Women and words mixed media experiments

Words, hand lettering and script. 

On my Pinterest page I have pinned a number of pieces of art that I find inspiring or have elements that I would love to experiment with. (Come on… admit it! We all have scads of pins that we’ve never tried to make). There are many with words, hand lettering, script, fonts and typography. I love the visual impact of large scale hand lettering and the mystery of incomplete words or faces.

Such as the works of Florian Nicolle aka Neo.

A few weeks ago I decided to make a couple of Secret Santa gifts, rather than purchase them. What better than to knock off some pinterest inspiration! 

Kayleigh. Mixed media portrait, charcoal, chalk, ink and paper. 8″ x 10″.

The text on Kayleigh’s face is an ink jet print of some vintage handwriting I found online. 

Daniela. Mixed media portrait, charcoal, chalk, ink and paper. 8″ x 10″.

For Daniela, I used a letter written by Shakespeare. 

After gaining confidence and hearing positive feedback on the first 2 smaller pieces, I drove into a larger canvas with some acrylics. 

Hannah. Mixed media portrait, acrylic and tissue on canvas. 25″ x 54″.

With this canvas being so much larger than my first 2 pieces, I wrote freehand, with watery black paint the lyrics of Blackbird by the Beatles.

The lovely faces for these portraits are from Julia Kay’s Portrait Party on flickr.

Self Portraits aka Selfies

This coming week in participating in a group art show at the Martin Bachelor Gallery which is themed Selfie.  Or  what they used to refer to back in the days of Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Kahlo  etc as self portraits.

Selfie painting, acrylic, 12" square
Selfie painting, acrylic, 12″ square

No, I’m not a Millenial narcissist as Psychology Today and this selfie article help explain the point of view.

Selfie painting, chalk and charcoal, coloured pencil, toned tan, 9" x 12"
Selfie painting, chalk and charcoal, coloured pencil, toned tan, 9″ x 12″

It should be a fun show with dozens of faces of different styles and interpretations staring down at the viewers.

UPDATE: One of the curators Efren Quiroz made this video interviewing many of the artists. Sadly is unable to attend the opening and meet some of  these talented people.

Here is a review of the show has recently been published in the Times-Colonist, written by a well known local arts writer/critic Robert Amos.

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A Good Finish to the Art Show

It was a good finish to the art show on downtown Victoria!

Green is the New Black. Birds such as Swallows can be so graceful to watch. Acrylic painting on canvas.
Green is the New Black. Birds such as Swallows can be so graceful to watch. Acrylic painting on canvas.

I was delighted to hear that on the final day of the 50 Shades of Green Art Show the Mayor of Victoria Lisa Helps held a press conference in the board room of The Dock near Chinatown.  The focus of the press conference was her Task Force for Economic Development and Prosperity. Many of our paintings mounted on the vintage brick wall provided a backdrop for her announcements.

Members of the Task Force on Economic Development and Prosperity.
FB_IMG_1430031014501Members of the Task Force on Economic Development and Prosperity. 

Glimpses of our art in the background begin at 0:00:50

Someof the featured artists :

Robin Drader

Melodie Hutmacher

John Comuzzi

Aura Arindam  

John Janzen

Alan Klughammer

Katarina Hardisty

Heather Barr

Elaine Lauzon

Elizabeth Dailey 

Terri Heal 

50 Shades of Green Art Show

Bull kelp painting, art show
The Whisper, 16″ x 20″, oil on canvas painting. Bull kelp is very plentiful on the West Coast.

I’m organizing a group art show called “50 Shades of Green” starting March 18/15 at The Dock Victoria, 300-3 Fan Tan Alley, Victoria BC V8W 1W3

The theme for the art show isn’t about the colour, it’s about nature and the environment.

