Art, Tea and Friendship: MOTUS III on the Horizon

One year ago, on the eve of our university graduation in fine art, I asked the very talented Caroline Bordignon to sit with me over a cup of tea and think about what comes next in our careers as artists. As two strong, creative women, we considered what art means to us, and how we as artists can share something deep and personal with others…not just the fruits of our creative labors and four years of technical skill sets. Rather a deeper sense of what matters to us as artists bringing varying perspectives into our work….and, as Christian women who are faced with having to balance and most often hide our personal values with that of the commercial art world.

Prior to this conversation, MOTUS came into existence as a thoughtful collaboration between 5 university artists. We had no particular agenda, apart from “sensorial” entertainment. MOTUS II, with origins pulled from librettos and chant, utilized a collaboration of art forms to convey a more personal message…the freedom and happiness for which we who exist in this modern world, are all searching. As I look back at the hard work and sacrifices the MOTUS teams have made, I am amazed at how far MOTUS has come. The reality is that our efforts are nothing without each other, our team of incredibly talented people who became our family. Currently, my dear friend and colleague Caroline, is off composing her heart out in England. As I await our next cup of tea together, I prepare for the birth of MOTUS III and will endeavor to make it the best performance yet. The pen is fierce my friends!motus

Interested in learning more about MOTUS and how you can be part of this collaborative work? Send us your name and a bit about yourself, such as if you have any musical, dance, literature, or digital technologies background? Perhaps you would like to help with promoting our MOTUS mission. We’re always open to new members and welcome anyone who is interested in collaborative work in a creative environment. Don’t hesitate to drop us a line, you never know where it could lead!

 

Daisies Abound…Feelin’ Ready for Spring!

What better way to spread the love of Spring then to share some daisies…blue, pink and green ones! That’s right, its not just Easter Eggs that take center stage in brightening up the past few months of grey. Why not take some time to indulge your creative spirit and conjure up a few fun Springtime inspired art designs. You don’t need to be a seasoned painter or a pro at Photoshop, and other creative software programs. Start off with some drawing paper, a few coloring pencils and time to relax. If you relax and focus on having fun rather than precision, you’ll enjoy the process while providing a bit of beauty to lighten up your space.

Spring Lily

Courtesy of: star gazer lily sallys paintings

If the weather is not ideal for an outdoor sketch session, why not go through your saved photos from previous seasons, and reference a few for a special drawing…or should you feel adventurous, try using watercolour pencil crayons. They offer the control of sketching with the added bonus of watercolor! If you have access to a printer, a photo-montage could be your next art project. Print off a few of your favorite Spring photos. Cut and arrange them into an interesting composition, adding other art media such as paint, or pastels for example for impact.

Field of daisies

Courtesy of: Judy Tillson Photography

If slow and steady is your style, you could always cut out a few simple Spring-like objects (see the delightful roses below) from colored construction paper. Glue a small magnet to the back, and you have a colorful fridge magnet!

Paper Roses

Courtesy of: makingpaperflowers.blogspot

Whatever you decide, have fun creating. You never know…it just may put a wee “spring” in your step!

McGlynn’s work at The Pedlar’s Shop, Ross Farm Museum

The Ross Farm Museum is truly a gem. Set on over 60 acres of farmland, Ross Farm offers visitors the opportunity to travel back in time and experience a taste of rural/agricultural life in late 19th century Nova Scotia. The well trained and talented staff portray their roles so realistically, that eventually, one begins to feel transported back in time. But Ross Farm goes beyond providing a historic and educational voyage. To many, it is one huge on-going exhibition of 19th century life, that leads the visitor through land, structure, performance, artifacts and visual art both tangible and edible! In fact, everything that takes place at Ross Farm, is like a long stroll through an outdoor gallery, with something amazing around every corner. For those who wish to take a piece of their experience home with them, The Pedlar’s Shop provides the visitor an opportunity to purchase quality Nova Scotia products by local artisans. I am therefore honored to have my work chosen to hang in the museum gallery.

Located only an hour from Metro Halifax, its a short drive to experience a day immersed in the past, to engage with the energy of a rural environment and to take home a locally made product from The Pedlar’s Shop. What better way to preserve a memory of a day spent at Ross Farm.

Images Below: “Miss Cranston’s Tea Room” Acrylic on Canvas. “Miss Cranston’s Tea Room” Collage on Board – Laurie-Lynn McGlynn

17 Miss Cranston's Tea Room 1painting18 Miss Cranston's Tea Room 2collage

Art contest winners announced | Local | Entertainment | Simcoe Reformer

Art contest winners announced | Local | Entertainment | Simcoe Reformer.

PRESS RELEASE:

By Jacob Robinson, Simcoe Reformer

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

SIMCOE – The winners of the inaugural Arts Country Juried Arts Competition were announced Friday, June 29 at the Norfolk Arts Centre in downtown Simcoe. A total of 117 works created by artists hailing from Norfolk, Brant, Oxford, Elgin and Middlesex County were accepted in what became one of the largest regional competitions in all of Ontario.

Artist Laurie-Lynn McGlynn Receives Prize. Photo Courtesy of Jacob Robinson, Simcoe Reformer, Tuesday, July 10, 2012

“Feelin’ Hot, Hot, Hot!”: Exhibition at Rainbow Gallery a Great Way to Cool Off from Caribana

Toronto Caribana 2012. Photo Courtesy of University of Waterloo
Daily Bulletin July 30, 2012

If you plan on attending Caribana 2012 this coming weekend, why not take time out from the heat and enjoy a refreshing dip inside Rainbow Gallery, Market Square Toronto. For the month of August my “Simple Harmonic Motion” series will be on exhibition in the foyer of Rainbow Cinemas, organized by Art for All Canada. AFAC is a non-for-profit enterprise which helps connect visual artists to exhibition venues in public places, such as the gallery in Rainbow Cinemas. In addition to my work located in Gallery A, the works of 3 other artists will also be on display for the month of August (Daryl Chang, Kathleen Morbey & David Bruce Johnson).

Art for All Canada, Toronto Ontario Canada

Click here to view a sample of our work and artist interviews conducted by AFAC President/Organizer Alwyn & Sheila Mitchell: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTxL0W0b-rg&feature=plcp.

You’ll find my work inside Gallery A, located in the foyer of Rainbow Cinemas, 80 Front Street East, Toronto:  http://goo.gl/maps/L2Klq. So if you’re heading to T.O this weekend, either for the Caribana or just for a dose of urban excitement, be sure to include a trip to Market Square and the Rainbow Gallery.

Sample of Series “Simple Harmonic Motion”