Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Sticks and Stones: Group Show, Yukon Artists At Work Coop Gallery

Sticks and Stones, a Group Exhibition 
 in Whitehorse opened on April 7th, 2017

Magundy River Gravel Bar is the first painting I made for the show, I was picking stones the day I stood out here last summer. It was an incredibly beautiful day, vivid blue sky and sunshine. Some of the stones are by my easel in my studio.  I spend a lot of time by the river as it is 60 metres from our cabin. I also found a beautiful heart-shaped rock, it sits beside me at my table. 

Title: Magundy Gravel Bar
16x20" Acrylic on Canvas

This is painting No. 2 for the Show. My lane is a kilometre long; this spot is about halfway down where the pond is. A special place for me; I often go here to meditate/pray. I love the dead branches that lay in chaos strewn on the forest floor, it gives me a feeling of peace to know that life is always in process. In the natural world everything is not ordered and logical but there can be decay and growth side by side. 

Title: Magundy Deadfall
24x24 Arcylic on Canvas

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Finished Northern Lights Painting from Demo for Grade One Students

Here is the finished painting!  A few things to tell you......

I used a light blue paint and put snow on the trees.  I put some mountains in the background along the horizon.  Also some rocks in the foreground. AND....STARS!  I use Blue, Yellow, Green, Pink  and White dots to make the stars in the night sky.  
I am hoping that I will be able to put your paintings on my blog when you are done
so everyone can see your paintings as well. 


Aurora Borealis Demonstration
Acrylic on Canvas

Colours for Northern Lights

 Stay Wet Palette and Brushes

 Outside the Cabin

And.... Meet Chevy .... she is waiting to go for her walk :) 

Northern Lights Painting Demos for Grade One Students

This is a very simple demonstration ( in five parts) of how to paint the Northern Lights.
We've seen them a lot lately in our night skies because when it gets very cold outside the skies get very clear and you can see the stars and the lights too!  I told you in the video it was -34 this morning.  I cannot walk Chevy for very long when it is this cold because her little feet get very cold!

You will notice that I have not put too many details in the painting ..... You can use your imagination to decide what you put under your sky!  In Part 4: I show you that I put in a horizon line and some water and a row of trees with their reflection.  You may choose to put a row of big spruce trees or some mountains.  That is the BEAUTY of painting.... you get to decide! 
Wishing you the very best with yours :) 

In the next post you will see the finished painting.

Part One:  Set Up and Materials


Part 2: Working on the Sky

Part 3: More On the Sky

          Part 4: Adding Some Water & Horizon Line           



Part 5: Putting in Trees and Reflection

Friday, 3 March 2017

For The Children's School Grade One Class in La Jolla California, Part 1

Hello from the Artist! to the Students of the Grade One Class at the Children's School!


Painting.... creating art has been something I have done since I was younger than you!  I remember being 5 years old and colouring with crayons in a book.   I felt a sense of frustration when I was colouring because the colours I wanted to create were not in the box!  I took the crayons and pressed very hard to make the colours very vivid and then the  people ... well!  I had to create the colour of their skin. This involved using the white crayon the orange crayon, red crayon and brown and blending all these crayon colours together.  I used the crayons like oil pastels. My mother watched in fascination as I did this.
As the years continued, I acquired some paints and I was always drawing, colouring & painting.  In high school.  I was lucky enough to be able to have a wonderful art department at my school  and I studied art and art history.

I have always enjoyed mixing colours and in particular deep vibrant  and bright colours -they are a big part of my painting today. Colour enables me to create a sense of drama, mood and to evoke emotion.  I also like the play of light and dark in a painting as well.  This is the reason I really LOVE to  paint the Northern Lights and Sunsets. They make me feel so happy!

A Larger Northern Lights Painting 24x24 inches 

Right now in the Yukon we are still very much in the midst of winter.  Today it is - 25 degrees celsius  and there is a bitterly cold wind blowing.    I have my friend's little dog with me that I am looking after for a couple of months while she is in Florida!  Lucky her :)  Chevy and I go for a walk daily and when we come back I usually paint.  It is important that we both get outside  for a bit.  The cabin is not really big and you can get cabin fever if you are in for too long without going out!

