Sally Chupick
Fine Art

Newsletter

(posted on 24 May 2021)

Life and art.  For me there is this connection between the two that is impossible to ignore. I've always championed painting the things I love.  When you love a subject it somehow shines through in the work.  No surprise then, that when painting, life itself also shows up in the work. The inner life, the outer life and all that resonates. 

Difficult times in life means there's a lot to sort through.  Subjects seem less clear.  Intuition seems more demanding. It slows down the work as I find my way through a painting.  Often I'm surprised by what direction the painting veers, but the truth is there in the art.  

This new painting is titled FADING FAST.  It is oil on canvas and measures 24 x 18 inches. It will be included in the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria TD ART GALLERY PAINT IN GUIDE to our local artist community.  

This will be the 2nd year that the annual TD Art gallery Paint In, is cancelled. (so sad!) It is usually held along Moss Street in Victoria and attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year.  Hopefully next year things will be different.  Click on the image for a version with more info about the painting or to purchase it.

The SUMMER SMALL WORKS SHOW & SALE is online and in person at the Massey Gallery at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria(AGGV) beginning on June 19 -August 27l.  I'm thrilled that my two small paintings below have been selected for it.  Check out this link for more info and for the direct link to the online show on June 19th.

   

Hope you are doing well. 

Till next time:)

Sally

 

 

(posted on 29 Mar 2021)

Hi art friends,

I hope you are well.  Spring is popping up everywhere and that is joyous.  Have you noticed that it's still light after supper these days... a tad exciting? I'm enjoying a walk or a bike ride some evenings, to savour the spring evening light in our neighbourhood.

My art time for the past few weeks has been spread between outdoor painting (usually on Fridays), and studio work. 

There's a few new large paintings added to the website, like this one (click on image to link to it)
36 x 24 inch oil on wood, ALL AROUND ME

and several plein air works like these three which are all 8x10 oil on panel (click on pictures to link to them)

     

Here's a new one that I'm currently working on, below.  I took it outside for a picture; nearly there I think.

As many of you probably know I paint 'mini's', which are tiny landscapes and moments of joy inspired by daily life here on Vancouver Island.  
A few weeks ago, I had an idea to create a tea towel with printed images of some of my fav's with the purpose of creating a fun & unique gift item for my Etsy shop, CottageBeachArt. 
The tea towels are 55% linen/45% cotton canvas, and are available in two different background colours, khaki & sea foam.  The sea foam one is pictured below.  Click on the picture to link to the product.

Wishing you all a happy spring!

Lots of arty love,
Sally  

 

(posted on 25 Jan 2021)

  Hello art friends, happy new year to all!

Some exciting news for me to share is that I'm now 'Artist in Residence' at the 2nd floor offices of the BC Ministry of Health in downtown Victoria!  So very grateful to display some large artworks to those working & passing through these offices, while I wait for exhibit & show opportunities commencing at later dates.  A key element of the BC Health Ministry is their team of exceptionally supportive women who when presented with this idea embraced it and ran with it.  I am a happy artist.  Ahh... if only the world were run by more good women... :)  Below are a few photos of some of them gracing the walls there.

    

In BC we are supposed to receive our vaccine between April - June.  Woohoo!  The light at the end of the tunnel is finally coming!  Keeping me (mainly) sane during this time has been studio time and a little outdoor painting when the winter rains stop.  Here's my new painting 'Saxe Point View' below; it's 24 x 18 inches and is oil on cradled birch panel.

Above is a 10 x 8 inch oil on birch panel 'Mt Baker From Marina' done from my car in the parking lot of the Oak Bay marina.  We had glorious sunshine, but too cold for me to paint outside, so the car was the next best solution.

As I produce new work, I try to regularly update my artist website.  

My Etsy shop, CottageBeachArt is updated with many small (and even some large) paintings available too.  New west coastal themed reclaimed wood magnets are new 'little's' in shop, with photo images from Holly @travelbugs01.

