Category Archives: acrylics

Knot revisted

Knot  Imagining this painting as a 2 by 4 feet painting.

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Posted by on February 4, 2014 in acrylics


Revisting the Seekers

2011The SeekersClose up paint brushRevisiting an artwork from 2011, ‘The Seekers’, a 2 by 4 foot painting of assorted figures as imagined in a landscape of time. The close-up is of one particular figure that I like because of the feeling of light on them as they appear and disappear into their surroundings.

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Posted by on February 4, 2014 in acrylics, mixed media


In the Studio

dragonfly on board in art roomJA Kirkwood dragonfly Recently I was gifted with an assortment of very fine, small pieces of wood. This is especially timely as in the spring I’ll be teaching a mixed media, acrylics on wood class and the wood is giving me a chance to experiment. In the image taken in the art room the bits that were used to create the piece are scattered around: a pencil crayon to draw the initial sketch, bits of the kozo paper that was collaged on to the wood, paint tubes, and a sharpened stick which is my favourite drawing tool for adding lines and details.

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Posted by on February 3, 2014 in acrylics, dragonflies, mixed media, papier mâchè



PoMo Kaleidoscope - SeahorseCleaning up, restructuring, looking ahead to teaching in 2014 has left little time for creating new work at the moment. What I have done is rearrange early works by creating niches to take them from 3d sculpture to 3d relief, thus giving them a setting Trumpet top view compressed and the ability to display them on the wall. First example is Trumpet the seahorse presented alone and in a frame.

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Posted by on December 20, 2013 in acrylics, fibre art, mixed media, seahorses


Creativity at Rest

05a_Joy Kirkwood_Creativity at Rest_20X10X1_mixed media_201305b_Joy Kirkwood_Creativity at Rest_close-up_20X10X1_mixed media_2013Creativity at Rest is a spontaneous paring of an unresolved doll with an unresolved abstract painting and together they ‘worked’. I especially enjoy how placing the doll in the middle of the painting brought out elements I hadn’t seen before and gave a dreamy Degas’ Waterlilies feel to the art.

Some of the objects used in this doll include: a covered stone for her face, a crystal placed at heart centre, copper mesh for her body, and lots of rainbow fabric, ribbons, and stitching to bring it all together.


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Posted by on December 9, 2013 in acrylics, art dolls, mixed media


December 1

Star acrylics on paperHard to believe it’s December 1st already! Two weeks left of the adult acrylics class and then I look ahead to Acrylics on Paper, Wednesdays from 7 to 9 PM starting January 15, 2014 at Place des Arts in Coquitlam. Searching through my files for pictures of acrylics on paper I realize many of those images have yet to be photographed. I did find a mixed media illustration of mine of the Christmas Star and felt it works well for December 1st – the beginning of Advent. ‘Light in the Darkness’ is the theme of so many festivals and ceremonies this time of year.

Acrylics on Paper: “Learn foundational drawing skills and using acrylics as water media. Oriental brush techniques and use of stenciling and other printmaking techniques for illustrative effects are just a few of the possibilities you will explore in this highly experimental painting class. All works will be created on watercolour paper.”

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Posted by on December 1, 2013 in acrylics, drawings, mixed media


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Flower Abstract

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In last week’s Acrylic Class the focus was on abstraction. In my example I show my photographic reference (flower picture on it’s side), compositional sketch (enhanced), and the completed acrylic; created without brushes (sponge, roller, stencils, painting knife…)

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Posted by on November 25, 2013 in acrylics, drawings, photographs