I hope the community comes out for that weekend. There is a People’s Choice as well quite generously sponsored by Blenz and Opus, $200 cash and a $50 Blenz card, and a $100 gift card from Opus Arts and Framing.
I tend to work in series and projects almost like writing paragraphs that create chapters that creates a book. This particular series of works has to do with some soul searching, planting seeds, growing within and going beyond boundaries, and of course, the process of self-discovery. I feel these works are gentler than my past bold bright colours and to me, I can almost hear water lapping at the shore on a calm day. Each one has it’s own message, it’s own story to tell. I’ve labeled them as I see them but it is very possible when you look, you will see your own. I believe that what we see is a projection of what is inside, so please don’t let my titles hold you back.
All of these mixed media works started out from a life drawing in charcoal and progressed through acrylic to oil and throughout, some graphite. There was no direct expectation of expressing a specific thought, they evolved as they wished with me acting as conductor. Where I directed the flow was in the formal elements only.
If you would like to see the rest of the collection please visit www.juliatropsart.com. They are located in the Painting/Mixed Media section of the gallery. To purchase one of these works, please contact me. 20% of the purchase price will be donated to Canadian Blood Services. Below are a glimpse of works available at the Blood Donor Clinic. You may go and see them in person if you wish.
I will be at Blenz in Westbank Centre on Saturday October 12th, from 9-11 pm for an Art & Money book signing. If you would like to reserve your book, to ensure there is a copy for you, please send me a note. My email is juliatrops at gmail dot com.
Melissa Brown and her husband Mike just launched the Blenz Coffee House in West Kelowna this year. It was originally in the shopping Centre near Canadian Tire and Home Depot, but it has since moved into the old Starbucks location near the Landmark Theatres. They have made some excellent partnerships with the theatre, such as a COFFEE and a MOVIE. Bring in your TOONIE THURSDAY ticket stub to Blenz Coffee Westbank Centre and receive a FREE upsize on your COFFEE.
I knew Melissa from her Ex Nihilo days, and I can tell you she loves art. She can talk about art, and she supports artists.
“I am a big believer in the “eat, drink, shop local’ movement and I am always looking for ways to support the local talent and businesses in our community. Having Julia in for a book signing at the coffee shop is just one more way I can support local talent and the community.”
Thanks, Melissa! You are an outstanding example of cooperation and partnership with the arts!
I will be at Gallery Vertigo on Saturday October 19th, from 1-3 pm for an Art & Money book signing. If you would like to reserve your book, to ensure there is a copy for you, please send me a note. My email is juliatrops at gmail dot com.
The address is:
3001 31 St. #1 upstairs
Vernon BC V1T 5H8 Canada
(250) 503 – 2297
I am a long time supporter of Gallery Vertigo, and believe in their mission, which is artists helping artists at a very grassroots level. They have an event coming up called Almost Famous which is one of my favourite events in the Okanagan valley. The Call to Artists has just been announced, and interested artists can get the submission form here: online form.
Almost Famous has original artworks created by local artists up in a silent auction, but these artworks have a unique twist in that the artist “copies” or “reinvents” a masterpiece from the past. Considering that Picasso created 58 works based on Las Meninas from Diego Velázquez and these 58 works are all on display at the Museu Picasso in Barcelona (which I saw this spring), these Almost Famous works should not be under appreciated. You really don’t know where our local artists are going to be in fifty years, and if you are lucky enough to be the successful bidder, you might just happen to have a winner in your hands. I contribute two or three each year. These are fun for me, and I always learn something new about the artist on whom I am focusing. It’s a win/win.
I hope to see you there! All the book signings are set up to show the benefits of cooperation and partnering with your fellow artist, or your favourite business.
Earlier this month, my web service provider GoDaddy rearranged a few things for me, and while everything is running much smoother, I have some work to do to get it all up and running as it should. The transition was kind to Livessence, which is now completed, and thanks to Postie, it gets its updates with the emails that go out to the members.
The Okanagan Erotic Art Show is next on the list. I expect it to be up and on its way in about a week or two. In the meantime, I’d like to share what I am contemplating the theme will be for 2014. Steamy, a play on the idea of the beautiful Wellness Spa Resort at Sparkling Hill, and a steampunk influence, is what I am leaning toward. You all know I have some sort of byline so that the artist does not feel restricted in their creative process. Once that is finalized, I will post it all on the Erotic Show website.
I am looking for jurors for the show, so if you have any ideas, do send them along! The process for the jurying will be the same as last year: blind (no names), image + title + artist statement. Yes = 1 point, No = 0 points, and Maybe = .5 point. Artworks with 2 points are automatically in.
I am also looking for sponsors for any amount. If you would like to be involved in any way, let me know!
If you have any questions, I’ll see what I can do to answer them. I expect the Call to Artists to come out Nov/Dec timeframe. Some small changes have been incorporated, and as you know every year I try to make the show better. We had a fabulous year this year, so the challenge has been set before me.
After so many years on Ruby Lane, I have opened up my own art gallery online at http://www.juliatropsart.com. It’s really new, less than a month old, and the works from the residencies in Italy and Spain are available here. Because I am so prolific, it did not make financial sense to keep paying the fees on Ruby Lane, but I will keep that art gallery open for a little while longer, probably til the end of the year, or to mid 2014.
