Thursday, November 26, 2015

Saying Goodbye to the Yukon

I'm sharing a handful of some favourite images from our time in the Yukon Territory. It hasn't really sunk in that we've moved away. When we left we had a whack of snow and a taste of -25 degree temperatures. And the darkness was closing in - fast.

I will miss this wild beauty - a place of spiritual inspiration and creativity, isolation and quiet.

I'll share an excerpt from Robert Service's poem THE SPELL OF THE YUKON which captures some of the call and response I've experienced as a Yukoner.

I expect I will be back - I've tasted the waters - the spell has been cast.

I’ve stood in some mighty-mouthed hollow
   That’s plumb-full of hush to the brim;
I’ve watched the big, husky sun wallow
   In crimson and gold, and grow dim,
Till the moon set the pearly peaks gleaming,
   And the stars tumbled out, neck and crop;
And I’ve thought that I surely was dreaming,
   With the peace o’ the world piled on top.

The winter! the brightness that blinds you,
   The white land locked tight as a drum,
The cold fear that follows and finds you,
   The silence that bludgeons you dumb.
The snows that are older than history,
   The woods where the weird shadows slant;
The stillness, the moonlight, the mystery,
   I’ve bade ’em good-bybut I can’t.
       excerpt from The Spell of the Yukon by Robert Service

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Packing up the studio

My creative pursuits concentrate on packing, sorting, and readying for a move. It is surreal, exciting, overwhelming, and sad all at once. A chapter closes and a new one begins. Whitehorse has been incredibly inspiring. I will cherish friends, memories, and the wonderful vistas this Territory has blessed me with.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Painting Wildflowers

A Craving for Poppies
10x10 Acrylic on cradled panel

A Daisy a Day
10x10 Acrylic on cradled panel

Pass Me the Fireweed SOLD
10x10 Acrylic on cradled panel
These paintings were created for the YAS members show entitled "In the Kitchen, On the Table"
It has been a while since I've done any still life's. Creating this trio was a lot of fun, a spontaneous "let's see where this takes me" act. There's lots of shimmery gold in these pieces!

The Road Well Traveled SOLD

6x6 Acrylic on canvas
These vistas of roads winding through mountains...they always pull me in and invite me to recreate them.

Rise Up! SOLD

6x6 Acrylic on canvas

A little scene often viewed at Emerald Lake in the Yukon Territory.

Yukon Goldbacks

Yukon Goldbacks
4x4 Acrylic
Another little painting to make a trio of Winding Through & Shot through with Gold. All three are available through North End Gallery in Whitehorse, YT.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Shot Through with Gold

4x4 Acrylic 
                            Another quick little sketch, inspired by my trip to Tombstone Park.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Walking the Trail SOLD

6x6 Acrylic SOLD
                      A scene from a favorite walk along the Millenium Trail in Whitehorse, YT.

Tombstone Sketch I - SOLD

6x6 Acrylic SOLD
I had an amazing opportunity to travel north and view the Tombstone Mountains in the Yukon. This painting is a quick sketch of scenery viewed while on a hike. You've got to go see them!

Cabin Fever

6x6 Acrylic on cradled panel
                                               A red hot retreat at Takhini Hot Springs, YT!
                                           Available at North End Gallery, Whitehorse, YT.

Canyon Blues SOLD

6x6 Acrylic SOLD
It has been awhile since I shared new paintings. It is not for lack of work, rather, lack of time.
After some travels and some company I'm ready to share some of my latest paintings...
inspired by Yukon beauty, no less.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Two New Paintings

10x10 Acrylic on canvas
Evening Drama
           A sunset scene and a scene capturing the change of season. 
These paintings are available through North End Gallery in Whitehorse, YT.

10x10 Acrylic on canvas

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Once Upon a Forest

NFS 6x12 Acrylic on cradled panel
Sometimes it is fun to let loose with the imagination. This painting was created using up strips of acrylic skins that I had left over from my mono print foray for the Constellations show. A birthday gift for someone dear to me, who shares a love of story and imaginative play.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Yukon Vignettes SOLD

4x4 Acrylic

Winter Aurora SOLD
4x4 Acrylic

Forest Sunset SOLD

4x4 Acrylic SOLD

Yukon Sunset

4x4 Acrylic SOLD

Canyon Gold
4x4 Acrylic SOLD

Clouds of Gold

Available at North End Gallery in Whitehorse. 
These little vignettes were created for the Yukon Art Society Members Show in December. 
Each are framed in a burnt umber frame and ready to hang.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Acrylic Mono Prints - Flower Series

Orion's Field

Casseopeia's Garden

Andromeda's Garden
                                         Currently featured at Triple J's in Whitehorse, YT.

