The new year has brought wind, snow and freezing temperatures out here on the Canadian West Coast. The winter light is so beautiful and as Santa brought a new camera for Christmas, I have been having great fun photographing my table of found natural materials.....
In September of this year, I resolved to draw from real life observation every day. This simple commitment of a daily practice has changed and challenged me to look at everything around me with renewed curiosity.
Happy Solstice, one of my favourite days of the year, a time of reflection and for being grateful. This year, I took a break from painting and returned to valuing the simplicity of drawing with coloured conte and charcoal on paper.
Welcome to Canada, Bienvenue au Canada, Fáilte roimh Ceanada, ברוכים הבאים לקנדה,
مرحبا بكم في كندا, bienvenido a Canada, 欢迎来到加拿大, カナダへの歓迎, Bem-vindo ao canadá, ਕੈਨੇਡਾ ਦਾ ਸਵਾਗਤ,कनाडा में आपका स्वागत है........
Our studio building is down the back alley of 716 East Hastings St. It used to be a sausage making factory and after they sold it, it fell into disrepair, no one wanted it as the street was sad with drugs and broken dreams. When we first entered the building, part of the roof had caved in and we could see the steam of the mold rising by the light of a torch. All surfaces were slick sloppy and disgusting.....Yeuck, I thought, 'it's fantastic,' he said and went to work transforming the long, high open space into a shared furniture, sculpture studio that is now the creative working hub for 6 artists. Years have passed and the street is busy changing, a library is being built on the four lots beside us, cafes are opening, and independent small businesses are popping up on the street front.
During the four days of the culture crawl each November, the air hose blasts through the studio, cleaning every surface and the space is transformed into a gallery. Walls go up in the machine room to accommodate moi and some of my paintings and the lads pretend that they always keep their woodwork space civilized and spotless. This year, we received hundreds ( I'd say thousands!!) of visitors, it was our best year yet, they drifted through our space excited to see everything from the art and furniture, to the eclectic inspirational objects that cover ever inch on the walls. Thank you to the wonderful senior Russian lady who visited us three times with groups of equally wonderful friends, whom I understood through gestures, smiles and exclamations that they loved what they saw. Thank you to all the young new Canadians from all corners of the world that want to make our city home, it was great to see the optimism you brought with you.
The biggest thank you goes to the original founders, our old friends from the Panifico Building who threw open their doors 19 years ago, to the tireless work of our Executive Director, Esther Rausenberg (an original founder) Mira Malatestinic and other board members, Laura Moore from the Georgia Straight, sponsors Liz and Frank Malinka and every one else. I was thrilled to receive this review of my work from Factory Worker Media, thank you! http://factoryworkermedia.com/2015/11/20/interview-recognizing-creative-catharsis-with-sibeal-foyle-at-vancouvers-eastside-culture-crawl/
Hi Everyone, Please join Peter,www.peterpierobon.com Ben, www.zilliondesign.com and I for the 19th. Eastside Culture Crawl. The weather promises to be cold, but dry. Entrance to our studio is from the rear alley and we will be there all weekend. Looking forward to meeting old friends and new, have a great crawl and check out culture crawl.ca for maps, artists and information.
A few years back, feeling disconnected from making art, harried with the daily demands of life, I looked at a couple of buckets of pebbles and stones my husband collected and started to draw them. Upon walking on a beach, all six foot six of this giant of a man walks slowly and methodically, eyes down observing, searching for the uniqueness of the stones that are washed ashore in each particular place. In contrast, my eyes are always looking out to sea, I search the horizon, he observes the detail. Below are three drawings from what turned out to be almost twenty drawings in this series, I was amazed at the peace this simple act of observation and focus gave me. I love drawing, the immediacy and simplicity of charcoal on paper, materials that are as old as time connect me to life, stories and the history of art.
This past week, our friend and professional photographer, Goran Basaric, spent hours in my studio documenting over 70 drawings and paintings that I have been storing over the years. I promise to upload them onto my website over the next few weeks.