Art Critique with Doug Swinton

Join us at the Leighton Art Centre to have your artwork analysed and interpreted with local artist Doug Swinton, professinal artist and owner of Swinton's Art Supply, Instruction & Framing in Calgary. This workshop is open to all artists, from beginners to professionals. Artists are welcome to bring a maximum of 2 reasonably recent paintings, including any that may be in development or could benefit from a fresh perspective. They may be in any medium and of any subject. Bring your friends and enjoy a fun and lively afternoon learning from Calgary's best!  Tea/Coffee will be served!

Audience: This critique opportunity is suitable for all artists. Beginners, intermediate and anyone who would like productive feedback will enjoy this.

Registration: $25 plus GST & Eventbrite Fees*  
* or register by phone: 403-931-3633, Tues-Sat, 10 am – 4 pm to avoid Eventbrite fees  

Registration closes on Sun. Oct. 20th, 2019 at 11 AM .

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Doug's Bio, in his own words: I never really intended to make art a career, it just keeps happening. Maybe its living in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and being surrounded the spectacular landscape. Maybe it’s that my mom was always in the kitchen painting wicker baskets of bright fruit with Chianti wine bottles, or may it was all the doodles and drawings that adorned each and every page of my math book. But some how, art has now become my career. Since my childhood, drawing and painting have always played an important role in my life. A big part of me never really left kindergarten. I still live for the “Hey Mom, look what I made!” I think exhibiting in galleries is just a bit of an extension of that.

How do you describe my art? That’s like trying to hit a moving target. Just when I think its going one direction ever elusive leopard slips away and changes its spots. Slathering thick viscid paint on a freshly unwrapped canvas is sensual and venereal. For me it’s always been more about the doing than the end product. It’s like being at a live concert. The energy that comes from the doing is a highly powerful thing. I also get board very easy so I tend to flit from subject to subject. As J R Tolkien said, “not all that wander are lost”. No matter what the subject, it’s always the same, the most amount of information with the least amount of brushstrokes.

Canada couldn’t be a better place to live. But for me as an artist, the close proximity of the prairies, foothills and mountains of Alberta makes my home province a never-ending dream. I’ve been lucky, and have painted in many countries, but to me there is still nothing more beautiful than a cold beer and a hot Calgary summer sunset.

Art is not about making a living; it’s about living the art.