Stay positive, and sending arty hugs your way

Sally

 

 

 

 

(posted on 9 Dec 2020)

Happy Holidays art peeps:)

Near the end of November I had the good fortune to take in the BC Museum's new Emily Carr exhibition, 'FRESH SEEING'.  The first real art show I've been to since the world shut down.  We ordered timed entry tickets online, wore masks and had a socially distanced experience with only a few people in at any one time.  Great way to see a major exhibition, without the crowds! Emily Carr is iconic for painting BC's forests, but the over 80 paintings presented at this exhibition were earlier than these; all of which I had never seen before!  So it was very interesting for me.  Most of the works in the show are heavily influenced by Emily's time in Europe and the French Modernist painters there.  

I found fresh inspiration by getting out to see that show.  It helped me get motivated and work my way through several things on the go in the studio.  

    

Here's me with 'Lochside View' which is a 40 x 30 inch oil on cradled wood panel.  I struggled to find the tones for the glow I had experienced on a late summer evening while bicycling along the Lochside trail.  But I'm really happy with it now.   

Next to it is 'Evening Solace' which is 30 x 60 inch oil on canvas.  This one also took me a while, but eventually it spoke with my voice. Always a satisfying feeling when that happens.


Humming bird digital print available at CottageBeachArt on Etsy

Big hopes and dreams are wished for you for 2021 !! 
I hope the world can begin to heal and find a new way forward.
If you'd like to take a therapeutic break from the virus and politics I'm sending you along this hummingbird link for a little nature recharge.

Enjoy!  Happy holidays !

artsy hugs,

Sally

 

 

(posted on 13 Nov 2020)

The Winter Small Works Show & Sale is currently on now at The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in the Massey Sales Gallery, and I am pleased to say that one of my small works 'Finnerty Gardens' was selected for this show.  Artworks can be viewed and purchased in the gallery or online at this link.


Finnerty Gardens - oil on panel - 10x8 inch

Here's one of 3 mini's inspired by a zip around the coast on Dave's motorbike a few weeks ago.  This little view is visible from a hill at Spirit Bay, near East Sooke on Vancouver Island.  Sunshine & sparkles for miles:).

mini oil painting on reclaimed cedar wood - 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches.

Stay safe art friends.

Sally
 

 

 

(posted on 11 Oct 2020)

I am thankful for so much this Thanksgiving despite distance and the pandemic. And in the wise words of Charles M. Schultz (the creator of 'Peanuts")... "worrying won't stop the bad stuff from happening, it just stops you from enjoying the good." 

I was able to get outside painting several times in September:)  The Japanese anemones were in full bloom near Victoria's Gorge park waterway although smoke lingered in the air from forest fires in the US.  In the end, the haze contributed to the atmosphere and I ended up with an unusually neutral painting, for me.  But I'm embracing it:)

Japanese Anemones - oil on wood - 12 x 9 inches

I thought I'd share these pics of my recent big ones from the studio, resolved in the past couple of weeks.  I like to take my time on large pieces, and they often sit around resting for weeks, even months before I know how to move them forward.  I am no longer in a rush, and enjoy the contemplative practice of painting. I will be adding them to my website when they are fully dry.  

 

The one on the left is titled: Crossing.  It is 48x36 inches, and inspired by an early morning ferry crossing to the mainland in December last year.  The one on the right is Grace Unfurling, and is 24x48 inches.  This one is inspired by a hollyhock grown from seed in my garden, which grew from a tiny seedling into an 8 foot giant.  I never really know where inspiration is going to come from, but I gratefully accept it when it does.  

When I first opened my little Etsy online shop, Cottage Beach Art, I had no big expectations.  All I knew was that moving from Ontario to BC in 2018 meant I was losing venues that normally showed my small artworks.  I wanted to try doing something that might fill this gap.  So, I spent a while learning how to maneuver this new platform (okay...I spent many long hours) and then little by little, I did see some return.  
Today, I'm really thankful for new collectors from across North America who have found me through Cottage Beach Art.     
Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

In artsy gratitude,
Sally

 

(posted on 13 Sep 2020)

Happy to say my old studio space is opening up again! It's a shared studio space, and it shut down in March.  This week the staff who manage the Arts Centre at Cedar Hill have implemented new guidelines and registered artists for sessions.  No drop ins allowed anymore & only a few artists per session to ensure distance as needed. I think we can do this.  I've signed up for 3 evenings per week.  It will be nice to begin a work routine again in the big studio space.


