CHERYL BAILEY
Contemporary Landscape Artist

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(posted on 23 May 2018)

At Advanced Individual Studies here at Haliburton School of Art and Design, one painting is hanging up in the Convocation Hall  at Fleming College in Haliburton.

Forget Me Not Pond, Kananaskis is my rendering of a beautiful view from the shores of this man made pond near Calgary. The reflections are beautiful. The painting is below.

Tomorrow I am working on an unusual size canvas of 15" high by 60" wide. I hope that a mountain range view west of Calgary will result after tomorrow's completion effort. 

Part of the program today was to give a short artist talk. For some reason I was a bit nervous, though I have done this before. Oh well. Not bad. Not great. but check it off.

Tomorrow the assignment is due: 

Create 12-20 shapes within a frame of reference on paper. Choose an analogous bridging colour system with no unification by value and 3 focal points. This is an exercise so be warned that it is not meant to be a good painting-- just a solution to an exercise. Below you will see my take on the question. 

 

(posted on 20 May 2018)

Well, it's not really a race but it is a challenge of sorts. Here I am at Haliburton School of the Arts all set to paint paint paint all week and next at the Advanced Individual Studies. Class is expected to be full at 16 artists who have no cares but working on their art. It was nip and tuck whether I'd make it this year because of family health issues but my wonderful best support ever husband Peter is taking care of business at home so that I can PAINT all day all week - YAY!

There are several projects on the go--

One is to finish the 3rd piece that is planned for a small triptych.

Another is to make progress on some exercises that I was given last year or perhaps the year before but haven't completed yet. 

Third is to paint some paintings starting off with completion of one started last month. Here's a black and white of where we are so far with it. Sometimes when I'm a bit stuck, it helps to go back to the black and white and see what thoughts pop into my head. I can feel some further simplification on its way in order to make the hollyhocks mine.... 

 

(posted on 29 Apr 2018)

Today members of the Etobicoke Art Group (EAG) delivered their  2 best recent paintings or sculptures to the jurors at the Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery in Toronto.

Several members worked on intake checking and rechecking paperwork for about 100 paintings. Other members  set the paintings in the gallery for jurying by leaning them against the wall on very narrow strips of carpeting. This prevented work from slipping. Then we waited and ate our lunch and waited while the jurors decided on their selections and which works would receive a prize.

We watched the ‘unselected’ work move to the end of the hall. Sometimes we wondered how a particular work could be ‘unselected’.  But the jurors are king—or  in this case queens for the day and choose what they want for the show. On arrival,  they are given the rules of engagement. There is never any interference with the jurors while they are working at this show.

The end of the process is difficult as we must return the ‘unselected’ work to the artists. Fortunately at this exhibition, since the jurying is done in person (not digitally), the artists are offered a 5 minute critique for the unselected work. The artists may speak to what the jurors have to say. For some, this  dialogue may soothe disappointment. Or not. 

One of my paintings, “Cardinal Under Cover”, was selected. Another painting made the swift walk down the hall. I was happy to get one painting into the show as some artists did not. It is not a rejection. These jurors on this particular day just chose other paintings. A painting may receive a prize in one show and be 'unselected' in another. The EAG group is so strong as a whole. I am pleased to work amongst them. 

Cardinal Under Cover 24"x30"

 

(posted on 28 Mar 2018)

Next weekend I'll be at the Kingsway-Lambton Art Show and Sale!

This is a rare opportunity to see a large selection of my available work in public. I will be bringing  a ton of paintings.

33 juried Canadian artists will be presenting their work. Admission fees and art sale commissions will go to community charities. Below is a poster of the door prize painting by Darlene Kulig who recommended me to the organizers. I will be showing and selling a great selection of work including very new pieces. Mountains, Meadows, and More!

Check out my Available Works Gallery. Is there  a painting you'd particularly like to see at the show? Then send me a message and I will be sure to bring it along.

 If you've been wanting to see my work in person, this is a great way to do that. 

Saturday April 7th at Kingsway Lambton United Church in Toronto from 10 am -4 pm. $10 admission.

 

(posted on 14 Feb 2018)

The pages are flying off the calendar even though we are in the dead of winter.  Today the sun even shone!

I've just updated the galleries on the website with several new paintings that are expected to go to the Kingsway Lambton Art Show in Etobicoke on April 7. Another painting is on the easel, not quite finished. I have used psychological power in a couple of these paintings to create focal points.

Psychological power in a painting is a focal point based on a person, a face, an animal/bird, a building, a machine i.e. really anything to do with human life. The size of the psychological item is important. It may unintentionally overwhelm the painting if it is large. We can't get our eyes to look anywhere else. A large figure in a painting will make the painting about the figure. The figure is not just a minor accessory. It demands our attention.  A medium size figure in a painting is still very dominating but that may not be what the artist has in mind as far as controlling the viewer's visual experience. 

In Claude Monet's paintings,  that are about the figure-- e.g. Woman with a Parasol-- the people are large figures.  The Cliff Walk at Pourville is about the landscape and the people are very small.  There don't seem to be  many in-between middle size figures in his paintings because we find the figure so visually compelling. He has decided what the painting is about.

All this to say, I am working on 2 paintings with a bluebird sitting on a branch. It must have been breeding day as the little bluebird was in his most spectacular plumage that day. Because I don't want the bluebird to dominate the painting, he is  small. Even though his blue provides a colour intensity contrast as well as  a value(light/dark) contrast, he doesn't jump(or should I say fly?) out at you. He is a focal point but one of 3 focal points. I hoped to allow your eye to move around the entire painting enjoying the colours, textures, and shapes and not get stuck on the bluebird. 

