Monday, January 14, 2008

a painting in the life of

See what came through my mail slot today? (Click to enlarge and/or read.) 'A Painting in the life of...' is a regular back cover feature of the Federation of Canadian Artists' bi-monthly Art Avenue mag- azine. I was thrilled when FCA president Dianna Ponting contacted me to write an article about my process as I have so much fun photographing my work as it develops. However most of my 'in process' photos (like the ones illustrated here) were taken on the easel in my studio at an oblique angle. D'oh! But Dianna waved her magic wand (aka Photoshop) and made square-facing, perfectly-cropped images. I must learn how to do that!
There was actually one more photo before the final one which was supposed to correspond with step 4, but it seems to have disappeared, making the final explanantion seem not quite right, but that's OK -- I'm pretty sure I'm the only one who'd notice the difference anyway!

26 Comments:

Blogger Janvangogh said...

How nice! I hope this gets you lots of traffic.

14/1/08 1:16 PM  
Blogger dinahmow said...

Yes,here's to increased sales.

14/1/08 1:58 PM  
Blogger Angela Rockett said...

Congrats, Andrea! That's great!

14/1/08 2:22 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

I hope you get lots more interested people enquiring for your pictures!

Love the final shot of you!

14/1/08 2:28 PM  
Blogger zooms said...

The way you describe the process you go through is inspirational to me Andrea,
also, I thought I was the only one who 'wasted' paint.

14/1/08 2:33 PM  
Blogger JafaBrit's Art said...

oh wow, this is really cool and I enjoyed reading it. Your work is just GORGEOUS and SHOULD be highlighted in a magazine, so there!

14/1/08 3:41 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

Jan & Angela: Thank you!

Di and Claornie: Wouldn't that be icing? The magazine mostly goes to artists, so not that likely.

Zooms: Oh good, because my next post is going to be extremely long-winded and all about process.

Corrine: It's been a good magazine year and always a moral boost.

14/1/08 4:00 PM  
Blogger Philip said...

Wow! Real fame!! Congratulations!

14/1/08 4:46 PM  
Blogger Rachel Schell said...

how cool!!!! congrats.

14/1/08 4:52 PM  
Blogger susan said...

andrea! that is so wonderful! great work! so nice to see you back in the swing here...

14/1/08 5:02 PM  
Blogger HMBT said...

Congrat's!!! I can't think of a better person to be advertised, promoted and then made famous. Can I have your autograph? :)

15/1/08 2:58 AM  
Blogger nadine said...

In the spirit of self-marketing, I think you should get a stack and leave them around town... Some highbrow places... Cometic Surgery Centre, lobby of the Pan Pacific Hotel... :-) Congratulations!

15/1/08 5:59 AM  
Blogger Alda said...

Wow! Wonderful to see that transformation.

And now I can say I know somebody famous. ;)

15/1/08 8:27 AM  
Blogger girl work studios said...

Congratulations Andrea! Wonderful article. I was thinking since your art is so wonderfully original and authentically westcoast contemporary and the Federation Gallery is in a choice spot, you need to get solo space there for 2010. I see sell-out-show with all those Olympic tourists mulling about. (A little inukshuk wouldn't look out of place on your primal landscapes either :)

15/1/08 10:34 AM  
Blogger Ian Lidster said...

Thanks for sharing your process via the article, Andrea. I have often wondered how yo accomplish some of your effects. Since I also work in acrylics, I found it especially enlightening and gives me some things to explore.
Loved seeing the photo of you 'in process'. Excellent, and congratlations on the exposure.

15/1/08 11:15 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

Oooo... very cool! Congrats!

I LOVE your process pictures! Always have. I just love to see the way the layers of colour emerge to become something much different than what it started out as.

15/1/08 3:05 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

Philip: Well, sort of real fame :).

Rachel and Susan: Thanks.

HMBT: Sure, have 10. If it was htat easy I'd just make autographs and not paintings. :)

Nadine: All excellent ideas. Now if I could just find someone to bankroll me...

Alda and Ian and Heather: wait'll you see the next post. I'm planning to bore the pants off you with process/transformation.

Ellen: I must admit that I've tossed around the idea of doing similar paintings with a Northwest Coast Native motif theme instead and may actually try it. Getting a solo show at the Federation Gallery might be more of a challenge, though...

15/1/08 3:30 PM  
Blogger carla said...

Cool! I always enjoy your process posts, so I am sure this article will be a treat for everyone who reads it. Congratulations:>

15/1/08 4:12 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

Thanks, Carla.

15/1/08 4:50 PM  
Blogger Within Without said...

COOOOOL! It's the first time I've ever actually SEEN you painting! Beautiful. (The painting AND you).

15/1/08 6:08 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

WW: You flatterer you. (That's my best side.)

15/1/08 7:11 PM  
Blogger Within Without said...

It's a nice side, fer sure...but what's that song, blah blah blah "I've seen both sides now..."

Either/or, I say...and everything in between. Said only in total respect and friendship, of course. :-)

15/1/08 8:02 PM  
Blogger homo escapeons said...

That is so awesome. I hope that you become uber famous and mega powerful and transform Canadian Art into the ultrasphere...am I being 'adjective' enough for ya?

Seriously, you are so COOL!
Cool trumps everything, even in a Meritocracy.

17/1/08 7:13 AM  
Blogger American Genius said...

That is great.

17/1/08 3:32 PM  
Blogger Jessica Torrant said...

Congratulations! That's wonderful news!

22/1/08 11:27 AM  
Blogger budanART said...

I just got my copy and the back looks glorious! I was thrilled to see you there! Congratulations!

28/1/08 7:52 AM  

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