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.
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.
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.
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’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
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: