Heading into Fall!
The evenings are getting cooler and there is definitely the feeling that Fall is on its way. I’m winding down my Sunshine and Summertime show at The Art Shop and am thrilled to have had some new and repeat clients for this show. The picture to the left is the piece I painted on site which was won by a lovely local lady, Mary. There are still a few pieces left, some of which will stay at The Art Shop, some others will be come home to my online shop at the end of the month.
I’m busy now working on commissions and now is the perfect time to solicit a commission for Christmas. Because I paint in oil, the paintings take time to plan, paint and then dry before varnishing so I like to get them done by early November. Please let me know if you’re interested in having me paint a commissioned piece from your favourite photos.
Original Artwork & Giclees
If you want to acquire a Kristina Billinger original but would love one of your favourite scenes or memories in a size that’s perfect for you, we are happy to work with you to realize your vision.
Kristina will work with the client on sizing and subject matter and have the client select other works by Kristina that they admire. Kristina will produce a painting that is consistent with her style. We request a non-refundable deposit to cover artist’s costs although the client is under no obligation to purchase the final painting. If the client declines the painting, it will go into Kristina’s gallery for sale.
I paint the places I’ve been and the sights I’ve seen. I grew up camping most summer weekends, sometimes in remote areas of the province, and I developed a love for our great Canadian landscape and its variety of trees, rocks and bodies of water. It’s these elements that inspire me to capture Canada’s beauty on canvas. Although largely self taught, I have been helped by many great Canadian artists including Gordon Harrison, Philip Craig and Marissa Sweet.
I started out painting in acrylics at a local community center and was asked to join a group of artists, now known as the Sweet Art Group of Artistis (SAGA), to share ideas and painting approaches. It wasn’t until I took a course with renowned Canadian Landscape artist Gordon Harrison, that I fell in love with oil paints and I haven’t looked back. I use oil for all my paintings and generally use a gallery canvas that I wash and block in with acrylics and ink. My favourite part of the creative process is the initial sketch I do on the canvas. While many artists forego this step and directly apply paint, I find the sketching process allows me to move from a photo to canvas and select the elements I want to include in the painting. I find this stage to be the most intimate of the end-to-end process and I often leave the sketched canvases for long periods of time to enjoy before the paint is applied.
My hope is that my art reminds people of childhood places visited, fun filled family vacations or favourite peaceful moments alone hiking or canoeing. I’m a true believer that everyone should own an original piece of art, no matter how small, how simple or how inexpensive. Having an original piece of art, created with love from someone’s hands that captures a thought, a feeling or a moment in time allows us to escape to our memories or our thoughts each time we look at it. It brings the great Canadian outdoors inside our homes and our lives.
Sunshine & Summertime Solo Show - July 1 - Sept 6
The Holiday On-line Art Sale - Bowmanville Rotary and OAA Fundraiser - November 2020
Solo Show - June 2020
Riverdale Artwalk On-Line Show - Jun 6-30
Raw Artists of Canada - National Arts Drive - June 20
OAA Spring Show - Cancelled due to COVID
OAA Juried - Cancelled due to COVID
OAA - Bomanville Rotoary On-line Art Show - Nov-Dec 2020
SAGA Group Show - Memories - Cancelled due to COVID
Busy in the studio working on commissions and toward 2021 shows
Oshawa Art Association 51st Annual Juried Show - Winner of People’s Choice Award
Oshawa Art Association Spring Show
Oshawa Art Association Fall Show
Whitby Juried Show - Whitby Rotary Club - July 12-13
Buckhorn Arts Festival - August 17-18
Station Gallery Juried Show - December 18 - January 12
Artist’s Network Holiday Smalls Show - December-January