Introducing Joy

8×10 original oil paintings $550.oo each

“Having your paintings in our home has brought us so much joy. It’s changed how we feel in our daily lives.”

Being at home full time has changed the way people design, decorate and live in their dwellings. It’s put an emphasis on quality of life in a new way.

A budget friendly way to introduce joy into your life can begin with small, but powerful little original treasures. These 8×10 and 9×12 paintings can be displayed in groupings, or salon style with larger pieces. They are small enough to be displayed upon easels on shelves, or beefed up with large chunky frames.

Versatility is part of the charm of these little paintings.

If you are new to collecting, or adding to your current one, I’d love to assist you on your journey to become a part of this happy family. Email me to begin. dawn@dawnbanning.com

Horizon

I aspire to be able to paint until I take my last breath, which I hope is very long time from now. It’s also my desire to ride a bike, run, hoist a kettlebell, climb stairs and carry my own groceries until that day. 

Hope is not enough. Aside from what is beyond my control, these intentions require daily action and accountability. They need practice. 

While navigating options how to continue an art career in challenging times, my creative skills still need attention and practice. Instead of investing in supplies when I have a studio filled with available paintings for sale, there are other ways to keep my skills alive. Recently I collected a favourite painting off the wall, put it on the easel and made something new. It’s a joy to squeeze paint. It’s absolute pure delight, in motion, light and life.

On the business front, there is a sense of waiting. Some Collectors prefer to view art in person. That’s hard to do when our studio business doors remain closed. Like many small business’s, some professional creatives may not be able to open their doors again. 

Technology, a necessary and welcome tool, is at the forefront in world circumstance. Many have needed to purchase and sell goods online more than we ever could have imagined. Groceries, clothing, household items, furniture and art.

Importer warehouse companies are making billions with that need in mind, focusing on convenience. 

One article on a familiar e-commerce goods company stated factory warehouse items, ( including furniture and art) is “ for people who don’t know, or don’t care who manufactured it.” A company spokesperson said “ an automated algorithm changes the price in real time, adjusting on shipping, availability, etc….. it’s standard.”

Their ‘brand’ of items are not made by, but “curated” by them. Consumers are perhaps unknowingly led by algorithms and dictated “collections.” 

Peppy commercials flood the media, showing a family ordering couches, tables, lighting, art with the click of a button from a storyboard of curated items. The branded boxes arrive doorstep moments later. The family is suddenly transported from old couch to new.

The basis of this selling is on convenience, not quality, originality, or craftsmanship. Some top interior designers prompting the products may fail to include unique one of a kind items in their designs which celebrate a client’s individuality.

I have discovered the best architects, interior curators and designers guide and encourage rather than dictate. Their professional insight enhances a client’s individuality and originality in personal items are celebrated. 

Architect Michael Shocrylas of Sho-Arc Bureau of Architecture is a prime example of this kind of expertise. ( www.sho-arc.ca)

“The entire process involves his intuitive ear to not only listen but to unravel what a client actually means. ….“For a film a set, you analyze the character and you imagine what they would have and what they would live in,” says Shocrylas. “But for a client, you ask them and you help them decide on the life they most desire. For me, it’s about preparing spaces to improve their lives and make it more efficient and more enjoyable.”  

New “Horizon” 5 feet x 3.3 feet $6,500.oo

Offering hard earned money for anything, with any budget, doesn’t have to be a mindless act. Some do care about what they bring into their private sanctuaries, and find joy in the selection process. 

Online purchasing convenience does not have to lack quality, or fine craftsmanship. 

Craftsman Marc Banning with his handmade Boggs chair.

Purchasing in itself, can be an experience. Small business’s are engaging audiences online and building customer relationships with specialty goods and great service. 

Available original 8×10’s $550.oo each.

Weather it be textiles, furniture, homemade soup, handmade tea towels, soap, or art, there is an abundance of amazing, sustainable, original goods made with love by creators.

A few artisan small business recommendations, (most have wonderful Instagram & websites well worth following) 

Wood:

Fine Furniture~ Marc Banning ( of course!)

