Saturday, October 31, 2009

Book of Cats


The very playful Savannah cat! I love the way the encaustic medium invites the sinuousness of cat movement.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Book of Cats


This is Emma the sister cat represented encaustically. Emma, the screen door escape artist. Emma, the decorator with yarn and string.
She used each of her nine lives fully.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Book of Cats


Lord Friebert...in a box. Have you ever met a cat that doesn't like a box to explore, have a snooze in, or just generally sit in like the it is the best observation post?

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Book of Cats


Ooooh the lovely orientals. it seems no matter where they are or how they are positioned it is a pose of the grace of felinity. This is piece is also an encaustic and could easily be in the series of 'MY cat never....

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Book of Cats


The technique used for these images is encaustic. A beeswax and resin mix is applied to the gessoed board. The image is painted with acrylic paint. The wax gives the paint a luminous quality. The work is done without being fiddly because that just wrecks it. The bearable lightness of being is the place one works from with encaustic!

Monday, October 26, 2009

book 2 environmental studies- the porch



How do these things start...??? Painting the pillars of the old porch and deciding to attach a hanging basket and the pillar fall over. As it holds the roof...
The old and TADA the new porch and paint.

book 2 environmental studies- the painted wall




This is an old house...1905. The structure is wonderful, solid fir. In this small upstairs bedroom the lathe and plaster walls are thick with decorating ideas manifest- layers of paint and paper. I began scraping it off then realized it was very stuck on. Rule of life #1 -work with what you have.
I applied a coat of high grade primer. a wash of turquoise and various green latexes. The final organic looking texture was acheived using sheets of plastic over the thickly applied sap green final coat.
The rose stencils, symbols of the House are used like the modern new fangled wall paper. It works with the spirit of the place.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

book 2 environmental studies- the birthday cake


Each layer of this cake is different...there is an apricot pound cake, double chocolate cake, marble cake, and vanilla butter pound cake. and it did look spectacular when cut!
because it was my darling friend's 60th birthday I thought the child-like decorations and lopsidedness of the cake layers a perfect comment!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

book 2 environmental studies- the painted planter



Developing a symbol for the House - the rose. This is a stencil for the planters outside... the original blue was sanded off, 'bordeaux' wood stain, the stencil and a coat of marine varnish. They should last another 50 years.

Friday, October 23, 2009

book 2 environmental studies- the painted rug




What to do when the rug is just not the right color but the perfect size and more importantly right here! Paint it! Pictures of the process of painting a braided rug. The design over the background is made with stencils.
If you wish to know more about this process, contact me!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

book 1 posting a painting a day - Baubles


These last two postings are examples of playing with tones and values...that they create a recognizable image. Heart energy though our hands.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Saturday, October 17, 2009

book 1 posting a painting a day - Exotique


from the belly dance class days...Leila and the marvelous costumes. The sparkle light mystery of the feminine.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

book 1 posting a painting a day - Scarf


I did caricatures at the Edmonton Opera's fundraising dinner. The theme of the booths was La Boheme. Scarves and boas and amazing accessories from shops around the city inspired this image.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

book 1 posting a painting a day - Spotlight


When suddenly, one's daydreaming through the conversations at the table is interrupted by a question that is floating in the sound around... and you know it was to be caught by you because everyone is looking at you... spotlight.

Monday, October 12, 2009

book 1 posting a painting a day - synestry


Fun with a mirror... and some creative imaginings. Technically it is leaving the gesso unsanded to make use of the texture. and this dress is also a slinky silk jersey.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

book 1 posting a painting a day - Hat éclat


Because of the thickness of the frame the image continues around the sides on these cube paintings.
I love painting hands, and eyes. I love painting!!!

Friday, October 9, 2009

book 1 posting a painting a day -Song


The YardBird Suite, a jazz club, the saxophonist was the main event but the woman singing had the moments.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

book 1 posting a painting a day Aisha


From The Blue Chair, an eclectic restaurant on the southside. One live music Thursday,
This most amazing voice went right through me.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

book 1 posting a painting a day -Karri Wood


Karri wood...some more information from trees. Karri sheds its bark and creates its own soil...karri loam. Lovely allegory. This work is 12" x 12".

Monday, October 5, 2009

book 1 posting a painting a day -Hat G reen


I imagine this would be a slinky stretch jersey dress. That would make this pose possible. There was a program filmed in which professional models tried to imitate the poses of great artworks. There were a many that were impossible. Yet there they are, looking very real. Amazing, huh?

Sunday, October 4, 2009

book 1 posting a painting a day -Love Seat


The idea for this little moment in time comes from a party, on the patio (of course, the woman is smoking for heaven's sake!) How we try so hard with the impressing-each-other-business, while the fact of sitting together and talking is completely overlooked. Hmm.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

book 1 posting a painting a day -Quite


Some images come from my abiding interest in fashion. The leather purse and feather collar symmetry -ize. These types of pleasing details- Quite.

Friday, October 2, 2009

book 1 posting a painting a day Yoga


This is one of the paintings chosen by Art Gallery Alberta for the traveling exhibition. The exhibition goes to schools, museums, and art galleries around the province.
Yoga, the title of this work, as union of body mind spirit- expressed in the play with pattern and tone.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

book 1 posting a painting a day- Marri


Marri is a tree and type of wood that is unique to Western Australia, as so many things are, to Australia that is. This tribute to the trees is from a sketch made during a drawing session with the 'drawing ladies', a group of women that invited me into their lives while I was in Australia. That was a few years ago...2006.