Mentorships/New Drawing and Painting Workshops: May/June

PAINTING MENTORSHIPS NOW AVAILABLE:

Do you love to paint but find yourself being stopped by your “inner critic”?

Do you want to exhibit your work but are in the dark about how to proceed?

Are you feeling limited technically in your painting process and would like feedback and specific hands-on studio tutorials on how to improve the quality of your work?

You deserve to be in your joy, and the world needs your gifts.

Contact me today!  val@valnelson.ca   778-865-2650

First one-hour consultation: $75

4 session mentorship package: $400

8 session mentorship package: $800


New! ONE-DAY DRAWING INTENSIVE in Jericho Park:

Get out of the studio and improve your drawing skills at Vancouver’s beautiful Jericho Beach Park. Drawing from direct observation is a thrilling and engaging activity that sharpens your ability to see and render form, while experiencing the world more deeply as it unfolds around you. An interesting variety of tree shapes, juxtaposed with water and manmade structures are inspiring to capture “on the fly” using just a pencil and sketchbook. You will learn how to use gesture, contour line, massing, value, and spatial relationships to create dynamic pencil drawings. This is a great class for budding travel sketchers, plein air painters, and artists who want to bring more dynamism to their studio drawings and paintings.

Session 1: Saturday May 26, 10am-4pm

Session 2: Saturday June 2, 10am-4pm

Level: Experienced Beginner/Intermediate

Meeting point/parking: Jericho Park east entrance, 3941 Point Grey Road

Fee: $150

Instructor: Val Nelson

To register: 778-865-2650 val@valnelson.ca

LOOSEN UP YOUR STILL LIFE Painting Series:

Learn to paint an expressive still life composition from actual objects in the studio, while making a painting from start to finish in each session. An imposed time-constraint is an excellent discipline that encourages strong decision-making and tends to result in dynamic paintings. You will learn tips on the block-in, understand tonal and chromatic contrasts, temperature differences, and learn brushwork tips to avoid “tightness” in your painting. This is a great class to improve your observational skills (also known as “drawing”), and enhance space and movement in your paintings, whether you work from photography or live setups.

 

Wednesday afternoons 2:30-5:30 pm

6 sessions: May 16, 23, 30, June 6, 13, & 20

Level:

Experienced Beginner

and Intermediate

Oil or acrylic

Fee: $350

Location: Val Nelson Studio, #322b-1000 Parker Street

Instructor: Val Nelson

To register: 778-865-2650 val@valnelson.ca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Flow: Works from the Surrey Art Gallery Permanent Collection

April 14- June 10, 2018:   See paintings, sculptures, and ceramics from the Surrey Art Gallery’s Permanent Collection that “flow” in different ways.

Our world is marked by the ever-present movement of peoples, products, and ideas over vast distances and at rapid speeds. These movements and transmissions dictate the limits of life, the energetic potential of nature, the dynamics of economies, and the transformative potential of society and individuals.

Our world is marked by the ever-present movement of peoples, products, and ideas over vast distances and at rapid speeds. These movements and transmissions dictate the limits of life, the energetic potential of nature, the dynamics of economies, and the transformative potential of society and individuals.

Sara Graham, Thornton Rail Yard, Surrey #4 (2015), mixed papers and silicone glue.

Drawing from Surrey Art Gallery’s permanent collection, the over two dozen artworks presented address numerous themes, including transnational migration, the circulation of information and data, the force of waterways and weather systems, the physical movement of human bodies, and the transportation of materials and products to market by rail or by foot.

Some works, like Val Nelson’s painting Rush Hour 2 (2014), draw attention to the flow of people in our cities. In particular, Nelson’s work examines the relationship between the congestion of our roadways with our culture’s enthusiasm for grand detached homes and single-occupancy vehicles. Delving more into the movement of goods, Sara Graham’s Thornton Railyard, Surrey, BC (2015) uses miniature filigreed collage techniques to depict the contours and history of movement of one of British Columbia’s largest rail yards.

