Friday, February 3, 2012

Seeing the Melody

The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.

Albert Einstein

Hazy Afternoon - 8 " x 10" Acrylic on paper - Ebay auction here. SOLD

Since I was a child, I have had a sense of God in nature; in the wilderness. I always knew He was there. I can't explain it, but it was more than a child's imagination. As I grew up, I searched for the evidence so I could show this to others, not to prove it to myself, but to others who are searching for answers.  I found Him in the patterns, delicacy, complexity and the raw strength. I tend to be a details person and find myself looking at a leaf from a tree up close, studying the lines of its veins, the hues of its colors. I never in my wildest imagination thought of music in my searching. I may have hummed a tune or two while on my quests, but to actually see a melody in nature (other than the birds singing); it did not occur to me.

Recently I have been studying landscape painting with a Canadian artist and instructor online and have found something miraculous! I have learned to see God's symphony in the world of nature all around me. I no longer look for the details of evidence in a forest of trees. I can now see His evidence while gazing at it from afar. I see it everywhere now. Just when I thought I had nothing more to discover, I have found more - Something that was lost to me.

Like the unravelling of a secret mystery, there is so much more beauty to be discovered if you know HOW to see it.

It took me learning to paint landscapes to learn about 'melodic lines' and those melodic line opened the door to another world for me. Now I understand why a sunset is so amazing to gaze upon, or a high mountain lake, or a thick forest in fall. God designed it just for us! He wrote this music and I now see how He put it all together. This symphony has been hidden from me, in my subconscious. Even though I loved and appreciated nature and gazing upon amazing cloud formations or view of a valley floor from the top of a mountain, I now see it as melodic lines, shapes, complimentary colors, hues, sometimes subtle, melding together off in the distance and the symphony plays on.

Thank you Johannes Vloothius for helping to open our eyes to the 'new world' around us.

Now that I can see the melodic lines in a treeline, it is my job to translate that to the best of my ability to paint on canvas. To know which melodies will be the most popular, most pleasing to our eyes. To chose the 'greatest hit' out of so many possibilities and to maybe say something important and profound in the process.

Now I am feeling challenged; now my heart is bursting; seeing the melody.

Late Light - 8" x 11" Acrylic on paper. Ebay Auction. SOLD

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Pride and Joy of the Artist

Teach us to give and not to count the cost.
Saint Ignatius

Refined by Fire - 18" x 18" Acrylic on stretched canvas.

The painting above is almost finished...I just have few things I want to work on and then I will add it to our website sales page. Trooper, a Canadian Horse, was my model for this one. I put a layer of gesso and molding paste down with a pallet knife, then added some texture using patterned materials. I wanted to use natural earth colors and other than that, I did not have any great plans for this piece and I am happy with how it came out. I wanted the spirit of the horse to come through and wanted a quiet, peaceful feel to it. It just so happened that the sun was shining on it this morning and I captured it with my camera...just thought it added another dimension to it. Just keep in mind that the right side of the painting is actually darker than portrayed in the photo because the sunlight was reflecting off the surface a bit. I will be re photographing it after I have 'tweaked' it again.


Buying art online is one thing....but some definitely don't feel comfortable buying it from another country. I can tell you what I know about Canadian Customs and Excise; purchasing art from the USA is easy.

There are NO extra fees (taxes, duty). And as far as I know, the same goes for people in the USA buying art from Canada.

Now...don't quote me on is your responsibility in the end to know you own country's rules and regulations, but I have sold artwork to Australia, China, Netherlands and Britain and as far as I know, there are no extra taxes or duties in those countries for artwork. Remember the recipient is responsible for their country's customs fees, so if in doubt...check first, because it can add a fair amount of cost to your purchase price.

When it comes to packaging the art, I have a perfect track record so far, in all my work has arrived undamaged. I think most artists treat their art like precious cargo and over do it, if anything, in the wrapping and packaging department. I know I do! Remember, our artwork is like a child to us! It is like a living, breathing entity and a part of us that we are willing to let go, to share with you.

I have learned that the largest box that I want to mail is just over 24" x 36". After that, I will not ship the painting stretched on a wooden frame. I will remove it from the frame and roll up the canvas and ship it in a large 'mailing tube'.

Here are some question and answers that you might have when buying art online;

Will the painting look as nice as shown here?

You will receive the painting just as it is described and shown in the photos here. I try to describe and portray the artwork to the best of my ability. The only thing that might be possible is that the tones of the colors would look a little lighter or darker since we all use different monitors and monitor settings (this can be surprisingly different, and if this is the case in the photo...I will state it in the description).

Is it safe to roll the painting?

It is perfectly safe; rolling the canvas doesn’t damage the paint in any way. As long as the canvas is not cut or ripped off, it would be safe. I place of large sheet of paper directly ontop of the painting that is rolled with it.

Large paintings are not ready to hang? Is re stretching a problem?

I ship my larger paintings ‘unstretched‘, because it is too expensive to ship big packages internationally, and it is safer to ship a paintings rolled.

The re stretching process is very easy and you can do it yourself. I will be more than happy to send you re stretching instructions if you require. You can also take it to a frame shop to get it stretched or framed. It is usually inexpensive.

Will I be able to track my item?

Yes. A Canada Post tracking number will be provided and it can be tracked on the Canada Post website. Please keep in mind that the tracking info becomes available usually the next day after the shipment.

Customs Delays?

Yes, there can be delays in shipping due to your country’s customs office. I have had some delays up to 14 days, but this is not the norm. It seems Canada Post has been improving its delivery times and I have been experiencing far less delays in customs.