Explaining my art in just a few seconds is not easy. Every artist needs to figure out what is called an “elevator” pitch. How can I hook someone in a very short period of time so that they will be interested enough to go and check out my paintings? It is not so easy to do.
Part of my challenge is that I like to paint such a variety of themes. Flowers, birds and still-life’s make the top of my lists…but other topics sneak in randomly.
It took me awhile to codify my watercolour flower paintings to I ‘paint summer sunshine all winter long’ (as winter is very long in Yellowknife). I think that works quite well to explain in a simple way what painting flowers make me feel like. I am quite happy with that.
Now birds are relatively new to my painting life and I have yet to come up with that perfect phrase that captures how I feel about painting these amazing creatures. I love their antics and how sometimes we don't even notice them around us as they go forth creating new life and living their lives.
Maybe you can help me to find the perfect phrase to explain my bird paintings. Check out more bird paintings HERE and comment below what strikes you when you first look at them.
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We traveled a fair amount in 2018. The second trip we took last year was to drive from Yellowknife, to the Yukon for Arctic Winter Games meetings (my husbands), then all the way to Tuktoyaktuk and back to Yellowknife.
We stopped the second night in northern BC at the Liard Hot Springs. Ian is a hot spring kind of guy… me not so much. My oldest had lent me his 300mm camera lens to use until he came to visit in July and I just walked around looking for birds.
I noticed this robin with a beak full of grubs, of course I took some photos. Then it flew to its nest. So cool. Because the area is a park there were boardwalks and stairs to protect the flora and fauna. I just walked up the stairs and was eye level to the nest! I spent a long time photographing the parents coming and going.
Sadly, by the time we came through two weeks later the chicks had already fledged.
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This was my very first show at Visual Effects since they started representing my work. It was such a great experience. For the first 5 years I held the show at my house, which meant that we had to prepare the space by moving furniture into other rooms which transformed our living/dining room into a gallery. I have a great hanging system so that was very helpful. I had to stop painting much earlier so that I could get everything prepared and be ready. I had to plan everything and do everything except on the last day before the opening when my husband would take the day off to help.
This year I brought my watercolour paintings to them by the end of September so that they would have time to frame them. Though a few of the larger paintings I still used my exhibition frames so that folks could choose their own framing. I was able to continue with my acrylic painting right up until Tuesday, just before the opening on Thursday evening. After my last painting was varnished Ian delivered it on Thursday morning to the gallery.
My husband took the Thursday day off, like he usually does, but really, he didn’t need to this year. As everything was all under control. Peter and John did all the preparation of the show on their end. We just came with food and wine at 4:30ish.
Thanks to these two fabulous guys! I really appreciate all the support they have given me since my work has been in the gallery.
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Yellowknife watercolour and acrylic artist Shawna Lampi-Legaree’s latest venture can best be summarized as capturing moments of beauty from the world around her.
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