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October Update – New Paintings, New Show!

The Summer art show season is over but the shows continue on! Cheri and I will be doing the Make It Show in Vancouver for the first time. A brief description of the event courtesy of their website:

“Make It is devoted to creating positive opportunities for artists, crafters, designers & musicians. On the flip side, Make It is a shopping event that gives enlightened shoppers the opportunity to buy unique, ethically made goods from top artisans from all over Canada. The vibe at the show is funky, hip and modern very different from you traditional granny craft show!(not that there is anything wrong with that) Music is performed by up-and-coming local musicians and there are always tasty treats to be enjoyed. Make It is about appreciating creativity, connecting entrepreneurs, and giving conscious shoppers an alternative to the mall.”

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The show runs from November 28th to December 1st, at the PNE Forum in Vancouver, at 2901 E Hastings st. We will have a wide variety of prints and originals available in all sizes allowing for great Christmas gifts! It’s a nice opportunity to get into the Christmas shopping spirit with this venue showcasing a wide variety of handmade products from artisans in our community. We’d love to see you there!

I’ve recently finished 2 new paintings. The first painting titled ‘Keremeos  Keepsake’, captures a 1941 Dodge Truck at rest in a field in Keremeos BC. I really enjoy these earthy tones against the faint glimmer and reflection from the sky upon the slowly tarnishing chrome grill. Chrome is one of those fun challenges to paint, as there is no colour to chrome, it merely reflects the colours of its environment. The reflections on the chrome take on an abstract form and allows for a loose fun time to create as one wishes. The quality of that late afternoon low light allows for long shadows, which when cast upon the form of the truck, enhance the beautiful sweeping curves of the fender and hood. This painting sold within minutes of finishing it, to a lovely women in the Okanagan, and I take great honour in knowing it is amongst an incredible collection of artwork.

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My latest painting, just finished last night, is my first in a new series of Schooners I will be creating. This new painting titled ‘Northwest Passage’ is 24″x36″ and is Acrylic on Fine Art Board. Inspired by the boats we saw on our visit to the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Show this year, I really admired the Schooner Dirigo II, and knew I wanted to paint her. The Dirigo II was commissioned in 1939 for circumnavigation and was designed to be able to “sail in any ocean, in any weather”. She is a 72′ Gaff Rigged Tops’l Alden Schooner. She is 60′ on deck with a beam of 15′ 8″ and a draft of 8′. I have always admired the adventurous spirit of those willing to explore the harsh and remote areas of our planet, and as such I wanted to capture this Schooner embarking on just such a trip. In this scene you get the feeling of anticipation and excitement as the ship makes way from the sunnier skies, greener lands and clear waters towards the ice flow and unknown. This painting was an incredible challenge in keeping accurate to the rigging and equipment found on board. These sailing vessels are much different to create than the commercial boats I have painted in the past, but there is a tranquility and timeless feel to seeing a ship with sails full, underway in the water, that allows for compelling imagery to paint. If interested in a private viewing of this painting, please fell free to contact us at .

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Thank you again for your continued interest and support in my artwork, and I hope to see you at our upcoming event!

Neil Hamelin