So very excited to participate in the 2nd Biennale de Mosaique en Nord at the Musee des Augustins.
On September 21st my husband and I drove from Amsterdam to Hazebrouck to deliver a cubic meter crate containing ‘A Two Steppin’ Pair’ to the museum, after a valuable lesson in air cargo shipping and customs. Hazebrouck is a small French town located in the heart of Flanders, with better known neighbours such as Ypres, Paschendale and Sommes, where many of our forefathers fought during the war. The Musee des Augustins houses a large collection of 16th & 17th century Flemish paintings. ‘Pan & Syrinx’ by Pierre Paul Rubens from 1577, and a small works by Jeronimo Bosh help attract visitors. It is so humbling to tour such a museum, as well as many others we were fortunate to visit in Brugge, Amsterdam, Dubrovnik and Venice.
What a week, and what an amazing group of really creative artists! From the Visual Arts sector emerged projects such as a portrait mural made from 3000 small glass vials filled with coloured ink, abstract paintings made from painted shattered tempered glass, large 3D lacy installations entirely created from elastics, and so forth. I made quite a bit of progress on my own project: Vanishing Beauty – a mosaic mural of an imaginary glacier.
The programme Entr’Art, organized by Le RAFA, will again be taking place at the Banff Centre from August 25-31, 2015. I really look forward to participating in this multi-disciplinarian program, enjoying the group energy, learning from the mentors, appreciating the studios allocated to each participant, the great food, and of course all the intense work.
The project, which I submitted, is to create a 3D mosaic mural depicting a glacier. I hope to use a lot of glass, and recycled objects. Serge Murphy of Montreal is the designated mentor for the Visual Arts sector. Really excited about working with him.
Brian Lackey entertained the 35 participants with his Blues sounds, and even gave a harmonica lesson. For my part, I had the opportunity to demonstrate my painting skills, while dinner unfolded. I tried to ‘wow!’ the audience with my impressions of Tekarra Mountain as seen from the Skyline Trail, where I hiked last summer. My efforts met with success as the organizers asked to auction the piece. What impressed me the most about the evening was the positive energy of each participant and the restaurant staff.
Thank you everyone for a memorable night!
In January 2015 the Sawridge Inn, Jasper, and Melissa Woodcock hosted the Jasper in January event ‘Arts on Ice’. With the help of Jessy Dion, and staff from the facility, I curated the artwork of artists from Jasper and other communities, who were invited to submit their pieces to be showcased during two lively evenings of art and music. The first night welcomed media folks from various stations and publications in Western Canada, while the second was opened to the public.
Mouth watering appetizers delighted the guests, martinis and wines were available for purchased, and the management and friendly highly trained staff ensured very successful events.
For the past five summers I have enjoyed the challenge of painting outdoors. And I mean CHALLENGE! The eye, with its peripheral vision, encompasses all. The painter must choose a composition within that wide vista, and deal with constantly changing light, the passage of clouds, wind obliterating a reflection and numerous other conditions. But the biggest challenge of all is to render the impression a landscape imprints on your being.
This past summer of 2014, was an especially prolific outdoor painting one for myself and artist friend Louise Jarry. The Jasper weather proved most clement and suitable for this pursuit. We often loaded a backpack with easel, folding stool, and painting materials to head on a trail in search of the perfect scenery. Or if less time was available, we just drove to a favourite location.
In June Jerry Markham offered a plein-air painting course in Jasper, which I indulged in. Watching another artist’s approach is so worthwhile.
A Raven Folly it has truly been. The idea for this series began with a small abstract painting seen in a decor magazine. Black on black called to me, and spoke of ravens. But what followed proved so different from the original seed. After reading Ben Gadd’s ‘Raven’s End‘, Bernd Heinrich’s ‘Mind of the Raven‘, and several world mythologies on the raven, I was launched.
First came a 3D exploration with four sculptural works. I stretched my technical knowledge by adding metal to these pieces. Then, at a multidisciplinary residency at the Banff Centre, Entr’Arts 2013, I began painting a series of acrylic works, many influenced by an elk kill and its ‘attendants’, observed on the river that winter. I explored the playful nature of ravens, mostly intent on movement. Twenty or more loose mixed media encaustic paintings followed, using Tibetan paper and clippings from art magazines. And finally, with brush and ink, 40 plus sketches appeared, often causing mirth as I drew. Personifying my creations became second nature.