One of my favourite things about visiting is checking out what people have on their walls. Other artists must have this same curiosity because several people have asked me in the last month what kind of art I have in my home. This is the first sneak peek at the walls of my home.
For my first installment I'm highlighting a piece of art I have a personal connection to because it was created during a painting holiday I took in France in 2001. France II by Elena Popova, a Newfoundland artist, is a monotype on paper (25 x 50inches) composed of six separate panels, each is a response to some aspect of a two weeks stay in the French countryside . Elena creates lush, colourful work that is full of energy and excitement. It was creating monotypes with Elena in France that convinced me I wanted to be an artist. Not only does this piece remind me of the great time we had in France, it is also a constant reminder of the right choice I made for my second career.
Elena at work outside Ilse Hughes house in L'lirondelle, France . Elena uses oil paint on plexiglas and often uses her hands or other inplements to etch into a painted ground. Once the plate is completed it is put through a printing press to create a one of a kind print - a monotype.
Here is where France II lives. I depend on the art on my walls to add colour to my otherwise bland colour schemes.
This is another piece I have by Elena. It is 9 x 14 and hangs in my downstairs hallway. I bought it at an auction to raise money for the Red Cross. The colours are even more vibrant than those depicted here. It is under glass and difficult to photograph. It is the perfect picture for spring.
Elena currently has a solo exhibition at Red Ochre Gallery in St. John's. Check out the work.