May 28,2017
Painting with Gouache

I’ve been working in Gouache, mostly for quick colour sketches or small plein air painting, for some years now. It’s such a fascinating medium that when I move away from it to work in oils I am quickly drawn back. Sometimes for its soft buttery texture but also because I feel like I haven’t even touched the surface of what is possible painting with Gouache. I still tend to use it as I would oil paint or sometimes watercolour. Every now and again some kind of magic happens and I realize the incredibly versatility of gouache. I’m still looking for more. To find its strength and ability in creating stronger more abstracted images. More contrast. A looser quality. Or what, I’m still not sure. I’m wanting to experiment and see where I can go with it.

There are still technical challenges such as what surfaces are the best and are the safest. I’ve been using watercolour paper for smaller pieces which works well and is easy to transport for plein air painting or travelling but does require framing with glass if I wanted to show the paintings. I recently bought a water book and now, generally, do the paintings in that but it’s still on paper and mostly for my own viewing. In the past I did some paintings on archival mat board and loved the way the surface absorbed the paint. The way it flowed on the surface so I am turning to that again to see what happens. And then there is fragility when completed. If even a small bit of water lands on a finished painting it disturbs the paint and will leave an unintended mark. I have spray varnished some pieces. It changes the colour slightly but if wanting to frame and hang them it is either varnish or glass. Those seem to be the only options.

In June I’m taking two weeks to go into the country alone, away from any distractions, and spend every waking minute painting …both gouache and oils. I’m hoping for some interesting discoveries or maybe just some peaceful practice. A chance to connect completely with the world visually.

Street Light in Sayulita

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May 05,2017
PMAA Mural Mosaic and Retrospective

This was a fun and amazing project to be a part of. A wonderful collaboration of 35 artists painting individually and together to create the final Mosiac. With special thanks and recognition to Lindsay Watson who headed up the project with assistance from Marian Hazelwood and Christine Yurchuk. 


Port Moody Art Association 50th Anniversary Art Show

Mural Mosaic and Retrospective

 Date of event: May 25, 2017 - June 2, 2017

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Location of event: The Galleria at the Inlet Theatre

100 Newport Drive, Port Moody, BC

The Mural Mosaic is a project to mark the 50th anniversary of the Port Moody Art Association (1967 – 2017). This work, by 35 PMAA artists, uses a master image of a Port Moody heron. After dividing the photo image on a grid, each artist took a square and, using the lines and colours, created an individual work. They used Port Moody as a theme, honouring our connection with the area. From a distance, the work appears to be a heron roosting in a tree; up close, you discover hidden images showing the unique styles and original ideas of each painter.

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