Sometimes what you see is what you get

Sometimes what you see is what you get… a real, honest to goodness landscape photo. While I am primarily an abstract artist, there are times when I find it difficult to abstract an image. That is the challenge with working from something tangible, that I can see, versus what I generate from my brain. With certain photos, I just like them as they are and I find it difficult to separate from that. Here are a few from my walk this weekend, with one abstract thrown in for good measure. It’s a beautiful, sunny day today. I hope you get outside to enjoy the outdoors wherever you are.

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Winter dreaming

As promised on my Facebook page Deann Stein Hasinoff Art, here are some photos from my Winter Dreaming series. Winter is my favourite season. It’s the everything is dead and buried season, which means I only deal with indoor aggravators (that would be things like dust mites, not people 🙂 Ah, I make myself laugh). As a perennially cold person, it wasn’t always my favourite, and I used to spend most of my winter days trying to avoid being outside. I am an expert in thermal underwear 🙂 Now, as long as it’s not -20C or below (too much cold is also a trigger), I love to be outside.

I don’t take composed photographs when I’m out walking, rather I take a lot of shots of what I think might be interesting. It’s not until I get home and download everything that I see whether I have anything good. To me a good photograph is one with multiple possibilities to transform it into an abstract image. When I flip an image to black and white and immediately see several different compositions, I get excited.

The weather is finally holding steady in the 0C to -5C range. Much nicer than the -20C we were experiencing, and I look forward to many more walks and winter dreaming.

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Harcourt House Art-o-Rama

Looking outside at the snow today it certainly feels like Christmas is just around the corner! Just in time for the holiday season, Harcourt House Artist Artist Run Centre is hosting its inaugural Art-o-Rama Christmas Art Sale Fundraiser + Bohemian Extravaganza. December 1st – 3rd, with an opening reception on Friday December 1st from 7-11 pm.

The show offers affordable, original, small format works in a variety of media: painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, photography, glass, ceramics, jewellery, metal design works, and mixed media compositions by Edmonton’s and other Alberta’s leading and emerging artists and designers. Fifty percent of the proceeds from art sales will go to support much needed renovations of Harcourt House’s art facilities. Looking for that special Christmas gift? Click on the link for full event details.

I will have three pieces in the show.

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Sneak Peek – Art from the Unknown

Here is a sneak peek of what I will have on display for Art from the Unknown. It’s been a busy month already! This past week I took down my graduating show at the Faculty of Extension, and attended the opening reception for Visual Arts Alberta/CARFAC’s Ten Voices 2017. Now it’s time to get ready for Art from the Unknown.

Art From the Unknown is a group exhibition, which originated with former Edmonton-Strathcona MLA Raj Pannu and is continued by the Hon. Rachel Notley.

Friday October 27, 2017, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Opening Night Reception with Live Music
Saturday October 28, 2017, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM – General Gallery
Sunday October 29, 2017, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – General Gallery

This free event provides a no-cost gallery space to our community’s new and emerging artists. Over the 3 days of the exhibition, 700 visitors are expected to view 70+ artists at this free gallery.

Stop by and say hi!

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Ten Voices 2017 – Edmonton

My work is a part of this group exhibition.

Visual Arts Alberta ~ CARFAC, in partnership with the Friends of the Jubilee Auditoria Society
presents Ten Voices 2017 in the ​Kaasa Gallery at the ​Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (11455 ​- 87 Ave​nue NW​)​​

This Alberta- wide juried exhibition of artwork by 10 Alberta artists, creating photographic and digitally manipulated imagery, features classic and innovative artwork diverse in subject matter, style and technique.

The exhibition ​focuses on the different ways artists respond to the world around, and within, them. ​

Location: ​Kaasa Gallery, ​Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (11455 ​- 87 Ave​nue NW)​​

Reception: Thursday, October 19th from 7 to 9 pm.

The ​​Kaasa Gallery is open during preshow and intermission during Jubilee performances, or Monday to Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

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Art From the Unknown

Art From the Unknown is a group exhibition, which originated with former Edmonton-Strathcona MLA Raj Pannu and is continued by the Hon. Rachel Notley.

Friday October 27, 2017, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Opening Night Reception with Live Music
Saturday October 28, 2017, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM – General Gallery
Sunday October 29, 2017, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – General Gallery

This free event provides a no-cost gallery space to our community’s new and emerging artists. Over the 3 days of the exhibition, 700 visitors are expected to view 70+ artists at this free gallery.

