Archives for category: Art

 

The cats lend a hand in a variety of ways…

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Sunday afternoon, about to start a new project. Lovely warm sunbeams streaming in the windows. But then…

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… Bunny Drummond stole my chair!

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So, I moved everything over to the sofa, and embroidered a spider.

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For the last few years, we have hosted a group of friends for Christmas dinner. My favourite part of preparing for these events has been designing a display for the dinner table. We rarely use our large table for dining, as it is also GJ’s workspace, so it takes a special event to clear it off. This year, I chose a snowy woodland theme. I made five little trees with Sculpy low-fire clay, painted them white, and sprinkled the wet paint liberally with fine glitter. These were placed over battery-powered tea lights, and arranged with other candles and various curios we have collected. I cut some holly leaves from wool felt, and needle felted the berries, then combined these with sprigs of cedar to create napkin rings. I also decorated a trunk in the living room with cut glass dishes to hold pre-dinner snacks. The dinner was delicious, as was the table, if I do say so myself!

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I’ve been working on a new series of neck pieces lately. Here are the first few…

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Our friend Liz Dempsey creates the most beautiful drawings and paintings. For the last year, four large works have been displayed in the Commercial Alley Public Art Gallery, a collaboration by Open Space Gallery and the City of Victoria. The show runs until August 15, 2016.

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I was so happy last week to see Brad Pasutti’s latest work displayed at Winchester Gallery in Oak Bay. Another great collection of paintings by one of my favourite Victoria painters and people.

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Brad Pasutti, The Intertwining, June 7–25, 2015, Winchester Gallery

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The Center of Gravity, Brad Pasutti 2016

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The Anatomy Lesson, 2016; Conan, 2015; The Width of Your Present, 2016.

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Pli selon pli, Brad Pasutti 2016

We love our neighbourhood and the fact that it is filled with other artists. So, we thought we should share our experience with visitors from around the world. Check out our website avantcrossingguard.com or go straight to tickets at our online store.

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The design is approved, and now I have all the materials in front of me. Wedding jewellery commission for a friend in pearls of cream, light grey, and rich purple-grey. More on this one later…

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Here are pics of a few pieces I finished just before the Holidays. I always enjoy experimenting with needle felting! You can find them on our online shop.

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Yesterday, we visited the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. They have a small but beautiful garden where I sat for a few minutes enjoying the late afternoon light. The garden includes a Meiji era Shinto shrine.

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We’re having open studio days on the weekends until December 20. In a slow time, when the light so delicious, I took a few pictures around the studio…

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My felted pins with Annie’s dollies and Miss Bunny Drummond hanging out in the background.

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GJ making sure all the pages of his children’s book of art and poems are ready for the photographer next week.

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West corner with Annie Nazarian’s sewn art pieces.

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View of the rooftops of Dragon Alley.

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Sculptures and things with adorned branches.

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Group of things by candlelight and winter light.