Tag Archives: wood

mismatched

14 Jun

20130614-180941.jpgI lost a sandal to the mighty Columbia River tonight; luckily I had back up in the car! I have now foraged enough wood for a fire to keep my toes warm when the sun goes down. I’m so happy to be spending a Friday evening relaxing riverside with friends: fishing, fire, letter writing, picnic dinner and more coming right up. Enjoy your weekend, I’m already enjoying mine.

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birds of a feather flock together

27 Jun

While home at my parents place in Calgary, I went through some old cabinets and boxes of mine to come across this found object that is an absolute gem… The timing was also so uncanny because as you all know I am doing an installation/mixed media piece titled framed feathers centered around found gold and wood frames. Who would have thought that I’d find something so fitting: an old broken earring of mine from high school in the shape of a GOLD FEATHER (sometimes being a hoarder works out for the best)! So, with this lovely re-discovered object, a new piece for my upcoming installation was born. On my way back to the Cariboo, I stayed over for one night at my cabin and visited one of my best buddies, Nick. I showed him the feather and he mentioned how purple would look amazing with it. I agreed. Also, I don’t live in the Valley full time anymore, and so I miss Nick a lot, because he truly is one of a kind. And, without being an egomaniac, I like to think the same of myself. So, for that reason, the classic saying “birds of a feather flock together” seemed very fitting. The frame this piece was made for, was found in a thrift shop on the highway in Clinton, BC during my travels home this week. It was the perfect size for a canvas board I had just purchased in Kamloops plus it had both requirements for the installation: gold and wood. The overall framed feathers installation is really coming together, and I am happy with the progress I have made for this upcoming show, despite the tendonitis set backs I battled most of early 2011. I am on track to get everything I want finished in this series and my Pops even helped me get a hanging solution figured out for the gallery while I was in Calgary where there are fancy lumber shops. However, I am still a bit of a stress case with the launch of my etsy shop this week, tons of travelling and artwork commitments on the horizon, I am trying to make sure I get everything accomplished. It’s going to be once hell of a month. A month to remember.

black and bold

9 Jun

There are so many red-winged blackbirds around this area because we have 3,000 lakes in the South Cariboo, which means we also end up with tons of lush marshland (the place blackbirds like to hang out most). We see both males and females at our feeder and in the front yard’s tree. Seeing even more of these gorgeous winged creatures  down at the marsh last week gave me some added inspiration needed to finish up an altered book page I’d been working on to add to my framed feathers installation. I included a few progress shots… which I am still getting used to: Sometimes it’s hard to remind yourself to stop, put down the pencil or paintbrush and just SNAP a photo. The found narrative/poem for this piece reads “Black and bold. he was beautiful!” and the image is created with gouache, pencil, ink and watercolour. This page is taken from a book I particularly love altering. The title of the book is “the story girl” and sometimes I feel like it could be an appropriate nickname for me when speaking about my altered book work: With my book work, I always begin by creating my own narrative from existing words, then allow them to shape the imagery.A couple detail shots here too, so that you get get a better idea of the the book page and the layers. Finally, here’s the blackbird in his radtastic gold frame for the exhibition: I am excited about this creation; it is nice to inject some bright color into my developing arrangement of golden/wood framed works. I think at least one or two more altered pages will make their way into the framed feathers portion of my exhibition. Many other altered books to come with the found fiction portion of my show, featuring my unique 3-d wall hung books.