Quail In Design
acrylic on canvas – 9 ¼” by 11 1/4″
Designer Quail poses by yellow butterfly painted in acrylics on canvas, surrounded by a black modern floater frame.
Capture the delight of the valley with this Quail artwork and its background partner ready to hang on your wall. Quails with Designs & Butterfly make a charming gift. Collect the original set including Quail Portrait, Quail Design and Groovy Quail.
Cedar Creek Estate Winery 20th Anniversary Barrel Art Auction
In support of Kelowna’s Life & Arts Festival
Louise Lambert has been selected along with several other well know artists from the Okanagan Valley artist to create her own unique, one-of-a-kind Wine Barrel Art from a barrel that was donated by CedarCreek Estate Winery. The Wine Museum in Kelowna, now permanently displays this painted French oak barrel entitled Vine Time.
Similar to the Napa Valley Barrel Art Auction, which raised $100,000 for local charities, Cedar Creek Estate Winery wished to commemorate its 20 th Anniversary “A Toast to 20 Years” by rolling its own Barrel Art Auction in support Kelowna’s Life and Arts Festival.
The Art Auction created a wine-region themed art opportunity for Kelowna with a series of permanent wine-themed works to celebrate wine and art and its connection to the greater culture of Kelowna.
“The Barrel Art program is one of the highlights our 20 th Anniversary ‘A Toast to 20 Years’ celebration ” comments CedarCreek President, Gordon Fitzpatrick. “We wanted to do something special to mark our 20 th and thought the Barrel Art to be unique way to celebrate our Okanagan lifestyle which is enhanced by art and wine. We are extremely thankful to the artists who shared our vision and enthusiastically immersed themselves in this new wine-art program.”
Chicago had Cows, Toronto had Moose…Kelowna has Wine & barrels!
Okanagan Fall Wine Festival / Blue Mountain Billboard
The sponsors for the Wine Festival, American Express, Thompson Okanagan and
Okanagan Wine Festival, British Columbia, have presented the Painting, “Blue
Mountain”, in a grand scale, promoting their 27th Annual Okanagan Fall
Festival. The painting graces a number of bill boards throughout the
Okanagan Valley. The Okanagan Wine Festival continues to be one of the top
attractions in North America and Louise is one of the top painters of
Home décor begins with art Reprint from Okanagan Homes, By Dorothy Bortherton,
Compare bare walls with walls that feature carefully chosen and correctly hung art, and you realize that art can bring your home to life. But where do you start? How do you bet beyond family photos? How do you draw the line between class and clutter?
Okanagan artist, Louise Lambert offers a few suggestions. She operates Wine Country Studios on Mission Hill in West Kelowna, and specializes in painting vineyard landscape in classical styles.
“Often a decorator will take colours from a piece of art to do upholstery or paint. Art will outlast a sofa and even hardwood flooring,” said Lambert.
Starting with the art makes sense because usually the artist has an eye for colour that work together, and a good piece of art can be used as a motif for decorating.
Lambert noted you may want to choose art for the emotions it creates for your home decor. A painting may make you feel peaceful soulful or active. The whole room can be designed around that feeling. “You want to get art you love. Try not to get what everyone else is getting but something with individuality.”
Placement of art may make the difference between an awkward visual grouping that grates on your nerves or a pleasing arrangement that goes with the flow of the room.
“Eye level is the right level That of course, depends on if you’ll generally be standing or sitting in the room where you hang the art. In a hallway, you’ll want to hang it at standing eye level, about 5.5 foot point.
In a dining or living room, hang the art at your eye level when seated. “You don’t want to have to crane your neck to view the art”. Choose your art in relation to wall size-smaller works for narrow walls and larger works for expansive spaces. It’s okay to stack pieces, and in any grouping, three or five looks better than two or four.
Don’t crowd the art. Keep a minimum of six inches of clear wall space around a single piece of art. A foot is even better.
Consider furniture size and pair art with the right sized furniture piece. In general, Lambert says, art hanging over a piece of furniture should not be longer than the length of the furniture.
