Friday, 28 October 2011

CSPWC Open Water

Last night was the Official opening of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour International 'Open Water' exhibition at the John B Aird Gallery in Toronto. I was very pleased to have had a painting accepted into the exhibition for a second year in a row and after a sneak preview last Sunday when I dropped off my painting I couldn't wait to see the exhibition hung. Marion came with us and we had a wonderful evening viewing all 40 paintings.

Here are just two photos from yesterday evening to wet your taste buds. Firstly Marion and I looking at Terry Evers painting. Terry is an artist from Arizona in the US.

 and secondly Marion and I standing beside my painting 'Finishing Touches'

I hope you will all take the time to visit this exhibition before the 19th of November. It really is well worth the trip to see  so many well known Canadian artists paintings up close and to marvel at their brushstrokes. There are even several paintings from artists in China, One from India and a couple from the US.

I will be gallery sitting on the 10th November from 10am until 2pm so if anyone wants to come with me just let me know.



Bayview Watercolour Society said...

Great to see you and your painting in such a prestigious Canadian show, well done Ona.
Very good photos of you and Marion with the works of art as backdrop.
Hope that many BWS members will drop in and get inspiration from the exhibit.


Terry said...

What a lovely surprise to see my watercolor "Ephemeral" posted on your website. It was a tremendous honor to have it accepted in "Open Water."

May I share a bit of background on "Ephemeral"?
The idea for the painting came about after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, a country very dear to my heart.
It is a narrative composition that depicts how fleeting and fragrant life is. In Japanese culture, colors and flowers are rich in symbolism. The orchid represents love, beauty, respect and wisdom. A white orchid is given to show thoughtful compassion and caring. The background of the painting is a red fabric panel covered in pink cherry blossoms. Red is a life-radiating hue, while the cherry blossoms signify the intense beauty and ephemeral quality of life.

The waxy green leaves of the phalaenopsis orchids are modeled after the Japanese wood block print, The Great Wave off Kanagawa (1829-32), by Hokusai. The reflections on the test tubes appear to be light reflected from nearby windows; in fact, they are stylized Japanese symbols for love and forbearance, hope and courage. These were my wishes for the people of Japan as the painting developed.

Enjoyed your blog very much!

Kind regards,
Terry Evers