Let me introduce myself: I'm Janet Davis, an artist and entrepreneur living and working on the North side of Bonavista Bay, on the island of Newfoundland in Eastern Canada. There are many challenges to running a business here in a small rural community, and there are many wonderful benefits too. This blog is where I share some of those challenges and triumphs, and share what it's like to live in this part of the world.
Many years ago, I wanted to learn how to paint in oils. There was a workshop being offered at the Anna Templeton Centre in St. John’s which I wanted to attend, but couldn’t make my schedule work with. I called up the artist who was to teach the class, and I asked if she’d consider coming to Norton’s Cove to teach a weekend class if I could wrangle up a few students. I was thrilled to hear that she was certainly interested in doing just that. That’s how I met Tara Bryan in 2009. We’ve shared a fabulous friendship for ten years now.
So when I sold a large piece of artwork that hung in a prominent space at the café a few days ago, I naturally thought of one of Tara’s paintings to hang on the big empty wall. Here is the result:
The painting (which is composed of three panels) is available for sale, and we can ship it anywhere. You can find it in the online shop here. You’ll find more of Tara’s iceberg paintings at the café soon, as we plan to showcase her work here over the summer.
I’m spending some time in Flatrock with my friend and artist extraordinaire, Tara Bryan. We are working on a little art book together, to be titled Wesleyville. This morning, I set type for the first time, and really enjoyed it- a bit like playing word games
I got some basic instructions on how to operate the Vandercook press, and made a first proof. There were lots of typos to fix. Another word game.
Once we got the type set correctly, however, we started to play with layout. Perhaps the type will be reset to form around the shapes of our images…
Norton’s Cove Studio is very happy to announce that Tara Bryan will be giving us her company and expertise next week! Tara will arrive on Thursday, March 29th, and will be staying until April 3rd.
We will have a little meet & greet on Thursday night (see the events section), and Tara will be teaching Oil Painting in the loft on Friday & Saturday. She’ll be spending the rest of her time working on her own projects.
Tara is bringing with her some t-shirts, art cards, and other goodies to sell, so stop in to shop too!
We’ve got a lovely little group in the half storey of the studio who have been enjoying learning and laughing together with guest artist Tara Bryan. Yesterday was day one of the workshop, and here’s how it looked…
Tara instructs Joanne during day one of a two day oil painting workshop
Tara Bryan will be back to teach another beginner’s oil painting workshop in September while she’s here dismantling her fabulous display of paintings at the Bonavista North Museum & Gallery (still open 10-6 daily!)
An introduction to oil painting, with the basics of mixing colours and creating a painting. We will discuss choosing a subject, composition, and different techniques of applying paint. Bring several photos you are interested in working from.
September 9th and 10th, 10am-5pm each day
Here’s a supply list, available at Norton’s Cove Studio, or you can bring what you have… Large tube of white paint Smaller tubes of
hansa yellow, or cadmium yellow lemon
cadmium yellow medium
cadmium red medium
Additional optional colours:
sap green or phthalo green
Brushes: a range of sizes, 6 or 8 ranging from small round brushes to filberts 2-3 cm wide. At least 1 flexible metal palette knife for mixing. Don’t bother with plastic ones. Odorless mineral spirits or Turpenoid Coffee can or jar for solvent (with cover) Rags or paper towels Something to use as a palette Canvas(es) 18″ x 24″ or so
Cost of the workshop, not including materials, is $175 + HST
Tara and Hazel, her Airdale, came to visit us for about a week- We had lots of walks with the doggies, a fab opening of her art exhibit at the Gallery of the Bonavista North Regional Museum in Wesleyville, and I took her 2nd painting workshop at the gallery. I made my first portraits in oil on plywood. The subject is my great grandfather, Levi Davis of Pound Cove.
Tara’s husband, and their Labrador, Hannah, showed up then, and boy did Jack have fun with two dogs to play with all day!
Now that they’re all gone home to Flatrock, we are all missing the extra company. Thank you Tara, and your escorts, for a fabulous week of art and friendship!
I volunteer at the Bonavista North Museum & Gallery, and am very happy to have my friend Tara exhibiting her work at the gallery this summer. Tara will also be giving a painting workshop or two while she’s here. Please join us at the opening of this show!