Muses from the artistic world of Sonia Mocnik
December 19,2015
Updating my CV

Constant work, that's what I'm saying right now to my partner...He responds " You Love It!...You Love It!  hmmmmm...

Its time to up the anti and get going with videos on line, instructive course work, etc. etc., and I was just trying to get my CV updated to try to get an opportunity to teach a watercolor course on a cruise ship.

Then, I found out the Vancouver Sketch Club's submission to the Deer Lake Gallery as a Group Exhibition was accepted!  Now we need updated CVs for the show and 100 word essay on what inspires us.  I'm not sure that is for each artist or our group as a whole.

I was just accepted into a group show with a catalogue production for Fabriano in Aquarello that will go to Fabriano Italy in the spring.  I have to submit the piece for the show and have it properly matted and backed and then also pay the entrance fee and shipping costs.  Everything is a new process for me including how to ensure the photo of the painting is the right dpi number!!

It is exciting and at the same time daunting, but then I look at my great Artist Friends Carol McQuaid, Jan Poynter, Edna Bardell, Alfonso Tejada, the Men in Hats, and so many others that I haven't even mentioned and more that I see everyday on facebook and twitter and instagram ....they inspire me, they challenge me and they foster an idea of how great Art and all the aspects of Art and Visual Art really are!

So, even though all the business side of Art feels like a lot of work, the creative side says - it is worth it, even if it takes extra hours adding to the blog or working on the CV.  

I looked back over my blog from the last year and a half and I'm really happy I've been doing it - its a great reminder of fun times and interesting times!  Now I just remembered I promised my clients a news letter .... better get working on that too!!!!



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December 15,2015
Working with a full sheet of watercolor paper

I have avoided trying full sheets of watercolor only because I have to have the space to work with the larger pieces.  I have bought Arches paper as well as Fabriano paper.  However, I had it all stored away and have continued to work on either a half sheet or close to with Canson.

I loved a picture I took of Telacapaque, a district in Guadalajara, Mexico.  The colorful scene with bunting, tourists, vendors with all sorts of wares and great art (visual and other types) and great architecture is wonderful.  I painted a small piece to display at the last show with the Lake Chapala Painting Guild.  However, I wasn't happy with the outcome.  I had too many things incorrectly positioned and needed to calm the piece down a bit.

So, I decided to try the large piece of paper and see what it could do with this lovely scene I wanted to paint.  It was daunting because completing the washes had to be done flat; improvising my kitchen counter and utilizing a quilting mat for a backing.  However, daunting as it was, slowly as the piece started to come together, I was quite happy with the results.  

After having painted the first small piece, then redrawing the piece with better perspective, then working out the colors that I wanted to use for the larger areas, I finally set to the task.  The building and its shadows were difficult enough.  I kept retracing my steps and looking at the original photograph on my tablet to see what I missed, what I didn't capture before, what I missinterpreted.

After almost a week, the painting came to life.  I think I will still be able to tweak it with more shadows or adding a little more color to the bunting.  However, I'm happy with the addition of people into the scene and how the building and shadows have appeared so far.  My arms are tired, especially my shoulders because it is not easy working in a big area without laying the piece down or moving it around to make different corners easier to access for detailed work.  However, as I try more pieces of this size, I'm sure I'll uncover some hidden secret to make it more comfortable to paint!



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December 04,2015
New show starting todayat the Creperie in Ajijic

November was much busier than expected and mostly with non art related activities.  It was terrific that the Ajijic Society of Arts were able to have the show "The Nature Of Mexico" go for an extra two weeks until November 20 allowing more art enthusiasts to enjoy the show.  There were many activiites centered in the Ajijic Square and it brought more attention to the show at the Cultural Center.  

I had an opportunity to meet a group of artists painting in Ajijic from Wisconscin.  They had a reception and invited local artists to come and see their work as well as bring a piece to show to the group.  Anita Lee was also present as was local artists Belva and Enrique Velazquez.  It was a wonderful evening of art and art material discussion as well as general chatter and fun!

PAINT OUT AJIJIC was a great success.  13 attendees enjoyed comraderie and fun as we painted for 3 hours and enjoyed the benefits of painting outside and near the "Creperie" and the Ajijic Malecon.  Weather for the event was perfect with cooler temperatures and a slight breeze ensuring all participants were not affected by too much sun!  40 people cast their votes for the People's Choice and I'm happy to say I was the popular vote for my painting "Orange Tree"!

Today, December 4th, the Guild is putting up a new exhibit at our regular location and they will have the show "Artful Reflections" up until January 2016.  17 artists will contribute work and I have chosen "Talacapaque" and "Gate Entrance" as my two pieces for the show. Opening this evening is from 4-6pm.

There is an opportunity to possibly be part of the Fabriano, Italy show in April, 2016 so I am busy trying to paint for the jury.  

Feliz Navidad!


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