Summer 2014 in Jasper National Park

Finally had time to go through the 1400 photos I took in Jasper. Here are the hilights.

Derek C Wicks Royal Canadian Mint Coin

I am proud to announce that my first Royal Canadian Mint coin design is now released and available to the public. The coin is minted in pure Platinum and Gold version and has a face value of $5.00. The coin is part if a five piece series depicting the Bald Eagle. Full details are available at mint.ca

Two new paintings and a third in the works for SEWE

Finished two new paintings for the SEWE show and now painting a third painting of a elk. Coming along great, almost ready to start painting the misted background. Painting should be finished in about a week or so. I will post to the website on its completion.

Fall in Yellowstone & Grand Teton Parks

Well this is my second trip to Yellowstone this year, but it was short lived. Only two days in the park and I was asked to leave by rangers because of the US Government shut down. Despite the short two day stay I got really great reference shots. The elk shoots I got this time around are dynamite and I can not wait to start putting together paintings.

Moose Landscape Workshop

Derek Wicks Moose Landscape Workshop

Only 9 Seats Remain
Hello everyone — it is my pleasure to announce that there are still a few seats remaining in my upcoming workshop in Barrie, ON! There are only 9 seats remaining for the October 25-27 workshop, space is available! Full details here.
‘Moose Landscape’ Workshop
 

Derek Wicks Moose Landscape Workshop

 

Join me in Barrie in October as we paint the stunning landscape from Killarney National Park! This workshop is designed to teach students how to break down a landscape and set the painting up through blocking in and detailing. This workshop also teaches the participant how to create the subtle shapes of a tree-line and how to get that ‘glow’ and ‘shimmer’ to water. Techniques learned in this workshop include transition strokes, layering, dry brush and so much more. Full details and online registration are available on my website, use the link below.

9 Seats Remaining
‘King Of The Hill’ Workshop Thank you
 

derek wicks king of the hill workshop

 

I wanted to thank everyone for a great workshop this summer, I had allot of fun. I would also like to thank the Barrie Art Club for hosting the workshop and providing a perfect place to work!
My workshop will be demonstrated in acrylics, but techniques are suitable for watercolor, gouache, casein and oil colours (oil colour does have dry time hinderance). I have set up a detailed information page for the workshop on my website.  For full details visit the webpage or feel free to contact me directly (705) 835-5480. I look forward to painting with everyone this fall and happy painting!  – Derek C Wicks
Wild Realms Publishing Inc., 164 Moonstone Rd.E., Moonstone, ON L0K 1N0, CANADA

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Yellowstone & Glacier National Parks

Had a great time down in Yellowstone and Glacier before I did my workshop in Edmonton. I was a little early this year and did not have access to a lot of both parks (still snow blocking roads), but got some great shots anyway. Here is a little montage of the trip, hope to be painting from the reference real soon!

New Wolf Painting

New wolf painting is well on its way and coming along nicely. One of these days I am going to learn how to take a better photograph. Should have the forest finished by the end of weekend and be on to the wolf and adding some verticals to the painting by mid week. Can not wait to add in the rich warm colours of the reeds and sun lit saplings. Happy painting everyone.

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wolf-painting

Derek C. Wicks Workshops Scheduled

New Derek Wicks Workshops
Hello everyone — it is my pleasure to announce two new workshops that are scheduled in Barrie, Ontario this summer. These two workshops will both be three day workshops and will be limited to 15 participants in each. Enough of the small talk, here is the info!
‘Rush’ Moving Water Workshop
 

 

Derek Wicks Moving Water Workshop

 

 

This workshop is designed to teach students how to break down the major facets of rushing water, cascading, rippling and reflective. This workshop also teaches the participant how to create the subtle and distorted shapes of rushing/cascading water. Techniques learned in this workshop include transition strokes, spattering, dry brush ……

7 Seats Remaining
‘King Of The Hill’ Workshop
 

 

derek wicks king of the hill workshop

 

 

This workshop is designed to teach participants how to incorporate both high detail and subtle shape into a painting to create depth. As many other workshops I teach, we will concentrate on breaking down a painting and then adding detail. Techniques learned in this workshop are fur textures, rock textures, stepping, dry brushing………

8 Seats Remaining
This workshop is also available in Edmonton, AB. Check my events page for more details.
Both of my workshops will be demonstrated in acrylics, but techniques are suitable for watercolor, gouache, casein and oil colours (oil colour does have dry time hinderance). I have set up a detailed information page on both workshops on my website.  For full details visit the webpage or feel free to contact me directly (705) 835-5480. I look forward to painting with everyone this summer and happy painting!  – Derek C Wicks

 

Derek C Wicks Enewsletter 2013

PTP – Derek C Wicks Enewsletter

Hello art fans, I trust that this new edition of the Enewsletter finds everyone in good health and spirits. It has been a very eventful winter this year at the Wicks homestead, both bitter and sweet. The end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013 saw the passing of two of my favorite people in my life, my father in-law Norm and Mocha my oldest dog of 13 years. Norm had been fighting a cancerous brain tumor for the past year and lost the battle in November, he was only 69…. he will be sorely missed by all. Mocha was ‘daddy’s little girl, she too lost her battle with stomach cancer early this month. Although both of these are very sad it helps remind us that time is short and we should get every nickel out of the time we have. On a much happier note my wife Suzanne and I have decided to finally build our dream house! Our new house should be finished by mid August and the new studio/gallery finished by the end of the following year. Our present house is up for sale and has never looked so good. Funny how you finally do all the finishing touches you have been meaning to do when you decide to leave! I am hoping to have a grand opening for my new gallery in the spring of 2014. Our new house is only 1/2 kilometer from our present house so all telephone numbers will not change. In this edition of the Enewsletter I have several new announcements and updates so aaawwwaaayyyy we go:

