What fanciful illusions dance with you through life?
What will you see the next time you look or listen; what will you feel?
Coloured by a succession of individual and shared experiences, the ‘reality’ of this moment is anything but certain. Constantly shifting, our impressions are coloured by the world around us. Like in a dream, we walk through life imagining the missing pieces of the puzzle.
We learn more about the universe every day, and yet there is beauty in the mysteries that lie before us, in the vastness of the unknowable and the possibilities that creates. Like looking at an abstract painting that asks us to respond without having all the answers, life asks us to live with hopefulness, with love and integrity and trust that the outcome will be a life well lived.
Wearable Art is now available!
After much encouragement, I've decided to try something new with my art. So here you have it, some gorgeous wearable art made in Montreal, Canada from a few of my artworks. This clothing is printed with a superior process known as sublimation printing on high quality jersey fabric. It is wrinkle resistant making these items ideal for travelling.
The dress is reversible, black on one side and printed with the image of my painting, "Dynamic Equilibrium" on the other side.
The palazzo pants are super comfortable and classy. Dress them up or wear them casually for a fun and funky look. The sleeveless top is loose and flared and looks great tucked or belted as well.
Available in sizes XS, S, M, L and XL. Please message me at email@example.com for orders. Prices listed below with items.
Summer isn't over yet, but already I am feeling the cooler temperatures set in and the itch to spend more time in the studio, a little less time swimming and kayaking and touring visitors around Nova Scotia. Living on a lake and near the Atlantic Ocean means that I'm just a tiny bit distracted by the opportunities to be a mermaid and play in the water. :-)
But here's the thing: I've got some shows coming up and it's time to focus! "Phantasmagoria" will be my solo show happening in November at 14 Bells Fine Art Gallery in the Hydrostone area of Halifax. It's going to be an exciting show with some surprises. So be sure to look for upcoming news for the opening of that show.
At Gallery 78 in Fredericton, a water themed exhibition is coming in October, just in time to get you in the mood for the beautiful change of seasons in the Maritimes, when everything changes practically from day to day, the sky, the trees and yes, the colour of the water! I'll be sending four new works to the gallery for part of that group exhibition.
New works have also been sent to Crescent Hill Gallery in Mississauga. And don't forget to browse my website for works still available. I'm happy to bundle up a beauty to ship to you wherever you live on this beautiful fragile planet!
Some sneak peaks:
The Power of Your Imagination - Featured in Sixty Six Magazine - Scroll down to read it cover to cover!
It's always challenging and fun to experience new mediums, to create art in a way that I've never tried before. In January I drove to Liverpool, Nova Scotia for a workshop with Ivan Higgins at Cosby's Garden Centre. During a visit to the garden centre this summer, I was awe struck by his massive, expressive sculptures scattered throughout the forest and along pathways behind the greenhouses. I was inspired to take part in the two day workshop along with a friend of mine.
We made it an adventure, starting with a stop at Guy Frenchy's in Bridgewater for 'work clothes'. Following lunch at Fancy Pants Café in Bridgewater, we drove to Liverpool, checking in at the lovely Privateer Inn, a place you hardly want to leave! We took part in Trivia Night, enjoyed a cocktail and delicious dinner and met some of the other participants in the workshop.
And then...the fun really began. Or should I say, the work. This is by no means an easy feat for a newby to sculpture like me. Shaping the sculpture with wire, wire cutters and twist ties was hard on the hands. I got a terrible cramp in one hand that required icing to calm it down. Fortunately, I could still hold a glass of wine that evening with my uninjured hand. :-)
Before I left for the evening of the first day, I had to stuff the entire sculpture with the concrete mixture prepared for us by Ivan's assistants. The hard working young men also gave us tips on creating forms with the appropriate structural integrity to hold all the weight of that concrete. Even with that, a part of my 'wave' started to collapse and needed to be tied up. The wire shape morphed into an alien monster. But before the night was out, it was stuffed and I crossed my fingers that it wouldn't collapse into a heap by morning.
On the second day of the workshop, I started added a finer coat of cement, sculpting the shape. Suddenly, there was hope that I could transform this into something beautiful...or at least something interesting! I could have continued to add to the shape for days, but for the sake of my first attempt and the completion of the workshop, this was as far as the project would evolve in Liverpool. Now it has to cure before I pick it up in a few weeks and figure out where to place it in my own personal 'sculpture garden'. I've got plans for adding some interesting elements, so in a sense, the project is still evolving. Stay tuned for more pictures and perhaps even for more sculpture projects down the road.
Thanks for coming along this journey with me. Please write to me if you have any questions or ideas. I'm always so happy to hear from you!
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Art has the power to transform our lives, the way we see the world and how we interact with one another. I hope it brings you joy and inspiration.