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April 16th

Beautiful day here in David,s village 700 people on a mountain top!  We are going to Caussade to do some shopping.  We again triedd to upload pictures with no luck.  Perhaps, I cqn get some on here after I am in Italy at Ozu Culturql Centre.

Love Laara

 

STILL HOPING TO ADD PHOTOS SOON:  THURSDAY GOING TO TOULOUSE TO VISIT WITH DIDIER!  FLYING TO ROME ON FRIDAY AND PAOLA FROM OZU CULTURAL CENTRE IS PICKING ME UP!  LOVE TO ALL Laara

Tuesday, April15th

Hello my Friends

Right now, I am happily staying at David Marshall’s home in Puylaroque, France.  He is a very good friend and a wonderful host.  We toured the countryside yesterday, visiting Saint Antonin – Noble – Val, a village where we had wonderful ice cream, Abbey de Beaulieu, a beautiifully restored building and we also spent time at the castle Cornusson.

 

I am trying to add pictures but the uploading is very slow today.  So instead for now,here is a description of David`s home.  It is over 300 years old and has gorgeous large original stones on the walls both inside and out,  There are four stories with hand carved stairs and raili.  The floors are planks and tiles.  each windowhas full wooden shutters that are closed at nigh;  The lqrge kitchen is filled with spices and hanging cooking utensils.

 

David`s art collection of large contemporary canvases have a perfect location against these vast stone walls creating an eclectic and comfortable space.  I am truly enjoying every moment.

 

I WILL TRY TO ADD PHOTOS SOON

 

 

PS I AM DRAWING YAY

 

Love and Light to All

Sincerely

Laara WiliamSen

International professional painter

EMAIL laarawilliamsen@gmail.com  NEW ADDRESS

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hello to all of my dear friends and Linked in members!

About 3 weeks ago my computer crashed! Totally! I am not able to access my laara63@gmail.com account due to the fact that I have forgotten both my password and my recovery account password.

I have telephoned some of you to let you know that I am alright. Finally, I realize I can do this wonderful post and it will reach many of you who care about me!

My son, JP will be getting me a new computer and also trying to rescue my hard drive but this will not happen until May!

The reason for this is because I am going to fly to France and then to Italy to visit friends and stay at Ozu Cultural Centre again! I leave on Monday. Hopefully, I can use my buddy David’s computer and do a blog about my travels while I am away!

Here is a new email address for you to use to reach me!

laarawilliamsen@gmail.com

Sending you all lots of Love and Light

Sincerely
Laara WilliamSen
International professional painter
and Bossy Angel to some!
Vancouver, B.C., Canada


GOOD VIBRATIONS

I am so happy to share the news that my student and good friend, Doris Anderson, Canadian Abstract Painter of Surrey, B.C., is participating in the “Good Vibrations: Music and Dance in Visual Arts group exhibition” opening on March 8th. This is just one of the original acrylics that Doris Anderson will have on exhibit!

GOOD VIBRATIONS Original Acrylic 18 x 24 inches by Doris Anderson (c) Copyrighted 2013 All Rights Reserved NFS

GOOD VIBRATIONS Original Acrylic 18 x 24 inches by Doris Anderson (c) Copyrighted 2013 All Rights Reserved NFS

Here is the invitation with all the details!

img001The vibrant art work featured in the invitation is “Quartet” by Catherine Robertson, artist!  Thanks to Semiahmoo Arts Community for hosting this in White Rock, “Our City by the Sea.”

FREEDOM Original Acrylic NFS held in private collection in Canada (c) Copyrighted 2013 All Rights Reserved

FREEDOM Original Acrylic NFS held in private collection in Canada (c) Copyrighted 2013 All Rights Reserved

DORIS ANDERSON’S “joy de vive” is evident in each new art work. She works quickly and intuitively, choosing harmonious colours and contrasting tones. She makes various marks on the canvas including drawing back into the paint to reveal the undercoat. Each painting contains progressive layers which may impact the viewer with a sense of the splendour of musical rhythms or of a natural energetic vitality. This combination of accomplished artistic technique and mastery of dynamic content is the essence of Doris Anderson’s authentic art language. Her confident paintings are truly an emissary for dynamic visual journeys.

Her education includes private tutorial with Laara WilliamSen, International professional painter from 2012 to present, Concordia University, part time studies from 1969 to 1972 and full time Dedicated Art Classes at Dunton High School in Montreal from 1966 to 1969.  She has also spent time developing her knowledge of contemporary and modern art by visiting several Museums in the past years.