Brendan Tang, Manga Ormolu Version 4.1-a (2009), ceramic clay and mixed media.

Soheila Esfahani’s The Immigrants: Homage to F.H. Varley (2015) reimagines a classic image of new immigrants arriving in Canada as seen in Varley’s c.1922 painting with found blue and white porcelain plates and custom ceramic decals. Brendan Lee Satish Tang’s brightly coloured clay vessel Manga Ormolu Version 4.1-a (2009) combines stylistic elements from Ming Dynasty era ceramics with techno-pop robotic elements reminiscent of Japanese anime, manga, toys, and video games. Out of Tang’s vessel gushes a black pumice-like ectoplasm meant to evoke both nineteenth-century spiritualism and twentieth-century science fiction. The potential for gushing black liquid of another sort is seen in Edward Burtynsky’s large-scale photographs showing shiny steel liquid natural gas pipelines zig-zagging across British Columbian landscapes.

The wide variety of images and objects make visible some of the most central conflicts and issue of our time.

The opening reception is the 6:30-9pm on April 14th.
We hope that you will be able to join us for the opening and post-opening gathering later that same evening.

Exhibition Details
Location: Surrey Art Gallery – 13750 88 Ave
Price: Free
Date: Apr 14, 2018 – Jun 10, 2018
Hours:
Tuesday – Thursday, 9am – 9pm
Friday, 9am-5pm
Saturday, 10am-5pm
Sunday, 12-5pm
Closed Mondays and holidays

13450 – 104 Avenue
Surrey, BC, Canada
V3T 1V8

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Treat yourself to a painting class: 2018 Open Studio with Val

Make a date with your painting practise! This is a great way to get your process moving forward, by committing to six 3-hour once-per-week painting sessions. With Val’s helpful tutelage, tackle technical and conceptual concerns in the company of like-minded painters. You will work on a personal project during the class–bring a project to completion (very empowering!) or begin something new.  Each session will begin with a drawing warm-up exercise in your sketchbook. Arrive early to set up (2pm and later) so you can make the most of your time!

I will have room for only 5 students, so don’t delay 🙂 I look forward to seeing you soon!

OPEN STUDIO PAINTING WORKSHOP Feb/March 2018

Six Friday afternoons: 2:30-5:30pm

Dates: Feb 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23

Location: Val Nelson Studio, 1000 Parker Street, #322b

Pre-requisite: This is not a beginners’ class. Some painting experience recommended. Oil or acrylic.

Tuition: $350 includes GST

To Register: $75 deposit secures your spot. E-transfer, cheque, or hand-delivered cash all acceptable. Send to val@valnelson.ca

Cancellation policy: Please note that one weeks’ notice is required for cancellation with full refund of deposit. No refund for last-minute cancellations unless I can fill your spot.

Questions?: To determine if this class is for you, send me an email or call me: val@valnelson.ca   778-865-2650

 

 

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New Drawings

Lux 2, 7 x 7 inches, white painted wood frame, 8-ply mat, $695

Are you thinking that you would like a drawing to brighten your space? Between some of my larger paintings, I like to put my attention towards drawings. Please contact me for a private art viewing, or to put aside a piece for you.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ALL THE DRAWINGS 🙂

Thank you so much!

xoVal

val@valnelson.ca    778-865-2650

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You’re invited: EASTSIDE CULTURE CRAWL 2017 Thursday, Nov 16-Sunday Nov 19

It’s that time of year again! I look forward to sharing with you some recent work in my studio at the Eastside Culture Crawl, where I’ll be showing gestural line drawings and paintings of baroque interiors, as well as intimate Paris portrait drawings and self-portraits.

You can view Available Work here.

I’m excited that my new book, Song for a Tired Businessman, will be for sale.

 

And once again I’ll be taking donations for my Optimistic Pursuits pencils, 100% proceeds to Recovery Through Art Society .

I hope to see you there!

