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Thank you Island Arts Magazine!

I’d like to give a big thank you to Susan Schaefer of the Island Arts Magazine for the feature about miniature painting in the upcoming winter issue. This is a terrific magazine focused on the arts in the Vancouver Island area with many great reads and information inside. You can find more info about the Island Arts Magazine on FB and at the website: http://www.islandartsmag.ca Thank you!

Island Arts Magazine Winter 2019

MPSGS 2019 International Exhibit

For those who love miniature art, here is a link to the MPSGS 2019 International Exhibit of miniature art in many of it’s delightful forms. Here you will find traditional miniature paintings, sculpture, mixed media, graphic art and many more works of miniature art.

The opening reception will be held Sunday, November 17th from 2-4pm at The Mansion at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Maryland. A very big thank you to everyone who worked to put this amazing show together!

This year I am honoured to have received the Cathie P. Scott Memorial Award for Best in Realism for the miniature painting titled: “Summer Spray”, a scene from my beloved west coast here on Vancouver Island.

Summer Spray (2.25 x 3.5 inches)
Miniature painting: “Summer Spray”, acrylic on board.  This scene is from one of my June trips to the west coast on Vancouver Island, near Tofino.

New minis for annual show at Gallery 8

These tiny, circular miniature paintings are some of the smallest acrylic paintings I create. The size and format is a nice change from the slightly larger rectangles I usually paint. Size here, being relative of course!

These little paintings will be on display and available for purchase at the upcoming 10th Anniversary show at Gallery 8 on Salt Spring Island. The show opens April 19th!

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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)