Thursday, August 27, 2009

Southwest Art Magazine: 21 Under 31

My painting, Raven, won Honorable Mention in the 2009 Southwest Art Emerging Artist: 21 Under 31 Competition, a competition open to artists across the country who are under the age of 31. It is featured in the September 2009 issue of Southwest Art Magazine along with a short write up about me and my artwork. I just picked up my copy this week and was pleased to discover that two of my other young, female, artist friends are also among the "21 under 31," Toronto artist Katherine Stone and Katie Swatland, from Massachusetts, so that was cool too:D

Raven, oil on panel, 10 x 8 inches

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Interview on CTV!

Check out THIS INTERVIEW I did for CTV this morning at Artguise Gallery. Click the righthand side bar, where it says "Artist Kristy Gordon Shares Her Talents (2 parts)." (I can't seem to link directly to the video). Oh, and it plays after the ad.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Opening Night of my Solo Show at Artguis

Last Friday was the vernissage for my solo exhibition at Artguise Gallery in Ottawa. It was a great success and there was a wonderful turnout. The show runs until Septemeber 15th, 2009.

Graham in front of the painting of him:)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Video Preview of My Solo Show

Here's a video preview of my solo show that opens tomorrow night (7:30-10:30pm) at Artguise Gallery (590 Bank Street, Ottawa) and runs August 14th through September 15th, 2009. For more information please contact Brandon McVittie or Jason Vaughan at 613.238.3803 or

Monday, August 10, 2009

Painting in BC

I spent most of the month of July painting in different parts of BC. My trip started out in Nelson, where I grew up. While I was there I taught a three day portrait painting workshop as well as painting a few friends and my sister. One of the paintings I did there was for sure the most hardcore painting session I've ever done in my life. Me and my sister, Jessica Rae Gordon (also an artist and illustrator), decided to hike up Crystal Creek, where I used to wander as a teenager, and actually where I was inspired to do my first painting (not counting all the childhood paintings I did;) But when we tried to get in there we discovered it's all fenced off now and hard to get to.

Me in front of the fence with my painting box.

We (obviously) decided to ignore the fence, and went to walk around it along the creek. We did succeed in the end, but each rock or tree that we stepped on was totally, deliberately, coated in big hunks of grease, and we got a little covered in it (especially me). But we went on. Jessica and I are determined when we get together to paint. The trail was a little (actually a lot) more trecherous then I remember it being, and seemed to have mostly eroded into the creek, so we found ourselves risking our lives, rock climbing up a creek with all my painting gear (actually, it was like rock climbing up a waterfall in parts). Then when we got to my old fav. spot I decided a pose of her IN THE CREEK), which required me to also stand painting in the creek was the best angle. So we froze there in the creek for a couple hours, with barely any breaks at all. We knew we were too cold to go for long, so we had to just paint and pose as hard and fast as we could. On the way down, as we were approaching the part where we would have to rock climb DOWN the waterfall, I found a four leaf clover. And we lived to tell the tale (and finish the painting).

Creek Wanderer, 10 x 8 inches, oil on panel

After my week in Nelson I spent a week painting on Savary Island. Again my incredible sister posed patiently for me, in the burning hot sun for hours. She complained about it less then I did. After finishing one of the paintings of her, I pretty much crumbled into a ball on the beach and crawled into the ocean (not an exaggeration actually).

Woman in Sunhat with Coffee, 7 x 5 inches, oil on canvas

Woman on Rock, 10 x 8 inches, oil on panel

All these paintings will be included in my upcoming solo exhibition at Artguise Gallery in Ottawa. For more information please contact Brandon McVittie or Jason Vaughan at 613 238 3803 or

Friday, August 7, 2009


KRISTY GORDON: Recent Paintings

August 14th to September 9th 2009

AUGUST 14TH : 7:30PM TO 10:30PM


Artguise Gallery is pleased to welcome back to the exhibition space, for her second show in the gallery,
painter Kristy Gordon.
Kristy's current collection arrives at Artguise just prior to her departure
for Florence, Italy after being awarded
scholarship to study figurative painting.
Her keen eye and mastery of colour captures her subjects in a contemplative light while achieving
wonderfully sublime results.
There lies an inherent honesty and purity in Kristy's painting as she refrains from embellishment and overstatement.
Kristy's newest oil compositions are further evidence of her admiration for classical technique and discipline.
We are hopeful that you can join us opening night when the artist shall be in attendance.
All are welcome.

For more information please contact Brandon McVittie or Jason Vaughan at 613 238 3803 or

July Portrait Painting Workshop in Nelson

Here are some photos of me doing a demonstration at a three day portrait painting workshop I taught in my hometown, Nelson, BC in July. We had a wonderful model, Genevieve, to paint from and everyone did great paintings.

And here are some photos of the stages for the painting that I demonstrated in the class.