Furniture ~ Flo Hardwoods  http://www.flohardwoods.com/

Reclaimed wood artist  Craig Forget https://www.craigforget.com/

Wool :  Wool Stone Prairie  https://woolstoneprairie.com/the-felted-flock/

Textiles : Kellie Frances @kellie_frances 

Glass: Soffi Lighting https://www.soffilighting.com/

Wildlife Paintings : Julia Hargreaves  www.juliahargreaves.com

Watercolour paintings: Nancy Bauer    https://www.facebook.com/NABauerArtistinSearchofExcellence/

Local Craft Market:  Urban Market  https://visitwindsoressex.com/places/urban-art-market/

Last autumn, new clients arrived for  ‘safe pick up’ of their first original painting. “We love your work and are excited to include it in our home!!“You have made this entire experience delightful, it’s been a treat to meet you. We especially like knowing you listen to vinyl and are a runner. We too, have a commitment to timeless quality and healthy living.”

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Silver Lining

When my dealer contacted me in January to dissolve our working relationship, it wasn’t from ill will. He hadn’t sold a painting since last March. It’s a business decision I completely understand. A career in this industry is created with a lot of hard work. I know the challenge dealers face, because I face the same ones every day. In order to make it work, it’s been necessary for me to create, promote, and sell the work on my own, aside from any assistance from galleries.

These are unique times, many artists are finding themselves now flying solo without representation and lack of clients. With some galleries closing, and studio visitors prohibited due to health code, artists are faced with challenging times.

Creating quality work and being innovative can help influence success. Establishing more pronounced online presence, is perhaps, the only way to reach, communicate and transact with our clients in these times.

The silver lining resides in this learning curve and exploring new opportunities. It’s encouraged artists to collaborate, to have necessary dialogue on how to move forward in an ever changing landscape on how we do business. 

For me, desire has always been to move forward with a critical eye at my work, committing to serve clients, evolve the work and the way I promote. While evolution can be challenging, promotion can be painful. Art is deeply personal endeavour, it can feel not only uncomfortable to self promote, but challenging to do so in a way that feels and is authentic.

In my career I have been fortunate to have met and engaged with many of you. I have sourced opportunities from exhibiting and selling at galleries across Canada, to painting murals on spa walls, shipping containers and creating original landscapes for a private golf club. I have displayed work in cafes, libraries, and attended art fairs, and had the trip of a lifetime on the boreal expedition. 

The work has been acquired into some of the most prestigious collections in the world, including the Shurniak collection, where it resides alongside originals of the the ironic greats, the Group of Seven,  Alan C. Collier, Nicholas de Grandmaison, James Henderson, Doris McCarthy, Franklin Arbuckle, Robert Genn, Jeannette Perreault, Goodridge Roberts, Ross Penhall, Allen Sapp, Arthur Schilling and International work by Bernard Cathelin (France), Jacob Esselens (Holland), Phillipe Ancellin (France), Carlos Nadal (Spain), Archie Forrest (Scotland), Athos Faccincani (Italy).

I have supported great causes with the work, donating my art to youth hostels, hospitals, conservation fundraising, music festivals, and worked with some of the best art dealers and architects in the country. 

Health clinic clients send word of the positive experience the art creates for their patients and staff. 

To help assist people with their personal creative pursuits, I wrote and published an ebook. It’s available for free on my website. 

This blog is in response to your requests for narrative, to answer your questions, provide glimpses of the industry, and life parallels tied with the common thread. 

It’s been an absolute joy to have this communication with you over the years. In your request to ‘get to know the artist’ we have gotten to know each other. My commitments remained as the first day, for the posts to be available for free, and advertising free. I hope it’s served it’s purpose, unveiling work, educating, and creating conversation. 

Focused on how to be of service in new ways this past year, I have devoted creative juice to both painting and writing. A book has emerged. It’s filled with inspiring stories and tips on how to manifest your inspiration, applying it to your ambitions in life, whatever they may be. The book has just completed the editing stage, awaiting publishing exploration.

I am not sure what is next, how/ if I continue a career journey with paint and canvas. 

This new painting is the last canvas I have available in stock.( aside from one private project) I had so many ideas for it, it was difficult to decide. Striving to learn with each piece I create, I chose a challenging composition in a unique vertical format. Subject matter feels appropriate, “Cloud with a Silver Lining.” 

Thanks for listening, and to those of you who have continued to invite art into your lives. Sending you all healthy happy wishes. Always.

in gratitude, d.

See website gallery link for all available work for purchase and feel free to contact me anytime. All work shown is available for purchase.

