November was a crazy busy month for me and I have just taken a couple of days to regroup and relax. My fire is restored and I am ready to take on December!
I have been asked to keep up the Magic in the Moonlight show through to the end of the year, so if you have not had a chance to check it out there is still time! The sold pieces will be replaced through out the month, so no worries that you will miss out on anything. I am also fortunate enough to be the “Artist of the Month” at Whimsy Flowers for December, so be sure to stop by and see what I have available for sale there.
Thank you so much to the Fort Nelson News (Judith, Abigale and Kathy Smith xxxxx) for your incredible support! Kathy Smith wrote the above article for our local paper and it even made the front page! What an incredible opportunity to share in this forum with the community.
While “Spellbinder” (opening image) is no longer available, prints will be available in the new year.
Last week’s Ted Harrison inspired class was a blast. I love to see just how different everyone’s art work turns out. Ted Harrison provided the perfect inspiration to get our creative juices flowing and everyone left with a piece of art they can be proud of. Well done everyone!
I can not wait to see what everyone creates next time. If you happen to be lucky enough to live in our amazing little hamlet, tomorrow’s Creativity Class we will be using wood blocks to create a diverse and unique holiday sign for our homes. Come on down to Whimsy Flowers at 7 pm and grab a seat!
“Guardian Angel” Copyright Amy Yetman Speirling Images. Used with Permission
Amy Yetman is a local photographer whom I have had the great pleasure to get to know over the past year. She specializes in capturing the incredible aurora borealis we experience here in Fort Nelson and loves to travel the world and capture her adventures with her camera. Recently I sent her a list of questions and I was pleasantly surprised to learn she is as masterful with words as she is with her camera. Amy will be the featured artist for the month of November at Whimsy Flowers. You can find her contact information at the end of the interview.
“Snowy Owl” Copyright Amy Yetman – Speirling Images. Used with permission
What type of artist are you?
I am a time freezing specialist with slight abilities to adjust the time-space continuum; also known as a photographer. I am incredibly fortunate to have the ability to capture the beauty I see in the world and share it with others.
What does your current body of work speak to? Are you working within a theme?
My current body of work is life themed, though I never intended for it to be that way. My photographs capture the beauty I see in the world, as I see it. Some photos are of wildlife, others of where we (and animals) live, others are the views from our favorite perches.
What are your favorite tool and materials to use. Can you recommend any to other aspiring artists?
I have a fairly large kit bag due to the variety of what I shoot, but it’s easy to whittle it down if I know what I’m going to be shooting. For landscapes or night skies I prefer wide angle high aperture lenses; for wildlife I use a telephoto lens with a much longer focal length (on a crop sensor for added distance). When shooting people I prefer to use a full frame with a prime (high aperture) lens. I like to change up the lenses if I’m trying something artistic.
I don’t shoot people as often; if I do it tends to be someone I know well, since I want to capture their inner beauty as well as what I see outside. I tend to be a very private, quiet person so it takes a little while for me to figure out how to capture someone’s soul in one moment. It’s a beautiful thing when it all comes together though. My advice would be to know what you want to shoot, and pack/purchase accordingly.
Leave things as you found them so the next person can enjoy the scene as well. Learn your manual settings if you haven’t already; they will be your best friend. Never underestimate the power of the right settings and filter; it’s much easier to get it right in camera than it is to edit after the fact.
“Super Blood Moon Eclipse” Copyright Amy Yetman, Speirling Images, used with permission. All Rights reserved.
How has being an artist in Fort Nelson helped and hindered you?
Let me address the local skies first. The northern lights are both the joy and bane of my existence since moving here. They’re absolutely awe inspiring, as well as a challenge because they’re constantly changing (my settings often change from one capture to the next, depending on their speed and intensity). They also keep me up way past my bedtime, even though I still have to get up in the morning. The explanatory phrase ‘lights were out’ has become a common one, usually indicating that I need more coffee before having an actual conversation. The wildlife here is so diverse that it’s mind-blowing, as are the many backdrops (including the mountains). We are so incredibly lucky that there are no words for it. We have so little light pollution that we have great conditions for astrophotography, even within town limits. The Northern Rockies are a photographers paradise.
Fort Nelson itself has been incredibly supportive, as well as great for giving local photographers a variety of opportunities to hone their skills. While we’re far away from larger traditional galleries, we do have some galleries in the region, as well as support from local businesses, such as the Phoenix Theatre where my Speed of Life exhibition was held. The Visitors Centre and Whimsy’s carry my photos all year round. I had the privilege of working with Marl and the Historical Society on the Heritage Museum’s calendar last year, which was a really fun project. Since moving here I also got to shoot at the 2014 Trapper’s Rendezvous, 2014 Heritage Days at the Museum, and the 2014 Northern Rockies Triathlon in an official capacity. I was shooting at the 2014 Canadian Open Dog Sled Championship, the Family Fun Circus, the 2015 Mile 300 Figure Skating Carnival, and the 2015 Johnstone’s Fireworks Spectacular at the river for fun and a chance to shoot in different lighting conditions. One of my museum photos graces two of the street banners around town and many of my recent captures can be found in the Fort Nelson News.
