Heather MacNeil - Visual Artist
acrylic paintings

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(posted on 14 Jun 2022)

I am happy to be participating in several upcoming art exhibitions through the Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) https://artists.ca

 

My painting entitled ‘Vibrant Dance’ will be on display in the FCA Victoria Exhibition ‘Fresh Start’ at the Fortune Gallery at 537 Fisgard Street in Victoria June 21-July 2. The opening reception is Tuesday, June 21, 6:30-8 pm. You can also view the exhibition online at https://federationgallery.com during the exhibition dates. The gallery hours are 12-5 pm Tuesday – Sunday, closed on Mondays

This abstract painting expresses the vitality of new growth through the interplay of vibrant colours, movement, and gestural marks.

 

Another painting entitled ‘It’s a wrap’ was accepted into the FCA ‘On the Edge’ Online Exhibition, June 27-July 17. Paintings will also be on display in the FCA gallery on Granville Island in Vancouver. To see the online exhibition, click on https://federationgallery.com during these dates.

'On the Edge' is the Federation's annual challenge for artists to test their limits and push their creative boundaries.

My painting 'It's a wrap' was inspired by the colourful mess of torn up wrapping paper. Although I enjoy working spontaneously, I felt I needed to ‘tidy this piece up’, however I heard the inner voice tell me to stop, ‘it’s a wrap’, and it reminded me that sometimes we push our boundaries by simply letting go and letting it happen.

 

‘Keep Dancing’ has been accepted into the FCA Abstracted Exhibition in Vancouver August 15 – 28. It can also be seen online at https://federationgallery.com during the exhibition dates.

Through colours, shapes, and lines, this painting expresses movement and flow. As this painting was coming together, it reminded me to ‘keep dancing’ with the rhythm of life. As someone who enjoys music and dancing, I often incorporate movement and rhythm in my work. Whether it is dancing, walking, exercising, Qigong, Tai Chi, I find that movement and connecting to my creativity balances the energy, and keeps it flowing.

Thanks for taking the time to visit my website and read my blog! Let me know if you have any questions or comments. www.heathermacneil.com/contact

 

 

 

(posted on 15 May 2022)

Welcome to my first blog! I recently upleveled my website and decided it’s time to write my first blog to share some of my experiences with you.

Recently, I had the opportunity to be the Artist in Residence at the Coast Victoria Hotel during the month of April. It was a wonderful opportunity to display 46 of my paintings in the hotel lobby and in the Blue Crab restaurant. I love sharing my artwork with others, and making new connections.

Included in the display was a grouping of matted acrylic and gouache paintings with the series title ‘Expanding Joy’. During the challenges of the last couple of years, my art has helped me to keep the energy flowing and to be in the present moment. Day by day, moment by moment, the journey continues. I am so grateful for my creative spirit. I believe in the healing power of art both for the artist and for the viewer.

Although I love working on medium to large canvases, I also enjoy the freedom of exploring and experimenting with new techniques on paper and will be adding to my ‘Expanding Joy’ series.

Currently, I have several paintings at Central Art Studio & Gallery at the Bay Centre in downtown Victoria. There's a wonderful array of art there to enjoy if you're in the area or you can check it out online.

Thanks for taking the time to read this. It is my hope that my art inspires others!

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