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Flight Unfolding

doll as Spring acThe dolls are back! They wax and wane in my life and I’m enjoying their reemergence in my art. The recent ones are part of my ongoing ‘Treasure Keeper Series’ which are about sorting though my memories and then my feelings about the memories. I made a companion piece for this doll and not until this morning did I realize I had created Spring and Autumn. There’s more to explore with theses two latest dolls (paintings to create) but for now here’s where I’m at; one doll complete, the other 99% done and two small paintings to go.

PS: Update. These figures are fluid in nature. The idea of spring and autumn wasn’t quite accurate. Rather it is winged and rooted that is the more accurate sentiment behind the two companion pieces.

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2015 in art dolls, fibre art, mixed media

 

Doll Art and Companion Piece

2 Joy A. Kirkwood-Woven In-8X4X4-mixed media fibre artNight Garden acrylic painting-printmakingA recently finished fibre art doll work called “Woven In’ led me to create a companion painting. I started by projecting the shadow of the fibre art piece onto a canvas and tracing the image. Then I worked into the painting intuitively to see what would emerge. The finished painting is called “Night Garden” and was a delight and a surprise to me! Both pieces are my thoughts and feelings about my place in a family that is both blessed and burdened by loved ones struggling with a mental disorder. Blessing because they are two of the most gentle, sensitive, interesting people I know and they are a gift in my life. Conversations with them are like spending time in a night garden where the beauty is subtle and life here is more about feeling than appearances.

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2015 in acrylics, art dolls, fibre art, mixed media

 

Drawing in a Sketchbook

hand drawing by JoyCleaning up the office for fall teaching means stumbling across quite a few art pieces that are ideas that never went very far. This pencil sketch of my hand is an example. Intuitively done I never did figure out what the next step was with this drawing. So there it is. One of a kind.

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2015 in drawings

 

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Creative People Showing

Creative People ShowingThree of my doll pieces: Vasilisa and her Doll, Baba Yaga the Odd and Star Maidens Arrival will be part of the show.

Have a few other group art shows coming up early fall that I’m preparing for now. Will post images once they are done.

 

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2015 in publicity

 

TAGOR Dragonfly workshop

Last weekend I spent Saturday in Richmond BC, teaching a dragonfly makingBeaded Dragonfly outside 5 workshop to an amazing group of fibre artists there: Textile Artists Guild of Richmond or TAGOR. http://www.textileartsrichmond.ca.

My sample is the green dragonfly.

There were details to be finished at home and so far three images have come my way. I am thrilled with the results! Linda designed her dragonfly for a wall quilt and Moreen created a natural environment reminiscent of a Zen garden for her dragonfly. Freda’s dragonfly is waiting for more embellishments to show off the beautifully embroidered wings.

dragonfly Tagor linda wall quilt 2a cropdragonfly Tagor workshop Moreen signedIt’s amazing to see how personal and unique each dragonfly is turning out to be!

dragonfly Tagor Freda white background

 
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Posted by on July 1, 2015 in dragonflies, fibre art, publicity

 

Pentecost Celebration

doves in a tree ppdoves on a limbThis year for Pentecost in the foyer of the church we set up a display of doves flying in a tree with green leaves and a banner of flames in the back. Buoyant, alive, playful… I felt the arrangement reflected the spirit of the day. The shadows added another dimension to the grouping.

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2015 in fibre art, mixed media, papier mâchè, photographs

 

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Colour-Pillars

How do you teach colour theory to 3 to 4 year olds? This was a recent challenge of mine. came up with the idea of a 6 segmented caterpillar. First the students traced an oval shape 6 times and then painted in the primary colours. For the secondary colours they put the two primaries on a piece of sponge and then twirled the sponge inside the shape to make the secondary colour; Y+B=G, Y+R=O, and B+R=P. They loved it!How do you teach colour theory to 3 to 4 year olds? This was a recent challenge of mine and I came up with the idea of a 6 segmented caterpillar. First the students traced an oval shape 6 times and then painted in the primary colours. Colour, then skip a shape, colour, skip… For the secondary colours they put two primaries on a piece of sponge and then twirled the sponge inside the shape to make the secondary colour; Y+B=G, Y+R=O, and B+R=P. They loved it! This image is a montage of the works into one.

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2015 in miscellaneous, mixed media, watercolours