“Finding Light in the Darkness” Copyright Amy Yetman, Speirling Images, used with permission. All Rights Reserved.
What feeds your creative fire? Do you have any special activities or rituals you use to get your creativity going? Any special places that inspire you?
Gratitude. Gratitude inspires me and feeds my creativity. Even on my worst days, I am so much better off than so many others in this world that I cannot help but be grateful. My basic needs are met, I have freedom, and I live in a place with medical care and many other benefits. I have sight and the ability to capture the beauty I see all around me, so I do. Waking up gets my creativity going. I am grateful just to be here. Every day that I wake up on the right side of the sod again is a good one. Sometimes the things I see are small, like a flower in the community garden. Sometimes they’re big, like northern lights that fill the skies, or a whale in the Atlantic Ocean (I came here by way of majestic Newfoundland). There is beauty everywhere in everything, & I want to document every bit of it that I see so everyone else can see it too. I think my only real ritual is grabbing my gear and running to get the shot before the opportunity passes. If I’m planning on shooting then it’s fun to take my time assembling my gear, but it’s usually a spur of the moment capture, especially with the northern lights.
What changes would you like to see for artists in the region?
There is so much talent here that I’d love to see more exposure and opportunity for local artists of all mediums. The skills displayed even just in Fort Nelson are overwhelming in their abundance.
“Connection” Copyright Amy Yetman, speirlingimages.ca. Used with permission. All rights reserved.
What words of encouragement or advice can you give to other local artists.
If you love working in your medium (whatever it may be), then ignore the naysayers and do what you love. Do what makes you happy. The rest will work itself out. I started with a disposable camera and a skill-set that involved cutting people’s heads out of the photos 29 times out of 30. Mind you, I was about 5 years old at the time, but the point is that everyone starts somewhere. Don’t let people who give up on their dreams stop you from pursuing yours. When you do something you truly love, magic happens. Be unique. Don’t waste time trying to duplicate someone else’s style. Be different, quirky, and feel free to experiment. Find your own style and rock it! Art is subjective; some will love it & some won’t. It’ll make your day when your art is all ‘you’ and you find the ones who love it (or they find you).
Do you have any upcoming events you want to share with us?
I will be the Artist of the Month for November at Whimsy Flowers & Gifts, so feel free to drop by and have a look at some of my current collection (though feel free to do that anytime).
“Peace at Parker” Copyright Amy Yetman, speirlingimages.ca. Used with permission. All rights reserved.
Where do you show your work? List all venues and online galleries, etc.
Locally, the Fort Nelson Visitors Centre carries some of my matted prints and one of my photo books. I just had two pieces on display in the Dawson Creek Art Gallery for their Surface Tension exhibition. My biggest local supporter is Whimsy Flowers & Gifts, which carries my canvases, framed prints, photo books, cards, phone cases, & postcards. Special projects, like photo restoration, can be inquired about via my website. My recent captures can frequently be found in the Fort Nelson News, so be sure to keep an eye out.
Make and Take Creative Classes – ARE FINALLY HAPPENING! Watch Facebook for the announcement. I will be teaching two creative classes per month starting in August at Whimsy Flowers and Gifts. Click here to like Whimsy’s Facebook page to make sure you don’t miss the notification of when registrations begin. Yippee! Space is limited so once you see the announcement, book quickly. It is going to be so much fun. I can’t wait to play in the paint with some new people.
I can hardly believe that July is almost over! It has been a great summer so far. I have some exciting news to share; keep your eyes open for the formal announcement of my next gallery show, happening at the Phoenix Theatre here in Fort Nelson. I am expecting it to happen in the first half of November. Once the dates have been nailed down and everything is confirmed, I will be posting a special invitation to the event.
I have a couple of commissions to finish up, and a couple of pieces to make for an upcoming competition and then I will be “nose to the grindstone” making sure I have some spectacular new paintings for the November show. I am SO EXCITED!
For those of you who look for my art at Gourmet Girl, here in Fort Nelson, I will be restocking framed prints and I have a couple of printed canvas prints going up for sale as well. Stop in and say hi to Nicole and the girls and take a peek.
