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Jaywalker asked local artist Joanne
Gervais to scare up a few pieces for October's "Front and Centre",
knowing full well that Joanne quite prefers lively, happy scenes, such as her
popular oils of playing children or her memorable street vignettes. She promptly
volunteered to paint an original ("Girlz in the 'Hood"; cover), and
offered us free range of her extensive collection of existing artworks.
Joanne easily found the skeleton study,
then the pirate, then the angry man (who, actually only looks
angry in this case, and is otherwise quite amiable in person). She'd already
provided us with the dark "Eve on the Rocks", and was primed for the
cover. But it took some deep digging to find the last three pieces - pieces that speak
volumes about the feelings of the artist.
"Media Trap" reflects on
Joanne's very active lifestyle - her involvement with sports, gardening, family
and, of course - the arts. The image, seen to the left, demonstrates her
aversion to idle, unproductive time. For her, occupying one of the empty seats
is a shuddering thought.
Joanne coordinates the Kingston
Life Drawing Group at Artillery Park and must, on unhappy occasions, draw a
model whose ego is - to put it mildly - frightful.
Try to see if her feelings have come through in her pen-and-ink study
titled, appropriately: "Vanity" (a.k.a. - "Look At Me"), on
Jaywalker would like to thank
Joanne Gervais for her tasty take on the modern day Ms. Riding Hood ("Girlz
In the 'Hood") and for openly sharing her work with us. You'll find many
more of her works by visiting her online gallery at:
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