlef: Thanks -- I keep returning to the theme. What do you think it means..?

Carla: Lots please! :)

cre8tiva, CS, Cream & Dinah: Thanks.

HMBT: Send buyers! :) And thanks for the kind words.

14/7/07 7:59 a.m.  
Blogger Frank said...

thanks for your visit and comment, andrea.
you made me remember as well those wonderful sea ponds along the coast...

its a beautiful 'discovery' this yours.

14/7/07 8:51 a.m.  
Blogger Jana Bouc said...

I hope you're feeling better by now and that your show is a great success. I like the cool serene colors in this piece.

14/7/07 10:20 p.m.  
Blogger Caty said...

Lovely! as always! So, you evolved to grey-blue colours now. I love them but also your "old" colourful paintings as well.


14/7/07 10:38 p.m.  
Blogger kj said...

a gallery in new hampshire?

how did i overlook this?


15/7/07 3:05 p.m.  
Blogger Rrramone said...

Great detail in this one. Nice.

16/7/07 9:20 a.m.  
Blogger Caroline said...

Stunning! I didn't know crabs could look so beautiful.

16/7/07 1:10 p.m.  
Blogger Barbara said...

Happy Anniversary and I hope you're feeling better after your trip with Greg to Harrison.

As usual, your works are wonderful!

16/7/07 4:52 p.m.  
Anonymous swampgrrl said...

I love this crab thang.
And I love the fish series. I want one!

16/7/07 7:12 p.m.  
Blogger homo escapeons said...

How Uber Cool is that!?
That is so neat...wait I haven't said neat in thirty yearts..that is so no my kids say awesome...that is Wicked! Yeah we use to say WICKED!

Everytime I watch an episode of Simon Schama's Power of Art I wish that I could discuss it with you? Have you seen any of the TV series or read his book? It is so interesting to see how Artists were viewed before the world was cluttered with electronic devices.

Anyway I'm certain that you must have studied all of these characters in the mandatory History of Art classes...totally interesting.

17/7/07 5:33 a.m.  
Blogger nadine said...

Love the photo on Susan's blog today of "your wall" :-)

17/7/07 7:58 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Thanks all and HE, I've never heard of Simon Schama. Have I been sticking my head in the sand again?

17/7/07 8:25 a.m.  
Blogger daisies said...

gorgeous ocean piece :) and i'm sure your show will be lovely, too bad you can't go ... too bad i can't go ;-)

17/7/07 9:30 a.m.  
Blogger homo escapeons said...

Schama recreates the political and social atomosphere behind the biogrphy of 8 famous artistes from the past on a series that was produced by the BBC...yesterday was about David and the French Revolution, last week was Rembrandt and his la-di-da life which was quite the opposite of the previous week's paint eating tortutured soul Vincent Van Gogh
..also watched Caravaggio & Picasso

It is all quite entertaining and fascinating for those of us who know little or nothing of Art History.

17/7/07 12:46 p.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Thanks, HE. I'll see what I can find out...

17/7/07 3:41 p.m.  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

Lovely painting!!

19/7/07 11:14 p.m.  

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