Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Queen West Art Crawl and the Art Show in Trinity Bellwoods Park.

Everything came together for this art show. The weather was absolutely fantastic bringing huge numbers of people out into the park to enjoy the art, food and atmosphere. The quality of the art shown was very good and there were really interesting food vendors. Just across from me was a stall selling spring rolls, dumplings, fish balls and meat things on a skewer. They did a roaring trade. Alongside was a very theatrical popcorn maker who continually had crowds around him as his huge pan began popping up a storm. There were also musicans playing in various areas around the park and they had chosen them well. My favourites among the people who played near me were the gypsy band with it's feverish music that had everyones feet tapping and a couple who played great jazz. I took some photos of the two jazz players as reference material for some future musical paintings. I met some great people and was honoured by the ones who decided to buy my work. I would gladly do this show again.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Tent Broken Into at Festival

I forgot to mention in my last post that someone liked my paintings so much at the Junction Art Festival that he broke into my tent overnight to steal them. He got away with one and dropped another as he made his getaway. Because I was the only artist targeted I have decided to take it as a compliment!

Trinity Bellwoods Art Show

This art festival is where I will be this weekend. It's part of the Queen West Art Crawl in an exciting gallery area of Toronto. It's a big show with some 250 artists participating. Taking part in these three shows has been quite exciting and has taken my mind off all the things that have gone wrong during our move back to Toronto. It has been an extremely stressful time with all the usual problems that occur when you move from one country to another plus being let down by someone we really trusted. However in the greater scheme of things we are really lucky and shouldn't be complaining about things that will pass. The weather looks as if it will be great and my eldest son will be here for a visit.

Friday, September 11, 2009

The Distillery Show
Last weekend I did the show at the Distillery in Toronto. It's a wonderful place with loads of atmosphere. There were huge crowds of tourists and locals enjoying the wonderful weather. This weekend is a major one for festivals all over Toronto and we also had the airshow going on for three days. It was pretty dramatic but noisy. We met some really nice fellow exhibitors and had a pleasant weekend but the buying energy was pretty thin for all of us. Most of the crowd were not there for the art but for lunch and coffee. I had lots of great comments on my art work and the other artists were very complimentary about it. I even sold two works to one of them. After our busy few weeks moving it was actually nice to be able to sit and watch the world go by for a few days. This weekend I am at the Junction Art Festival. It will be interesting to see how this compares.
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