“Water” 22×28 original oil on canvas $1,800.oo

“Sky” 3 ft x 4ft original oil on canvas $4,780.oo

“Cloud with Silver Lining” 12×24 original oil on canvas $1,100.oo

World Offerings


The first time I saw Kafka’s quote, it was displayed on the wall in my client’s clutter free office. Obviously of personal significance, I asked what the quote meant to him. Why did he have it displayed where it would be a daily reminder?

He spoke of how much can be missed in every day hurried lives. “We are driven so much to ‘do’ to achieve. We often miss the beauty before us in daily wonders. We forget to just be still and witness.”

You need not leave your room.

Remain sitting at your table and listen.

You need not even listen, simply wait.

You need not even wait, just learn to be quiet

And still and solitary.

The world will freely offer itself to you

To be unmasked. It has no choice;

It will roll in ecstasy at your feet.

Franz Kafka

                                            

We have not left our rooms, literally and figuratively for awhile now. This passage always offers a sense of comfort to me. Recognizing beauty in the quiet spaces is grounding and fuels the spirit.   

How could we ever be bored when the sky above changes in fleeting moments before us, offering unique and different views every single day? I am ceaselessly amazed, moment to moment, watching it unfold. 

Both of these new sky paintings are moments in the quiet spaces. A picnic at dusk, listening to waves kiss the shore while clouds soared above in golden shimmering light. 

My sunrise runs in the crisp air of winter. Bearing witness to dramatic swaths of colour blazing across the sky, while deer slept in deep pockets of snow nearby. 

The world will freely offer itself to you

To be unmasked. It has no choice;

It will roll in ecstasy at your feet.

Franz Kafka

                                              New Work

“Star” 18×24 original oil $1,330.oo

“Sunset Glow” 20×30 original oil

Foundations: New video & Work

 Creativity can emerge in bursts of bright energy, flowing from fingertips like water. These instances are rare. Sometimes its in brief whispers you strain to hear.. and others, it is a continuous, rather painful slog fest.  

 Every painting is a mixture of vision, problem solving, emotion and skill. 

The professionals all have scrap piles. It’s part of the process. How we feel about those scrap piles can have as much effect on our growth as evolving skills. 

If it feels like a heap of failure, growth stalls.  We learn from unsuccessful work. 

Problem solving can be done with the brush, or a different activity can spark creative solutions. We can put it aside look upon it with fresh eyes in a month, or a year. Sometimes it’s destined for the trash, and other times, it can become something new.

When culling work, I enfold the ones I can. I sand them down, thank them for their little gifts, and begin again. 

It’s such a wonderful parallel in life, embracing our supposed imperfections alongside desire to improve. 

There is much joy in evolving, becoming the person we can be proud of, healthier, more compassionate, better in our relationships and work. 

Yet, if we are driving with need to constantly improve, chasing perfection without being gentle with our shortcomings, then we are driving with an unsettling force to a finish line we will never meet. We will not always say or do the right thing, or achieve a personal best, a masterpiece every time.

Growth matures when we embrace humanity in ourselves and our attempts. They are part of our foundation. We are built on the cracked and the solid.

This new painting comes from the foundation of another, and it’s gifts made it more successful than if I had begun anew.

My intention before I began, was it would be deeply personal, from a place and time that was transcending. I wouldn’t fuss with detail, or worry about end result. For the first time, I didn’t have the thought it was destined for someone else. I let myself become totally absorbed by my experience in this moment in life, in that connection.

It was freeing. ~

(see the live studio version of this post here)

Advice from an Art Appraiser

When Fine Art Appraiser Mandy Salter addressed the room, her first key element of advice may have surprised collectors and the curious. Sitting in the audience, I thought her advice rang true and consistent with any Fine art dealer, appraiser, and professional consultant I engaged with.

“Buy what you love.” You don’t need to understand art, to love it. You don’t need to justify your purchases to anyone.

It’s really that simple. All you need is love.

( Today’s studio video link above. If link does not appear in email, please click to web news link to see full video).

I ‘d love to be a part of your joyful collecting experience and assist in any way I can. Please feel free to email or call, and see my gallery page for available work. http://www.dawnbanning.com/newsblog/art-gallery/

My studio & home is filled with original work waiting to for a home and waiting to make your heart sing.

~ With Gratitude, Collectors photos above ~

The Fan


Many years ago I walked into my print shop to pick up an order of business cards. The owner greeted me with a proposition. Desiring a new format for their business calendar, he saw an opportunity to both showcase a local artist and exhibit professional skill in designing and printing an upscale art calendar. 

