Some Exciting News

Shortly before the end of 2015 I received news that I had been awarded a regional project grant from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. My project is to create a series of collages depicting rare and endangered breeds of farm animals. The collages will be exhibited in numerous venues in the Haut-Saint-Laurent region of Quebec, and will also be compiled in a book. The title of the project is ‘Rare Beasts: A Bestiary of Rare and Endangered Farm animals’. I will be working on this project for the next eighteen months.

I have set up a separate website to house “Rare Beasts” . Click the link here if you would like to follow the progress of the project.

Bronze Turkey - pencil drawing

Bronze Turkey – pencil drawing

Horned Dorset Ram - charcoal and white chalk on grey paper.

Horned Dorset Ram – charcoal and white chalk on grey paper.

A note to subscribers of this blog. I have transferred The Chronicle of Wasted Time from its original home at alysonchamp.blogspot.ca and will eventually be deleting the blog at the old site. I hope you will continue to follow my studio news and farm goings-on here at this site. If you would like to receive this blog directly in your email, you will need to re-subscribe. Sorry about that, but there seems to be no way to import the subscribers with the blog. You will find the Sign Up button to the right of this post.

Black Orpie

Our old Orpington rooster is getting on in years, so it seemed to me that his portrait was overdue. Kepler is a handsome dude – and he knows it! His feathers gleam iridescent blue-green in the sun, and he has a fine voice. What more could a hen ask for?

Black Orpington Rooster- 14×12, painted paper collage on panel.

A Couple of Cool Things

The good news about Katherine Tyrrell’s book Drawing 365 has made it to The Huntingdon Gleaner. The Gleaner is weekly paper of the Chateauguay Valley area of Quebec.

Journalist Katie Martin came out to the studio last Monday to do an interview. She was also able to do an email interview with Katherine, which was kind of neat- all the way from the rural Chateauguay Valley of Quebec to London, England via the good old internet.

The other rather cool thing that happened recently was the video made for and about me by my old friend Tracy Martin made it onto a list of Eleven Artist Videos to Whet Your Appetite on the Art Biz Blog.

Art Biz is the brainchild of art coach Alyson Stanfield of Colorado, USA. She helps artists build and advance their careers through workshops, one-on-one coaching sessions, and a variety of writings. Her book, “I’d Rather Be in the Studio” is a personal favourite of mine. Alyson’s blog postings, newsletters, and Twitter feed, are followed by THOUSANDS of artists worldwide. AND she spells her name the same way I do, which is kind of cool, too!

I have included Tracy’s video again below. Cameo appearances by studio cats, sheep, and chickens.Enjoy!

Water, Reflections

“Reflections” – 24 x 24 painted paper collage on cradled plywood panel
I completed this collage last month and submitted it for consideration for an exhibition at White Flag Gallery in Brockville, Ontario. The collage was accepted AND….
“Reflections” is being featured on the gallery’s promotional material, which is pretty sweet.
  White Flag Gallery is located at 9 Sheridan Mews, Brockville, ON (613) 342 5548.

 The exhibition based on the theme of Water runs from July 11 – August 16. The vernissage is Thursday, July 10, from 6-9 pm. 

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder?

Dear Readers,

Did you miss me? I’m sorry for my lengthy absence.Where have I been? Working mostly. And dealing with ringworm. Don’t know what ringworm is? Count yourself among the fortunate.

We have a multi-cat household: three cats in the house, two in the studio, three in the barn – and five of them (the house and studio cats) came down with ringworm! And then all the humans in our household also got ringworm.

 For the past two months I have been doing laundry, vacuuming, and washing floors – not to mention dipping and medicating cats – to try to get rid of this fungus. I think we’ve got it beat now….I hope! Just writing about it makes me itch.

So, to get caught up on the artwork announcements:

I’m happy to announce that this year I have work on display at Art Show at the Dog Show. This is a huge dog show and art event in Wichita Kansas. Three of my collages were accepted. One of them is “Eric at the Beach” (below) which shows my friend Cathy’s greyhound enjoying his vacation.

The rest of my work may be found on page 18 of the exhibition website. The exhibition opens March 1st.
One of my collages is also part of the Artothèque Art Rental collection at the Stewart Hall Art Gallery. You will find  “Ti-gars” there available for purchase or rent.
The collection may now be viewed online here.
And last but not least, if you find yourself in Florida for the Winter Equestrian Festival, I hope you will stop in at the Bruno Delgrange saddle booth. Beside the beautiful handmade French saddles you will find some of my collages. Here is a sample of the work available there:

Culture Days Are Here Again!

September 27, 28, and 29 are designated as Culture Days right across Canada, or les Journées de la Culture as it is known in Quebec. There are seven thousand free activities organized by artists and cultural groups from coast to coast. This year I am part of this celebration of the creative spirit. My studio will be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, from 10 am to 4:30 pm. I will be in there working, so feel free to stop by and check out my collage technique, ask questions, hang out and eat some cookies!

Photo by Anna Kiraly.
The studio address is 138 Rang Ste. Anne, in St. Chrysostome, QC- just about an hour’s drive from Montreal. See ya!

Long Overdue

It’s a good thing that this blog isn’t a library book or I would be in some serious trouble. Yes, it has been a while.

Spring did finally happen here and summer has just begun. The crops are growing and our farm is bustling with activity. The studio has been a busy place, too.

This is the second year of my affiliation with Mackinac’s Little Gallery on the lovely resort of Mackinac Island, Michigan.

These are some new pieces which are available at the gallery:

“Arch Rock” 8 X 6 painted paper collage on panel
$245 US

“CYC Race to Mackinac” 10 X 10 painted paper collage on panel.
$325 US

“The Iroquois Hotel” 4 3/4 X 9 painted paper collage on panel.
$260 US
I am also very happy to announce my new affiliation with Solaris Gallery of Versailles, Kentucky. If you are in the Lexington, KY area, stop in and check out the beautiful, varied work.  Besides art, the gallery holds a bunch of regular events, including a philosophy club!
These equine collages are currently available at Solaris:
“Capture the Wind” 7 X 5 painted paper collage on panel.
$215 US

“Pinto” 7 X 5 painted paper collage on panel.
$215 US
And, of course, new work is also available on my website here
Later!
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