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

COVID-19 stay at home painting

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.

modern art painting Canadian art

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

pop art painting eyeball

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

hand painted art bowl maple turned Canadian art

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

Painting an iconic landscape in Banff, Alberta – all hail Lake Louise

In summer 2019, my art career led me to London England. My time in London coincided with the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth, which meant the opportunity to open the monarchs’ archives and share the mementos and stories of her personal life, a side not often seen and certainly not on this scale. What intrigued me most during my time in London was the exhibition at Kensington Palace, Victoria: Woman & Crown. The exhibition offered a peak behind the royal curtain, and included many stories of her and Albert’s love of the Arts and included many of her own personal paintings. There are many connections between my home town of Victoria, Canada (named after the monarch) as well as the Province of Alberta (named after the monarch’s fourth daughter, Princess Louise Caroline Alberta) the name Alberta itself, the feminine of Albert and derived from German carries a meaning of bright, noble and famous.

In their public lives, both the Queen and Princess Louise were strong proponents of the arts. Louise was an able sculptor and artist, and supporter of the feminist movement. Lake Louise in Banff, Alberta was named after the monarch.

I have visited Lake Louise on many occasions; during the summer when the lake is reflecting hues of tropical turquoise, and in winter when the ice is so think you can skate, snowshoe, ski, hike and even build castles on the lake. I have painted this iconic Canadian landscape and her accompanying peaks nine times, and at different stages of my art career. Most recently, upon my return from London, I began painting immense landscapes on unstretched duck canvas. The first landscape being Princess Louisa Inlet, on the sunshine coast of British Columbia. Princess Louisa Inlet is rumored to have been named for Princess Louise or maybe even after Queen Victoria’s Mother. My second large landscape, measuring seven feet wide, was completed in December and honours the view of Lake Louise, from the Fairmont Lake Louise eastern shoreline facing west.

While working on this large Canadian landscape painting, I filmed my daily painting progress in the studio. Filmed in time-lapse mode (super fast painting) the film shows the many layers of acrylic colour; applied in repetition until the desired hues, form, and depth is achieved. I paint using music, it helps me to set the tone in my studio. When editing this short film together, I had to find music to accompany the final piece, that not only matches the tone of the film, but also the tone of the final work itself.

Watch the entire process of painting, Lake Louise Swish here:

See more photos and read about the painting here:

Canadian artist landscape painting Brandy Saturley

See past works inspired by Lake Louise on the artists’  website here:

painting of Lake Louise with red poppies

Poppies For Louise – by Brandy Saturley

Experimentation and Growth: New Art Made in London at The Royal College of Art Summer Intensive

I recently returned home from a month of art making, art talking, and art education experience in London, England. In my previous blog posts I talk about this compressed and intensive art experience in detail. I also explain the impetus for the works created during my time at the Royal College of Art, on the beautiful Battersea campus, just outside central London in the borough of Wandsworth. Known as the ‘brighter borough’ the roadway sign and symbol for this area of London includes the iconic Battersea Power Station, which in outline looks somewhat like the city of Oz, with a rainbow arc above the outline of the city. My previous posts discuss in detail my timeline while at the RCA as well as the detailed stories behind the art.

Wandsworth sign Battersea - Royal College of Art

For this post I am sharing more photos of my studio and the work produced while in London. Please scroll on for photos of these works that I refer to as the ‘Mirrors’ series. These are mirrors of my London experiences and the feelings being pulled from within, while I worked through my three weeks of this intensive contemporary art making experience.

Somewhere over the rainbow, and under the towering skyscrapers of London, these are the ‘MIRRORS’ paintings.

Painting I: Topsy Turvy (Rorschach for the UK)

acrylic on raw canvas, poured and brushed,

72 inches high by 53 inches wide,

Brandy Saturley 2019

Union Jack painting by Brandy Saturley - Royal College of Art

Union Jack Painting Brexit - Brandy Saturley

Union Jack Painting detail - Brandy Saturley

Painting II: Mirror for a Queen (Victoria) 

acrylic on primed canvas, poured and brushed,

added paper collage

72 inches high by 53 inches wide,

Brandy Saturley 2019

mirror painting for Queen Victoria - Brandy Saturley

painting detail mirror for a queen

mirror painting for Queen Victoria - Brandy Saturley

Painting III: The Countess (mirror)

acrylic on primed canvas, poured and brushed,

added paper collage

72 inches high by 53 inches wide,

Brandy Saturley 2019

countess mirror painting - Brandy Saturley

The Countess painting detail - Brandy Saturley

Painting IV: The Metamorphosis (mirror)

acrylic on primed canvas, poured and brushed,

added paper collage

72 inches high by 53 inches wide,

Brandy Saturley 2019

the metamorphosis mirror abstract painting - Brandy Saturley

abstract painting detail - Canadian artist Brandy Saturley

Painting V: The Internal (mirror) diptych

acrylic on sanded arches paper

added pen details

2 – 13.5″ high x 10 inches wide

Brandy Saturley 2019

abstract pour paintings by Canadian artist Brandy Saturley

A view inside my studio at Royal College of Art, Sackler Painting studios, on the Battersea campus.

Royal College of art Sackler painting studios London - Brandy Saturley paintings

Royal College of Art - abstract paintings Brandy Saturley

photo by Hattie Allen Royal College of Art - Canadian artist Brandy Saturley

For more in depth descriptions of the artists’ process and meaning behind these paintings, please read the previous blog post.