Passing the baton on the blogging tour

A colleague Karethe Linaae (that I met during the I am Grateful show she organised) is now living in Spain and she asked me be part of a blogging tour.  I said yes.. so here is my post.

What are you working on?

Right now I am poring over 100s (1000s?) of photographs that I have taken this summer and trying to decide how I will transform them into painted/mixed media works.  I have been experimenting with blurred imagery, close up photos and different landscape photography methods.


Why do you do what you do?

Sometimes I feel like I do what I do because I don't know how to do anything else.  Truly I have always felt like making art is something I was programmed to do.  It has been interesting see that same drive in my daughter.  Its good to keep the hands busy while the mind wanders.


How does your creative process work?

My process is forever in a state of flux.  Right now I am building up imagery and ideas through photos and experiences.  Eventually I will be able to carve out the time or the ideas will bubble over and need to be taken into the physical world.  Deadlines push most things forward and I must say they are a necessary evil for this lady.


What makes your work/blog unique?

I can't really say without being able to take a step outside my blog but what I would guess is that my blog offers a glimpse into all aspects of my work.  I include posts about family, art happenings, my making process, inspirations, travel tales and other artists I admire.  I hope this gives viewers a more well rounded perspective on the finished pieces shown on the website. 



Who would you like to pass the blogging baton to?

I would love to share the blog of my colleague Carlyn Yandle.  She has some great insights on art and the world and her own work is both visually and conceptually strong. 

Carlyn Yandle’s work draws on 17 years as an award-winning reporter, layout designer, editor and columnist for various daily and weekly Canadian newspapers. Her combined skills and interest in writing, visual art and industrial design are heavily influenced by her formative years living and working in Kyoto, Japan. She works out of a shared studio of painters in her hometown of Vancouver, B.C.











Experiments in the garden: Nitobe Memorial Garden

I spent a lovely day at the Nitobe Memorial garden at UBC.  I started out taking photos of the sculptures and reflections and then started to go more and more abstract with my photos.  By the end of the "roll" I was just recording shapes, colour and movement.  These feel like an interesting jump off point for paintings.