Sunday, September 09, 2012

Jill Price Studios E-Newsletter

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Months that end in an "R" are bound to be busy! Read about my crazy schedule until January.
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Reflection Section:

Jill Price Studios at Toronto Outdoor ShowFall is creeping it's way into my studio and bones with crisp breezes and new work for my upcoming shows. The summer was a whirlwind of activity between trying my hand at the Toronto Outdoor Show and working with Toronto galleries to get my work out in the big city. However, my summer also presented me with some lovely holiday time in Ocean City with hubby Geoff and a creative escape up to Sir Sanford Flemming College in Haliburton, where I took an amazing mixed media encaustic course with artist Susan Fisher. During my journeys, I took some time to determine what my next step should be with regards to promoting my work as well as reflected on the nature of my work and how to improve upon it. Have I drawn any final conclusions? Not as of yet, but I will keep you posted.
Currently getting ready to throw Barrie's second Art ce Soir evening on September 29th, I am juggling between creating work for the Queen Street West Art Crawl on September 15th and 16th, fundraising for my trip to Turkey to attend the World Art Games Conference as a delegate for the Canadian Cultural Team, and creating a flurry of new oil paintings inspired by a series of photos I took from the 10th floor of the condo we stayed in overlooking the Atlantic. To be shown up at Craighurst Gallery during the Images Studio Tour, I couldn't help admire the negative space between all of the beach goers as they played, relaxed, conversed, arrived and left the shore. it wasn't until I zoomed in on the subjects once the photos were taken, did I realize I had a wonderful glimpse of our culture in each human specimen. Being an artist, we are trained to look closer than most, and often see things that others don't. This series entitled "Sand People" has been a playful way for me reveal the horrors, hypocracies and humour of our society all while playing with bold colour and the warm textures of sand. Working with oil has also been a wonderful exercise in patience, something everyone could use more of in our fast paced world where immediate results and correspondence are expected.

With regards to work outside the studio, I am still curating out at the Mad and Noisy Gallery in Creemore, Ontario. Currently we have a full member show on which

celebrates all of the fabulous work we created over the summer. Our fall line up of shows includes “Bodies and Beasts: Contemporary Explorations of the Human and Animal Form” from October 6th til October 29th, 2012 and “Saturation: Cerebral Celebrations of Colour and Light” from November 3rd til November 26th, 2012. Nearing the holiday season you can stop by to catch another full member exhibition and an artisan fair which will help you get your Christmas shopping done in a creative fashion.

What's Next?
Jill Price holding encaustic constructionBeyond continuing to develop my series of "Fabricated Landsapes" and the "Sand People" series, I am also playing with rural imagery and old family photographs through encaustics for my upcoming show at the Bohemia Cafe in Barrie during the month of November. This work is starting to become quite sculptural and interactive in nature, which is a route I have wanted to take for a long time. The mold making that can happen when working with clay and hot wax is incredible. The delicate nature of these wax forms makes the work that much more precious or endearing. Finding out more about the rural roots of my family through stories and old photographs has also been very satisfying. I hope to visit some of the old farm properties owned by my relatives later this fall. Also in November I will be travelling back to my old teaching grounds at Matthews Hall for their annual Holly and Ivy Fundraiser. This year, I am not sure which work I will bring, but I have been constructing more items out of recycled canvas which I think women will love. Here's a sneak peek at one of my canvas clutches that are part of my Jillery line, available on Etsy. December is also shaping up to be a busy month as the Lakeshore Mews will once again hold their Holidandy Christmas Show and Sale, and the Paperdolls are scheduled to exhibit in Bohemia during the hectic holiday season. The work should be all done by then you say, well it would appear that I am returning to London in January to feature new works at the Art Exchange with Al and Karen Stewart. Look for an advertisement of that show in the next Arabella Magazine.

Jill Price heading to World Art Games Promotional Card

Thank Yous!
As my trip to Turkey gets closer, I just wanted to send out a sincere thank you to Valerie Rempel, the President of the National Committee for Canada's Cultural Team, as well as to all of my friends and family who have supported my travel to the conference by buying raffle tickets. With all tickets being sold, I am able to cover my airfare to Izmir, where I hope to make many great connections with other artists and their countries. My gratitude also goes out to the media in Barrie, specifically Leigh Blenkhorn and Susan Doolan, for their excellent coverage of my adventures. Stay tuned to my blog by subscribing to Jill Price Studios on blogger for updates on my travels and experiences.

A Must Read
Like most artists, I often get jaded about how the art world works. Just three weeks ago I cried in frustration about how hard I work and don't seem to get anywhere fiscally. My husband empathized and expressed how he didn't know how I do it, putting myself out there, day after day, risking rejection and criticism. My good friend and local artist Pauline Bradshaw told me about a book that every artist should read if they really want to understand how the art world works and why. So if you can get your hands on a book called "
The $12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art", we are all bound to learn a thing or two.

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