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Next Show Stirling, Ontario

I just wrapped up a wonderful show at Oakville Art in the Park.  This was my second time at this show and it was really nice when people approached me telling me how glad they were to see me back.

One note to self I made this year–you can never have too many water bottles handy.  Hot Hot Hot…

Next show is on Saturday, August 13, in my hometown, Stirling, Ontario, which is just northwest of Belleville.  This is a small venue, however each year we build our participating artists.

I look forward to meeting my neighbors! They often see me taking pictures at the side of the road of just about anything, and always send me a smile and a wave.  I know sometimes they must wonder what is that crazy lady taking a picture of, because it could be a weed that caught my attention!

So  off to Stirling Art in the Park with a great collection of paintings and just as many water bottles.

If any readers of my blog is in the neighbourhood, drop into the show.  It runs from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Henry St. Park.

Hope to see you there.

 

Abstract Adventure Gone Wild

 

A wonderful group of Ladies.

A wonderful group of Ladies.

The night before a class, I always have every minute of my class worked out in my head.
And this class was no exception. Yes, I am prepared. I decided since it was a group of 8, more than my normal sized class, we would all paint abstracts.

Why do we do that? Think we are all organized?

First of all, my morning was not supposed to start with my having to change and wash all bed linen due to to the fact that I locked my kitten in my room for the night. So you know what happened!  Big lesson learnt.  NEVER lock your pet in your bedroom!  Anyway, I got it all done before the class started and things improved after that.

Then, of course, abstracts turned into sunflowers, sheep, a barn, flowers, and a water-landscape, with only two paintings being true abstracts!  I decided to take advantage of the beautiful day by holding this class outside, under the trees.  Now that actually turned out to be a good decision. Everyone seemed to enjoy being outside, and while helping my students get their masterpieces completed, I even managed to get the most beautiful blue paint out of a bra strap and white paint out of a black shoe… note to self….  always be prepared for non-teaching incidents and always remind students to wear their oldest clothes to a paint class!  With all the laughter around me, I truly enjoyed the class and meeting a wonderful bunch of ladies who seemed to enjoy the non-structured afternoon.   There was more laughter when everyone tried to name the abstract one of the ladies was working on. That title will stay a secret. Thank you Tammi Lee for getting this group together as it was a lovely day.

Yes, only in Kiki’s world.

Abstract adventure

I am looking forward to my next class this Sunday.
I will be teaching a class of eight to paint an abstract by listening to the notes in music.
CRAZY CRAZY CRAZY idea I have had for a long time.
I strongly believe the power music has to move you. To relax the mind and at the same time use your paint brush to capture that music on canvas.
Did I say CRAZY yet.
The post on Monday after the class will say it all.

I am a phone call away to book a class with me. This weekend will let me know if a class of eight is too many.
I really like to be hands on with helping you to achieve a painting you will be proud of.
I better not pick Paint it Black by the Rolling Stones…. which by the way I have already done.
I have to find just the perfect instrumental piece.
Class of eight …. and then there’s Kiki

Rooster

I am so proud of my first student  Ayu.

Work In progress

Work In progress

first rooster

A great day with my wonderful, talented friend.

A great day with my wonderful, talented friend.

 

 

I knew she was artistic and was I right.

We started from a simple photo of a rooster, as I explained to her, this picture is just the outline and we can take our imagination to all sorts of interpretations.

All that know me ,know I just have to be different,  so my rooster is split in half. It is still a work in progress.

The title will be ” The Fowl Line”. First thing that popped in my head, so that is what it will be called.

I have to admitted how proud I am as her teacher. To see her painting take shape and colors start to burst from the canvas makes me so proud.

The end result was a happy student and a teacher beamimg with pride.

Great start to my new adventure.

let’s paint a rooster

I am excited to announce that classes will begin this coming Saturday, June 4th. The painting chosen will be a rooster.

In the “Kiki”  style,  it will not be any old rooster.

There is still space available to join this class. Looking forward to my new role as teacher.

I hope to reconnect you to the joy of painting.

 

 

 

Art Classes

It’s ages since my last post – life flies by and I have been using Facebook more than my blog to connect to my friends and clients. But, I am happy to announce a new step in my art. After many requests, I decided to offer art classes in my home studio in Stirling, Ontario. I am very excited about this new phase, not only because new business ventures are exciting, but also because I love interacting with people and helping them discover new creative avenues, and I think you will love the natural environment around my studio. I am starting with small classes that anyone can individually join (no more than 8 to a class), with classes set for Thursdays and Saturdays. I am also accepting private group classes (if you want to arrange your own group). The feedback has been very encouraging. You can find all the info on the Art Classes web page (Art Classes – How Great Thou Art!)- just click on it from the top menu.

Thanks for your support!

E-mail update

Hi again, everything is fixed with my website e-mail, so you can communicate with either address:

kiki@kikikays.com

or

simplykiki@gmail.com

 

Enjoy our last days of summer!

A Simple Matter

Hi everyone, I’m sending a quick update because my website is currently experiencing a problem with its main email address. I apologize for the inconvenience and confusion. Never fear, I have a simple solution for the time being. Please contact me through this email address: simplykiki@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

Uxbridge Art in the Park

Just got back from 2 enjoyable days in Uxbridge.

Nice crowd both days, wonderful weather, and a successful show.

Taking a little break from shows now.

DSCF1519 uxb web DSCF1565 web

 

 

Oakville Art in the Park

This was the first time showcasing my work at the Oakville Art in The Park.
It was a little scary during setting up as the wind and black clouds where making their presence known. Thankfully they did not stick around and the day turned out to be beautiful.
I was welcomed with wonderful reviews. There was a very good turn out and I sold two paintings.

Thank You very much for your support and purchases.
My new painting titled “In the Beginning” as well as last year’s painting “Bad Idea” stopped many viewers in their tracks , which lead to lovely conversations about my work.

Your encouragement drives my creative side to experiment with more ‘conversation’ type paintings. Just wait…. my juices are flowing.
This weekend I am going to be displaying at the Art In the Park- Stirling. Stirling is just North of Belleville.
At this show I will be taking a new abstract Titled ” Van Gogh’s Madness.” Maybe ‘Kiki’s Madness’ is what I should have called it.
I am looking forward to this show as I now call Stirling my home.
I hope to have all new paintings on my website shortly.
Again many thanks.

Art in the Park Oakville

Art in the Park Oakville