Tuesday, November 12, 2013

New Paintings, Christmas Commissions & Upcoming Shows!

Not much happening on the forefront but lots going on behind the scenes recently! I've been busy with top secret commission projects so they have to stay under wraps, it drives me nuts not being able to share what I'm working on! but I do have a couple new pieces to share...


"The Art Of Being"

First up, "The Art Of Being" this one is extra special because it comes with a poem! And there is a secret answer hidden within the poem so please read, re-read and scour it until you go bonkers find the answer ;)

The Art Of Being

Looking for answers, unable to see
Sought resolution standing right before me.
Self created paradoxes, illusions inherent
Once ready, the answer becomes so apparent.

Often the hardest, the simplest things
The solace a virtuous regimen brings.
Pearls of wisdom surround me, aching to awaken
Correcting the truth, so often mistaken.

Vying for absolution, fearful of change
Upheaving the world I can't help but estrange.
Inner savior and saboteur, rivaling to find
An escape from the prisons of "me" and "my mind".

Eternal forgiveness, flaws, vices and foes
Dissolve the illusions of suffering and woe.
From erroneous perceptions, comes the long awaited transfer
To all timeless questions, there is only one answer...

A copy of this poem is included with the original painting. For more details and purchase info, please visit the listing!


Next, "Triris" a bit different from my usual works as there is no face in the painting *gasp*. This iris still life is a donation piece for a corporate fundraiser aiding High River flood relief. BUT, interested parties can find 8x10 prints here =)
A special thank you to the Alberta Medical Association for making High River their charity of choice this year. Best of luck to all bidders!


The holiday season is upon us so get ready to pull out your hair and fret over gift ideas! ( I say it sarcastically but it's really kinda true...) but fret no longer! I will have tables at 3 shows over the next month in Nanton, Okotoks and Calgary. Original paintings and lots of prints both framed and unframed as well as the usual odds and ends (ACEOs, bookmarks, cards, etc.) will be available.

Friday Nov 22nd, 2013 4:00-9:00
Light Up Okotoks Bazaar
Elks Hall
58 Elizabeth St, Okotoks, AB

Saturday Nov 23rd, 2013 10:00-5:00
Distinctly Nanton Christmas Market
2204-18th St, Nanton, AB

Friday Dec 6th, 2013 7:00-10:00
Hillhurst Sunnyside Holiday Market
1320 5th Ave, NW Calgary
(403) 283-0554


Last but not least, the Christmas commission window is now open! Looking for that special one of a kind gift? Individual portraits, family portraits, pet portraits or even a rendering of an idol or favorite character...realism, fantasy or any combination, your imagination is the only limit! I will work with you to create something very special Time is of the essence as we approach the busy holiday season and these spots fill up fast so please contact me via the usual social networking sites or directly nvonraven@hotmail.com to get started!

Don't forget, everything you buy from me SHIPS FREE WORLDWIDE! ...that's how I say thank you