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“Clay Studio – Methods of Making” exhibition at Coast Collective Art Centre

Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in Blog | 1 comment

“Clay Studio – Methods of Making” exhibition at Coast Collective Art Centre

Now that my studio was completely renovated, I started working on my New Year’s Resolution – joining fine art groups in Victoria.  The first one on my list was the Coast Collective Art Centre which I had learned about while buying art supplies at Opus Art Supplies.  I was looking for a group of artists who were interested in actively promoting and selling their work.  I went to Colwood to check it out and found it was conveniently (for me) located by Lee Valley Tools.  After talking with some of the artists, I took the plunge and signed up as an Associate member.  This let me not only...

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Before and After – My New West Coast Studio

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in Blog | 1 comment

Before and After – My New West Coast Studio

Last autumn, my family did the big forever move across the country to Victoria, British Columbia.  We purchased a 30 year old house that had been recently renovated – well, two-thirds of it had been renovated.  My husband’s uncle joked that we had bought a ‘million dollar fixer-upper’ since we decided to do the last of the renovations ourselves (with no little help from Uncle B).  The two main culprits were the laundry room and the room above the garage – these had been left in their vintage 1984 state, along with the smell of a chain smoker.  My husband tackled the laundry room; I took on...

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Art in Public Spaces – FASM Mural at the Velodrome

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Blog | 1 comment

Art in Public Spaces – FASM Mural at the Velodrome

The Fine Arts Society of Milton (FASM) was invited by the City of Milton to contribute to a composite mural which was to be hung in the new Mattamy National Cycling Centre.  The velodrome is being built on farm land adjacent to the escarpment and the new housing developments by Tremaine and Derry Road for the 2015 Pan Am games.  Milton has long been a home to cyclists – both road and mountain.  The many sideroads winding through the beautiful escarpment country are often filled with road cyclists and long-distance races.  And Kelso gives mountain bikers the opportunity to hurl themselves...

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Pearls & butterflies – comparing interference and iridescent paints

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Pearls & butterflies – comparing interference and iridescent paints

Pearls & butterflies – comparing interference and iridescent paints

In my last blog posting, I had created colour sampler pages for all of my liquid and soft body paints, and organized them into a scrapbook binder for easy reference.  I wanted to do the same thing for my iridescent, metallic and interference paints.  Interference paints are interesting – they refract their opposite on the colour wheel.  For example interference red shows a green sheen, and interference blue has a golden sheen to it.  But you only get these special effects if the interference paint is over top of a dark colour, such as black.  So in order to create my base paper strips, I...

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Back to Basics – Creating Colour Swatches with Acrylic Glazes

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Blog | 1 comment

Back to Basics – Creating Colour Swatches with Acrylic Glazes

As part of the usual New Year’s resolutions I make (and remake) each year (e.g. exercise more, eat less, etc.), I decided to go back to my acrylic painting roots.  In high school as part of my final year portfolio, I played with acrylic paints and mediums to paint a series of abstract self-portraits.  It was a good experience to have to generate a large body of work on a single theme, but I can’t say that I really learned much the potential of acrylic paints and mediums (aside from trying to dry them faster with my hair dryer the night before a deadline).  I am going to try to keep one of my...

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Walking in a Handcrafted Christmas Wonderland

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Walking in a Handcrafted Christmas Wonderland

Walking in a Handcrafted Christmas Wonderland

After completing the Studio Tour for the Fine Arts Society of Milton (FASM) in early October, I took a hiatus from participating in any more fall/winter arts & crafts show.  In fact, I’m not scheduled until early spring for the Arts on the Credit show.  I was found myself a bit burned out from schlepping my art and jewelry to and fro events in my Toyota Sienna mini-van (amazing what I can cram in there!).  I passed on the temptation of doing a Christmas show, and instead just enjoyed being a shopper on the other side of the booth. My friend Ray Dorval (a fellow Miltonian) was...

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