Show Time!

Image of Fall colours in Haliburton, Ontario

I haven’t been showing my work a lot lately but this weekend will change that as it’s definitely show time!

The Queen West Art Crawl is happening this Saturday and Sunday, September 22nd and 23rd from around 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. each day. It’s at the lovely Trinity Bellwoods Park in Toronto, there are 200 exhibitors, music, food and a beer garden. What more could you want?

QWAC Poster

Come out and visit! The weather looks good and the event is a brilliant chance to see a ton of great and varied artwork. You might even see a thing or two you really need to take home with you.

My booth number is M12 and I see Axle House Designs, a favourite of mine, is at J12. See you there!

Spin is an Abstract Image

Image of a ride at the CNE - Spin

I thought I’d post one of my new images that I really like the look of right now – Spin. This is a colourful abstract reflecting the bright lights and action of a fun fair.

I like the rich, vibrant colours, the complementary shapes and lines, and the juxtaposition of fast motion framed by seemingly static and angular pillars of light.

It’s unlikely you’d ever find me on a fairground ride but the whole concept, and observing people’s sheer fear and enjoyment, is fascinating enough by itself.  This image is one of a few I took as I meandered around the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto one evening. The sight, sound and smells can create enough sensory stimulation even without the fear (in my case) of a topsy turvy ride that challenges the staying power of everything I’ve eaten in the past twelve hours!

Spin is the first of a set of pictures highlighting the energetic and entertaining atmosphere of the CNE. I’ve just had the first print of this image framed and made ready for its appearance at the Queen West Art Crawl in Toronto next weekend – September 22nd & 23rd. After that, you might just see it in my sales gallery in the near future, along with some other new images.

Make sure you come back soon!

Web site updates

We’ll be doing web site updates over the next week two weeks, so I apologize in advance if it looks a bit disorderly. By the time it’s finished it should be a smoother and cleaner experience for all involved.

Make sure you come back to check it out!

Creating Composite Images

Composite photograph showing conservation and industry

Well, I’ve been experimenting with a new direction for some of my photographs recently as I venture further into creating composite images. I still I love the landscape and other photos I’ve been taking, exploring the great outdoors in all its variations, but I’ve felt an urge to get more adventurous in the way I present them.

The image above is one such example of my composite images. It’s shows how I’m working with different components, in this case to show how nature and industry – or urban and rural – exist alongside each other. How far do they conflict and cooperate as they cross paths in the same locale? With urban regeneration and land reclamation (in this case wetlands) often going on in the same areas, it’s easy to see how people are rethinking how these things coexist.

New web site coming!

On another note, we’ve been having a great summer and I think I’ll use that as my excuse for why I haven’t been posting anything here on my web site, or doing much on the social media front. Relax or change your routine and it’s so hard to keep up with everything! I’m hoping to remedy that in the near future.

One of the first steps though, will be overhauling this web site. It’s going to get a new look and a new set of more up to date pictures that will be easier to browse (themes) and purchase, if you feel inclined.

Watch this space!

 

Landscape & Seascape

Image of Echo Lake near Mt Evans, Colorado Rockies

Show time is off to a good start! Landscape & Seascape is the current group exhibition at Art Square Gallery & Cafe’s Hub Gallery in downtown Toronto, and I’m happy to say I have a few of my photos in this exhibition.

This show  features landscape & seascape work from fourteen wonderful and varied artists, with a little something for everyone. Running from April 9th until April 23rd, you can also drop in to the opening reception this Thursday, April 12th between 7.00 p.m. and 9.00 p.m.  A chance to meet everyone, peruse and even buy, if you feel so inclined!

This show comes hot on the heels of the opening of the Fleck Fine Art Spring Catalogue exhibition, which had the opening reception last week. I have my “In My View” image in that show (image below and details in the posting below). This show runs until April 18th.

Abstract Image of Liverpool UK - Landscape
In My View.
Liverpool: A city that leaves its mark.

It’s a busy time as I try to combine picture taking and making, presentation and showing but I think I’m up to the challenge. New pictures coming soon! In the meantime, please take a look at my sales gallery and feel free to send me a message if you’re interested in something that’s not included in the gallery.

Art Square Gallery and Cafe is at 334 Dundas Street West, Toronto. Across the road from the AGO! You can find more information about it here

 

New Photographs and Shows

Abstract Image of Liverpool UK

Here are two new photographs to prove I’m still hard at work creating images and appearing in shows!

I’m really pleased that both of these photographs appear in the Fleck Fine Art Spring catalogue and one of them will appear in the group exhibition that goes with it.

The image at the top of this posting is a composite of several of photographs taken in Liverpool over a number of years. I’ve tried to show highlights and challenges the city faced during the time I was growing up there and how it is now re-inventing itself. If you look closely, you’ll see echoes of a bombed out Albert Dock, Stanley Park, woolly mammoths, travelling fairgrounds and terraced streets. All these things still stand out in my mind.

Image of derelict Textron building in Gananoque, Ontario
The old Textron warehouse in Gananoque, standing derelict.

This second image  is a more straightforward, back to what I enjoy, derelict building in all it’s majesty. The structure, brickwork, signage and many other features are still prominent as the building stands in all its glory on a beautiful autumn day. This is the old Textron building in Gananoque, Ontario.

The Fleck Gallery Spring Group Exhibition takes place from April 4th – April 18th, with the opening reception on Thursday, April 5th  from 7.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m.  The Elaine Fleck Gallery is located at 1351 Queen Street West, Toronto. You can find more information here