New Paintings and 3D artworks made during COVID-19

Since March, my brain has been overflowing with imagery, the best way to describe it is, my brain is on fire. Not on fire in a bad way, on fire in the way you want your brain to be as an artist. This is not a time for choosing one idea over the other, this is a time to let ‘the flow’ take hold. I have finished six new paintings since March 15, 2020. Vancouver Island began shutting down around mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and I began ramping up. I released 10 more fine art prints from the ‘Canadianisms’ series, I launched an on-line 3D virtual reality exhibition of collaborative landscapes that Calgary artist Gisa Mayer , and I have painted 4 new large scale pieces on canvas as well as two smaller pieces. Typically my schedule is a month in the studio and a week on the road, but because of Coronavirus lock-downs across North America, I haven’t ventured much further than my studio for over two months. My last trip was to Vancouver in February this year.

Today, I photographed the new paintings and also took some time to put the images into ‘living spaces’ to give you an idea of how beautifully these pieces work in different interiors. Here are my new artworks made under COVID-19.

Time In A Bubble – completed March 2020

modern art painting bubble

Please Stand By – completed March 2020

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To The See – completed March 2020

For the past couple months I have been painting circles in my mind, and on my canvas. I am not sure why, they just seem to resonate with me right now under the current COVID-19 pandemic. Perhaps it is the circles I am seeing from the microscopic images of the virus itself, it could be molecules, something molecular. It could be the shape of the earth, or the ‘circles’ that are our homes and families. The circles that Dr. Bonnie Henry keeps talking about. It could be the circles of life, or what goes around comes around. In any light my brain is seeing circles.

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Eye See U – painting on carved wooden frame – completed April 2020

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Eye See Bowl – painted on hand turned maple wood bowl – completed April 2020

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Here Comes The Sun – completed in April 2020

When I painted this I was thinking about all the couples who are isolating and the ideal place to isolate. My mind drifted to infinity pools, favourite snowbird getaways, and sunshine. I was thinking about the Coachella Valley; Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert and La Quinta.

palm springs art painting infinity pool

These Canadian artworks were painted using the finest acrylic paint from my local supplier KROMA – in a time when it can be challenging to get some things, I am so happy I can rely on KROMA to get my paints to me overnight from Vancouver. Living on Vancouver Island has it’s challenges at times, but so far I have been lucky to have great Canadian suppliers, and mostly local.

It’s a good start, I am on to the next painting, and two more virtual exhibitions coming by July. Excited to see where the vibes of the times take my work.

For now, grab a cocktail and enjoy the art.

Sincerely Yours,

Brandy

How the Coronavirus epidemic is influencing the art I am making.

In my last post dated March 19, 2020 we were about one week into a state of emergency here in British Columbia. As we began to ready ourselves for social distancing, isolation, and quarantine measures here on Vancouver Island, the ‘Stay Home’ advertising began to explode on all media platforms.

At that time all the ‘noise’ was beginning to bleed into my brain and the energy of the world around me had shifted from Spring flowers, to toilet paper hoarding and hour long lines at local grocers. I was seeing lots of art pop up in my Instagram feed; paintings, advertising art, and musicians entertaining us from their homes. We have seen celebrities in their homes, without make-up and spending time with their families. Health care workers are posting coordinated dance videos and the Prime Minister addressing us daily from the front steps of his home at Rideau Cottage. We are in ‘unprecedented’ times, likened to World War Two. We are separated from family and friends, and afraid to sneeze in public.

As an Artist my work requires prolonged periods of isolation, allowing me to dive deep into the flow of my work. Part of who I am as a person and as a professional Artist, is to know myself in the deepest darkest sense. My personality and my work requires me to question everything; investigate, draw my own conclusions, and create community with my distinct vision of the world. My job is to inspire the audience, and provide pause. We are ALL being forced to slow down, and being forced to do anything and make changes in such a short period of time, is extremely difficult. I am encouraged by this ‘Great Pause’ and looking for the silver linings. The Earth and all it’s species are taking a deep breath right now, and we all REALLY need this long pause.

I hope those that were initially feeling trapped and anxious are now focusing on the silver linings of this epidemic. Appreciation, gratitude, and a deeper understanding of the people and world around us; the world is big and we are being asked to tighten our gaze. Focus on the RIGHT NOW and how we can make it the BEST NOW possible.

This brings me to the paintings I have created over the past few weeks. One is quite narrative and figurative, a classic #PopCanadianism to add to my series of the past decade. The other two focus more on landscape, feeling, colour and concept.

All are painted in my signature Pop Realism aesthetic; these paintings all tell stories in the landscape.

Here are three paintings created so far, during COVID-19;

Party on The Bottom (Please Stand By), 2020

COVID-19 Art - Brandy Saturley

Time in A Bubble, 2020

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To The See (2017/2020)

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As I tighten my gaze and dive deep into my work, this is a time to clarify and focus on what is most important. “A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more.” and I am feeling the call. You will see little to no social media updates from me for a while as I close my door and work offline, in my analogue world of paint on canvas and words on paper. My business is always open and original paintings, prints, commissioned artwork and image licensing is available 24/7/365. You can always contact me through my website. 

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Be well everyone and stay safe!

Sincerely Yours,

Brandy Saturley