Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Little Bird

This painting is new. Not only is the paint still wet, but it is new to me in the sense of experimenting with new techniques. So new, in fact, that I'm not quite able to articulate yet what the painting, or even the techniques used to create it, mean to me. Over the weekend I had over 125 people in my studio, many of whom offered their observations to me: powerful, mesmerizing, revealing, phasing. My favorite though was ethereal. I like this one because more than any other painting I have done, this one is all about the muse; the girl, who is herself ethereal. She is delicate in a way that is too perfect for this world. And it took a delicate hand to translate this onto canvas.

"Little Bird"
30" x 30" acrylic and grease pencil on paper mounted board

If you would like to watch a time lapse of this painting being created, you can check it out here:


If you would like to watch a video of me attempting to articulate about the painting, you can check that one out too.


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Estate Sale

Eleven years ago I won an ward at our prestigious Sooke Fine Art Show. It was my first big art award, which included a gift certificate to an art store. I treated myself to a large, thick canvas, on which I painted the first of many self portraits. I loved this painting, and had never intended to sell it. But alas, they don't call us starving artists for nothing. With small children to feed, I was forced to sell this painting. I was never sad because this painting went to the best home possible; an avid art collector and president of an arts council. Recently, this lovely woman has had to sell her estate, and my paintings have found their way home again. She has asked that I resell my paintings for her. Sadly, I still fit the bill for a starving artist and cannot afford to buy them for myself. So, my loss is your gain.

30" x 30" acrylic on canvas
$500 Estate Sale

14" x 26" Framed
$350 Estate Sale

"Fumblin' With the Blues"
16" x 16"
$300 Estate Sale

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