Monday, 18 February 2013

Valentine’s Painting Date

The Art Gallery of Lambeth’s new Paint Bar hosted its first Date Night this Valentine’s Day.  On Friday February 15, 2013, we offered  a special step-by-step painting date night.  Both parties painted onto a canvas side by side following along the easy step-by-step instructions. Each couple created two individual paintings that when hung side by side, make one painting.  Hung alone they make two!!!

To add some extra ambiance to the evening, the 
Paint Bar served a special Valentine’s Day wine along with a light snack.  

If you are looking for something new and creative to do, try out the Paint Bar.  Let the Art Gallery of Lambeth help you create memories while you paint together.  At the end of the evening you will have created a master piece that you can take home and hang on your wall along will a night of fun.

If you have never painted before do not worry, there will be two instructors to give you all the help and guidance you may need. 

The Art Gallery of Lambeth’s new Paint Bar has made it easy to find something to share with that someone special in your life.  Join the Art Gallery of Lambeth with your friend or Date for a special night of fun and paint.

The AGL also offers gift certificates for that creative person in your life that can be used at any time for any painting they wish to paint!

"I had a wonderful time! Thank you so much for this great evening." - Andrea

Monday, 4 February 2013

Feature Artist - Gayle Yanch

When watercolour specialist Gayle Yanch entered her painting Northern Shoreline into 'Twas The Art Before Christmas, the annual art show of the St. Thomas-Elgin Artists' Guild.....

She couldn't have guessed that she would win a Judge's Choice Award for her beguiling piece.

But award-winning artist & professional art juror Cathy Groulx.....
Who drove down from her Woodstock home to adjudicate the show.....
Cathy Groulx
Surely could have guessed it.
Groulx was quite taken with Northern Shoreline, as was evidenced by her juror's notes which accompanied her award:
"Good use of mediums.  Lovely composition.  Draws the eye into the picture & holds it there."

Even to the casual observer, it is evident that a painting of this calibre isn't just slapdashed together.  It doesn't just happen.
So what thought processes went into the creation of this fine work? 

Yanch explains:
"When I first took a photo of this tree hanging over the shoreline, it was as if it was reaching out for something, or trying to be noticed by its special shape. 

As an artist I have always been amazed at the many shapes and forms trees take in the wild.  A tree amazes me - whether it's alive or just an old dead tree that has fallen over, or is about to fall over.

The curve and bend of the tree, along with the curve and flow of the shoreline, is what attracted me to paint this image. Every time I look back at the painting I feel the branches of the tree trying to reach down as if to take a drink of the water along the shoreline.

When deciding on how I was going to paint this image I knew right away that pen & ink was a must.  All the trees in the scene,  & especially the main one leaning over,  fit perfectly with my style of pen & ink. To finish the painting and make it complete,  I added a little bit of color into the trees and into the water.   This gave the picture a sense of balance that was missing when it was just black & white.  Adding just a touch of color to the rocky shoreline seemed to finish it.  The shoreline was now balanced with the sky."

The result is a red-ribbon wonderwork that is currently on display at the Art Gallery of Lambeth.  Congratulations, Gayle!

PhiLiP s. SchMidT
Resident Artist • Art Gallery of Lambeth