Mel Gausden. A Fairytale For The End Of The World
‘I always carry a sketchbook, and while I’m out in the canoe or on a hike, I’ll often stop to make quick sketches.’
So says emerging Canadian artist, Mel Gausden.
In describing her artistic process, Gausden continues: ‘Then, later at the campfire, I’ll develop those ideas a bit more, or jot down thoughts that I’ve had. Other times, an old memory will trigger something, and I’ll go through my photos to find a couple to use as a framework for a painting. Sometimes it will just be something that I see passing by momentarily that lights a spark. I take each initial sketch or photo and create a more detailed sketch with watercolour, pencil crayon, ink and/or acrylic – basically whatever I can get my hands on – to recreate the idea in the best way. Then I use those working sketches to reverse engineer the final painting with oil paint…’
A Fairytale For The End Of The World is the intriguing name for Gausden’s latest exhibit, on at the Bau-Xi Vancouver until March 19th. In describing the nightscapes that Gausden has evoked here, the gallery says: ‘Always with hints of wistfulness and nostalgia, she captures the differences in light and colour that the falling of dusk reveals, as well as the feeling of uneasiness that can often accompany the darkness’.
A peek in..
Waiting For The Storm
There’s Something In The Air
The Illusion Of An Anchor Point
Header: Mel Gausden. Meetings and Mendings