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living in a space between

27 Jan

I’m getting close to finishing my Art House Co-op sketchbook project, which is a good thing considering it has to be postmarked by the 31st. I have already shared a few of the finished pieces with you and am excited to continue sharing my progress over the next few weeks. The new piece I’m posting today was inspired by the existing spread, pictured below, from my 2011 sketchbook project that got lost in the mail.When I had originally created that image, I’d been living back and forth for almost 15 years between my family’s residences in BC and Alberta; so in a way, that piece was like a landscape portrait of my home. Since I’ve been in 100 Mile House for over a year, I had to figure out what landscapes I was now “living between” in order to inspire the imagery for the next couple pages my 2012 sketchbook.  100 Mile House is just north of Kamloops, so it’s fairly centered in BC between borders; I chose an image of the water in the west coast of BC, and one from the other edge of this gorgeous province, of the Rocky Mountains. I really enjoy how I cropped the landscapes to have the tree line continue through both images and have the water line and reflections of the left image connect with the patterns of the wildflowers in the field from the image on the right. The quote from last year’s book was written out with my typewriter in black ink onto a silver dot patterned paper. A metallic orange scrap book paper was chosen to make a frame for the new composite landscape. I love both of these sketchbook spreads! I just wish they were real landscapes where I could build gorgeous log cabins to spend endless days drinking white tea on the veranda while drawing and watching wildlife…

an afternoon walk

19 Jan

I’m making some serious progress with my Art House Co-op Sketchbook Project 2012, and am excited to share the first spread. As mentioned in previous posts about this project here and here, I am paying homage to my 2011 sketchbook project which got lost in the postal system. For my latest piece I drew inspiration from this existing spread:I needed to find an interesting paper or texture for the background, draw and paint the skeleton of another strong Canadian mega-fauna, and find a book page with words that related to the image. Here are my results…Big horned sheep instantly make me think of my second home, Invermere. They are everywhere and visitors are ALWAYS impressed to see them in these large groups grazing near the highways. No matter what season it is they always seem to enjoy their leisurely afternoon walk searching for food. Anatomy and animals have been my main focus of my practice for many years now; this, and other skeleton animals I draw, always have a special hold on me, I can’t help but love them. The textures of the folded and scrunched paper turned out lovely, and remind me somewhat of burlap or an old piece of parchment. The crisp graphite lines of the skeleton are soften by the white gouache which fills in the bones. The burnt edges of the book title add to the nostalgic feeling while also creating a context for the piece. I am thrilled with how well “An Afternoon Walk” mirrors the feeling and composition of “Home, Home on the Range,” what do you think?

snail mail surprises

3 Aug

I taught my final summer art workshop for kids today: SNAIL MAIL SURPRISES. A bunch of 8+ year old cuties came out to make their own stationery, cards, envelopes and postcards to mail off to their friends, family and neighbours using stamping, drawing and collage techniques. We had tons of fun! The kids made some truly fantastic treats to send through the postal system. A lot of them took envelopes and stationery home and will hopefully send some more mail art in the near future. Teaching about and sharing my love for snail mail makes me so happy!