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Al Rashid, First Mosque Built In Canada!

Why I Was Inspired To Paint It!

My inspiration to create a vision of this historic landmark was in honour of my grandfather, Mohammed Ali (Andy) Hamdon and my grandmother Josephine Hamdon. In addition to my grandparents I wanted to honour the other founding members of the Al Rashid Mosque. Including my parents and aunt who were married there. While it was still serving the community I had attended bake sales, prayer services, weddings and funerals, all of which were an important part of the community.

How It Came To Be!

In November of 2016 I decided to submit a piece of art to the Shaw Conference centre in Edmonton, a call had gone out for historic or iconic landmarks in the city.  Subsequently I thought of the Al Rashid Mosque, the connection I had with it through my family and the significance of being the first mosque built in Canada.  In 1989 the Al Rashid was moved to Fort Edmonton as a historical landmark.  Immediately, I contacted Salwa Kadri at the new Al Rashid Mosque to gather information. Salwa was able to give me historic photos of the original construction site and old newspaper clippings about the Al Rashid opening and first funeral held there.  

Putting It All Together!

The most difficult part for me was drawing the Al Rashid Mosque, buildings can be complicated and not a subject that I do a lot of. Having completed the drawing of the Al Rashid Mosque it was time to start painting. I began by layering paint, making marks and glazing. I took the newspaper clippings and photos and made image transfers with them so they could be imbedded into the painting. Most importantly I wrote the names of the founding  members onto the surface of the canvas. It was crucial that they be included in the body of this work. 

Work In Progress!

Al Rashid Mosque

Al Rashid Mosque

Construction and history of Al Rashid Mosque

Al Rashid Mosque

Construction and history of Al Rashid Mosque

Al Rashid Mosque

Construction and history of Al Rashid Mosque

Untitled 6 - Al Rashid Mosque

Construction of Al Rashid Mosque

Untitled 5 - Al Rashid Mosque

Construction of Al Rashid Mosque

Untitled 4 - Al Rashid Mosque

Construction of Al Rashid Mosque

Untitled 3 - Al Rashid Mosque

Construction of Al Rashid Mosque

Untitled 2 - Al Rashid Mosque

Construction of the AL Rashid Mosque

Untitled 1 - Al Rashid Mosque

Construction of Al Rashid Mosque

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If you would like to stay current with what I am working on please feel free to follow me on my instagram page or facebook page.

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Read more about the history of the AL Rashid here!

https://nadinejohnson.ca/built-on-faith/

 

 

 

 

 

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30 Day Painting Challenge, January 2020!

Starting the Year with a 30 Day Painting Challenge!!

The new year always feels like a time for reflection, goal setting and new starts. This year I have decided to do a 30 day painting challenge. I have never done a 30 day painting challenge before and was excited and nervous all at the same time.

What I loved most

The thing I enjoyed most was being forced to go into the studio everyday. As a result of being in my studio daily I became focused on my other paintings in a way I hadn’t before. While doing the 30 day painting challenge consequently I learned to love a limited palette.

What I learned from doing a 30 day painting challenge.

Working in a series helped me see the development of the series and also see the contributions made by each previous piece. My 30 day painting challenge allowed me to work quickly, I had to stay focused and diligent but was able to complete a painting a day. The sense of accomplishment I felt was wonderful.  Picking a subject for a 30 day painting challenge that was close to my heart made this project  more enjoyable and I felt it showed in the work.  

What I recommend.

If you haven’t tried a 30 day painting challenge I would absolutely recommend it for many reasons. So much to learn from challenging yourself when doing something you love.

Stay in touch, follow me!

If you would like to stay current with what I am working on please feel free to follow me on my instagram page or facebook page.

https://www.instagram.com/nadinejohnsonfineart/

https://www.facebook.com/nadinejohnsonfineart/

One of the artists that has inspired me to do this is Janet Bradish. Janet has done 8, 30 day painting challenges. You can read more about Janet on her website https://janetbradishstudios.com/2018/09/12/thirty-paintings-in-30-days-4/

A few of the artists that participated with me in this challenge were

Andrea Slack https://www.instagram.com/andreaslackstudio/

Deanna Beaujot https://www.instagram.com/deannabeaujot/

Sheila Mitchell https://www.facebook.com/sheila.mitchell.7127

Barbara Davis https://www.facebook.com/barbara.davis.37051

Shan Thomas https://www.instagram.com/shanthomasart/

 

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Bloom Exhibition at Federation Gallery!

I am thrilled to be part of the current exhibition at Federation gallery in Vancouver, British Columbia. Two of my paintings have been selected to participate in “BLOOM”.
The exhibition runs from April 3-15, 2018.
Federation Gallery is located on Granville Island 1241 Cartwright Street, 604-681-8534.
My painting Tulips For Easter in the second painting from the left in the Federation Of Canadian Artists main page. I am very honoured to be showing with such talented artists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tulips For Easter 12″ x 12″ Acrylic Mixed media on 
Lilies Galore! 24″ x 18″ Acrylic mixed Media on Canvas

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Christmas in the Country Unframed Art Sale 2016

Leighton Art Centre’s 2016 Christmas In The Country Unframed Art Sale.
It is only a few days away!!!

There will be over a thousand beautiful unframed artworks available by local Albertan Artists and Artisans!
Many of the artists will be in attendance throughout the sale.
The staff at the Leighton Centre do an amazing job ensuring that all their
guests feel right at home while exploring this amazing heritage site and enjoying the beautiful art.

  • The historic Leighton home is decorated beautifully for Christmas! Come buy a special gift for your loved ones at this annual sale.
  • Free Admission & Complimentary Festive Treats!
  • Open 10am – 4pm Daily  (Closed Monday)
  • South on Macleod Trail or Deerfoot Trail to Stoney Trail SE / Highway 201
  • (formerly Spruce Meadows Trail / Marquis of Lorne Trail / Highway 22X)
  • West on Stoney Trail SE to 37 Street SW / 96 Street W (Watch for Leighton Art Centre signage)
  • Turn Left (South) at 37 Street SW / 96 Street W and proceed 4.7 km to the 4-way stop (Red Deer Lake Meats)
  • Turn Right (West) on 226 Avenue (at 4-way stop) 1.6 km
  • Turn Left (South) on 112 Street (4 km)
  • Turn Right (West) on 266 Avenue (4.5 km) – 266 Avenue is a winding secondary road, which brings you to a T-intersection (3-way stop) at the Red School House (Leighton Education Centre).
  • Public Parking is available ONLY at the Leighton Art Gallery and Museum entrance, 100 yards South of the Education Centre Studios.
  • I will be at the Leighton Centre on November 5th from 10am till 1:00pm, can’t wait to see you there.

November 5th & 6th and 12th & 13th

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http://www.leightoncentre.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Federation Of Canadian Artists Calgary Chapter Celebrating 35 Years!! Mad About Art Show and Sale!

Federation Of Canadian Artists Calgary Chapter Celebrating 35 Years is hosting the
Mad About Art Show and Sale at Earl Grey golf course on October 29th & 30th.

Honoured to be showing and celebrating this milestone with this amazing group of artists.
I will be there from 10:00am to 4:00pm Saturday and Sunday.

http://www.fcacalgary.ca

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Mad About Art Show and Sale

I am excited to invite you to attend the Mad About Art Show and Sale that the Federation of Canadian Artists is hosting on October 24th, 2015. There will be a number of incredible artists there showing and selling there beautiful work.

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When: October 24, 2015 10am – 4pm

Where: Edgemont Community Centre, 33 Edgevalley Circle NW

 

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