Tracey Mardon


(posted on 14 May 2017)

Spring has burst forth in the Okanagan and as art imitates life, it's been just as busy in the studio! I delivered five of the Little Gem paintings to Ritchcraft Gallery in the Mission last week. Four of the paintings depict the seasonal view of the hills along Valley Road. The view caught my eye every time I rode by while practising for our Provence bike ride. The fifth is the view looking toward Enderby from a friend’s farm. If you haven't been in to Ritchcraft, stop in and have a look at all they have to offer!
This month, two of my plein air sketches were accepted in the FCA-Okanagan "Sketches" Exhibit happening online. They were done at South Cooking Lake near Edmonton on a very hot day with lots of bugs but great friends to share it with. At the end of the day as I was packing my gear into the van, one of the sketches fell jam side down on the ground and still has bits of grit embedded! Great memories!

This summer the City of Kelowna is installing 150 hand painted banners in celebration of Canada's 150th birthday. I painted a night scene of the Paramount theatre on Bernard Avenue as a fun tribute to the downtown theatre we really miss. The banners were painted in acrylic for durability so it gave me a chance to haul out my acrylic paints again. I hadn't used them often and not in a few years with our move so it was a good project. I also used the acrylics for “Dancing to His Tune”, a large beach scene and submission to an upcoming show.
The Kelowna Painters Studio Society, will be at Ancient Hills Winery on June 13th and we'd love to have you stop by if you're in town.