This weekend I went small for an upcoming show on September 23, 2017.

Normally I paint small studies on paper… then go big on canvas! This weekend I worked on a small piece from one of my biggest ideas for an upcoming show.

This weekend the group: 13 Feet of the Ground is doing a fundraising show for our upcoming trip to Sicily. We are a group of 12 Vancouver artists about to take over a little town called Graniti to paint murals. This will be my second time doing the art residency in Graniti and I am thrilled to do it again with this group. (Learn more about my first trip here)

For the fundraiser show on Sat Sept 23rd, we have each created a piece on a 10×10” board. After some consideration, I chose to paint the Alcantara Valley, a view from the hillsides above Graniti. This is the scene in my first mural in Graniti and a scene I happened upon on my very first day in the small town when being toured around by Salvatore Romano who leads the Graniti Murales Art Residency.

Joanne Hastie – Alcantara Valley, Sicily – 10″x10″ Acrylic on Board

When I painted the mural – I chose to use the beige in the bare wall as one of the colours in the sky. So even if I could not reach higher due to the limits of the scaffolding and the ladders… the sky would blend into the wall. In this smaller piece I did the same: leaving some of the wood panel bare.

Joanne Hastie – Alcantara Valley, Sicily – 10″x10″ Acrylic on Board

Working on this small piece brought back nostalgia and the excitement I had on the first adventure in Graniti. How little I knew and how different my mindset was; My expectations versus my actual experience. It made me excited for the 11 other artists who will be experiencing Graniti and Sicily for the first time in a couple weeks.

Joanne Hastie – Alcantara Valley, Sicily – 10″x10″ Acrylic on Board

Join us this Saturday for food, drinks, art and our enthusiasm for this upcoming trip.

13 Feet Off to Sicily
Saturday, September 23, 2017
5:00pm – 10:00pm
Mainspace Gallery
350 East 2nd Avenue Vancouver, BC, V5T 4R8 Canada (map)

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See you Saturday!



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