Archive for the ‘Art show’ Category

The Art Booth Rocks!

Monday, June 14th, 2010

M-J Kelley Studio - Art booth at night.

The display of artwork is just as important as the artwork itself. In an earlier posting I mentioned I was in the process of building an art booth with the help of my brother. Well it was completed and has now been on display at two art shows. The interest in my display booth was unbelievable. Mostly because it was a clean gallery-like way of displaying artwork with an easy set up and an easy, fast and compact tear down.

The walls are made with a thin wood panel strung up with cable ties. Each tie is able to support 50lbs of weight. My brother constructed a desk/box construction in similar fashion using cable ties to hold it together. At the end of the show we just snip the ties and lay everything flat. One of the newest features to be added to the booth display are the lights. They are true track lighting but with the wiring adapted to be plugged into a surge protector. It is super easy to set up and then with a twist, the lights are removed. The image above was taken recently at night. There are 12 track lights (35 watts each) illuminating the booth. It looks fantastic at night!

Besides being complimented on the booth design and display, the booth itself has withstood heavy winds and rain and best of all it fits into the Jeep for another show! Yay to the art booth!

Riverdale Art Walk

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

The Riverdale Art Walk was a great event. For starters it didn’t rain on the event but rained around the event. So there were puddles present but no runny gouache paintings for which I was relieved.

I had many friends and family members attend the event to show their support. Even my great Aunt Betty at the age of 85 showed up to cheer me on. That you can’t beat. I was delighted to see everyone and I thank them for being so wonderfully supportive. They even visited other artists and spread their joy around.

I met many fantastic people. They were very engaged with my work and offered much commentary. For example I heard “sweet, but edgy” “whimsical” and “very unique”. I was also asked quite a bit if I was working on a children’s book because my work suited that format. Indeed I am – a sweet but edgy children’s book.

Inside Toronto

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

I am featured in an article on the Riverdale Art Walk.
Inside Toronto Article: Art lovers invited to Riverdale Art Walk’s 12th year

There is a correction to this article. I will be showing in booth 42 at the Jimmie Simpson park (Queen St. E./Empire) and not in my studio.

Rain

Monday, May 31st, 2010

It appears that they are calling for rain this weekend. The weekend of the Riverdale Art Walk. Great. I pretty much like the rain, but my paintings don’t. The ones I will be showing this summer are surreal works and they are painted with gouache (gwash). Gouache is an opaque watercolour and is very water soluble. Like a dog, it loves the water.

Though my paintings are framed, they are not under glass. Instead, I coated them with several layers of varnish (which was tricky). Anyways, when the rain starts falling I’ll toss a charming plastic drop cloth over them – just in case.

At Work

Monday, May 24th, 2010

I have two outdoor art shows in the next few weeks. They are the Riverdale Art Walk and Wingfest. Please see
Events for more information on these shows.

Besides getting the paintings ready for the show, I have to prepare my “booth.” And this is a whole other monster. The booth is 10′ x 10′ and needs to be portable with an easy set up. But really the big issue is that it has to fit into the Jeep. As in through the back window which is less than 4′ across. This has proved to be a challenge. Fortuantely, I have my brother’s help. He’s great with conceptual planning and woodworking. So together we are creating a simple structure that is sleek and best displays the paintings. As for how it handles in windy wet weather? Well, we’ll see.

Riverdale Art Walk

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

I have two outdoor art shows in the next few weeks. They are the Riverdale Art Walk and Wingfest. Please see
Events for more information on these shows.

Besides getting the paintings ready for the show, I have to prepare my “booth”. And this is a whole other monster. The booth is 10′ x 10′ and needs to be portable with an easy set up. But really the big issue is that it has to fit into the Jeep. As in through the back window which is less than 4′ across. This has proved to be a challenge. Fortuantely, I have my brother’s help. He’s great with conceptual planning and woodworking. So together we are creating a simple structure that is sleek and best displays the paintings. As for how it handles in windy wet weather? Well, we’ll see.

New Paintings

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Bird House (gouache on board) by M-J Kelley

I just finished 10 new paintings for the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition application. The Studio‘s home page is featuring one of the new paintings called “The Teasing”. Above is an image snippet from another new painting called “Bird House”. These paintings are painted with gouache (opaque watercolour) on board.

Art Conventions

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Today I attended both the Toronto Art Expo and the Toronto Comic Convention. It’s really handy when they are both located in the same massive building. They were wildly different but equally enjoyable.

There were many fine works at the Art Expo. I was particularly drawn to two artists’ works. One of which is Marcel Guldemond. He paints oil on plyboard. He is a former comic book artist whose love of the outdoors shines through his work. The other is Robert P. Roy who is also a landscape artist, but works in acrylic. I was drawn to his work because of his exceptional use of colour. He is able to simplify elements in a landscape yet still provide the viewer with a dynamic scene.

The Toronto Comic Convention also displayed many fine works from comic artists. One of which was Dave Ross who is an exceptional penciller for comics. His attention to detail is remarkable. He frequently teaches at Max The Mutt Animation School in Toronto.