Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Poetic Spring

Spring   the sensuous season    the return of the birds    
their happy singing and aerial showings   
the rebirth of apple and cherry blossoms  lilacs  laburnum. 
In the studio, I watch the fig leaves growing and growing, soon the figs . . . 
in the meantime, new paintings for Small Gesture 2, 
a fundraiser at Iron Oxide this week end.
Joy, oil and cold wax 5" x 5"

Matador, oil and cold wax 3.5" x 4"

Nirvana, oil and cold wax 3.5" x 4"

The Monster of the Lake, oil and cold wax 3.5" x 4"
Five new paintings are sprouting.

Here's the plan 8" x 10"
I Want To  8" x 10"
Rain is Coming  8" x 10"
Water falls  8" x 10"
By the Marsh  8" x 10"
I am also working on samples of scenic work, brick walls, slabs of white and black marble, various wood finishes.  There will be pictures of them soon. Till then, enjoy the renewed poetic pleasures of Spring!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


A new year a new painting, it's cold and snowing in most of the country, not here, not yet, not outside. In the studio, 'Neiges'.
Neiges, oil and cold wax 3' x 5'
I hope we get a little bit of snow this winter on Vancouver Island.
Enjoy January!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Lantern Magic

On Sunday night Dec. 21st, we gathered in the local park with our lanterns to celebrate the return of the light.  At dusk, a lantern procession took place wandering the trails through the woods all the way to the duck pond where twenty floating lanterns awaited us. Some say more than 200 people came to join us to create a special and magical winter solstice evening.
We were so lucky that the weather collaborated with us for a dry evening!

Now it is time to pack up all the lanterns till the next time. They need to be put out of the way, their fragile surface tears easily and I have more than once poked a hole in them inadvertently. The big paper lanterns are hung on a wire below the ceiling in my studio, out of the way. Floating lanterns are not easy to store, they need to be left alone in a big space, which is not an option.  They are built with bamboo skewers inserted in an insulation foam base, the paper is glued on the bamboo sticks. By pulling out the sticks, the lantern remains intact, I thought of folding them but my friend Carole Reid had the brilliant idea of rolling them individually. Hourray, they take little space, are 100% safe and it's easy to do.

It has been a great project, my studio was the lantern making central for weeks, heaps of colourful tissue paper covered every inch of my tables, dozens of floating lanterns rested on every flat surface that could be found, everything was ready for the special event. I loved it, happy patterns and shapes everywhere in the anticipation of the lantern procession.

Now, it's gonna be nice to regain my space and get back to work on my last paintings.

Wishing you all a very happy and gentle holiday season and nothing short of the fulfillment of all your dreams in 2015.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Lanterns making galore!

Two lantern making workshops today, and look at the beauties that were created from bamboo sticks and tissue paper!

One more lantern making workshop tomorrow night, more to come! Stay tuned!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Two months in images

Life was busy theses last two months, and here I am today making my first xmas card to send home with a box of goodies. Getting this box ready, looking as good as it can and out to the post office early is an annual marathon for me and the ritual that marks the beginning of the season.

I am going to review quickly the artistic endeavors that have taken place since my last post.

Project Liv'Art with Nanaimo Francophone Association and Conseil culturel et artistique francophone de la C.B.  Participants illustrated one of the twelve texts written for this provincial project.  Our text was a beautiful legend called  "La sirene des bois" (The Mermaid of the Woods). After a brief discussion on the text, the group agreed on the images that were going to illustrate the text the best, and everyone grabbed a pile of magazines and started the search.

Collaboratively, a collage took shape from a heap of images and shapes cut out or tore off from magazines.  Each one was making suggestions and the result is astounding, revealing the beauty of nature, honoring first nations and showing a mythic picture of the "Wood Mermaid".

La sirene des bois

My show at Le Centre in Vancouver is still on till mid-December. There was a great opening night with friends, family, art afficionados, baguette, french cheeses and wine!

My friend Andrea Georgiev recorded 13 songs she has written recently like a long love poem to life, her life. I helped her get the visuals for the cover and booklet. It was a return to graphic design for me, a nice challenge to render my friend's vision and lots of fun meeting with her regularly to complete the project. It is out in the world now and I listen to it over and over. '"Tangled Illusions".

I decided to follow my bliss and organize a lantern procession to celebrate the winter solstice on
Dec. 21th at a beautiful local park. My friend Carole Reid designed a colourful poster from a picture she took of our floating lanterns. Lantern making workshops are this Sunday at our local art supplies store Iron Oxide.
On Dec. 12, 13 and 14, Silversmith Maureen O'Connor opens her studio to four other artists. I am one of them! Here's the invitation I designed for the event.

Enjoy the season of lights wherever you are. I love to walk at night in my neighborhood and relish in the brightly lit set ups some houses offer, the more the merrier. Have you put up your lights yet?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Easing into Fall

This has been a memorable summer with more swims than I can count, with so much water around it was easy to find a spot to dip in, each with its own charm and vista:  river, lagoon, lake, ocean, in the morning, the afternoon, at night. Soft memories to ease into fall.  On Equinox week end, we celebrated at Sheila Norgate's gallery on Gabriola Island the show EDGE.  Seven women were showing pieces done especially for this theme.Here are some pictures of the show, some pieces had already been given to their new owner by the time I got my camera out of my bag. Timing is . . .
Sheila Norgate
Mia Tremblay

Mary Lou Trinkwon

Laurie Burns


Fall is time to gather the last figs and plums, cut the sage and rosemary to dry for winter savory, and get ready to spend more time inside watching movies.  I have watched a great one lately: The Best Offer with Geoffrey Rush: