Monday, July 25, 2011

Call for Artists

Friends of Portside Gallery
Invitational Show and Sale
September 23 to October 2, 2011 

Reception: Friday September 23, 2011
7 - 9 pm
187 1/2  Main Street, Port Stanley, ON
Call For Artist: Entry Form

Saturday, July 9, 2011

"Drawings" by Cheryl Radford

About the Show at Sunset Arts Gallery in Grand Bend

A collection of “Drawings”. Black and white, with a small splash of colour. The human form, architecture and golf. Traditional figure drawing has always been a favourite subject of Cheryl. The human body is truly a magnificent work of art.
In August of 2007, Cheryl spent two weeks in a converted medieval monastery in Limoux, in the picturesque Lanquedoc area of Southern France. She loved the medieval towns and hilltop villages with their rich history and amazing architecture. When she returned home, she began to take more notice of the wonderful architecture right in southwestern Ontario. Sometimes you have to travel half way around the world to really appreciate and notice whats right here.

Another favourite subject or obsession... is golf. For Cheryl, golf is not just about the landscape, it's about combining the figure, history and landscape elements together in a piece of artwork. Golf is truly about respect for your fellow players, the game and the environment.

About the Artist

Cheryl Radford currently lives and works in London, Ontario. She grew up on a farm just outside Londesboro in Huron County. Starting with a diploma in Fine Arts, she went on to work in the graphic arts industry for many years, but recently made the switch back to the fine arts.
With 3 part time jobs; London Potters Guild: Program Administrator, Art Rental & Sales Gallery: Gallery Assistant and Keys by Troy: Bookkeeper, Cheryl spends allot of time doing detailed work at a computer. To Cheryl, one of the real joys is the simple act of drawing. Time to draw, is really an escape from the complicated computerized world. Cheryl believes drawing is the cornerstone of all visual art and there is nothing wrong with being known as an artist who draws. She considers drawing to be a primary medium, not a preliminary sketch for a painting, sculpture or another medium.

“I draw inspiration from all that life has to offer; a variety of people, work, the seemingly ordinary natural surroundings right here in London, to going away golfing at pristine golf courses. In the words of George Bernard Shaw: Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”

Friday, July 1, 2011

Fractured Painting Workshops

Hilda Markson Gray - Fractured Painting Workshops
This is a favourite way for me to paint. The paper is divided into segments (or fractures) and then we begin to add our imagery. The colours and/or values change as the imagery moves from fracture to fracture. The resulting painting is rich in complexity of colour and imagery.  Glazing of pigment over pigment creates great depth of colour.
For students new to this process-I will walk you through this process step by step. I will provide a theme for you. We will be working with a rectangle within a rectangle.
For students who are familiar with this process -will be further challenged to bring a "theme" idea. Themes that have been used in the past have been - the seashore, garden sculpture, birds, fish, flowers, the orchard, bird houses, toys, etc. Please bring photo references
day 1 -Wednesday, July 20, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm Cost $23
day 2 Wednesday, July 27, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm Cost $23

Please email Hilda Gray [] if interested.