recent paintings and news

recent paintings and news

Friday, January 31, 2014

Niagara VQA Wine label

 I am pleased to announce that the below painting has been purchased by a regional winery. 

It will be used for promotion as well as featured on their label for a new wine release in March, 2014!

May, Niagara Escarpment, oil on canvas, 30x36in, 2013
 copyright Jan Yates

Monday, January 27, 2014

Winter Sleep

It's not the case, though some might wish it so
Who from a window watch the blizzard blow
 White riot through their branches vague and stark,
That they keep snug beneath their pelted bark.
They take affliction in until it jells
To crystal ice between their frozen cells,
 And each of them is inwardly a vault
Of jewels rigorous and free of fault,
 Unglimpsed until in May it gently bears
A sudden crop of green-pronged solitaires.

-Richard Wilbur, Orchard Trees, January 

 January, (winter sleep) oil on canvas, 40x48in, diptych
copyright Jan Yates 2014, available

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

January, milkweed, encaustic

on found panel
copyright Jan Yates 2014 


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

wise words of Emily Carr

I think that one's art is a growth inside one. I do not think one can explain growth. It is silent and subtle. One does not keep digging up a plant to see how it grows.-Emily Carr

 I  have been enjoying the rhythm of working -a lot-immersed in painted  landscapes
during the day (with two large works on the go) 

-and the nights are filled with encaustic. 

These small images are sections of one work.

 -because the proportions

 make it impossible to show the details of the whole image 

as one would when viewed 'live'.

January (murmur), encaustic and starling feathers on found panel,4x50in
copyright Jan Yates, 2014

Monday, January 13, 2014

2014 art workshops/ classes

Just a quick word to say I've updated a few January/February class dates including encaustic, cold wax AND Weekly Studio sessions in Drawing and Painting.

info on the website 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

milkweed, sumac, encaustic

another work inspired by the words of  Richard Wilbur:
'White seeds are floating Out of my burst pod. What power had I Before I learned to yield? Shatter me, great wind: I shall possess the field.'

January, encaustic on panel, 10x12in
copyright Jan Yates, 2014 

Speaking of field, a land mark-from Sumac:

copyright Jan Yates, 2014