November 1, 2017
With camera in hand I am an explorer. Sometimes I travel to the far reaches of this great country we call Canada discovering new locales but often I explore for new possibilities in the comfort and proximity of my own backyard. It’s important for me to create and just as important for me to create without any thoughts as to how an image might be used in the future. This personal work is important for growth as an artist and it brings much contentment. No matter what the tools are (iPhone) or what the technique being used is (ICM Intentional Camera Movement), the resulting image can be as important and fulfilling as any other. If I don’t come away with an image, the experience of being out there was enough. As Freeman Patterson said many years ago, this is simply “Photography For The Joy Of It”.
February 5, 2015
This is Day 1 of my art challenge where I will post 'Art for Five Days'. I was nominated by Lut Meyer, owner of Grolle Fine Art in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Grolle Fine Art is now representing my art work and I thought it would be appropriate to display our 'exclusive collection'. Today I nominate Wendy-Erhardt Kroeker to the 'Art For Five Days Challenge' (any number of pieces) and then to nominate another artist from any discipline.
Please click on the image to see the Gallery of the entire Exclusive Collection.
October 8, 2013
Tangled Tree Framing & Gifts, in conjunction with Word On The Water and Elizabeth Campbell Books, will host 'NATURAL REFLECTIONS', an exhibition of fine art photographs by Mike Grandmaison.
The exhibition will run from October 11 to November 9, 2013 at 137 Main Street South, in Kenora, Ontario on beautiful Lake of The Woods.
Opening reception will be from 4-7 PM, Friday October 11.
A Mid-Show reception will take place from 1-3 PM, Friday October 25 to start off the 'Word On The Water' Book Festival.
I look foward to meeting you.
Inspiration for art can come from any number of places: from the written word, from an experience that touched one deeply, from the natural world, from an urban setting, from one's own imagination and of course, from the works of other artists - be they painters, sculptors, writers, musicians, photographers, textile artists, etc. Personally, I derive much of my inspiration from the natural world. 'Mother Nature' is the ultimate creator and offers me continued and limitless opportunities to see beauty throughout its kingdom. Over the years, I have also been inspired by artists from all walks of life. It's interesting to consider how each artist can touch you so deeply in such different ways; sometimes it's the way the artist uses a particular palette of subtle colours, sometimes it's the way an artist uses space or how boldly he positions his main subject in the artwork. A wide range of artists have left their mark on my own work, including the likes of Albrecht Dürer, Emily Carr, Tom Thompson, Lawren Harris, A.Y Jackson, J.E.H. MacDonald, Robert Bateman, Toni Onley, Andrew Wyeth, Ian Tamblyn, Brett Weston, Freeman Patterson, Ernst Haas, Franco Fontana as well as a host of contemporary photographers, too many to mention. Each has influenced me in some significant way on how I approach or produce my own art.
I have always loved this photograph I made some 22 years ago on traditional B&W film. For me, it captured a moment of love and tenderness between mother and daughter altough this is a slightly different image from the same series. This particular photograph is a 'close -up' version one of a small series I made. I had forgotten that my 'little cousin' Lise, whom I remember fondly playing with my 'little sister' Lorraine at the family cottage, had made the attached beautiful drawing based on this image. I finally saw it this spring during a recent visit. It brought back a lot of wonderful memories and I thought I would share her drawing along with her thoughts about her process.