I have a attached a little video as an introduction to the students of The Children's School in La Jolla California and a picture of some of the work I have been painting in the last few weeks in preparation for the upcoming summer season. Things open up in the summer months here in the northern part of the world. We have winter tourism that is growing especially around the Northern Lights, lots of people come from Japan to see the lights but in the summer lots of visitors fly from Europe and the U.S. Many travel the Alaska highway to come to the Yukon and go to Alaska.  We are known as the land of the Midnight Sun!  Your teacher can explain this to you :)
Smaller Paintings from the last few Weeks

What the Yukon Summer looks like. The fireweed in this painting 
is what grows after a fire has burned in an area. A beautiful purple flower. It is the official flower of the Yukon Territory.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

A Recent Commission

I mostly paint landscapes but not exclusively.  This commission was completed recently of a dog named Wiley and Keno Hill.  I met the owners of Wiley at the Interpretive Centre in Faro and Wiley too!  He was a very calm dog with such a good nature.  I really enjoyed painting him. I used watercolour on Arches 140 lb cold pressed paper. 
Dimensions are 20x30 inches. (full sheet of Watercolour paper)

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Christmas Watercolours & the Middle of the Night Art

Christmas..... I wish you Peace because that is what, a lot of times is lacking with the season upon us.  It gets so BUSY, for me I am creating a lot of art and even in the middle of the night!  Featured below is MONA - my "middle of the night art"  I am painting daily to prepare for the Christmas Craft Sale season and sometimes after painting all day I cannot "shut it off"!  So... nothing for it but to get up and tip toe into the main room of my cabin while my husband peacefully sleeps, switch on my headlamp ( as we live off-grid & there is no power in the middle of the night) and paint little watercolours. Sometimes the moon is my companion on these dark starry nights, sometimes the Northern Lights. Sometimes I even go out onto the stoop and breathe in these awesome sights- so magical!  I have enjoyed revisiting this medium which started when Yukon Artists at Work, my gallery co-op in Whitehorse had a Tea show this fall and I decided to paint some Tazo teabags with watercolour.


 The World in Solemn Stillness Lay...
5x7 Watercolour on Arches Paper

 On the Breast of the New Fallen Snow......
5x7 Watercolour on Arches Paper
 By the Light of the Silvery Moon

5x7 Watercolour
140 lb cold press Arches paper

 Oh Aurora...
5x7 Watercolour

8x10 Watercolour

8x10 Watercolour

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Arts Upfront Festival, July 13 to 17th, 2016

I spent 2 days in Whitehorse at the Arts Up Front Festival.  Four hours per day demonstrating and the painting was completed!  Yet Another sunset.  It was so nice to be in the "Big City" and talk with the people and paint.  So grateful for the opportunity!

Original Acrylic
18x24 on Canvas
Dragon Lake Sunset

Saturday, 9 July 2016

A Fleeting Gift

A sunset I painted recently.... why do I love sunsets so much?  I love their colours, their peace, their ability to make me feel the divine.  A sunset brings me home to myself.  It washes away the cares of the day and I feel at peace with myself and the world.  It is a fleeting gift given freely and humbly, countless times but never the same.
This one was inspired by our midnight sun in the Yukon.

Evening Solitude
36x36 Acrylic on Canvas

Friday, 18 March 2016

Becoming Unknown

 Original 24x36" Acrylic on Cradled Wood Panel
"Storm Over Little Salmon"

 Original 11x14" Acrylic on Cradled Wood Panel
Fox Lake, Yukon

Original 21x42 Acrylic on Stretched Canvas
Commission: Kluane, Quill Creek 

Before I write about this I thought I will post a few of my recent paintings.  So if you aren't interested in reading,  you can see my artwork, which is really what this blog is all about :)

Becoming Unknown?   What does this mean.   Well this is my statement, I guess, of defiance against the current wave of culture where we are told what it means to be successful.  Specifically for artists, "the big thing is to become "KNOWN".   Known on the web, on facebook, with the art establishment, with collectors with "THE WORLD" and then of course to be financially rewarded for all of this.    I am not much of a writer but I want to put it out there that this is not something I care to pursue any more.  In recent years, I have decided  it is more important  to be "KNOWN" to myself and unknown to the world.  At the end of the day, true fulfillment is on a personally meaningful level.  Happiness is not created by fame, the approval of others, money.  Sure it would be nice to have some of  these things but I choose not to make it my aim.   Now that I have all the time in the world to paint, I realize that what will lastingly sustain me as an artist for the rest of my life is to go inside of myself and look for what is truly meaningful and special to me and to paint that.  It is a journey.  I love nothing more than to be in that moment when I am painting and the PROCESS is happening where after all these years  and thousands of hours of painting,  I feel this joyous energy coursing through my veins and the resounding YES! in my soul.  The energy flows through me, it feels effortless, .......This to me, is the ultimate success.

Monday, 18 January 2016

New Works to Yukon Artists at Work Gallery

Two New Works heading to Yukon Artist at Work Co-operative Gallery in Whitehorse, Yukon. What is different about these paintings?  I put some wildlife into them.  Definitely something you would see in my part of the world.

