"THIS IS MY COUNTRY. WHAT I WANT TO EXPRESS IS HERE AND I LOVE IT. AMEN" - EMILY CARR (MAY 1934)

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Paint Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia July 8 - 10th

Plein Air Painting At Peggy's Cove 
What a blast! I was on site all three days for this wonderful festival, Saturday8th, Sunday 9th and Monday 10th of July between 10am and 5pm. I was born and raided in Nova Scotia and have visited Peggy's Cove but nothing prepared me for the experience of watching the phenomenal changes in ocean and sky that occurred daily over the 7 hours of painting. The weather was ever-changing from rain &fog in the morning to hot sun and wind in the afternoon.  It was exhilarating and inspiring to watch the water and sky change so dramatically and I did my best to capture its beauty!

I met so many nice people, from all over the world. At my easel I sold one of my Yukon Northern Lights painted on a fire-killed spruce wood cut from the forest near my home to a man from Bosnia who loved the aurora and a small painting study of a dory that was in progress on the wharf on day 3  to an enchanting 9 year old girl named Mitra who wanted to buy the painting right there  and as is! (her parents obliged :)  So encouraging! These are the experiences that make painting worthwhile! When your work moves, inspires and brings happiness to others. It was inspiring for me to see all the other artists works and I enjoyed meeting many of them.

Each Day's Work as well as studio pieces of my work were on view and on sale in the large Mongolian Yurt ( round tent) located a short walk from the Peggy's Cove Lighthouse. I put a selection of Yukon art in the Yurt. There were lots of maritime scenes of boats and lighthouses and ocean- very beautiful for sure but I wanted to show them my beautiful wilderness, the mountains, northern lights and fireweed. I am a Yukoner now not a bluenoser :)

It was a great challenge to paint outdoors again and I look forward to another festival somewhere in Canada again!  If any of you have suggestions, I would be grateful if you would please let me know in the comments. Best.... Jackie

 Day One by the Yurt:

 Day 2: by the Visitor Information Centre


Well, of course! .... the Lighthouse :)

Day Three about to begin on the Wharf

My Yukon!

These were some of my Yukon Paintings that Sold!

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Paintings & Letters by the Grade One Students, The Children's School, La Jolla California


I am so thrilled to see some of the Northern Lights Paintings made by the students in California. Some of these children have never seen the Northern Lights before.  Their works are very inspiring! I received these lovely letters from the students and sent them each a reply with a Northern Lights Art Card. 





 Mural of Northern Lights by the Students















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. 

GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR PAINTINGS!

8X10 
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.

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Part One:  Set Up and Materials




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Part 2: Working on the Sky



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Part 3: More On the Sky


          Part 4: Adding Some Water & Horizon Line           

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Part 5: Putting in Trees and Reflection
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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!

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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.

PEACE and GOOD WILL TO YOU ALL!

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

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

 Peace.....
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.