• New Workshops in Barrie scheduled
• Two new originals & Giclées
• What is on the Easel
• New Original Art
• Two new Power To Paint Videos

Water & Wolf Pup Workshops

 

 

Derek Wicks Rush

My second annual workshops in Barrie, ON are now booked for this June! The first workshop will be on painting rushing water textures and we will be using my piece “Rush” to learn how to create our textures. The second workshop will be learning to paint my piece “King Of The Hill” Wolf Pup. Both workshops are scheduled for June, the water workshop June 7-9, 2013 and the wolf pup workshop on June 28-30. The workshops will be limited to 15 participants each and are on a first come first serve basis. I have set up a full information page for the workshops on my website. I had such a great time with everyone last year and I am really looking forward to painting with everyone again this year! Derek Wicks Barrie Workshops Link.

 

New Giclée Available
King of the hill derek wicks

My two new pieces ‘King Of The Hill’ Wolf Pup and ‘Forged By Flow’ are now available as limited edition giclée reproductions. ‘King of the Hill is available as an 8×10 paper and canvas edition. ‘Forged by Flow’ Is available as a 16×30 paper giclée edition and a 19×36 giclée gallery wrap edition. The gallery wrap edition is limited to only 50 pieces! The ‘King Of The Hill’ canvas edition will also be available framed in the same seamless gallery frame the original was framed in. Detailed info on both editions is available online in my Derek Wicks Reproductions page.

 

Forged By Flow

My newest completed painting is ‘Forged by Flow’ waterfall. I have had this painting on my ‘to do list’ for quite some time now. As usual it always got bumped for another painting, a common occurrence in my studio in years past. ‘Forged by Flow’ is the painting that has been a catalyst for a major change in philosophy in my studio. I found I was always painting commissioned paintings and trying to create art others liked instead of painting images that inspired me and flowed out of me. Commissions are not a bad thing at all, I just felt that they were hindering the creative process in me. With all the major changes going on in both my personal and professional life I felt it was time for one more change…. I no longer do commissioned work. I felt it was time to go back to my roots and start creating imagery that I experienced and excited me. I wanted to create the work from my past that was born out of experience and developed by the excitement of sharing the moment with others. ‘Forged by Flow’ has no animal in it, because it does not need one, part of my new philosophy. The days of forcing an animal into a painting because I am a “wildlife artist” are gone. So is the term wildlife artist, I now prefer to think of myself as a nature artist, inspired by all of nature. Sometimes change is a good thing in ones life, for me major change has been long over due! Forged By Flow image here.

Cardinal

 

New Power To Paint DVD’s
Derek Wicks Power To Paint

I am happy to announce that there are two new Power To Paint DVD’s in post production right now and should be ready for the end of March beginning of April 2013. Both are ‘Start To Finish” dvd’s and feature young animals. The first is the step by step creation of “King Of The Hill” Wolf pup, the second is “In My Wake” Duckling and it too is a start to finish dvd. I will post updates on my site and be sending out a release notification to everyone that has selected DVD’s on their Enewsletter sign up. If you have any questions on the new dvd’s feel free to contact me, here is a link to the Derek Wicks Contact Page.

 

 

 

 

SEWE 2013 show a great time

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Another wonderful year at the SouthEastern Wildlife Expo in Charleston, South Carolina. I had the chance to visit with old friends and new friends and spend a lot of time with show patrons. It is nice to make new friends and see old ones you don’t get to see very often. Above is my good friend and new licensing agent Angela Davis and I in my booth posing for our glamour shot. Angela and I have been doing business for the last year over the phone and we finally had a chance to meet at the SEWE show. Turns out we meet about 8 years ago at a licensing show in New York, small world.

 

Derek C Wicks SEWE Show booth

Upcoming Events

 

 

 

Algonquin Art Centre

Original Art showcase

June-Sept 2012

Wolf Pup workshop

June 1-3, 2013

St. Albert, AB

(780) 418-3488

Contact: Carol Maxwell

“Rush” Water Workshop

June 7-9, 2013

Barrie, ON

(705) 835-5480

Contact: Derek Wicks

Wolf Pup Workshop

June 28-30, 2013

Barrie, ON

(705) 835-5480

Contact: Derek Wicks

 

 

New Wolf Painting On The Easel

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I am now working on a new wolf painting that has been on my ‘to do list’ for about 4 years. I have always wanted to paint a dark wolf instead of the traditional multi colour coat. This painting has offered the right setting for a ‘mysterious’ wolf concept. The composition still needs some punch and I think some mist on the water might help this painting along. I have been toying with some wolves in the background, but each time I add one my instinct keeps telling me this is a lone wolf painting. Have to see who wins out here, my instinct or my tinkering! I will be posting in progress shots on my blog as I go.