Tag Archive: Painting



Hello to my friends around the world!

I hope that you are enjoying the Autumn weather and that all is well in your world!

GOOD NEWS!

The author Darlene Pagan has chosen my painting THE ELEMENTS Fire #6 for the cover of her latest book of poetry called ‘SETTING THE FIRES.’  Darlene is a very talented author and I am honored to have this painting serve such an eclectic purpose.    Below is a photograph of the cover! For a limited time you can visit http://www.airliepress.org to purchase “SETTING THE FIRES” at a prepublication price of $12.00.  You will have the ever expanding experience of discovery by purchasing this amazing poetry book!

 

SETTING THE FIRES Darlene Pagan www.airliepress.org cover painting Laara WilliamSen cover design Airlie Press (c) 2015 Copyrighted

SETTING THE FIRES Darlene Pagan http://www.airliepress.org cover painting Laara WilliamSen cover design Airlie Press (c) 2015 Copyrighted

 

 

REVIEWS OF “SETTING THE FIRES“ Poetry book by Darlene Pagen

 

“Oh, Darlene Pagan, where have you been all my reading life with your hard-hitting poems, your luminous words, your insights and mesmerizing cadences, your stories, your quirky visions, your lines so sharp and well-honed they glint like a knife edge as they cut through to the heart, your singular strategies with language, metaphor, with silences and syntax, your way of looking at the world? Here are poems I’ve been hungering to read, the poet I’ve been waiting to discover.”

  • JULIA ALVAREZ, author of Homecoming, The Woman I Kept to Myself, In the Time of the Butterflies.  

 

“A lively sensibility is at work and play in Setting the Fires.  Irreverent and fully American, these poems are crackling with irrepressible humor and an eye for the quirky detail.  I also admire their clear language and scopy of subject matter, from childhood to adulthood, from the personal to the political, they leave a record of a self wide awake to the world.“

  • DORIANNE LAUX, author of sThe Book of men, Facts About the Moon.

 

 

“In SETTING THE FIRES, by Darlene Pagan, fire is a literal combustion and a huger that claims both the natural world and the human heart.  Whether in the passion between lovers, the wonder of childhood, the threat of violence, or in the seed of inspiration, fire is an element of loss and destruction necessary for renewal and cleansing. 

Darlene Pagan is the auther of a chapbook of poems BLUE GHOSTS (Finishing Line Press 2011).  Her poems and essays have appeared in many journals, including Field Magazine, Calyx, Hiram Poetry Revoew and Literal Latte, and earned national awards and nominations for Pushcart Prizes and Best of the Net.  She teaches at Pacific University in Forest Grove Oregon.“Text above is copyrighted (c) 2015 by Airlie Press, Portland, Oregon.  Published with permission of the author, Darlene Pagan.

 

I highly recommend that you take a peek at the preview of SETTING THE FIRES and get your copy at prepublication price of $12.00 http://www.airliepress.org 

 

 

I send to you my very best wishes for rainy days with good soup, cosy nights with a good book, long walks in the autumn leaves and of course lots of Love and Light,

Sincerely

Laara WilliamSen

International professional painter

Vancouver, B.C., Canada

http://laarawilliamsen.yolasite.com/

 

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Love to my friends around the world, Sincerely, Laara WilliamSen, International professional painter, Vancouver, B.C., Canada


I AM SO HAPPY TO SHARE THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT

DORIS ANDERSON,

CANADIAN ABSTRACT PAINTER.

She is having her very first solo exhibition in May, 2015!

 

HELLO BABY GIRL Original acrylic 8 x 10 inches by Doris Anderson, Vancouver area, B.C., Canada doristheartist.wordpress.com  (c) 2014 Copyrighted All Rights Reserved SOLD 2014 Collector in Florida, USA

HELLO BABY GIRL Original acrylic 8 x 10 inches by Doris Anderson, Vancouver area, B.C., Canada doristheartist.wordpress.com (c) 2014 Copyrighted All Rights Reserved SOLD 2014 Collector in Florida, USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello, I hope to see you on May 24th!  Sincerely Doris

Invitation

 

to attend

 

“FREEDOM OF THE HEART”

 

a solo exhibition of original acrylics

 

by

 

DORIS ANDERSON

 

Canadian Abstract Painter

 

at

 

The Good Day Sunshine Café

2950 King George Blvd #100, South Surrey, BC Hours : Monday closed Tues – Friday  8-5 Saturday 9-5 Sunday10-4

 

May 2nd to May 31st, 2015

 

MEET THE ARTIST PARTY

May 24th, 2015

1pm to 4pm

 

For further information about this solo exhibition call 778 241 6926 

and to view more of her artworks please visit http://doristheartist.wordpress.com

 

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Thanks to all of my good friends around the world for having a look at Doris Anderson’s invitation!

