I knew it would happen. I’veĀ  been working my real job more than usual, burning the midnight oil so to speak. So now i’ve started two big paintings that i’m less than thrilled with and i’m very tempted to shred them up and make a collage (hey…..). So here i am, sapped of creative energy, feeling a little doubtful about my abilities and if that weren’t bad enough, i got a speeding ticket the other day (nolan had to go toilet).

Went to the Toronto International Art Show last monday and futilely dropped off some business cards. At one booth i approached the gentleman and asked “can i leave you my card?” and his reply was “what for?”. Indeed. I think i had been thinking that already but he put a voice to that random thought in my mind. What was i doing? I should think it’s pretty nervy of me to assume that some of the biggest galleries in the world are going to even look at my card, least of all when they’re already trying to push the “product” they have at the fair. But as i left the booth i looked back at him and he was looking at my card….

sucker.

On the brighter side, “Sundown at Leander” recently sold at Mixed Media. I really have to thank Dave and Theresa for believing in my vision – it’s truly easier to “sell” something when you’re behind it.

cheers,

gord

A busy week!

November 8, 2006

It’s shaped up to be a very busy week in the life of “Gordon Leverton: Artist” ™. Last Tuesday I was contacted (after some prodding) by Graham at the McMaster University Faculty Centre about doing a solo exhibition next autumn. Now I meet with the man this coming Friday to nail down dates and details – I’ll make sure to update (promise).

Last week I learned that one of my drawings, Cemetery, NYC had been accepted into Arts Etobicoke’s 26th annual open juried competition in Toronto. Entitled “Made to Measure”, the show highlights the opening of their new streetfront gallery with framed 20″ x 20″ pieces. Check out their new shop on Dundas Street West, between Burnhamthorpe and Islington in Etobicoke.

Of course, no art week would be complete without an update from my sisters at Fine Line Artists – today I sent out two works, Hatt Street Arena, study and A Hole in the Wall to my friend and fellow artist Nicole Caulfield in Keene, New Hampshire for Fine Line’s annual NH show at Brewbakers Cafe. Is that enough links in one paragraph?

And finally, my guy Dave at Mixed Media, called today and told me I had sold another painting (ergo, more art supplies!) – Morning Fix having found itself into the collection of some utterly tasteful soul (thank-you!).

Morning Fix

That’s enough gloating for one post – hey, I’ve had countless weeks of “am i good?”, “what am i doing?!” , “i suck”, “this drawing belongs in the &#@(! trash” – so a little victory dance couldn’t possibly hurt.

Could it?

– gord

Too much coffee, man. At least that’s what I think, or maybe it’s just pressure that I’m putting on myself to sleep. I’m not normally an insomniac and indeed I did get some sleep earlier tonight – I think my body clock is used to getting up and changing diapers by now.

I’ve joined Hamilton Artists Inc. , an artists co-op that’s been around since forever. I need to get out and “network” as they say in the business world – how does an artist find time to work on art with all of these commitments!? Well, it will be good for me to meet some like-minded people and I’ll get the chance today (Friday) at the general meeting.

My latest piece will be gracing the walls of their gallery:

Estimates

It’s called “Estimates” and it’s a sweet little sign that graces one of the Hamilton downtown streets (honestly, you don’t get this stuff in the ‘burbs, folks!). I have to say that I’m Almost Revoltingly Pleased with Myself on this baby, so I want nothing but accolades and laurels!

Lazy Gord ™ has to get his ass to the post-office and mail off to wee paintings, “A Hole In the Wall” and “Hatt Street Arena, study” to Nicole Caulfield in New Hampshire. She is curator and organizer of the Fine Line Aritists annual NH show at Brewbaker’s Cafe in Keene. It all sounds so wonderfully urbane, doesn’t it?

A Hole in the Wall A Hole In the Wall, 2006 Gord Leverton

Hatt Street Arena, study Hatt Street Arena, study, 2006 Gord Leverton

I’ll leave off with pics of my kids, cos…. well they’re my kids

NolanGemma

Oy! now it’s time for bed!