NEW GLASGOW – K. Allan MacDonald will be gracing the walls of Celtic Circle during October for his first solo show in 20 years.
K. Allan MacDonald will be showing off his latest moon-themed landscape paintings during a solo show at Celtic Circle for the month of October. AMANDA JESS – THE NEWS
This show will feature his latest work, a series of landscapes lit by the moon.
“This is what sets me at peace,” he says about the scenes. Often, we’re bombarded with negativity, he says.
Although he’s been involved in many projects recently, he hasn’t had his own exhibition for a long time.
MacDonald wants to leave troubles at the door and give people something better to look at.
“This is what I’d rather focus on.”
The acrylic pieces are quite a bit larger than some of his previous work.
He used to focus on miniature art. Joan Krawczyk, co-founder of the art gallery at Celtic Circle,offered him studio space in her Trenton home and since then, he’s gone big.
MacDonald, who grew up in Trenton, has been interested in art for all his life.
He began taking classes and learning the basics with art teacher Ina MacAskill as a young teenager.
“You sit back and think, ‘what do I want to do?’ Well, I’m doodling…” he explains as the reasoning he got into the field.
MacDonald has worked with many materials from charcoal to oils.
Painting isn’t his only experience in the field.
He worked as a mat cutter in Toronto for several years. He continued in the framing process at a business in New Glasgow for 20 years. From there, he did a lot of contract work with the Museum of Industry, including the creation of coal worker figurines.
He simply likes to create. Walking around his studio, there are bits of tree root and piles of rock that to the naked eye might be nothing.
To MacDonald, it’s the beginning of a miniature car, made of a small shaped rock. He adds some wooden wheels and soon, there are a whole lot of vehicles.
It could also be a small chair or a sailboat.
He looks outside nature for inspiration as well. He likes to recycle old frames and make geometric-looking boxes, smashing old mirrors to glue inside for extra pizazz.
He’s already thinking of his next projects. He hopes to get into silk screening and work with cloth.
“There’s a lot of good art here in Pictou County. I’m just glad to be a part of it all.”
MacDonald’s show opens to the public Oct. 6 and will continue until November. It can be viewed on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. or by appointment.
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