Pre-Covid I had participated in the B.C. Culture Days celebration by painting en plein air (on location) on the Rail Trail near Oyama. It was a real treat as my sister Shannon accompanied me for the day. Not only did she share her busy time with me but she also packed a wagon with chairs, a cooler with lunch and refreshments, my art supplies and magazines that she never has time for. It was fun to talk to the families and people walking and biking by. There were wonderful questions filled with curiosity. Artists were invited to paint anywhere along the rail trail from Oyama to Vernon and the paintings were then brought to the Vernon Arts Centre for display. Shannon just sent me the above photo she saw on Facebook and when I went into the link, I found the one below. The rail trail paint out has not been organized for this year or I would of certainly participated again. You can check out the activities on this link: https://culturedays.ca/en/hubs/713a50c5-60ef-472f-8aae-e409a7aa0667
I am fortunate to be the Featured Artist at the Courtyard Gallery in Enderby, B.C. until October 2, 2021. It was fun and very much like a puzzle to choose paintings that would fit within the two walls and would look good together. I took some of my favourite paintings off the wall for this show and sale. It is a fun way to re-decorate as there are no empty nails in our Sicamous home walls even with this show!! I am also the gallery host on Thursday September 23, if you are in the area, I would love to see you. If you get a chance to stop by on another day, please let the artist host know you have come to see my featured wall and all the other wonderful artisans work, they are a very friendly, talented and welcoming group.
The smoky skies in British Columbia this summer did not make for great plein air (on location) painting. This is the view from our yard and normally you can see the houses mountains, trees and hill on the other side of the lake. That day, they were barely darker shapes. If you look at my palette, there is very little mixing of colours for this painting. I rubbed this painting out when I was done as there was no need to keep this memory. It was good practice painting with greys. A month later, there are still 2 small smoke drifts from the fires on the hill, hopefully the rain today will help put those out.
Karen Oliver's Art Journey
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