After a two year pause, I will be one of fifteen artists representing Canada at Fabriano in Aquarello this year which is taking place in Bologna. There are 64 countries taking part in this large exposition.Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, I will not attend this year.
However, as the weather improves. I am getting out of the studio and doing more plein air painting, which is refreshing.
I am pleased to say that I have, again, been invited to represent Canada at the Fabriano Watercolour symposium May 25th to the 29th 2020. I will be attending the event this year as part of our two month vacation in Italy.
I will be taking part in a group show ( The Canadian Whiskey Painters ) at the Coast Collective Gallery on Wales Rd. in Colwood starting Feb.12, 2020. I will have nine paintings in the show and we are restricted to 4x6" format. I will be in very good company so come out and have a look.
I will also be taking part in the Fabriano Watercolour Symposium again this year as part of the Canadian contingent. More to come about Fabriano later.
I am very pleased to share with you, that I am one of the juried Canadian
artists who was accepted to attend "Fabriano in Acquarello". Fabriano
in Acquarello is an International Watercolour Convention, in Fabriano Italy
from April 25 to 29, 2019. The convention hosts an artistic community
of over 2000 artists from around the world. I am honoured to have been
chosen to represent Canada.
Fabriano is a medieval city in the Marche Region, that gave birth to paper
in Europe. The city will provide an inspirational & artistic backdrop to
the convention. Our art work will be exhibited throughout the city which is
extremely exciting! I look forward to meeting other artists from Canada and
around the world and attending demonstrations performed by international
Just returned from another great trip to Italy ( May and June again this year ). Painting the landscape as usual, I also had the opportunity to do a demo at a rest home ( casa di riposa ). As well, last Nov. when we were back in Italy, I did a demo for the primary grades at the local school. One extreme to another. What fun!
Back home on the west coast of Canada now to do some studio work.
This October, I was pleased to receive a 1st place for my painting " Farm in Provence " in the Victoria chapter of the FCA, in their fall show. This painting is on my website in the " France " gallery.
I am fully engaged with my plein air painting since the weather has been so nice. Off to Italy in a few days. We will be spending most of our time in Tuscany where I will be painting on site. I hope to bring back some good ideas for larger work. --Pete--
We had a great summer here on the west coast of Canada. I tried to make the most of it and I did a lot of out door painting, mostly on the beaches. I've uploaded the images under the 'Plein Air Paintings' gallery. --Pete--
Dec. 12, 2012
Just a technical update: I have started to secure my watercolours on board. I then spray it with an acrylic varnish with UV protection. This does not alter the appearance in any way. I can then frame it like an oil or acylic painting without glass.
We were in Provence again this summer. The timing was perfect for the lavender and sunflowers and has definately influenced my pallette. Except for the odd mistral blowing through, the weather was excellent with only one cloudy day in three weeks. Subject matter was everywhere and I am enjoying interpreting it all back here in my studio in Canada. --Pete--