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Exhibition - Denison, Texas October 2014

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Every artist, despite a successful sales record, reaches a point where local/obvious avenues have been explored and sales come from word of mouth or customer referrals.

Proactive marketing requires an enormous effort … especially for a mind that prefers to create.  In this context, I am deeply grateful, if not overwhelmed, at the consideration of a Dallas businessman who previously purchased several of my paintings. I was thrilled to learn that he had arranged an exhibition of my work at the Mary Karam Gallery in Denison Texas

I am particularly delighted that my work is hanging in Denison TX - - A town that has become a disitinct cultural/arts/innovation destination in the U.S.      

Business Creativity/Strategy via Artistic Exploration - Annual November Workshops Sold out!!

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 All workshops sold out...!! Thank you... We will be offering new dates in January...

Creative Thinking underpins sound business vision, strategy development & effective problem solving!

Career facilitators and established artists, Stephanie MacKendrick & Rodger Harding present their annual fun, four-hour painting workshop series designed to enhance your ability to: 

  • Recognize creative strengths 
  • Connect analytical & creative thinking 
  • Confidently apply creative thinking to solving business problems

See www.HardingIntl.com for details!

 No artistic experience/expertise neccessary!

New Greek Village Series

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My village scenes consist of plaster/sand mix on canvas, with the usual acrylic finish... These pieces have always sold well... I miss the simplicity of the Greek way of life...so recently completed a few more paintings...

Misty Greek Village was painted in 2011, but never completed to my satisfaction... I touched up the coloring yesterday and am pleased with the final result!

The blue depicted in the lighter colored pieces has rather a light teal/grey than blue hue in real life... The night scene looks pretty much as depicted inthe photo!

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Rodger Harding ART Sale/Exhibition -13th June 2013 - Verity Club Postponed!!!

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Due to a venue glitch the showing has been postponed until the fall... I'll keep you posted!

 

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New Work - April 2013

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Have at last time to paint again... a new piece Blue Shipwreck 40"x30" (multi-media/acrylic on canvas) is a toned down version of the usually turbulent skies I usually enjoy painting...

Dead Sea Sentinel 30"x40" (multi-media/acrylic on canvas) is a retouched earlier work that I thought lacked life... it now has more vibrant earthy/orange hues...

Abbott's Blue - Latest Commission

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An interior designer commissioned "a blue sky/seascape... with texture and eye-catching interest..."

This piece will apparently be placed in the client's "minimalistic room... all white with occasional splashes of cobalt-blue!"

It is always a relief when I have adequately complied with client vision!

Collaboration with Point Gallery - Thornhill Toronto

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A chance meeting with Jon & Nicola of Point Gallery lead to an agreement to collaborate. The gallery is currently exhibiting 4 of my larger wreck pieces (see below)

I am particularly delighted as the work of the other artists represented strongly resonates with my own taste. I feel at home! 

Drop by at their new location:

46 Centre Street, Thornhill - 416-997-1567  http://www.thepointgallery.ca/

  

Reclaimed by Nature

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This experimental work, 30"x36" acrylic/multi-media on canvas, depicts the return of man-made objects to nature. The remnants of a rusted wreck returning to natural elements.

Metaphorically the world as we know it returns to the greater whole... The great unknown! My intention was to juxtapose structure and formlessness... All structure exists in a greater realm...  

The camera seemed incapable of capturing the teal tones of the piece... Another skill-set to develop! :-) 

Rusted Wrecks on the Shore

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Ater a slow start this year, I am working on several pieces that feature rusted wrecks on the shore. While the theme of nature reclaiming man made objects continues to fascinate me, the popularity of these paintings has prompted me to consider an exhibition dedicated to this subject later this year! 

The darker piece, Wreck at Sunset, 48"x36" features a piece of rusted/encrusted metal found on the beach, intended to depict a decaying wreck that has merged into the landscape. I have incorporated sea-sand/pebbles (from wherever I spotted the metal pieces) into the textured foreground. The sunset/sea background derives from my imagination.   

The second, Wreck in the Mist, 40"x20" attempts to depict the pristine isolation of a wreck as an integral part of the landscape. The rusty hulk has no toxicity left...  

The third, Fiery Wreck 30'x40", fourth Wreck at Dawn 30"x30" & fifth Wreck - Afternoon Sky 14"x14'are similar in concept/construction... Capturing the precise moment of light emerging through cloud is always a challenge!

The sixth work High & Dry 30"x36"depicts an old wooden wreck stranded high above the receding water line... 

The smaller pieces, Partially Submerged Wreck 14x11, Wrecked Frigate 20'x20" & Beached Wreck II 14'x11"depict simplicity rather than my usual preoccupationwith the dramatic juxtaposition of nature and gradual decay...

Similiar work completed in 2011:

Commissions accepted!  

African Bush Fire

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Acrylic/multi-media on canvas 48"x13"

I was delighted recently to see this piece, sold last year, simply framed and beutifully set off by two unique accessories. The owner, knowing my attachment to the work, kindly offered visitation rights at the time of purchase!  

The textured foreground contains actual African dirt/sand and the ash of burnt Protea leaves.

I often wonder where some of my work has ended up!