Sally Chupick
Fine Art

Newsletter

(posted on 8 Nov 2021)

First; two of my small works will join the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria's Winter Small Works show & sale. hooray! A real live exhibition, and not just online either! Decking the halls of the Massey Sales Gallery, opening day is Nov 20th, from 10am-5pm. Lots of small affordable fine artworks absolutely fill the gallery for this group show.  If you cant make it on opening day, it runs till January 29th, bringing the light of art to be enjoyed in these darker months.

Second; on Dec 4th, from 10am-3pm I will be taking part in a live Christmas market to be held at Patio Gardens, 3536 West Saanich Rd, in Victoria BC.  It's a beautiful garden venue for this fun event; the greenhouses are filled (safely & social distanced) with vendors.  My daughter Holly & I will share tables, showing lots of small gift items, cards, driftwood creations & small paintings to be offered at a special 'one day only pricing' for this delightful show.  Hope to see you there. Go, ho ho!! 

         

Pictured here is the winner (Jan Rayner Thorn) of my birthday 'Giveaway' last month! Jan came to my studio to pick it up, and we had a lovely chat.  So fun! ...might have to make this an annual event for my cherished collectors!

In art we trust.

Sally 

 

(posted on 12 Oct 2021)

October is birthday month. Rooty toot toot!
I cant think of a better way to celebrate than running a 'GIVEAWAY' for my wonderful collectors; yes that's you!   I want to say thank you, so I am giving away this 14x18 inch oil on linen Plein Air painting, titled 'Lilypond At Beaver Lake'.  It was painted in early summer on a little painting adventure not far from where I live.  All you need to do if you'd like me to enter your name in the draw is send me an email at sallychupick@gmail.com with the subject heading ' YES PLEASE!, and the details of where I should mail it, should you win!  That's it!  Woohoo!  Good luck!

   
LILYPONDS AT BEAVER LAKE - 14 x 18 x1 inch - oil on linen canvas with painted soft green sides.

Dave and I worked on building a studio space for me at home in July.  In a spare bedroom, the windows face beautiful light streaming in the windows, definitely a nice place to be heading into the darker months.

My studio work is settling down to a gentle simmer.  I'm taking time to work intuitively letting the work evolve organically from a contemplative space.  These multi layered works feature soft colour transitions of shape and line evoking the joy of the journey. You can see the textural layering of creamy whites in the detail shot.  Yes they are a new direction for me, non-representational, and yet they are related to my world and previous ideas.

  

Ella's Sea Glass(top left) - 36 x 24 inch - oil on linen/cotton canvas

Finding Sea Glass (next to me & detail, right) - 36 x 48 inches - oil on linen/cotton

Thank you to my collectors and hope you win!  I will have my daughter draw the winner on October 21st. I will send you a personal email if you're the winner!  Best of luck!

Happy art trails!

Sally
 

 

(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!!

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

 

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