Online Painting Class |past and actual participants (2020 - 2021)
At Walk the Arts, we start our personalized teaching according to the level of each participant. Under serious questioning under our supervision, 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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My love of nature and my education in Biology, Entomology and Ornithology greatly influence my work. I strive to merge the rational and the emotional, loss and regrowth, failure and beauty in the pieces I create.
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.
Je peins parce que la beauté de la nature humaine me donne de l’espoir. Saisir les émotions, les croyances, la culture et le mode de vie d’une personne me fascine et me touche. Ce partage intime se traduit par des œuvres qui apaisent mon esprit et me procurent une confiance en l’avenir.
I paint because the beauty of human nature gives me hope. Capturing a person’s emotions, beliefs, culture and way of life fascinates and touches me. This intimate sharing translates into works that calm my mind and give me confidence in the future.
I paint for those days when I am in the flow and feel the exhilaration of freely expressing my creativity even while knowing that there will be other days of struggle, turgidity and hopefully breakthrough. I very much like the physicality of putting paint on a canvas – the gesture, the mark, the mixing of colors – the process of making and revealing. Having spent a professional life solving problems for others it is with great joy that I approach each piece with the intention to delve deeply and express my innermost thoughts and feelings
I must create on canvas oases born of visions of vital balance… I always hope that the finished painting reveals a search for serenity.
Je me dois de créer sur la toile des oasis nées de visions aux équilibres vitaux… J’espère toujours que le tableau achevé révèle une recherche de la sérénité.
Page to come this Fall 2021
I am currently painting because of the love of the rich, vibrant colours that I splash spontaneously across the canvas, curious to see where the rivers of paint will run, hoping to create a magical world of dramatic abstract imagery. Painting is pure escapism from the news of the day.
Dostoyevsky wrote that “Beauty will change the world” and I am trying to do my part by creating works that please the eye, feed the soul, and express my passion about life.
Painting brings me pleasure and challenges. It fulfills my desire for expression. Mixing color, taking a brush in hand, and putting it into a puddle of paint and then onto canvass is a gratifying adventure.
Je peins pour explorer des territoires intérieures à la quête de moments de beauté et de plénitude.
I paint to explore inner territories in search of moments of beauty and fulfillment.
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.
Pier-Malek ("Keleb") MASHIO
I paint to express myself freely and fully.
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 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.
As an interest in my inner life, revelation, development, and surpassing oneself feeds my artistic approach, I chose painting as a means of expression and self-observation
From still-life to landscape, my paintings are inspired by nature and the embedded industrial images of Detroit.
Like the spider spinning her web\My canvas, I create my vision.
My studio | Mon atelier
Our last year guest crits; established artists from Canada and Colombia.
Vicky Neumann (Colombia)
Vicky Neumann is one of the important artists of Colombia. She is represented by the best galleries in her country.
Vicky Neumann demeure l’une des artistes importantes de la Colombie. Elle est représentée par les meilleures galeries de son pays.
Vicky Neumann was born in 1963 in Barranquilla, Colombia. She studied Fine Arts at the School of Fine Arts in Barranquilla, as well as at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, Italy, and Mairie de Paris, France.
In 2018, the Museo Rayo in Roldanillo, Valle del Cauca, held a retrospective of her work entitled Vicky Neumann. In 2017 he showed his most recent works in the exhibition Doméstico Alterado at Galería El Museo, Bogotá. In 2015 she presented the exhibition, Juventud sin divino tesoro at the Universidad Nacional in Bogotá and in 2012 the exhibition Vicky Neumann, at the Museo de Arte de Caldas in Manizales, among others. His works are part of important national and international collections, including Delaware Art Museum, United States, Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, California, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Bogotá and Museo de Caldas, Manizales.
The artworks of Colombian artist Vicky Neumann present a contemporary reality, which is disconcerting to some viewers because of its fresh, haughty, creative, and innovative language. From a chromatic and compositional point of view, Neumann’s work delves into the subject of the paintings in a different order, oriented and reformulated as a pretext to paint.
The artist’s works become compositions that incorporate cut canvases, reconfigured paintings, and, particularly, Clementina’s embroideries. These works require attention and attention; beyond the colors and the drama of the gesture, there is a reality that is perceived in the transformed landscape, in the threads that tell a story. Vicky Neumann gathers, as a visual and plastic homage, elements that challenge her from the daily life of Clementina, from her environment, and from the bond built between the two of them.
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.
Marc Adornato (Canada)
Marc Adornato is a non-religious, Italian-Canadian contemporary artist based in Ottawa, Canada. His subversive and provocative art practice consists of dark and dystopian subjects, but often with a satirical, playful, irreverent twist.
Pollution & climate change, domestic terrorism & gun violence, state surveillance, wealth inequality, and Capitalism-gone-wrong are regular motifs in his paintings, street art, performances, sculptures, and videos. Adornato also explores a wide range of other mediums and disciplines including building instruments, music, assemblage furniture, mischievous pranks, and more.
His work resides in the permanent art collections of the City of Ottawa, the Diefenbunker Museum, as well as several prominent private collections across Canada, Italy, China, and Spain. Adornato has also received grants and awards including the Artist Production Grant from the City of Ottawa in 2018 for his most recent medieval painting series, Dystopia Rising.
Career highlights include solo exhibitions at the Diefenbunker Museum (2018), The Ottawa Art Gallery Annexe (2016), group exhibitions at the Bank of Canada’s Currency Museum (2007), the Canadian War Museum (2006), and a 7-year (ongoing) residency at the politically contentious gastro pub, UNION 613 in Ottawa.
For more information, visit Contemporary Art | Adornato Contemporary Fine Art | Canada
Michel V. Cheff (Canada)
Michel V. Cheff has, for many years, contributed to the development of various cultural organizations, educational institutions and museums. He has participated in the work of boards of directors, governance and strategic planning committees, acquisitions, exhibitions and programming committees, grants and award juries and has conducted art critique sessions.
He was curator of the exhibition Hommage à Dallaire: Que la fête commence !, marking the centenary of the birth of Hull’s artist, Jean-Philippe Dallaire, presented at the Galerie Montcalm, Gatineau, in 2016. In 2018 he curated the first phase of the exhibition Suzanne Joubert: 30 ans de forêts. He is currently curatorial advisor on the AT HOME exhibition project about the Danish painter Wilhelm Hammershøi (1864-1916), a project led by the Ottawa photographer Leslie Hossack. The exhibition will be presented in 2021.
Michel V. Cheff taught drawing and art history at Algonquin College, the Ottawa School of Art and the Université du Quebec à Hull (1970-1980); he was Education Officer and Head of Educational Services at the National Gallery of Canada (1974-1988), Chief Curator and Director of Curatorial Services at the Musée du Québec (1988-1993), Executive Director of the Winnipeg Art Gallery (1993-1998) and Director, Special Initiatives in the Office of the CEO, Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation, Gatineau (1998-2011). Between 1984 and 2010, Michel was involved in numerous museum and visual arts associations. He has served as President of the Canadian Museums Association and as President of the Canadian Art Museum Directors Organization.
Michel holds a Diploma in Creative Arts from Sheridan College, Oakville (1970), an Honors BA in Visual Arts from the University of Ottawa (1974) and an MA in Art History from the Université de Montréal. His thesis focused on Le dessin chez Jean-Philippe Dallaire (1916-1965) jusqu’en 1938 (1983). Mr. Cheff studied andragogy at the Université du Québec à Hull in the late 1970s, Italian at the University of Ottawa in the 1980s, and theology at the Dominican University College in Ottawa between 2000 and 2008. Michel V. Cheff lives in Ottawa.