An Art Auction and a Special Exhibition

As an artist, I am always on the lookout for new ways to connect with art lovers. And I think being artist also gives me a ‘try anything once’ mentality, because, hey, you never know right? So this month I have decided to try something new: ArtBomb.

I have known about ArtBomb for a while and have been a subscriber for a few years. Now I hear you asking, ‘What is an ARTBOMB?’ Well let me tell you….

ArtBomb is an online art auction for Canadian artists which provides a list of subscribers with a daily dose of Canadian art delivered to their email inboxes. If you like the art and want to own it, you can bid on it. Simple as that.

So why am I telling you this? Because I submitted a selection of images to the Montreal curator and was accepted! This little 12 x 12 Chickadee will be included in the auction for Sunday, December 18th.

Chickadee Three 12 X 12

 

And this little guy, also 12 x 12, comes up on December 19th (that’s Monday).

The opening bid will start well below the retail price. And it’s an auction, so you never know what is going to happen. You might come away with a bargain!

If you want in on the action, sign up is here.

 

Howick Elementary After School Art Program Vernissage

For approximately the past fourteen years, I have been teaching after school art classes to children at the elementary level. Although I have taught at a few schools, Howick Elementary is special to me because a) I went to school there myself (in a time before Disco, when bell bottoms ruled the earth),  and b) because it is a small country school with a fully stocked ART ROOM WITH A FUNCTIONING SINK. If you have ever tried to teach twenty kids a monochromatic painting exercise in a room WITHOUT a sink, you will understand why this matters.

Each year at Howick we (my awesome teacher co-pilot Chris Wallace and I) teach two sessions of Art Club. The first session is for Grades 1-3, so kids between the ages of six and nine. At the end of each session the school hosts a vernissage complete with juice and ‘hors d’oeuvres’ for the young artists and their families.

Here are some samples of the exhibition for Grades 1-3 held this past Wednesday, December 14th:

Matisse-inspired paper collages.

Vernissage for kids and their families.

Watercolour/mixed media projects and a snowman perspective exercise.

The kids are so proud (and rightly) of their work, and the parents are always genuinely delighted. The best part for me is turning kids on to the pleasure of making art and seeing how they can be surprised by their own abilities. I ran into a mother of one of my students yesterday and she asked my advice for types of paint to get because her daughter wanted art supplies for Christmas. And another artist is born.

Ordo ab chao

The other day I watched a TED Talk video about procrastination. I felt pretty good about myself by the end of it because I realized I am not much of a procrastinator. My problem is organization. I have no trouble meeting deadlines without last minute panic providing I remembered to write the deadline date down on the calendar. Sometimes I forget to write the deadline down.

Likewise, when I am in deep working on a studio project, my work space gets chaotic. This is what my work table looks like right now:

worktable

Once my surroundings have reached this stage of disorder, I start to lose things in the clutter. I have made a handy-dandy info-graphic to explain the situation.

Pencil

I wish I had the strength of character not to succumb constantly to this time wasting disorder. Perhaps there is a TED Talk for the chronically disorganized.

And yet, work does get completed. These four Chickadees from my Winter Birds series are ready for the varnish table and will soon be ready for new homes. Each collage is on a cradled 12 X 12 inch wooden panel. No frame is necessary. $505 each. I will offer a discount if you wish to purchase more than one. Free shipping within Canada.

Chickadee Four 12 X 12

Chickadee Four 12 X 12 $505 CAD

 

 

Winter Bird: Chickadee One

Chickadee One 12 X 12 $505 CAD

ChickadeeThreecopyright

Chickadee Three 12 X 12 $505 CAD

Chickadee Two 12 x 12

Chickadee Two 12 X 12 $505 CAD

Now it’s back to the chaos for me!

Cheerful Companions

Most days, weather permitting, I take a walk in the woods behind our farm. I see remarkable things sometimes, like the time I caught a glimpse of a wolverine. But most of the time I see animals such as deer, grouse, and  turkeys, many different birds of prey, and generally birds of all kinds.

Pretty well all the birds clear out when they spot me coming, all the birds except for the chickadees that is. They continue to go about their business. And what a lot of business they have, too. Such busy little things. Of all the birds I see they always look the happiest, and they never fail to cheer me up. I thought it was past time that they appeared in my art, so I have planned a series of four collages depicting these cheerful little birds.

chickadee1

chickadee2

Chickadee3

Chickadee4

And here is the first one finished.

 

Chickadee One, 12x12 collage on panel

Chickadee One, 12×12 collage on panel

Now he or she just needs a suitable title.

The Call

For the past couple of years we have had a raven hanging around our farm. Depending on where you live, this might not seem all that unusual. But we have a lack of ravens here in the Chateauguay Valley. I don’t know why. They are abundant nuisances in some parts of Quebec, but strangely absent here- until recently.

I heard our raven before I ever saw him (or her?). Throughout the summer, Raven would come to visit early in the mornings, establish himself on the roof of our house, and announce his arrival with his song of “quorks” and “gronks” – usually waking us up.

Soon enough, I started seeing Raven in the trees near our pasture. Sometimes he would sit watching me from his perch atop a telephone pole. I would call out to him, and he would answer me with a throaty “gronk!” and then fly away. Clearly we had developed some sort of relationship.

The closest encounter I ever had with Raven occurred one morning when I was on my way out to the barn.  I stepped out through the back door, and Raven, who had been sitting up on the roof of our house, suddenly flew down right over my head. I looked up just as this large, sooty black bird passed so close over me that I could have reached up and plucked a feather off his wing. I think he was teasing me.

Raven still comes around from time to time, although it has been a while since he stood as sentry up on our roof. These days I usually hear him more than I see him, but I always know it’s him:  the call is unmistakable. Below is the first collage of what I plan to make into a Ravens series.

“The Call”  
24×24″ painted paper and fabric collage on cradled panel © 2013 Alyson Champ

“The Call” detail