I agreed to his offer wholeheartedly. 

The calendar was generously distributed by the publisher through our community.

It’s through this calendar that many of you found my work, and our friendships. 

One recipient, an instant fan, has connected me with as many collectors as any gallery representing me has. And that’s quite a feat. 

A tremendous champion of the work, she has:

  • Become of a subscriber to all my news & social media.
  • Suggested my name to Nature Clubs for presentations.
  • Brought collectors to my Studio who have purchased work.
  • Enthusiastically shared my website on all her social media platforms, and with those who collect art, without being intrusive.
  • Attended every show, presentation, and brought friends.
  • Asked her office to display original art with rental fee.
  • Continued to send words of encouragement, remarking on how the work brings her joy and uplifts her. 

You might assume she has collected the work, yet she has not purchased a painting. 

Not everyone has the budget, space, or desire to collect work, even if they love it. 

She is an amazing example of what a fan of the work can be.

Being a patron of a business, and community minded is also finding ways to share what you love. If you are restricted from purchasing because of budget, or if they carry a product you may not like, you may know someone who does. 

Media requests ‘support’ for small business are written with wonderful intention. This language can suggest a charitable act. Being a patron of a business isn’t charity work, its beneficial to consumer, who receives goods, and the business, who receives payment for those goods.

Your favourite restaurant has your patronage, and you enjoy their amazing homemade soup.

( Thanks Anchor CoffeeHouse! www.anchorcoffeehouse.com ) 

There are many ways to be a champion of business’s you love. You make a difference with your actions, Yes. You also make a difference with your words.

 We share what we love, because we love it, and know others will too.

This particular fan, like the generous calendar publisher, are now collectors of my work. My gift of originals were received with surprise. Unexpected, made the giving even sweeter. 

With gracious thank you to all of you who spread the word, collect the work, and share what you love. You unite us all by sharing and shine much light in the world. 

New, evolved “Light in the Valley” 24×30 original oil $ 2170.oo

P.S

A few years ago I had the pleasure of a private chat with an internationally known singer songwriter. She spoke of her definition of fan. She said “many call themselves fans when they hear your music on the radio. But a real fan is more than that, a real fan shows up. They buy tickets to shows and bring friends, they buy your Cd’s and share your music with their networks and friends.” ( currently, stream live shows, paying for virtual tickets).

She said,” I , in turn, show up too. I work hard, and I show up to do my best work. I show up for performances, and stay, signing ever single autograph no matter how long it takes. ….We both show up.”

Art of Conversation

Figure in the Garden 8×10 oil on board

In the art of conversation, great listening skills prioritize listening, rather than reacting to the speaker. 

Focusing on the conversation, and not dwelling on contributing can be challenging. 

Characteristics of good listeners include patience, compassion, and observation. Communication reaches beyond vocal, using body language, tone of voice, and variations in speech. Words alone can mean very different things to others. Expressions communicate different emotions for each individual. 

Clarity of understanding is possible when listening without judgement, observing, and absorbing all information as it’s presented.

This is how I consider my work, subject matter, and audience. 

Sunset Light 11×14 oil on canvas $770.oo

While in nature, there can be a sense of urgency for the brush, to react, to paint it before I forget. Like in conversation, it can be at the expense of losing that engagement. Without complete focus important elements can be missed. 

Patience is key.

Recognizing my personal influence may reflect in the work helps me to step back, remember my purpose, which is not to self express, but to communicate. To serve you, and in a way, to serve nature. To connect you with wilderness in a positive uplifting way. 

Recalling intention offers a sense of newness to experience, and surprisingly, relaxation. 

Leaving ego out of it, with intention to be of service brings open minded observation. I’m at once immersed, with a wealth of sensations, emotion and wonderment on what is going on in the natural world at that very moment. A witness.

In my process, contemplation may be more time consuming than physically painting. By the time brush touches the canvas, I have already been in this kind of deep listening mode. 

An important skill in art is to reduce what we call ‘the noise’ in a scene. To bring forth the important elements, without bogging down the viewer with buckets of needless information. Stimulation overload, without quiet spaces, or neutral zones can be confusing and overwhelming to the viewer.

Have you ever sat in a busy loud place trying focus on conversation with one person while chaos erupts all around? 

