Studio space

Last fall my shared studio was sold and we all headed off in different directions. We knew this was going to happen so we were somewhat prepared. Rather than trying to find another space I set up for painting in the bay window in my living room.  So far it's been working pretty well. We found an old desk in the park and I've covered it with white arena board.  

It's really quite pleasant painting and seeing the kids playing in the front yard of the apartment building across the street. 

 

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The Chair project

Earlier this summer I heard about the new ReStore in Victoria and their call to artists to paint a chair for their grand opening fundraiser.  I've painted lots of chairs and have even used more than one colour but this was a first for me.  I got the chair and gessoed it and then spent several afternoons working out the colours I wanted to incorporate, finally resting with blues, greens and yellows, mostly muted.  It was great fun painting each edge of the legs and back rails a different colour but it took a while (and a few attempts) before I came up with what I wanted for the seat.

 

Eventually I settled on a nine-patch quilt image using some of the same colours. I wanted my chair to be soft enough to suit many types of rooms.   

ReStore will be auctioning off 25 chairs at their opening on August 15 from 11:00 to 1:00 at 3311H Oak Street.. Funds raised will be going to their Habitat for Humanity projects in Victoria. Everyone is welcome to attend.