Well I managed to get 10 paintings done for my grant I received in May. this summer was an experience that I will never forget! It was so amazing to capture the uniqueness of the coast and get to experience it all at the same time. It was just the ultimate and the most intimate time I have had creating art in my lifetime. I hope to god I get to do this again in the near future. I met so many new people and visited new places this summer, that have really opened a lot of doors and opportunities for me, which I am also quite stoked about! :-)
I had three shows this summer, one in my hometown of St. Paul's River, one in Blanc-Sablon, and one at Point amour Lighthouse in Labrador. I gotta tell ya, I was a tad nervous about staying at a 150+ year old lighthouse for three nights alone, but it was just... awesome.
Waking up to whales swimming through the straits of Belle Isle, meeting a whole whack of new and interesting people, doing the rock painting workshops for the locals there, and of course the hospitality of all the folks there working everyday, was just perfect. There were no other words to describe my experience there. :-)
Speaking of hospitality, I was also invited by plane to the Chevery Festival of the arts, Conference and Tradeshow in late July. Chevery is a town down the coast from my hometown. I have never actually got a chance to go there since it isn't accessible by road, but I was so glad that I did. Again, I met a whole pile of folks, half whom I was related to (Thats the coast for ya!) and I had an amazing time. I had some of my artwork on display for everyone there, and I got such lovely comments on my work. It was a great experience, and I really hope to go back someday and create work there. :-)
Now? I'm back in Mount Pearl working on a mega-tonne of commissions that I had before I left and got over the summer. I have to finish up my final report for the NLAC, and work on a new proposal for the schools back home who I may be able to do some workshops for this fall. Keep your fingers crossed! I love the feeling of non-stop work, its reassuring to know what i will be working on the next day. It's officially been one year this month that I began working full-time on my art, and I achieved quite a bit I must say. I can actually say (And not even in a sarcastic tone!!) that I am proud of myself. :-)
Anyhoo, finished this painting yesterday! One of the many commissions off my list. :-)
Ps: Glad to be back. :-D