QWAC 2015, and addressing long absences

First of all, THIS:

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It’s ONE WEEK until the Queen West Art Crawl, my favourite annual Toronto outdoor art festival. Heck yes! I will be smiling away in booth L30. Come say hi!!!! This is also the first year I’ve decided to try something different from the Billions Pass Through this Landscape series at this show. Allow me to introduce you to my whimsical, dream-like watercolours of personal-encouragement!

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Also, I realize that this is my first post on here in 10 months. Woah. Interestingly, that’s around the time I started using Instagram for my artwork. It seems I only have the capacity to keep on top of one form of social media at a time. Anyway, I pretty much forgot I had an art blog, but I’ll try to start using it more again. I’m not going to pretend that I plan on starting to blog all the time, but ya know, once or twice a month would be nice. We’ll see.

See you soon at QWAC!!

xo
-Candace

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QWAC STARTS TOMORROW! plus, new small art pieces!

small watercolours

I’ve been watercolouring my original drawings from this series (and there are new drawings, too!), and now I’m making small prints of them on pretty wood panels for the show this weekend. C’mon down!

The Queen West Art Crawl is in Trinity Bellwoods Park (Queen Street West) in Toronto, this Saturday September 13 and Sunday September 14, from 11am to 6pm both days. I’ll be in booth N29 (near the tennis courts) hoping to see you.

…And the weather forecast just got more promising for this weekend! WOO HOO! Come support local artists in a super cool part of town and hang out in a park with me and lots of other cool cats.

xo!

New art!

It’s time to share some pictures of newer creations. There are quite a few… Here are some to start off with.

I’m really liking these 4 right now – they seem to me kind of like giant-sized trading cards (collect them ALL!). They’re 3 feet tall and have lots of fun imagery in them. Each of them depicts one of the four elements: can you see it? There are many stories in them. I’ll let you just look and see for yourself for now.

This one can be seen at the Queen Mother Cafe right now. It’s as long as I am tall! That’s right, it’s a monster. Just like me! *cough*

This one’s also in the Queen Mother Cafe (208 Queen Street). 3′ x 3′. If I named it already, I’ve forgotten the name, which simply means that it’s time for a new one. Hmm.

I sold this guy at the Queen West Art Crawl, but it got so much attention that I think I’ll play around with this idea for a while. It was so loose and fun to do. It is definitely very different from my usual painting style, and I was thinking of Cy Twombly a bit when approaching the bottom left section – not that I compare myself to him whatsoever, but he provided some inspiration for sure. This piece is also 3′ x 3′.

This lil’ cutie’s a square foot. Stobilus. She’s watching people eat at the Queen Mother right now. Each booth has a guardian animal watching over the patrons; she’s the booth closest to the bar on the far left side (in case you want to go say hello to her).

Another square footer. She also watches people eat, but in my own dining room. There’s a plate rail around the room, and it’s lined with these guys.

The art in the Queen Mother Cafe will be there until October 24th or thereabouts. You may not realize when you first walk in so I’ll tell you now: my art is not just in the front section, but throughout the whole place, down each isle of eaters. If you want to see it, it’s at 208 Queen Street, near University. The opening reception was during TIFF, and who showed up but Tom Hanks! Tom Hanks looked at my art. Too bad I didn’t get a change to talk with him; I’ll bet my art would look really good in his living room… Hah.

Some upcoming summer shows

It’s about time I mention it: I’ll be back this year in what I hope will continue to be my regular summer Toronto shows.

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
July 6, 7 & 8, 2012
Nathan Phillips Square
Friday 10:30am-7:30pm
Saturday 10:30am-7:30pm
Sunday 10:30am-6:30pm
(booth # TBA)

Square Foot Show
August 4 – 19
Twist Gallery
1100 Queen Street West, Toronto

Queen West Art Crawl
September 14 – 16
Trinity Bellwoods Park, Toronto
Booth M5

I’ll be showing the newest stuff of the Billions Pass Through This Landscape series.

The TOAE is less than a month away now! Hmm, guess this means I need to ramp up the art production… Expect to see a lot more on here over the next month. GO! GO! GO!