A series of acrylic mono prints from the group show 'Constellations' - featuring far-out flowers!
The acrylic skins are mounted onto 8x8 cradled wood panels.

Acrylic Mono Prints - 'Sun Spots' Series

8x8 Acrylic Monoprints
                                          Currently featured at Triple J's in Whitehorse, YT.

Above are pictures of acrylic monoprints featured at the group show 'Constellations'. The process for creating these works involved creating layers of acrylic skins and monoprinting on top, using acrylics, found objects, and a Gelli Plate - a very cool silicone plate that mimics the properties of an organic gelatin plate. When complete and dry, the skins were trimmed to approximately a 7 inch square and mounted onto cradled birch panels.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Long Shadows SOLD

4x4 acrylic SOLD
A sneak peek at one of my paintings to be shown in the YAS Members show at Arts Underground, opening Dec 6th.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Charting the Stars Series - SOLD





I'm posting some close-ups of my work for Constellations. These four 8x8 paintings are part of the series entitled 'Charting the Stars'. As you can tell, this is quite a new journey in style.
(I think perhaps I was channeling my son's love of physics.)
All are acrylic on cradled panels, employing printmaking techniques in application as opposed to brush work. It was a very freeing process.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Highlights from Opening Night

Gallery shots, showing most of my work.

A la Carte Women
Edwige Graham, Gabriele Watts, Glenda Mosher, Kathy Piwowar

Opening night has come and gone. It was a jam packed event, coinciding with another opening in the Hougen's Heritage Gallery, adjacent to the Arts Underground Gallery. We so enjoyed the crowd and the comments on our group show.
If you weren't able to attend opening night the show is up until Dec 2.

Friday, October 31, 2014

An Invitation to a new Show + a Sneak Peak at one of my pieces

                                             Constellations l - Mono Print on Acrylic Skin
November 7th our Women a la Carte show 'CONSTELLATIONS' opens at Arts Underground in Whitehorse, YT. You are all invited to attend.
Kathy Piwowar, Edwige Graham, and myself have been busy creating all things heavenly. Kathy has created some stellar mixed media works. Edwige has been busy sewing heavenly fashion accoutrements, and I have been locked in my studio for weeks - lost in space (so it has felt).
I have been on a bold new creative journey - combining my joy of printmaking and painting with acrylics. I'll share a bit more in the days ahead.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Golden Evening

6x6 Acrylic on panel
The days are shortening as the calendar year marches on. While I grieve the passing of fall, and brace myself for an inevitable winter, I am however, witness to glorious sunrises and sunsets again. Spectacular light to punctuate the long darkness ahead.
                                          Available at North End Gallery, Whitehorse, YT.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Dear John...

6x6 Acrylic on panel
                                           Available at North End Gallery, Whitehorse, YT.

Dear John...
Summer is waning, I'm sad to say. In spite of a pretty grey and wet season we've been off enjoying new Yukon sights; sharing them with friends and family. (I have stock piled some images for future inspiration.)
 This little painting was created during the Whitehorse Plein Air Festival. The scene is from my day at the Fish Ladder. The sun was blazing hot that day. I wandered a fair bit looking for a suitable subject to paint. I was particularly interested in finding a shady spot in which to paint in comfort. And speaking of comfort, if you are going to spend a day in nature, locating an outdoor biffy is important! During my scouting I happened to discover this little outhouse tucked amidst some shady trees. I couldn't resist!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Red Cabin Row

5x7 Acrylic on canvas
                           There is no end of delightful, quirky buildings to paint in Carcross, YT.
                                      Avaliable through North End Gallery, Whitehorse, YT.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Coral Sunset SOLD

5x7 Acrylic on canvas

A little scene to translate some of the colours I see in sky and water.