Challenge number three was from Abstract artist Catherine Gutsche.
"Through the Gate", 20"h x 16"w, cold wax & oils, $645, framed
This painting was created in May 2018 during my first artists' residency at Artscape Gibraltar on Toronto Island. I spent 2 weeks painting full time in relative isolation (who knew this would be my training for isolation in 2020). During my stay I traveled to the mainland for a day at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) with my artist friend who was also on the island at Artscape. It was a rainy spring day and as usual I took in my surroundings while we waited for the island ferry. The area where people line up for the trip over is surrounded by a grid style fence/gate. Everything beyond the fence was that beautiful spring gold green colour with a backdrop of the lake.
Naturally, when I returned to the studio I created this piece based on my observations of the colours and geometric characteristics of the fence/gate along with the yellow green planter on the pathway, without ignoring the rain.
4.625”h x 6.5”w, mixed media mosaic, created with stained glass, Italian and Mexican smalti, millefiori, and ceramic on a bamboo backing
Inspired by Catherine’s wonderful bright colours and shapes from Through the Gate, I was reminded of allotment gardening in England. So many neighbourhoods in London have public gardens open for green thumbs of all caliber to work cooperatively and independently. I have a particular interest in allotments for food sharing and food bank use - an important commitment to communities in need.
14"h x 11"w, cyanotype print on 140lb (300g) watercolor paper
Gates can be seen as keeping something in, or keeping something out. This piece used the idea of gates to show the balance and struggle between nature and urban spaces.
“Beyond the Gate”
18"h x 13"w, acrylic on watercolour paper
Inspired by Catherine’s post I decided to paint a colourful wild flower garden with soft colours and various shapes.
"The Crying Garden"
40"h x 30"w, acrylic
This was another wonderful inspiration / challenge by an abstract artist. Looking at this challenge brought back a memory of about 9 years of age-down the road quite aways there was an old home with a long abandoned garden. I had to stand on tiptoe of the broken gate to see through and beyond to a yard full of wild flowers long forgotten and the colours were glistening in the soft summer rain.
COVID has me feeling like that standing at the gate waiting ...
18"h x 14"w, free motion embroidery
I used a log cabin quilt block to build blocks to mimic looking through a gate or grid. The stitches are the flora in the rain, mostly vertical stitches. I would like to try it again with smaller blocks and bolder stitches. I do like the effect and it feels lovely to the touch.
"on the other side"
16"h x 12"w, silk fiber drawing/fusion
Using the background colors to imagine the beauty that lies in wait on the other side of the gate.