Large pieces go well over sofas, fireplaces. Keep the art about two-thirds to three-quarters the length of the furniture. The bottom of the frame should sit only four to eight inches above the tabletop.
A frequent mistake we make is hanging art too high. Err on the side of hanging it lower, if you are in doubt.
When you are creating groupings of art pieces, Lambert says to remember, “The eye is always looking for a horizon or straight line.”
Keep the outside edges of a grouping as straight as possible, not offset as if you are going upstairs, unless you actually are moving up steps. In that case climbing art works.
“If you don’t have an intuitive sense of balance, cut out papers the size of your pictures, place them on the floor and try different arrangements, than use the papers on the wall,” advises Louise Lambert.
People generally place their best art in living and dining rooms, and then tackle personal spaces. When considering lighting think tract, directional pot incandescent and halogen. Don’t use fluorescent light on art, because it generally is too harsh.
Framing can give an art piece your own touch of individuality. “It’s not bad to mix and match frames, but they should blend,” noted Lambert. For instance, shiny metal frames may not blend with handsome wood frames, but several types of wood may blend. Beware of being too “mathchy-matchy,” warned Lambert.
Fresh off the Farm with a Twist
by Louise Lambert, Through the Artists Eye
Recently, the Modern Farmhouse Style has become a sought after look. Its appeal is the comfortable representation of the past, which it evokes. Far from the urban modernism that prevails in the glass and steel monoliths in our big cities, it is perfect for our local warm and sunlit Okanagan Valley homes. It embraces the environment rather than trying to conquer our surroundings. It offers us an escape from all that visual and audible noise of the metropolis, by creating a relaxed look and feel in our homes
Farmhouse style brings to mind an old fashioned sense of home where the family gathered around the hearth and the kitchen table, which we now know as the present day kitchen island. Houzz contributor, Laura Gakskill, describes it as ‘fresh rustic, comfortable modern, heritage with a twist and modern farmhouse style’ is all of these things and more.
This easy-to-love style takes the best of the past and updates it.” The important element, which separates it from past rustic and county style, is to use a modern eye for simplicity.
Less is more, so you may wish to edit your favorite collections, to showcase your treasures, rather than distracting the eye with too many competing items. It’s ok to mix… old with new, in fact it’s all in the mix, but you will want to minimize mass produced items that you would find in your big box stores, to create your own original story.
Try to use authentic materials to give it the room the richness and depth it deserves. Use functional designs such as a hand crafted ceramic pitcher or vase. Canadian designer Viki Mansell remarks that it is a blending of contemporary and rustic style with texture and original artwork to create a fabulous farmhouse retreat. Rural art subjects, painted in soft oils are perfect for this style. They embrace their surroundings adding life to your room, while keeping the look soft.
Antique wood furniture, or what I like to call ‘furniture with a past’, will tell their own story. Something genuinely old lends gravitas to this interior, this is especially important if you are channeling farmhouse style in a condo or a new modern house. Even one piece can set the stage.
What’s important here is to know that this style is not just a ‘trend look’. It embraces what we hold near to our hearts and values. In a world with such change and turmoil, why not come home to peace and comfort that enriches your soul.
Now go ahead and create your retreat.
More key elements will be discussed in our next article. Live in a real farmhouse? We’d love to see it. Share your home, by contacting us and we may feature it in an article.
PLEIN AIRE Painting In The Open Air Outdoor painters invite public to learn By Dorothy Brotherton Westside Weekly
The Westside community has its own Plein Aire group, and although it’s pronounced “plain air,” it has nothing to do with air quality. It’s from the French phrase “en plein air,” which means “in the open air,” explains local artist Louise Lambert, and it’s all about art. The Westside Plein Aire Group recently received a start-up grant of $750 from the B.C. Spirit Festivals, with support on its application by the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan.
“We were quite surprised to get it,” said Lambert, who was behind starting the plein aire group last summer, with an event at Gellatly Heritage Park. The grant will be used to host the Plein Aire Art Show and Experience, a three-day event, Feb. 25 to 27.
