Art and Creativity

Creative explorations in paint, pencil and charcoal.

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Daily Painting

Everyday I create a small painting. The intent is to practice loose, intuitive painting that is reflective of an abstracted realism.

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Charcoal Drawings

I enjoy drawing very realistic charcoal drawings as a way of pushing my abilities to represent realistic imagery

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Art Envy Wednesday- Richard Diebenkorn

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I first saw Richard Diebenkorn’s work in the mid 1990’s when I went on a college trip to San Francisco. Sadly I don’t really remember a lot from the trip (I don’t think I was even 20 at the time and I lost all the photos from the trip), BUT the visit to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art introduced my enduring love for the work of Richard Diebenkorn.

Richard Diebenkorn, Cityscape I,(Landscape No. 1), 1963

There was something about the work that sang to me and although I couldn’t articulate it at the time I was very drawn to his work. Interestingly enough I never sought to emulate his work though. Something in me has always hesitated in not expressing my own style and although it is always evolving, I have never wanted my art to be overtly influenced by another artist. I am perfectly happy with it showing up but I don’t want to start a painting thinking “how would so-and-so do this?”

The work that I remember the most from the exhibition was from his “Ocean Park” series. This work was directly influenced by Matisse’s paintings that were  created in 1914. 


Matisse, View of Notre-Dame (1914). 

 Matisse, French Window at Collioure, 1914


Richard Diebenkorn Ocean Park #79, 1975 Oil on canvas 93 x 81 in.

Richard Diebenkorn, Ocean Park No. 54, 1972

This series of painting produced over 100 paintings that took there subject matter from ariel landscapes and, perhaps, even views from his own studio and is named after the area where he lived and created his work in San Francisco.

I am currently loving the paintings based on everyday scenes such as these.


 Richard Diebenkorn, Interior with Book, 1959
 Richard Diebenkorn, Bottles, 1960

  Richard Diebenkorn, Corner of Studio Sink, 1963
Richard Diebenkorn, Knife and Glass, 1963

I am drawn to the quality of brush strokes and how he handled both the paint and the forms. I enjoy the elevation of the everyday and being influenced by your surroundings and expressing that through colour and form.

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Daily Painting Extravaganza-corrected

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The app that I was using had duplicated one of the pictures and I did not catch it…sad face…Thanks Jen for pointing it out. It gave me an opportunity to fix the letter too! So I had not miscounted anything and still have 10 days to go but that is a good thing because it gives me time to get myself organized for the next series.

I thought I should start organizing my daily paintings so that I could write about it and thought that I was on Day 90. So very wrong. Somehow I must have messed up on my labelling and as I was creating these graphics realized that today I actually painted my 99th painting!

Well then. Yesterday I spent a significant amount of time making wooden frames that I was going to use to frame all these painting. However they didn’t work out like I thought. Disappointing but I “Plan B’d” it and continued working on the frames with the thought that I could use the frames as a painting surface and rethink my plans for framing the “100”

I have to fix a couple of the graphics. The looked fine when I saved it and they were wonky when I opened the files. Oh well you will see the progression of my painting from 1 to 99.

Soon I will be putting these, ready to hang, on Etsy for sale. I bit of work ahead of me but they should look fabulous.


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New Art Quilts

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Monday was an exciting day for me.  I opened my email and there was an Etsy conversation from the new editor of “Art Quilting Studio” inviting me to submit my Art quilts for potential publication!

So excited and of course I jumped up and down and emailed her back immediately and said “YES” and got things organized to send to California. So fingers-crossed, I have my work accepted and you will be able to hear the squeal all the way to the moon!

As I was organizing everything I realized that I had four art quilts that I had made and never posted. So this was the perfect time to get them out there.

Each of these three mini quilts are only 4×4 inches. I’m thinking that I will have to start exploring these again!  

Mr. Owl is much bigger and measures 11×14 inches. I was exploring machine embroidery, appliqué and hand embroidery. I ransacked my fabric stash and used a bunch of vintage fabrics on the owl and do you see the green star burst fabrics on the body? That was from an old set of ikea sheers that hung in my bedroom for a while!

In the next couple of days I am going to post these in Etsy so if you are interested in buying one check it out there or use the contact form to get in touch with me!  I got right on it and listed all of these Art Quilts here

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Art Envy Wednesday

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I have a continuing love of Pinterest and the multitude of ideas and inspirations that I find there. I can get sucked in for hours jumping from DIY ideas to school planning and art ideas.

So I thought I would share some of the Art that I have admired while on Pinterest. I guess Art Envy is a bit of a strong title…I might change it…but it is Art that I admire and appreciate.

I am loving Linda Christiansen so much! I love her bold use of colour and form. I love the large swaths of flat colour juxtaposed with pattern and design. I love the scraped and dripped application of paint. I love the sense of capturing the subject in a moment of a ritualistic daily task. A mundane such as washing the dishes is rendered into a beautiful, contemplative moment.



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Daily Painting

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I’m coming into the home stretch with my daily painting exercise. Today will be day 84…when I do the painting later on this morning and I have already been planning my next Daily Painting Adventure that will be my “200 Series” of paintings.

I’m also excited to be on vacation for the next two months and to be able to have time to focus on the things that I have been wanting to develop for the website, some online classes that I want to develop to teach and to take some of the little mini paintings that I have been making and transform them into a larger scale painting.

I wrote out a “to-do” list last night and it was one full page! Granted it included wish list items of things that I want to learn how to do and to get done around the house but it was still significant.

So here are this weeks paintings.

