Category Archives: Abstract

Two Day Residency

I just spent two days at the TOSH10 Gallery in The Old School House In Qualicum Beach. It is my commitment to being in a co-operative gallery. I treat my shift as a self imposed residency. If I go with a strong focus I find I can get a lot of  work done.  So for the past two days  I worked on Abstract Landscape paintings – just small studies.

I started by making several thumbnail sketches of  a variety of composition styles – high horizon, low horizon, framed, path, aerial view etc.
Sketch Book

I then started working on several paintings – 11 to be exact! I used scrapers and palette knife as well as some brush work.

There is great value in working on several paintings at one time- you never get caught up on any thing becoming to precious and you have no down time waiting for things to dry.

Most of them are not finished but close.

Here is where I got to so far. I will post them as I complete them – always the hardest part!

It’s all about the process!

I had an amazing weekend attending the Suzanne Northcott “Big and Loose”  workshop hosted by  Susan of Island Arts Magazine.

Suzanne really reaffirmed my belief in the process. If you allow yourself to enjoy the process the outcome will take care of itself.

Many people worked from subject matter however I painted intuitively. Not having a clue what would turn up as I madly mixed, poured and scraped.

I worked on 5 canvases of various sizes the smallest being 24×24″ and the largest being 30×48″.

Although I didn’t finish any one of them (5 more to add to my collection of unfinished paintings), I did get a good start on them and built up several layers.  Even though I was experimenting and trying different ways of working with the mediums my work developed a theme.  My mark making and scraping had a consistent feel.

I am calling it the “Pond Series”.

My goal this week aside from teaching a two day workshop and teaching a few harp lessons is to try and work some of these paintings to the finish line!

Here are the paintings in progress.








October’s Challenge

With much consideration I have decided not to continue with the daily painting for the month of October.  Not to worry I will resume it again in the future.

October is a busy month for me. My harp students are back in full swing, I have two workshops planned for in my studio and I am working with a client on an interior renovation project.

So what about a challenge! I have decided to work up some landscapes for my upcoming “Mixed Media Abstract Landscape” workshop.

The October workshop is sold out but I am offering it again in November. Visit my website for more details and to register online.

Here is my latest landscape and some detail shots of the texture.

Orange Landscape







September 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge Collage


That wraps up the latest challenge. I have done four months of 30/31 day challenges = 122 paintings plus several larger paintings.

I have considered continuing but with respect to my October teaching schedule I am going to take a break from committing to a daily painting.  Never fear I will still have a challenge and I will be painting daily!

Stay tuned to see what I am up to.


Day 29 – Monoprint and Collage













Everything and the kitchen sink! I tried it all in this one – got quite busy! It started off simple with large masked shapes, then a layer of the gold grid, next a stencil with circles, I painted semi circles on the gelli plate in teal and pulled a print, the black line was made on the gelli plate with a fine line bottle – pulling the print squished it! The last things was to add some orange and red cirlces and the little black square with the collaged deli paper.  Didn’t turn out the best but that is it for today!

Until tomorrow,


Day 28 – Monoprint and Collage













This one has many layers built up giving it a rich patina. The orange straight edge shapes are painted deli paper collaged on. I wonder if I should have let the upper right hand corner go. I am finding it a bit distracting!  I can often see it so much better when I distance myself from the painting and put it on the computer screen.  It is a good learning tool! Only a couple more days now and this challenge will be fini!

What’s next? Hmm!  So many things I would like to try. You can learn a lot over the course of 30 days. I will have to check my supplies and see what is loitering that I have not used in a while. That might be a good place to start!

Until tomorrow,


Day 27 – Monoprint and Collage













In this one I tried some wax crayon as a resist and continued with layers over it. You can easily scrape it off to reveal the underlying wax colour. I used masks to get the shapes and then cut the blue open circle out of the painted deli paper. The black is also collaged. Looking at it now on the screen I wish I would have put the black piece on the bottom more to the right. It would have had better balance. I wander if I can translate some of these more successful pieces onto a large canvas!

My October course on Monoprinting and Collage is SOLD OUT! Yay! If you would like to attend one please give me a shout and I will add new dates.

Until tomorrow,


And the Winner Is!

it is always an exciting day when the envelope comes in the mail with the jury results! The big reveal is about to happen. I had one winning entry. “Jumping Through Hoops” made the cut!

The title sums up the experience of entering juried shows!

Here is the painting.

Jumping Through Hoops-36x36" Acrylic on Canvas

Jumping Through Hoops

Day 23 – Monoprint and Collage













I used Nasturtium leaves in this one too! You can faintly see them in the under painting. I finished it off with some collaged paper in copper and orange.  The colour in the photo is a bit off because I had to shoot inside today.

It has been a long day and it is time to sit down and have a cup of tea!

Until tomorrow!