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By All Means Create
18 visual artists and one of the most inspiring creative quotes in art history.
Paint, pastel, paper. Screen print and block print. Digital art and photography. Pen and pencil. Collage and clay. All were employed to help us illustrate the words of Vincent van Gogh. We invite you to ignore that inner critic who says, "you cannot" because it is through any medium and by all means that art is created.
We decided to delve deeper to find how artists silence their “inner critics,” and push past their creative blocks. Follow us each week to see how different artists challenge their fears and continue creating!
This weeks artist is...
Go big and lose yourself in your work! In the tenth installment of our By All Means Create with… series, see how Fiona Tang harnesses the objectivity of her inner critic to filter her creative thoughts until she feels the ultimate urge to let her subject matter out, and onto paper... in a big way!
Creating massive, energetic drawings of animals is Fiona Tang’s passion. Using charcoal, graphite, and chalk pastel mixed with her own vigorous working method, she uses the power and beauty of her subject matter to create images that feel as though they are jumping off the paper and into reality. Follow her on a journey into and out of her drawings in our latest Opus video.
If you hear a voice/silenced: Erika Lax - theblythecreative.blogspot.ca
Erika employs her artistry both in her personal projects and for Opus through her work in our Marketing department. Her true love is portraiture and she enjoys working in a multitude of mediums, her choice depending on her mood and the piece in mind.
within you: Trevor Code
With a passion for photography, Andrea, the Manager of Opus Downtown Vancouver (and mom to a beautiful little girl!), has her own business taking photos of artwork for digital fine art reproductions.
you cannot: Colette Lisoway - colettelisoway.com
Colette is a printmaker and a visual art instructor with ArtStarts and Continuing Education at Capilano University in North Vancouver. Though she primarily works with silkscreen, she experiments with block printing, creating her own blocks using unconventional materials.
Using Easy Cut Blocks and Speedball products, Colette carved and printed the words "you cannot", incorporating them into her base of silk screened imagery. This was filmed in her studio space that was donated to her from her friends at Brushworks in Burnaby, BC and we would like to give a special thanks to them for being so hospitable while we filmed her section there!
paint: Skai Fowler - skaiart.com
Skai is involved in multiple facets of the BC art community. To name just a few, she is a visual artist, a scenic painting teacher at the University of British Columbia, and a familiar face at Opus Granville Island, where you may recognize her from one of her demonstrations from our Visiting Artist Series.
Sigrid documents the beauty of Vancouver's urban environment (and beyond) and posts the resulting sketches onto her blog. She helps facilitate urban sketching groups in the Vancouver area, sharing her love of sketching and encouraging artists to work outdoors. Her weapon of choice is her Pitt Artist Brush Pens and it is simply amazing what she can do with them.
Russell is a Vancouver printmaker who proves that conventional methods are not the only ones that can get the job done. Instead of using a silk screen frame, Russell free hands his stencils to print his creative cards, tote bags, and cotton rag prints.
create: Dave Denson - davedenson.com
As a working artist and an Opus North Vancouver staff member, we were really happy to have Dave involved with this project. If you couldn't tell by looking at his hands, he works primarily in chalk pastel. He drew a graffiti inspired piece for his word "create", which was a step outside of his normal aesthetic. We think he married the two quite well in this colourful look into our rainy, urban city.
Alison and Brianne have been painting together since junior high school. We met with them at Brianne's home studio, a decked out double-sided attic, to see what they had created. They used Golden Heavy Body Acrylics and Golden Artist Fluid Acrylics to collaborate on their "create" painting, and it was obvious that this wasn't there first time working together.
create: Rachael Ashe - rachaelashe.com
This was our second time filming with the wonderful Rachael Ashe. She primarily uses found objects and cut paper design techniques to form stunning visual art. We asked her to use her unique point of view to illustrate "create" and it just so happens that had already illustrated the word using cut paper on a previous project.
We asked four Opus staff from Granville Island, Victoria, and Kelowna to represent one word each in the phrase "then by all means". Each created their piece using a different medium, surface and, of course, their own artistic view. We lined them up in front of the gallery wall in the newly renovated framing and printing department at Opus Granville Island, a refreshing change to the first Opus location.
then: Tristan Noone
Tristan is a familiar face to Granville Island regulars, known for his friendly service and his wicked moustache. His artwork is created completely in the digital realm, his graphic designs then printed using archival based inks on fine art digital paper, and we welcomed his representation of "then". The Opus Fine Art Digital Printing Service was employed to take his artwork from the screen to Moab Digital Paper, and the print was displayed in a sleek Pina Zangaro Presentation Book.
by: Eri Irimagawa
As a Coordinator at Opus Granville Island, Eri helps both staff and customers do their best work. When she's not at Opus, she herself is creating and cut paper collage is her favourite medium to work in. Hundreds of tiny fragments were pieced together to create the word "by". The result is colourful, hopeful and beautiful too.
all: J. McLaughlin
Meet J.McLaughlin, visual artist, photographer, performance artist, musician, and Coordinator at Opus Victoria! Truly, she was the perfect artist to represent the word "all". An Opus Essential Sketchbook provided the base for this fun piece.
and that voice: Brian G. White - briangwhite.com
Brian, the Regional Sales Manager for all 6 Opus stores, is an amazing visual artist who is proficient in a multitude of fine art mediums. Repetitive mark making techniques are a heavily explored in his work, combined with elements such as unconventional canvas shapes and audio/visual work.
will: Ameline Roberts-Krebs
be: Ayesha Butt
The music for By All Means Create is an original piece composed for the video by Victor Hugo Cobian. We were thrilled when we heard it along with the visuals and we cannot thank him enough for his contribution. For more of his music with his band, The 100th Monkey Collective (which includes visual artist Lucie Bardos), visit the100thmonkeycollective.bandcamp.com
Thank you to each and every one of these artists for silencing the voice within that says, "you cannot" and for sharing their work with all of us.
No matter what barriers you find blocking your own creative path, we hope the inspiring words of Vincent van Gogh will resonate, invigorating your desire to break through. Whatever your medium, no matter your idea, by all means create!