Online Painting Class | Fall 2020 & Winter 2021 (Wednesday)
At Walk the Arts, we start our personalized teaching according to the level of each participant. Under our direction, and as a group, we move on forward. We promote creativity and authenticity in a much more demanding and complex “artworld”. Enjoy the uniqueness of everyone.
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I paint for enjoyment, a break from routine activities, and importantly the companionship with my friend Joy in USA. I love the tactile properties of paint….dragging and pushing the colours of our Australian outback with gay abandonment…whether realistic, abstract or expressionist.
I paint because I enjoy MY time spent splashing paint around and it connects me with my friend Heather, a long way away! It is an escape and self-care when I get stressed or overwhelmed and I can disappear into myself and my painting for a few hours.
I draw and illustrate in order to understand the world and come to terms with my own mortality and flaws. Death, life, nature, and science are my favourite things- bringing them together in a symbiosis brings me joy. All of these subjects can be beautiful and terrifying. I love it.
I paint because it sparks joy. I must find visual beauty, calm, serenity, logic in chaos to appease the soul. Like Japanese “zen” and “wabi sabi”, Swedish “lagom”, Danish “hygge”, I am inspired by beauty, nature, history, traditions, culture, travel. Like Greek “meraki”, I think (I hope) I leave a piece of myself in my work.
I love to paint because I like to tell a story without words. I am intrigued by the emotions colors give. I am fascinated by the effect that paintings have on the human mind. I enjoy exploring my other self and trying to emulate this through my paintings. It is my serenity.
Pier-Malek ("Keleb") MASHIO
I paint to express myself freely and fully.
Je désire, alors je peins. Peindre est pas cette grandiose envolée tant surintellectualisée.
I want to paint, I paint. Painting is not this grand, overintellectualized flight.
After admiring painting and the creative, I have been drawn to painting as the best way to capture subjects that are often simple but speak to me as representing real value in a society that is often consumed with immediate but short-term gratification.
Mid positive crit by professor and the class October 21.
Final positive crit on November 25 by…
Milly Ristvedt, RCA
Milly Ristvedt was born in Kimberley, B.C. and studied at the Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr University). She began her art practice in Toronto and had her first exhibition there in 1968 with the Carmen Lamanna Gallery. Her work was included in the 7th Biennial of Canadian Painting at the National Gallery of Canada and the 3rd International Pioneer Galleries Exhibition at Musee Cantonal, Lausanne and Musee d’Art Moderne, Paris during this period. During a three-year period in Montreal, from 1970 to 1973, Ristvedt was a founding member of Véhicule Art Inc., the first artist-run centre in Montreal, and had a solo exhibition at the Musee d’Art Contemporain de Montréal.
Since 1968 Ristvedt has had more than fifty solo exhibitions, including a travelling ten-year survey exhibition in 1978 organized by the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, and her work has been included in national and international exhibitions. She has received grants for her work from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council, and in 2012 was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her service as Advocacy Representative for the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
Her work can be found in the collections of the Canada Council Art Bank, Art Gallery of Ontario, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Vancouver Art Gallery, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Glenbow Museum, Musee d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and Harvard University, amongst others. In 2011, Ristvedt earned a Master’s degree in Art History from Queen’s University, with her thesis, Reinhardt, Martin, Richter: Colour in the Grid of Contemporary Painting.