Dependent Origination Studio

Sept Acrylic on Bookpaper
So I got the space! Jon and I cleared out the room of all the unnecessary stuff and limited it to 2 foldable desks and stuff to paint on and stuff to paint with. There is an Open Studio date slated for November 15th, a time to check out all the cool stuff happening here!

Sept Acrylic on Bookpaper

Will Hoffman artist extraordinaire in the new studio.

Artist Jon Pelletier works on a masterpiece.

September Update: Getting some studio space!

Exciting news, I'm going to have studio space at the Cannery this winter! Jon Pelletier and I are sharing a studio which we will be doing painting in. In the meantime I've been cranking out smaller paintings in a trailer that are 8"x10" when there is a slowdown in work at the vineyard. It seems like a turning point for me for an artist to finally get a space where this creative expression can take place!

There are two new pieces that are finally finished and available in the online shop! So far $1,500 has been saved towards my artschool tuition of $5,885!

Will Hoffman Penticton Artist
"Dreams of Happy Cats" 10"x8" Acrylic on Canvas Board by Will Hoffman

Will Hoffman Penticton Artist
"Cheer Up" 8"x10" Acrylic and Bookpaper on Canvas Board

August Update

Slowly and surely I'm getting towards the goal for my art school fund! I have decided to take art school on Vancouver Island. I have received $1,000 from a friend and am putting it towards my tuition! Also a friend has recently bought a piece of artwork to be delivered in Penticton! I'm working hard in the vineyard just finished tucking the vines into the top wires and pulling out the shoots poking out into the rows. The trailer I'm staying in is heating up, Maki and I are going to stay for harvest and then see about getting a place in Penticton. Once again thanks everyone for supporting me and catch you later!

Working Hard

Me and Maki have been working hard in a few vineyard properties in the Okanagan. We have finished Tying for the season and have Suckering and a whole lot of weed wacking coming up ahead.

After a day of work it's just great to be able to look at the view!

It's hot out for spring, you can see the line where my glove starts!

I have had time to squeeze in art in the evenings and downtime but not enough! For my latest art updates checkout my instagram page at:

"Sunset" Artwork Copyright Will Yum Hoffman 2014
"Sunset" artwork by Will Hoffman.

Back in the Okanagan!

So our travel ended up being three weeks long and into the southern states taking the interstate 40 for much for the trip from the east coast all the way back to the Okanagan. It's Easter and we have begun work on a vineyard, the work has been great so far and we even have our own little trailer to stay in! We were also given the opportunity to work at a nearby vineyard as well so there will be enough work. Most of the money made will go towards my art school fund!

New Song "High As I Was Dead" by Jon Pelletier

I was surprised to see that musician Jon Pelletier uploaded a new song to SoundCloud called "High As I Was Dead", check out more of Penticton's "Man about town":

Farewell to Nova Scotia! A fall and winter in Nova Scotia!

peggy's cove yo!
Peggy's Cove with it's alien landscape, a popular destination.
We left on our adventure from West Kelowna BC working in a vineyard and doing leaf thinning, we were able to save enough gas money to travel to Halifax at the end of August. Unable to find an affordable place to stay in Halifax we traveled to Cape Breton Island.

Taking a break from driving.
We worked at an Inn for 3 months and stayed in one of the cabins! The property was huge! Horses, a donkey, blueberry fields, it even had it's own landing strip for private planes. I learned how to chop wood, drive an ATV, drive a 4x4 pickup, harvest vegetables, make blueberry juice and set up a mean barnyard fiddle concert. Although the work was tough at times it was hard to complain with the beautiful changing call colours on the Cabot Trail. More information on that coming soon.

A break from work, Inverness Beach on Cape Breton Island.
To generalize the "Capers" were more traditional and took part in tap dancing, fiddle music and square dancing. They had pride for their island as I had never seen in Canada. They had a different different way of speaking. If I said something to co-workers they would respond with drawn out ascending "Huuuuh". Some said "huh" after nearly every end of breath in a conversation. While I found it rude at first I learned it was equivalent to "eh". They also used the word "You'se" when referring to more than one person, for example one lady said "You'se is gonna have to take a lotta pictures before you'se go".

When the Inn started to close for the season, long term monthly rentals opened up in Halifax at the HI Hostel.

Maki inside our cabin on Cape Breton Island.
Sydney NS home of the "Worlds Biggest Violin" and viral YouTube weatherman Frankie MacDonald!
Our winter in Halifax was one of the best ever! The first day there was the day of an amazing and magical art festival called Nocturne. We met lots of people at the hostel! The hostel would host dinners on Sunday's with a different food theme every week. The hostellers gathered for different things like a pumpkin carving contest, Christmas Day polar bear dip, skating at the outdoor oval rink, eating a peanut butter burger. I struggled to find work and found odd jobs through a temp agency. It was after all a place with not the best employment rate, and not the best season to be looking for work. Things we liked in Halifax were Trident Cafe, Point Pleasant Park, the Seaport Market, the historic Farmers Market. It was a stimulating winter in Halifax with no shortage of things to do in the city.

Taking the ferry from Halifax to neighbouring city Dartmouth for the Christkindl Market.

Big group dinners at the Hi Halifax, a hostel in a great location.

The icey cold water on Christmas Day.

We will be leaving to BC on March 1st as the spring season will be arriving sooner and the monthly rentals end April 1st at HI Halifax. We will most likely drive through the states as we assume it will be warmer and less snowy.
Halcon is a massive annual Sci-fi videogame geek culture convention.
Drunken lampposts sculpture, one lamppost has fallen down while the other one worries. The one at the very back of the photo is peeing over the edge with a real fountain stream of water flowing out its spout. The lamps also function as real streetlights, as the sun goes down the lights on the lamps turn on. The installations "Fountain" and "Got Drunk, Fell Down" were constructed by artists Chris Hanson and Hendrika Sonnenberg.

The Drive Home. Click to enlarge. Map courtesy of Google Maps.
Words and cellphone pictures will not ever give the full experience, but it's fun to share. We would have liked to check out Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador. Wolfville is also a great little town, laid back and pretty hip.