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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Aurora Studio Tour 2016

Saturday November 19th and Sunday November 20th were the dates of this year's Aurora Studio Tour. Artists readied themselves and their studios, and welcomed visitors into their private spaces, where they create their most passionate work. What a wonderful experience for art lovers or those people who are just plain curious about where artists make it all happen.

My group, Local Colour Aurora, displayed 40 pieces of artwork at Hillary House as part of their two month long Art at the Manor exhibition. Different LCA artists took shifts during the weekend to meet and greet studio tour visitors. A steady stream of traffic on both days keep everyone on their toes. The atmosphere enchanted everyone who came to Hillary House as she had just been decorated in a traditional Victorian fashion for Christmas. The first snowfall outside came right on cue, adding a spark of anticipation for the upcoming holiday celebrations.

Each LCA artist displaying at Hillary House was asked to paint one piece that depicted the traditional home in some way. Interior or exterior. I chose to do exterior and ended up with a very unique piece, very different than the other exceptional artists in the group. I did a sketch, which I showed you a while back in a blog post, but couldn't quite get the painting to the canvas the same way I saw it in my head. I had started off with a teal sky and a blue house. It just was not working and I ended up taking the painting to the laundry tub in the basement and scrubbing most of layers of paint off. This kind of thing does happen from time to time. Once the canvas was dry, I started again, using different colours and this is what I came up with.

"Dazzling Hillary"
16x20" acrylic on canvas

The Art at the Manor exhibition runs until January 27th, 2017. Please make a point of checking it out along with some of the festivities that the Aurora Historical Society has planned for the Holiday Season.

Until next time,

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