Wednesday, May 20, 2015

When The Going Gets Tough...

...the tough start making their own colouring sheets!

On one rainy day not long ago, I got the idea to switch up our indoor activity bin (the littles were no longer enamored by the selection)  by drawing some quick new cat portraits for Charlotte and Oliver to colour, and printing off a few copies for their friends to start using when they popped 'round too.

by Oliver, aged 7.5

The current portrait gallery, chez nous.

The weather has greatly improved so the colouring continues,

I'd like for you to have these sheets for yourselves too; here, they are in high res, for you to copy and print as you will...ENJOY!

(Father's Day is just around the corner and Mother's Day has just passed...these might be cute printed onto card stock and turned into a lovely greeting for the day, don't you think?)

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Perspectives. Pardanthopsis. Paintings.

Current faves and raves...

Am loving the work of Grant Haffner at the moment.

This iris (aka: pardanthopsis) bouquet is most definitely not
an apology from Mr. Hausfrau for coughing up a lung outside our
bedroom door while I was trying to sleep in.  Repeatedly.

The spring skies up on our hill.

This is a local band called 'The BC Trees'.  One of their members, Matt Houghland (far left), is a grade 4/5 teacher at Ollie's school and recently performed this at a tree planting ceremony on school grounds.  Inspired!

Pentatonix take on Daft Punk.

New up on our hill: the Trottier Observatory.  How lucky we are...just steps away from premier star gazing equipment!  Our perspective has just become that much greater...

What is spicing up your life these days?  Got new music, book, foodie or destination inspirations to share??

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Dates, Downtown + Dorfmusik

Some highlights and discoveries:

Oliver (aged 7) has been busy drawing.  Here he depicts our rabbits.

Date night in the neighborhood I grew up in.  Thanks to Biercraft on the Drive for a great evening...and to my parents for watching our littles for us!

The Von Trapp Family was in Vancouver for a concert last week.  Really so surprisingly wicked!  Love this track and this one too.  Really - I was expecting these descendants to be rather more tacky than awesome...I love being proven wrong!

A post isn't a post until I've included a lovely shot of my hometown, Vancouver...

...and a shameless plug!  I just completed my eco-conscious Spring 2015 mono-print series of abstracts...only a few left in the shop!

Hope everyone has a lovely week!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

David Suzuki: Hero, Inspiration, Hair God

Better late than never! I'm posting some pictures of a gallery reception meant to honor a local (national...a GLOBAL) legend, David Suzuki.  A group of about 40 artists (including moi, bien sur) represented his visage in their respective mediums.

I was interviewed as a participating artist too! (article here)

This was my submission - comparing Suzuki to Bond, the incomparable intellectual with integrity.

(and shamelessly, the red dot next to my name never loses it's thrill!)

All thanks go to the very special gallery owner, Chris Bentzen for hosting us all and letting us celebrate David with style and flare! 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Art Is For Everybody

This week's discoveries...

Billie Marten: Ribbon

'Meadow Lark'  artist: Kentree Spiers

Niki + The Dove - the drummer

We worked on lily pad collages in art class...the kids made beautiful pieces!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Playing Koi

Here on the west coast of Canada, Chinese New Year is a really big deal!

Our kids celebrate it at school (Oliver's contribution for tomorrow's fete - baby mandarin oranges - purchased and chilling!) and there are plenty of community activities on the weekends to bring in the year of the sheep with style.

As an art instructor, I'm always trying to teach a new skill in a current theme children may also be exploring in their classrooms during the day.

Hence: koi fish folding; the perfect paper project for beginners and intermediate folders alike!

Here's how:

The competed piece.

Here is the template we'll need.  I printed this onto plain white computer paper and had the children colour their own designs.  To make this even easier, turn these into tracers and trace them onto the red "lucky money" envelopes kids receive at this time of year!

Once they've been coloured in beautiful patterns, cut the shapes out, then make the two small cuts at the front of the fish.

Put a small amount of white glue in front of the incision, folding the front of the fish down, pinch and hold, creating a 3-D effect of the fish's head.

Once both sides of the koi's head are holding, pinch on the fold line near it's tail.

Now, slide the second cutout - the koi's tail - in between the fold.

One quick staple and voila - the tail is attached!

Turn your piece over on it's back.  Spread a small amount of white glue in the four spots illustrated here:

Now for the magic!  Secure your koi onto your chosen background by pressing down on the koi's glued front fins...

...and now holding down on it's tail for a few seconds (make sure to create the appearance of movement by twisting the tail to one side or the other).

We created an extra special background for this koi by using a local Chinese newspaper to collage!

More advanced?  Shrink the template and create a tiny school of koi!

Do you remember all the paper folding tricks you knew when you were a kid?  Can you still remember any?

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Forgotten Art and Puppies

In the last little while, we have have celebrated our little daughter turning 4 (!), hidden out at the movie theater as a family for the first time (Paddington...t'was marvelous), and as ever, busy at the art desk...

A back-alley in downtown Vancouver.  Just across from Harbour Center...

Kids in my art class took a crack at being fabric designers.  They painted carrot designs on plain white cotton; then, we turned them into hipster carrot stuffies!

A lovely mosaic on a downtown sidewalk.  Can you spot the iconic sails, bridge, seagulls, cruise ship?

Aw...a puppy portrait I just finished for a special client.

Another view - same alley.  I envision having a photo shoot done here:  me in vintage garb, having high tea at a set can dream!

Have you ever stopped to find the "forgotten art" in your town or city?  I'm glad that I finally made a point to seek it out the last time I was downtown.  I'm looking forward to discover more the next time I'm down that way.
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