The Passionate Painters Art Group has been Louise’s “baby” since it’s inception.  As owner of Leading Edge Art Workshops, she was offering a critique group once a month during the winter months so that artists could have a means of learning and improving their work.  She was so impressed with the level of accomplishment of people in the group that she put the idea out there to have a small group of committed, passionate artists who show their work together and support one another in doing this.  She was the first president of the group and after some growing pains in the beginning she is very pleased that the  group is functioning so well together and has plans to be having more shows when we get through the Covid situation.

 

 

(could insert The Flight here)

 

Louise started painting in watercolor, has tried oils, and now is in love with acrylic and mixed media.    She is drawn to pattern and likes to paint somewhat abstracted landscapes, such as her bird paintings that have soft, abstracted backgrounds and then more realistic images of her feathered friends. 

 

 

 

She also sees and enjoys the patterns of nature, as seen in this image called Winter Sun.  It’s a very meditative painting and is another example of how she merges abstraction and realism.

 

(could insert Three Amigos here)

 

Sometimes Louise likes to work in mixed media and collage as in the above painting.  And she paints in all sizes, from 12” x 12” to large pieces that are larger, up to 30” x 50”.

 

(could insert Meanderings here)

 

Non-representational work draws Louise’s interest and she often just lets the color and pattern flow in an intuitive manner.  She enjoys painting in layers and will let one layer dry before apply another, as she uses transparent, translucent and opaque paint to create different effects.

 

(Ray this could end here if you wish, or if you want I will add one more, up to you)

 

(could insert Forest Impression here)

 

 

Color is another of Louise’s interests and she likes to work with a limited palette in her work and often uses contrasting colors to create richness and excitement!

 

 

The end, please feel free to edit if needed, and if you have any questions, please do let me know.  If you need to shorten it perhaps take out the Three Amigos and the sentence under it.

 

Thanks much, Louise

 

 

 

Louise started painting in watercolor, has tried oils, and now is in love with acrylic and mixed media.    She is drawn to pattern and likes to paint somewhat abstracted landscapes, such as her bird paintings that have soft, abstracted backgrounds and then more realistic images of her feathered friends. 

 

(could insert Winter Sun here)

 

She also sees and enjoys the patterns of nature, as seen in this image called Winter Sun.  It’s a very meditative painting and is another example of how she merges abstraction and realism.

 

(could insert Three Amigos here)

 

Sometimes Louise likes to work in mixed media and collage as in the above painting.  And she paints in all sizes, from 12” x 12” to large pieces that are larger, up to 30” x 50”.

 

(could insert Meanderings here)

 

Non-representational work draws Louise’s interest and she often just lets the color and pattern flow in an intuitive manner.  She enjoys painting in layers and will let one layer dry before apply another, as she uses transparent, translucent and opaque paint to create different effects.

 

(Ray this could end here if you wish, or if you want I will add one more, up to you)

 

(could insert Forest Impression here)

Color is another of Louise’s interests and she likes to work with a limited palette in her work and often uses contrasting colors to create richness and excitement!

 

 

The end, please feel free to edit if needed, and if you have any questions, please do let me know.  If you need to shorten it perhaps take out the Three Amigos and the sentence under it.

 

Thanks much, Louise

 

 

 

 

 


Our Fall show will be held at the Country Hills Golf club on Sunday, September 26 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

 

Come out and see what the artists have been working on during the pandemic!

 











 What's up with Jeanne Urban

 

    Jeanne Urban is our featured artist this month. Let's learn a little more about what makes Jeanne tick as an artist.

 

   Jeanne has been painting forever! Painting mostly landscapes and portraits, one of her favourite indulgences is to paint en plein air - that’s the French expression used for painting out doors. Artists are always in pursuit of that perfect light or the best composition or the most amazing colour and if we’re lucky we might find all three when painting outside! The pursuit of painting plein air takes an artist such as Jeanne to many new places - or sometimes old favourites - sometimes at the crack of dawn or chasing that elusive colourful evening sunset backlighting our mountains, foothills, meadows, rivers and forests! Jeanne delights that there is so much to see and so many places to choose from.

 

 

   Plein air painting is not for the faint of heart - last summer Jeanne found a beautiful fir tree clinging to a steep hillside in the Shuswap - the challenge that day was the 34 degree weather. 

 

 

 

   Another adventure found Jeanne set upon a hillside, battling mosquitoes for 2 days capturing a twisted old arbutus tree growing moss over its bare orange limbs. The amazing colour captured by Jeanne was well worth the effort and discomfort!

 

  


   Another time Jeanne found herself shivering on a sunny mid-winter day in the Elbow Valley painting the mostly frozen Elbow river. 

 

 


 

   Sometimes though, all it takes is just a photo!  While in Canmore in March, Jeanne took a photo that turned into this lovely little painting below. It involved a little artistic license as the barn on the right doesn’t really live there except in the painting but Jeanne felt the composition needed ‘something’ more. 

