Painting on Docks, Tahsis, BC
I just returned from a trip to Nootka Sound (Tahsis). The landscapes and ocean are stunning and have provided me with so much more material to create a new series = I may just be in my studio for months!
***This post was in my draft folder from Oct. 2014… oops! I guess I should update my blog more often!
The Eastside Culture Crawl is an annual 4-day November event that involves artists who live in Vancouver’s Eastside in an area bounded by Main St., 1st Ave., Victoria Drive, and the Waterfront. Painters, jewelers, sculptors, furniture makers, musicians, weavers, potters, writers, print makers, photographers, glassblowers; from emerging artists to those of international fame… these are just a sampling of the exciting talents featured during this unique chance to meet local artists in their studios.
I am at Parker Street, Studio 460, 1000 Parker Street, Vancouver, BC (4th Floor) and will be at the studio for the event (Friday will be a shorter day = 7-10pm). If you’re at my building, please come say hello.
It’s a slow process and and excellent lesson in observation as I continue the still life studies (Nov.2014).
I finished constructing a stage with two platforms to compose still life scenes. Arranging a lemon is actually quite surprisingly challenging for me. I have a new appreciation for painters of still life.
Sunday, Aug. 10th and Sunday, Sept. 7
I will be participating in the 2014 Farmer’s Market in Whistler at Mountain Galleries. One of my favourite parts of the summer is interacting with the many people visiting the market. The diversity in the crowds is unique and seeing people from all parts of the world respond to my artwork is a great opportunity to experience ‘fresh eyes’. It is always so interesting to see how others interpret my paintings and is truly a great time. Mountain Galleries is such a supportive host and they always make my visit to Whistler enjoyable and fun!
500 Dreams, Oil on Canvas, 36×72″ at Kimoto Gallery by C. Wolcoski
Luminosity is generally understood as a measurement of brightness. I feel this description fits my work perfectly as I respond to the light qualities in the sky when storms are at an end or when the sun is streaming through a particularly gloomy day. There are unique weather patterns in this part of the world and they are quite often the source of amazing cloud formations. The Golden Hour when crepuscular rays most commonly stream through gaps in the clouds are the most enjoyable time for me to paint plein air or photograph the shoreline, it is when the contrasts between light and dark are most obvious.
This group of work is centred around the connectedness I feel to the land and a summation of the past four years of travelling along the West Coast. I have travelled from the tip of the Mexican Baja, along the Californian Coast through Oregon & Washington and up to Alaska and I always seem to return to home for inspiration. This part of the world is stunning and I have highlighted my a few of my favourite places. There is something profound about sitting at water’s edge gazing into the clouds and horizon beyond; it provides an infinite source of inspiration. My wish is to share the beauty I see in nature by capturing it in paint. These works reflect a wide range of approaches, using plein-air, photography, and experience to capture the emotional feel of the landscape in color and light.
Click link to view Kimoto Gallery
Friday was the opening for a new show at Kimoto Gallery in Vancouver. With such a large group the work is really inspiring, interesting and diverse. I’m excited to be a part of this vibrant space. Thank you to everyone I met that night for your compliments and kind words.
Well. It’s the last day of a great crawl weekend. Opening the doors to my studio for so many visitors is a great opportunity to get feedback on my newest pieces. To discover the connection I have to the West Coast landscape is translating in my work to so many people is inspiring! thank you to all who came by and said hello.