SHINING WATERS - oil on panel, 12 x 9 inches

The weather has been good for plein air painting trips.  I'm part of The Alfrescoe's, a group of local island artists who paint every Friday morning.  This one, Shining Waters, was painted outdoors one glorious late summer morning from a cliff overlooking a bay near Tower Point.  While I painted I heard a low roar and growling, which startled me so much I stopped what I was doing to investigate; slightly worried about the possibility of a bear or cougar... then I peered over the cliff and below me were two seals fighting over a fish for breakfast!  You can imagine...I was relieved!!

Cottage Beach Art ( my Etsy shop) continues as a portal for new (& returning) beach & art lovers. 


Beach Play mini - 3 1/2 x 2 1/2" oil on wood

Have a good week.
lots of art love,

Sally

 

 

 

(posted on 21 Aug 2020)

hello!

This painting, Time For Healing (below) was selected by the Art Rental & Sales team at the AGGV to be included in a group show.  I painted it in March, immediately after one of my daughters surgery and during a time when the whole world shut down.  Thankful and anxious, it seemed important to find equilibrium; this simple abstract did that for me.


Time For Healing ~ 40 x 30 inch oil on canvas

The TD ARTIST GUIDE is now available in a printed version from the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.  The TD ARTIST GUIDE is a resource of the community of artists who annually (but not this year) present their work at Victoria's very popular TD Art Gallery Paint In, which usually takes place on Moss street.  If you're in Victoria, pop in the AGGV and pick up your copy.  If you're not in Victoria, view the TD ARTIST GUIDE online here. 

My online Etsy shop, COTTAGE BEACH ART has some new mini paintings and plein air paintings added this week, like this wee hummingbird.


Little Hummingbird - mini oil painting on reclaimed wood

 

Keep Well Art Friends!

Sally

 

(posted on 29 Jul 2020)

Salutations!
I took a run up to Duncan BC (about an hour from Victoria) to deliver 6 new studio works, at the beautiful  AQUAMARIS ART GALLERY this month. Here's me in the gallery in front of 'LOOKOUT'  , a 40 x 30" oil on canvas  inspired by a 'en plein air' outdoor painting experience at King George Terrace in Victoria one evening.  The smaller 8x10" oil panel next to the gallery pic is that inspiration piece.  Click on either image if you want more info about either one.  

I'm thrilled to be represented by this beautiful gallery.  If you find yourself looking for a little arts and culture trip while on Vancouver Island, you will be most welcomed by the lovely gallery staff there.  Aquamaris Art Gallery is upstairs in a trendy updated heritage building... and yum.... there is a bakery and bookshop on the main level; bonus.

  

me with Lookout - 40 x 30 " 

 

 Windy Lookout - 10 x 8"

Below is my newest rocks and water landscape.  It's a biggy for me, just barely fitting into my little sunroom studio to work on it.  I worked in layers of oil paint and oil sticks on a new (for me) linen /cotton canvas support.  Inspiration for this one was a tranquil morning walk at this place in late spring. Click on the image for more info.

  

Arbutus Cove - 36 x 48"

 

Small paintings and coastal inspirations of different kinds are always available in my Etsy shop, Cottage Beach Art.

I hope you are all well.

artsy hugs (or elbow bumps)

Sally

 

 

 

                               

 

(posted on 8 Jul 2020)

Aloha Aloha Makamaka! (Hawaiian for Hello art friends!)

The summer of 2020 is looking different for many, to say the least.  My little sunroom/studio conversion is working out so I continue to paint while at home.  Working in a glass room in a heat wave doesn't sound great but thankfully it has been cooler here than other parts of the country.

I was recently asked if I do gift certificates for my art. Happy to say, now I do!  A new page on my website here makes it easy.  Perfect solution to artsy gift giving.

Summer Small Works online show & sale runs until Aug 15.  This online exhibition supports the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.  Two of my works are featured on page 12 & 13 here

A new 'Poppies' mini's pair recently listed in Cottage Beach Art

Sending arty hugs for July.

Sally

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