Last weekend I was a guest artist / speaker at the third annual Oasis Art Symposium created by the Kelowna FCA chapter. There was a juried art exhibit, lectures and a discussion panel along with live demos. The day went quickly as the participates were generous of spirit, inquisitive and energetic. I attend a few of such gatherings a year but this one had a grass roots atmosphere that gave birth to an exchange of ideas.
Artist, Janice Robertson gave an in-depth and insightful talk about her career and the politics of art. She told some funny antidotes about her husband / artist Alan Wylie; a true inside view of what it’s like to live and work intimately with another artist. The veteran powerhouse talent, Alan Wylie presented a rare power point account of his murals created over his long illustrious career. I’ve known him for years and I had no idea. He is an inspiration. His art goes without saying but his work ethic is paramount! Now in his late seventies Alan was still hanging off scafoldlinks painting 200 ft. murals! Artist, Dennis Webber gave demos and criiques. He brought his ceremonial Cree buckskin tunic that was probably the most remarkable piece of art art the Symposium. I had my first nations model wear it for a portrait demo Saturday afternoon. The demo was approximately two hours long and was full of discussion and comments. I enjoyed it; attached is the painting of Brian with Dennis Webber’s beautiful garment. The following day I held a mini portrait workshop and finally Monday and plain air workshop. The emphasis in these one day workshop was the virtue of painting direct from life.