Hello everyone, I trust that this new edition of the Enewsletter finds everyone in good health and spirits. Since my last Enewsletter (almost a year ago, sorry) things have been going extremely well here on the Wicks homestead. I have exciting news on new coin releases, website update, new original and canvas and shots from our western trip. So away we go……..
2016 Olympic ‘Lucky Loonie’
As many of you know I grew up in the Childrens Aid for most of my adolescence (10-16), so my country fed me, clothed me and educated me, so to speak. It goes without saying that I love my country more then words can say for all it has done for me. In August the Royal Canadian Mint released the new one dollar coin, the “Lucky Loonie” for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. I have to say a tear came to my eye seeing my work on actual circulation currency of the country I owe so much too. I have won many awards, none of them hold as much weight as the pride I have today for this honour. As most Canadians know the Lucky Loonie is a tradition for each olympics. For all my other friends in the world the Loonie is the name of our one dollar coin and the Lucky Loonie is a coin minted for each Olympics to bring our athletes luck at the games. The first Lucky Loonie was embedded in the ice at the 2002 Salt Lake City games and has become a Canadian tradition and the symbol of national pride ever since. I am told that this is the first year that ‘Lucky Loonie’ will be engraved on the coin. I will be displaying the original art used to create the coin at my home show during the Images Studio Tour over the Thanksgiving weekend Oct 7-10. You can read more about the show below.
View Olympic Coin Here
New Website Is Online
I am happy to announce I have a new website! This new site is what they call ‘responsive’ which means that it will display its self according to the device you are viewing it on. My old site was very hard to view and navigate under the old format, on mobile phones especially. You will find this new website a much better online experience, supporting all major browsers like Safari, Chrome and Firefox. My new site also has new content and a direct connection with my Power To Paint website. Visit the site and see the new layout, would love to hear what everyone thinks!
Visit derekwicks.com Here
‘The Morphing Landscape’
Tourneying into the arctic morning the majestic polar bear combs his frozen domain. “The Morphing Landscape” depicts the ever changing frozen world of the arctic region. These polar ice fields are essential for the survival of the polar bear and are challenged everyday by global warming. Global warming is the number one threat to the survival of one of natures most beautiful predators.
This Giclée Canvas Edition is limited to only 25 signed and numbered pieces with only 11 remaining. This is a large canvas of 20″ x 38″ and is printed with 100% pH balanced archival canvas using Epson Ultra Chrome K3™ inks for a true giclée reproduction that will last a life time.
View Limited Edition reproductions
Western Trip Photos
This past August and beginning of September my wife Suzanne and I travelled over 10,000 Kilometers out west. Our trip included stops in Nebraska, Denver CO, Rocky Mountain Park, Mt.Evans Park, Yellowstone Park, Deadwood SD and through the scenic shores of three Great Lakes. This trip was very special as my wife final came with me and got to see all the wonderful places I have been over the years. Trips seem to be allot more fun when they are with the ones you love. I have set up a blog page with wonderful photographs from our trip, just click the ‘view photographs’ link below.
Invite To My Studio Gallery
I will wrap up this E-Newsletter with an invitation to everyone to my gallery in Moonstone, ON, on the Thanksgiving Weekend Oct 7-10. The Images Thanksgiving Studio Tour is a 34 year old tour of many professional artist in the Oro-Medonte area. We all open our studios to the public over the four day weekend and invite everyone to come and meet us and enjoy the art on display. This will be my 10th year on the tour and to celebrate I will be auctioning off a giclée canvas of ‘Northen Vigil’ over the weekend. If you are in the area I would love to see you, please drop by and say hi. Below is a link to the Images Studio Tour site with more information, maps, links to studios and much more.
Link To Images Studio Tour
Thank you everyone….
As always I would like to thank you, the art enthusiasts for your interest in my work! Without you the art journey would be a lack luster one. It is my pleasure to create this E-Newsletter as a vehicle to share my experience with you and the world as they happen.