November 24, 2015

No rest for the wicked!

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It's busy, busy, busy here in the studio! now that I know I am going to be part of the Artist Project 2016 there are So many things that need to be done! Big boring things like researching insurance, transportation, taxes and packaging materials. But also fun things, like planning new compositions and painting new paintings. I have decided that I have to finish at least 17 more painting before the show in February so no pressure! :) I've already started working on some new compositions, cities like Leiden, Haarlem, San Diego, LA and Rome are on the list but if they will all get a painting I don't know yet. We will see, we will see!

I am a very lucky girl though because I won't have to do all the preparation by myself. As always I have my wonderfully supportive husband to help me, and this time there are two artist friends of mine who will also be exhibiting at the show; Jono Dorion and Louis-Bernard St-Jean. This means we can pull our resources, yay! We had our first strategy meeting yesterday and I'm feeling a lot more confident about getting everything done :) I'm still a bit stressed but at least I feel like I have an idea of what needs to be done, that always helps, if I have my list I'm good :)

In other news, it's snowing in Montreal! We've has some wet flurries a couple of weeks ago but this is the first real snow, yay! the world outside is white and pretty again :) It's only the first snow so it'll probably melt again before the real winter starts but still :)

Time to get back to work, thanks for reading!
Denise Buisman Pilger - Artist Abroad

November 16, 2015

Back from a Beautiful Break!

Last week was AMAZING! On Saturday morning we got up really, really early to hop on a plane to San Diego for some time in the sun before we get covered in snow here in Montreal. We spent some time exploring the city of San Diego, which is awesome by the way! We walked through Balboa Park, visited down town, old town and Coronado island. Saw breathtaking sunsets, stood steps away from seals, pelicans and hummingbirds. Drove up the coast to LA where we had fun on the Santa Monica pier, visited Meltdown Comics and went to a taping of @Midnight which is hosted by our favourite comic; Chris Hardwick. We drove to Malibu and enjoyed art, architecture and stunning views at the Getty. I took over 1000 photographs! So there will definitely be its and pieces of this wonderful vacation that will show up in my future artwork. I can already see multiple mixed media cityscapes of Sn Diego and LA! But now I'm back and it is time to head back into the studio and get to work! Many things to do! So many things! But before I go I will leave you with a couple of shots from our beautiful trip! Enjoy! 

November 06, 2015

Big Art and Big News!

It has been a while since my last update, things have been busy, busy, busy in the studio. I'm a self employed artist so I make myself busy but still, busy :) Anyway...

I have some BIG news to share with you guys! I have been selected to be part of the Artist Project next year! I am SO excited! The Artist Project is a high end art fair that allows the public to browse and buy work directly from the artists. Visitors can explore and discover works of art from over 250 top contemporary artists from Canada and abroad. This is going to be the Artist Project's 9th year, the show will be held from February 18 to 21, 2016 at the Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto.

This means I will have to work like a mad woman in the next few months, no rest for the wicked ;-) I've been working on some BIG stuff, literally! I've two new pieces in the works that are both going to be 48"x72" in size, which is going to be quite challenging. Not only will I have to ask my sweet, sweet hubby for help getting the panels onto my easel (my new Best easel is going to come in handy here!) But I'm also going to have to find a way to clean gel skins that are as tall as I am, so yeah, that's a thing :D

Both mixed media cityscapes are going to be of Amsterdam, my city of birth! One painting is going to have a lot of trusty bicycles, you know how us Dutch people enjoy our bicycles! The other artwork is going to feature the world famous waterways of Amsterdam and some of the Canal boats that I remember so well from my childhood. 

I will keep you all posted on the latest news and updates about the show and my preparations so keep an eye on this blog for more information! Oh and if you've found this blog and haven't seen my work before, check out my website, there's lots of new mixed media artwork being added all the time!