February Story Starters Inspiration Piece (FEBRUARY SUBMISSIONS CLOSED)
In its 5th year, the Ontario Writer’s Conference continues to celebrate all art forms. This year we are very excited to include visual arts into the conference with our very first Story Starters contest.
On January 1st, February 1st and March 1st, our website will feature an extraordinary work by a local artist and we invite you to enter a piece of writing inspired by that work.
Need a peek at the rules? Want to seek inspiration among our January entrants? Click here to view January’s art, entries and contest rules!
If you have questions about this contest please send us an email. Thank you and good luck!
February’s featured artist: Lory MacDonald
Lory has explored many approaches to creating works throughout her lifetime of painting and creating crafts. Recently, she has put all of her skills and experience as a painter and craft artist together to develop a number of exciting new series of paintings. These include the water, dream and tree series derived from a set of drawings depicting imaginary worlds, trees, landscapes, flora, fauna, and creatures.
They are created on panel board by combining mixed media acrylic painting, collage and caulking. The creative process involves scanning, manipulation, layering, distortion, repeating, resizing, colouring, mirroring and combining the line drawings into new compositions. Observers have commented that the finished paintings are multi-dimensional works that include aerial imagery, landscape vistas and subterranean worlds.
Growing up on Toronto Island in a family of thinkers, doers and inventors, Lory spent all her time playing and dreaming outside in the parks and beaches of the island. Another influence on her work has been many years of teaching children’s art as the founder of the Magic of Children in the Arts Show in Collingwood, Ontario. This has driven her imagination and has added a childlike quality to her colourful paintings and drawings. Lory’s work has been influenced by Gustav Klimt, Henry Matisse, Claude Monet, Wassily Kandinsky, Joan Miro and Hundertwasser.