Category Archives: miscellaneous

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


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



January 7, 2015

Art for lunch take 52 ac new words 2I’m the guest speaker at Place des Arts (Coquitlam, BC) in January!

Excited, nervous… and looking forward to it.

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Posted by on December 5, 2014 in miscellaneous, photographs, 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


Visual Storytelling for Seniors: Art Class

Triptych collage by Joy K.- closedTriptych Collage by Joy K.- openTriptych back view acA brand new class that I’ll be teaching this fall for those 50+ is ‘Stories to Tell: Visual Storytelling for Seniors’ @ Port Moody Arts Centre, Port Moody BC. It will be held on Tuesdays, September 30th to November 4th from 10 AM to 12 PM and then again on Saturdays, November 8th to December 13th from 10 AM to 12 PM. The idea is to bring bring a treasured object to the class (photo, letter, trinket) and then bring out the story behind the object through an art technique (drawing, watercolour, assemblage, collage …) The participants and their treasures will determine which techniques we will cover in the class. My example shown here is a triptych collage that opens up and also has pictures on the back as well. To register contact or 604.931.2008.

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Posted by on August 24, 2014 in drawings, miscellaneous, mixed media, publicity


Summer Fun!

Summer Fun CartoonThis year I taught Summer Fun for 6 weeks at Place des Arts in Coquitlam BC, and a highlight was this very engaging cartoon one of my student volunteers, Lily, drew on the white board. It shows me teaching art with a wee student and the hapless volunteer in the middle of all the creative chaos. Pretty well sums up my summer!
In September I’ll be back at PdA to teach fall classes (children and adults)

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Posted by on August 24, 2014 in drawings, miscellaneous, publicity