Art Show – Sneak Peek

A quick sneak peek of a painting on my mantle waiting to go to the gallery.

It’s a big piece, 30″ x 72″ and is inspired by the educational reader I illustrated for David Bouchard and Turtle Island Voices.

The show is One Week Away!

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The Bearclaw Gallery Presents:
“An Unbroken Spirit”
Paintings by Aaron Paquette

Show opens November 17, 2012
Artist in Attendance 2-4pm

10403 – 124street
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada

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A New Show

The Bearclaw Gallery Presents
Divine Nurture
new works by Aaron Paquette

Opens Saturday November 24, 2007
Artist in Attendance 1pm-4pm

Show runs until December 6, 2007

Divine Nurture

When my bones feel brittle and my body is empty – and weary; when my patience is long drawn out and each breath is a battle and when I wonder how we will survive our own selves, it’s then that I abandon concrete and steel and take to the field, the wood and the rocky shore.

I lay my head down on the yielding soil, looking sideways at the closeness of the earth just an eyelash away. The damp musk of fertility speaks on an elemental level of life that the bird’s song overhead confirms. I spread my hands through the grass and the dry fallen leaves, feeling the slow murmuring heartbeat of Gaia – the mother who gave us life and will accept us back when our travels are over. We have such a brief space of time! and an eternity.

As the throb and dance of the earth sings it’s way back into my blood, I am refreshed and can recall the easy steps of the circle dance. Round and round it all revolves, worries fall away like the shedding of a skin that had become old and restricting. My heart is soft again and my eyes are bright. I am young, forever, clear. Unshed tears fall, not of pain anymore, but gratitude. The nurturing love of this divine earth – and of the unseen universe all around us – has made me new.

Show Starts in One Week!

The Bearclaw Gallery Presents
124st – 104ave
780.482.1204

TRICKSTER
New Works by Aaron Paquette

March 3 – March 15 2007
artist will be in attendance 2-4pm opening day

An Unexplored Dream
4″ x 6″
Encaustic, Oil
on Canvas

2007

There is nothing so compelling to me than a waking dream that has not, or can not, be explored. The mystery and meaning must lie asleep until the truth unravels on its own.

In this piece, I’m using encaustic (to be more specific, Beeswax). I’ve melted it until it runs smooth and then I spread it over the surface of the work. During this first stage, I layered in Oil Paint to give colour to the wax. When the wax hardened, I took a sculpting tool and carved my design into the surface of the wax and then worked more Oil paint into the incisions. I finished it up with a few glazes of Oil, again, worked into the surface of the encaustic, and set it aside to cure.

I had a hard time getting a picture of this piece as there are translucent layers that seemed to be vying for the camera’s auto-focus and most of the results were fairly blurry. If you haven’t seen encaustic work, go check it out. The medium is as versatile as there are artists to use it, and when the layering effect is captured, it can add a subtle beauty to a piece that is difficult to achieve in any other way.

In many examples I have seen, there is a brightness to the work as light bounces down through the layers and then shoots right back out from the surface. For my effort here, I chose a more moody quality. The piece is filled with shadow and a murkiness which fit my intent perfectly.


The Bearclaw Gallery Presents

TRICKSTER
New Works by Aaron Paquette

March 3 – March 15 2007
artist will be in attendance 2-4pm opening day


Trickster
40″ x 30″
Mixed Media
on Canvas
2007

I have been focussed on the Trickster. More specifically, the raven. In my sleep, in my waking dreams, in the woods, I have been followed by a dark bird. Like a shadow glimpsed over the shoulder, or a whisper when no one was around, the Trickster has been dogging my steps. At first I was afraid. Was this a portent of my death? Was a tragedy about to occur?

But the more I thought about it, the more relaxed I became. In fact, I became very happy.

In legend, the Trickster steals, betrays, kills. But this is a Hero as well, because in other stories he is a creator, an inventor, he brings light to the world. I began to remember that the Trickster is the two faces of life, the noble and the base, the dream and the chaos. He represents you and me. He brings confusion, and doubt, but in the end, there is the fire of awakening, the light of understanding.

I was brought a golden lesson on charcoal wings. I have broken hearts. I have broken my word. I have destroyed. To live, I kill. I eat life, this is the nature of our natural system. But I have also made things, I have made hearts whole, I have fulfilled my promises. The face I wear to the world is not my face, it is a moment. Some see the face and are angry, others see it and feel happy, all based on my own choices, or blind luck, or sad chance.

The only power I have is the ability to choose how I will live. The Trickster did bring me death. He brought me the death of the mask I wore to myself, and the understanding that all things pass, and all things are temporary. When every life has suffering, and it does, beauty is found in the cracks. In moments, in seasons, in the mark of time upon a face.

I hope you will come to my show, look at the works I have laboured over and share with me your own stories. It is a risky thing, meeting new people, but I know that behind your eyes, I will see the Trickster looking out at me.