Studio Life: I often travel with a 3-5 felt pens or coloured pencils. Designs using two colours On a long airplane flight, I sat thinking about workshop I was going to give. The flight attendant spoke to me in a strange way but I was absorbed by my thoughts. When she brought my meal, sheContinue reading “Travelling”
Studio Life Exploring the inter-relationship of shapes is endlessly fascinating. Here are a series of quick watercolours of trees in autumn with simply colours and shapes.
Studio Life Sometimes I sketch for shapes, patterns or moods. It’s always fun to add colour and notes. These three drawings from different places in the valley are similar in shape.
Studio Methods Painting near water is magigal. Dappled light, flickering reflections, ever changing shadows and colours. When not working on a project, I fill sketchbooks with quick studies, a habit left over from art school. In public places, figures add to the story. People are quick to sense being watched; quickly capturing an image isContinue reading “Okanagan BC”
Besides local flora and machinery, I took time to contemplate my surroundings. With a studio in a rural setting by the Okanagan Lake, its influences crept into my work as I absorbed ever changing lights and shadows bouncing off water, and long vistas filled with moving clouds and approaching weather. One magical morning, I wasContinue reading “Okanagan BC”
In the Okanagan, I had a new studio and new subjects but as an artist always similar subjects nestle in my mind. Although plants and machinery may appear poles apart they present me with similar puzzles: fitting shapes together to present an interwoven image. Plants inspire colours which liven otherwise “dull” mechanics. Agricultural machines oftenContinue reading “Okanagan BC”
After a year at the Steveston Cannery, I moved to the Okanagan where two subjects intrigued me: indigenous plants … and my continued interest in machinery.
Historic Canneries Whilst working at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, I went up to see Port Edwards outside Prince Rupert, pictured above, a more extensive cannery site though less frequented year round. (I would have enjoyed more time there; easier to do more work in Steveston, a short bus ride from my studio.) At theContinue reading “Beyond Vancouver BC”
Gulf of Georgia Cannery, Steveston BC I was delighted to accept an opportunity to research in the Gulf of Cannery, a National Historic site, in Steveston BC . My original plan was to base my work on the structure but it was the machinery that fascinated me. The site is bitterly cold all year round:Continue reading “Beyond Vancouver BC”
Steveston BC – a great spot for fresh fish Both my father and brother were mechanical engineers and I have always been fascinated by machinery. Plus, having never lived in one place for more than four years, the qualities that make a place unique continue to intrigue me. In 2003, I spent time in StevestonContinue reading “Beyond Vancouver”