Bam! East Village has some positive vibes going towards it, making this little corner of downtown is a special place. More paintings to come!
This summer I plan on spending some time in East Village and on the North side of downtown Calgary. I like to find unique perspectives and to capture the energy of a neighbourhood in my series 'Big City Living'. I have been riding my bike through the east side of downtown for many years and always admired its 'raw beauty'. Obviously, I am not the only one who saw the potential where these grounds, streets, rivers and downtown energies all converge.
Back in 2009 I spent four months exploring Patrick Island with a group of school children. The children would draw and paint whatever inspired them and this often included the open park and river in front of the downtown landscape. At the end of the four months I painted a scene from this view and it is obvious how inspired I was childhood adventure and fantasy.
The painting is called, 'View from Patrick Island'.
Last summer I spent some time taking photos of the newly developed East Village area around the river, attended some late night movie events and witnessed some yoga classes happening in the area. I attended events where the Mayor would speak highly of the promising new East Village - all of these experiences went into my first painting of the area, 'East Village Gathers'. I tried to capture all of its potential. All the positive energy that a community centred development can exude.
I have a lot more ideas for further exploration. I plan on making my way down to the area again this summer and capturing more activity and energy into some new work. The research, photos and drawings are an important part of my process. The painting is a process of slowly layering ink then working on photos for collage and finally a resin coat to bring it all together. My aim is to have four new paintings of the area completed for the fall.
The first painting has sold and is hanging in the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation office. I am sure they would welcome you visit to view. It is hanging in their reception area.
Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC)
429 – 8th Avenue S.E.
Another grouping of my work can be seen at the ATB on McLeod Trail and 13th Avenue. I also do private studio tours to anyone interested in seeing my process and seeing some of my other explorations in textiles, printmaking and woodburning. Send me an email, let's chat.