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LOOK Victoria 2011 Art Exhibition and Sale

Hi, everyone!

I am back from a week on Galiano Island, and I feel both rested and reinvigorated! My wife and I rented a beautiful log cabin on the north end of the island for our stay, and I set up a pretty inspiring makeshift studio on the upper floor while we were there. The upstairs of the cabin was designed as an open-concept loft, and although many of our days were foggy or rainy, I took full advantage of the vaulted windows and managed to finish off a new (and rather large) painting in time for the LOOK Victoria submissions this past Sunday-- the day we returned home.

Three large, triangular windows were just behind me while I worked on my Victoria Conference Centre Pavilion painting. Image copyright Martin Machacek 2011.

My new painting is of the Victoria Conference Centre Pavilion and measures 28" x 39" unframed-- even larger than my epic Johnson Street Bridge painting!

Prior to tackling the glass dome of the pavilion itself. Image copyright Martin Machacek 2011.

I am pretty thrilled with how it turned out in the end, though there were definitely stretches of time when I wasn't sure if I would be able to complete it in time for the LOOK Victoria submission deadline. The size of the painting was one issue in itself, but the amount of detail involved with this piece definitely made it a challenge to finish in a relatively short period of time.

Putting the finishing touches on the bottom of my painting, well into Saturday night before the submissions were due! I don't even have a photo of the finished painting yet, as I needed to drop it off right when we returned to Victoria. Image copyright Martin Machacek 2011.

I particularly enjoy the stark contrast between the modern green-glassed dome of the Conference Centre in the foreground with the historical and weathered sandstone of the Empress Hotel, which is looming overhead in the background. I submitted this new painting, along with my classic Johnson Street Bridge original, to this year's LOOK Victoria exhibition. I encourage all of you to come out for the opening event or to check out the exhibition during its month-long tenure at the Bay Centre mall. I've provided the details below and hope to see some of you there!

LOOK Victoria 2011 Show

Opening Night Gala (open to the public): Friday, February 4th from 6-9 pm

Lower Level of the Bay Centre Mall-- just down the escalator and beside the Esprit Store

Award winners to be announced at 7 pm on Opening Night

The show continues from February 4th to March 4th, 2011 during regular mall hours

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