During the transition, send me a note if you are looking for a specific artwork and can not find it.
Payment can still be done the regular way, online through paypal or if you want to call me with payment information, I am set up for that as well. Any questions, by all means, let me know.
In November of last year, I made the decision to write a book about Art and Money because I was asked so many times to do marketing seminars. When I was accepted to Can Serrat in Spain for April 2013, I also booked the month of May at our friend’s friend’s condo in Vinaros with this part of the Venus is Rising project in mind. During that month, before my husband arrived to do some touring, I worked on the book. It was bliss to just sit down and focus and get everything organized. It’s been three months longer than I anticipated, but the book is finally done.
So what is it about? This is on the back cover:
This is not a book for those who like to fly by the seat of their pants.
This book will give you candid practical advice on what you need to do from a business perspective, to the art documents you require to manouevre around the art world, pricing your artwork, who are your cheerleaders, and what kind of requirements you should expect from dealing with charities as an art professional, who you might want to donate to and how, and consideration of who to stay away from, how to get involved with your local community, and create your own events.
Currently, it is self published, but if it works out, I’d love to have it published through a major printing house. Guess we’ll see. At least, for me, it was something I needed to do for myself, and it hopefully will fill a need in the community.
I will have the book in two formats – one printed, and the other electronic. Prices will be 15.00 plus tax and 5.00 plus tax. If you are local, you do not need to pay for shipping, you can pick the book up from me, at a book signing. I am told that it is the thing to do for a new book, so stay tuned for the dates. Also the book will be available locally at Mosaic Books on Bernard. This post here is for pre-ordering. I expect that I will have the books here for mid September or perhaps before.
There is a story about Picasso and a napkin. Some say it was a man who asked for the drawing on the napkin and some say it was a woman. Some say it was a park, others say it was a cafe. I have no doubt one of these is true, and I have no doubt that this actually occurred. Regardless, the remainder of the story is the same: Picasso whipped out a pen and banged out a sketch, handed it to the person, and said, “One million dollars, please.”
“A million dollars?” the person exclaimed. “That only took you thirty seconds!”
“Yes,” said Picasso. “But it took me fifty years to learn how to draw that in thirty seconds.”
Since moving to Kelowna in 2002, Julia Trops has taught drawing, trained life drawing models, and was the sole founding organizer of the weekly Life Drawing sessions at the Rotary Centre for the Arts. These sessions began the development of the non profit life drawing group, incorporated two years later in 2005 as Livessence Society of Figurative Artists and Models. Heavily involved in the arts community, a Kelowna Museums board director for the past seven years, a founder of Okanagan Erotic Art Show, co-founder of Okanagan Arts Awards (as part of the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan). Encouraging other artists to get their name in print, 2009 onwards, Julia has compiled the Okanagan Erotic Art Show Catalog and the Simplicity in Mind for Livessence. In 2011, Julia was shortlisted for the City of Kelowna’s Honour in the Arts.
Julia keeps pretty busy in her studio, having sold over 1000 works worldwide since 2004 and shows at Gallery Odin at Silver Star Mountain Ski Resort.
Statement: I came to Can Serrat without any constraints or preconceived ideas about the direction my work would take. I was looking forward to letting inspiration guide the expression. Montserrat became the primary source of ideas pertaining to place and identity.
The mountain is ever changing. Standing tall in the landscape, unashamedly evolving, dissolving, renewing and creating, it is made of disparate materials, conglomerate rocks. It is a refuge and a home for many animals, including man. It reaches to the sky, tantalizing climbers. It´s a tower of babel, a place of many languages, all striving to be understood. Rock climbers and pilgrims alike find a sense of self within the landscape, one of the human spirit and the earth mother, an answer to “where am I, who am I,” and a sense of relevance to the world.
The colours, bold reds and blues are the same palette I am known for at home in Canada. Though until now my work has been dominated by the human form, here it is the naturally occurring figures in the mountain that inspire me. Having completed some works, and named them, it came as a surprise and yet not really a surprise, that the mountain peaks actually have names. There are “Monks”, “Angels”, and even “a Giant”.
My process is tactile. I paint with my hands, – I like the immediacy, the intimacy, the direct contact with paint, feeling it between my fingers, seeing each stroke on the canvas, shaping with light and colour. I layer colour upon colour, creating vibrations and relationships, some jarring and some in harmony, just like human interactions.
One day I was so full of the mountain, I had to recreate it in stones that I found along the path to Vinya Nova,(a beautiful restaurant snug at the base of the mountain). This piece is an assemblage of slate and quartzite mounted on tile from the nearby tile factory, which I also passed along the way. I called it Little Montserrat and is about 24 inches long by 8 inches high.
Like other mountain ranges, created from the clashing of tectonic plates, Montserrat symbolizes strength over adversity, the subconscious brought to the surface, the recognition of buried treasures, brought in to the warm friendship of the Catalan sun, shaped by the whipping criticism of the wind and the gentle pressing of falling rain.