Please click the links above and to the right to find out about watercolour painting classes, see photos and to contact me. Below you will find my blog. Fall 2015 Classes begin Oct. 14 and 15, Beginner/Intermediate on Wednesday and Thursday Afternoons and Thursday Morning for the Advanced Class.
The Fall Watercolour Classes in Canmore begin October 14-15 and go to November 18-19, 2015. The Beginner/Intermediate Classes are Wednesday and Thursday Afternoon from 1:30-3:30 and the Advanced Class is Thursday Morning, 9:30-Noon. The fee is $110.00, to Preregister mail -along with your class time and contact information- to: Massie Art, 1001-9th Ave., Canmore, AB. T1W 1Z5.
My friend, and well known musician-songwriter, Cori Brewster recently asked me what I would tell people who wanted to start art later in life. She was scheduled to present a workshop to Seniors in Calgary and thought I had probably addressed this with some of my students over my 25 years of teaching.
I thought for a while of all the cliches..” You’re only as old as you think”, ” Age is only a number”, or “time passes anyway”. But, what I know, and said to her was this…”Tell them, seriously, your brushes don’t know how old you are!” So, if you have always wanted to paint…..pick up that brush and let it think you are 18, or 46, or whatever you want….
Sometimes landscape artists can visit the same place many times and not see the obvious.
I have visited, and hiked, at Lake O’Hara every year since 1991 and have been on this trail often, but, only on July 10th did I sit with a friend at this place and have lunch. I looked up and there it was…this view. I immediately came home and painted it…perhaps it was the time of year, weather, light, time of day…whatever, this time I saw it with fresh eyes. Perhaps there is a place you have often been that is holding a new view for you…
I went home to Cherokee, North Carolina for Thanksgiving with relatives this past November. While there, I happened on a beautiful mountain stream, the Oconoluftee, on the way to my cousins home. As a mountain landscape artist, I especially love painting waterfalls and mountain lakes. Seeing this reminded me that wherever we may travel we can usually find the subject matter that we enjoy the most, even when far from home. There are, after all, people everywhere for portrait painters, and if you love buildings there are structures of all shapes and sizes around the world, the same with flora and fauna, animals, children….and, of course, water!
As a landscape artist, I can relate to the description of “placefulness” by Christian McEwen in his book, World Enough and Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down. I have experienced those moments of complete immersion, mindful of the perfection of the place and eager to capture the sights, values and forms for future paintings. One such hike was Plain of Six Glaciers this summer where the 7 mile, 1100 foot elevation gain to a max of 7000 feet up the valley at the head of Lake Louise presented flooded trail, ledges with chains, and avalanches thundering down. A trail like this employs all your senses- physical, mental and spiritual. If your subject doesn’t excite you in this way, you should ask yourself , why?
As an artist, in the Canadian Rockies, I frequently revisit favourite areas. I have been to Lake O’Hara every hiking season for the past 22 years, and I have been to Lake Agnes almost every year since arriving in 1976. Why? Because it is always different, or I see something- a view, shadows, weather, a flower, a colour- I had not seen before. On this special day, it was an avalanche across the area where I am standing as my son and I were halfway across the lake. Some artists like to get to know their subject intimately, O’Keeffe had the desert, Charlie Russell cowboys in Montana, Andrew Wyeth had Chadds Ford. An artist has to find their “angle of reponse”- the pace where they come to rest and makes them the best they can be.