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Working Large and Loving It

Several years ago I began to itch for something new creatively, and it seemed an impossible itch to scratch. I tried medium after medium, technique after technique, idea after idea. Nothing stuck, nothing scratched. Mornings greeted me with an abundance of creativity only to fade into evenings of deflated optimism. Yet I could never stop trying to find the *something* that would satisfy a persistent need for creative growth and escape from boredom in the studio.

Miniature painting is, rather ironically, a very large part of my artistic identity. But it is not the whole of it, and I needed a space to discover and define the other parts. So I created another studio, one simply for the purpose of making something Different. And what have I discovered? Primarily that creative habits are as difficult to break as regular habits are! Working in a studio has always been a comfort, but now I had to be harsh task master, gentle counselor and creative ass-kicker all in one. Things nearly came to a boiling point when I had to ban myself from paint brushes altogether. What happened then? I grabbed a palette knife and never looked back. Sometimes you have to Force yourself out of a comfort zone in order to discover a new one. And then you must do it all over again, and again.

So here is a sample of work that best defines the artist herself as a “work in progress”. Some of these pieces will be on display, for the very first time, at Gallery 8 during their summer exhibition “Four”. The show opens tomorrow evening, Friday June 15th, from 5-8pm.

Below is the piece titled “Second Nature” along with a few close-ups to see the texture I’m working with. This style is a lot of fun to do and inspired by a love of pottery.

 

And here are a few more pieces which will be in the show:

 

 

If you are interested in any of these pieces, please contact Gallery 8 at (250)-537-8822 or click on the link: Gallery 8

Miniature Painting Demo in Duncan BC, at Excellent Frameworks

Tiffany paintingOn Saturday, April 21st of this month, I will be setting up a mini studio and doing a demo on painting in miniature at Excellent Frameworks in Duncan BC.

 

 

The demo will take place in the gallery from 1pm – 4pm and is open to everyone.

I will be working on a painting, answering questions and offering folks a chance to try their hand at a wee bit of mini painting. If you are interested in miniature art, and are in the area, please stop by and say hello!

84th Annual MPSGS Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature

For all those who love miniature art, here is link to the 84th Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature held in Maryland, USA:

MPSGS 84th Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature

The show is presented by the Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, DC, and the exhibition runs from November 19 – January 6th at The Mansion of Strathmore in North Bethesda, MD.

I am very honoured to have received a First Place for Landscape award for my mini painting titled “Morning Tide”. This painting was inspired by a morning visit to the beach near Tofino BC, another glorious place to see along the beautiful west coast!

Morning Tide (3 x 2 inches)
“Morning Tide” (acrylic painting, 3×2 inches small)

 

Howard/Manville Gallery presents 27th annual Small Works Show

If you love small works of art, please follow this link to the Howard/Manville Gallery’s 27th Annual Invitational Small Works Show. Located in Kirkland, WA, you will find a beautiful collection of small images worked in a variety of media, and I am delighted to be a part of this year’s show. Two of my miniatures available at the show are: “West Coast Morning” and “Tranquility”. Both paintings are acrylic on paperboard.

West Coast Morning (1.5 x 4 inches)
West Coast Morning (1.5 x 4 inches)
Tranquility (2 x 3 inches)
Tranquility (2 x 3 inches)

8 Tiny Miniature Paintings!

Pieces of 8The last tiny details have been added, the antique frames selected and the paintbrushes finally set down…and I’m so very happy to be finished!!!

“Pieces of 8” is the title of my latest miniature painting project, featuring eight tiny acrylic landscapes, for the “Symbolically 8 Exhibition” at Gallery 8 on Salt Spring Island. The show is running now through to May 8th.

Here are the individual paintings:

Symbolically 8 Exhibition

painting in miniature

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gallery 8’s upcoming anniversary show “Symbolically 8 Exhibition”, on Salt Spring Island, opens on Friday April 14 at 5pm-8pm. This show features a wonderful collection of artworks by gallery artists including paintings, sculpture and more.

I’ve been working on 8 new minis for this show and I will be at there, painting in miniature, on Saturday April 15th from 11am-2pm!

Miniature Painting demo at Gallery 8

Spring is almost here! And so is the 8th anniversary show at Gallery 8, located on Salt Spring Island, in mid April. I’m working on several new miniatures for this show and will be doing a demonstration in the gallery during the opening weekend. So if you’d like to see the show, or chat with me and try your hand at painting in miniature, stop by for a visit. Dates and details to come, so please check back. 🙂