How do you think it works for you? Let me know in the Contact page.

Bluebird in June 12"x36"

P.s. The EAG Highlights 2018 exhibition is currently showing 2 of my paintings at Neilson Park Creative Centre in Etobicoke-- Western Skies and No Passing

My huge week! 3 paintings sold AND I  received news this afternoon that I was elected yesterday to membership in the Ontario Society of Artists . I can now put OSA after my name!  The membership roster is SO impressive -- including Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven and Doris McCarthy! I can hardly breathe!!

This is a portion of  the letter of acceptance and congratulations that I received: "The OSA has a long tradition, which began with its founding in 1872. We are Canada's oldest continuously operating artists' society. The OSA was instrumental in establishing major art institutions, such as the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts, the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Ontario College of Art. Among its offshoots are the Canadian Society of Graphic Art, the Sculptors' Society of Canada and the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour."  

I feel very honoured to belong in such a prestigious group of artists.

Thank you for your interest!

shown below --New diptych -- The Birches and the Redbud.          Cheryl Bailey, OSA     :D

 

(posted on 17 Jan 2018)

Lately I visit the Rockies in Alberta or British Columbia more often. Bad weather sometimes socks them in with low clouds and there's nothing much to see. Then the clouds lift and it's like a star has stepped out onto the stage to entertain  just for me!

There's nothing like a sunny day in the mountains to bring on the oohs and aaahs. A special treat I hope all Canadians will experience at some time in their lives. Is there anywhere else where so many photos are taken? The splendour of it all!

I love to paint the mountains. Now that I am a somewhat regular visitor to our Rockies, I am getting the feel of the mountains and can attempt to pass on the immensity in my paintings. Here's the previous version of Mount Edith Cavell which sold to a buyer on Artbombdaily.com 

The newest abstraction/simplificaton is below. Mount Edith Cavell On Stage

 

Well, not everything is fresh!   Today I am getting started on a larger version of a successful small painting that I did in November.  I'm not sure yet how similar this painting will be to the small one and when I say 'successful', I mean it works very well. Everything about the painting works- the composition, the colour, lines and shapes all just feel right. 

This  previously loved idea with fresh paint and canvas will ramp up my restart after the Christmas break  in preparation  for the Kingsway-Lambton Art Show on April 7th in Toronto. All winter, I'll be painting spring! with a few mountains thrown in for variety.

The painting:

There is a birch tree in close proximity to the redbud. Both trees are native to Ontario but the redbud is an understory tree. The redbud in bloom is quite magical as magenta popcorn blossoms poke through the bark  all along the the branches. In 2016, our young redbud suffered a large broken limb in the a spectacular March ice storm. When discovered, I propped up the limb with a strong crutch shaped branch from a poplar and tied the break with a makeshift cloth bandage. Surprisingly, in the spring of 2017, the broken limb was blooming, as beautifully as ever.  

When the magenta redbud blossoms glow against the shadowed areas further down the hill and the morning sun rises warmly in view, Spring is in full swing!

The original 8x8 is shown on the blog post two below this one. Here are the original views I began with:

 

Just received word that our group exhibition Progressions VII is now hanging at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinberg Ontario. This would be a thrill for any artist-  and I am no exception! The education department at McMichael in cooperation with Fleming College Haliburton School of the Arts supports advanced artists  as, for the seventh year in a row, these  artists are exhibiting their 12x16 inch landscapes. I don't have a closing date at the moment but the show is expected to be up for 3 months in total- so probably at least 2 more months.  I hope you can take it in.

The paintings were all painted in the Pine Cottage at the McMichael in September. My piece is Indian Paintbrush at Mount Robson.   Red indian paintbrush, a plant native to Canada, was blooming in August in the meadow in front of the mountain. So beautiful. We didn't even have to climb up to see this meadow, it was right beside the road. This was a fun composition for me, resulting in several versions of the painting- a là Lawren Harris who often painted a scene several times.

The McMichael is an iconic art gallery in Canada with a very large collection of Canadian paintings particularly the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson.  Definitely worth a trip. Current exhibitions - all fantastic - include :

The Group of Seven- Director's Cut (opening Dec 9)

The Group of Seven Guitar Project (which is wonderful- Linda Manzer, luthier,  went to my high school!)

Alex Janvier

Annie Pootoogook: Cutting Ice

Check out the website at www.mcmichael.com

Visiting hours Tues - Sun 10am-4 pm -- note that the gallery is not open in the evening. Not sure why.

ENJOY!

Indian Paintbrush at Mount Robson

 

(posted on 29 Nov 2017)

Away From Home

It's been nearly a month since we've been home. We're catching all the rays of  sunshine  we can in Florida, stocking up for winter in Canada where the sun is still getting lower in the sky. 

Two small paintings are ready for critique on Tuesday. It's the last chance with my mentor until he comes back from his trip away from the Canadian winter. They are shown below.

When I'm down south here, I set up a mini mini studio at the bar counter in the condo. I have a mini palette with my mini bottles of paint, and my mini canvases. Since I'm a pretty tidy painter, it works without creating a mess of drips and splotches of paint on anything. 

It's probably good exercise to do small paintings now and then but I am happier on the bigger canvases on the big easel. 

 Winter has not yet begun but I have started THINKING SPRING!  I have been invited to participate in a  prestigious fundraising show called the Kingsway-Lambton Art Show in Toronto. It will be happening on April 7 for one big day. If you are in the Toronto area, it would be great to see you there! More details will appear later in the winter.

One painting is still in progress but here are the other 2 paintings I've done in Florida with the spring show in mind:

The Birch and the Redbud 8x8

 

 

Spring Forest Floor 12x12                

 

 

 

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