Art for Lunch

Placemat CompleteIn preparation for the Art for Lunch talk at Place des Arts earlier in the month I created an art place-mat with the tools one needs to create art (brush, palette, colour wheel….) pictured in place of fork, plate, etc. Many of the words from my talk are woven together to create a border for the place-mat image.

Feed the body food and drink, it will survive today. Feed the soul art and music, it will live forever.” Julie Andrews

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Posted by on January 29, 2015 in miscellaneous, mixed media, publicity


Get Well Card

flower get wellJanuary. Time of colds, flu, and winter weather. Making a virtual get well card for a friend I picked a cheery image and paired it with an upbeat message; an inspirational quote by Chagall that is a favourite of mine. Nothing particular to do with getting well but everything to do with living life well.

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Posted by on January 27, 2015 in miscellaneous, watercolours


Velveteen Rabbit

Black Rabbit signedBlack Rabbit portraitAs a change of pace this Christmas one of my homemade gifts for someone dear to me was a toy rabbit that stands about 18″ tall (to tip of ears). Not exactly “The” Velveteen Rabbit (which would be much smaller and a different colour) but a variation on the idea.

Its been a long time since I made a toy and I really enjoyed it. Used material from a black plush zipper jacket that had seen better days. Various scraps of suede I had on hand worked well for eyes, nose, and bow. It was a joy to work on. I like the idea of recycling, re-purposing material to use for making a gift and have a few other toy ideas in mind to make for the new year.

Wishing a Happy, Creative New Year to everyone!

“Once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.” – quote by the skin horse from the book “The Velveteen Rabbit” by Margery Williams, 1922

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Posted by on December 29, 2014 in art dolls, fibre art, miscellaneous, mixed media, photographs


Subtle Beauty

Leaf prints half and half with words Merry Christmas everybody and in this coming year may our eyes be wide open to the beauty, in all its subtle forms, that is all around us.

Image came from a walk looking for prints made by nature on the sidewalk.

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Posted by on December 24, 2014 in miscellaneous, mixed media, photographs


Light shines Thru

Reflected Candle with wordsI combined a picture of a candle burning on my window sill in the wee hours of the morning with a few words from one of my Mom’s poems. Symbolizes well how I feel this year. Wishing you all much light and warmth this Christmas!

“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” – Leonard Cohen

Or out. When I feel ‘cracked’ by pressures (from in or from out) then I have nothing to lose and is often then that I become my most authentic. Consequently I feel lighter, enlightened, and can more easily share my light with others.

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Posted by on December 22, 2014 in miscellaneous, mixed media, photographs, publicity


Colour Wheel Snowflake

Colour wheel as a Snowflake My acrylic class for adults at Place des Arts in Coquitlam is fast approaching. In preparation I am gathering together the materials and one of them is a colour wheel using the paints they will be working with.

This unusual use of a snowflake came about after Christmas last year. As I walked by the snowflakes on sale, I had a eureka moment when I realized they were perfect for teaching colour theory on. I took a few home and primed them white with gesso and then added colour.

I like how primary, secondary, and tertiary are present in this formation. Trust an artist to see a snowflake in multi-colour!

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Posted by on December 16, 2014 in acrylics, mixed media, photographs


Advent Calendar

Advent Gift CalendarI was looking for an advent calendar to send to my son who is in university and could use a care package from home this time of year. This way I could stretch the care package out over the month. Couldn’t find a sewn one that had pockets and I could fill with goodies so with a little help from perusing a few DIY sites I came up with this calendar. The colour in the photo is uncorrectable and should be a soft green colour; rather like the wall behind it. What I did was take a long table runner and make folds in it and sew them in until I had 24 pockets. Put a dowel through it, added a fancy shoelace at the top, and a few bells and voilà! I had created the right kind of “care package advent calendar” suitable for a young man in university. I made a sturdy, all season model and suggested he might want to keep it on his wall afterwards to hold odds and ends in his room: paper clips, nail clippers, floss, etc.

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Posted by on December 14, 2014 in fibre art, miscellaneous, mixed media




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