Doris Anderson at the Tate Modern in London, U.K. 2013

Doris Anderson at the Tate Modern in London, U.K. 2013

 

She has exhibited in three International Group Exhibitions;

“MEMORY” Richmond Art Gallery 2nd Biannual International Mail Art Exhibition from November 17, 2013 to January 6, 2014 at 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, B.C., Canada,

“PEACE PROJECT 2013 Love, Peace and Understanding”, California, U.S.A. and on line at http://www.thewhole9.com/thepeaceproject-full.php?id=2744 and at the

“BIURO PRONCJI KULTURY,” Project Smiles, Gdansk, Poland in 2013.

Her artworks are in the gallery at The Whole 9 http://www.thewhole9.com/dorisanderson/#/0|1/ based in California, U.S.A. and in the gallery at My Art Channel, Burnaby, B.C., Canada http://dorisanderson.myartchannel.com/portfolio/prints/21839-selflessness In 2013 Doris Anderson’s art work was accepted into the PERMANENT COLLECTION of Biuro Proncji Kultury, Gdansk, Poland and she has private collectors of her paintings in Canada and Australia.

For more information or to schedule an appointment to view her art works in her studio please email doristhelovely@hotmail.com

Thank you for supporting Doris Anderson by reading this article and if you enjoyed it please share it on Twitter, Facebook, Linked in or wherever else you like!

Sending all of my friends lots of Love and Hugs,

Laara WilliamSen

International professional painter,

Vancouver, B.C., Canada


Peace, Love and Undersstanding Original Acrylic, 12 x 14 inches by Laara WilliamSen 2013 (c) Copyrighted,

Peace, Love and Understanding PEACE PROJECT EXHIBITION 2013 Original Acrylic, 12 x 14 inches by Laara WilliamSen 2013 (c) Copyrighted,

Thank you to all of my family members, to my wonderful friends on Linked in and to the friends I have in my everyday life!  You all make my days complete!  Without you I would not have the Love, Joy and Peace, that I experience in my life!

Early on, My Grandmother MacNaughton taught me to have Faith, Hope and Charity and she always told me that the greatest of these three is Charity!

Faith means to me never giving up and knowing that somehow we are all connected; one song, one breath, one heartbeat!

Hope is the essence of believing in miracles, knowing that the best will come.  It just has to!

Charity is sharing what I have with the world, freely, with a good feeling of doing the right thing!

I want you to know that I can’t keep this up every moment of every day!  But all throughout my life, during difficult times, circumstances have flipped around in my favor.  I just keep remembering to take it a day at a time and that things do change.  I am very, very lucky.  And I am very fortunate to have my family and to have met so many wonderful friends on Linked in, around the world and for the all of the amazing friends I have in my everyday life!

Thank you so much all of you!  I send you each of you my wish for you to have lots of  LOVE, JOY AND PEACE now and in 2014!

Sincerely

Laara WilliamSen

International professional painter

Vancouver, B.C., Canada


Meet the Artist Party – Portfolio works

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Meet the Artist Party - Portfolio works by Laara WilliamSen

Sun Nov 17 2013 at 01:00 pm Add to calendar

Venue : Good Day Sunshine Cafe (No admission fee),

#100-2950 King George Blvd. (enter Save on Lot from 152nd St.,

Cafe is located behind Staples), Surrey, B.C., Canada

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Meet the Artist Party - Portfolio works by Laara WilliamSen

BANFF MOUNTAINS Original, framed, 16 x 20 inches, Pastels by Laara WilliamSen (C) 2010 Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

Price – $125.00 plus shipping or pick up at Good Day Sunshine Cafe after Nov. 2nd, 2013.

Come and join Laara WilliamSen, local Fraser Valley artist with an international reputation

on Sunday, November 17th between 1 and 4pm at the Good Day Sunshine Cafe!

She is offering her unframed portfolio drawings, watercolors and pastels at the

`Meet the Artist Party` for as little as $25.00 and up.

Or drop in throughout the month of November

to select your original artwork at stunningly low prices!

The full exhibition of her framed `Small Art Works`

(sized 9 x14 inches to 20 x 24 inches)

is opening on November 2nd and runs to November 30th

at the Good Day Sunshine Cafe, 100 – 2950 King George Blvd.,Surrey, B.C. CANADA

She is pricing her framed `Small Art Works` from $50.00 to $150.00.

Laara WilliamSen`s art works are held in collections in Canada, the U.S.A., Mexico, the United Kingdom, Germany, Poland, France, Italy, Thailand, China and Australia and in Permanent Collections at the Paul Getty III Foundation, Siena Art Institute, Italy, the Boston Art Library and the Biuro Pronocji Kultury, Gdansk, Poland.

For more information email laara63(a)gmail.com or call 604 560 4269 (leave a message)

or call the Good Day Sunshine Cafe at 604 560 5518.

Hope to see you there!

Sincerely

Laara WilliamSen, International (and local Fraser Valley) professional painter


I am very pleased to have my Interview with Sunil Vilas of Globalization ICAS featured in Art and Beyond magazine for the months of September and October 2013!