"Evening Solitude"
Acrylic on Canvas
24x36 inches

            "Northwestel Road, Little Salmon Lake"
Acrylic on Canvas
36x24 inches

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Well-Used Books Christmas Sale December 4,5 and 6th

I will be one of the artists in this Event!  I am preparing right now.... lots of little paintings and Art Cards. The Well-Used Book Store is in Whitehorse on Fourth Avenue just north of Main St.  Friday December 4th from 7 to 9pm.  Saturday and Sunday during the day.  I hope to see you there. We will have cider and little appetizers and cookies too!

Here are a few of the pieces I have been working on daily:

 Winter Evening, Klondike Cabin
8x10, Acrylic on Canvas

 5x7 inches, Acrylic on Canvas
Winter Cabin with Northern Lights

 Aurora Borealis Reflections, Kluane
5x7 Inches, Acrylic on Canvas

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Northern Lights 2015

I decided to do some small studies of Northern Lights in watercolour, gauche, ink, soft pastel - a mixed media.  I saw the Aurora Borealis in the night sky for the first time this fall outside my cabin for quite a few nights in a row.  I always welcome back the night skies of stars and northern lights after a long summer of midnight sun, this is a land of extremes at times, but there is so much beauty in each season. 

 5x7 on Arches 140 lb Cold Press
Watercolour, Ink, and Soft Pastel

5x7 on Arches 140 lb Cold Press
Watercolour, Ink, and Soft Pastel

 4x6 on Arches 140 lb Cold Press
Watercolour, Ink, and Soft Pastel

4x6 on Arches 140 lb Cold Press
Watercolour, Ink, and Soft Pastel

6x8 on Arches 140 lb Cold Press
Watercolour, Ink, and Soft Pastel

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Watercolours of Autumn

 Original Watercolour
5x7 Inches
The Magundy in Autumn 2015

Original Watercolour with Ink
5x7 Inches
Rose Hips Autumn 2015
I spent some time last week painting small images of Autumn from around my place.  The leaves are pretty much gone but the rosehips were a brilliant red with the pond behind them. I could not resist painting them.  Both paintings are 5x7 matted and framed in an 8x10 frame.  

I have not worked with watercolour for some time.  It does take practice to get back into the technique.  I have a small series of Northern Lights as well that I completed that will be in another post. 

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Impasto Painting with Acrylic - New Works and News

On July 15 and 16th I attended the UPFRONT Festival in Whitehorse on the Wharf on the banks of the Yukon River.  Arts Underground sponsored this wonderful event and for 2 days I was one of their demonstrating artists.   I decided on Impasto painting for the demos as I find this to be a very spontaneous way of painting and I do not look at any reference material when I do it. There is a lot of interaction with the public when I am painting so this works well for me.

There is some preparation the day before. The canvas is gessoed with some colour and shapes drawn in with paynes grey. Then I use impasto gel to build up the texture before I start the main body of work.  The gel needs 24 hours to dry and is placed in the areas where I want extra texture ( like in the leaves and trunks of the aspens/birches and the petals of the fireweed. ) I had so much fun during the 2 days that I decided to do a little more impasto work in the next few weeks!

  Yukon Birch
Impasto Acrylic on Canvas
24x18 inches

Yukon Fireweed
Impasto Acrylic on  Birch Panel
11x14 inches

Impasto Yukon Autumn Aspens
Impasto Acrylic on  Canvas
36x12 inches

Fireweed- Little Salmon Lake
Impasto Acrylic on Canvas
6x6 inches

 Yukon Fireweed Sunset
Impasto Acrylic on Canvas
6x6 inches

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Yukon Sunsets

 Little Salmon Lake
 Acrylic on Canvas

Dragon Lake, the North Canol
Acrylic on Canvas

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Crane and Sheep Viewing Festival - May 1 to 3rd, 2015, Faro Yukon

Original Watercolour 11x14 on Arches Paper
Sandhill Crane in Flight
Once again, I will be participating in the Crane and Sheep Viewing Festival held annually in the Town of Faro, Yukon this weekend.  People come from all over the Yukon to witness the migration of the Sandhill Cranes and many of the other migrating birds.   The Town's Staff work very hard to make this event happen. The festival signals the opening of the Interpretive Centre and RV Park as well.  Faro has a population of about 400 people and the community helps out in many ways to make the event happen.
For example there is a wild game bbq where town folks donate all the meat (caribou, moose, sheep) to feed up to 300 people at times.
For three days there are continuous events,  tours of the sheep viewing sites, intrepretive talks and hikes, bird watching,  a community BBQ And of course Art Demos and Displays.

Some of my Work which will be at the Festival

Original Acrylic 20x20
Spring at Blind Creek, Mount Mye Sheep Viewing Centre

Original Acrylic 24x36
Cranes over the Pelly River Near Faro