Wednesday, November 26, 2008


One of the last major assignments for the Drawing class (for this semester) was to create a "Dreamscape" -- something you might find in your dreams. Everything was to be drawn as realistically as possible, but organized in such a way that it could not possibly be a real scene. In addition, there were certain elements that had to be included. We could choose 3 possible things from a list of 15, and they had to be in the composition. My choices were: door, train, and animal. This assignment was to be done in a variety of media, with no more than 1/3 of the picture in color. I used pencil, inck, charcoal, conte, and Prismacolor pencils, as well as image transfer from photocopies (the clock face and the wood grain).

Historical Painting

I finally finished my historical painting: a copy of Lawren Harris's Autumn, Algoma. It was challenging, to say the least, and I definitely did not obtain the same degree of richness of color that Harris has in his painting. That being said, I did learn quite a bit about applying the paint, the use of contrasting colors and values and how to correct my mistakes in a hurry! For the link to the actual painting by Lawren Harris, check out one of my earlier posts.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Answer is 42

Well, the end of the semester is drawing near -- how quickly time flies! One of the final projects for color theory is to do a large self portrait -- 18" x 24" or larger. My paper was 18x24, so I think I qualify. The portrait could be realistic or metaphorical, but color was the key element. It took me a while to come up with a composition, but finally settled on the one shown below. After all, there were only a few months left to paint my portrait in the theme of the answer to the ultimate question of the life, the universe, and everything...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Artist's statement

Also a part of the "Making a Living as an Artist" course is the requirement to create an artist's statement. This statement can (and will) change over time, or with the particular gallery submission. Here is my current statement:

I take a multifaceted approach to my art by exploring the world around me in a variety of media, including watercolor, graphite, fiber arts and acrylic. Since my creative processes are energized when I feel a personal connection with by subject, my artwork usually portrays people I know or places I have been.

As I find the interplay of light and color to be especially exciting, I incorporate both of these conditions in my paintings. Watercolor is presently my favorite medium, as the transparency of the paint allows for some extremely luminous effects on the paper. I may strive for realism in my artwork, or move to a somewhat more abstract or illustrative style, depending on the subject chosen and the mood. I hope, through my works, to portray how I feel about the scene in front of me; to show it as I saw it, touched it, smelled it, while simultaneously giving the viewers a chance to relive their own similar experiences.

This was a challenging task, as most artists write their statements about a single body of work, or a single piece of art. Since I am currently "all over the place" with what I do (in my eyes), I had to come up with a statement that encompassed all my styles all at once. As I look over the artwork posted here and on my website ( I wonder if the statement really encompasses what I do. Ah, well, it can change at a later date...

PS. I'll be updating my website soon -- we need to post artwork online for class, and I promised to update the website to fulfill the requirements for that part of the course. I need a free afternoon to do that, though :-)

Flux submission

The Two Rivers Gallery in Prince George has invited artists to submit up to 6 pieces of artwork for their February exhibit entitled "Flux". I used the idea from the first pop composition in the color theory class, and enlarged it onto an 18" x 24" canvas. The painting was finished yesterday. The paperwork and forms were filled out today and will be dropped off tomorrow. The deadline for submission is Friday. Whew!
January 9, 2009 -- as an added note, I was not accepted for this exhibition, sigh. Ah, well, the process of making the submission was valuable in its own right. Receiving rejection letters is part of the process, too!

First Nations Drum

Another item completed for the First Nations Art and Design course: a drum. This was an exciting project, and somewhat nerve-wracking when it came time to paint the design, as mistakes are not easily removed! I am pleased with the overall result:

Portfolio assignment

One of the classes we are taking is entitled "Making a Living as an Artist". It is a professional practices course, and covers topics of relevance to artists, including curriculum vitae, artist's statements, documenting your artwork, etc. As a final assignment for this class, we have been asked to assemble a portfolio of artwork, with the accompanying paperwork. To make the assignment more interesting, we were also asked to create an imaginative portfolio cover, rather than present the package in a simple twin-pocket portfolio. The sky was the limit for this creative cover, but time was also a limiting factor for me. I settled on something creative, but not too time consuming, as you can see.
Created from plastic artists' palettes glued to a three ring binder, it also has a zippered closure around the outside to contain any loose items I might choose to include.