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(posted on 3 Aug 2016)

I'm so very pleased to announce that Bev Morton with the Wayne Arthur Gallery has accepted my framed oil pastel sgraffito "Wild Roses" along with a number of my monotypes, linocuts, limited edition zenwork prints and artcards for sale in her lovely gallery space! They are located at 186 Provencher Blvd, in St. Boniface - Winnipeg.

Our camping-road trip in our little hippy van over the August long weekend was a lot of fun, the weather sunny. We headed east and south to Winnipeg, camped at Stonewall, attended the Icelandic festival in Gimli, visited friends in Winnipeg and Fisher Branch and made it within 80km of home before the poor old Westy broke down. Her alternator went and we were very fortunate it happened at the end of our trip so close to home. She's being fixed now in preparation for attending the Dauphin Manitoba Mud Run. Brian will be mudrunning, I'll be staying clean and relaxed, taking photos, making art and handing out cold beer!

(posted on 16 Jul 2016)

I was thrilled when Understorey Magazine advised me they had selected my photograph "Chosen" to accompany writer Susan Cormier's "Three Keys" fiction piece in their latest online issue. Understorey Magazine, a non-profit relying on public support and private funding, publishes literary writing and visual art by and about Canadian women. Each issue of Understorey Magazine has a specific theme and this Issue Eight is about Women and Justice... My photograph "Chosen" is was originally created by me to illustrate my hand-braided charm bracelets. Thank-you Understorey Magazine!

(posted on 28 May 2016)

My 3x5" linocut "Gone To Seed" celebrates the Dandelion, a hardy medicinal plant with a bright and early bloom our bees rely on after wintering.I've always loved bright cheery dandelions and remember as a kid blowing on their fragile gone to seed halos. In support of bees, the environment and our own health, I'm delighted we're no longer spraying herbicides to eradicate these hardy enduring plants. I chuckled when I saw my neighbors lawn this morning as they certainly have a bumper crop gone to seed! And they mowed just 3 days ago! That being said, we've ordered some white clover seed to spread on our lawn - offering biodiversity and a bit of competition to our cheery yellow headed friends...!! Also the jack rabbits running wild around here will love eating the clover. Hopefully some great photo opportunities will result and inspire yet another linocut!

This artwork was created by block printing with a linocut onto dampened paper and run through a press to achieve an embossed effect. Block printing is an ancient printing technique where the artist carves a design into a solid block of material (such as wood, lino or styrofoam) much like a stamp. Once the design is complete, the block is inked with a roller and the block is then applied to paper, fabric or other surfaces. The carved areas will not show in the final product, while the raised portions left behind will print.

(posted on 11 Mar 2016)

(posted on 19 Dec 2015)

My "Peace Maker" hand-pulled original prints have been patiently sitting between layers of paper drying for a few days now... i'm looking forward to embellishing each of these and the others printed a couple weeks ago with individual finishing touches... I designed and transfered Peace Maker outline onto vinyl flooring, hand carved it and then applied ink to the image and hand-printed each onto paper hand pre-tinted with watercolour. I'm having a lot of fun with my new print press, and using the Caligo SafeWash Inks means easy cleanup with soap and water. Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Peace Maker Linocut Peace Maker

Thrilled to get my copy of "More Than Just The Art" ... that's me on Pg 31!!!
What an honour to be one of 61 Artists who participated in this collaborative project, and so many of them I've become good art buddies with. This all started in 2014 when I was invited to take part in an art challenge project called "More Than Just The Art" founded by Manitoba artist friends Audrey Lute and Pauline Braun. The concept for this challenge along with the creative results of all participating artists is delightfully laid out on a dedicated website as well as in this lovely book form (available on blurb.com). It's an amazing story: "This is the culmination of a year-long project. We wanted the project to be fun but more importantly we wanted fellow artists to stretch themselves creatively and work outside their comfort zones. It was also about leveling the playing field between artists from different geographical areas, different lifestyles, and varying levels of art education and experience..." To read more about this project and see the individual artists creative works please visit the website: http://itsmorethanjusttheart.weebly.com/ Enjoy!!

There's this awesome freecycle artisan supply store in Winnipeg called Arts Junktion on William Ave. People and businesses donate items rather than garbaging them - and artists, students and teachers are welcome to come and take what they can use.

I was there last week for the first time and found some interesting freebies to use for printmaking, collage and for braiding the cord for my penny necklaces. For example the old thread spool in photo #1 makes a lovely design when used in gelli plate printing - see photo #2. For this particular gelli-print's patterning I used styrofoam meat tray (washed of course), the thread spool, a piece of bubble wrap, and cardboard texture to create this layered design. This print will now be used as backdrop for a linocut design i'm going to print ontop.

Arts Junktion freecycling is an awesome concept! So in future, before we garbage anything that can be used by creatives for artisan projects - fabric art, visual art, jewelry or installation art (think sewing, paper, old art supplies, wood, lino scraps, beads, string, plastic, storage items, tables, old frames, wall paper, etc.) we all should see if there's an artisan freecycle depot near us. Check out the "Arts Junktion" nearest you today. Enjoy your day everyone!

The joy in being creative is not in the final result (that's just a bonus!), it is in the whole experience of the process that leads up to the end result - the pursuit of the creative from first thought to sitting back and saying..."it's finished!". And the most blissful of these times are when creating is done with patience and no preconceived expectation. May each of you find and experience this wonderful bliss...!

(posted on 30 Jun 2015)

What a wonderful summer it has been!!! Jun 21-26 was spent printmaking at the Arts West Council 2015 Annual Art Retreat in Riding Mountain Park, and then Brian and I went to Winnipeg to attend our nephews high school grad ceremony plus the Manitoba Society of Artists 2015 Open Juried Competition and Exhibition. I am so honored that 2 of my oil pastel sgraffito artworks are on display at the 2015 Manitoba Society of Artists Open Juried Competition & Exhibition in Winnipeg. Out of 84 artists and over 230 works, 40 artworks by 34 artists were chosen for display. I'm blown away that 2 of mine were chosen...(***happy dance***)!!

Printmaking at 2015 Arts West Artcamp Printmaking at 2015 Arts West Artcamp 2015 MsA OJCE

(posted on 17 Jun 2015)

I had to keep this creative project a secret for over a year and now I can finally post about it! April 2014 I was invited to take part in an art challenge called "More Than Just The Art" and here was my response to the challenge...!

In April 2014 I was invited to take part in an art challenge called "More Than Just The Art" founded by Manitoba artist friends Audrey Lute and Pauline Braun. We were asked to keep this project secret and had until May 2015 to create our artworks using the criteria provided to us for incorporation into our art pieces. The concept for this challenge is explained on the website they developed which also now shows the creative results of all participating artists. Its an amazing story: "This is the culmination of a year - long project. We had some simple goals in mind. We wanted the project to be fun but more importantly we wanted to encourage fellow artists to stretch themselves creatively and to work outside their comfort zones. It was also about leveling the playing field between artists from different geographical areas, different lifestyles, and varying levels of art education and experience. Thank you for your trust and for taking this leap of faith with us. It has been an adventure and because of your participation we think it was a huge success!" To read more about this project and see the individual artists creative works please click here to visit the website and click here to visit my page and learn more about my "Connected I and II" diptychs there. Enjoy!!

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