recent paintings and news

recent paintings and news

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Oil Painting Workshops

'When it comes to paint, Oil is my first love. There is nothing like dipping the brush in buttery colour and spreading it on the canvas. More importantly,
painting with oil allows for a deeper understanding of colour relationships and composition from the get go, an advantage when it comes to working with any painting media.'

July
good things come to those who wait
oil on canvas ,30x30in, sold 
copyright Jan Yates 2016


Painting With Oil

This series will give participants a sound understanding of oil painting methodology, allowing for an opportunity to work comfortably with this versatile medium.

*Subjects addressed:

Consistency
Direct painting techniques
Indirect painting methods
Mixing colour
Brushwork and painting tools
Composition and design
Mediums to achieve effect, viscosity and drying


Class size is small and each participant will receive individual attention yet have ample time to work on their own painting.

*The subjects listed will be the core of all three workshops, however those with limited experience are encouraged to take the first workshop in the series.

Each session is 3 hours. Sign up for 1 workshop or all 3.

DATES
Sundays, February 20, 27, March 6

TIME
1-4PM

FEE
 $65 per workshop or $180 for all 3 workshops

A materials list is provided upon registration. Receipt of registration guarantees your place in the class.


REGISTER HERE
Payment can be made securely online via PayPal or inter-ac email transfer.

Workshops take place in the artist’s studio, located in Grimsby,
Ontario.

December, Solstice
oil / cold wax on canvas, 18x20in, sold
 copyright Jan Yates 2016

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Niagara Icewine Festival

The Niagara icewine Festival is happening very soon. A true Icewine can only be made from grapes that have naturally frozen on the vine -hand-picked when the thermometer dips to -8° C or lower. Often this is done at night as timing is crucial.

The festival, with live music (Whitehorse YAY!), food and of course wine will be held in Jordan Village next weekend. Our gallery (The Jordan Art Gallery) is in the village right beside Cave Spring cellars. Come in and warm up-I will also have a few available Niagara Vineyard paintings on display including this one.


January, Remains of the Day (-8)
 oil on canvas, 12x12in
 copyright Jan Yates 2016

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Shetland

I finally took the time to photograph the whole of this painting-(rather than the snippets I've been sharing). I'm happy with it as it seems to culminate my time in Shetland.

Pending funding I have been invited back to Shetland for another residency-more to follow.




 Shetland 21 (a day with Anne & Mike)
oil/ cold wax on canvas
30x30in
copyright Jan Yates 2016

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Niagara Plein Air paintings


Thought I'd share some plein air paintings made in Niagara over the past few months....

SPECIAL OFFER
I have been accepted for an international residency in 2016 and in order to raise funds for the journey, all paintings here are offered for half of the listed price: ie if you see a painting for 300, it is yours for 150.



December
oil & cold wax on canvas
8x10in 2015
300.


December, remains of the day
oil & cold wax on canvas
12x12in,
400.




November
the more things change
oil & cold wax on canvas
14x16in, 2015
450.



November
oil & cold wax on canvas
9x12in, 2015
sold



November
oil and  cold wax on canvas
8x10in
300




November
oil and cold wax on canvas
9x12in, 2015
350



October
oil and cold wax on canvas 12x12in, 2015
400





October, remains of the day,
oil & cold wax on canvas
8x10in
300




October
oil and cold wax on canvas 9x12in,2015
350.






October
it's all right to fall
oil and cold wax on canvas, 8x10in
300





October
after rain
oil on canvas
16x20in, 2015
500

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Cold wax workshops resumed

Yes I have disappeared from blog world. A house move and other projects have put the brakes on making, but after the life shifts are sifting in, they seem to be making their way into the work..

I also made a conscious decision NOT to take up extra time that could be used to make art so I've had to pick my battles. My current work is posted on facebook so if you would like to keep up with it, please 'like' my page, which can be found here.

I really do appreciate all who take a moment out of their busy lives to peruse my work and when it connects with even one of you than I am happy.

In the meantime I am still working with cold wax and oil and have just resumed teaching in these mediums. Info can be found here.


