Archives for January 2013

Cut-outs & Shadows

Cut-out paper sculptures at AGGV

There’s a new exhibit at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV) called “Traces: Fantasy Worlds and Tales of Truth”, featuring contemporary drawings by Daniel Barrow, Alison Norlen and Ed Pien.  Last Thursday night I attended a workshop at the Gallery hosted by Jamie Robson of Mere Phantoms from Montreal.  After introducing us to her own work with installations using paper sculpture, light and shadow and motion techniques, Jamie guided us through creating our own cut-out paper sculptures.  Then we were able to place them on a table in front of a screen and were invited to “play” with lamps attached to long rods to make the sculptures into narratives; shining the lamps directly onto the scuplture, under and over!  My sculpture is the one on top with circles and a wavy top.  Here’s another photo below of the shadow of my sculpture.   You can see these sculptures and more on Friday, February 1, 8 – 11 pm at the “Urbanite” event at the AGGV.  Tickets are $18 at the door.  It’s a fun event I would recommend! 

Fun & Easy Lettering


Fun & easy styles for lyrical quotes

When I joined the West Coast Calligraphy Society in Vancouver, BC  last fall, they asked if I would present a program on monoline lettering at one or their monthly meetings.  Last week I did just that.  Above are two lyrical quotations from my demo using my own “cross-cross caps” letters with “stretched cursive writing”.  Both these styles can be used over and over again for casual applications.   We were working with quotations about music as their upcoming annual exhibition is on the theme the lyrical word.  I suggested to the members that they might want to try this idea:  divide an 8-1/2″ X 11″ sheet into five 2″ columns (with a tiny bit leftover) to create bookmarks with quotations of their choice.  Other calligraphy styles can be combined with the criss-cross caps and/or the stretched cursive writing.  See some of my own examples printed on cardstock that I painted with watercolours.  Calligraphy can be so much fun!

“New” Workshop for the New Year!

Mini collage on wood cradles

Tomorrow is a new year – 2013 – already?  Happy New Year everyone!  Begin this new year with one of my new workshops called Working Small.  In this one day workshop you will experiment working in a small format on paper, wood and canvas with paints, collage and 3D techniques.  Sizes may range from 12″ X 12″ to as small as 3″ X 5″.  The above samples are collage with embellishments on 3″ X 5″ wood cradles with a 1″ profile so they can stand alone on a flat surface or add a hanger to be hung on the wall.  You might like to create several works in different sizes using the same theme to be hung together as a narrative.  There are lots of possibilities and I hope you will join me on Sunday, January 13, 10 am – 4 pm, at Gallery 1580, 1580 Cook Street, Victoria BC.  Cost is $125 which includes some materials provided by me and you will need to bring your own paints, etc. from home.  A supply list is provided upon registration.  Contact me by email or phone 250-370-2116 to register.

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