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September 11, 2018
Been pretty sick for the last week or so, but I'm finally back in the studio.
Pythia will be presented as "The Woman Clothed in The Sun".
All those who love William Blake will understand.
She's in the act of calming the waters.
I'm still working away at the storm, as you can see.
This work is intended to be positive & life affirming, showing the determination of people to survive in a dire situation despite having been abandoned by government.
Ironic that an enormous storm is set to hit the east coast on Friday.
And yes, it's still 6ft X 4ft.
August 27, 2018
Anubis, the Egyptian god of the dead, has entered the scene.
Have started working on Pythia as well as The Furies.
Pythia will be attempting to calm the waters.
Even though she's an oracle she hasn't entirely decided what to wear.
The Furies are just looking for opportunities to cause havoc.....as usual.
There is still anenormous amount of detail work and balancing to do, but it is getting exciting!
August 25, 2018
Just wrote this in response to an inquiry about the painting. "Katrina occurred almost 15 years ago and has never been considered a subject worthy of what we used to call History Painting or Paintings of Import. I want to present Katrina in terms of a classical Greek Tragedy with elements of the Shakespearian included. I want to give it a universal and timeless relevance. I've done loads of dark stormy works, now I want to create a work that includes the mythological magic of legend which is created from tragedy, along with the actual human tragedy. To create a work that is considered by adults, children, the adolescent and the academic, one must create a work with history, colour, interest and charisma."
So, I was at my adult music camp, part of the Toronto Summer Music Festival at U of T, last week, and I had so much fun…6 days of singing, singing, singing, all day long, and parties galore. What a treat it was!
July 27, 2018
So far, so good, but I must be patient as there is still the major part of the work to do. I hope to be done in about 6 weeks - with luck.
For those who are not aware of the process normally followed in an oil painting, there are usually at least 5 layers of paint laid down. At this point I've done about one and a half in most areas.
I’ve wanted to do a painting about Katrina for several years. Hurricane Katrina was a natural disaster of devastating proportion that turned into a shameful example of American disdain and denial of the poor of New Orleans.
It is the 4th painting in the Pythia Series, and will be called “The Tempest: Pythia, Katrina and The Furies”. It is 48” X 72”, or, if you prefer, 4ft X 6ft.
July 20 - The painting was blocked in on Friday the 13th of July. After a week of work, I am just sorting out the colour shapes.
I’ll post an update every once and while. I’ll post more frequent updates on my website and on Saatchi.
July 13, 2018
Spent the day blocking in, and putting down the initial wash for a new Pythia painting to be called "The Tempest: Pythia, Katrina and The Furies". It's on a "rather large" canvas - 72" X 48". This is always an exciting moment. If the idea/study could be called the conception, then this is the consummation...now I'll just wait for it to come to fruition with its birth. I hope to be done in less than nine months ;-)))
Meanwhile "Pythia in Paris...." is very close to done and "The Christmas Eve Baby" (our Toronto Zoo baby white rhino Theodore, gets to know Pythia at a Venetian Ball) will be in the "getting down to business" stage next week.
All in all, a very good Friday the 13th.....
July 9, 2018
I'm back with Pythia in Paris. I've added 2 whales following Pythia as she rows her boat up the Seine, as well as a halo of bumble bees around the Virgin's head.
Both types of critter are endangered or close to it. There are some details on Saatchi now. I'll add more as I finish up.
"Miss Pythia in Paris as The Seine Breaches Its Banks"
oil on canvas
5ft X 5ft
June 13, 2018
May 21, 2018
December 23, 2017
Yesterday "Bears Picnic" was installed in its new home.
It was a very exciting time as you will see from the following few images.
BUT, with four men of remarkable precision and planning it was done without a hitch. And, yes, that's my "Yellow Road: Faraway" up beside it on the left.
September 18, In The Works
After a short hiatus painting drowning maidens, exotic flowers and deadly frogs, I'm back to my "Canada 150 Series", with this almost done painting of a herd of musk ox. Did you know that musk ox wool is the finest, warmest and most expensive wool in the world? Probably the most rare as well.
"A Musk Ox Dilemma: What Time is it Mister Wolf?"
oil on birch cradle, 37" X 48"
I love a surprise!
Just got home and found that I had been featured, once again,
by J. Walters, in her terrific
Canadian Art Junkie
Please check it out.
The London Kings Place Exhibition ran from September 14 to October 9. Kings Place is a new art complex beside King's Cross Train Station in London. The exhibition was presented by London's world famous Guardian newspaper. The curator was Guardian art critic Jonathan Jones aided by Hayward Gallery curator Gilly Fox. My oversized fruit bowl was included. Four feet of melon, pears and grapes....
I forgot to post this Guardian feature of a painting from my Yellow Road Series. It's called Listen, Snow Flakes Falling.
Here's the full image...
Here's another Guardian featured drawing, from the same Large Bowl of Fruit Series as the one in the London show...Large Bowl of Fruit with Crow & Murmuration
Now do you understand why I love the Guardian...?
Would you like to see how my Big Landscape: Ghost Ranch series is progressing? I've just finished #7.
Tevlin Talks Art T-Shirts
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Available in medium or large, they cost $40 each.
They are very, very nice.....as elegant as a T-shirt can be
All cards are 5" X 7", have a pristine interior - you add the greeting - and come with a white envelope. To order, just e-mail me.
|Crow Iconica, variety pack of 5, $25.00|
The "Large Bowl of Fruit (with crows)" series of 4 cards.
|Large Bowl of Fruit (with crows), variety pack of 4, $20.00|
"The Darwin Series" contains 5 cards.
"The Weather Series" contains 4 cards.
University of Toronto - Canadian Perspectives Lecture Series
George Brown College Treasures of The World Series - Art: Reflections on Society
Campbell House Museum
The Arts & Letters Club
OCAD Continuing Studies
Toronto Public Library (Deer Park, Gladstone, Runnymede, Don Mills, Eatonville..)
Toronto Reference Library
Women's Art Association of Canada
I was delighted to be part of the March Break program at Georgia O'Keeffe's old ranch in New Mexico this year.
Ghost Ranch AIR (Artist Immersion & Rejuvenation)
I'm foolishly excited to see my studio featured in Hyperallergic
My Studio - featured in Hyperallergic - January 10, 2014
This is an article about my work that I forgot to post
An Article About My Work