Getting to know Donna Berry

Favorite art work?

I have enjoyed creating so many pieces over the years but one of my favorites is a  recent work of a female Mallard duck. Taking the time to watch and photograph her as she waddled around the parking lot at Lily Lake. Then resting close to my car hoping to be fed. When I began creating the painting I was already connected to the cute little duck and this made producing it much more enjoyable.

 

Real life situation that inspired me?

This would have to be the implosion of the General Hospital in 1995. After this event I produced a series of surreal paintings because like many people is this area I was connected to the old building for I was born there as well as my children. It was a massive structure with atmosphere of healing. I attempted to duplicate this feeling in my surreal paintings.

What is my dream project?

I live my dream each time I pick up a brush and and apply paint to canvas.

What do I like most doing?

Going out on a sunny day when the shadows are long and search for inspirational sites along the beautiful Bay of Fundy.

How has my art practice changed over the year?

I feel today I am less distracted by life’s commitments and more focused on creating paintings. I work daily to achieve this. My favorite time of day to work is late afternoon and early evening leaving the morning for more physical activities such as going to the gym or working around my home.

To view more of Donna’s work, visit her Face Book page

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We are all getting ready

Check out some of the new work from a few of this years participants

We have painters, jewellers, pottery, furniture maker, sculptures, fibre artists and metal. This year is shaping up to the largest studio tour ever!

Joe & Gudi Pach TerraBijou

“we love to travel around the globe and get always lots of inspirations by other cultures. It shows also in always changing design ideas.”

Bruce Gray

“Visual artist Bruce Gray will be opening his workshop studio to the public for the first time. Enjoy a striking collection of works and tour of workshop and works in progress”

Donna Berry

“I have a fascination with realistic works and this is reflected in the subjects I choose to paint. I am drawn to  scenes with a strong light and shadow system. And even more importantly for me is capturing a mood  and I achieve this by my choice of  hues and tonal values  selected from the color wheel.

Helen Shideler

“For me painting is a celebration of life and how light and color interact.  The real joy is in the challenge and complexity and getting it right. I constantly strive to hold myself to the highest standards. “

Mark the dates on your calendar Saturday and Sunday, June 10th & 11th

Introducing – Donna Berry

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My favorite time of day is morning.

This is the time I have high energy although I seem to paint  in the afternoon and early evening when I am  more relaxed.

I don’t really have a dream project as such.
I am now working on a facial portrait from my imagination with lots of color and am enjoying this very much as it gives me a break from my usual realistic paintings.
My favorite tool of trade
Is water mixable oils and Grumbacher brushes because they stay in tact after many uses.
The picture below is one I would not want to part with. It a portrait I painted in 1992 from an old photo of myself. The innocent scene reflects gentleness, compassion and positive emotions.
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I recharge my creative juices  By going to areas like St Martins and photographing in the morning light.
Well a million dollars is not an overwhelming amount today but I might buy a smaller house with a southern exposure and plenty of windows and a picturesque view.
At present I am not reading but I have started writing a novel. I find this experience very relaxing even if it never gets  beyond a few chapters.
When I am creating I will often listen to Classic Country.
If I had super powers I would develop a concoction for curing cancer.
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We are getting organized for KCST 2016

IMG_2067 We are pretty excited.  Currently we have 17 artists ready to participate in 13 locations.  A few more may be added soon.  Stay tuned!IMG_2069