Summer Giveaway

Forest Trail, 11x14, acrylic sketch by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

If you want to make a good use of the summer plein air painting season, it's important to be well prepared. Ample amount of art supplies and equipment is essential. So are light-weight, quality painting supports. I will explain in a few easy steps how to make them, and show you an example of the end result.


But before I get to that, let me share this with you. If you collect art and like my paintings, please consider joining my circle of art friends at this time. I am planning a summer giveaway which may interest you. I explain all about it in my newsletter. I am looking forward to sharing my art with you!


How to make light-weight plein air panels


I like to use 1/4 inch thick plywood which my hubby cuts for me into standard, easily frameable sizes (8x10, 9x12,11x14, etc.).

I paint all sides with a layer of white gesso (which prevents warping) and let it dry before mounting a gessoed canvas on one side of the board.




Place your panel on the gessoed canvas (good side up), outline its shape and cut out the marked rectangular piece with scissors. Remember which side of the canvas goes up.


Spread any kind of acrylic medium evenly over the side of the board facing you. Cover the surface completely, including corners.



Place the canvas piece on the wet side of the board. Remember which side goes up. Although you have a rectangle and it shouldn't matter, there are slight imperfections in the cut which may make the rectangle wider on one side. It's nice to have the shape of the canvas match perfectly the shape of the board.


Press firmly to affix the canvas to the board and to get rid of any air-bubbles.



Make several boards at the time, stack them up and press with something heavy. I leave them to completely dry overnight.




The next day, you have a nice surface for your backyard plein air painting session or for any other project you can think of.





I had to capture these glorious white peonies which last too short, but at least I have a memory of them. Taking time to keenly observe their colors and shapes was a valuable lesson.





In my last post, I invited you to join me for the opening of the West Coast Homeland group show. I am pleased that some of you showed up and I also made some wonderful new art friends. A great time was head by everyone!

Happy Summer my artful friends!

Tatjana







Group Show Checklist





In case you are wondering what an artist needs to do in order to participate in a group art show, here is a kind of a checklist that you can use, or make your own.


May 1 - Monthly review of exhibition opportunities. Picked a call for artists which sounded great. The theme matched my work and the venue was new to me, which goes with my goal to meet as many new artists and art lovers as I possibly can.

May 4 - Submitted images of my paintings which matched the requirements.

May 9 - Acceptance arrived via email. Yeah! Small celebration.

May 11 - Asked the venue to clarify any rules that weren't clear to me, and paid the exhibition fee.

May 11 - 18 Communicated with the venue and provided:

  • Statement
  • Bio
  • SM links
  • Final listing of paintings

May 19 Reviewed the venue's ads on SM and web site, made any corrections as needed. Liked and shared the ads.

May 31 Announced the exhibit in my newsletter, blog, and website.

June 6  Spruced up the paintings. Touched up the varnish where needed, made sure the edges were clean and attached the hanging hardware.

June 8 Wrapped and delivered the paintings to the venue. Introduced myself, thanked the staff for their help, and admired the venue.

June 9 Announced the exhibit to all my art friends:

  • sent an e-vite to my art circle subscribers
  • emailed the art clubs
  • Facebook page post (personal and art business)
  • Pintrest post
  • Instagram post
  • Tweeted
  • etc.

June 11 Checked the closet for something to wear at the opening. Yikes! Raided Winners one hour before the closing time. Found a black top and sandals (sigh of relief).

June 14 Created a whimsical add with a collage of my paintings and my statement for the last minute invite (see above).

June 15 Posted the last minute invite on SM.

And here we are - the opening is tonight! I am bringing a supply of business cards and art cards to give away (while quantities last).

I can't wait to meet my old and new art friends, peruse the exhibit, and chat about all things creative. Must remember to take photos - please remind me if you are there!

June 15, 2017 
7-10pm
Beaumont Studios
316 W 5th Ave, Vancouver, BC

I hope to see you there!

Tatjana





You are Invited!

The Botanical Beach painting (see my previous blog post) is one of my three coastal landscape pieces to be featured in the West Coast Homeland group art exhibit of eight emerging painters and photographers in the Beaumont Gallery in Vancouver, June 13-25.

The opening reception is on Thursday, June 15, 7-10pm. 

The address is 316 W 5th Avenue, Vancouver.  It's a charming artists' cooperative space in the heart of the city.




You are invited!

Tatjana