Friday, March 29, 2013
It probably requires a little explanation.
The very successful advertising campaign for Newfoundland Tourism inspired it. The ads made me wonder (playfully) about how we got to this point in time where tourism on our North Atlantic rock is a booming business.
I imagined the early days of the campaign... way back to the 1890s where a group of well-dressed gents (Victorian Mad Men?), in a building somewhere off the Thames in London, sat around a large table covered in tumblers and snifters of scotch mulling over the possibilities (but mostly mulling over the scotch) of creating an allure for this cold and foggy rock.
“It’s nothing but fish and fog,” says one.
“Right, right,” others say in agreement.
The snifters get passed around again, glasses clink, cigars are lit and a luncheon order is placed.
Little progress is made.
Amid a feverish conversation of yesterday’s cricket match, a loud crack silences the room.
At the end of the long table, an exasperated Scotsman leans in.
“WHAT OF THE WEE PUFFINS THEN?!”
After an awkward silence, a staffer is called to the room.
“Jenkins, telegraph the muralist. We’ve got a job for him.”
And thus was the origin of the “The Grand Puffins of Newfoundland” campaign.
So that’s where my brain’s been for the last few weeks.
The Grand Puffins of Newfoundland
Oil on canvas
36" x 48"
Monday, March 18, 2013
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Oil on canvas
Monday, March 11, 2013
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
My freelance projects have been taking up a lot of my time these past few weeks so there’s been no painting happening. But I do have some big news on the painting front... I’m very excited, but I don’t want to blab about it until it’s firmed up... stay tuned!
I’m sticking my toes in the craft fair pool later this month at the Crystal Market in Holyrood, Newfoundland (March 23). I’ve no idea what to expect but I thought it might be a good place to start. I’m hoping to take part in the St. John’s Farmers market this year as well as the various craft fairs later in the year. So far I’ve got about 10-12 prints of my paintings at various sizes matted and packaged, a selection of embossed items and a few of my smaller paintings.