Saturday, May 9, 2020
Thursday, April 23, 2020
10 x 8"
Mixed Media on BoardPaining #279 - The CBE Indigenous Education Team gathered electronically to create this visual of what Indigenous Well-Being looks like to each of us. I depicted four traditional medicines: rosehips, prairie sage, sweetgrass and wolf willow. The visual of the roots, sprout and full bloom of each plant reminds us of the cycle of life. Each seed must be nurtured to reach full maturity and share its gifts. A sweetgrass braid is wrapped around to symbolize protection.
Our team is sharing this with schools, students, families and the greater community and invite you to do the same. It will also serve as a foundational touchstone for our renewed CBE Indigenous Education Strategy.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Mixed Media on BoardPainting #277 - Wow, it just hit me, 277 is a lot of paintings lol. This is a landscape painting of a beautiful spot close to my parent's house just outside of Owen Sound. I always feel at peace when my husband and I go for our morning walk to this spot.
Monday, October 28, 2019
Follow Your Intuition
Mixed Media on Birch PanelPainting #270 - I'm experimenting with a new app., hence, the loose, bold colours. This is a painting of the Peace bridge in Calgary that my husband and I frequently use to cross the Bow river.
Saturday, July 13, 2019
Mixed Media on Birch PanelPainting #269 - Actually, I did this painting in June but forgot to post it. I created it for my brother who is getting married today!!! He loves his Harvey and of course the new lady in his life, Cheryl.
Mixed Media on Birch PanelPaining #268 - This painting was inspired by a photo I took of down town Calgary. Again, its loose. I have realized that I have a lot to learn about blue pigments. I had great difficulty achieving the blues I wanted for this painting.
Sunday, April 21, 2019
Dance on the Promenade
Mixed Media on Birch PanelPainting #265 - This painting is inspired by the song, Promenade by the Fragments. The drums lead the listener into a ChaCha type melody. The song is uplifting and makes me want to dance.
Mixed Media on Birch PanelPainting #264 - My artwork is inspired by the song Loess, by The Fragments. Loess immediately resonated with me. Its melody inspires a sense mystery as do the lyrics, which personify soil. Through this project, I learned that a loess is formed by the accumulation of wind-blown silt, and its soils are among the most fertile in the world.
After repeatedly listening to the song, I was motivated by the story about the earth’s land. I’ve never considered the life of soil and how it constantly moves, settles, accumulates, and takes shape. It’s like there’s a secret world that lives within our landscapes. I felt the melody reiterated this idea and that’s what I wanted to capture in my painting.
I chose blue tones to depict a mysterious mood and used mostly an analogous colour scheme of yellow, green and blue. I loosely blocked in the sky, land and trees. In the foreground, I painted bands of colour in different widths to represent layers of soil. This is also where I would capture the movement of the music and the land. From this stage, the painting took on a life all of its own. I aspired to let the song feed my art and to remain open, receptive and responsive to the moment. A constant challenge was ensuring my piece looked unified. I knew I was finished when the feeling of my painting fit the tone of the song.