Hi from our peaceful yet vibrant new digs here in Kimberly, Ontario. We have moved into the shadow of Old Baldy. It is one of the most spectacular spots in Ontario, replete with natural wonders galore. Just west of Collingwood and south of Owen Sound, we are now in the beautiful Beaver Valley in the Grey Highlands.
We are almost finished with our studio renovations. The old double workshop has nearly been converted into its new purpose as mine and Sarah’s new art studio. We are truly excited to be here and even more excited to get back to work. And there is certainly a backlog of images floating around in this painter’s head.
I traveled to Greenland with Adventure Canada aboard the Sea Adventurer in my role as artist in residence (with fellow Drawnonward member, Rob Saley) in June. I am now bursting at the seams with images of icebergs and Greenlandic village arrangements. It was another amazing trip to the Arctic and although we were unable to get into Canada due to the abundant ice left from a very cold winter, it allowed us to see more of Greenland than we ever had before. It is an amazing place with no shortage of scenery to inspire and landscape painter.
Here are a couple shots of what is in my head right now.. Ice and the studio.
More new work coming soon!
Enjoy the last bit of summer and get out into nature if and when you can! It is good for you.
Megan and Mark at Canvas Gallery run a great art ship up on Dupont. Check them out.
Here is their blog too…
It has been a super busy few months getting work done for two shows this winter. The Drawnonward show was another resounding success with a huge opening night crowd and lots of red dots on the walls. Bills will be paid and art supplies will be bought. We are now in the planning stages of a trip to NWT, with debates raging about where to go and how to get there. We are truly excited about getting into this part of Canada that we have yet to paint. Drawnonward’s 20th anniversary is looming large and we really want to do something special to celebrate, so keep an ear out for our shows in 2014 and 2015 (20 years!!!).
The Artist Project was another success with their biggest crowds yet (apologies to clients who came and waited in long drink lines on opening night), This was my 4th time participating and I have already signed up for next year’s show. 4 days of being around other artists and their wares is a wonderful experience. we tend to forget how large our community is and how many amazing artists there are around us who can inspire and engage us.
My new work will be a bit of a change for me in the sense that I have been doing very academic and fairly realistic painting for some years now, always paying attention to my inner voice who says ‘this is great but you should loosen up a bit soon’.
I am including some pics of my newest work which are all fairly small forest paintings which I will now start translating into much larger pieces. I can already see into my future, and there is a lot of bright chroma-rich colour coming out soon. My palette knife is my new best friend. Good bye brushes, we’ll see you next season.
Hope everyone is making it through these Feb-
blah days. Spring is just around the corner and will provide all the bright colours we need to awake from our sleepy winter slumber.
Best to all,
I’ve been slow to keep my blog updated but it has been a busy year on the ranch. My amazing wife Sarah and I have just had our first child. Born in October, Wyntre (Wyn) is a delicious bundle of new baby-ness and is happily keeping us busy. As wonderful as a few years of doing the ‘John Lennon in a bath robe being baby papa’ thang would be, the painting studio beckons.
So, here are a few photos of the backyard studio Sarah and I built and some of the new works in progress that are coming to fruition inside its hallowed walls.
After going back to Greenland and Baffin Island in September Icebergs and panoramas are looming large in my compositions. New works will also include some very large depictions of Nova Scotia’s mossy forests and Alonquin Park’s famous Canoe Lake where big sky meets placid water. What a country to explore!
My next shows will be with DRAWNONWARD on January 26th at Arta Gallery in the distillery district and then the Artist Project in March in the old exhibition grounds in T.O.
Currently I have some new work on Display at Wayne Buckingham Fine Art on the main street of Uxbridge if you are in the mood for a nice country drive.
Hope everyone’s winter is off to a good start!
Back soon with more,
This February 14th (Valentine’s Day) marks Drawnonward’s 18th annual show of collected works. I have been a member for nearly twenty years now! It has been an amazing and rewarding experience to be able to keep working with this great group of artists who just happen to also be my best friends. We will show at Arta gallery in Toronto’s Distillery District from Feb.14th. to to 24th. Opening night is on Thursday, Feb.14th from 6-10pm. There will be beer, wine, some great cheese and some great live music.
We are proud to keep these winter shows up as a traditional night out for friends, family and of course our loyal patrons who have kept up with us over the years.
I am very proud of my newest body of work that concentrates on my favourite city, St. John’s. Once again I have done a body of work that explores the play of light in the hours before sunset and before sunrise. The ‘witching hours’. These oil paintings on board are meticulously and repeatedly glazed with a 3 color process over grey scale or ‘grisaille’ paintings. Please come out to opening night for an always fun and inspiring evening of art and celebration.
Half way through the Drawnonward show is the Artist Project (phew). This takes place for four days (Feb. 21-24) at the Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto. It is a great show every year and should not be missed. I can be found in booth 741 (oil/acrylic). Here are some of the works I’ll be displaying there. It is more ‘witching hour’ material, but this time it is the streets of T.O.’s east end.
And of course my website is davidmarshak.ca