FESTIVAL HOURS

Thursday, November 16
5 pm – 10 pm

Friday, November 17
5 pm – 10 pm

Saturday, November 18
11 am – 6 pm

Sunday, November 19
11 am – 6 pm

STUDIO LOCATION: #322b-1000 Parker Street

ENQUIRIES: val@valnelson.ca  778-865-2650

xoxVal

 

 

 

 

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EASTSIDE CULTURE CRAWL 2017

Visit Val in her studio: #322b-1000 Parker St, Vancouver, BC
Thursday, November 16/Friday, November 17:  5-10pm        Saturday, November 18/Sunday, November 19: 11am-6pm

 

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“Art-making Magic”: Contemporary Art Bus Tour from Surrey to View Vancouver Studios

    Photo credit: Michael Cox

Six-hour trip on Nov. 8 will be led by Surrey Art Gallery staff

SURREY — A tour bus organized by Surrey Art Gallery is headed to Vancouver to visit studios where “artmaking magic happens,” on Wednesday, Nov. 8.

The six-hour daytime Contemporary Art Bus Tour, led by SAG curator Jordan Strom and curatorial researcher Rhys Edwards, will make stops at six studios on Vancouver’s Eastside, including those operated by artists Lyse Lemieux, Elizabeth McIntosh, Ian Wallace, Tiko Kerr, Val Nelson and Judson Beaumont.

“This is a fabulous, up-close opportunity to talk to several critically acclaimed artists about how they make art and organize their studios to facilitate their creative process,” notes a post on the city’s website.

“On this tour, you’ll experience a real diversity of art mediums, styles, and studios while getting to know some prominent Vancouver artists.”

The fee is $39 for the tour, designed for those aged 16 and up. Tour runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event is presented by Surrey Art Gallery in partnership with Surrey Art Gallery Association, or SAGA, a non-profit society.

More event details can be found at surrey.ca/artgallery, or call 604-501-5566.

-Tom Zillich, Surrey Now Leader

https://www.surreynowleader.com/entertainment/bus-tour-from-surrey-to-view-artmaking-magic-at-vancouver-studios/

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Life

I’ve been researching portraiture, including a series of painted and drawn self-portraits, and also some drawn portrait studies I made in Paris of people I met there this past Spring. All but one of these were painted from life.

Self-portrait with headphones, oil on paper, 15 x 11 inches

Self-portrait with big neck, oil on paper, 15 x 11 inches

Self-portrait as Kokoschka, oil on canvas, 12 x 9 inches

Self-portrait as a Dutchwoman, oil on canvas, 12 x 9 inches

Mute, oil on canvas, 12 x 9 inches

Self-portrait painting, oil on canvas and oil on paper diptych, approx dimensions: 10 x 10 and 11 x 15 inches

 

Self-portrait in electric light, oil on canvas, 12 x 9 inches

Self-portrait with broken clavicle, approx dimensions 11 x 11 inches, graphite and pencil crayon on paper

Self-portrait in springtime, oil on paper, 8 x 10 inches

Pauline, Paris, graphite pencil in Moleskine sketch book, 8.25 x 10.25 inches

 

 

Michelle, Paris, graphite pencil in Moleskine sketch book, 8.25 x 5 inches

Melissa, Paris, graphite pencil in Moleskine sketch book, 8.25 x 5 inches

 

Julien, Paris (detail), graphite pencil in Moleskine sketch book, 8.25 x 5 inches

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Toronto Star article

A lovely article about some very nice peeps who collect my work in the Toronto area.. Below is their country house, with my art hanging in the dining room–thank you Toronto Star!

Cobourg-area farm transformed into family’s getaway

photo credit: Toronto Star

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CRAFTSY Online Painting Class

For those of you who enjoy my paintings and also like painting yourselves,  you might like an inside view of how I make them! Here’s a link for 25% off on my CRAFTSY online class: Loosen Up! Techniques for the Painterly Approach. Lots of tips on brushwork, composition, and some pointers on colour mixing. Enjoy!

loosen-up-title-card

 

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