Squared- The Art Show happened this weekend and you could feel the excitement. There were over 100 12x12 canvases by over 90 talented artists and over 40 paintings sold. We couldn't be happier that Contemplation found the home that it has. Thanks Gwen Spinks and team for putting this together!
Hello everybody I hope this new year has been good to you and is bringing us closer to a world compassion,acceptance, peace and caring for each other. For those of you who may be wondering if I took a trip in a land of no internet connection, I didn't. After a wonderfully successful Thanksgiving studio tour, renovating our kitchen was next on my to do list. I chose not to buy factory cabinets, so I built my own using birch for the carcasses, and maple for the doors. If you're wondering which is quicker "Build or buy" go with buy. Mixed in with the kitchen, was a few birthdays, a few casts, the worst storm in years which brought down trees, snapped power poles and took boats off there moorings. We personally were very lucky. Christmas, then New Year's and a few other things that bring us to now. I currently have 4 pieces at the Hive, Gabriola’s commercial gallery and working on two paintings due next month. The last couple days I've been struggling with the transition back into artist Steve. It can be hard on me making the shift. My partner Noella is off to Belize for a well earned vacation. For me it means work all night and sleep till noon without the 5AM alarm. To a night person that is a Holiday all by its self. I must apologize we found out yesterday that Stephen Cole Fine Art’s website the risingstone hasn't been coming up on Google searches with the right website. That should be fixed now.
What I love the most about being an artist is the connections you make . While this piece has a special place in both Noella's and my heart , we are honoured to have Love Song in her new home and blessed to have a new friend and special person in our lives.
its another beautiful day today on the island. I’m thinking of Fertile Ground and the lovely couple who now have it in their home. It didn’t get to spend a lot of time here as it was finished the night before the Thanksgiving tour and was the first piece to go. It was a certainly a favorite in the studio. May it catch the light with its movement and bring joy to its new owners. It certainly is one of my faves.
Among the many things that I give thanks for today is the community that I am so blessed to be now part of. Gabriola is an incredible Island that is home to exceptionally creative people, gentle loving souls, extraordinary musicians and open and accepting people that are a joy to be around. So much so they attract like-minded visitors from all over the world. This is day 2 of our three-day Thanksgiving studio tour and it is my favorite weekend of the year. Over the Thanksgiving weekend I have the profound pleasure of welcoming hundreds of Gabriolians and Gabriola visitors to our home gallery. It leaves me humbled when I realize how blessed I am to be here and to feel the support of my community, my collectors and my family. I want to acknowledge my son Leland for his photography and videography, my stepdaughter Alisha who made thousands of shortbread cookies and I have no idea how many veggie cups. If you've come by the studio Alisha most likely greeted you at the door and answered all of your questions while showing you around our gallery. To Noella my partner I know it's not easy living with an artist. Noella pulls it off and her support is evident on every level. My models which include my grandchildren my children, their spouses and others. This is a small but not insignificant portion of what I give thanks for today. That in its self is a reason for me to feel humbled and blessed. I thank you all for being part of my life and I wish you very happy and safe Thanksgiving.
Just One (Acrylic) and Home (Acrylic, Bronze & Resin) 6" X 36" Canvas are in the Stretched Show this weekend on Gabriola. Opening is this Friday night. https://www.facebook.com/events/291780737989451/
We are born, we live and we die in the moment. It is the only place anything happens and the only place we exist. Love can lead us out of yesterday and tomorrow, through the fear of letting go and into the flux of an ever-changing now. Fleeting depicts the letting go and waking up into life and love. Fleeting - 22.5”H x 15.75”W x 15.5”D. Life Cast merged with free formed sculpture in Hydrostone, Acrylic and Resin. Fleeting will be in the show for the month of February at the Hive Emporium on Gabriola.