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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Tulip Festival and Art

We're fortunate to have so many festivals and events in Ottawa. One of the best is the tulip festival in the spring. The tulips of the Capital are a powerful symbol of the friendship born out of liberating the Netherlands.

Artists play an important part of the Ottawa Tulip Festival. There are numerous events that required artists, including:
  • artwork with a tulip theme for the Tulip Gallery at Aberdeen Pavilion
  • onsite workshop
  • painting one of the 65th anniversary 5' tulips
  • working in and around the tulip beds next to Dow’s Lake
In addition to painting a couple of those large 5' tulips, I'll be exhibiting three paintings at the Tulip Gallery. Here is one of them that is almost finished.
Danielle Beaulieu watercolour tulip
The tulips are only a few weeks away - but first the snow must melt.

I'm looking forward to seeing the 200 tulips I planted in my own garden last fall.

Have a great week,

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Review: Exhibition on Screen - Cézanne - Portraits of a Life

Last Thursday I had the pleasure of seeing at the movie theater ‘Exhibition on Screen - Cézanne - Portraits of a Life'.

The main theme of this documentary appears to be the touring (Paris, London and Washington) Cézanne Portraits show. Throughout the film, we hear engaging commentaries from the curators from France, United States and England. We also hear from Cézanne’s great-grandson who is quite proud.

My favorite part is when the film takes us beyond the exhibition to the places Cézanne lived and worked. A few years ago, I had the place of visiting Cézanne’s studio in Provence and seeing a movie of his life. Re-seeing the scenes brought back fond memories of that experience.

Although I prefer Cézanne’s still-lives and landscapes, it was a great opportunity to see so many portraits.

I like how these documentaries provide slow, swooping shots of the artist’s environment, letters and leisurely inspections of the paintings.  It was particularly interesting to hear the exchange of letters between Cézanne and other artists, including Emile Zola. 

This past week, I worked on another still life of antiques. This time I combined three photos of oil cans and torch. My exploration of unconventional subjects continues. These cans were great items to attempt to represent including their texture.
Danielle Beaulieu watercolour oil can

I'll be finishing this painting in the coming weeks.  My next painting will likely be of tulips.

Have a great week,

Sunday, March 04, 2018

More from camping

Recently as I was going through my photos of camping, I came across photos of a small lake near Saranac lake that had so many lily pads and water lilies.  The photos reminded me how we were the only people on this little lake, that didn't require that much portaging to get to.  It was a warm day and the reflections on the lake were spectacular.  Here are a few of those photos:
I used other photos of the lily pads to compose the following painting.  Recently most of my paintings have been larger than a half sheet of paper. This one is about 9" X 12".  It felt odd to paint such a small format, but nevertheless enjoyable.
Danielle beaulieu watercolour lily pads
This weekend, I'm back to painting antique items.  This new painting should be completed by next weekend.

Have a great week,

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Camping soon?

At this time of the year, I start thinking of planning our summer canoe camping trip. I dream of the tranquility and the sound of loons on the lake. Then there is the feeling of the canoe gliding on a lake or river while being surrounded by natural wonders - wild flowers, interesting rock formations, trees, campfire, etc.

Having recently sold the painting that I hung in my office, I wanted a scene that reminded me of canoe camping.  Going through my pictures brought back a number of wonderful memories and it was a challenges to decide which ones to use.

Here the composition I ended up with.  This painting is in a barn wood frame.  Unfortunately, the picture of the painting has some reflections.
Danielle Beaulieu watercolour landscape
I'm pleased that my home office has a new painting, that gives me a zen feeling.

I'm pleased to have been accepted in a curated exhibit at the Arbor Gallery. The vernissage is next week.

Have a wonderful week,

Sunday, February 18, 2018

I like this type of surprise

A while ago I was in an antique shop and taking various photos for possible topics to paint - as I usually do.  On this one occasion, I took only two photos of an old crate of empty coke bottles that were on the ground. The bottles were covered in dirt and I didn't think much about the photos once I got home.

Recently, I was looking through my photos for something different to paint for my solo exhibit later this year (Something Old - Something New) and came across those two photos of old coke bottles.  I chose one of them for my next painting.

Who knew coke bottles would take between 5 and 6 hours to draw. I was even more attracted to the photo once I started drawing it since I noticed that 2 of the bottles were blue-green and one was leaning.   The bottles seem to be from different years because the writing on them was different. This makes for a much more interesting painting than a crate full of 24 bottles that are all the same.

Here is my painting of old coke bottles.  I'm calling in "Drink Coke".

Danielle Beaulieu watercolour Drink coke
This painting as well as the one in last week's post are going up in Arbor Gallery in Vankleek Hill this week.

Have a great week,