There will be works from a dozen local artists on display until April 15th. Some of those are:

Robin Drader

Melodie Hutmacher

John Comuzzi

Aura Arindam  

John Janzen

Alan Klughammer

Katarina Hardisty

Heather Barr

Elaine Lauzon

Elizabeth Dailey 

Terri Heal 


Hopefully you can join us for the opening reception March 18 6-8pm for a meet-n-greet with refreshments.

See you there!


Fast, Slow and a Series

An assortment of crows. All are acrylics except centre right which is watercolor on birch panel.


What can be learned by doing things really fast?  Or really slow? Or in a series?


Many artists painted have the same subject over and over, from different angles (Monet’s Waterlilies) and others have painted the subject repeatedly looking the same (Warhol’s Marilyn silkscreens) in an effort to show that even with endless amounts of reproduction where on the surface they appear the same, the small smears and clogs give an individuality to each piece. Even in my attempts to manually reproduce the same familiar image from memory, each time there would be variations to the theme. Some I liked and of course others not so much.

What I found is that each time I repeat a subject (such as a  bird) I become more aware of :

*the textures & highlights

*the shape & proportion

*the body language & movement

*seemingly subtle things such as the highlights of an eye can draw your attention

*the addition of a tiny prop like a cigarette can change the attitude



I hadn’t tried to give myself a time limit until I applied to compete in Art Battle, along with a few friends (Buddy System!).

My first reaction to the challenge was trepidation but the more I thought about it the old saying of “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger” was lingering in the back of my mind.  That’s when I made the dive and sent in an application, only then to panic with my acceptance!

I needed a plan of action so our group, which we soon dubbed “the A-Team” (an attempt to take on the strength & ingenuity of these iconic characters) put into motion several practice sessions, complete with timers, distractions and loud music (we had to learn to block these things out).  We tried new images and old familiar ones to the point where it began to feel that our hands began to form a memory of their own for the twists and turns required, endeavoring to become more efficient in the movements each time. The results did surprise me at times and really made me consider whether some of the long drawn out hours necessarily paid off?

The day of the competition was loaded with adrenalin, unfamiliar materials and faces but I’m certainly glad I did it. Will I compete again? Only the future will tell but in the meantime I have a collection of birds in various sizes and shapes to contemplate and learn from 🙂


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Mystery Art Show Revealed!

The Mystery Art Show is now over!

Quadra Island boat painting, art show
“Quadra Island boat” is ink & watercolour painting on wood cradle board, 10″ × 10″. SOLD

I’m happy to say that my painting “Quadra Island Boat” sold yesterday via Red Art Gallery! I’m to see it off to a happy new home.

I shallook forward to participating again in the future and meeting many more local artists. 

Is like to extend my thanks to Bob & Marion for hosting this fun event!


Mystery Art Show Teasers

Mystery art show

In June 2014 there will be a Mystery Art Show at the Red Art Gallery in Oak Bay I will be participating! 

En juin 2014, il y aura un spectacle d’art mystère à la Red Art Gallery d’Oak Bay, je participerai!

Mystery Art Show teasers
Mystery Art Show teasers

The gallery of images up for sale during the Mystery Art Show is posted on the Red Art Gallery site.

La galerie d’images mises en vente lors du Mystery Art Show est affichée sur le site de la Red Art Gallery.

Can you guess which might be mine?

Pouvez-vous deviner lequel pourrait être le mien?

The show begins June 3rd with the sale on June 7th, 2014 at 2249 Oak Bay Ave. Victoria BC.

Le spectacle commence le 3 juin avec la vente le 7 juin 2014 au 2249 Oak Bay Ave. Victoria BC.

Red Art Gallery Third Annual Mystery Art Show

Mystery Art Show image
Red Gallery Mystery Show


 My work has been chosen for the Red Art Gallery Third Annual Mystery Art Show. There were 102 entries this year, but just 40 works to be displayed.

Red Gallery Mystery Show

I like the idea of this show because people would be buying the art because they loved it, not because of the name on the front.

I will post a picture of my painting once the “mystery” is over 🙂