Thursday July 13, 2017

Just wanted to share with LaSalle, Ontario my mural proposal for their Bell Box Mural Project. This painted image is my interpretation of the grist mill built on  the property of Simon Amable Drouillard at Turkey Creek circa 1780. The grist mill is believed to be the first commercial, industrial enterprise in Ontario.

One Woman, 88 Countries

Sue Bullock, a dear friend of mine, has traveled all over the world and touched many people’s lives. Her health has been failing and as a homage to her, three local artists Susan Dupont Baptista, Colleen Thompson & myself have banded together with Sue Bullock to form the Enclave Project II.

Enclave is a safe haven surrounded by hostile territory. We chose this name because of the lack of wide spread support and appreciation for fine art in our community. Project is a dream with a deadline. This time, our dream is a fine art show that represents Sue Bullock’s life, travels and the people she has met.

Sue Bullock shared her stories and her photographs with us and with her permission, we made paintings from these photographs. These paintings are now hanging in Windblown & Weathered Studio Gallery Shoppe, 10 Division Street North, Kingsville, ON, for our “One Woman, 88 countries” fine art show running from February 16, 2017 to March 25, 2017. Join us for our celebration of Sue, life, love, travel and fine art during the Artist Reception Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 7-9pm.

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Time is Precious, India

Making a living hauling palm branches to market. The man steers the yoke, the zebu tolerates the extreme heat to pull their load and the woman wastes no time, weaving while en route to market. This painting was developed from a photo taken in 1987 by Sue while on route from Delhi to Agra, India.

Blueberry View Artist Retreat

This year, I was fortunate enough to be accepted to attend at the Blueberry View Artist Retreat at 4040 Fikes Road, Benton Harbor, MI.

I put extra oil in my beater van and topped up the radiator fluid just in case.

Departing from Kingsville, ON, I arrived safely at 1:30 pm, enjoyed a grilled tuna at “Bread & A Bar” before purchasing enough groceries and beer to last me eleven days.

The Beater was finally parked at our destination where I was greeted by Mark Toncray & Janet Sullivan, two sculptors with a vision to preserve art culture and with the generosity to put me up so I could immerse myself in art.

With the help of a handy cart, I quickly moved into “my” studio apartment overlooking blueberry fields and a sculpture garden.

On day 1, I woke early and made my way to Sarett’s Walking Trails and settled upon the “Prairie” Loop to complete my first painting.

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On day 2, I made my way to the harbour and after an hour of walking the Dunes of Silver Beach I liked the orange colour reflected in the rafters of the Beach Pavillion and completed my second painting “Nestled in the Dunes”

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That night I was treated to a tasty tofu & mushroom stir fry by my hosts Janet & Mark. Mark suggested I go to Watervliet, MI where he caught a salmon from the river.

Day 3 was sunny and warm so I set up my gear on the banks of the Paw Paw river and painted “Willows on the Paw Paw”

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On day 4, my hosts left early for a Ukelele Get Together, so I set up my gear at the foot of the walkway leading to their front door and captured the essence of my welcome to their home. “Welcome” was gifted to Mark & Janet.

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On day 5, I returned to the harbour to capture Benton Harbor’s iconic lighthouse sitting at the end of the pier.

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“Fishing From the North Pier”

On day 6, I visited Rocky Gap State Park situated on the southeast shore of Lake Michigan and painted the first sign of fall.

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“Witnessing the Waves”

On day 7, I traveled far to find these people and their colourful kayaks setting out from the boat launch.

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“In at Lake Paw Paw”

Later that night, I went down to Hagar Beach to watch the sunset and the people. Putting several photos together I composed “Aging Hormones on Hagar Beach”.

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On day 9, I traveled to Coloma, MI to have my lunch at Contessa Estate Winery where I found these “Orchards & Vineyards”

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On day 10, I cleaned my apartment and framed all my paintings to prepare for my art reception that Mark & Janet graciously organized where I sold “Witnessing the Waves” from Day 6.

Thank you for everything!

Mark Toncray & Janet Sullivan

Blueberry View Artist Retreat

Benton Harbor, Michigan

Wednesday May 11, 2016

Come out and join us this weekend to welcome Kingsville’s newest shopping venue, Windblown & Weathered Studio & Gallery at 10 Division St. N. The GRAND OPENING is this weekend, anytime from Friday, May 13 to Sunday, May 15, 2016. As the feature artist I will be present on Saturday, May 14 from 7-9 pm. Make a point to join us this weekend!!

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Finally, my home town has a real Art Gallery! Windblown & Weathered Studio & Gallery is owned and operated by local artist, Susan Dupont Baptista. She will open her doors which are located at 10 Division St. N., Kingsville, ON on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Her grand opening is planned for mid May and I will keep you updated with regard to the actual date as I learn more.

Twenty of my paintings have been  hung, one of which is titled “Rotary Memorial Park”. It is a  plein air painting, started at the park in Cottam, ON and finished in my studio in Kingsville, ON.

Monday, March 21, 2016

It is already the end of March and I am just now blogging for the first time in the “new” year.  That is not to say that I haven’t been painting!

Here is “Breakfast Time”, my story for “Stories Told”, an exhibition running at Quest Art School & Gallery at 733 King St., Midland, ON from Friday, March 18 to Saturday, May 14, 2016.

The Opening Reception is Friday, April 1, 2016 from 7 to 9 pm.

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June 11, 2015

Despite a faltering vehicle, I have managed to get outdoors to paint with fellow members of the #WindsorEssexPleinAirPainters. With the arrival of spring, I eagerly shook off my hat and gloves. I knew my drawing skills would improve with unbound hands; but regardless of that result, I am pleased with my first leap into spring,

Spring’s Mosaic, acrylic on board, 20″ x 16″

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March 18, 2015

Years ago in Calgary, AB a young girl modeled for us with her bicycle. It was obviously pretty small for her but she went everywhere on that thing. After two hours, I captured her and the bike on my 18” x 24” board but nothing more. So the piece sat unfinished for 7 years as I tried to figure out how to finish it. When I packed up all our belongings and moved to Kingsville, ON the girl and her bike made the road trip with us.  It was full of potential energy and I’m glad I finally finished it, “Late for the Party”.

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