I got my copy of my coffee-table book a couple of weeks ago. It looks great and I will have copies of it available for sale at Whimsy in September. The one and only copy is available for viewing at Whimsy Flowers and Gifts right now if you want to have a sneak peak.
SALE – I have several 9 x 12 works on paper that I am making available for sale for an incredible $50 each. Shipping within Canada and the US is FREE! Get yours before they are gone.
Just a quick post, I am a busy, busy girl right now. I wanted to share my two latest paintings with you. Wild Warrior is one of my latest paintings. Sorry, this one has already been purchased, but prints will be available in the future. Wild Warrior did not even make it up on the walls at Whimsy before it was plucked up and sent on to a wonderful new home.
Pictures do not do this one justice. Waking Up is a large 24 x 36 inches and is rich with texture and detail. Waking Up will be available for viewing at the Dawson Creek Art Gallery in a day or two and will be hanging until July 30th. This new piece is replacing “Family Time” which will be joining “Wild Warrior” and “Bedtime Stories” with a wonderful new customer in Alberta. (Goosebumps of Joy!)
There are a few more pieces close to completion that I will be sharing soon, so stay tuned!
In the heat of the summer, I have been painting winter. My most recent piece is “Bedtime Stories” I love the cool tones and the conversation that is going on between the bear and the tree. I feel cooler just staring at it. “Bedtime Stories” , it is 16 x 16 inches on cradled birch. SOLD
If you follow me on Facebook you will see that I recently pulled out a HUGE cache of my older art from storage. Stay tuned, I will be reworking some of these, and will soon be making several available for sale.
Wonderful Kelly Hodge helped me to get five of my original paintings in to the Dawson Creek Art Gallery summer show. If you live near Dawson Creek be sure to stop in at the gallery until July 30th to have a look, or do some shopping :). The very talented Amy Yetmen, a very talented photographer from Fort Nelson has five beautiful northern lights photographs hanging on the walls as well. WOO HOO!
To learn more about the Dawson Creek Art Gallery and all of the amazing work they do, and to find more information on the South Peace Art Society, click here.
Spring has arrived and I am bursting with creativity right now! Long warm days, hands in dirt and brushes in paint, I am a happy girl! So I thought I would share my joy with my two latest paintings!
This graceful buck, in full velvet is 9 x 12 inches on cradled canvas.
“A Spring Voyage” – Another bear, haha. You know I love me some bears. This darling beastly represents the teaming life unseen below the snow during the awakening of spring. He is 12 x 16 on cradled canvas. SOLD
A couple more are on the way, but I need to have a good photo session before I post any them. Have a great day!
I have been busy! I have several new pieces to share with you today! For the past week I have been busy making handmade journals. To learn more about my journals, read through to the bottom of this post.
I just finished a darling painting called “Afternoon Delight”. This acrylic painting in on cradled canvas and is 18 x 24 inches. This darling fox makes me smile every time I look at her. “Afternoon Delight” is available for sale.
I was lucky enough to be commissioned to make art for two incredible local boys. Here are the finished pieces.
SOLD – Dax’s Dominion – Original Acrylic Painting on cradled birch. Copyright Lori Lynn Fell 2015
SOLD – Kade’s Kingdom – Original acrylic painting on cradled birch. Copyright Lori Lynn Fell 2015
“Listen to the Whispers” is another recently finished commission. It is 16 x 20 on cradled canvas. SOLD
And last, but not least, here are a few pics of the journals I have been making!
April 13 2015The journals are hand made, hand bound and have a heavy 70lb paper that is perfect for art journaling. I have hand painted the canvas covers and each journal has 100 pages. I make these journals because they are what I use. The way the pages are bound and the protective flap keep my pages nicely, even when they are thick with paint and ephemera. I will have the journals available for sale in the next 24 hours, keep watching!
SOLD – Happy to be Alive – Handmade reclaimed wood hand-painted sign by Lori Lynn Fell. www.MyPaintedPath.com
Lets start with this quote. “Always find time for the things that make you happy to be alive”. When I am creating, I get lost. Sometimes I drift off into a meditation of sorts, other times it quiets my brain and lets me sort out things going on in my life. Either way, I never feel more alive that when I am in the “zone”.
Remember the sculpture I made as gifts for Christmas a couple of months ago? Here are two that I have made for sale.
I thought I would revisit a few older pieces that are still available for sale. Faded Glory is very textural and begs to be touched. Dirty Snow has a worn out faded look to it. Pictures do not do justice to either of these pieces. I have not had them available on the internet for some time so they are likely to go quickly.
Canadian Girl and The Truth Within are two of my recycled art pieces. If you are unfamiliar with my recycled art pieces, they are created using cast off items, often found in junk drawers. A great way to reuse unwanted items. Taking junk and creating something beautiful makes me happy!