2020 Christmas Ornaments

We are excited to announce our 2020 Christmas Ornament Collection. 
They are available for purchase in The Store and clicking on the design will take you to that item so that you can add it to your shopping cart.
 

Whale TailWhale Tail

Humpback

Humpback

Monarch

Monarch Flat

Tree of Life

Tree of Life

Cupcake

Cupcake

Ladybug

Ladybug

Monarch Flower

Monarch Sideways

Turtle Swim

Turtle Sideways

Dragonfly

Dragonfly

Lotus

Lotus

Nautilus

Nautilus

 Sea Turtle

Turtle Top

Hummingbird

Hummingbird

Making Roots

Making Roots

Rainbow of Hope

Rainbow of Hope

Wave

Wave


You will find these and many other exciting new designs at the AGOG Christmas Show but quantities are limited so act quickly so you don't miss out on your favourite design.

 

New Pieces

As promised, here are some of the designs that will be part of the upcoming AGOG Christmas Show

 

 Peace of Mexican Days
2020

Peace of Whale Song

Pure Peace
2020

 Peace of Mexican Days 2020  Peace of Whale Song  Pure Peace 2020

 

Be sure to check out these and many more in The Gallery. They will be added to The Store ASAP.

Big Things Are Coming......

Covid-19 has changed all of our lives in many ways: many of them bad, but some of them have been surprisingly good.  For John and his fellow AGOG members it has given them time to focus their energy on some pretty exciting pieces and projects.  Many of these will be released in the next month or so but we thought we would share the most impressive example today as a preview of things to come.

 

Good Things Grow

Good Things on Black

 

This massive group piece created by AGOG has taken over 2yrs. to complete and it will be the centerpiece of an exciting Rose Window exhibit in the making.  We hope to share details of this exciting event with you shortly.

 

There will be an opportunity to see a sample of John's work and his creative process as one of the artists in residence for this years Arts Dundas Weekend (Nov 5th to 8th) at the Carnegie Gallery in Dundas.

 

Also, stand by for details on the annual AGOG Christmas Show where you will get to see this and many other exciting new pieces.  John has been working very hard to finish several beautiful designs and has a new line of ornaments for 2020 that are absolutely stunning!  We will be slowly adding them to The Store and The Gallery so come back often to check for updates.

Monet's Pond

Monet's Pond

 

Most will think they know Monet's Water Lillies but when pressed to describle the actual composition they cannot.  This is because in reality his famous subject and colour pallete span a group of approximatley 250 paintings, painted between 1840–1926.

 

As an avid gardener Monet was constantly remodeling and planting the grounds of his rented home in Giverny France to inspire his landscape paintings. He created the perfect place for quiet reflection, then spent the rest of his days capturing it in oils.

 

The ambitious painter imported water lilies for his Giverny garden from Egypt and South America, which drew the ire of local authorities. The council demanded he uproot the plants before they poisoned the area's water, but thankfully Monet ignored them.

 

Commenting on what he called his "water landscapes," Monet once declared, "One instant, one aspect of nature contains it all." No wonder he dedicated much of the last 30 years of his life to painting them, forging on even when cataracts began threatening his vision in 1912.  

 

Critics called the Impressionist paintings messy and suggested the works were less about a creative vision than Monet's blurred vision. As his eyes were failing, critics sneered at Monet's color palette and his argument that his depiction of flora, water, and light was an artistic choice, spurring an initial disdain of Monet's now-revered series.

 

Monet Collage

 

Considering how cruel his critics were, it's little wonder that in his later years Monet became incredibly selective about which paintings he would sign and attempt to sell. Just four paintings made the grade in 1919.  As the work progessed it become more and more of a meditation on colour and form.  

 

Early Impressionism had views of nature such as looking at a seaside or out looking at a field. There were markers of location that the viewer could understand, "Here I am as a person. Here's the view that the painter is portraying for me." With the Water Lily panels, Monet changed this completely so that rather than the viewer being larger than the view being depicted on an easel-sized canvas, you are immersed in the scene of this water lily pond. All the normal markers, like the edge of the water or the sky or the distant trees, have disappeared. The viewer becomes one with the water lilies and the surface of the water with the clouds reflected from above; lost in the expanse of water and of light.

 

In this way, Monet's unique vision forever changed Impressionism, creating a new form that inspired untold artists and admirers.

 

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