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  • Clarington Outdoor Festival 2019: Call for Submissions

    Location: Bowmanville, ON

    Call all artists! The Clarington Outdoor Art Festival (COAF) 2019 is celebrating the..
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  • Beacon Original Art Call for Artists

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Beacon Original Art invites emerging, mid-career and professional artists to participate in our..
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  • 2020 Ducks Unlimited National Portfolio

    Location: Bracebridge, ON

    DUCKS UNLIMITED CANADA – NATIONAL ART PORTFOLIO CALL FOR ENTRIES – DEADLINE JULY 31,..
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  • 2019 ANIMA MUNDI - CONSCIOUSNESS

    Location: VENICE,

    ITSLIQUID Group, in collaboration with Venice Events and Ca’ Zanardi, is pleased to..
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  • Walker Industries Juried Art Exhibition

    Location: Niagara on the lake, ON

    Daisy Fresh has been selected as one of 26 finalists in this juried..
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  • The Second Latin American Contemporary Fine Art Competition

    Location: New York, NY

    The Second Latin American Contemporary Fine Art Competition - May 21st to June..
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  • Lines, Shapes & Objects Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the Lines, Shapes & Objects art competition. For this..
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  • HEDI KYLE: THE ART OF THE FOLD

    Location: Halifax, NS

    The NSCAD School of Extended Studies & Letterpress Gang are hosting a..
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  • Toronto Outdoor Art Fair - Call for Artists

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Attend the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair Attend the 58th Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Canada’s..
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  • Surfaces Exploration and Experience Karen Colville Artist

    Location: New West Minster, BC

    In the Plaskett Gallery @ Massey Theatre Surfaces…Exploration & Experience Artist Karen Colville June 25th..
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  • Race, Ethnicity and belonging

    Location: CALGARY, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists invites all artists (over 18) residing in Alberta..
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  • Art District Gallery Membership

    Location: Kitchener, ON

    Art District Gallery May Membership Drive - Drop in Open House -Tuesday May..
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  • Art in the Garden 2019

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Taking place at various gardens on Vancouver's North Shore, this will be the..
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  • North Van Arts Deadline Extended! (50th Anniversary Exhibition)

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    North Van Arts has extended our deadline to Sunday May 26 at Midnight..
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  • Manitoba Neuroscience Network Donation Request

    Location: Winnipeg, MB

    Seeking art pieces for the silent art auction that will take place as..
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  • “White” International Call - Art & Literature Journal - Deadline June 30, 2019

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: White cats, white milk, white snow. Reflecting most wavelengths of visible..
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  • Call for Art | 4th Annual Cityscapes Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 4th Annual Cityscapes art competition. For this competition,..
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  • Myseum Intersections 2020: Call for Submissions

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Myseum of Toronto is launching a call for submissions for our fifth annual..
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  • Call For Artists - Art Sale Fundraiser

    Location: Toronto, ON

    ART SALE FUNDRAISER BENEFITING CRISTINA’S TORTINA SHOP HOSTED BY PROGRESSIVE TRAINING COLLEGE OF BUSINESS..
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  • H.A.P. Art Contest by ALPHA Education

    Location: Scarborough, ON

    ALPHA Education is hosting its annual History + Art = Peace Art Contest!..
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  • On the Same Page: Transforming Paper

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    On The Same Page: Transforming Paper showcases artists working with paper as an..
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  • ANIMA MUNDI | VENICE MAY-NOV 2019

    Location: Venice,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: ANIMA MUNDI | VENICE MAY-NOV 2019 ITSLIQUID International Art Festival ITSLIQUID GROUP,..
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  • 9th Annual

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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  • Past (Tense) by David Scott Exhibition

    Location: Calgary, AB

    HUB @ 302 Crossroads Art Centre The Alberta Society of Artists #302 – 1235-26th Avenue SE Calgary,..
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    Location: Harrison Hot Springs, BC

    The Kent Harrison Arts Council Artist in Residence Program Visual Artist / Writer in..
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  • Sue J Amon Art Exhibit

    Location: Yarmouth, NS

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  • Acrylic Painting Workshop with Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

    Location: Nakusp, BC

    In this 2-day workshop, we will learn from the award-winning acrylic painter Tatjana..
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  • Artists’ Network Gallery Streetcar Art Exhibition

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Submissions: March 8 – May 31, 2019 Exhibition: June 11 – 27, 2019 We are..
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    Location: Cloyne , ON

