The Shape of Things: Renée Van Halm

Last night Al and I braved horrid rain to drive over to West Vancouver. We grabbed an early supper at Park Royal South’s Trattoria Restaurant before heading on to the West Vancouver Museum. Renée Van Halm’s solo show ‘The Shape of Things’ was opening. The walls of the two galleries were filled with her large impressive paintings and some smaller works and aha! there were three of her painted plates displayed domestic-fashion on a plain dark-grey-painted kitchen table.   The ...

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Renee van Halm

Renée always arrives here well-armed with collages from which she chooses the shapes and colours of her paintings. She even had an oval cut-out ready to frame her composition. I really enjoy the way she takes the underglaze colours and mixes them to produce all manner of shades.   This time she painted two plates and then a smaller oval but deeper dish. It is the yellow and green one. I don’t yet know which one will be part of the auction.

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Four artists raiding again!

Just recently I had another group of artists here to paint plates. The plan is to get eight artists to paint several plates and donate one each for the upcoming Western Front fundraiser. Eric, Monique and Katie had already painted theirs in January so on this day my visitors were Sally Clay, Renée van Halm, Eli Bornowsky and Katie again. Paul Mathieu couldn’t come so is giving a small plate that he painted last year. I needed to get one done too but painted it privately! I decided to paint ...

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Latest painted plates by Eric, Monique & Renee

When I got home from Abbotsford today Al had started to photograph yesterday’s hot new pots. These are the plates painted at the latest Painting Raid. Monique Fouquet painted a platter with transparent ovals on grey.             Renée van Halm painted four plates with bold versions of her collages. And Eric Metcalfe painted his designs with red and black on grey and yellow plates.   Sorry it took me several weeks to fill the kiln you three.                                                      

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Another painting raid

  Yesterday I finished spraying the last of my stoneware pieces with slips for salt, loaded the bisque kiln and turned it on. Then I made sure I had plates ready and underglazes topped up for three artists coming to paint again today.     Eric Metcalfe brought Monique Fouquet and Renée van Halm this time. Monique brought a home-made quiche, chocolate cake and an idea for painting her pre-ordered grey-coated platter. Renée had prepared collages for her painting and a yummy salad. ...

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