Summer Gratitude

Mountain Lupine, Wild Flowers, Alpine Meadley, Indian Paintbrush, 16x16, original acrylic paintings by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki


This summer was long and scalding hot, but it sure was not lazy. It was packed by traveling to artsy destinations, painting, framing, shipping, and attending art events.

After an extended period swarming with art activities, it's important to look back and acknowledge all the joy and hard work which needed to be done for all these lovely things to happen.

 It's also important to thank all the wonderful collaborators and art lovers who made this summer exceptional.

THANK YOU!

- Beaumont Gallery staff, artists, and visitors who participated in the West Coast Homeland art show. The opening reception was a nice small affair, perfect to make new and meet old friends.




- 2017 Pacific North West Plein Air artists, Maryhill Museum of Art staff and volunteers. The entire event was magnificent!



- Lake O'Hara Trails Club for maintaining one of the most inspiring parks in the Canadian Rockies. Another thank you goes to my hubby for being persistent and phoning the reservations until he was able to secure a camping spot for us this year.



- Kilby Plein Air Event staff, volunteers, participating artists, and visitors, some of whom turned out to be wonderful like-minded souls. What's not to love about spending a weekend on a picture perfect farm and making new friends?



- Charming owners of The Studio Connexion Gallery in gorgeous Nakusp, BC. Perfect location, beautiful art, and very special people. The experience was fantastic and several of my paintings found permanent homes.




- Grant Berg Galleries for expanding representation of my work to the lovely Kananaskis and finding more walls for my art.




- White Dog Studio who took exceptional care of my paintings over years of fruitful collaboration.



- Buckland Southerst Gallery and Lando Gallery for being supportive and encouraging of my artistic development over many years.




- My wonderful art collectors for including my art in your lovely homes and offices!

- All the amazing art friends for making the art world a better place!


I hope you liked my Oscars' speech!  Just to make sure I don't miss anyone, if you are reading this blog post, you are one of the people I want to thank, just for being here, loving art, taking the time to read this and look at my art.

THANK YOU!


I wish everyone a gentle transition into the next season and many successes, however, you choose to define them!

Tatjana

Change


Purcell Patterns, 30x20, original acrylic painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki


There is one sure way to find out just how much your fans love your work.

Change.

Start doing things differently and you will instantly be told how much your old style is missed. Although this may raise doubts, it's a good thing. We make art. We develop. Our art gains fans. Every single bit of this process is awesome.

So why do I sometimes feel guilty about moving on?

I feel a mix of nostalgia and fear that the life is passing way too fast. Didn't I just take my very first art class (watercolor painting by a fabulous artist Zhu Zhu Mark), a few years ago? Wait, that was in 1995. Ouch!

So much has changed since then.  I've painted watercolor florals, then portraits, then egg tempera icons, oil still life, and many other things. Then I got obsessed with the science of composition and soon after got crazy about the expressionist painting of the iconic Canadian landscape. I stylized it,  composed the heck out of it, gorged on patterns and colors.

My most recent change happened this summer when I decided to completely eliminate the pre-drawing process and instead develop each painting by overlaying shapes unrestricted by lines. It's not something I am planning to keep doing forever. It's just one more destination on my art journey.



Wolf Creek Patterns, 12x16, original acrylic painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki


I wondered why this corny metaphor kept cropping up, but then I realized that it's not really a metaphor and it most certainly isn't corny. Life is indeed a journey - we can feel it in our legs and arms, our mind and emotions. We aren't today where we were yesterday.

When I was seven, we moved from my grandpa's house where I grew up to a new part of town where I didn't know anyone. In my teens, my country fell apart and the entire system of values disintegrated. In my twenties, I immigrated to Canada and had to rebuild my life. Should a small change in my painting process, seen from the perspective of the entire ever-changing life, be a reason for worry?

And yet, it is.



Dusk Approaching, 14x11, original acrylic painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki


I don't know who will want to walk next to me on this new trail, or with whom I will want to walk, but I definitively feel curious enough to keep going. Perhaps this curiosity is the kay for a creative life.

All this sounds very melancholic. It's that time of the year when the nature turns and subtly changes everything with it. No need to cheer me up, friends. As wise people say, this too will change.

Basking in gloom,

Tatjana