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Society of Canadian Artists 51st International Juried Exhibition

July 19, 2019

“No Matter, Fail Again, Fail Better”, 30×30″ Oil on Panel

The Society of Canadian Artists 51st International Juried Exhibition is opening 7-9pm, this Thursday, August 1st at the Papermill Gallery, Todmorden Mill Heritage Site, Toronto. The show will be up until August 26th.

I’m pleased to say, I have two pieces accepted in the show. This Irish landscape, titled after a Samuel Beckett quote that I might get tattoed on my chest, as well as one of my typewriters from the other day.

It’s exciting news for me, to be juried into the show AND elected as a member of the society – especially after only a few years of painting in oil. (They accept artists in all media, but I didn’t show them any watercolors :)

We’ll be at the opening thursday night, if anyone is attending please come say hello!


9 Comments leave one →
  1. mlaiuppa permalink
    July 19, 2019 8:18 PM

    Congratulations. I really like the Irish Landscape. Thanks for identifying the title. I’m not that familiar with Samuel Beckett. I liked your typewriters as well. I may be dating myself by I learned to type on a similar Royal during the summer prior to the 8th grade. My Dad made me. But learning to type was the best thing I could have done. I’m sure it improved my grades in High School as I was one fo the few students handing in typed rather than written papers (no computers back then) and it got me summer work all the way through high school, college and into my teaching career. I supported myself summers filling the wage gap until I finished my masters and finally earned enough to live on year round.

    I remember that Royal. If I typed too fast the keys would jam. Occasionally, in the hot classroom, my sweaty fingers would slip and get caught between the keys. I bought an electric Smith Corona in high school but could soon out-type that too. It wasn’t until computers had been out and upgraded for years that they could finally keep up with my typing speed. Yeah, that really dates me. Probably why I have a fondness for those old typewriters. Mine was similar to the fourth one pictured, with the splash of blood, I mean, red. I really enjoyed what you did with those paintings.

    • July 21, 2019 12:25 PM

      I’ve typed on one of these old one my Aunt owned – getting your fingers caught is the worst !!! :) Thanks for the great story. ~m

  2. Bernadette permalink
    July 19, 2019 9:24 PM

    Especially love the greens of the Irish landscape. Sure does not look like a failed piece to me! Your work is exquisite no matter the media. Liked your typewriters too.

    • July 20, 2019 10:51 AM

      Well, I agree :) Not failed, but failed better – as I can still see a better painting in the future :) But this one is pretty good. I scraped it down and built it up many a time in its gestation process. So the quote stuck to me :)

  3. July 20, 2019 7:14 AM

    Congretulations !

  4. Hélène Wermenlinger permalink
    July 20, 2019 10:21 AM

    Congratulations ! Very happy for you. I am a fan of your sketches and watercolours and I must say that your paintings are very interesting and deserves to be chosen for this show . I love your abstract work as well.

  5. Jean permalink
    July 20, 2019 1:28 PM

    Congratulations! Your oil painting of the Irish landscape is beautiful. The Beckett quote is one I didn’t know but will remember now.

  6. July 20, 2019 6:45 PM

    Wow!!! Just, congratulations on wonderful paintings!!!!!!

  7. May 14, 2023 12:48 PM

    This was lovely too read

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