RipOff Project 2010: Mount Lefroy

Yesterday I finally started painting my Encaustic Mount Lefroy. I had dreaded that first stroke, but even if it’s a dirty job, somebody has to do it and nobody was going to do it for me!

Lawren-Harris Mount-Lefroy

But let me back up first: what’s a RipOff project and why Mount Lefroy??
In the small town of Oliver, BC, Terry Irvine, a smart and talented fiber artist, came up with the brilliant idea to take the painting of a famous artist and have it created by a bunch of other artists, all in different media. In 2007 seven RipOff artists first gathered and stole “Wheatfield with Cypresses” from Van Gogh. The following years they ripped off  Gustav Klimt, then Georgia O’Keeffe and this year: Canadian icon Lawren Harris.

It’s the Group of Nine, pilfering from the Group of Seven!

I’m working on a 16x16x1.5″ wooden panel and started with three layers of medium, then transferred the drawing with the help of carbon paper. Here is my progress so far:

Bare panel with drawing

Half of the sky is done

Detail from left corner

Sky roughed in; needs lots of improvement!

As you can see I still have to do a lot of work to fine-tune lights/darks/shades etc. and the main mountain is still bare, but I will have the whole week next week to do that.
The project starts on Monday evening, June 28, with an opening at the Quail’s Nest Art Centre in Oliver from 6 – 8 PM. During the rest of the week we will be working on our creations from 9 to 3 and you are very welcome to drop by and see our progress.
Then on Saturday July 3 everybody will rush to finish their work. It’s a fun day with lots of visitors, who cheer us on.

“We” are nine local artists: Terry Irvine, Marion Trimble, Enid Baker, Kurt Hutterli, Russell Work, Dianne Birnie, JoAnne Turner, Barbara Levant and myself. Plus this year’s guest artist: Leo Pedersen.

Our project is getting lots of press and even was filmed by Mike Roberts from CHBC!

Stay tuned for further updates.


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9 Responses to “RipOff Project 2010: Mount Lefroy”

  1. judy Says:

    Thea that was a great video and I am looking forward to seeing your art in person next week! Always enjoy ripoff artist displays!!! And I have enjoyed reading all of your posts from your classes and such from your art trip. Talk to you soon!
    Judy L in Penticton

  2. Chris Says:

    Very interesting Thea, thanks for the explanation! Love what you’ve done thus far on your project! Chris

  3. sandy Says:

    Thea, wow. What a project! Looks great so far, can’t wait to see the completed one as well as the others. Will you post photos of all on the blog or is there somewhere they are displayed? We are heading to Penticton in August so would love to see the originals!

  4. encausticcanada Says:

    Thanks, guys!
    Looking forward to see you next week, Judy! And Sandy, I will try to post more pictures during the week. Usually the final art work is displayed at the Fall Art Show in Oliver. Not sure exactly when that is, but might be in Sept.
    Let me know when you’re here and I will see what I can do.

  5. sandy Says:

    Thanks Thea.
    The art show doesn’t coincide with wine festival does it? Now that would be a great pairing:)

  6. Nancy Natale Says:

    Hi Thea,

    This is a very interesting idea for a show. No wonder you got the media coverage – it has a really good hook. I hope your painting turns out to your satisfaction.



  7. encausticcanada Says:

    Sandy, that’s right, the show is usually at the same venue as the Fall Wine Festival. It is a feature of the Fall Art show and attracts hundreds of visitors!

    Thanks, Nancy! There was a whole page on us in The Western yesterday and hopefully we will get some radio coverage as well. I’ll be showing our progress here on the blog.

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  9. Loraine Says:

    Had an opportunity to visit the McMichael Art Gallery in Ontario and saw Lawern Harris’s masterpiece “Mount Lefory” along with others from the group of seven; Done struck me as “Mount Lefory. I was drawn towards it from the other room. For a moment it was just me and “Mount Lefory”. Was it the size of this painting, lighting, colors or the subject? Not sure, but I was an awesome feeling. I just wanted to sit on the floor and marvel over it. He captures a feeling of spirituality and oneness for me. It’s spectacular!

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