Category: Yellowknife


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It is hard to believe that it is time to register for my fall and winter Art Classes.  Where has the year gone!?! I will be teaching a range of classes that are for beginner students. There are only 6 spaces in each of the classes.  The level 1 classes filled up in a matter of 36 to 48 hours.  Make sure you get registered as early as possible. Registration opens Friday September 1st at 12:01am.  (Yes I will be up at that time getting all the links prepared to go live)

For dates, times and more information head over to my website by clicking HERE

Below are some of the classes from last year. 🙂  And to read what some of my students testimonials click HERE

Watercolour 1 & Acrylic 1

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Watercolour 2

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I hope you will join me this winter to begin to explore your more creative side!  See you soon.

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This past May I put in a proposal to the City of Yellowknife’s call for painting various electrical/traffic control boxes around town.  I sent in 4 drawings like this one below.

When I was designing for this project I had a number of things that I wanted to consider.

1.  The final painting will be seen from a vehicle driving past (I had no idea which box I would possibly get) which meant that the design needed to be large and adaptable.

2. Winter lasts a long time up here, so I felt that the design needed to be something colourful and cheerful.

3. I love painting flowers, so painting something I know really well seemed to make sense.  Plus I could paint flowers that grows in profusion around Yellowknife – Wild Roses (one of my favourites). I got to indulge in one of my favourite colours – Pink!

4. And I wanted to address something that is of concern – aka the Bee population.

In the end there were 15 boxes to be painted.  I got allocated a box right here:

It was most likely the busiest corner in all of Yellowknife, which had its own challenges as you can imagine.

There were a lot of firsts with this project.  It was the first time I have painted outside.  It was the first time I have painted this large.  As well, it was the first time I painted on metal.

There were many challenges to deal with.    I had recently hurt my back, this meant that I really had to be mindful of how I moved while I was painting.  As soon as my back allowed I got to working on the mural.

The weather was hot this July and when I returned from our holidays in August.  I was painting outside in temperatures ranging from a very cool 10C (I wished I had long johns on that evening) to 30C.

Another challenge were the amount of interruptions that happened every time I was painting.  I enjoyed (for the most part) interacting with people as I don’t get to do that day to day in my studio, but I have to say that it took a lot of energy and then it added so much more time. It took me more twice as long (well maybe even more) to get the painting completed than others who’s boxes were in more out of the way places or even a few blocks over on Franklin.

The wind was yet another challenge that I hadn’t considered.  LoL!  It made the paint dry faster and made it hard to hold my image to see where I needed to go next.  Thankfully I figured out the ball cap to keep my hair from being in the way before I started.

The last big challenge was the constant beeping from the cross walks.  This nearly drove me batty.  Thankfully my son Sean borrowed me his noise cancelling headset so I could listen to podcasts and not listen to the beep, beep, beep, beep…

When I got the box assigned to me, I went down to check it out,  I discovered that the traffic control box has two smaller boxes attached to the large main box.  I had intended to wrap the flowers around the box. But this wasn’t going to work so well on this box.  See below a bit of the painting progression. I kept forgetting to take photos each time I finished painting for the day.

This meant that I had to put on my artist-problem-solving-thinking-cap on.  One morning I woke up with the idea of painting the sides of the small boxes pink and putting quotes on them.  Thanks to Janet at Signed for printing them for me and to my friend Henri Brown for helping to put them on!  

I also have to thank Kelly Bluck for coming to watch my stuff so I could take bathroom breaks, which allowed me to stay and paint longer.  🙂 I was limited to 2 hours until she came to my rescue.

I have been told that people stop at my mural and walk around the whole box to read the four quotes on the mural:  “When the flower blossoms, the bee will come.” ‘Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.’  “The Earth laughs in flowers.”  ‘A flower blooms for its own joy.’   That makes me smile.

Head over to my facebook page to see a short video I did of all 4 sides. ‘Like’ me while you are there.  There is a give away coming up real soon.

Here I am at the end.  I am happy with the results and also happy to have it done.  I do hope in February, when winter is in full swing, that my mural will cheer people up and remind them that indeed the wild roses will bloom again in a few short months.

Thanks for stopping by.  See you again soon.

 

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The month at NACC was really fun. I had an Opening on April 7th.   Then every other night I was there painting.  Well at least beginning a painting with the focus all on birds.

So I painted Ptarmigans

an Eagle

A raven (which I finished)

and Snow buntings

I had quite a few people take time to explore my paintings and I got to talk to a few of them. 🙂And after all the shows I had a spectator do the draw for the basket and Beth Collinson (one of my students) won the basketful of goodies. 🙂

It was a busy month and it was great to see everyone and to chat.  Now I am finally back to painting. I started a commission yesterday and also will be finishing the rest of the birds. I got the raven done before we went on holidays.

“Heedful”, 6×6 in, Acrylic, SOLD

Thanks so much for dropping by!  See you again soon(ish). Have a great week.

