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(posted on 24 Jan 2014)

Surprise! Rod Winning and Dennis Walsh

This is our first at show at a REAL art gallery. Gallery 1710, the South Delta Artists Guild gallery at 1710 56th St. Tsawwassen BC is the best little art gallery south of the Fraser.

It's a lot of work promoting the show to make sure friends, colleagues, relatives and associates attend and then to get people we don't even know yet is another task. Reception night food, entertainment, fun, painting, presentations all take time to organize. Business Cards, posters, letters, Facebook, Linkedin, Guild website, personal website, blogs, on on on

When do we actually get more paintings done, some new stuff to put in with the old paintings. Will they like them. Will Dennis's be better than mine, Will we be lonely sitting there for 9 hours a day? Well it's only a week so why not. It's a great chance to show off our work and hopefully get a few compliments. I've been busy identifying all my work with name card with prices but thought I'd put that on the back of the painting and just have a list ( catalog ) with prices so anyone could see how the prices range and check on any particular painting. I have also make up story cards so each framed painting will have a name and story. I'll have lots of unframed paintings and the matted paintings which have been put into sleeves and prices reasonably to sell. Ill have them iin tubs so anyone interested can flip through them at their leisure.

We have a lot of support from some Guild members and we're looking forward to this event.

BTW

We'd like to get discovered by someone who would ask us to show our works downtown or at least somewhere different. Maybe you're that person. Come and see our show and have some fun.

(posted on 6 Nov 2013)

At the South Delta Artists Guild, we are collaborating with the South Delta Secondary School for the 4th annual Poets and Painters Art Show. 60 poems are written by the creative writing class and then distributed 30 to student artists and 30 to Guild member artists to be interpreted into a painting.

The theme this year is A Cappella music without instruments, beautiful harmonies of voices ... here's the poem I received to paint. Looks like it's a serious matter requiring much thought and attention to do it justice.

I hear you though you do not call,

I wait though you do not come,

you are not here to see me fall.

Inside my soul your voice still sings,

no longer in harmony with mine,

Hopelessly I hear its ring.

Too tired to fight the numbing pain,

I curl up inside myself,

and wait for the healing rain.

A beautiful haunting poem which will remain anonymous for now. My painting has to be completed by mid Decmber for the show hanging first week January '14.

If this brings a vision to you or an idea for a painting subject, please let me know. Remember, I don't do people, animals or faces. Each year this is a very popular show because of the community involvement of the youth, adults, teachers, sponsors and general support from parents, sibs, family and peers of the arts and the school.

Waiting

Rod Winning

(posted on 31 Oct 2013)

Have you ever looked at the faces of people on the street, in the shops, on the busses, hoping to see that someone you used to know? The one that got away? Dr Zhivago looking for Lara?

Do you see shapes and 'things' in the clouds or stop the car to watch the sunset or get up early to see a sunrise? Do you look at trees, bushes, flowers and mountains and think how they stand out from each other, how the shadows define thier shapes or how individual they all are? I guess I've always been a dreamer and have always taken an interest but not like I have since taking my first watercolour classes in 2009. Ever since, I see all these things differently, as objects to be admired, studied, painted.

Well it's pretty obvious that no artist can paint everything they see. That's a really tough part. All those subjects and so little time. I see why Van Gogh and Monet just couldn't handle the stress of trying to focus on just a few things. How are we going to zero in on the few subjects we can actually paint? how can we multiply our efforts to do more? Which subjects will I paint? So many questions, so much stress, how do artists handle it? Painting is supposed to be calming and therapeutic, time consuming and easy on the brain. Perfect for retired people who have got themselves out of the rat race.

Is there an answer or is it just the way it is. I'll just keep painting and appreciate the fact that people enjoy my art. It hangs in our home and in some friends homes. It has been purchased by nrealated patrons that love it and hang it in prominent places in their homes. Even got a couple of paintings hanging in England. Okay then, that shoud be enough to keep me going, shouldn't it. Rod Winnng Artist

(posted on 29 Sep 2013)

Surroundings Sept 23 to Oct 5 at the Tsawwassen Arts Centre has been a lot of fun. It's great to see most o my artwork up in one place, I didn't know I had so much. At the reception on Sept 27th we had fine canapes made by my world famous Chef son Michael Turner which just wowed the art friends and family that attended. I sold 6 smaller paintings but the important part for me was the brilliant comments i got about my work. Mostly I think I surprised a lot of people with the quality but also with the quantity I put up.

We had people from England who took home a couple of shrink wrapped paintings so I guess I can say my work is hanging in England.

Jim Olsen, a concert pianist sat down at the Grand Piano and played for the guest for a while.

Harry Bellick was in attendance and has written a piece for my facebook timeline.

The show ends Oct 5th. Rod Winning Artist

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