Glenda Savard Selected For The SNBA EXHIBIT AGAIN

Glenda Savard Selected For The Societe National des Beaux-Arts (SNBA) Exhibit, Caroussel Du Louvre, Musee du Louvre, December 17 to 21, 2015 in Paris France

Glenda Savard – Calgary Alberta Canada

Glenda Savard has been selected to exhibit at the 101st Annual SNBA Exhibt from December 17-21. The juried art s show is one of the oldest, most prestigious art exhibits in the world attracting over 50,000 art enthusiast who flock to the Louvre in Paris.

Savard will join over 500 other artists from around the world for the 5 day show that continues to set the standard for quality, variety, innovation and sheer scope of work. In addition to art, the exhibit offers the many attractions of Paris only steps away.

Last year, exhibit goers stopped in amazement to gape at Savard’s expressionist painting. This painting titled Raucous was truly a hit with the audience where she gave a number of interviews with exhibit goers on where she gathers inspiration and the areas of her home town.

The exhibit which is staged inside the prestigious Musee du Louvre, in Paris in the salon Caroussel du Louvre, and is produced by the France’s Academie des Arts and Lettres .

For more information about the exhibit, its artists and performances, or to purchase, check and follow me on Facebook, Instagram  and Twitter

Artist Adventure Series, No. 1

Trail head

Trail head

I’ve decided to let you in on what is giving me inspiration and where I go to look for it. Hiking Arches National Park is an addictive sport. The steep overhanging cliffs, the meandering pathways, the vegetation. The intense heat.. Hour after hour , you battle the heat. But when you finally get to the top, with the whole world rolling out beneath you, you remember why you deal daily with the scratches, tight shoes, heavy packs and aching backs. It’s all worth it.

Here I’ve just arrived at Arches National Park. The red rocks and colours are astounding. Everywhere I look I want to capture the views. At that moment it was 43 degrees C. You could fry an egg on the ground. I will be heading out tomorrow morning around 6am to photograph this area for future reference.

Glenda Savard Awarded The Medal D’Etain


Medal D'Etain and Award Certificate for the SNBA 2014

Medal D’Etain and Award Certificate for the SNBA 2014









Glenda Savard was awarded the Medal d’Etain for her painting Raucous juried into the SNBA exhibit on December 2014.

Glenda Savard has created a unique sytle of her own bringing elements of impressionism and abstract concepts into her work she labels expressionism.

Savard will join over 300 other artists from around the world for the 5 day show that continues to set the standard for quality, variety, innovation and sheer scope of work. In addition to art the exhibit offers the many attractions of Paris only steps away.

The exhibit which is staged along the scenic Paris waterfront inside the Caroussel du Louvre, is produced by the Academy of Arts, Sciences and Lettres .

For more information on Glenda Savard please visit www.. For more information about the exhibit, its artists and performances, or to purchase. www.snba and follow the on fb and twitter

Choosing Compositions continued

Paper birch trees photographed by Glenda Savard








Paperbirch trees photographed by Glenda Savard

Here is an image I’ve taken on a walk that depict how cropping photos can create that form. It then becomes a more interesting shape and it creates depth and layering. Now from a painters’ point of view that can translate into endless possibilities by simply adding or subtracting parts of the image.

As you can see by how I play with the image one needn’t paint everything that is in the photo, only what adds to the composition one is after. Here I use an opaque white to cover the portions of the photograph I do not wish to keep and then before long a simplified version appears. This is the key to a good painting. Simplicity. The more one simplifies the colours, shapes and imagery the better the outcome.

I hope you enjoy reading about the little tricks I use when I wish to paint from my photos.

Happy painting.


Choosing Compositons










Autumn is my favorite season. For me it means new beginnings. The air is fresh and the world seems to come alive. I was out walking about my neighborhood the other day taking photos, and just fell in love with the views, everything around me is so vibrant it puts so much passion into life.

What I’m looking for when I’m out taking photos is a variety of compositions and shapes as I go through the groves of trees, and nature gives us such an endless supply that my walk makes slow progress.

I have a favorite composition which is the Cruciform. Like nature it’s endless in the shapes it can create and it can be used in anything from landscapes and figures to still life. It’s such a fluid shape and in the examples I created above you can see the endless possibilities.

Cruciform quite literally means cross, it’s a way to use verticals and horizontals in a cross shape which engages all sides of the picture plane. It doesn’t mean that each arm of the cruciform has to touch the edges of the image, only that the forms are strong and grounded.





Do You Know What Suiboku-ga Is?

Hello! It’s March, almost spring and I can hardly wait. In fact I’m looking forward to it so much I’ve created a series of paintings with that in mind. But it’s more than that….being an expressionist painter I look for colour, form and shape all the time but I wanted to add more to my work and quite by accident stumbled upon Suiboku-ga and my mind exploded with ideas. It was like the missing piece.

Suiboku-ga (Japanese) is the monochrome ink painting technique where bold use of black ink strokes and washes allowed the artists to eliminate from their paintings all but the essential character of their subject, an aim closely related to the pursuit of Zen Buddhism.

The goal of Suiboku-ga painting is not simply to reproduce the appearance of the subject, but to capture its’ sprit. To paint a horse, the artist must understand its temperament better than its muscles and bones. To paint a flower, there is no need to perfectly match its petals and colors, but it is essential to convey its liveliness and fragrance. Suiboku-ga painting may be regarded as a form of expressionistic art that captures the unseen.

Suiboku-ga has long inspired modern artists in the West. In his classic book Composition, American artist and educator Arthur Wesley Dow wrote this: “The painter…put upon the paper the fewest possible lines and tones; just enough to cause form, texture and effect to be felt. Every brush-touch must be full-charged with meaning, and useless detail eliminated. Put together all the good points in such a method, and you have the qualities of the highest art.” Dow’s fascination with ink wash painting not only shaped his own approach to art but also helped free many American modernists of the era, including his student Georgia O’keeffe, from what he called a ‘story-telling’ approach. Dow strived for harmonic compositions through three elements; line, shading, and colour. I’ve added a fourth which is texture, perhaps because I’m a latent sculptor or maybe just because I like to touch things.

The above painting depicts red hibiscus in a sunny afternoon in the most simple of that method. And as I began to play around with this idea I couldn’t help but be reminded of intricately beautiful kimonos. This then led me to treat the canvas as though it were a sculptural element by making it into the shape of a kimono. This series and other works are available for purchase at my studio or during my upcoming show at Azuridge Estate Hotel.

Spring is in the Air: April 11– 14, 2013


Celebrate Art & Community at the 2nd Annual Spring is in the Air Art Exhibit and Fundraiser!

Everyone needs a little help now and then and this organization has worked very hard to support local and international charities. Come by for some great music, wonderful art and fun family activities.

VIP night is Thursday April 11th and tickets can be purchased at

Or bring the kids on any other day for fun and games and drop by and say hello! I’m in booth 22!

Cochrane Ranche House
101 RancheHouse Road
Cochrane, Alberta

Spring is in the Air Art Show and Fund Raiser

I know it’s still the middle of winter but here’s something to look forward to in the spring. Set your calendar for a fun date from April 11 – 14th for the second annual show and fundraiser set in Cochrane. Here is the link

Check it out and come by for beautiful fine art and help us support our charities, have a chance to win some amazing door prizes, listen to great music and just have a great time. See you there!!!