Archive for the ‘M-J Kelley Studio’ Category

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.

Illustration Proposal

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

OAC Content Sample (graphite) by M-J Kelley

I recently submitted an illustration proposal for an arts booklet. Along with submitting past illustrations, I created this one specifically for the bid. I didn’t win the bid, but I really liked my proposal and also this illustration. This piece (though cropped) incorporates the various arts: dance (ballet shoes), theatre (tape marks), film (film reel), music (piano keys), and painting (canvas on easel).

Figurative work

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Turn (charcoal) by M-J Kelley

My artistic training began with classical figurative study. My initial work was very technical and precise. However it lacked the animation of life. Recognizing that was key to making a change. I began to trust my judgment and to allow my lines to loosen. “Turn” is a good example of how I was able to retain technical proficiency while adding the quality of emotion.

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.

Website Updating

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

I try to update my website about once a week with either a new image or new information. I just changed the homepage image and have also added 2 images to the <a title="M-J Kelley Studio – Fine Art" href=”http://m-jkelleystudio.com/fineart.php”>fine art page.

I built this site myself so updating and modifying code is fairly easy for me. However, today it was not so easy because I forget a comma ” , ” in a line of javascript. This took me a bit of time to sort out – a needle in a haystack type of thing – but all is working now.

Illustration Mailer

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Horse (graphite) by M-J Kelley

“Horse” is a drawing I created for an illustration mailer that the Studio will be sending out next week.The image also includes a cowboy waiting for a ride. This mailer highlights the Studio’s line art capabilities for illustration and storyboarding. If you would like to receive a mailer, please feel free to contact me and I will add you to the Studio’s distribution list.

New Painting: Tension

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Tension (gouache on board) by M-J Kelley

This is another new painting that is part of my surreal landscape series. These paintings are based on drawings that I do every morning. Some mornings are a bit more unusual than others.