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September, 2019     Volume 3, Issue 8.

I’m Cutting Prices on Originals!

It’s been an eventful summer!
Leap into my newsletter to see where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing. I’ve got big plans for future paintings, a new course coming, and to see which original paintings I've reduced in price!

Watercolours by Dwayne

Offering the following products and services:
Original paintings
Signed GICLEE prints
Custom framing
Gift Certificates and eGift Cards

On the Road...

A couple weeks back, I had the singular pleasure of being a vendor in the Artzscape by the Bay show in Sarnia, and what an experience it was! I met a lot of friendly people, many of whom bought my art too which is always nice. I got to go out on a tall ship, and I even had a positive experience in a casino!

Let me explain about that last point. While I was setting up on the first day, I noticed that my booth number and the number on my rental van were both “74.” I made this discovery shortly after hearing on the radio that it has been 74 years since Hiroshima. What’s more, my motel room number was 147.

Naturally, I took this as a sign that I should go to the casino. After some looking around, I eventually found a “Lucky 7s” slot machine with my room number on its ID plaque. I put ten dollars into the machine and some fifteen minutes later, that same slot machine told me that I'd won $73.75.

I figured that was close enough to $74, so I cashed out and left. The cashier looked at me funny when I handed her the slip, because I was beaming as if I’d just won a million bucks.

"Are you happy with your winnings sir?" she asked.

"I'm walking out with more than I came in with," I replied. "So I sure am!"

Now, where else will I find that number?
Here's what my booth looked like in the idyllic Centennial Park, Sarnia.
So, like I said, the Artzscape show was an excellent experience, and I even got to be interviewed for the show’s media source, “The Show with David Burrows.”

It was fun, but any time David was speaking, I was just standing there thinking, "don't stand here awkwardly." I'm pretty sure that just made me stand there even more awkwardly.

Here's the link to the Facebook interview: https://www.facebook.com/theshowsarnia/videos/1111987452466727/
My Facebook interview with David Burrows during the Artzscape show.
Here is a list of my remaining 2019 art shows, indicating which ones are still upcoming. 

Just a couple more shows this year! See you at the Fenelon Falls show this weekend!

V-dub Love!

Since having taken “Ol’ George” to a number of shows, I’ve discovered that there is a lot of nostalgic love out there for what the cool people call “V-dubs.” Now, not being a cool person, I’d never heard this moniker before, and it still feels strange on my tongue to say it, but I'm struggling through it. 

It’s because of this love that I really want to make it a pair, and paint a V-dub Beetle that is just as derelict as the microbus. The only thing is, I’ve missed my chance to paint one with a great story behind it.

Let me explain...
About a decade ago, I was doing archaeology in the Collingwood area. I was walking fields with some colleagues looking for artifacts and digging some test pits. While we were out there, we came across an old barn in the middle of the field and right beside this barn was an old white V-dub Beetle, slowly being covered over by dried grass.

As my friends and I looked her over, we exchanged memories of vehicles just like it. I told them how, in my hometown of Cochrane growing up, there were two Beetles in the whole town, and one was white just like this one, and my brothers and friends would punch each other silly whenever we saw it, playing “Punchbuggy.” I used to look at that white bug fondly, imagining that it was "Herbie" in disguise, and would one day come to life.

Well, anyhow, later that same day, we met up with the couple who were the owners of the property that we were surveying, and I got talking to the wife about the old canoe that I’d spotted in another out-building. She told me how she’s brought it down from up North.

“Oh,” I asked. “Where up North?”

“Cochrane,” she replied. “I taught at the High School there in the mid 70s.”

At that moment, a feather blew by and knocked me over.

I got very excited at that point, and as we spoke, we discovered that she had taught with my father during this time and that (wait for it), that very V-dub Beetle rusting beside the barn was the actual one that I’d seen driving around my childhood hometown! I’d like to say that it’s a small world, but I think it’s only for people who once lived in Cochrane.

Alas, I didn’t think to take a picture of the derelict car (I was only painting wildlife at the time), and I’m told it’s no longer there. So if you have a similar picture, or know where I can find an old Beetle to use as a reference for a painting, please click the link to send me an email. If I use your picture with your permission, I’ll give you a framed print of it.

In Progress...

I don't have much to show in terms of painting progress because of summer-related activities like kids being home and holiday road-trips, but I have been able to do some prepatory work in the way of planning future paintings.