 

 





 

  Jeanne's drive to paint results in her having to endure varying weather and many long hours at the easel, all for her love of creating art. Jeanne's hope is that you love what you see in her creations and make one your very own.

 




 

Jeanne

 

Dear faithful reader - thank you for your interest and perhaps indulgence in original Canadian art as presented to you by the Passionate Painters each month and available for purchase in our on-line galleries and shows.



This lady is truly a cultural creative. In addition to creating as a painter, her artistic soul finds expression in pottery poetry and interior design. But her creativity doesn’t stop there. She has been known to use credit cards and toothbrushes as artistic tools and leaves and sand as media to create texture in her paintings. She is always experimenting and learning new techniques.

 


Her study of art and design is evident in her process which includes many layers of paint and glazes creating beautiful luminosity. Her analytic eye enables her to paint realism while her artistic soul expresses itself in impressionism. Rarely are artists skilled at both.

 




Emily immigrated to Canada as a child from war-torn Poland and grew up surrounded by the lakes and trees of Manitoba. Today she is still inspired by patterns she sees in nature here in Canada and wherever she travels. Reflecting on what creating and surrounding herself with art means to her, she states:

“Enjoying meaningful art carries us out of our time to a state of mind of the largeness of time and space. In moments of crisis art is there to keep us alive.”

 

Emily is the co- founder and president of the Passionate Painters Art Group.

See more of her work on her new website : emilylittlefineart.myportfolio.com


One of my first experiences in the visual arts came in 1988 when I took an art

class from a well-known Calgary artist and instructor. At that time, I enjoyed using
coloured pencils to create drawings on paper. From the instruction I received, I
learned to appreciate the various aspects of creating my own art and having it
become a lifelong passion.


As an independent artist, I later discovered the joy of painting in Acrylics and I
furthered my artistic skills. My approach to my work varies, prompting me to seek
out new painting techniques and applying them to my created pieces.


It’s no secret that among other subjects that I like to paint, flowers are my most favorite. With petals that are free flowing and colourful, no two are alike. They allow me the opportunity to experiment with different design elements to create a beautiful image on canvas. This is the primary attraction for me.

 

I have always had a special fondness for photorealism and classical period paintings. In my own work, using photo references or painting from life, I strive for accurate and detailed depictions in my subjects by creating what they look like in nature or in my surroundings.



   You can see more of my work on my website mypassion4art.com.

 

 

 

 




I was the kind of kid who lived in their imagination more than in the real world. My favourite solitary activity was drawing. I spent hours at it right up until the time I went to Mount Royal University to study Interior Design. Do you know how much drawing that involves? Mostly technical drawing with a bit of water colour thrown in for architectural rendering.

 




Somehow in that process, drawing stopped being fun for me. The only drawing I did

was for my design clients for more than 20 years. In a strange twist, I ended up publishing a non-fiction book that was successful enough that I had no time for my design practise.

 


A few months after my abrupt career change I began to really miss creating and I joined a painting collective. My first day I didn’t even know how to hold a paintbrush but only a few months later I was selling paintings.

 


 

“Painting has become my therapy and my passion. I can’t imagine my life without it. Some people are just born to create!” ~ Donna Carter

 








Ray Swirsky is one of the newest members of the Passionate Painters. He is a true cultural creative. In addition to painting with oils, he creates by writing and has written and published several mystery thriller novels. 

 


 

Ray brings that sense of mystery and drama to the canvas by contrasting lights with darks, neutrals with pure colour and realism with abstraction.

 



Inspired by the paintings and artistic impulses of a friend one evening at a dinner party, Ray began his own art career only three days later by taking his first class. 

 




Forever grateful for this turn his life has taken Ray says, “Painting has taught me to see the world differently, in colours, shapes, shadows and compositions.”

 



About his ceative process Ray says,  “When I'm painting I only think about my subject and my canvas and how to set down what I see onto the canvas.”



Diana Harris is almost certainly the most versatile of the Passionate Painters. She moves effortlessly from oil to acrylic, realism to abstraction. Whatever style she tackles, she does it with incredible focus and determination. An insatiable learner, she is always taking at least one class or workshop at a time.

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Inspired by the great Impressionist painters, the Group of Seven, and many local Canadian artists, she strives to display movement, and explore color in her work. She is drawn towards bold colors and texture.

 

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Formerly a critical care nurse, she volunteered for Wings of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation for nine years, working closely with jewelry designers to coordinate the jewelry fundraising campaign.

 

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Over the years she has exhibited her art in a number of exhibitions, contributed many paintings to fundraising events, and has sold many paintings to private collectors. 

 

 

“Art is my story, my existence, my love. It drives my passion and feeds my soul.  I create for the love of art.”