These are the images that are in the article.

THE ELEMENTS - Water, Original Acrylic painting by Laara WilliamSen, (c) 2013 Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

THE ELEMENTS – Water, Original Acrylic painting by Laara WilliamSen, (c) 2013 Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

To view Art and Beyond virtual magazine please use this link and click on the cover of the magazine:
http://www.artandbeyondpublications.com/online_mag/2013/09/septemberoctober-2013/

THE ELEMENTS - Earth, Original Acrylic painting by Laara WilliamSen, (c) 2013 Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

THE ELEMENTS – Earth, Original Acrylic painting by Laara WilliamSen, (c) 2013 Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

THE ELEMENTS - Fire, Original Acrylic painting by Laara WilliamSen, (c) 2013 Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

THE ELEMENTS – Fire, Original Acrylic painting by Laara WilliamSen, (c) 2013 Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

If you wish, you may purchase this issue as a printed version at
http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/627396?__r=220313

Thanks again for all your support, my friends!

Sending you lots of Love and Light

Laara WilliamSen

International professional painter

Vancouver, B.C. Canada

http://ca.linkedin.com/in/laarawilliamsen

Ps. If you like this article please share on twitter, facebook or where ever else you wish to!


Peace, Love and Undersstanding Original Acrylic, 12 x 14 inches by Laara WilliamSen 2013 (c) Copyrighted,

Peace, Love and Undersstanding Original Acrylic, 12 x 14 inches by Laara WilliamSen 2013 (c) Copyrighted,

Hello my friends!  I am really happy because my art work was selected as part of the 165 visions of Peace that will travel with The Peace Project Exhibit!  I am very honored to know that my art work will help to create peace.  The sales from all artworks are used to make a better world though the Peace Projects for those who are less fortunate in Sierra Leone and the USA!

Here are the dates for for the touring exhibition where a print of my art work can be purchased and all proceeds are then donated to The Peace Project 2013 Peace, Love and Understanding!
  • September 21st & 22nd – Affair of the Arts, Culver City, CA
  • October 5th – Art Zone 461, San Francisco, CA
  • October 12th – 29 Pieces, Dallas, TX
  • Thursday, November 7th — Evening Reception, Landmark Arts Building, Chelsea, NY
  • Saturday, November 9th — Open House, Landmark Arts Building, Chelsea, NY
  • November 23rd – The Whole 9 Gallery, Culver City, CA

You can also visit my art work online and make a purchase there which again is 100% donation to help the Peace Project 2013!  http://www.thewhole9.com/thepeaceproject-full.php?id=2567

Sending you all lots of Love and Light

Laara WilliamSen

International professional painter

Vancouver, B.C.

CANADA

http://ca.linkedin.com/in/laarawilliamsen


This year thewhole9.com is calling for artists to join their Peace Project –

“PEACE, LOVE & UNDERSTANDING.”

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Please have a look at the information above and check it out!  This is really for a good cause and I have been a part of their Peace Project for the past three years!  It is a wonderful way to share your art and also help create a better world!

Visit

http://www.thewhole9.com/thepeaceproject-home.php

to join!

Very best wishes to all of my friends!

Laara WilliamSen

International professional painter

Vancouver, B.C., Canada


I love Italy!  Great people!  Great food!  And a HUGE STUDIO on a mountaintop!

Paola, the coordinator for the Ozu Cultural Centre http://www.ozu.it is a wonderful host and immediately, I felt comfortable and welcome at Ozu!

On arrival, I was shown throughout the Ozu Cultural Centre and into a huge studio at least 35 feet by 60 feet with 25 foot ceilings which immediately stirred my creativity!  They had the wall already set up for my painting that I had requested and also the huge table with plastic for spreading out my paints on was all set to go!

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The Studio at Ozu Cultural Centre, Monteleone, Sabine, Italy!

In that moment, I felt truly joyful and knew that I would have many quiet hours of painting in the studio.  That first day Paolo took me to a wonderful art store and I bought a large roll of primed canvas.  The next day I measured and cut the canvas and then I painted! And painted!  And painted!

Altogether, I completed twelve 18 x 36 inch paintings and eight 24 x 36 inch paintings.  I used acrylics so they would dry quickly.  I managed to keep the texture of the paint minimal so that when I rolled them to bring them back to Canada they would not crack.  And that is a major change for me as in the past I always have enjoyed making the artworks quite thick and textured.

13 ELEMENTS - Earth Original acrylic 24 x 36 inches by Laara WilliamSen April 2013

ELEMENTS – Earth Original painting 24 x 36 inches by Laara WilliamSen (c) Copyrighted 2013 All Rights Reserved

I decided to depict the Elements;  painting Earth, Fire, Water and Air!

