Margaret Stawicki
Visual Artist

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(posted on 10 Sep 2020)

 

It happened in Geneva Park during a workshop with an artist, realistic painter. We received a photograph and were supposed to create a painting by copying the image. 

During this time, I was still afraid to put paint on flat, white surface. To overcome it, I used gesso to create texture and then stain may canvas. 

Probably I was the only one who choose this image, everyone else choose pretty pictures and copied them nicely and neatly. When people were passing by my station I could almost feel their strange looks. Then, one lady came to me and said: “do not pay any attention what other people might say about your painting. It is good, it is not just a copy, it is different and has a special mystery feeling to it”. She made me feel much better. I wish I would have known her to say tanks for her words of encouragements.  

(posted on 2 Aug 2020)

 

I am back in my studio. It is such a different experience. Before COVID, Living Art Centre was full of life... kids, adults, teenagers. Now the corridors are empty.  Sometimes when I bike there, I also bike inside, from the entry door to elevator and from elevator to the door of my studio. I quite like it. And I love being again in the building and in my space, surrounded by my mess and a lot of things which I really don’t need, but MAYBE I will use them in the future. To see Resident Artist Program at Living Art Centre go to: https://www.livingartscentre.ca/gallery/resident-artist-program

  

(posted on 12 Jul 2020)
(posted on 12 Jul 2020)

Long time ago, in 1915, on the site My Life Needs Editing, my painting was used to illustrate this short poem:
 

Sorrow, tried to hold my hand
Sadness calling, fondly 
   Turning 
I walk away, abiding
alone

            - cherokeeghostwriter

I think the poem and my painting, Walking Away, are perfect fit.

 

(posted on 10 Jul 2020)

In the beginning of my art-path, during class with the great visual artist and educator, Steve Rose, I did a drawing on 18" x 18" canvas. Now after 9 years, during virtual workshop led by the same artist, I finished it with oil paint. 

I feel that architecture is difficult to determinate, what is inside and what is outside, where the walls starts or ends. Perspective is obfuscated and colour rendering doesn't help to understand it as well. But I like this little piece. The person reminds me about myself, lost in the maze of life. 

Thank you, Steve.

(posted on 10 Jul 2020)

When door to my studio was closed because of COVID 19, I brought home some canvases to work on. Amoung them, two 3' x 4' paintings I wasn't very found off. Started to work on one of them, and, nothing happened. Somehow I couldn't make myself to work almost on anything conceptual.
Now, when we are officially on stage 2 of the pandemic openings, with a lot of restrictions upon us, Resident Artists, I was able to go to studio. It was long isolation and long time without painting. Now, in a couple of days I was able to incorporate changes and make my two paintings look "happy". At least this is my feeling when I think about the outcome. Maybe one is more "happy" that the other, but I like them both. For now. 

Below, on the left are originals and on the right are new paintings

  

 

 

(posted on 29 Jun 2020)

 

My imaginary men appeared when I started to prepare active background for a sketch. I followed the shape and finished painting applying in acrylic and finally adding pieces of silk. I called my imaginary men, Massive Leg.

 

(posted on 21 May 2020)

 

Again. I attended virtual life drawing workshop. Sort poses, 3, 5 seconds, then 1, 3, 5 minutes and 20 min poses. Fantastic model. This time, first, I used mixed media; acrylic, colours pencils and charcoal and then oil. 
Another, square painting was done on my old canvas covered with oil and cold wax. Started to sketch figure and black charcoal and finished it with white charcoal. Probably will work on it more, for better or could be for worst. Will wait and see.

 

(posted on 4 May 2020)

 

Because of COVID-19, Artist in Residence exhibit, {+- Simultaneousness-+}, at the Living Art Centre, Mississauga, was cancelled. This is my art prepared for this show. It is oil, cedar shingles and copper on 48" x 48" plywood. Artwork is 84" x 48". I titled it "The death of tree".

Tree is essential to life on the earth. In ancient cultures and many religions it was called a Tree of Life. It is symbol of growth and strength, with roots spread deep into soil and the branches stretched up high towards the sky.
My work shows a tree with one leaf which doesn't want to give up, still holding to dried up branch hopping to survive. Behind, an old chair remembering better time. Three colours of the surface ca be associated with three opposing forces trying to balance themselves; orange — heat and fire; black — pollution and distraction; white — clean water and clean air.

Use of cedar to create tree trunk with its branches was decided not only because of its special scent, but because I love wood. My father, 30 years ago, brought me from Poland wood carving tools which are still untouched. Hope to use them one day. 
When deleted parts above and below painting, I called it Tree of Life in opposite to The death of tree

(posted on 2 May 2020)

 

This time in my I retouched my sketches with colour, in one, acrylic  and in the other, watercolour. In terms of using these two mediums on the model, both are new to me. In my work I use oil paints, but without using brush. In these two instances, I used a little brush. Watercolour, I just “play” with it, it was my first time using it. Watercolour (blue) is done on a watercolour paper and acrylic sketch is done on a Canson, mixed media paper. I decided to start learning using brush, especially on the body.

    

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