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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

Anniversary show at Gallery 8 this month!

It’s a birthday celebration at Gallery 8 on Salt Spring Island! These two new miniature paintings are at Gallery 8 as part of their 9th anniversary show. A little taste of Canadiana and thoughts of summer days to come…

“Old Country Charm” (1.75 x 5.25 inches) Acrylic on board

Old Country Charm (1.75 x 5.25 inches)
Old Country Charm (1.75 x 5.25 inches)

 

“Horses in the Field” (1.75 x 5.25 inches) Acrylic on board

Horses in the Field (1.75 x 5.25 inches)
Horses in the Field (1.75 x 5.25 inches)

 

A Walk Through the Park – in miniature

I find few things lovelier than a leisurely stroll through a beautiful park, on a very fine spring day. Largely, I suspect, because I don’t have to battle allergies that accompany spring’s grand arrival.

This painting depicts springtime in Beacon Hill Park, Victoria BC.

“Walk Through the Park”  Acrylic on board (2 x 4.5 inches small)

Walk Through the Park (2 x 4.5 inches)

Here is a look at the same painting with rough edges and a quarter to show scale:

Walk Through the Park (2 x 4.5 inches) Quarter

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!

Autumn Splendor in Miniature

Here are two new minis of the mid island area: Nanaimo River and the train tracks near Transfer beach in Ladysmith, both dressed in autumn colours. I was fortunate to be on Vancouver Island on a gorgeous fall day and visited these beautiful places with camera on hand and leaves still on the trees! It’s great to paint these little guys with all that lovely colour.

Autumn Morning (2 x 4.5 inches)
Autumn Morning (2 x 4.5 inches)
River Water (2 x 4.5 inches)
River Water (2 x 4.5 inches)