Monthly Archives: March 2013

What’s Your Flavour?

by Rebekah Wilkinson

When I was a kid, growing up in Ontario, I loved to drive out to the country with my family to one of the local hotspots. This place wasn’t advertised or known to people passing through town but it became a family tradition to the locals. Eager with anticipation, on Sunny summer Sunday afternoons we would pile into the car and drive down the country road to the popular dairy farm where the parking spots were hard to find and the lineup extended out the ice cream shop door.

For just $2 you could get a massive scoop of ice cream balanced on a sugar cone. With close to 40 flavours to choose from, everyone in line buzzed about what icy treat they were going to select. Every time we ventured to this hang-out place, no matter how other people would recommend the strawberry shortcake or blueberry cheesecake,  I couldn’t help but order a gigantic single scoop of chocolate chip ice cream, my favourite ice cream flavour. To this day, I can still taste the vanilla cream with the chunks of chocolate that crunched or melted on your tongue. Is your mouth watering yet?

Wandering around an art gallery can have the same effect. Seeing all the different styles of art is a virtual feast for the eyes. There are some pieces that naturally draw you in like my favourite chocolate chip ice cream flavour. Other pieces of art don’t appeal to me just like any ice cream flavour that has nuts. But just because I know many people who are addicted to peanut butter parfaits doesn’t mean that their tastes are inferior to mine. Similar to choosing your favourite flavour of ice cream, taste in art is a personal choice and can be unique to you as your individual taste buds.

Any one up for a big scoop of Angelina Wrona? For me, I think I shall have a scoop of Lora Zombie with a mix of Alex Cherry and Dalton Brown on a David M cone. What’s your flavour?

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The Power of One

The Power of One

The Power Of One by Banovich

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March 22, 2013 · 7:09 pm

A Picture of Peace – An interview with David M.

David MacLean’s art sometimes begins with him slamming on the brakes and making a U-turn. “I glimpse a scene that gives me a feeling of desire,” he says, “a desire to create.” For 30 years, he painted such scenes with watercolors, oils and acrylics, but he never felt that he sufficiently captured a scene’s tranquility and joy until he discovered a new way of making art that freed him to create any scene he can imagine. “It’s allowed me to create more gratifying art than ever before,” he says.

Silence of the Forest

Silence of the Forest

With computer software, David uses specific parts of the photos he takes to make multi-layered images-much like painting multiple layers on a canvas. With unlimited brush types and color choices, he can create images that have been stuck in his mind for years or more fully capture the essence of natural scene.

After photographing a beautiful scene, David selects which elements in the photo he wants to use as his centerpiece, then sorts through other photos or takes new ones to find reflections, shadows, stationary objects or moving animals to complete the centerpiece. Before he cuts and pastes pieces of photos together, he paints details into each one using Photoshop-softening light on a river or adding color with an atmospheric blue mist. He then merges the completed layers together into a single seamless image and finishes the artwork by adding a few more subtle details, such as yellow leaves floating in the river or golden grass. “There is quite a difference between the scene I start with and the scene I end up with,” David says, “but I build on the essence of original.”

Quiet Joy

Quiet Joy

Although he now uses modern technology to create his art, David still follows the same artistic principles as he has for the last three decades. Drawing on his long experience as a traditional painter, he says, “It takes three elements to create a piece of art: light, color and shadow-and the more color, the better.”  Each layer of vibrant color lends his images of landscapes, seascapes, gardens and home interiors a heightened sense of tranquility.

–          A Picture of Peace by Elaine K. Phillips, Romantic Homes Magazine.

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Attention Disney fans! Get Them Before They’re Gone! Kelowna Instore exclusive.

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We have a select number of Disney pictures available at our Kelowna location for a limited time only. They’re going fast so make sure you stop by soon if your walls are calling for Disney art.

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And the Beat Goes On – new pictures by Manuel Rebollo

And the Beat Goes On - new pictures by Manuel Robello

Rock and Roll – Manuel Rebollo

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March 16, 2013 · 7:24 pm

Looking for a Little Attitude in Your Art? Try Alex Cherry

Looking for a Little Attitude in Your Art?  Try Alex Cherry

We have great new pieces by Alex Cherry

The latest – Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe

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March 13, 2013 · 9:15 pm

New Artist – Agnes Cecile comes to Apple Art Works

New Artist - Agnes Cecile comes to Apple Art Works

Check out the beautiful artistry, rhythm, and color of the works of Agnes Cecile.

Shown piece – Memory

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March 7, 2013 · 6:47 pm

Pie In the Sky by Berman

Pie In The Sky

Pie In The Sky

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New Artwork From Lora Zombie!

Mini UnicornNew!

Mini Unicorn
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New Lora Zombie art has arrived. Just click on her tab under Artists to see more.

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March 2, 2013 · 7:09 pm