November, oil & cold wax on canvas, 9x12in
 copyright Jan Yates 2015, available

Friday, August 28, 2015

plein air, June


I am behind on this blog. This is a plein air painting made in June on the Niagara Escarpment


'Little June'
oil on canvas
8x8in
copyright Jan Yates, 2015

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Shetland art residency update

in progress: St. Ninian's, Shetland
Picture  
in progress: Sumburgh Head, Shetland
This body of work is new and I will be delving into it throughout the year-probably much longer. The series is evolving out of a recent (April 2015) residency in the Shetland Islands, of which I thank the Ontario Arts Council and those of you supporting me by purchasing paintings via the 'Wild in Shetland' crowd-funder. Those paintings were all made looking out to the sea, listening to the laughing gulls and lapping waves and breathing in the heady sea air-some were supervised by a seal.





in progress; St. Ninians




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in progress: Scalloway walk 1




Since my return, beeswax (encaustic) has given me the freedom to preserve forever the things that have found me on the Shetland walks.

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The plein air paintings below were made especially for the caring individuals who sponsored me via the 'Wild in Shetland' crowd-funder

 


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above works now sold



Picture
Esheness: sold


Picture
Fare Well, oil and cold wax, 8x10in, private collection

all images and content copyright to Jan Yates, 2015

Friday, June 26, 2015

upcoming painting workshop

Plein Air Painting
on the Niagara Escarpment
(a UNESCO Biosphere reserve)


presented by the Grimsby Public Art
Gallery

Paint the summer golds and greens in fields, orchards and vineyards in this painters' paradise. For those preferring structures, there are barns, fences and wonderful fallen down sheds for inspiration. 

You will receive individual guidance in the media and subject matter of your choice. We will address personal challenges, goals, approach and technique on an ongoing basis.

Through 4 sessions, there will be lots of time to immerse yourself in making art. Painting outdoors improves your skills when working back in the studio. Learn about simplifying your pallet, working fast in the changing light, mark making/ brushwork and paint handling, as well as colour and value relationships.






Saturdays: July 25-August 12,  2015

10am-12pm

4 Sessions

$45 Members/ $55 non-members

*Class Location:
Grimsby, ON
Tuesdays: July 21-August 11,  2015

10am-12pm

4 Sessions

$45 Members/ $55 non-members

*Class Location:
Grimsby, ON
SPECIAL: Sign up for BOTH SESSIONS!

 $75 Members/$80 Non Members


register here





Friday, April 24, 2015

Shetland blog






 Some new posts and paintings about Shetland are on my other blog. To save me some time pasting them onto this one, I hope that you will just click here to see what I have been up to! Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Time Circles

 
 
Mirknen haps a rummelled broch 
on Houlland’s knowe, rowes hit 
in a twilt o lavendar: saft smored 
as a Danish Hjøllund a year ago. 
Da line o da prow is sib 
an da soonds on da tongue, but 
dis laand canna scoarn da forest, 
fat byres an grit rigs o coarn. 
Here hit’s a tooder o hedder 
an da mintiest flooers. Fae da broch 
da Wastside raiks aa aroond: 
Eid Voe spörs ta da nort, 
bi wast, a headicraa ta Burrafirt, 
ta Foula an Waas. Soothbye, 
a vire o voes at Sandsoond 
an Skeld - Skjáldr o da sagas. 
A year is come richt roond. 
I da simmir dim, sungaets, 
we mark da rim o da broch 
– time circles: walk da mairches 
o a twalmont gien. 

Christine De Luca
 from Wast wi da Valkyries (Lerwick: Shetland Library, 1997)

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Shetland: April 17, 15, 14, 13

Once again I am behind on posting. It is so very hard (impossible) to articulate my feelings about being here. I am nourished. The way of life in Shetland has led me to question the status of my own life ways in Canada. With the last leg of this residency I am trying to subdue  a sense of foreboding. Being here has excavated a truth in myself that I thought was buried deep.

This residency is very different from the time in Ireland. Then, I was an objective outsider and in an altogether different state of mind. That residency was deeply profound and still affects my work, it is just a different experience than this one. In Shetland, I am IN the sea, IN the hills, IN the skies. There is no dividing line, no objectivity-just a divine surrender to a place in time.

















April 15

A heady day in Shetland-sea birds ( some puffins that you CAN'T see in these photos),, cliffs white beaches, wonderful company and laughter -and the weather was bonnie too. Anne and Mike hope you know how much it means! At St Ninian’s Isle http://www.shetland-heritage.co.uk/st-ninians-isle
and Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve http://www.sumburghhead.com/








April 14

I told myself that I must hunker down today and work-and was only going to the store (5 min)and back.....but the sun was out... Scalloway-


















April 13


had such a wonderfully exhilarating walk (climb) today-