Day 80

Day 81

Day 82

Day 83

I’ve also been playing with a new app that allows me to make posters, banners, Facebook posts! So..Many…Ideas…I think I am going to use these in conjunction with my online class “Everyday Gifts” and I can use them in the free offer that I am developing for the website. Here are some of the examples I have been playing with. Some of them I can’t use other than in this type of post. I am not willing to pay for a commercial use licence so I am looking at ways that I can use to create my imagery without having to reinvent the wheel.


I’ve made a couple of new banners for my Facebook page also. You can like my page here.


Finally I was just playing with some Instagram imagery.


So onwards on my busy to-do list. Today I am going to be making the frames that I need to start mounting my daily paintings on…and a little pool time if I can manage it, in my little pool! It’s going to be super hot here (for northern BC) and I’m going to enjoy it as much as possible!

Painting and Summer Plans

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Another week closer to finishing my 100 days of painting!  I’ve continued painting every morning and thought of how I want to finish the paintings and display them. So those forms need to be made and then I have to attach all of the paintings…another job for the summer.

School has been winding down and all the tasks that go along with that are keeping me busy to say the least.  I have also been thinking about what I am going to be teaching in my beginners drawing class that will be at the local cultural centre.

I have also signed up to do an online class…and by do, I mean teach! About gratitude and Art. I will be teaching an intuitive style painting that focuses on being grateful for the things that surround you everyday. So far my plans include 4 days of videos, PDF files and visuals so I really have to get started on that.

I have also had some ideas for the website and so I am going to have to sit down and do some work to develop those ideas.

Here are my last 9 days of paintings! As you can see I have been on a bit of a teacup craze. It’s part of my development for my online class. I am thinking of calling it “Everyday Gratitude”

What do you think?

Day 71

  Day 72
 Day 73
 Day 74

  Day 75
 Day 76

  Day 77
 Day 78


Day 79


Art Update

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If you have been following my Daily Painting journey you will have noticed that I did not post anything this week. I have been painting but keeping up with daily posts, working, painting every morning and doing too many other things meant that I had to let something go. So while I have been posting everyday to my Instagram feed (here if you would like to follow me) and on my Facebook page (Here if you would like to see progress pictures of my work) I have worried less about posting daily to my website.

Day 64

“Red Stripe”  6×6

Day 65

“Succulents Three” 6×6

Day 66

“Shadow”  6×6

Day 67

“Shadow 2” 6×6

Day 68

“Shadow 3”  6×6

Day 69

“Blue Bottle”  6×6  I have also been working on a series of charcoal drawings that I will be displaying in an local hotel as part of an annual “Art Walk”. There are 21 artists participating this year and I have spent the last month making art for this! So my art days have been getting up at 5am to do my daily painting then going to work and teaching about making art to high school students and coming home to draw with charcoal for a couple of hours in the evening.

My goal with the charcoal drawings is to offer custom drawings so I am hoping to get some commission work out of showing my charcoal work within the community. If you are interested in having me create a custom piece of artwork please don’t hesitate to contact me and we can discuss the possibilities!

Here are some casual shots of the charcoal drawings that will be going up for display in the next month.



I have been enjoying the contrast of my day. By starting the day with a very loose and intuitive style of painting and ending the day with a realistic and highly observational style of drawing and am able to practice and explore different facets of my style. I enjoy both ways of creating but still feel that my “Style” is coming through in each different way of creating. For example you will notice looking at each and every single one of the above pieces that texture is very important. Each picture has examples of a physical or visual texture.

So I did not post today’s painting (#70!) because I am going to experiment with filming today and film my painting from start to finish. That will be posted later on this week.

Thanks for looking and have a great Art Day!


Community Art Walk!

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I have been working very hard over the past month creating charcoal drawings for my participation in the local Art Walk. I am very excited to get these up and displayed for the community to see! The webpage for the Fort St. John Community Arts Council is here and I am sure that they will have more information about the Art Walk in the near future. The sizes range from 8 X 10 (the man and the water landscape) to 11 X 14 (The dog, owl and Venice landscape)


Here is a little snapshot of what I have created. If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you will have seen progress pictures of each of these pieces of Art. If you wish to follow me on Facebook or Instragram the links to my pages are across the top of the website.

I am also donating one commissioned charcoal drawing to the Bright Lights Celebration (the link is here) I will have one piece of artwork displayed at the gala and people will be able to bid on the creation of a custom piece of artwork that I will create from the picture of their choosing.

Also, as if I wasn’t taking on enough I have decided to teach at the Cultural Centre this summer. It will be a beginner Drawing class for individuals that are absolute beginners and I will teach them as much as I can about using graphite to create their own stunning drawings. There should be a link to the class on the Cultural Centre website soon and I will add a link as soon as it is available!

Finally my summer is going to be full of learning how to create my own teaching video’s and creating my lessons for the new, online group that I have joined called “Seven Fall’s Artist Group” We are going to be running a class on “Gratitude” in the Fall and there are going to be 15 teachers participating and teaching a weeks lesson about gratitude and creating art!

It is a really exhilarating/exhausting/brillant  time right now and I am so glad to have all these opportunities manifest themselves in my life. All the planning, work and goals that I started in January are starting to show up and it is so exciting!

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Making Art Videos

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One of the goals for my website is to start introducing videos and lessons. However I have a huge learning curve that is called iMovie!

Yesterday I set up my camera and did a few prep drawings for some painting that I would like to do in the next couple of days. I think I would like to record my painting process from start to finish and post that next!

Here is my first video!

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