Friday, November 22, 2013

Fundraising for ART!

This year I was able to participate and attend the Opening Receptions of two painting fundraising events.

The first was the first year for the Federation of Canadian Artists’ (FCA) Ten Squared show. A show where all paintings are 10”x10” and signatures are on the back of the work. Ten Squared runs until December 8th and is located on Granville Island.


Last night I attended the opening for the 9th Annual Anonymous Show at the North Vancouver Art Council gallery (one of my favourites). It’s the fifth year for me participating… the artist remains a mystery until after the art is purchased!

This year’s Anonymous Show opening went well. I think there are more people each year and last night was definitely a ‘shoulder to shoulder’ attendance!


One of the ‘tweets’ sent last night said… “We already sold over 50 paintings in the 1st hour! So ‪#exciting to be here, 360 artists and 738 ‪#artpieces!” Two of my pieces sold which is great.

I was also fortunate to meet one of the buyers of my paintings called “Clyde”. Really friendly lady and she said she also wanted to buy “Nosey Parker” - but someone else got him before her.


     Cafe Moo Lait                                      Nosey Parker

The Anonymous Show runs till December 21st and if you didn’t make it last night, I highly recommend you check it out before it closes! ~ Sharka

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Life Drawing

Do you recall me saying, I'm going to hang in with the 'Life Drawing' for awhile. It will give me practice, make my sketching/drawing for my paintings easier, and get the right side of my brain working?” That was November 4th, 2011!

Here we are 2 years later and I actually took the last two years off from the class! Last Thursday was my first time back and the first time the group “Simply Drawing” used our studio -
Silent Poetry Art Studio. I used the short poses to work on faces - my nemesis. 

Life Drawing is a weekly non-instructional 3-hour class that meets every Thursday evening from 6.30 to 9.30pm. We practice our drawing skills in a friendly, non-competitive environment.

We alternate male and female professional models that pose unclothed, and aim for a diversity in age and body shapes. The group is for both amateur and experienced artists and we welcome all skill levels!

During the 3-hour session we have a series of short 1 and 2 minutes warm up poses. Then we move into a few long poses 5 to 25-30 minutes long.

Simply Drawing has the life drawing essentials - chairs, easels, music, tea and… CHOCOLATE!

So join us and bring your drawing materials, paper and sense of humour. We love to laugh! 
~ Sharka