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I have been really busy painting in preparation for my show at the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre for the month of April.  Ian and I hung the show yesterday…no photos taken!    I have to say I am pretty pleased with how it looks.  I tried to leave space for the viewer to really get to look without being overwhelmed.  There are some older pieces and there are 10 brand new pieces both in watercolour and acrylic.

I continue to explore beautiful flowers and the new, never before seen acrylics are of birds!  🙂  

Claim the Sky 2, 12x12in, Acrylic

I hope you will stop by for the Opening Reception on Friday April 7 from 6 to 7:30 pm at NACC!  See you there.

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This past few weeks have been very full with teaching.  I have completed 2 of the three foundation classes: Acrylic 1 and Watercolour 1.  This weekend I complete the last foundation class Drawing 1.  I am finding that the teaching space is far more comfortable!

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I have mentioned that our house has experienced the death/rebirth cycle!   We are finally feeling settled in our space. There are still boxes that need to be gone through,  one box that seems to have disappeared…but for the most part we are settled. What a long time it takes to get this all done.

new photo of the room set up for the class.

In other news I finally got my video done for my Luminous World Art Show.  I took a series of videos just hours before the Opening happened on October 28, 2016 but when I went to process them my old computer wasn’t being at all cooperative.  Now that I have a new computer I was finally able to do the work to get the video together and up on YouTube.  Check it out!

Thanks for dropping by!  See you soon.

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Happy New Year and may 2017 be a year filled with wonderful memory making events that make your heart sing.

Time flies…and I haven’t posted much.  Lets see if I can change that.

If you have been following me for long you will know that I have been doing a word for the upcoming year.  Words like Habit, Focus, Patience, Steadfastness, Preparation, Consistency…that changed to Containment in Feb 2015 and stayed there until August last year when the word that seem to fit most was Stick-to-itiveness.    So I have these words and the years in my office (photo below). 🙂 I find it helps me to remember and pay attention.  01-04-2017-yearly-words

This years word is RECEPTIVENESS.  It was an interesting and unexpected word for me this year.  I really thought I would go back to Consistency because I feel like I struggle with that the most.  But instead here I am reflecting on what it means to be receptive.  How do I let that concept play out over the next 12 months?  I think I have glimmers of what that could mean…but glimmers are by their very nature mirage-like.  So I hope to come back to share what events have required me to be receptive and what has happened as a result.

Let 2017 begin!  🙂 . Leave me a comment below of what you think of my word and if you had a word for the year what would it be?

 

 

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dsc_0021So I have been working on a video to attach to this blog post, but my computer is 6 yrs old and has decided to be decrepit and ancient…there sadly won’t be a video until I get a new computer.  Soon (I hope).  The photo above is the first sale I had on Friday, which went to  Russell who came into the house to fix something and he also checked out the art.  He stood in front of this painting (photo below) and chuckled.  I loved his response because that is exactly how I felt while I was painting this Ice Road Batman!  It made me very happy.

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My 4th annual Art Show and Sale  called “‘Luminous World’ with 60 paintings in 60 Days” is complete!  And it was amazing to see all the work I had been doing for the past 10 months up on the wall.  The new hanging system worked rather well.  As you can see in the photo below:

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Each of these little paintings were done in a day (if I was lucky, most took 1 1/2 days  andsome took 2 full days) and I put them in a binder in protect plastic pages.  I continued to add to this binder until I had 60 paintings.  It is funny how 60 paintings don’t look like that much when they are in the binder, but as soon as they are framed and hanging.  Wow that is a lot of work! 🙂

 

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I still have some 2017 calendars for sale.  If you want one you can order one here on my website. There are 4 different shipping options to choose from.  I had one person order one for Yellowknife, one for Canada, and one for International…they were all shipped and delivered to the various places!  🙂

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Thank you for checking in on me.  There has been a lot going on and so my time for blogging disappeared.  But I  have it back and will start slowly.  See you next Thursday.  Have a great week.

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Well I am back to teaching!  I sure enjoy sharing the knowledge I have acquired over the years.  This January to June I am teaching in one of the local schools. I teach on Fridays for 80 minutes with a grade 8 class.  The first session is just a get to know about me and starting to get to know about them…also about getting going and we did get going.  🙂

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Step-by-Step we go! I had to put tape around it to create the sharp crisp edge that a diamond has. And it worked very well!

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“Potential Happiness”, 6×6 inch, Acrylic for 100 Painting Show and Sale later in the spring.

Painting 6 of 100 complete.  Well I am so pleased with how this painting turned out.  🙂 My oldest son is a photographer and when he lived in YK he work for a diamond mine and he was able to take photos of raw diamonds. He used them in work publications and I get to use them for painting!

I have had these images waiting in the wings for quite a while.  Now it is time to dust them off and see what else I can paint.  I plan to do this painting again but sized up much larger.  I love exploring a range of different subject.

Thanks to Chris Cook for naming the painting “Eonian Conversation”  1 of 100 painting. The cards are in the mail!

