News for daily Prose Paintings followers! 

Great News!

There ‘s going to be an opportunity to see the Prose Paintings together as a body of work! I’m now working with the Westland Gallery to frame and hang my daily series in time for the Christmas Show, opening December 1st.

and…Prose Paintings will be available in advance to those who sign up for the email list. Sign up and watch with excitement for your perfect piece to be created! New pieces will be revealed weekly, exclusively, to the Paintings and Prose email list. To join the list, visit: Prose Paintings Prose Paintings

To follow along daily with the making of, and to suggest topic prompts
( a great personalized gift idea ) stay tuned via FaceBook:
Erica Dornbusch/Artist

also…Win a Prose Painting!
To be entered into the draw to win a selected framed Prose Painting, follow my Facebook page AND subscribe to the Prose Painting email list before November 30th. Winner will be drawn on December 1st.

Prose Paintings is a daily created series of 9×12 acrylic works on archival paper, paired with 2-3 lines of inscribed prose and prettily framed with no glare art glass. Prose Paintings are available for purchase through the Westland Gallery at $250 (tax included)

All works will be available for pick up or shipping in time for Christmas.

See one you’d love for yourself or someone else? Questions?
Feel free to reach out!
Contact us by phone: 519 601-4420
or email: danielle@westlandgallery.ca

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I am ten days into a series that I am creating on paper as a daily study. I don’t know how many I will complete, but at minimum I’ve decided to make forty pieces. Each piece is an original acrylic work on archival 9×12 140lb paper and is partnered with 2-3 lines of my original prose. I am still trying to sort out the underpinnings of how this will all go, but for now, I invite you to follow along on my Facebook page and here on my blog for daily reveals.

I ( perhaps regrettably) will be open to considering prompts and if you sign up for my ridiculously irregular newsletters, I may get better at sending them and you’ll get a chance to win one of the Prose Paintings prettily framed and everything, at the end of the series.

Stay tuned for more updates!

New Gallery Representation in Montreal

Happy Late Summer, I hope you are still getting outside a lot as we shift towards fall. I know I don’t want to miss a thing. September always feels more like the beginning of the new year to me than January does. Things, including me, feel invigorated and inspired by travel, rested and ready for what’s next.

In keeping with that vibrancy, I’m happy to announce that I am now being represented exclusively in the Montreal area by Galerie Bloom.

Needless to say, I am very excited to be hanging with their roster of wonderful artists in this gorgeous space in Old Montreal. They are located at 224, rue St-Paul Ouest Montréal, Québec H2Y 1Z9

You can view my artist page on the Galerie Bloom website here.

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I was very grateful to friends who were willing and able to help out with transporting the first shipment of works to the gallery in the juicily colourful Madmatters company van.

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Madmatters in Montreal!

Vivid Alliances: Kawartha Hay Rolls

Each day for the duration of Vivid Alliances, now on at the Westland Gallery, I’ll pair and post a painting detail with a piece of original prose

Click the link at the bottom of each post to see the full painting within the whole collection!

Kawartha Hay Rolls ~ Acrylic ~ 20×30″

There’s this barn off Mill Line road set shyly back from the road, in behind a tall spruce hedge and a crooked split rail fence. A small rolling field washes up from the fence to the barn’s fieldstone foundation, a small dusty lake of August froth. I skirt the fence, and tiptoe in, tousling the Queen Anne’s lace along the hemline, shaking out buzzing bugs and rattling seed pods. I’m pulled in to where I know I have no clearance to wander, by an ethereal light that burnishes the edges of each body in this rolled hay installation. Late Summer Ontario Afternoon Sun blithely working the tops of these rolled bales with gold leaf, no one but me to see this mastery of light divinely hewn…

Is it just for joy

That it shines this way?

sol lucet omnibus

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Vivid Alliances: Water Prayer

Each day for the duration of Vivid Alliances, now on at the Westland Gallery,
I’ll pair and post a painting detail with a piece of original prose

Click the link at the bottom of each post to see the full painting within the whole collection!

 

Water Prayer
Water Prayer, Detail ~ Acrylic, 36×30”

Water Prayer

In that there is nothing to overcome
or to resist against, or hold sorrow for in the dark
because the thing that shapes and names it
is purely reflection
Nothing is held here in the stream
The prayers that write and undo the stream
move you in the same manner
write and then undo you
a handful of water holding the moon

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Vivid Alliances: Shoreline Discourse at Big Bald Lake

Each day for the duration of Vivid Alliances, now on at the Westland Gallery,
I’ll pair and post a painting detail with a piece of original prose

Click the link at the bottom of the post to see the whole collection!

 

Shoreline Discourse at Big Bald Lake
Shoreline Discourse at Big Bald Lake ~ ~ Acrylic, 16×24”

Shoreline Discourse at Big Bald Lake

I’m tracing the edge of where the lake wanders up to the shore

As I watch, it pokes a finger of reflective inquiry into the reeds
around my shins, then waits

As in any conversation where give and take occurs
my wading deeply into the nuanced whys and what abouts
amid the comings and goings of theoretical speculation
causes a complicated shadow play

so I am careful that I am listening to hear
and not to prepare my answer

For your drawing is already perfect
and the telling of it as it is

a gift

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Vivid Alliances: Resurrection Moss

Each day for the duration of Vivid Alliances, now on at the Westland Gallery,
I’ll pair and post a painting detail with a piece of original prose

Click the link at the bottom of each post to see the full painting within the whole collection!
Ressurection Moss
Resurrection Moss, Detail ~ Acrylic ~ 48×60″

Resurrection moss is a type of plant that hibernates in times of stress, most often due to a lack of moisture. In Southern Utah it occurs in profusion on the red rock of the area, making the cliffs appear ‘dirty’ in its dormant state. Then, when it comes into contact with moisture it blooms vividly and lushly within a matter of moments. The emerald green against the red rock is a verdant sight to behold.

My dearest and I spent our winter break hiking the area and witnessed several of these blooms as a result of an uncommon amount of precipitation. We had an astonishing time climbing and hiking among the rocks and cliffs and watching them change before our eyes. Expansively illustrated AHA moments spent witnessing the earth breathing.

Immersed in the fulsome silent presence of those red rock cliffs, we realized that wherever we are, we need to make ever more space for breathing and mindful being. To create favourable conditions for bloom and growth to keep happening.

We likely all could do better than to just meet the most basic conditions of our lives. We need to get outside more, stretch out frequently to connect, reach inside to grok our selves more fully, do more to inspire our own resurrection moss bloom…

 

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Vivid Alliances, Sky Notes

Each day for the duration of Vivid Alliances, now on at the Westland Gallery,
I’ll pair and post a painting detail with a piece of original prose

Click the link at the bottom of each post to see the full painting within the whole collection!
Sky Notes, Detail ~ Acrylic,18x18”
Sky Notes, Detail ~ Acrylic,18×18”

 

Sky Notes

What I noticed, looking up
was an understanding of how things were
there. It all made sky sense

Until casting down and across this moving water pool
a different story told my eyes
I wasn’t wrong about you
but neither
was I right

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Not Not Painting but Not Painting

“Well, I have not been Not Painting while I’ve been Not Painting”

His eyes widened for a moment while he considered this.

“Ok”, he said momentarily, “I think I get you grammatically. Can you say more?”

We were outside, standing just off the trail in a deep forest off Northeys Bay Rd, near Lakefield, ON. ( We went outside in July and essentially came back inside in August at violet hour, when the end of summer streetlights came on and called us home. )

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