April 2020 Newsletter
TO PLANT A GARDEN IS TO BELIEVE IN THE FUTURE.
I have been spending hours this past month drawing and watching plants grow in the local parks and planting plants to grow in my allotment garden.
A few days ago I planted some cosmos seeds that I collected last fall. They are already breaking ground indoors in a small pot. If you would like some free seeds to plant with hope of a beautiful future - and a captive subject for contour drawings- let me know. I'll make generous little piles and mail them out to you until I run out of seeds.
All classes have been cancelled or postponed indefinitely. I was a bit knocked off balance (and still am) however I really believe in the power of art to help in times of crisis. It certainly helped me cope with the pain and change of circumstances when I broke my left wrist. I have put together a little collection of drawing for relaxation videos. Please have a look, try them and feel free to forward them to anyone you think may find them useful. I was thinking of people still working in stressful situations who might need a bit of decompression time. I have kept them short. Between 5 and 10 minutes so they can be watched and tried on a coffee break sort of timeline.
Here are the links.
Mirror Drawing with Joanne Thomson
Blind Contour Drawing with Joanne Thomson
Contour drawing with Joanne Thomson
Contour drawing demonstration with Joanne Thomson
Mentoring: This can still happen. If you want to consider having me mentor you in your art making evolution I'd be happy to talk and see if I can help. I take a maximum of 4 students at any one time. How it usually works is once a month we have a phone meeting (about 45 minutes) to discuss images sent digitally. I offer feedback and suggestions in line with your artistic goals. We do it again the next month. Minimum 4 month commitment. ($60.00 a session).
Painting with Thread.
The image at the top is a return to an earlier passion of mine. Embroidery. I did hours and hours as a teenager. I was planning to show these little works in an exhibition this summer, I'll find another venue at some time in the future.
I encourage you to return to the things you like to do but have not made time for in recent years. You'll see them in a whole new way.
Take care my friends,
You can Rent my art through the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Art Rental program. They have a limited selection, but a good one.
Also, I am often asked about making prints of my work. I don't like to do that myself. However I have partnered with Artfinds.me and they do like to make and sell prints. They have a small selection of my images however, if there is a specific image you are interested in ask and we can likely accommodate you.
Where to find my artcards: I put a new category in the store: New Art Cards.
South Shore Gallery in Sooke, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Gift Shop, Sooke Regional Museum, Eclectic Gallery in Oak Bay, Alcove Living in Qualicum Beach, Goldstream Nature House, Swan Lake Nature House, Laughing Oyster Bookshop in Courtenay and from me through my online store or call and arrange to come by to see cards and original art.
my instagram address is #joannethomsonartist
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Joanne Thomson is a full time visual artist dividing her time between creating, teaching and mentoring art. She is known for her images of BC inner forests and wild places and her ,now completed, Mason Jar Series. These strong images are created with a gentle spiritual approach to art making. Joanne has a Masters of Adult Education and brings enthusiasm and wisdom to her lessons and workshops encouraging students to explore the creative process through research and experimentation. www.joannethomson.com.