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This is an invitation for the wonderful Spring exhibit from the Lakeshore Association of Artists I am part of. This year again, approximately 45 artists will exhibit at the Fritz Farm Community Center, located at 20477 Lakeshore road in Baie d’Urfé H9X 1R3. One third of artwork sales and all raffle tickets sales will be donated to NOVA West Island.

 

NOVA West Island is a charitable healthcare organization that supports the West Island population by providing palliative and oncology care, adult and children bereavement programs, home support and adult day centers. These are provided by a team of registered nurses, health aides, program coordinators and volunteers.

 

The vernissage takes place on Friday April 21st  from 7PM to 9:30PM and the exhibit continues Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd  from 10am to 5 pm.

 

Don’t miss this special event ! I will be there on Friday evening and Sunday afternoon.

 

I also invite you to visit my website at: http://suzannebelair.com and my facebook page: www.facebook.com/SuzanneBelairArtist

 

 

Hope to see you there !

 

Suzanne

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This is an invitation for the wonderful Spring exhibit from the Lakeshore Association of Artists I am part of. This year again, more than 40 artists will exhibit at the Fritz Farm Community Center, located at 20477 Lakeshore road in Baie d’Urfé H9X 1R3. One third of artwork sales revenues and all raffle tickets sales will be donated to NOVA West Island.

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NOVA West Island is a charitable healthcare organization that supports the West Island population by providing palliative and oncology care, adult and children bereavement programs, home support, adult day centers and foot care clinics. These are provided by a team of registered nurses, health aides, program coordinators and volunteers.

 

The vernissage takes place on Friday April 15th from 7PM to 9:30PM and the exhibit continues Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th from 10am to 5 pm.

 

Don’t miss this special event ! Unfortunately I won’t be there because of a recent knee operation but other artists will be there to greet you.

 

I also invite you to visit my my facebook page: www.facebook.com/SuzanneBelairArtist

and my website at: http://suzannebelair.com

 

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©2015 Valerie Fafard

Photo©2015 Valerie Fafard

Love, love, love December 31st and January 1st , the two days of the year when all hope is permitted, when all options appear open and everything seems possible !

The time when dreams can be made and when the will to take the necessary steps to bring them to fruition is alive! Ahhh the New Year, the best time of the year !

Time to look back and think about everything positive that happened during the year and think about where we want to go. The perfect time to reflect on life.

During the week before, I finished a great book by David Bayles and Ted Orland on the perils and rewards of art making and called “Art and fear”. I simply love this book, and plan on applying its wisdom to my art-making in the New Year and forward.

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As artists, we are always pulled in different directions, pulled between what we want to do and what we THINK our audience wants to see. The book really brings home the contrast between our personal and emotional involvement in our work and that of the viewer who‘s appreciation of our work is not based at all on our motivations or history. Nor is it based on the time required to write an article, a book or paint a particular image. The main thing the viewer wants is to connect with the art in his/her own special way. But seeking approval, even that of our peers, is a trap since it puts a lot of power into the hands of someone outside of ourselves.

The book talks about the fear that invades us, that is ever present, the fear that transforms itself into procrastination, resistance to deadlines, irritation at a lack of time or at our materials, our surroundings, distraction over the achievements of others… Indeed fear of being open to outsiders, of showing ourselves raw, the fear of being too honest, the fear of rejection…

As we start this New Year, I want to forget about all these underlying fears, put them aside and move forward. I would like to learn to live with them, accept them but don’t let them control me.

The book is reassuring. We recognize ourselves in it, whether painter, sculptor, writer or performing artist. It talks about dry spells, a totally normal occurrence that happens to all of us. Unfortunately, we often tend to treat these as personal failures each time they occur, when we should simply accept them and continue with our art-making routine.

I know talking about routine is not very romantic but routine is what anchors our art in our day to day life. So for 2016, my plan is to get back into my routine of art-making and stick to it and not beat myself down if I don’t produce as much or as well as I would like.

It has become harder and harder for me to stick to a routine, especially since my October 2014 accident. I feel pulled in several directions and love to get together with friends and see my family. Art-making takes time away from all this. It is difficult to balance friendships, family and painting/writing time, on top of all other obligations and actions that we need to take on a daily basis. After all, life is full of priorities and presents us with a lot of opportunities and challenges.

