Yes, I usually post these as Wordless Wednesday posts, but I felt like posting it today because the video just came out. Also, I wasn’t sure that all of you know what the heck a Gorilla House is, anyway?
So, Gorilla House is this awesome place in Calgary that’s part gallery, part studio, all fun. Every Wednesday night at 7pm, there is a live art “battle”. I’m finger-quoting here because the only battle really taking place is within myself, to see if I can complete a painting (actually, I have always made two each time) in the two hour limit.
A wheel is spun at the beginning of the evening, and three very random pieces of inspiration are chosen. I don’t rely heavily on the inspiration, but let it gently speak to me. Honestly, sometimes I flat-out ignore it.
During the evening, people can stop in and watch art being made, which looks like fun, but I’ve never attended as a viewer! At the end of the two hours, all the art is auctioned off! The proceeds are split between the artist and the gallery.
Before arriving, I had these two canvases prepped, using leftover paint from my studio time. It makes the painting so much less stressful when there’s already a first layer!
Gorilla House wouldn’t be the same without my painting-partner, Kathleen Moors. She’s awesome, and we always stick together!
Here’s how my paintings ended up. I was pretty worried that one of them wouldn’t quite work out, but in the last 20 minutes, something magical happened, and I love them both.
My wonderful neighbour, Barb, attended Gorilla House for the first time last week, and she purchased both of my paintings! For the funny story about how we met, click here!
I purchased my second Kath original during the night! Woo hoo!
Finally, here is the video from the art battle. There is lots of footage of Kath and I dancing our butts off, so have fun laughing!
I had every intention of posting this two weeks ago, to give you a chance to go see the $100 Show at the Gorilla House! Somehow I forgot, so here I am telling you about it after the fact!
Everything at the Gorilla House was $100, hence the name of the show (duh). A few weeks ago, during one of the live art battles, a woman approached me and said she was interested in purchasing several of my painting. How exciting! She ended up buying four of them – yay!! I always get excited when other people enjoy my work and want to look at it every day! What a wonderful thing!
Since I didn’t post this when I intended to, I will hold a mini-auction, with a minimum bid of $100, for the painting below, on my Facebook page. Just “like” my Facebook page and put your bid in the comments!
Today I would like to express my gratitude for the event that was put on by my wonderful friend, Lucinda, on December 21, 2012, at the Bowness Community Hall. It was a beautiful night, full of storytelling, singing, chanting, drumming, dancing, laughing, playing and painting! The event raised $6000 for two charities: Mindfulness Without Borders and an organization offering a therapeutic arts program run by the Alberta Children’s Hospital.
During the night, I painted on a canvas which was later given to one lucky raffle ticket winner. I also had a table with my magnets, cards, pins, and paintings for sale. I met so many wonderful people that night, had lots of great chats about painting and creating, and especially enjoyed the company of the children (I was located near the children’s areas!)
Lucinda is planning an even larger event for June; I’m looking forward to it!
No, the world isn’t ending, so come celebrate the beginning of the rest of your life, tonight at this great event! I will be painting during the evening, and the painting will be a raffle prize! I will also have my magnets, cards and some paintings available for purchase, including these:
I hope to see you there! And if I haven’t met you yet, please feel free to talk to me while I am painting – don’t be shy!!!
Here’s a video describing the evening’s events! Children are warmly welcomed!