Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Student Portfolios

Summer is just around the corner and soon I will be sending my art students home with bundles of their brilliant artwork. This is the perfect time of year to create artist portfolios. My studio students and I make these using brown shopping bags.

Four large shopping bags will make a portfolio with 6 large pockets and 4 half pockets.

You'll need: 4 brown bags, glue gun, card stock, acrylic paints and brushes and a pair of scissors. 

1. Open up the side gussets of each bag. Run a bead of glue about 2 cm in from the edge. Glue the gussets closed.

2. Do the same to the bottom flap. This creates a pocket.

3. You should have all four bags with their gussets glued and pocket flaps glued. Glue two bags together along the side and bottom edges. Glue the other two bags together in the same way. You will now have two halves of your portfolio created.

4. Create a center hinge for the portfolio using a piece of card stock. This will be glued to hold both sides of the portfolio together. Cut off the extra handles, leaving only two on the outside covers.

 5. Now comes the fun part. Paint the inside of your portfolio...

and the outside!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

In My Shadow

"Fit here, in my palm, in my shadow.
Don't be bigger than my idea
of you, don't be more beautiful
than I can accept, don't be more human than I am willing to allow
you to be and be quiet."

Warson Shire

"In My Shadow"
18" x 18"

Here's how it all started:

The under painting that has been incised and embossed with grease pencil.

Mock up sketches.

Contouring with base layers.

Excavating and revealing the layers underneath.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

I Just Don't Know Anymore

Lately I've been mindlessly noodling around in my studio and some different stuff is going down. Stuff I'm not used to. I'm going to loosely quote Andrew Salgado here;

"I have no idea what I'm doing anymore. And that's either a really good thing or a really bad thing."

12" x 24" mixed media

6" x 30" mixed media

Sunday, April 3, 2016


"Everyone's filling me up with noise,
I don't know what they're talking about."


18" x 18" acrylic and india ink on paper mounted board

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Protector Of The Buttons

Burnard is too little to protect a hoard of gold, but buttons are another thing entirely.

"Burnard the Protector Of Buttons"
Button Box
Polymer clay, wood, acrylic paint

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Wild Woman...In progress

I paint wild women. And that means I am surrounded by women who heal themselves, speak with their own voices, practice gratitude and are curious. A wild woman loves herself and honors her body with confidence. She is a self aware force to be reckoned with. And how I long to be a wild woman! But... I am a work in progress. I often struggle to feel good about my body. Even as I work closely with women, help them strip free their barriers, and revel in their beauty... I still struggle to see those things in myself. My response is anger at myself; anger and depression about being so willing to hurt my own feelings. It lays me low, every time. Maybe it's this insecurity that allows me to relate so well to other women. As Rumi once said, "We're all just walking each other home."

"She's Whiskey In A Teacup"

I recently divulged (on camera,,, gulp) that this painting is a self portrait of my butt. I painted it in response to an online shopping experience where I was labelled everything from a size large to a 3XL. Talk about laying a woman low! This experience negated all the good things I felt about myself, in one fell swoop. It diverted me from my journey towards being a wild woman. Against everything society is telling us, all women can and should feel good about their bodies. Like whiskey in a teacup, it will be unexpected, and it will be wild!

Wild Women... hold my hand and walk me home. I am still on this path and I am still working to be like you.

Monday, February 29, 2016

International Women's Day

International Women's Day is just around the corner, and so is the opening to a new art show I am participating in. I have prepared some new works alongside the works of 6 other amazing women. 

March 1 – 19, Women without Borders at the Gage Gallery 2031 Oak Bay Avenue.
A Group Exhibition to Celebrate Women and International Women’s Day.  Seven artists have come together to create an exhibition that is humorous, poignant, evocative and celebratory.  People were coming in off the street to see it while we were setting up. It is a celebration and we want everyone to join us in celebrating diversity and courage, ancestry and a bright future. There is something here for everyone. You will laugh, reminisce, celebrate and feel part of the celebration.  Join us in a celebration of Women. 
Angela Menzies (acrylic on canvas) painting of the female nude,  Suzanne Jensen (acrylic on canvas) drawing and paintings of women at work, Bonnie Coulter (acrylic on canvas) paintings of home and family, mary e coakley (photography) photographs of International Women, Joanne Thomson (watercolour) tributes to women artists and grandmothers, Sharon Bussard Grove (clay) sculptural commentary on how women see themselves and how they are seen and Muriel Sibley (clay) altered vessels celebrating dance, welcome and a female crocodile with pink shoes and a purse! 
JOIN US THIS Friday March 4, 7-9 pm.
AND Tuesday March 8 from 7- 9 on International Women’s Day: for a dress up party. We invite you to come as a woman who has been influential in your life. Have some fun with it.  Yes, men, you can dress up too!
(press release written by Joanne Thomson)

I'll be dressed up as a steampunk version of Wonder Woman!

Wonder Woman series by Angela Menzies

Angela Menzies

Muriel Sibley, Angela Menzies, Suzanne Jensen

Bonnie Coulter, Muriel Sibley

Sharon Bussard Grove

Muriel Sibley

Joanne Thomson

Bonnie Coulter

Suzanne Jensen

Angela Menzies' work in the window.