 

I send you my very best wishes and I hope you are enjoying Spring.

 

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Sincerely

Laara WilliamSen

International professional painter

Vancouver, B.C. Canada

http://laarawilliamseninternationalprofessionalpainter.wordpress.com


ARTIST’S MESSAGE OF LOVE AND HOPE

Ashley Jackson, Canadian Painter

Ashley Jackson, Canadian Painter, Surrey, B.C., Canada

Ashley Jackson, Canadian Painter, Surrey, B.C., Canada

It is rare that we see a mature and successful transformation of the art materials in an emerging artist. However Ashley Jackson has achieved this and more!  Her passion, clarity of purpose, vision and flawless technique are definitely that of an authentic artist!

 

SOUL Original art work 24 x 36 inches by Ashley Jackson 2014 (c) Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

SOUL Original art work 24 x 36 inches by Ashley Jackson 2014 (c) Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

As a young five year old child, Ashley was drawing and finger painting. She remembers that she was always very attracted to colors. So even at this tender age, Ashley was confidently creating her own originals by changing a blue sky to purple or white flowers to pinks.  She knew from the beginning that she was entitled to her own creative process and she changed the forms and colors to her liking.

Ashley attended Springvale Primary School in Centurion, South Africa.   It felt right to her to stay within the lines as one teacher suggested and this was the early beginnings of her beautiful symbolic art works.

Ashley moved to South Surrey, B.C., Canada in 2001 and attended Semiahmoo Secondary School.  She excelled in her art classes and loved learning how to use various media such as pastels, pencils, acrylics and clay.  She found her teachers were very helpful.  Once again, in her teenage years, she began to incorporate certain symbols into her art works furthering the use of lines. She loved to do tribal work and drew many faces.  This education definitely contributed to her strength as an artist.

Her true foundation and education in art was accomplished during six years of private tutorial with Chris Lagalisse, Artist and  Art Educator.  Chris Lagalisse studied at Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  He has a Bachelor of Arts and Education Degree and is a licensed instructor.  Her private tutorials were at the Neighbourhood Art Studio in White Rock, B.C.  Chris Lagalisse’s creative guidance and critiques immensely assisted Ashley to gain true confidence in herself as an artist and to develop her own unique art language.

TRIBOLITE Original art work 20 x 30 inches by Ashley Jackson 2014 (c) Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

TRIBOLITE Original art work 20 x 30 inches by Ashley Jackson 2014 (c) Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

Working in her own studio she began to experiment by adding various materials to the acrylic paint such as sand, wood, or beads.  She now creates her works of art using totally archival materials.

When Ashley paints she feels electrified and explosive.  Her sense of physical space and time fades away.  She believes that she is that divinely guided and inspired.  She receives vibrational energies and visions that she recreates in her amazing art works.  Her clear use of line and symbols as well as mixed media has formed the basis of Ashley Jackson’s resolved works of art.

INDIGO Original artwork 16 x 20 inches by Ashley Jackson 2014 (c) Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

INDIGO Original artwork 16 x 20 inches by Ashley Jackson 2014 (c) Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

 

Ashley is very aware of all the challenges people face in their minds.  She experienced a difficult time of shadows and her faith has brought her into a place full of optimism and light. She adds,

“That is why I use rich, intense colors and exhilarating energy. Creation is larger than us. I know it’s not just me!  I am being guided to paint these messages of love and hope.  I really can see that.”

Her intention once she has completed an artwork is that this may become a message of love and hope.  She believes that people need to experience something beautiful.  Ashley says, “I am trying to reach the viewer’s soul and leave an imprint of Light, Love, Hope and any positive emotion that will help to shift their energy, even if only for a brief moment.”

LIFE Original artwork 16 x 20 inches by Ashley Jackson 2014 (c) Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

LIFE Original artwork 16 x 20 inches by Ashley Jackson 2014 (c) Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

She has completed several portrait commissions and among these paintings is a portrait of a young boy who died at the age of 13 years.  She was able to intuit his surroundings and paint these surroundings accurately which made his family and friends very happy.  When she paints a new portrait she likes to show the subject’s personal growth and those particular surroundings that have deep meaning to them.

