Six month check-up: Paintings Accepted for Silent Auction and Gallery Opening and More News!

"Nice Hat" Lorraine Young Sennelier soft pastels on pastel card 9" x 12"

“Nice Hat”   SOLD
Lorraine Young
Sennelier soft pastels on pastel card
9″ x 12″

This painting went through several incarnations, more than one not very nice to look at.  I had some frustrations with it and they came out in the faces.  I finally put it aside for a few weeks (or more) until I could come back to it with a clear head and a clearer idea of what I wanted to do.  I was inspired to try something different after watching the movie “Modigliani”.  I wasn’t trying to copy his work or style (that should be obvious!), but I was inspired.  Eventually, I think, I got what I wanted.  Here is “Nice Hat”….

I probably should have made this two separate posts because this is the longest post I’ve ever made.

The first half of 2013 truly has been a year of change and moving forward for me.  My word for the year (Persevere) has served me well.  I owe a debt of gratitude to Quinn McDonald (QuinnCreative)  for the concept of a “word for the year”.  It really has made a difference.

This spring has been a “seed planting” time – I’ve submitted my art and taken steps toward promoting my work as I’d never really have seriously considered doing even a year ago.  Those “seeds” are already sprouting and beginning to grow; soon they will start to bloom, and for the first time (in the public world, in person), I will see how others see the blossoms of my work, and if and how they take meaning from them.

I am thrilled to announce that my  pastel painting “Winter Parking Lot Bugs” has been accepted for the silent auction part of the Gala Opening of the Duxbury Road Gallery.  And for the rest of the opening weekend (June 21 through 23), I’ll have several paintings (haven’t decided which ones yet) displayed in the retail space.

Another of my paintings, “Muttart Conservatory”, will be going to Edmonton’s Little Warriors for their silent auction/Garden Party Fundraiser in support of the work they do with children who have been sexually abused.  Talk about a worthy cause – I can think of no other group that deserves more support, and I thank God for people like my friend Lacey (who does workshops for Little Warriors), and for Vanessa (who is the Events Co ordinator for Little Warriors), whose hearts are filled with the desire to make a difference for good in the lives of these children.

I joined the Millwoods Artists Collective late last fall, and it was one of the best moves I have made. Meeting with and connecting with (aside from the Internet) other creative people, artists, writers, and musicians, in my local community has been incredibly rewarding. I have connected with new friends, and reconnected with old ones.  MWAC has been a gift.  From the middle of April to the end of May, three of my paintings were displayed, with several other visual artists in MWAC, on the walls of our local coffee house, the Koffee Cafe, the venue for the Glass Door Reading Series.

In April this year, I became a member of the Pastel Artists of Canada.  (I almost joined last fall, but literally chickened out.  What can I say – I was a wimp!)  And, while PAC represents pastel artists all over the country, its centre really is Ontario (in particular Toronto) and shipping work over 2,000 miles for juried competitions (to be  hand-delivered within very short and specific time frames)  is prohibitive for me at this point,  so I doubt I’ll be submitting work for exhibition to PAC any time soon.  But in years to come, who knows?  I’ve only just begun, after all.  I intend to maintain that membership while looking at closer artist communities.  One in particular, recommended by one of my newest artist friends Marjorie Thomson, is the Society of Western Canadian Artists.

I’m very tempted to join up and attend a meeting, but I have to admit I’m deathly afraid of being asked to volunteer for things. I’ve “been there and done that”, and I know this about myself:  I have a hard time saying no, especially when I know it’s for a good cause.  But – I am still working full time, barely have time to work on my pastel paintings (which is a priority for me), and I have a family of five (grown) children and three grandchildren who I like to spend time with occasionally too. I also know that my husband needs time with me, and I with him.  We are in the process of fixing up in preparation for selling our huge house (“downsizing”),  and that involves a huge commitment of time and energy just to de-clutter, pack, donate/sell and decide where we want to live for the next stage of our lives.  Robin and I met and came together from previous marriages – we’ve never lived together alone, without children from a previous marriage being part of the equation.  Joining SWCA is going on my  list of things to do “when I retire”, right after “paint full time” and “travel – if you can afford to!”.

For the first time, I’ll be participating in the Whyte Avenue Art Walk this year (July 12 through 14).  It’s been many (many) years since I first said “I’m not ready.  Maybe next year,” and this year is the one.  I’m excited to be part of the Art Walk but definitely a little apprehensive and nervous.  First time jitters, I’m sure!  I’m really looking forward to it!

I’ve started a FaceBook Page, too:  Lorraine Young, Artist and hope that in time my work will gain a “following” through that venue, if not here.  I’m not entirely sure why, yet.  I certainly don’t yearn for fame or recognition (I really am not that person!), and I don’t think I’m searching for some kind of immortality through my paintings (but I could be wrong, I’m no psychiatrist); I do like the idea that my grandchildren will enjoy and admire my work and pass it on to their children, especially my  family member paintings.

I think, at the bottom of it all, it’s a connection thing – and isn’t that what all art is about, whether you’re a visual artist, a writer, a musician, an architect, or designer – anyone who creates something new out of something old, or something new out of nothing at all…nothing except your imagination and abilities, gifts or talents…   People at their most basic level need to connect with each other, and artists of all stripes naturally make those connections happen when no one else can.

That’s what it’s all about.

Here are the paintings going to: first, the Duxbury Road Gallery (Winter Parking Lot Bugs), and second, to Little Warriors (Muttart Conservatory).  It’s just occurred to me that unless you live in a winter city, and in particular Edmonton, there won’t be a quick connection. Sigh.

Winter Parking Lot Bugs Lorraine Young Sennelier soft pastels on Canson Mi-Teintes pastel paper.  7"x10"

Winter Parking Lot Bugs
Lorraine Young 
Sennelier soft pastels on Canson Mi-Teintes pastel paper. 7″x10″

Muttart Conservatory, Edmonton Lorraine Young Sennelier soft pastels on pastel card, 9x12

Muttart Conservatory, Edmonton
Lorraine Young
Sennelier soft pastels on pastel card, 9×12
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2 Responses to Six month check-up: Paintings Accepted for Silent Auction and Gallery Opening and More News!

  1. Richard Brown says:

    Hi Lorraine, I just happened on your website, how I don’t know why, oh yeah, new Icon Edmonton Arena images, but…a) I live in a winter city and b) it happens to be Edmonton. I love your Muttart Conservatory. Not being of any artistic bent, what does ‘Sennelier Soft Pastels on Pastel’ mean? By the way, I wouldn’t worry about any ‘quick connection’, it was immediate…and beautiful. And the Winter Parking Lot Bugs reminds me of Henrietta Muir Edwards park opposite the Convention Centre.


    • Anonymous says:

      Hi Ryk,
      Thank you for stopping by and commenting! Briefly: Sennelier is the brand name for the soft pastels I use to create my paintings (the full name is Sennelier Pastels a l’Ecu) (here’s the site: I am anxious to try other brands, especially Unison. I hear good things about them.
      Soft pastels are sometimes called chalk or dry pastels, but they have no chalk in them. The best are very soft, powdery pigments just barely held together with binder and rolled into sticks. The phrase you refer to (“on pastel”) is actually “on pastel card” which is sanded pastel paper (just like it sounds, it is similar to sandpaper).
      Hope that wasn’t too much information! 🙂
      Don’t forget to check out the Whyte Avenue Art Walk July 12 through 14th!

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