Friday, 6 March 2020

Artist self care

birdies made it onto the mini's
 this week  in celebration of the
little darlings flitting about in
the garden lately.
Not a great deal of studio painting going on this week.  I've been nursing a cold so staying home and focusing on health improvement instead.  When I'm away from the studio and not painting I feel like part of me is missing.  My studio practice is an essential part of feeling whole.  I recognize that 'a break is as good as a holiday' though, so a little self care is what's in order this week.  When I've been feeling like it, I have been satisfying that need to create with some little mini's.  My mini oil paintings are a meditative practice that celebrate little joys.  I plug into a podcast (favourites are: Art Juice, Savvy Painter & Art For Your Ear) and lose myself in the rythymn of the brushwork.

I applied to a couple of galleries for various juried shows last month and now they are all coming to fruition, which means there's a lot of dropping off/picking up paintings this month.  As a matter of fact there are 4 shows this month where I will have work ... two at Coast Collective, one at ArtPod and one with the Victoria Sketch Club.  I'm honoured to get to participate in these.  As an artist its important to 'get the work out there' so different people get to see the work.  One never knows where that might lead; often it leads to art sales and happy customers, and often it doesn't.  But we make art because we need to say something, and sharing the work is important.

Sunday, 23 February 2020

Group Art Shows - upcoming

I have one painting in the 'HEAD IN THE CLOUDS' group art show at Coast Collective running Feb 26th - March 8th.  The opening reception takes place on Saturday February 29th from 1-3pm.  It would be lovely to see you there.  Coast Collective art gallery is located at 103-318 Wale Road, Victoria, BC. It is open 11am-5pm Wed -Sun. 

Mar 17th-22nd,  I will have a few paintings exhibited at the Victoria Sketch Club's group art show & sale, which is celebrating it's 111th annual show this year.  
ONE HUNDRED AND ELEVEN!  ...that's how many years this club has been ticking along!  I know, I know!  It's the oldest art group in continuous operation in Western Canada. Included in the VSC history is some famous artist members; Emily Carr, Ted Harrison and Jack Shadbolt to name just a few. 
Opening night is March 17th, 7-9pm.  Her honour, Lieutenant Governor Janet Austin will open the show.  The show & sale continues daily 10am - 7pm Wed-Sat, Mar 18th-21st and 10am-4pm Sunday Mar 22.
Come and enjoy a variety of wonderful art by the artists of 
the VSC.  The show is held at Glenlyon Norfolk Junior School, 1701 Beach Drive, Oak Bay. 

                                 BIRD & SONG Metchosin ArtPod
4495 Happy Valley Road, Metchosin
Gala opening March 8, 2020, at 1:00 p.m.
show continues Mar 6 - Apr 12
Friday to Sunday 11 am - 4 pm
My painting, 'Strength & Tenacity' (left) will be part of this group show.

Monday, 13 January 2020

AGGV Art Rental and Sales gallery program

Eminence - oil on canvas - 36 x 30"
I'm excited to say I got my painting 'Eminence' accepted into the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Art Rental and Sales Program.  Happy about that!  I love the venue that they have at the Victoria Airport;  a unique and eye catching display for all travellers to enjoy when passing through our airport.  
The rental and sales gallery is a great program.  It allows people to rent first class contemporary original local artworks for a minimum monthly fee.  That's nice because it means people can live with an artwork for a while, its especially good if they are contemplating purchasing it.  Or if they like they can rent it for a few months and then take it back to the gallery.  This allows them to rent another artwork to enjoy for a while.  
I love how Victoria is sooooo supportive of the arts.  And I'm tickled pink to have my work accepted into the AGGV art rental and sales program:)

Friday, 27 December 2019


Moss & Arbutus - 8x10 en plein air- oil panel
Finding the right fit in a gallery is an important thing.  But it does take time.  You need time to look around at suitable galleries and to have an idea about what sort of work the gallery shows.  It helps to visit the gallery and pay attention to how the work is displayed, how often it is refreshed and what the price points are in comparison to work that you make. 

When all of these things seem in alignment, a request in person or by email on whether or not the gallery is currently seeking new artists is a good idea. In person a gallery owner may say upfront they are or are not seeking new art, and often will explain how to submit if they are. 
Email is less personal, and often an email request to a gallery goes unanswered.  Don't take it personally; but do understand, some things can be learned from no reply: 
1.  They are busy.  Who isn't?  
2.  They don't think they can sell it
3.  They are not seeking new artists at this time. 

In my opinion, no reply to a simple email request tells me something else too:   It tells me that I probably don't really want to do business with that gallery anyway.  Think about it... Would you do business with someone who wasn't available or accessible about business matters?  A professional gallery has the courtesy to at least reply even a standard:  " this time we are not currently seeking submissions..."   

An important thing I want from a gallery is a professional gallery / artist relationship.  Make no mistake about it, artists provide a gallery their inventory, in exchange I expect a clear contract and a business approach. 

Thursday, 14 November 2019


Clover Point - 30 x 24 inch -oil on wood - $1000 CAD.

"I'm so excited, and I just can't hide it...." 

I feel like perseverance has slowly begun to cultivate a new direction in my studio work. It's a good feeling.  For several months now I've been pushing my larger work into more resounding abstract sensibilities;  experimenting with different oil media and ways of working with it.  Most of all I've been conscious of simplifying and reducing elements to arrive at a clearer concept of my intentions.
One thing I've learned; you have to show up and push on through the uncomfortable middle bits. There are sure plenty of those! It means taking risks, not being precious, allowing time to hear your inner voice.

Wednesday, 30 October 2019


I'm looking forward to this fun holiday market at my studio; The Arts Centre at Cedar Hill.

Just one day only from 10am  to 3pm, the potters and artists of the studios at Cedar Hill host a holiday market.  

Come see what we've been making. Shop for special gifts and unique one of a kind art pieces produced by local Victorian artists.

Sunday, 11 August 2019


Transitions in art happen all the time in small increments when painting.  It's all about listening to the inner voice, and following where it leads.  Since moving to BC, I have noticed that I am more and more interested in the abstract process of painting.  In my studio work I have been allowing myself the indulgence of painting for paintings sake, and seeing where it leads me.  It sometimes yields pleasant  surprises... I'm always searching for those.  It also often leads to stoppages where I have to put the painting away and revisit another time.  

Sometimes transitions are the result of what's happening in life, shifts in ways of thinking and new ideas bubbling up.  
Exploring these ideas enrich the art experience.  These transitions don't always have to become significant bodies of work, I think of them more as building blocks to something more interesting down the road.

Artist self care

birdies made it onto the mini's  this week  in celebration of the little darlings flitting about in the garden lately. Not a great...