Ashley exhibited at the Fleetwood Festival of the Arts,  Fleetwood 84th Ave Cafe, StreetFEST, Surrey,B.C. Canada August 3rd, 2014.  There she created a community painting with her words “Hope and Love” in the centre and she invited others to add their own thoughts. The title of the painting is “Community” and it is sized 24 inches x 36 inches.  This spontaneous interactive creation helped to strengthen the values of each individual who participated and of the whole community that viewed the art work!

Rick Hart President of Fleetwood Community Association with Ashley Jackson Canadian Painter COMMUNITY PAINTING 24 x 36 inches

Rick Hart President of Fleetwood Community Association with Ashley Jackson Canadian Painter COMMUNITY PAINTING 24 x 36 inches

She has also exhibited at the Arnold Mikelson Festival of the Arts, White Rock, B.C., Canada in July, 2013.  During October 2014, she did a collaborative art exhibition, “A Life in Spirit and Color,” featuring her artworks and the artworks of Kevin Jordan, Canadian Painter at the Mind and Matter Gallery, White Rock, B.C., Canada.

Ashley Jackson is an outstanding Canadian painter and she has artworks held in private collections in Canada, Australia, Japan and Africa.

Ashley Jackson Canadian Painter

Ashley Jackson Canadian Painter

 

 

For further information

or to purchase an original Ashley Jackson art work

please visit her Website www.ashleyoriginals.com 

or email her at ashley-jackson@outlook.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sincerely

Laara WilliamSen

International professional painter

Vancouver area, B.C., Canada


I am very happy to share the news of Sue Foerster and Lilian Ghazarian’s exhibition LOOKING THROUGH THE MIND’S CONSCIOUSNESS.  Please see the details below and visit the Aurora Public Library in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to see their art works before the closing on November 3rd, 2014!

 

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My cousin, Leah Seabrook, who is a very talented watercolor painter, invited me to come “up country” to Quesnel, B.C. and stay for ten days.

My cousin, Leah Seabrook, Canadian watercolor painter, Quesnel, B.C., Canada

My cousin, Leah Seabrook, Canadian watercolor painter, Quesnel, B.C., Canada

Peony in the Rain Original watercolor donated to International Art Cafe Auction for Charity, Flordia, USA by LEAH SEABROOK, Canadian painter, Quesnel, B.C., Canada 2014 (c) Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

Peony in the Rain Original watercolor donated to International Art Cafe Auction for Charity, Flordia, USA by LEAH SEABROOK, Canadian painter, Quesnel, B.C., Canada 2014 (c) Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

BRENDA GARDINER Canadian Craft Artist, Quesnel, B.C. and the creator of the INVITATIONS!

BRENDA GARDINER Canadian Craft Artist, Quesnel, B.C. and the creator of the INVITATIONS!

As soon as I arrived Leah said to me that we were going to pick up my invitations!  I said, “What invitations?”  And she replied, “To the Raptor Ridge Lawn Party next Sunday so that the Quesnel artists can come and get to know you!”  Brenda Gardiner, with a very big smile, had the invitations ready for pick up and I was so happy to meet her!  She is a joyful, caring person and also a very talented Crafter.

Later in the week, I visited Krista    studio and viewed her new series of large abstract art works that really tell the story of a soul’s journey.  While there, I also met two of her students.

After a day or two, we met her daughter Carla and Carla’s husband, Rick along with grandson Josh and great grandaughter Tina!  I was definitely feeling the joy of Leah’s life and that great Cariboo energy!

Another afternooon, Elizabeth Waldorf, the art coordinator of the Quesnel Art Gallery met with us and opened up the main gallery so that we could view the solo exhibit of Jim Savage.  Later, he invited me to meet him at the gallery and I was happy to critique his very dramatic landscape paintings.

I had a very enjoyable visit at the studio of Sybille Muschik who is an art educator, lithographer and painter.  Thursday I was invited to drop in to the painting group at the Quesnel Art Center where Sybille teachs and I met several of her students. I enjoyed viewing the student’s artwork and chatting with each of them.  Antoinette who arrived as I was about to leave gave me a gift of “Woad.”  These are seeds and when I plant them and they grow, I will be able to harvest a blue color; the same blue that the warriors of Scotland used to paint their faces!  Thank you so much Antoinette!

We went Quading on Leah’s property.  So much fun – up and down ravines, across fields and right over little trees!  I had forgotten how lush and green the landscape is around Quesnel.  As we toured her property on the Quad, I met two horses, saw the beautiful ponds and delighted in the sparkling yellow leaves against their white trunks nestled in between the evergreens.   I felt totally immersed in the beautiful Cariboo countryside!

