Showing Now at The Second Wedge

Another Garden Variety Angel

I am happy to be showing a mixture of my work at The Second Wedge Brewing Co, Uxbridge Ontario. It is up now and will continue to November 3. I will be having a reception for the show on Thursday, October 24, 6:00-9:00. Dawna Huizenga will be my musical guest for the last part of the evening.

When I found out the owners of The Second Wedge were storm chasers and tornado lovers, I knew I had to resurrect my tornado series to mix in with my newer work. The following is my artist statement written 5 years ago about this series. I called it “Spin”: Weather is such a powerful metaphor for human emotion. And that writhing weather monster, the tornado, is a particularly apt way of describing the trauma, the fury, the intensity of loss. It’s hard not to take a tornado personally: it gets to the point by narrowing down and strikes a specific spot. It comes out of the blue. We don’t know what hit us. We are caught in a whirlwind of emotion. Everything is up in the air. There is no emergency plan for these twists of fate. To put a positive spin on it, a tornado (that snaking shape-shifter) is just energy. It makes a long-winded metaphor that lasts and lasts because it wrecks and then absorbs whatever it touches down on. What starts out as an emblem of emotional devastation contorts into an expression of fury and then is reborn as a metaphor for unstoppable creativity, play and passion. Like the flowering cross, can it become a cornucopia? Blooming tornados! Elijah goes to Heaven, Dorothy goes to Oz. One thing for certain is this: we are pulled out of our orbit and dropped in a different place, undone. Here is a link to a video Steven Frank created a few years ago of me talking about the tornado series.

This show is a mix of old and new work, the newest being my carved relief sculptures. I call this ongoing series my “Epiphanies”. The following is my artist statement from that series: I’ve always loved symmetry, especially imperfect symmetry where pattern is revealed and then lost but still the intention of the pattern remains. I am drawn to the shape of the equilateral cross with its reference to life and death; arm-stretching cosmic hugs, whirligigs and flowers with stillness at their centres; the crucifixion and the flowering resurrection. My friend and I were talking about the small epiphanies of childhood—instances when we sensed an invitation from God: the mysterious comfort of a statue of Virgin and child along a well-frequented path; wind animating treetops; a song about the Magi breaking into a child’s sad night. As I do these small dense painted carvings, I realize they represent hints of hope: modest epiphanies. They allude to those moments that happen in the blink of an eye, brief and easily missed…but if you manage to pay attention, life-changing.               

Lynne McIlvride …… Storm Seller; Relief Worker

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Garden Variety Angel

The following is a Confusing Price List:

There is a similar price list at the actual show with arrows which are helpful. Basically the relief wood carvings that are still for sale are enlarged. Otherwise they are already sold.

Thanks so much to Lesley and Michael, Rob and Joanne for all the help hanging the show!

Welcome to my World!

Hello. I have been continuing my theme of “Epiphanies” which I will be happy to show you at The Uxbridge Studio Tour, September 14 and 15. More beadwork, more woodcarving, more colour riots. Francis Muscat was in my studio the other day and and described the series as Psychadelic Baroque.

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This last one is a video. Click to see on instagram. All work is handcarved basswood with inlaid glass beadwork and acrylic paint. Oil paint is added to some and many have gold leaf applied. Here is a LINK to the Uxbridge Studio Tour Brochure. I will have extras you can pick up at my studio. I am Site 24: last but not least!! My guest artist is magnificent ceramic artist, Ann Cummings.

Price List : Toronto Artist Project 2019

Here is my Artist Project price list. Thumbnail images will correspond to work at The Artist Project 2019 BOOTH 606.

 

 

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1. Do you see what I see?

Carved basswood, acrylic and oil paint, glass beads

2019

12” x 12”

$750.00

 

 

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2. Dancing Cross

Carved basswood acrylic paint, glass beads

2018

12” x 12”

$750.00

 

 

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3. Holy Roller

Carved basswood acrylic paint, glass beads

2019

12” x 12”

$750.00

 

 

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4. Modest Epiphany

Carved basswood acrylic paint, glass beads

2018

12” x 12”

$ 750.00

 

 

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5. Unexpected Sign (A Rush of Wings)

Carved basswood acrylic paint, glass beads

2019

12” x 12”

$ 750.00

 

 

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6. Arms Extended

Carved basswood acrylic paint, glass beads

2018

12” x 14”

$ 700.00

 

 

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7.Angels on the Ceiling

Carved basswood, acrylic and oil paint, glass beads

2019

12” x 12”

$800.00

 

 

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8. O Mary Don’t You Weep: homage to Aretha

