I’m happy to report that my oil painting “Lumens” was selected to be part of the Annual SOOKE FINE ARTS SHOW.
The Sooke Fine Arts Show provides the opportunity for the finest artists from Vancouver Island and BC’s coastal islands to showcase and sell their work. The Show, coming into its 29th year, is Vancouver Island’s longest-running juried fine art show and the Island’s premier summer arts event. The 11-day art show and sale draws more than 8000 art lovers from Canada, the US and abroad. More than 375 works of original island art are on display in a stunning, 17,000-square-foot gallery at the SEAPARC complex on Sooke Harbour.
As I have had the wonderful opportunity to be working with Noah Layne, the founder of the Academy for Realistic Art here in Victoria, over the course of the last 2 years, I will be holding an artist’s talk about a topic close to my heart at the Sooke Fine Arts Show on Tuesday, July 28, 1-2 pm.
“Talent vs Technique – The importance of improving your skills to enhance your natural ability”
Noah Layne is an amazing painter and teacher who has inspired many of his students.
Here is a glimpse of my upcoming interview with Noah Layne this Fall.
Emile Zola once said: “The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.” Would you agree?
Noah Layne: Absolutely.
In what way were you influenced by such painters as Sargent, Rembrandt or Wyeth?
Noah: I was influenced by these painters by the beauty of their work. The truthfulness of their work, both in technique and in how they followed their heart and soul in painting things that moved them.
You started painting by copying Rembrandt and Winslow Homer paintings when you are just 10 years old. Did you get any guidance when you studied various painting techniques at such a young age and if so, by whom?
Noah: No, just looking and thinking myself.
Why do you believe in the importance of working from life?
Noah: When I am working directly from life I get to experience whatever I am painting first hand – not filtered by anything other than my eyes and brain.
For me, my art has always been focused around the ability and experience of sitting down, and drawing something and making it look like the thing I’m drawing. That magic of creating a realist image just with your hands, a pencil and your brain. I think it’s a pretty magical thing.
What is your advice to art students when it comes to practice?
Noah: My advice would be to figure out what moves you in art and then go about learning the techniques to make the art you want to make, much like playing music where to express yourself well, you have to learn to play your instrument well. In traditional art, learning technique allows you to then say what you want to say.
About the Sooke Fine Arts Show
Show opens July 24 – Aug 3, open daily 10 am
closing time: 5pm Saturday July 25, Thursday July 30th, and Monday August 3rd. 7pm all other days