I will display some of my new photographic works as well as some digital drawings.

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All exits look the same Edmonton 2017

“… accomplishment shouldn’t be the end of the road, just the starting point for the next leap forward.”
Harvey Mackay

My solo graduating show is now up at the Extension Gallery in Enterprise Square until October 18th.  I am grateful to those who took time out of their weekend September 30th to come to the opening reception and share their impressions with me. A few people asked what I would do next, now that I am finishing my certificate in visual arts. I plan to make more art! I have several different directions I am interested in exploring, and lots more learning to do. I can’t take typical art classes (chemicals, dust, etc.) but I will find a way to continue adding to my art education as I go. I also plan to become an expert art packer. All exits look the same will be at the Artpoint Gallery in Calgary in February 2018, and I plan to apply to other public or artist-run galleries.

All in all, I am excited for what lies ahead and I welcome my next leap forward.

 

Artist Statement:

“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.” Steve Jobs

Unexpected change and learning to live a different life is something many experience. In 2013 my body decided it wanted a divorce. Although I hoped we could work things out, for a time we were separated. This series is an abstracted visual narrative of my experiences in developing and living with chronic illness. Drawing was a way for me to reflect on the changes in my life over time, and helped me to come to a point of acceptance.

No longer able to draw with traditional materials due to severe sensitivities, I have embraced the digital medium. While the apps I use mimic traditional materials, there is an inherent digital footprint that I embrace, a stair-stepped line, a slight blur of the image. I do not try to obscure these elements, as without this new medium I would not be able to practice art at all. In addition to my own experiences I seek out blogs, books and film. Language and words play an important role in the development of my work.

My life now is both the same and very different. No matter what challenge we face, darkness and light can coexist. In accepting the darkness/fear/anxiety that comes with major change instead of pushing against it, I found I could create something new that is still me.*

All exists look the same – lyric excerpted from the Avett Brothers I and Love and You
*David Gandelman Acceptance https://insighttimer.com/groundedmind/guided-meditations/acceptance and
Sarah Blondin Accepting Change https://soundcloud.com/liveawakepodcast/podcast-accepting- change

 

 

quotes:  BrainyQuote http://bit.ly/2xa7aLv and http://bit.ly/2xOJ9XD

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Fashion choices and work

Fashion choices for work for me involve old jeans or really old jeans? Mask or no mask?

The past few weeks I have been working on getting ready for my solo show that starts September 30th. The work this week involves framing the 30 some pieces that will be in the show. Being severely chemically sensitive, as well as having environmental sensitivities and allergies means it’s time to bust out the mask. I have a love/hate relationship with my mask – it allows me to do things that I otherwise could not do for a short period of time, but it also gifts me with a fantastic “mask face” (indents left behind by the mask which take forever to go away), and often a really good headache if I have to wear it for a prolonged period. Being a woman, it is also hard to find masks that fit my face (forget the hardware store variety). If you’re in the market, I suggest Lee Valley as they have two types of disposable sized masks and samples in store you can try on.

Earlier in the month while finishing up a piece, I made the decision to add a bit of charcoal. There is probably a way I could have done it digitally with photoshop, but it would have taken me an hour or so if I was lucky. I took some extra medication, got out the mask and went outside to do the 5 minute job of adding some additional shadow to the piece. I didn’t wear gloves, which I should have, and the attempt highlighted for me that I need to sit down and figure this type of task out digitally. 🙁 I do miss the tactile nature of working with art materials on paper. This work is about knowledge and I am still figuring out the title, so I shall leave you in suspense for the moment. Come check out my show and see it live, with enormous special effects! (kidding – more like “In a frame! On a wall!”)

The snapshots this week are an exciting array of my life as an artist. Now back to fashion. Glasses or no glasses? (Although really that’s becoming more of a necessity and less of a choice these days. 🙂 )

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Ten Voices 2017 – Calgary

On August 31st I had the pleasure of attending the Calgary opening of Visual Arts Alberta/CARFAC’s Ten Voices 2017 show. There was an interesting mix of subject matter, style and methods in the show. Having multiple pieces from each artist also helped give a broader sense of the artists’ work.

Ten Voices 2017 will be up at the Southern Jubilee Auditorium until October 16th. The ​Alcove Gallery is open during preshow and intermission during Jubilee performances. Additional viewing hours are Monday to Friday 8:30 am until 4:30 pm​.

I am looking forward to when the show comes to Edmonton in October. The opening reception will be Thursday, October 19th, 7-9 pm.

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