The idea is that “the public can view works of art that have been created from the area where the artists live and work, meet the artists and learn about this art form,” said Lambert. She noted these works would normally not be shown collectively to the public and their stories would remain untold.
Throughout the show, artist will exhibit their techniques and knowledge in demonstrations of creating their art. The event will be held at the restaurant at Two Eagles Golf Course, 3509 Carrington Rd., West Kelowna. It will cover such topics as recommended tools and supplies, how to start a painting and useful contacts.
Lambert noted that plein aire events created a stir in the late 1800s when the artists who became known as the Impressionists ventured out of their studios into nature. They wanted to investigate and capture the effects of sunlight and different times of day on a subject. It was a revolutionary concept in that day. Later, Canada’s own Group of Seven artists adopted the concept. “The Westside Plein Aire Group is re-educating the public about this form of painting, which is so ingrained into Canadian history,” said Lambert. It’s also part of another passion of Lambert’s: “We’re trying to chip away at getting some kind of arts happening on the Westside.” The plein aire experience offers more than painting from a photo can do, she added. It allows artists to see true colours, and “immerses the artist in the living ambience of the moment and place.” As well, artists are encouraged to grow in observational and painting skills.
The local plein aire group meets every Friday at a variety of Okanagan locations, such as vineyards, parks, waterfalls and historical sites. No, they are not slowed down by cold weather. It’s part of the group’s desire to capture the essence of these settings in paintings and eventually to display them. Lambert noted the Okanagan valley is full of “amazing and diverse landscapes.”
For more information on the Westside Plein Air Group, or to register for the event at Two Eagles, contact Lambert at [email protected] or 250-707-0795.
“Painting the Westside”Art Exhibition and painting demonstrations
West Kelowna, B.C. —- Louise Lambert, President, announced today that Westside Plein Aire Art Group will hold its first exhibition this February 25-27 at Nineteen Steakhouse & Lounge at Two Eagles Golf Course in West Kelowna. This year’s theme, titled ‘Painting the Westside’ is being presented as part of the greater Central Okanagan Spirit Festival held locally throughout February.
Aspiring and experienced artists alike, and the general public are invited to meet the outdoor painters, view select works of local art, watch demonstrations and learn a few new tips or techniques related to observational painting outdoors. What sets this group of artists apart from most conventional studio painters is that they immerse themselves in nature for greater creative inspiration in painting their vision of Okanagan scenes. Painting outside allows the artists to see the true colours and form, something that a photograph can never provide. It encourages you as the artist to increase your observational and painting skills, creating a living painting.
Though the exhibition aims to be entertaining, educational and inspirational, the Plein Aire group hopes to increase its numbers of participating outdoor artists and grow the Westside arts community.
The exhibition is free and at least one lucky visitor will walk away with a door prize.
Viewing of art will be available during restaurant business hours on above dates.
Nineteen Steakhouse & Lounge at Two Eagles Golf Course & Academy.
3509 Carrington Road, West Kelowna, B.C. V4T 2E6
About Plein Aire Art Group: Plein aire is a term derived from the French phrase en plein air, which literally means ‘in the open air’. It is a familiar concept today, but in the late 1800s when the Impressionists ventured out of their studios into nature to investigate and capture the effects of sunlight and different times of days on a subject, it was quite revolutionary.
Our Plein Aire Art group meets every Friday morning at a designated locations, in the Okanagan Valley. Such locations include vineyards, parks, waterfalls and historical interest site. We strive to capture their beauty in our painting from these venues and eventually will display them to showcase the beautiful Okanagan Valley.
by Louise Lambert, Wine Country Studios, Kelowna, BC
How to hang your artwork?
Congratulations you are acquiring an art collection. As you know, a good piece of artwork will outlast interior decorating trends and survive your sofa.
Buy the art you love and you will enjoy it forever. Buy original art if you can afford it. Finding the perfect place for your cherished artwork in your home or office, should not be difficult. These placement tips are intended to be guidelines.
Where to hang it?
Eye level is the right level.
