The opening for my painting exhibition was fantastic! Lots of people came to take a look, many having to travel through ice and snow to get there. It was a thrill to talk to people about my Nova Scotia work and wonderful to find new owners for some of the paintings.
The show will be up at The Rebekah Gallery for the next few days and closing at 4 pm on Sunday, Feb 3.
I’ll be there for 4 afternoons starting tomorrow, Thursday Jan 31, 2013. I have a gorgeous bouquet of flowers to paint and you can see how I work and what materials I use.
If you haven’t had a chance to visit the show yet, or if you would like to view it all again before the show ends, please join me.
@ The Rebekah Gallery 1890 Clementsvale Road Bear River.
Please stop by on these afternoons:
Thursday January 31
Friday February 1
Saturday February 2
Sunday February 3 from 1 pm to 4 pm
Over 30 paintings are on display.
Here is a video to give you a better idea of the size of the paintings.
If you are interested in purchasing a painting, the prices range from $250 to $1300. Payment plans are available too. Email me at email@example.com
I have been immersed in the preparation for my upcoming art show in Bear River.
It seemed like a good idea at the time..to show paintings from the last 2 and 3 years here, but wow. What a lot of work to get everything ready to hang. I had forgotten that part. There were paintings that needed some touching up, edges of canvasses to finish, wire to attach, paintings to seal, photos to take, labels to make, artist statement to write. And very important…cookies to be baked!
I had an epiphany. I was listening to a woman singing. Her voice was lovely and so was the music. She obviously had great technique. But, something was missing. After watching her for a while, I wanted to send her this thought:
I need to sing like I mean it. I need to let the emotion that led me to write this song come out and be expressed.
Perhaps through fatigue or shyness, she was just going through the motions that evening.
And then it occurred to me that the same is true with painting or with any creative pursuit. It must be injected with some confidence, some passion and some Raison d’être.
Do I paint like I mean it?
I certainly try to. When I paint it is because I get a feeling of inspiration when I view a particular thing or scene. It sends me to my art materials and I have to work on it right away. Sometimes it all goes wrong, and in my opinion the work falls flat. But unlike a musician, a painter can revisit her work and overlay it with more of the energy and feeling of the initial encounter.
What makes a great painting or a memorable song is more than technique. It’s an expression of a deep energy and feeling. So embrace that passion that inspired you in the first place and use it as the seed of a new creation.
And please, if you can, join me in a celebration of my recent paintings. I would like to share my inspiration with you.
Saturday, January 26 – February 3: A BRUSH WITH LIFE: paintings by Flora Doehler
@ the Rebekah downstairs location (1890 Clementsvale Rd.) in Bear River.
Gallery opening with refreshments on Sat Jan 26, 1 – 4 pm.
I will be at the gallery from 1 pm to 4 pm (or by appointment) on the following days:
• Sat. Jan. 26, Sun. Jan. 27
• Thur. Jan. 31, Fri. Feb. 1, Sat. Feb. 2, Sun. Feb. 3
I’ll be painting starting on Thur. Jan. 31. All welcome.