Artists learn the ability to tune in, and tune out what isn’t relevant or important. It’s a trained skill anyone can acquire.

the Gardener 24×30 oil on canvas
Dawn & Myah 2012

Worthy elements in and outside conversation, patience, compassion, observation, focus are displayed richly in all forms of art.

Our first language was in art form. Drawings communicated, brought clarity to events and geography. Art educated, connected people, defined cultures, recorded families and historical events.

It still does.~

P.S For a truly enjoyable read, I highly recommend Robert Genn’s 2013 newsletter “Patience” which includes one of my favourite stories by Jill Ashton-Leigh.

“It is a process of diverting one’s scattered forces into one powerful channel.” James Allen.

“I don’t prefer music while I paint, it’s nice to listen to the sound of crickets from the open window.” Myah

Pink Clouds and Quality Sleep

Achieving quality sleep can be elusive to many of us. You may not think art, what you display, how you display it can inspire sleep, but it can.

I share elements to consider when creating a restful environment for quality sleep in my newest Instagram video.

see link here https://www.instagram.com/tv/CKW5cBkghiQ/?igshid=xu4j0bcfbrhm

New work this week:

Pink Clouds ( feel the light and delight in pink clouds) 14×18 original oil $910.oo

and Winter Haven ( peaceful haven where chickadees gather) 8×10 original oil $500.oo

From my Parents private collection, rare early originals are available for purchase. These originals express exploration in drawing with charcoal & coloured charcoal. The Canadian Park painting exhibits realistic style transferring to canvas, and glimpse of discovery of colour. They range in size: All untitled, as they were always in my parents collection. My Mom had these framed immediately, and displayed them with pride in the family home.

( Elder) 1988 8×10 charcoal sketch framed $500.oo

( Portrait simple sketch study ) 1980’s In right in photo 16×20 framed $700.oo

( Lady portrait, detailed sketch) 1986 Centre in photo~ coloured charcoal framed 18×13 $1,030.oo

( Landscape)1995 original acrylic 16×20 $1,030.00

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Thank you for your business & for your wonderful response & letters!

~ Please note: Feb 1 price increase will be in effect.

How to Boost your Mood & Creativity

Hello Art Family!

Thanks so much for your great response on Friday’s new video release “How to Boost Your Mood & Creativity”! (see Link here)

Thanks for your tremendous response on all the newest videos. It’s a pleasure to serve you in ways that involve art and beyond.

I am excited to unveil two new paintings!

“After the Storm” was a lesson in patience. Many of you love the large sky paintings, requesting this genre on smaller canvas to work with your budget. This 8×10 is my first attempt of this style on a small canvas. It required just as much work as the large ones, and more patience. Thank you for your suggestion, and for keeping me on my toes. I am so happy with the result. It has the detail depth of light, with a nice balance of fresh brushstrokes.

After the Storm 8×10 oil on canvas $500.oo

The second has been swirling in my mind for awhile. This painting is all about gratitude, nostalgia, and communication.

Having the opportunity to grow up in Provincial parks, live and explore in some of the most beautiful regions of this country, I wanted to pay homage both to Canadian wilderness and vintage art prints that advertised parks and natural spaces. In order to do this, I needed a less textured feel, clean lines, less detail. Acrylic is perfect for this style of painting. 

The subject matter is one of great love, the Canadian boreal forest, a region I wish to revisit and paint consistently. 

I also wanted this painting to have the feel of a Canadian stamp, so I applied the same font style, and canvas size perspective. 

Living remotely growing up, long distance phone calls were outrageously expensive. We relied on handwritten letters to keep in touch with family and friends afar. It was always a delight to retrieve the mail and feel that connection with loved ones. 

Recently people have returned to sending handwritten letters and cards. Humanity is craving tangible connectedness, and these help satisfy that need. Compared to electronic communication, the tactile feeling of holding a card with a handwritten message is very special. I love the idea that we are finding ways to enlighten each others lives. In physical separation, there is still a sense of unity and togetherness.

It’s also brought my attention to the possibility of creating a selection of art cards for sale. More on this to come.

Canada” ( Boreal Sunrise) 9×12 original acrylic on canvas $530.oo

Referring back to the video focus on positive emotion combined with movement, I wanted to share these little nests I created with pure delight, from wire and blue clay.

Thank you for your continued interest in the work, wishing you all health & happiness.

Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.Martin Luther King Jr.