Hang art in the hall or passage way at standing eye level. Art is best viewed at eye level about 5 ½ ft. from the floor. If you are unsure on the proper height for your piece, it is usually better to hang art lower than higher. If you are arranging art in a group, the middle of the main picture should be just about 5 1/2 ft. above the floor with other pictures around it.
For the living room or dining room hang your painting at sitting eye level.
You do not want to have to crane your neck to view the art.
There should be a minimum of six inches of clear wall space all around the art, a foot or more would be even better, if you are not hanging your artwork in a group.
Relate Art to the Wall Size
Choose smaller works of art for narrow walls and larger works for big wall spaces.
Relate Art to the Furniture Size
In general, when hanging art over a piece of furniture it should not be longer than the length of the furniture underneath it. Large pieces work well with large furniture such as sofas or solid case pieces. The designer’s rule of thumb is to make sure that the art is about 2/3 to ¾ the length of the furniture. The bottom of the frame should sit 4-8 inches above the tabletop.
If you cannot find the right size of artwork or a style or subject that you like, why not consider commissioning art for that wall. It’s the natural solutions in getting the size, theme and colour palate of your choice. Find an experienced artist whom specializes in creating commission art for home owners. Working directly with the artist is fun and valuable experience.
How do I light up my artwork?
Aim track lighting at the art. You may need to adjust the light’s angle a few times to place it in the optimum, glare-free position.
If you do not have track lighting, set an inexpensive upright lamp on the floor and aim its beam at the artwork.
Do not hang your valuable artwork in direct sunlight. Even with protective UV-blocking glass, prolonged exposure to the sun’s rays and heat can damage your art.
We know that artwork enhances your home, but did you know it can also make it more spacious, while creating a calming atmosphere?
Landscapes open up a space. Add the look of a window to a small or windowless room by hanging a landscape.
A painting that has prospective will give you the illusion of depth, which visually pushes back the wall.
How can artwork de stress my environment?
Horizontal lines in artwork tend to be calming and can give the illusion of widening a small room.
Try not to make the mistake by offsetting your arrangement with one up one down. The human eye seeks a straight horizontal line and does not appreciate the one up and one down layout.
The only exception of this is when hanging artwork in a stairwell. As the floor level changes so can your art.
It is useful to recruit a friend to help you hang art. One can hold the artwork, while the other can step back and view its position. If you are working, alone you may wish to lay the pieces out on the floor and move them around until your find an arrangement that works.
The word giclée is French for “to spray on” or “to spray ink”. It is pronounced “zhee-clay”. The giclée process uses incredibly accurate computer-controlled jet to apply ink to watercolor paper, canvas or etching paper. These unique jets are able to vary the width of the ink stream to as small as 1/100th the width of human hair. It is this capability that gives the giclée its beauty. Giclées have a higher resolution than offset lithographs and the dynamic color range is greater than serigraph. Giclée reproductions are used to produce museum quality, fine art reproductions. In the art world it is generally regarded as the highest quality reproduction available.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The giclée process begins with the input stage. A high resolution transparency is scanned to create a digital file. The scanning process is critical and requires the most technically advanced equipment. After the scan is complete the resulting file will be entered into the computer, where the file must be color balanced and adjusted to match the original artwork. Making the final print match or exceed the original painting is an art in itself and calls for a great deal of patience and skill. This requires the use of a colorist and is overseen by the artist. The file preparation and proofing takes approximately two weeks.
ABOUT THE MATERIALS USED?
Our giclées are produced using the highest quality canvas and inks available.
Each piece is then coated with a clear finish that is non-yellowing, and has a UV inhibitor.
Care: The giclée should be afforded the same level of care as an original piece of art. They are valuable works, beautiful reproductions but costly to produce, therefore should be handled with care.
Giclées, like fine paintings or watercolors, should last a lifetime if properly framed and cared for.
WHY INVEST IN ART?
The most obvious reason to invest in art should be enjoyment: do you like the work? Beyond enjoyment, there is the consideration of making a wise investment. By definition, an investment should have the capacity to appreciate in value. It is important to note that there are scheduled price increases as giclées begin to sell out.