Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Artishow Plein Air Event - Empress Hotel Victoria BC

This past Sunday was the Artishow Plein Air kick off event. Every Sunday throughout the summer, artists will be demonstrating their work at hotels around the Inner Harbour of Victoria. Painters and sculptors will be out interacting with the public, both locals and tourists. It was a great day, and I spoke to people from many parts of the world. I'm very honoured and humbled to be with some of Victoria's best artists at Artishow, plein air summer event. Check them out
Annie Pelletier, David Hunwick, David Goatly, Tara Juneau, and Robert Amos.

The painting I started on Sunday is a view from Cattle Point, a few blocks from my home, across to Mount Baker in Washington State. We can go weeks without seeing Mt. Baker because of cloud cover, but when we do, it's absolutely breathtaking. It just looms up and glows in the sun.

The canvas is 24 x 48, and did I mention that it's always windy in Victoria? We're right on the Pacific Ocean with nothing but wind and water between us and Japan. Luckily I brought bungy cords. I had my canvas attached to the easel with a bungy, and the easel attached to a box holding supplies and a heavy jug of water. I was painting in acrylics, and with each gust of wind, my paint dried at high speed. It made covering a large canvas a bit of challenge, but I got around it with acrylic medium and mixing the colour inside a yogurt container.

I'm posing for my girlfriend Kerry, who came down expressly to capture these photos for my blog. Thanks Kerry!

Chatting to some interested art enthusiasts, who just happen to be locals. We have a vibrant arts scene in Victoria and many dedicated show goers. I'm almost finished the painting, and will most likely post it in a few days. This upcoming long weekend, Sunday July 3rd, from 12 noon - 6pm, we will be out again on the lawn at the Empress Hotel. If you're in the area, we'd love to see you!



  1. Great event! I'm sure it was very interesting.
    Lovely painting. That sea transmits peace.


  2. That looks like so much fun! The painting is beautiful!

  3. Une très belle initiative de la part des hôteliers d'organiser une telle exposition... Je vous félicite d'avoir pu peindre malgré le vent qui semblait souffler fort et de surcroît une très jolie peinture. Gros bisous et merci pour l'ensemble de ces très belles photos.

  4. Thank you Silvia, Kathrine and Martine. It really was a fun day and I so enjoyed chatting with visitors and locals alike. Cheers!

  5. Sound like it was a great event Claire! You create a wonderful paintign! Very beautiful!

  6. I love this painting, Claire. Beautifully done. It looks like you had a wonderful time.! Also, thanks for sharing the names of the other artists..they are all wonderful artists. David Goatly's work is absolutely amazing!!

  7. Hello Claire,
    how beautiful your work!
    I really like the outdoor painting, as did the Impressionists and painters Barbinzón as Millet, Corot ...
    a hug

  8. Thank you Hilda and Antonio for visiting and taking the time to comment. Very pleased that you enjoyed checking out some of the other artists painting at the Empress Hotel in Victoria!

  9. wow, that shows the scale of that painting. You look awesome too.