This weekend I'm participating in the Beaches Arts and Crafts Show held in the very trendy "Beaches" area of Toronto. It's the first festival of the season, the first time I have done this show and it will also be the first time that I have shown only printmaking so it will be an interesting few days. It's great to be getting back into "Art Mode" as the past few months have been full of renovations and all the messy work that entails....the wrong kind of painting for instance! We are really pleased with the results of our labour but glad to be finished.
This week I have been busy matting up prints, and getting work into frames. I have gone with the standard plain black frame on most work except for the "Kimono prints" which are in white. The "Kimono" prints are more feminine so the lighter frame colour works better. It's been fun getting all my printmaking work out and I'm really looking forward to seeing it hanging together in the tent so that I can get a clearer view of the work overall. Most of the pieces are collagraphs but I'm also showing some block prints on paper and an experimental one on wood panel. I'm a bit concerned that there is too much variety in the imagery I've chosen to show but I can select and edit as I hang the work. It's much more problematic showing works under glass at an outdoor show so I hope we get nice sunny warm weather.
As an update on people using images from artists websites without permission, I came across one of my paintings being used on the Patio Bar blog, in Faro, Portugal, as publicity for a jazz concert. http://opatiobarfaro.blogspot.com/2009/11/j-z-z-z_19.html I have decided to take it as a compliment.
My son and daughter in law recently moved to live in our house in the apartment unit below us. It's working out wonderfully and I will write about it in another post. It will only be for a year or a bit more so we are making the most of this very special time. They have their second baby due to arrive at any time and are hoping for another home birth so the next few days will be very exciting.