New Painting: I Only See You

The Story Behind the Painting, What's the Big Idea?
I Only See You, 9" x 12", O/C, CAN$550 I recently finished I Only See You, a new oil painting in my Cravings series of still life paintings exploring food obsession. I Only See You focuses on the exclusionary relationship between Pink Pear and Jelly Doughnut as Sisyphus' warnings of the doomed nature of the task fade into the background. My inspiration for keeping the composition relatively spare in this painting came, as per Tempting Fruit, from the background colour of Terre Vert and white that I initially laid down. I loved the way colour gave an empty pining feel to the composition, so I chose to emphasize that. I loved working with this soft complementary colour scheme so much, I think I will be using that again at some…
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Ready For It? The 2022 Calgary Stampede Starts Tomorrow!

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Pictured here: Cupcake, framed and ready to hang. My paintings will be there, framed and ready for you to purchase. Take a look at the gallery below to select your favourite, then head down to the Western Oasis on the grounds to pick yours up before it's gone. Access to the art show is included in park admission. Western Showcase Mini Masters SalonCalgary Exhibition & Stampede 2022 July 8 - 17th 2022Calgary Exhibition & Stampede - Western Oasis - Art Show1410 Olympic Way SE Calgary AB T2G2W1  Butter Tart, Cinnamon Roll, Cupcake, Lemon Bar, Maple Cookie, and Strawberry ShortcakeEach 5” x 7” oil on canvas is CAN$ 250 framed.
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How To Prepare Your Art For The Show.

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Well the 2022 Calgary Stampede Western Showcase is a little over a week away and I have six oil paintings going into the show! So the task now is to make sure my art is show ready. Strawberry ShortcakeMaple CookieLemon BarCupcakeCinnamon RollButter TartPaintings in the show!Each are 5"x7" o/c $250 framed. So what goes in to getting art "show ready"? Painting finished, varnished, framed & ready to hang, with 3 points of identification on the back! Well, in case you have a show coming up and are looking for tips, I'll share my tips with you today. Finish the Art! Make sure your paintings are finished and dry enough to handle being out of the studio and in the real world (Duh, you say, but this can sometimes be a…
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New Painting: Tempting Fruit

The Story Behind the Painting, What's the Big Idea?
Tempting Fruit, 9" x 12" O/C, CAN$ 550 I recently finished Tempting Fruit, a fresh new oil painting in my Cravings series exploring food obsession. It features returning characters Pink Pear and the Jelly Doughnuts, as well as an art history guest appearance by a couple (or pair) from the right hand side of the central panel of Bosch’s masterpiece The Garden of Earthly Delights (c.1515) (below). By <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/en:Hieronymus_Bosch" class="extiw" title="w:en:Hieronymus Bosch"><span title="Dutch painter (c.1450-1516)">Hieronymus Bosch</span></a> - <a rel="nofollow" class="external free" href="http://boschproject.org/dzi/00MCPVIS.dzi">http://boschproject.org/dzi/00MCPVIS.dzi</a> (downloaded with <a rel="nofollow" class="external text" href="https://lovasoa.github.io/dezoomify-rs/">dezoomify-rs</a>), Public Domain, Link The inspiration for bringing Bosch into the picture began with the viridian green background in the early stages of the painting, along with the way the towel seemed to be leading the pear into the temptation of engaging…
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In The Gallery: Arts Aqui

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Can’t wait for Stampede, when a hot half dozen of my treat paintings will be available to purchase in the Mini Masters Salon Art Show at the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede (see my blog post about it here) ? There are four of the Cravings paintings available to purchase now, framed and ready to hang at Arts Aqui in Calgary’s charming Marda Loop neighbourhood. Nanaimo Bar, 6” x 8”, oil on canvas, CAN$ 350 framedHistory Lessons, 8” x 10”, oil on canvas, CAN$ 495 framedButter Tart, 6” x 8”, oil on canvas, CAN$ 350 framedContaining Desire, 10” x 8”, oil on canvas, CAN$ 495 framed
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New Drawings: Investigating Clara Peeters

The Story Behind the Painting, What's the Big Idea?
Recently I have become fascinated with the paintings of 17th century Flemish still life painter Clara Peeters. Known as one of the originators of the ‘breakfast piece’ genre of still life painting, as well as the practice of including self portraits in the reflective surfaces of objects, I have become more than a little obsessed with understanding the Dutch Golden Age fascination with depictions of food and how that might connect with health and diet culture, wealth disparity, economics, the role of women, and depictions of the self. These two drawings are a way for me to find a new perspective on a familiar looking subject. Kitchen Feminism and After Clara Peeters (Still Life with Cheeses, Artichoke & Cherries)14” x 10.5” paper, Ink on PaperCAN$ 395 each In Kitchen Feminism the team…
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Event: Western Art Show (& Sale)

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Western Showcase Mini Masters SalonCalgary Exhibition & Stampede 2022 July 8 - 17th 2022Calgary Exhibition & Stampede - Western Oasis - Art Show1410 Olympic Way SE Calgary AB T2G2W1 The Cravings Series will be in attendance: Lemon Bar, Cupcake, Cinnamon Roll, Strawberry Shortcake, Maple Cookie, and Butter TartEach 5” x 7” oil on canvas is CAN$ 250 framed. Dust off those boots and head down to the Stampede grounds for your dose of western fun, food and culture. Access to the art show is included in park admission.
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Repeating Art History: Influence and Allegory

The Story Behind the Painting, Uncategorized, What's the Big Idea?
Sisyphus Jelly Doughnuts, 24" x 20" O/C, $1600 CAD Although the image above is of my most recently completed painting, Sisyphus Jelly Doughnuts, this is not a blog post that comes to any conclusions or announces any new events. Actually this one is just about some of the research and influences I am looking at as I journey through my current direction in the studio. Obviously some of my research involves baking or buying delicious treats to use as still life props. Definitely a bit of a conflict of interest going on here. However for the most part, being an artist and talking about the psychological effects of long term caloric restriction through art means I am doing a lot more research into art history than into recipes. To begin…
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Resolutions 2022: Of Art and Health.

The Story Behind the Painting, What's the Big Idea?, Working Artist
It is February so by now most of us have made our New Year's diet/health resolutions and have either made strides toward fitness or given up until the threat of swimsuit season looms. Not yet titled. 8" x 10" oil on canvas. 2021. Debbie.lee Miszaniec Amoung my resolutions, maintain a healthy weight, make more art. The first is an ongoing struggle for me, having lost nearly 38% of my body weight to reach the top end of my healthy weight range. I know I have sustained metabolic damage, because it should not be such a struggle to stay in that range. However, since we are talking about my health, rather than merely my vanity, I feel the reward to be worth the unceasing effort. I'm a big believer in having…
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The Covid Chronicles & Cravings Paintings at Arts Aqui

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Do you love shopping local, visiting physical galleries, and seeing new art in person when you collect? Well then I have good news for you! I've just framed up and dropped off a couple of my Covid-19 drawings and Cravings paintings at Arts Aqui in Calgary. A Good ShepherdGuardiansButtertartNanaimo Bar Let's show our local galleries some love! Stop in, view the art in person and build your collection. Arts Aqui hours are Tue – Sat: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and they are located at: 1909, 34th Avenue SW (Marda Loop) Calgary, AB T2T 2C2 Canada
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