    Call to Artists With its striking views and varied moods, Mazinaw Lake has drawn..
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    Location: North Vancouver, BC

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  • Jun 8 – Intro to Stained Glass Workshop

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

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    Location: North Vancouver, BC

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    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Master the fundamentals of drawing in this introductory course, which will build your..
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    Location: North Vancouver, BC

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    Location: Vancouver, BC

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  • The Wilds of Venice: Study Contemporary Art + Creative Entrepreneurship at the European Cultural Academy with the Jealous Curator and The Wild Residen

    Location: Venice,

    Education Opportunity for Artists: the 'Wilds of Venice' Certificate Course in 'Creative Entrepreneurship +..
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    Location: Brainerd, MN

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    Location: St. Charles, MO

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    Location: Vancouver, BC

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    Location: Venice, Italy,

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    Location: Salt Spring Island, BC

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The Anatomy of a Commission

By Robert Genn February 24, 2003

} Anatomy of a Commission Original sketch. I do my rough generally in pencil and felt-tip and reduce in a photocopier. Color notations are done on the photocopy in case something has to be changed. This, as well as the proposal, (price, etc.) is faxed or emailed to the client. Copies are also sent to the dealer. First revised sketch. My original has been reworked and recopied in the photocopier. Erasing or whiting out of the original is a fast and effective way to make changes. Just working for a few minutes with the sketches helps to see problems that might arise. Second revised sketch with phallic device removed. The client chose this one. With the use of the fax the client generally makes a decision quite quickly. If they receive a rough in the regular mail they are more liable to take their time. The canvas has been primed with two coats of opaque gesso in a warm tone. for this sort of painting I'm drawing fairly carefully from reference. The drawing of the poles, which in my opinion must be correct, is the only part that will be drawn in. I'm doing the drawing more or less in raw umber. The background area around the poles is being put in here. I like to have a strong pattern in my paintings and it's important to get that basic design down early in the work. The approximate area and darker tones of the foreground bushes is also put in. With the use of a rag I'm glazing the whole painting. This is in order to pull down the values and establish an overall tone. Pthalo blue is the glazing color used at the top of the painting--gradating down to a burnt sienna glaze at the bottom. The mountain snow is in pure white. Here again I'm thinking of a pattern that will relate to the foreground material--trying to carry through some of the design elements of the main motif. I'm constantly looking for traps I might fall into and down-the-line problems the painting might give me. Here you can see I've worked around the snow with negative areas with a gradation down to the trees. the sky has also been put in fairly flatly in a slightly warmer tone. The idea is to establish the sky and distant tone that will subsequently affect foreground elements. The foreground has begun to take shape. It's really a set-up using the positive elements of the bushes to be able to come in and produce the warm grass area in negative. More glazes have taken place in the meantime--for example the pure white of the snow has been reduced with another glaze. Some tentative forming has been done of the poles. Sometimes it takes a bit of fiddling to establish the right balance of warm and cool. While I'm anxious to have the lower part of the poles reflecting the foreground light, it's also important to get the counterpoint of the gray wood of the poles. At this point the mind is making thousands of tiny decisions that hopefully add to the effectiveness of the whole. Recessions and protrusions, enhanced rhythmic ideas, toning down, brightening up, counterpoint and textural considerations all make their contribution. Much of it is subconscious. A kind of timidity sets in toward the end of the work. There's a search of local problems and with it, a tendency to tighten up. One is often caught on the horns of dilemmas and the great fear at this time is in the possibility of overworking. At one point I just up and say 'enough',' and the job is done. The appendage being produced on a separate canvas. This is to fullfill my need for anthropological correctness. The extra part will be in reserve, cut to shape, taped to the back of the sketches and available to be attached, with Velcro, if required. Final glazing. With the use of a rag, I've put down a wash of acrylic medium cut with water. After that's dry I appy a second coat of Golden Final Varnish with UVLS. This should make the painting color fast for perhaps several hundred years. "Facing West" The finished work ready to go to the dealer. He will meet with the client to choose the frame, and later, hang the painting in its special place. You might notice that the strong colour of the foliage has been reduced. My friend Zoltan Kiss was in the studio last night. We discussed the red colour. We both agreed that the painting would be better with some subduing in this area. Click to View the finished work If you would like to contact Robert Genn to discuss this process or to make any comment -- he is at rgenn@saraphina.com