Monthly Archives: November 2010

weekend in the city

I flew down to Vancouver this weekend to see my sister and take in some art – a little tour of some galleries and a friend’s opening and some shopping on Commercial Drive where my sis lives.  It was great to get a Vancouver fix!  Val Nelson’s new paintings at the Bau-Xi gallery are definately worth seeing..   We went to Val’s artist talk/reception and then joined her for dinner after the opening.  If in Vancouver check out her paintings!  We had an awesome blanket of fresh snow Saturday morning but it had melted for the flight home

Val's artist talk at the Bau-Xi gallery

Val & Barb at dinner

one of my favorite paintings

me & Val

me & my sister

Let the light in

new studio skylight

I recently added an 8ft x 8ft skylight to let some more light into the painting studio.  It is fantastic to paint under natural light during the day and have rain and snow falling overhead.  Today I gessoed up some fresh new canvasses and will coat them again tomorrow to get some new work underway.  We put up some large compartments on the wall for painting storage and added smaller shelves to keep all the student art projects from the classes.  The track lighting has arrived from Vancouver and will hopefully be installed this week.  I will keep the flourescents also for late afternoon and evening lighting but will reassess after the tracks go up.

Stone carving class

Richard Benson, a stone carver came in to the art studio to introduce the kids to stone carving.  The kids loved it!  They worked with Italian white alabaster and BC soapstone to create some pretty stunning pendants.  They worked hard and focussed well and the results were so gratifying.  It was awesome to polish the shapes and see the natural stone patterns appear. 

I also just created some huge panels for their next project (large figure/landscape paintings) and as we only have 4 more classes before Xmas break left we need to GET BUSY creating!!


Hi Everyone! I am new to blogging so it will take me a few weeks to be up and running.   Here is an example of one of my new Salmon Cycle paintings – it is to go on auction in Vancouver to raise funds for the Pacific Salmon Foundation.  It is made with bits of collaged patterned rice paper, acrylic and oil paint with carved areas throughout.  I carve right into the wood and then seal it up after the painting is complete.  Here is a blurb about my work and painting process…

 My art is about finding balance between random spontaneity and controlled, thoughtful actions.  In my paintings I strive to find a place where these two dichotomies meet equally.

The process I use is to create depth through the application of thin layers of transparent paint followed by specific areas of thick dramatic paint.  Following the paint application I start carving and rubbing into the surface; reworking the painting until the result is a luminous, balanced place of dark and light, colour and areas of frenzied mark making as well as meditative, resting pools of paint. The panels are often littered with bits of oil, wax, plaster, scratches, globs and grit, leaving traces of the process and imperfections within each painting.

The results of this process are paintings which have a perception of moving lines, shifting spaces and disappearing and emerging forms.  I choose subjects which interest me in this way.