Sharing my passion for handcrafted jewelry, paper making, and living a creative life.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Another new look for my blog!

As a relatively new blogger, I'm still trying to find my blogging style and my voice.   I have changed the look of my blog several times in the past three months but each time, it didn't feel right for me.

Today, on the Oh, Canada! Team forum on Etsy, Joannie, a very talented jewelry designer from Joanniel Creations, told us about some sites that offer free blog backgrounds, including The Cutest Blog on the  I loved this one so I tried it on and it fit!   Then I had to change my banner and found this photo I had taken several years ago of a feather floating on the lake in front of the house.  Perfect!

 So, I think I found the style I like for my blog but I'm still searching for my 'voice'.  I know it's here somewhere.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Arts Fest 2010 - BC Central Interior Regional Juried Art Show

On April 23 and 24, emerging artists in the Central Interior of Northern BC had the opportunity to participate in a juried regional art show put on by CIRAC, the Central Interior Regional Arts Council.  Arts Fest is an annual event, supporting and recognizing emerging central interior artists.

This year's show took place in Prince George and was beautifully organized by Wendy Young, Executive Director of Studio 2880.  The Prince George Tourism Centre was the venue for this year's event and all pieces will remain on display there until May 2nd.  Ten pieces were chosen by the judges to travel to communities throughout the North Central Interior for the next month.

 Improv by Crystalynn Tarr.  Acrylic.  12x36".  This piece was selected as one of  ten pieces that will travel.  Crystalynn Tarr was also chosen by the judges as the recipient of the Toni Onley Artist's Project scholarship based on this piece and her potential as an emerging artist.

"Improv seeks to bring a tangible expression to the intangible flow and emotion of a blues/jazz composition.  While the pianist's fingers rest on certain notes longer than others they soon move on, hungry to find the next note on which to pause.  Back and forth across the keyboard, her movements are not rigid but flowing from one bar to the next, evoking a sort of meditation on the melodies.  The emotion of the composer put onto paper intertwined with the interpretation of the performer recreates history in a relevant and personal way for the audience.  Improv is my tangible interpretation of playing that piano."

Untitled by Tom Dean.  Acrylic.  40x20".  This painting by Burns Lake artist, Tom Dean, was also one of the ten pieces chosen for the travelling show and it is my personal favourite from this show.  One didn't need to read the artist's statement to feel this piece.

"Urban settings can defy explanation.  This painting is an attempted representation of all the misery and distress I sometimes feel when I visit urban centres."

Dream'n on the South Side by Sue Chretien.  Collage.  18x14".  Sue Chretien took a papermaking workshop from me several years ago and has been using handmade papers in her artwork since then.  Although this collage was not selected to travel, I was very impressed by Sue's creative use of materials in this piece.  It provides some  wonderful inspiration for other artists who enjoy working in handmade paper.

"I have been making paper with local fibre for a few years now and I am exploring its use in my art.  This piece started with the mask and so many ideas came to me while working on it that I went with the ideas of the ideas.  So many ideas and only two hands.  The braids, shells and beads are the explosion of ideas that seem impossible to contain."

Artists attending the workshop also had the opportunity to participate in two educational sessions.  The first one, "Copyright for Visual Artists", presented by lawyer, Martha Rans, for CARFAC (Canadian Artists Representation/Le Front Des Artistes Canadiens), was an educational and entertaining presentation on Canadian Copyright Law, including some wonderful examples.  Ms Rans created the Artists' Legal Outreach program, a volunteer organization ensuring access to legal information and advice for artists and arts organizations.  This organization depends on donations and I encourage Canadian artists to consider supporting this valuable program.

Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the second presentation, "Photographing your artwork for exhibition or sale."

The location and dates for next year's Arts Fest is still to be announced.  Check the CIRAC website for details.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

I created my first treasury on Etsy today!

I've been wanting to do a treasury ever since I joined Etsy but my computer wouldn't cooperate.  I couldn't get it to count down so I would miss the window for the Main Treasury and Treasury West.  This new Treasury East means even I can get a treasury so I created one today.  I loved finding new artists to add to my favourites in the process.  

Please check out my Hearts and Flowers Treasury , a tribute to spring and romance.  This little shabby chic heart by Whyte was my inspiration for the treasury.  Thanks, Pat!

Melange Interview

I am so pleased to be featured on the Melange Team Blog in an interview by Bren from Peace of Mind Studio.  Thanks, Bren, for making this so easy.  Great questions!

The Melange Team Blog features mixed media artists, techniques, challenges and more.  You don't have to be a member of the team to participate in the challenges.

 This little candle lantern was the result of the altered jar challenge on the Melange Team Blog.  I first covered a baby food jar in yellow vellum.  Using a dragonfly punch, I created the shaped cutout in handmade iris leaf paper and, using gloss medium, glued this sheet over the vellum.  The jar is embellished with wire, a dragonfly pendant and a large amber bead.  These would make a lovely addition to an outdoor party.  More wire could be added for hanging.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Sunshine Challenge

This is my piece for the Mix it Up with Melange "Sunshine" challengeYou don't have to be a member of the Melange team to participate.

This mixed media collage ACEO (2.5 x 3.5") is made using a clear tar gel photo transfer over a piece of a music sheet and then painted with chromacolour paints.  Black pigment ink is brushed around the edges and a final coat of clear tar gel covers the piece.