When you are doing something, engaging into any activity, you necessarily forego something else. I don’t understand people that talk about boredom. For me, there are never enough hours in the day or days in the week to do all that interests me, all that I want to see, all that I want to love !

So, following my reflection of the last two days, I decided that today is my organizing day. I have made a few decisions this morning:

No more e-mails, social media or reading the news first thing in the morning. From now on, I will leave all my devices OFF until I have accomplished something on my “To do” list. This includes painting and/or writing everyday. Phone calls until then, will be limited to what needs to be accomplished that day.

I am planning to respect my time and force others to respect it too.

I am planning to respect my art and I, by only doing art that I care about. I basically do this already but sometimes, the temptation to produce for a show and letting our guard down on our ideas can be strong.

Happy New Year to all and Good self-reflection!

 

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The Lakeshore Association of Artists is holding its exhibition on September 12th and 13th. I am exhibiting on Saturday the 12th and am offering a demonstration at 11:30 AM on background preparation of canvas to add or increase texture. This will take place at my site No. 13 on the shore of Lake St-Louis.

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All welcome

Entrance free

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http://www.artlakeshore.com

 

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This year again, more than 40 artists, including me, will exhibit at the Fritz Farm Community Center, located at 20477 Lakeshore road in Baie d’Urfé H9X 1R3. One third of artwork sales revenues and all raffle tickets sales will be donated to NOVA West Island.

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NOVA West Island is a charitable healthcare organization that supports the West Island population by providing palliative and oncology care, adult and children bereavement programs, home support, adult day centers and foot care clinics. These are provided by a team of registered nurses, health aides, program coordinators and volunteers.

The vernissage takes place on Friday April 24th from 7PM to 9:30PM and the exhibit continues Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5 pm.

Don’t miss this special event ! I will be at the vernissage on Friday to greet you.

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I have been nominated to participate in a Five-Day Art Challenge on Facebook, where artists are invited to share 3 pictures of their work per day for five days. For the first day I would like to go back to some of my fruits paintings. I enjoyed doing these, the first one of which was inspired by my good friend Dwight Perkins who loves  to garden, is great at it, and had given me these wonderful cherry tomatoes. I set them in the grass in my backyard while the sun was bright and took pictures from several angles and notes about their colors. This was first painted with a grisaille of burnt umber and titanium white. Once this was dry, colors were added thinly and slowly. These are all oil paintings.

Summer Harvest

Summer Harvest © 2010 Suzanne Bélair Oil on Canvas 16 X 20

Fall Harvest © Suzanne Bélair Oil on canvas  16 X 16 in

Fall Harvest
© Suzanne Bélair
Oil on canvas 16 X 16 in

Kakiappuy

Kaki leaning on 2 pommagranates ©2010 Suzanne Bélair Oil on canvas 14 X 18

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Ahhh the New Year, the best time of the year ! Time to look back and think about everything positive that happened during the year and think about where we want to go. The perfect time to reflect on life.

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As we start this new year, lets focus on the art world and what we need to do to feel good about what we are creating and at the same time, move happily forward as an artist.

I am talking about Artistic Vision- What is it, how do we get it, how do we know it is the right one? As artists, we all like to experiment and try different styles and mediums. When do we know what is good TO us  and FOR us?

What is an artistic vision? It is basically what you are trying to do with your art, what you want to convey, that intangible that comes from within and makes you different from everybody else. Is there a grand theme or an underlying message that can tie your work together? You have to know what you want to say with your art. Do you want to entertain an audience, please yourself, change the world, become a great technician? If you don’t know, find out. Whatever it is you want, it is worth pursuing and it is worth knowing for yourself as well as your audience.

Vision is about insight. It starts with your heart, your soul, your intuition.  as Carl Jung said: “Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside awakens.”

Take some time to think about your vision and write down all the ideas and things about your vision that come to mind as it comes to you, no order, no sorting, or record yourself speaking the words you hear or envision. Don’t edit or erase, don’t think too much, just keep on writing without worrying about what you write or why and keep at it until you feel everything has been written down or said. Discover yourself. Once you know where you want to go, what you want to say, who you are, it becomes easier to chose your subjects and your commitment to the technical aspect of your art will be renewed so that you can convey this vision.

This clear vision is what sets you apart from other artists and nobody but you can decide what this vision should be.

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