Playing with effects on film with my Holga. BC beach scenes both stormy and sunny.
Here he his. Mr Baby James Tatsuki Wood Keast was born on January 10th in the Year of the Dragon. We chose the middle name “Tatsuki” because it means Dragon spirit in Japanese. We are thankful that he’s such a happy healthy baby Buddha!
James Tatsuki Wood Keast 8lbs 13oz
Scarlett (2 1/2 years) and James (3 months)
James and Great Gramma Endo celebrate her 96th birthday
November 16, 2012
home grown hero- the artist
A local artist talks to us about the inspiration found outdoors in the great pacific northwest, the iconic art scene in NYC and the courage it takes to be a true artist.
Who: Arleigh Wood
Where: Vancouver BC
What: Mom & Mixed media artist
Believes in: Simplicity, DIY, the blending of natural and urban.
Q: Where do you go for inspiration?
A: My top spots for inspiration are big cities with lots of galleries and streets to explore, as well as tiny remote areas with many a rock and leaf to turn over.
Q: I love your new series of large works. How would you say these connect to west coast landscape?
A: All of the new works are inspired by recent West Coast trips. They include places like Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), Tofino, Comox, Quadra Island, Jericho Beach, English Bay. I have a different connection to each of these places and I try to recreate the feeling that I had when I was standing and looking at the sea or a tree or the sky. Sometimes it is just the memory of being in a certain place or frame of mind that inspires me to start painting.
Q: What’s been the hardest part about getting started as an artist?
A: One of the hardest things is to have to confidence to put your work out there to be judged by the public. I suppose it is the fear of failure and rejection. At a certain point you just have to put your armour on and get out there.
Q: You are in the east side culture crawl each year. What do you love about it and what do you hate?
A: The best part and worst part about the crawl is the direct feedback that you get from all of the viewers. While it is amazing to have thousands of people come through your studio over three days, it is sometimes overwhelming to hear everyone’s opinion on something so personal that you have been working so hard to create. That said, after participating in the crawl (I’ve done 12 so far) I always feel very supported and encouraged.
Q: Dream commission?
A: It has been my dream to travel to Japan to live and work on mixed media paintings. I am curious to see how my Japanese Canadian heritage would blend with native Japanese culture. I am also fascinated by the fine craft and design found in Japan and would love to study more traditional techniques like ceramics, printmaking or woodcarving.
Q: Favourite museum/gallery anywhere in the world and why?
A: I have so many favourites but two of my go-tos would be the MOMA and Guggenheim in NYC. Not only do you get to see fabulous artists and amazing architecture but you also get to feed off the energy found in the city. I find this is a place that always makes me feel encouraged to try something different.
Q: Best art documentary you’ve seen to date?
A: Exit through the gift shop – Banksy’s film about street art.
Q: When not painting you are?
A: Taking photos, looking at art, dreaming of new adventures, hanging with my hubby and my daughter Scarlett and rubbing my baby bump.
Q: What keeps you up at night?
A: Mommy stuff and to do lists.
Q: My mom was right about?
A: “Everything in moderation, including moderation”
Posted by caitlin black
Many Vancouverites have been to the Crawl before but for those who haven’t been before (and are in Vancouver) you should really give it a go! It’s the best thing about November in Vancouver and its a great to get inspired/overwhelmed by all of the talent found in our rainy city. I will be showing a studio full of new work including a new series of moody textural landscape based mixed media painting that incorporate encaustic, photography, oil, and gold leaf on wood panels. This year has been a year of solitary reflection, beachcombing, and new growth. I think you will see this (and hopefully much more) in the new works. Please come out to the show this Friday to Sunday. Please feel free to email me directly for a list of prices or to arrange a private viewing. email : firstname.lastname@example.org
EASTSIDE CULTURE CRAWL
Friday Nov 16 5-10pm
Saturday Nov 17 11-6pm
Sunday Nov 18 11-6pm
1000 Parker st
Smaller works: sizes in inches