Butterfly Painting

butterfly paint brushButterfly 2 at Painted church Spent a few hours on Saturday creating a small acrylic butterfly painting for a young couple and their first child, a girl. Here’s an image of the painting and the reference photograph that I took when on a visit to Hawaii a few years back.

Much of it involved glazing techniques which created a luminosity that I was hoping for. For example; for the green I started with a bright turquoise background and then painted yellow on top. Same with butterfly: red and pink with yellow layers on top to create orange.

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Posted by on November 26, 2014 in acrylics


Pincushions Extraordinaire

Pinchushion ladiesHere are the rest of the pin cushion ladies from the Positively Petite show. Each has their own personality; one is about gardening, another an artist, and yet another Mother Christmas. Their personalities emerged from the designs and colours of the materials I was using.

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Posted by on November 17, 2014 in art dolls, fibre art, publicity


Positively Petite

Pincushion Person PP2 Place des Arts has their annual Christmas art show up and this year I created my wee doll figures to double as small pin cushions. They stand about 5″ high. This little one is one of six; all very different. I rather like how they turned out and am finding they make for a nice little companion when sewing. The art show is up at Place des Arts in Coquitlam until December 20, 2014.

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Posted by on November 14, 2014 in art dolls, fibre art, mixed media, publicity


Poet, Dreamer, Mother, Artist

Mom with a bit of glowFinished the table top, triptych collage piece I was working on. Used a picture of my Mom, photocopies of her letters and poems, and lots of yellow rose pictures, petals, and colour to go with Shirley Wood’s poem, ‘Where Yellow Roses Grow’. It’s an art piece I created for myself but also to show what could be done in my upcoming “Visual Storytelling’ class at Port Moody Art Centre, BC. The September class won’t run (no one signed up), but maybe in November? More importantly though is having created a piece to celebrate Mom’s amazing creativity and spirit.

Mom triptych board piecesThe base for the collage was created by taking a sturdy back board from a used up sketch book, cutting it in half and then one half into half again for the doors. As an art teacher I end up collecting quite a few from the work with students.

Mom back of CollageBack of the triptych with another of Mom’s poems (‘When’ see poem below) and more of the photocopied letters. The yellow leaf was a spontaneous addition which gives the feeling of a backbone or spine to the piece.

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Posted by on September 29, 2014 in miscellaneous, mixed media, photographs, publicity


Mother, Dreamer, Poet

Mom in the Woods with words Tomorrow is an open house @ Port Moody Arts Centre, Port Moody BC. To prepare I’ve been working on a ‘Stories to Tell’ piece to showcase the mixed media,visual storytelling class for those aged 50+. (Mentioned in blog below) The work is to be a small, tabletop, triptych collage centering on my Mom, her poems, and a poignant series of letters she wrote to me in 1985. It’s a work in progress so for now I’ll simply post the picture of Mom I’m using in the collage along with her poem ‘WHEN’.

I’ll forget you when my heart no longer speaks your name
When Roses don’t need sunshine, and Violets don’t need rain
I’ll forget you when this world has no more need of love
When the Sun and moon and Stars no longer shine above
Until then —
I’ll just keep loving you, Tho it’s all in vain
It seems my heart just can’t let go -
Of the magic that’s your name!

© Shirley Ann Wood

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Posted by on September 26, 2014 in miscellaneous, photographs, publicity


Beautiful Light

Evening light on treesThe light on the trees was especially vibrant tonight. Beautiful.

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Posted by on September 21, 2014 in photographs, publicity


Pop Art Pet Portraits – in pastels

Meeka Cat 2Pop Art Cat in Black FrameThis Friday, September 19, is a ‘Day of the Arts’ for kindergarten to grade 5 @ Place des Arts in Coquitlam, BC. The day is now being presented as a ‘strike camp’ for parents looking for activities for their out of school kids to do. The theme is “Pop Culture Craze” and my segment is Pop Art Pet Portraits in pastels. Started preparing last night for the upcoming class. Here’s a picture of Meeka Cat and her new look in bright colours!

For more information or to register, check out –

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Posted by on September 14, 2014 in drawings, mixed media, publicity


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