Iron Oxide is the name of a new Art-Supply store, located on the ground floor of the old fire-hall in Nanaimo. The official opening is slated for Friday, January 10, 2014. The owner invited local artists to create artwork for an exhibition in the new store on opening day. The theme of submissions in any medium is to be “RUST”, which I believe is somewhat synonymous with iron oxide. This is a clever way to introduce potential clients to this new enterprise; rumor has it that more than 50 artists submitted work for this occasion. Detailed information on this store can be obtained from http://www.ironoxideartsupplies.com
Anyways, I am attracted to projects like that as it gives purpose to my painting activities and thus I searched my collection of photographs. A series of pictures from the Forestry Museum in Duncan produced many samples of rusted equipment that was used many years ago in forestry, and that had been exposed to our wet climate in a forested park in Duncan. I produced about a half dozen paintings in the last two weeks leading up to Christmas with varying degrees of success. Two paintings titled Rust l and Rust ll shown here were accepted by the organizers of this event. It was fun to manipulate reds and brown pigments on a moist surface with the addition of little bits of blue dropped into the mix.
IRON OXIDE EHIBITION ROOTS MAY 2016
Iron oxide came a long way since their opening inaugural exhibition back in 2004. This store now stacks up to
any big city outfit as it is stocked with an amazing selection of brand name products that are reasonably priced; right in downtown Nanaimo.
Every Month there is a new exhibition of paintings. Anyone can participate, check their website for details. This month I submitted one of two paintings with the obligatory theme “Roots”
Their website is http://www.ironoxideartsupplies.com