 

SASA - Leah Seabrook's beautiful dog!

SASA – Leah Seabrook’s beautiful dog!

Sasa, Leah’s Anatolian Shepherd is a gentle, white, fluffy giant and she did a good job of barking to keep the old bear away from the apple tree.  Leah has a tread mill and a hot tub so I exercised and relaxed in the minerals that she puts into her hot tub.  The wild Shaggy Mane and Parasol mushrooms were up, so Leah would go and pick a bucket full and we had lots of stir fries with these absolutely delicious mushrooms!

One evening, a good friend of Leah’s, Shirley Lawlor invited us to her ranch and we had a bonfire.  I met more horses and had the most delicious fresh vegetables for dinner, prepared straight from Shirley’s garden.  It was a great time and I found a new friendship with Shirley!

 

 

 

 

BEAVER POND Original acrylic 30 x 60 inches Laara WilliamSen 2014 (c) Copyrighted All rights reserved  Collection of Leah Seabrook, Quesnel, B.C. Canada

BEAVER POND Original acrylic 30 x 60 inches Laara WilliamSen 2014 (c) Copyrighted All rights reserved Collection of Leah Seabrook, Quesnel, B.C. Canada

 

On Saturday the 19th of September, I painted a special canvas for Leah!  Although we had been planning an abstract, as I painted the work evolved into trees and a stream.  When she first viewed it she exclaimed, “It’s my beaver pond!”  I am so delighted that she is pleased with her painting!

I also met Pat Hartley.from Nazko, B.C. and learned that she lives on the shore of a small private lake, has amazing cats and is another extemely talented watercolorist!  I really enjoyed the time we spent with Pat and look forward to meeting up with her again!  Another new friend!

On Sunday, September 20th the artists and friends came in the afternoon and I really, really enjoyed the welcome and especially I enjoyed viewing all of their unique creations.

The visitors to Leah’s Raptor Ridge Lawn party donated food for the Salvation Army Food Bank and we collected two big baskets full!

Attending the Raptor Ridge Garden Party were

Betty Anne Russell and her grandaughter and Emily (Alston) Scholen,

 

EMILY ALSTON SCHOLEN Canadian painter, Quesnel, B.C., Canada

EMILY ALSTON SCHOLEN Canadian painter, Quesnel, B.C., Canada

Original Watercolor EMILY ALSTON SCHOLEN, Canadian Painter, Quesnel, B.C., Canada 2014 (c) Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

Original Watercolor EMILY ALSTON SCHOLEN, Canadian Painter, Quesnel, B.C., Canada 2014 (c) Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

 

Kasandra Bardell (from Vernon) and her sister Jan

KASANDRA BARDELL Canadian painter with one of her unique creations.  www.okanaganartistsofcanada.com

KASANDRA BARDELL Canadian painter with one of her unique creations. http://www.okanaganartistsofcanada.com

Crop of Original painting on Rice Paper KASANDRA BARDELLL, Canadian Painter, Vernon, B.C., Canada 2014 (c) Copyrighted All rights reserved

Crop of Original painting on Rice Paper KASANDRA BARDELLL, Canadian Painter, Vernon, B.C., Canada 2014 (c) Copyrighted All rights reserved

Ellen Facey

Maggy Ferguson-Domais

Pat Hartley and her mother Edna

Prints of original watercolors PAT HARTLEY, Canadian painter, Nazko, B.C., Canada 2014 (c) Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

Prints of original watercolors PAT HARTLEY, Canadian painter, Nazko, B.C., Canada 2014 (c) Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

Daniela Bodman

MOLOKAI Original acrylic 24 x 48 inches DANIELA BODMAN, Canadian painter, Quesnel, B.C., Canada 2014 (c) Copyrighted All rights reserved

MOLOKAI Original acrylic 24 x 48 inches DANIELA BODMAN, Canadian painter, Quesnel, B.C., Canada 2014 (c) Copyrighted All rights reserved

Elaine Ross

Judy Easy

Jude Pederson

JUDE PEDERSON Canadian Craft Artist, Quesnel, B.C., Canada

JUDE PEDERSON Canadian Craft Artist, Quesnel, B.C., Canada

Original Decoupage by JUDE PEDERSON, Canadian Craft Artist, Quesnel, B.C. Canada 2014 (c) Copyrighted All rights reserved

Original Decoupage by JUDE PEDERSON, Canadian Craft Artist, Quesnel, B.C. Canada 2014 (c) Copyrighted All rights reserved

Brenda Gardiner

Original Designs from found objects BRENDA GARDINER Canadian Craft Artist for more information -  fabulous58i@shaw.ca 2014 (c) Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

Original Designs from found objects BRENDA GARDINER Canadian Craft Artist for more information – fabulous58i@shaw.ca 2014 (c) Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

Honey Affleck

Jim Savage

The wife of Heinz J. Franzke (so sorry forgot to write down your first name!)

