September has been a quieting down month putting the garden to bed, harvesting and preserving tomatoes and fruit. After the long days and short nights I am finding it odd to be again experiencing days and nights of equal duration. The evenings seem longer and I find myself reading more and painting well into the evening and then discovering that it isn’t even midnight!
I met with CRD Parks personnel again today about a planned artist in residence pilot project for February and March of 2015. I’ll pass along more information once it is in print form. The short story is that I’ll be a volunteer artist in residence at Francis King Park for six weeks, will paint on site and offer a number of programs for the public. Francis King Park is one of my favourite places to draw and paint so I am really looking forward to my time there.
OPEN HOUSE- Free Visual Concert
Friday October 10th from 7 pm on. Saturday and Sunday, October 11th and 12th, from 2pm to 6 pm.
You are invited to my ‘thank-you for your support’ open house next weekend. I am sorry to have heard from some of you that you are away on Thanksgiving weekend. There never seems to be an ideal weekend that suits everyone so I am going to stay with the date since at least an equal number of you have let me know that it will work for you. My walls will be full of new work (most of which has not been viewed before and is not for sale) and a number of pieces that have come home from galleries. I’ll have non-alcoholic beverages, baking and snacks. Please come by for conversation and visual entertainment. The numbering system in my complex is very odd- mind you there is a map that you can look at outside here too if you find your way to Crossandra Crescent. I am number 550. I am happy to send you a map that will make finding me much easier that google does, just email me.
FULL- Classes at my home: Wednesdays: October 1 – Dec 17th
Thanks for the terrific interest in my classes. I have decided to offer another class at my home making Wednesday a full teaching day. These classes are for students of all levels, the subject of each class decided at the first class with project days for those subjects passionately wanted by one and not others. Technique, colour, encouragement, critiques etc.
Wednesday mornings: 0930 – 1230 (FULL)
Wednesday afternoons: 2 pm – 5 pm (FULL)
Still Room- NEW: Painting watercolour miniatures at the HCP- two Saturday offerings all supplies included- a great gift and way to try out watercolour and see if you like it. http://hcp.ca/events/watercolor-workshop/ and http://hcp.ca/events/watercolor-workshop-2/ It is $80.00 for one class 10 – 4pm and $150.00 for both). October 4th and November 15th.
Still Room- UVic Continuing Studies Courses: This is a great course for those wanting to explore personal style and the motivation to paint. Basic knowledge of watercolour is needed (at least the beginners course).
Contemplative Watercolour December 5- 7
Each $150.00 plus GST and supplies. 12 hours of instruction.
There will also be a couple of half day workshops in Sidney with UVic
November 18th 1230- 4 pm Drawing for Painters
November 25th 1230- 4 pm Contemplative Watercolour.
Details on UVic’s Continuing studies website. http://www.uvcs.uvic.ca/arts/courses/
Still Room- Classes at Cordova Bay 55+
October 20th to December 8th- 8 weeks – Mondays 1- 3:30 must have a CB55+ membership and register through CB55+ mornings: 250-658-5558
Mason Jar Project-
I have been painting again on the project and am thankful that gardening has slowed down a bit and most of the harvesting is now done. I have been canning as part of this project too; pears, peaches, tomatoes, apricots, cherries, applesauce and a small number of jams are now in my cupboards waiting their turn to be artist’s models.
Those of you wanting to be my ‘sponsors’ for this project just need to let me know. You send me $100 and I send you the password.
As a sponsor you will:
-be invited to the unveiling exhibition(s) for the project as it unfolds
The first being Friday October 10th from 5 - 7 pm for an English style ‘drinks party’!
-have first opportunity to purchase any painting on the sponsor page – these are not from the series and are representative of my work over the past 5-10 years and you can purchase them right now.
- be able to use your sponsorship $100 to purchase of a work from the series when they become available.
- receive my thanks!
I now have only one local gallery- The South Shore Gallery in Sooke. Jessie has a great selection of my paintings and a wonderful selection of art and jewelry by Vancouver Island artists. There are also some really good restaurants in Sooke now, so it makes a good day trip.
As always email me if you want more information about any of the above. firstname.lastname@example.org
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.