More East Coast Wonder

This summer I drove out to P.E.I. to pick up my wife and kids who had flown out a few weeks earlier to visit family. On my way there, I took an extra day and drove down through the Gaspé Peninsula. I brought my bottle with me (you might recognize this same bottle from a number of my “ship-in-a-bottle” themed paintings) and took several pictures of it with iconic East Coast scenery in behind it.

Most memorably was my stop at the Percé Rock, mostly because, as I was sitting there after having taken a picture, another tourist on the beach saw the bottle beside me and excitedly asked in French if I’d found a note inside it.

He thought that it had washed up on the beach, so I had to explain in very rusty French that I was an artist and was taking reference pictures for future paintings. He and his wife weren’t much convinced (I think they thought I was hiding some kind of treasure map) until I showed them pictures on my phone of my paintings. 

What a gorgeous trip it was, we live in a gorgeous part of the world indeed!

Through the Barn Window

In a future painting, I want to fill some antique mason jars with smooth cobble stones and place them in an old barn window. Here are some pictures of how I’m planning out the reference image.

Once I have the jars filled artistically (I picked up a bunch more rocks when I was on my aforementioned East Coast trip), I’m going to put them in this old window frame that I rescued from a barn a few years back, and then photograph it so that my neighour’s split rail fence is visible through broken window glass. 

I’m particularly excited about this creation, because I’m planning on doing something new and exciting. Something that’s bold, and never been tried before in this way with watercolours. Something that's hopefully going to make the painting leap off the wall at the viewer.

Have I piqued your interest? Well, I’m not going to say anything else until I’m well on my way and sure that it’s working.

New Prices on Originals!

I've decided to reduce the prices on many of my original paintings!

Partly, it's because I'm running dangerously low on wall space and partly out of the recognition that some of the prices were just way too high in the first place, especially in an economy where not as many people are buying original art. I'm not the only artist to notice a drop in revenue this year.

If you've ever wanted to own one of my original paintings, the timing has never been better!

Contact me directly if you're interested and we'll work out the details!

Learn to Paint like me...

I have another "Illustrative Watercolours" course starting at the end of September. Contact the Art School of Peterborough if you're interested and reserve your spot!

My Mail-order Catalogue

I’ve been gathering addresses and contact information for gift shops, art galleries, and framing studios who might be interested in selling my art, and have been sending out copies of my catalogue. It’s been going well so far as I work my way across Canada virtually from East to West. 

Here's the cover of my mail-order catalogue.

If you know of a business that I should be sending one to, please send me an email and let me know!

Suggest a business to send my catalogue to

A Parting Thought...

In my humble opinion, what the world needs now isn't necessarily love. I think it needs more deviled eggs.
 
Think about it. Have you ever gone to a pot-luck, or a Church picnic, or a family gathering where there were leftover deviled eggs at the end? Even when your Aunt Alice made a few dozen extra just in case?

I didn't think so.

Clearly, the world needs more deviled eggs.

About Dwayne...

Watercolour artist Dwayne James lives near Lakefield, Ontario where he paints as often as he can, that is when he’s not spending time with his daughter, twin boys, and his very forgiving wife.

Dwayne studied archaeology in University, and as a result learned how to write creatively. “The most important skill I learned in University,” he says, “was the ability to pretentiously write about myself in the third person.”

With no formal art training, Dwayne has always preferred the self-guided, experimental approach. In fact, he taught himself how to illustrate archaeological artifacts while completing his Master’s degree at Trent University. Said his thesis supervisor at the time: “There might not be much in the way of coherent theoretical content in Dwayne’s thesis, but damn, it looks pretty!”

After working for close to a decade as a technical communicator, Dwayne chose to look at being downsized in January 2009 as an opportunity to become a stay@home Dad for his newborn twins and pursue his painting and creative writing. It is a decision that continues to make him giggle with wild abandon to this very day.

A self-taught painter, Dwayne’s  highly-detailed watercolour paintings have been described as “unconventional” yet “absolutely authentic.”

Fascinated by both texture and dimension, Dwayne channels nature to create personalised images that are not easily captured with conventional photography.

Dwayne seizes a moment in his paintings that shifts every time you view them. You may have seen watercolours before but, chances are, you have never seen watercolours like Dwayne’s.

 
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