Original wooden crafts by HEINZ FRANZKE, Canadian wood crafter, Quesnel, B.C., Canada (c)2014  Copyrighted All rights reserved

Original wooden crafts by HEINZ FRANZKE, Canadian wood crafter, Quesnel, B.C., Canada (c)2014 Copyrighted All rights reserved

India Gordon, beautiful lady and another new friend!

 

india Gordon BEAUTIFUL LADY from Quesnel, B.C., Canada and another new friend!!!

india Gordon BEAUTIFUL LADY from Quesnel, B.C., Canada and another new friend!!!

Kevin Cougar and wife

and a wonderful guitar player.  I did not get your name as I was too busy singing with you!

SINGING WITH A WONDERFUL GUITAR PLAYER!!

SINGING WITH A WONDERFUL GUITAR PLAYER!!

 

and I apologize for the others who missed signing my book.   I also lost many pics due to camera problems when I was downloading but hope to take more next time!   It was a real pleasure to view the many paintings and crafts that you have done.  Quesnel is certainly abundant with a wealth of talent and creative experience!

RAPTOR RIDGE LAWN PARTY!

RAPTOR RIDGE LAWN PARTY!

Leah Seabrook's Garden with stream!

Leah Seabrook’s Garden with stream!

 

Leah has asked me to come back next Spring and I am so looking forward to another visit!  Thank you, Leah for making this visit such a special time for me and thank you to all of the fabulous artists and friends that I met for welcoming me!  I hope to see you again next Spring!  Until then….happy creating, ranching, crafting, cooking, eating….. and whatever else helps you to enjoy life!

 

Love and Light to all,

Sincerely

Laara WilliamSen

International professional painter

Vancouver, B.C. Canada

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

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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 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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Helloooooo!

YAY! GOOD NEWS!  This April, I am going to fly to Italy and stay at the Ozu Cultural Centre which is an old candy factory that has been refurbished and converted into artist studios and accommodations.

View from Ozu Cultural Centre, Prov. of Sabina, Italy

View from Ozu Cultural Centre, Prov. of Sabina, Italy

http://www.ozu.it/pagina_open.asp?id=5&lin=eng

Located about 30 miles east of Rome in the province of Sabina, Ozu Cultural Centre sits high upon a mountain top with amazing views of olive groves, distant valleys and rolling hills.  The nearest village of 1,000 residents, is Monteleone about 3 miles away from Ozu!

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Inside Ozu Cultural Center, there are bunk room style accommodations or  single rooms with a shared bathroom, a huge kitchen and dining area.  Meals are all prepared from fresh foods and we will share the cooking, clean up and of course we will all dine together!  I am very pleased that they will accommodate my vegetarian diet!

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There are three studios; a photography studio, a clay and ceramic studio and a very large open studio for dancing or painting in!  I may do both!  But definitely PAINTING!!!

Three to five artists live at the Ozu Cultural Centre year round and their companionship, plus the other artists who are visiting, make this a perfect artist community for me to paint in.  I am taking a whole roll of canvas and plan to create large acrylic paintings!  One of the resident artists, Paola, from Ozu has ordered a large board for me that will serve as my wall to tack the canvas onto and I will stretch the paintings when I return home!

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The artists from Ozu Cultural Centre are also coming to meet me at the airport and take me to Ozu as well as return me to the hotel near Leonardo da Vinci airport on the 21st of April!  After that I am going to the Center Plaza in Rome to people watch and take pictures.  Then I am going to find a nice restaurant and have some more great Italian food!  I will make my way back to the hotel and get up early to fly home on April 22nd!

On Saturday, APRIL 20th at 1:00 PM in conjuction with the Ozu Cultural Centre, I am having a gathering!  All of my Italian friends are invited and also those of my friends who may be traveling in the area. 

Please request your invitation by contacting me at laara63@gmail.com before April 4th.  Looking forward to meeting you at Ozu!

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Also, thanks to all of my friends on Linked in, Twitter and Facebook for our creative exchanges and to those of you who have offered me both personal and creative support…..Lots of Hugs to you!

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Sincerely

Laara WilliamSen

International professional painter

Vancouver, B.C. Canada

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

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