I will see you on Thursday.  Thanks for dropping in to see what I have been up to.

 

 

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01.07.16 Richard Schmid ArpeggiosAll the paintings in todays blog post are from Richard Schmid’s website, they are all painted in oil.

With Ian away on a business trip I have completely immersed myself in art.  I am painting A LOT!  5 paintings done…only 95 left to go (more on that below).  Also I am reading an art book by Richard Schmid which is called Alla Prima 2.  My darling husband gave it to me for Christmas.  And he was so surprised at what he gave me! 🙂 As I read it I hope to share some of the insights that I am having, only some not all…or I will be rewriting most of his book.

I am completed fascinated with how other artists work.  How they approach their paintings, their time usage, as well as expectations of others and their own need to continue to explore.  Mr Schmid has been painting for almost 70 years and that length and wealth of experience is why I wanted to read this book.  He is an elegant writer! I have had plenty to think about.  01.07.16 Richard Schmid figurative

(His figurative work is just so inspirational)

The first page of chapter 1, apply named – Good ideas and Free Advice, he talks about ‘Talent’.  “The exceptional skill we label as talent is not a single capability.  It is a complex mixture of motive, curiosity, receptivity, intelligence, perception, sensitivity, expert teaching, perseverance, problems solving skills, timing, sheer luck…”  He thinks, and I agree whole heartedly, that talent isn’t a “natural endowment”  like the colour of one’s eyes or hair or how tall you end up being. With the exception of the ability to sing beautifully, that is one of the arts that is a “natural endowment”.  In my own small experience, I have been drawn to painting for a very long time before I actually took decisive steps to create a learning environment that on only included me but others who were and are feeling the same way.   From this very strong interest I gain the skills I needed to actually get to be the  painter I dreamed of being.  To me there seems to be a nebulous something that tugs and pulls at a person so that they want to learn how to draw, how to paint, how to sculpt,  or how to play an instrument.  Then once a person is hooked, they find a wide variety of ways to continue to expand and learn and live a more creative life.

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(I love his depth of knowledge about values)

Learning to paint or draw can be a deeply satisfying (though somewhat stressful) experience.  I love the fact that when we are first learning to draw or paint  we are actually discovering how to look more closely at a subject matter.  We learn to  look beyond the name of the item to the shapes and patterns of dark and light that make up what we are working hard to render on paper, board or canvas.  I have had the experience, twice now, of all of the sudden seeing “more”.  My experience has been that I am happily painting away when the jump happens from one painting session to the next.  Then I do a painting where I can ‘see’ more. I am so surprised that I  have gone back to look at the other paintings that I have completed to discover all the information that I hadn’t even known was there.  It is a very interesting, and somewhat exciting, experience.  And according to Mr Schmid this happens over and over again through out one’s art career.  I was excited to read that!   🙂

For me the many mental and physical facets that one requires to be a painter keeps me completely engaged.  My brain loves the constant expansive learning.  I know that there are so many ways to paint a subject.  This week I have launched into painting 100 small paintings (6×6 and 5×7 paintings)  for a show in the spring.  I will be exploring a whole range of subjects.  Some will be from life, others from images that I have taken over the years.   This week, so far, I have done two still lifes (from life), and 3 birds (from an image)…and today I started one from an image that my oldest son gave me to work from. I will post it on Monday once it is complete.  I have a story to share with it!

 

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(My still life’s are small in nature as I am working on small boards…can’t wait to expand up in size)

I will come back to Richard Schmid’s book again I am certain. But for now I have to get ready to teach.  I teach tonight (two students who are finishing the Acrylic 1 class from November) and I start teaching at a local school with grade 8 students tomorrow.   We start with Drawing 1 on Friday just after lunch.  I can’t wait!  Wish me luck.

See you on Monday! I will have lots to share.

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I am playing a bit right now with doing some small acrylic paintings…some are successful and some are definitely in the “Oh-I-am-learning” category! 😉  Here is one I completed on the weekend.

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Danger the dog doll, 15x15cm (6×6″), Acrylic

Somethings worked and somethings didn’t but it is all learning.  Ultimately that is what it is all about. I will have a range of these types of paintings available at my 3rd Annual Open Studio Art event in November. I won’t be showing them on internet until the show is completed.

05.18.15 BrushesOne day when I was doing the finishing touches on one of the very small paintings I needed a very small round brush and I only had one and it has a very soft nylon bristle.  I couldn’t believe how well the paint flowed off of it.  So when I was on my girlfriend only trip I picked up a range of  brushes in a variety of brush types: flat, filbert, round. I am using them just at the very end of the painting process.  I can’t believe how helpful this soft brush is at that point.  Glad I figured that out.

See you again on Thursday.  Oh btw…between traveling, getting resorted and the weather being unusually warm this May I have been a little distracted.  I hope spring has sprung where you are and that you are enjoying the increased distractions.

Happy Victoria Day!