For a photo exhibit I was challenged to photograph a new hobby or skill. As a result, I created an installation using my 100 origami cranes and hand spun Japanese paper thread. I call this “The Nest”, with the cranes of hope flying out to spread joy during these pandemic times.
I look forward to teaching Watercolour Explorations again at Button Factory Arts beginning Sept. 29, 2020. Some projects that I am working on are paper making and monoprints with photo transfers.
New exhibit “Summer Detour” online at www.artdistrictgallery.org Aug 1- Sept 30, 2020. Two of my paintings are “Promenade” and “Free to Be”.
Ink and mixed media painting “Promenade” started out with an unplanned underpainting of ink. Using a photo reference of Silver Lake at Waterloo Park, I could see the shapes of the promenade bridge and landscape emerge. I am excited to announce that “Promenade” was selected by The City of Waterloo for their Art Walk project at Waterloo Park. It will be printed on a banner and displayed along the walkway with 23 other artworks by local artists.
I have a collection of washi, Japanese paper that I have painted on, used for shodo calligraphy and printmaking. Here I collaged these into a painting “Free to Be” (centre). The enso circle is a symbol of the point in time that your mind is free to create. The calligraphy at the bottom is part of the word buji which loosely translates into the quiet of nothingness.
Lazy days of summer in a pandemic. Staying home, playing with paper. Hand spun usukuchi heavy paper with 100 origami cranes of hope, hand woven strips of mokuhanga printed lotus with “ikigai” shodo calligraphy, hand painted washi bits ready for collage and overpainting.
New exhibit at The Art District Gallery online, “Off The Wall” features art by our members. My watercolour and gouache paintings are available there. Also, The Button Factory Arts building is temporarily closed but the gift shop is open online. A few art groups in Waterloo Region have come together under the title LAFWR to showcase local art online. Please support these non profit groups and local artists. All have free local delivery.
This month everything has changed.. or nothing has changed.
Trying new media and new materials- silver and gold jewellery at studiokw, tapestry weaving at Button Factory Arts, entering a shodo competition, making sculptures with wire and washi at The JPP before the Pandemic.. working from home now I have more time to work on projects. Trying out lino tiles, Kuretake watercolours from Japan on Usukuchi washi from The Japanese Paper Place, painting a watercolour feeling of hope.
Happy New Year! I will be showing my art at The JCCC gallery in Toronto until March and at The Westmount Golf and Country Club to members this month. I have art at The Art District Gallery in Kitchener which will close January 18th. The co-op group will continue with pop up shows, the first being in February at 52 Regina St. Waterloo at Art Incubate.
I was selected as one of the artists exhibiting at the Button Factory Arts 25th Anniversary Juried Show and received an award by juror Ernest Daetwyler. CTV news Stu Gooden interviewed me in this clip.