ELEMENTS - Fire Original acrylic painting 18 x 24 inches by Laara WilliamSen (c) Copyrighted 2013 All Rights Reserved

ELEMENTS – Fire Original acrylic painting 18 x 24 inches by Laara WilliamSen (c) Copyrighted 2013 All Rights Reserved

3 ELEMENTS - Earth Original acrylic 18 x 24 inches by Laara WilliamSen April 2013

ELEMENTS – Earth Original acrylic painting 18 x 24 inches by Laara WilliamSen (c) Copyrighted 2013 All Rights Reserved

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In retrospect, I believe that being on the mountain top, feeling the strength of the ancient earth, being surrounded by nature just beginning to bloom into Spring really served to ground me.

ELEMENTS - Earth 2 Original acrylic painting 18 x 36 inches by Laara WilliamSen (c) Copyrighted 2013 All Rights Reserved

ELEMENTS – Earth 2 Original acrylic painting 18 x 36 inches by Laara WilliamSen (c) Copyrighted 2013 All Rights Reser

ELEMENTS - Fire 2 Original acrylic painting 18 x 36 inches by Laara WilliamSen (c) Copyrighted 2013 All Rights Reserved

ELEMENTS – Fire 2 Original acrylic painting 18 x 36 inches by Laara WilliamSen (c) Copyrighted 2013 All Rights Reserved

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The Water paintings that I completed may be a separate series that is more related to my experience of the West Coast.

ELEMENTS - Water Original acrylic painting 18 x 36 inches by Laara WilliamSen (c) Copyrighted 2013 All Rights Reserved

ELEMENTS – Water Original acrylic painting 18 x 36 inches by Laara WilliamSen (c) Copyrighted 2013 All Rights Reserved

ELEMENTS - Water Original acrylic 18 x 24 inches by Laara WilliamSen April 2013 4

ELEMENTS – Water 2 Original acrylic painting 18 x 36 inches by Laara WilliamSen (c) Copyrighted 2013 All Rights Reserved

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The Earth and Fire are Italy!

ELEMENTS - Fire 16 Original acrylic painting 24 x 36 inches by Laara WilliamSen (c) Copyrighted 2013 All Rights Reserved

ELEMENTS – Fire 16 Original acrylic painting 24 x 36 inches by Laara WilliamSen (c) Copyrighted 2013 All Rights Reserved

10 ELEMENTS - Earth Original Acrylic 18 x 24 inches by Laara WilliamSen April 2013

ELEMENTS – Earth 10 Original acrylic painting 18 x 36 inches by Laara WilliamSen (c) Copyrighted 2013 All Rights Reserved

Completing this series of paintings has definitely shifted my art language; the way that I make marks on the canvas and the overall composition.

I was hoping for this and I am so pleased to have  experienced doing this many paintings all at once so that I can view them objectively and strive for further change in the future.   I believe this is the key to my creative process; to continue to seek beyond the last movements and trust the changes flowing in.

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Every day, the most wonderful Italian food was prepared by both Paolo and her husband Enrico.  Artichoke Lasagna with Bechamel sauce!  Pesto and marvelous cheeses on Pasta!  Chicory and bean soup! And so much more.

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We shared our meals as a group and this was a wonderful time for visiting and hearing about what the others where doing.   Each meal Enrico would say to me, “some more Laara!” and of course I could not resist having seconds!  Between my painting and eating I napped on the big chesterfield in the living room, slept soundly in my comfy bed and rested in the sunshine!

I very much enjoyed the companionship of the other residents Kanwal and Lucia and the guy from Spain!  As well, my discussions with Giacomo, the resident sculptor, were totally inspiring.

It was a joy to meet my Linked in friend Kanwal Zafar in person and share studio space with her!

It was a joy to meet my Linked in friend Kanwal Zafar in person and share studio space with her!

Paolo and Enrico have a six year old boy, Ettore who was just delightful and Allesandro, the resident writer, provided us all with much humor and laughter!

On the 20th of April, we had a great party – open studio and I met many wonderful people from Rome and the local area.  I was so pleased with the positive feedback about my paintings from everyone.

I believe that it is rare to find an artist residency that combines the freedom of

no set schedules for studio use – just paint whenever you wish to,

the location in the countryside – fresh air and spring blossoms

absolutely awesome, delicious authentic cuisine!

and most of all the friendship of those who operate Ozu and create a  happy sense of belonging for all who visit!

Thank you so much to my new Italian friends!  I will be definitely be returning to Italy and to the Ozu Cultural Centre next Spring!


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I hope to see you there on the 20th of April!!

OZU Associazionne Officini Zone Umane ONLUS

Largo Moriconal, 02033 Montelieone, Sabina, Riecti 0765885027 or 3480044789

http://www.ozu.it

Thank you to all of my good friends in Italy, around the world and at home!

Sincerely

Laara WilliamSen

International professional painter

Home town: Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Visiting Italy til 21st April, 2013

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