Carved basswood acrylic paint, glass beads

2018

9” x 9”

$ 750.00

 

 

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9. Wings Unfurled

Carved basswood, acrylic on paper and wood, glass beads

2019

24” x 24”

$1500.00

 

 

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10.At the still point of the turning world

Carved basswood acrylic paint, glass beads, gold leaf

2018

8” x 8”

$400.00

 

 

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11. Yellow

Carved basswood, acrylic on paper and wood, glass beads, gold leaf

2018

7.5” x 7.5”

$400.00

 

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12. Held

Carved basswood acrylic paint, glass beads

2018

6.5” x 6.5”

$400.00

 

 

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13. Holy Blue

Carved basswood acrylic paint, glass  beads

2018

5” x 5”

$300.00

 

 

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14. Garden Variety Angel

Carved basswood acrylic paint, glass beads

2018

7.5” x 7.5”

$400.00

 

 

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15. God Bless This Globe

Mixed media with carved painted basswood and beadwork

2019

33” x 33”

$2000.00

 

 

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16. Summer

Acrylic paint on paper, oil on glass

2018

8” x 8”

$600.00

 

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17. Peace

Watercolour on paper, oil paint and gold leaf on glass

2018

7.5” x 7.5”

$400.00

 

 

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18. Spring come quick: I’m cold!

Watercolour on 3-D paper, acrylic on wood, grandma’s knitting

2017

7” x 7”

$500.00

 

 

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19. Sleepwalking

Watercolour on 3-D paper, acrylic on wood, fabric

2017

7.5” x 8.5”

$500.00

 

 

 

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20. Travelling Mercy

Watercolour on 3-D paper, oil and gold leaf on glass and frame

2016

14” x 11”

$700.00

 

 

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21. Annunciation

Watercolour and acrylic on paper sculpture, oil on glass

2016

13” x 6”

$700.00

 

 

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22. Entwined

Acrylic paint on carved basswood

2019

7” x 7”

$400.00

 

I’ve been thinking…

I like to think I’m in this for the long haul. You know, like Bob Dylan. I’ve been selling paintings for about 40 years and I could do so for 40 more!!! Who knows!? I wonder sometimes where my work is and how it is doing. As a mixed media artist, over the years I’ve experimented with a lot of different kinds of adhesives etc. I’d like to make it clear that if somebody bought something even years ago and it starts to become unglued or undone in any way, arrange to leave it with me in my studio and if it is fairly minor (or clearly my fault), I will do my best to fix it–no charge! If it’s a major thing like the Christmas tree scraped the encaustic off a painting or you threw one at your ex, then I will still try to fix it but I might charge you a bit. Email me to arrange a time: LynneMcilvride@icloud.com.

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Epiphany


After decades of art-making, I am still delighted when I am led into an unanticipated direction. I’ve always liked wood. (Who doesn’t?!) But my past experience has been limited to woodblock carving for prints. In the commission I finished last year for ‘Our Lady of Perpetual Help’ Church, I incorporated relief woodcarving into the frames. The placement of the commissions in the niches of the church and their content of the presence and workings of the Holy Spirit all sent me back to a way of art-making from years ago before the tornados hit that was characterized by hope and the munificence of God. This is timely I think because surely we are living in an appalling and absurd time in need of hope.

I fell in love with woodcarving doing this commission

I’ve always loved symmetry, especially imperfect symmetry where carved pattern is revealed and then lost but still the intention of the pattern remains. I also love the shape of the equilateral cross with its reference to life and death; arm-stretching cosmic hugs; whirligigs and flowers with stillness at their centers; the crucifixion and the flowering resurrection. My friend and I were talking about the small epiphanies of childhood–instances when we sensed an invitation from God: the comfort and mystery of a statue of Virgin and Child on a well-frequented path; wind animating the tops of trees; a song about the magi breaking into a child’s sad night. As I do these small dense painted carvings, I realize they represent hints of hope; modest epiphanies. They allude to those moments that happen in the blink of an eye, brief and easily missed but if you manage to pay attention, life-changing.

The Epiphany series will be shown at the Artist Project Toronto February 21-24, 2019

For more images from the series click here.

Commission Part 2!

I am very happy and quite relieved to be finished the second part of my commission for “Our Lady of Perpetual Help” church, Toronto.

I have to say, I love this painting. These two paintings/constructions have pushed me into an interesting direction involving wood carving and beadwork. I am just beginning this series but a few are available at my studio this coming weekend, September 15-16 for the UXBRIDGE STUDIO TOUR. Here is a preview: