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Karin Richter Fine Art

Season’s Greetings 2019

One of many beautiful stained-glass windows in French cathedrals

By now, you have come to expect my travel reports in this quarterly

newsletter and this one is no different! I am indeed grateful to have an
adventurous following, wonderful people who entrust me to lead them to
places of visual and culinary delights!

The trip to France was another success and we will no doubt be talking
about it for a long time. Le Vieux Couvent (the Old Convent) is an artist
retreat that has seen many teachers and their groups from all over the
world. It never disappoints. The sights are incredible and so is their food
and hospitality.
LVC is from the 15th century, nestled in an overgrown garden in the Lot
Valley north of Toulouse, surrounded by lovely countryside, cliffside
villages, colourful markets, caves and history which makes for wonderful
painting opprtunities. No straight lines here, only interesting shapes and
textures with lots of opportunities to paint plein air or in the studio at LVC.

Even connecting with some fellow, up and coming artists:

Just to round off my French travels, I also made a trip shortly thereafter to
Montreal to open a show for The Society of Canadian Artists in my role as
Exhibitions Director and enjoyed, once more, the French culture. I lived
here when I first arrived in Canada and still have a soft spot for it:

Always charming Vieux Montreal and the spectacular Notre Dame Cathedral
At the end of October, I also returned to a favourite destination of mine: the
2019 Toronto International Art Fair where I roamed and got inspired for 2
days. One is always reminded here of how many forms of expression there
are, the ingenuity of materials and the creativity present. Compared to even
two years ago, abstract and digital art reigns and there is some incredible
work combining traditional and digital methods.

Bold abstracts Collage work

Interesting sculptural pieces made of fabric, fibre and ceramics

Work, traditional or semi-abstract, with digital screens built in

Meanwhile classes have resumed and everyone is working at their art. This
time of year offers a lot of art shows, fairs and openings at galleries. It is a
good idea to take some time to see what is being produced out there right
now and get some ideas.

While everyone is enjoying the quiet time of year with lots of time to create
and celebrate, I will be off soon to fulfill my dream of working in Antarctica,
giving classes and lectures onboard MS Roald Amundsen, a Hurtigruten
expedition ship which is why this newsletter reaches you early! As part of
the expedition guiding team, I will work hard to earn my stripes. Expect a
spring newsletter with a full report on this exciting destination!

Credit: Nick Dale/Design Pics/Getty)

My regular classes will start again the first week of February 2020. A few
workshops are planned for the spring so check back on my website for
dates and subject matter. There will be another Pastel Convention in early
June in Etobicoke, ON for pastel painters to consider plus I am scheduled
to teach a week of watercolours (2 days) and Opaque Media (Acrylic, Oils,
Pastels) for 3 days June 21-25, 2020 at the St. Lawrence College Summer
School in Kingston, ON.

For Christmas giving, I offer – as every year – my desk calendar, my

Watercolour Booklet on Painting a Garden Scene, my Workshop in a Bag
and Pastel Book (check my Store on my website at ).

Thank you for your always loyal support! I wish you a peaceful holiday
season, good health and a Happy New Year!

Keep in touch!
All the best in life and in art!

Karin (403)272-1471

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