Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Painting the Drama of Light and Shadow

I recently taught a painting class called "Painting the Drama of Light and Shadow". A study of the time honoured method of Chiaroscuro. They were a terrific group of ladies, with a lot of talent! They were also hard workers who pushed themselves onto the next painting with enthusiasm. Here is a great group shot on the last night with a variety of different images. Some are complete and some are still in progress, but all are looking might fine!

Rita is working on her value underpainting, which is almost complete and she will be ready to start adding colour.

Catriona is painting liliacs, and learning to give the impression of clusters of flowers through value and texture.

Anita is enhancing her pears, which really glowed, through the application of multiple layers of transparent colour. They were good enough to eat!

I always enjoy teaching at Monterey Centre in Oak Bay and plan to be back next Fall with a fuller roster of classes. I hope to see there!


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Oak Bay Artists Fall Studio Tour

Strawberries and Cream  Oil  8 x 10

Autumn Glow  Oil  8 x 8

Take Me Home  Oil  24 x 30

Welcome to my Studio! If you are in the Victoria BC, Canada area, my studio will be open Saturday, November 4th and Sunday, November 5th, from 12:00 noon to 4:30 pm both days. A studio tour is an excellent way to get to know the artist behind the art that you love. It`s an opportunity to learn about the artists inspiration and process, as well as some little stories about the painting (there are always little stories). There are many fine artists in the Oak Bay Artists Fall Studio Tour, exhibiting paintings, ceramics, fabric art, sculpture, wood craft, paper casting, and art cards. So gather your friends or family, and walk, bike or drive the studio tour! For an online Tour Map: www.oakbayartists.com


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

30th Annual TD Art Gallery Paint-In

 Strawberries in a Jar

Cut Glass and Strawberries

10 blocks of Art. 30 years of fun!

Join us for THE art party of the year! Over 170 artists will demonstrate technique and engage with the public on Moss St. I will be demonstrating Painting the Effect of Glass. Be sure to stop by and say hi! I do not yet know my location but will let you know as soon as I do. Enjoy fabulous art, live music and great food and beverage from local vendors. All ages are welcome.

11 am - 4 pm Artists on Moss St.
10 am - 6 pm Gallery Open
6 pm - 9 pm Family-Friendly Beer Garden

Moss St. Victoria BC, Canada

See you at the Paint-In!


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Lemons through Glass

Lemons through Glass    Oil     8 x 8

Here's another painting from my Glass Series. In this one I layered glassware and lemons, trying to find enough distortion to make it interesting but still seeing immediately what it is. I love the effect of glass and the colours found in the reflections. Although representational, there are many abstract passages when painting glass, which makes it a really fun and challenging subject. 

I'll be demonstrating painting the effect of glass at the TD Art Gallery Paint-In, coming up Saturday, June 15th. Let's all hope for sunshine and no wind! Large canvases turn into sails when the Island wind picks up.


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Opus Framing and Art Supplies - Visiting Artists Demonstrations

The Golden Hour    Acrylic    30 x 30

If you've ever wondered how to paint the transparency, distortions and refraction found in glass, and the extreme values and reflections found in silver, I will be doing a free demonstration at Opus this Saturday, June 10th. You can chose either 12:00 - 1:30 or 2:30 - 4:00. Bring an artist friend and have fun! Book your spot by calling Opus at 250 386-8133


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Federation of Canadian Artists - Spring Show 2017

Spring     20 x 16     Acrylic
Available through the Community Arts Council Gallery

Here is another piece from my series on painting the effect of glass. Although representational, there are many abstract passages, due to reflection and refraction, and the transparent nature of the glass. In the middle of the painting, during the ugly stage, I questioned why I chose this composition, but by the end I found it hugely satisfying! I was so pleased to have this painting and the one from my previous post 'Time to Reflect', accepted into the FCA Spring Show.

The show is hung, open to the public, and receiving great reviews. If you're in the area I hope you'll be able to drop by and enjoy the beautiful and varied work by many of Victoria's favourite artists. 


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Still Life for Apple Lovers

Time To Reflect     30 x 40    Acrylic

Time to Reflect is part  of a series of paintings I am currently working on that investigate the nature of glass. Although representational, this cut crystal bowl creates many abstract passages caused by the natural transparency, reflections and distortions in glass. Light plays a major role in my paintings and especially in this one as the light passes through the cut crystal bowl sending shards of light in all directions. It was so much fun to paint!


Monday, July 18, 2016

A big thank you to all of the 35,000 art lovers who came out in droves to enjoy seeing local artists creating their art, along Moss St. in Victoria. Thanks also to my great helpers Liz and Pat and to my host house, (the home I was positioned in front of). You were all so helpful and especially the homeowners on Moss, who came to rescue with first aid! It was such a fun day visiting with lots of friends and meeting new friends who enjoyed my art.

Whether looking North or looking South, the crowd was thick and very friendly and enthusiastic!

This year there was a record 200 artists gracing the street and demonstrating their art form! Every art form you can think of was represented on Moss St. this past Saturday.


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

TD Art Gallery Paint-In

I'm looking forward to the TD Art Gallery Paint-In this Saturday July 16th, from 11:00 - 4:00 on Moss St., in Victoria BC. Over 35,000 art lovers roam the street viewing 120 artists demonstrating their art forms en plein air. If you are in Victoria, I will be located at Oxford St. and Moss St. and would love you to stop by and say hi! Below are a few of the small works I will be showing at the event. 


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

AGGV Summer Small Works Show

Satsuma IV   Oil   10 x 8   $325

Oolong   Oil   8 x 10   $325

I'm really pleased that my paintings Satsuma IV and Oolong are in the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Summer Small Works Show! I recently attended the Artists Reception in the Massey Hall, and must say it is a beautiful show. There are so many gorgeous paintings by well known artists, and all at affordable prices. If you are on the market for a small piece of art, or are looking for a special gift for someone, check it out! Entry to the Small Works Show is free. For information on these paintings contact the Art Gallery Sales and Rentals. 


Monday, May 30, 2016

Bali Seascape

Anchored    Acrylic    24 x 36

Here's another painting from our time in Bali. This one is from the Island of Nusa Lembongan. We stopped at a little beachside warang for lunch, and this was our amazing view. I had a lot of time to take in the many astounding shades of blue before our eyes. I knew I was going to have to paint this one!


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Ubud, Bali - Original Acrylic Painting

Path Between the Rice Paddies   Acrylic   16 x 20

This past Fall my husband and I went on a two month trip to Hong Kong, Australia and Bali, to celebrate his retirement. It was the most amazingly fabulous trip with every single day rated 10 out of 10. Bali was our final destination, and it was very special for a number of reasons. The most important though, is that I was celebrating my 60th birthday ( I can't believe I typed that!), and both of my kids (now young adults) arrived in Ubud, Bali to surprise me for my birthday! The whole family spent two weeks together island hopping and bombing around on scooters. What a treasure of memories I have! This Bali painting is called 'Path Between the Rice Paddies'. This was a truly magical day in Ubud. After lunch at Sari Organics, an outdoor restaurant in the middle of the rice paddies and organic vegetable garden, we wandered this path for a few hours. It was so beautiful and exotic, and full of friendly smiling people whose conversations with us made the experience extra special.