Queen of Hearts

“Bring out the Hounds” she cried! She loved those puppies. Was there nothing so joyous as a stride through the woods with these beauties.

A birthday request for a client.

The ephemera: vintage manuscript from 1845; image of a long ago queen; vintage images of hounds.

The found objects: tiny pewter star; small fleur de lys charm; tiny antique key; vintage glass beads; vintage heart charms, antique pen nibs; vintage typewriter parts; an antique escutcheon.

Size: 8 inches by 8 inches.

Fluidité

Souplesse, intelligence, facilité pour aborder et résoudre les difficultés.

Qualité d’une expression aux harmonies subtiles ou d’une plasticité aux nuances délicates et fondues.

Caractère de ce qui échappe à toute saisie, en raison de l’instabilité.

Suppleness, intelligence adept at tackling and resolving problems.

Quality of expression with subtle or supple harmony and and delicate nuances.

Character that defies description due to instability.

Fluidité W.Millette (c)

The ephemera Original documents from the 1800s; original atlas maps and star charts; original vintage ocean life images.

Size 30 inches by 30 inches

UN-HOUSED mixed media portrait

Vintage maps and papers, rich with the history of the past are the perfect material for creating this mixed media portrait. They invite the viewer to imagine the story of this human, un-housed, like so many in our communities. Glimpses of hidden words and images suggest the complexity of his struggles and challenges. The orange paint wraps around him with community support and connection. Thank you to all those working on solutions to this crisis.

*portrait source photo credit Pexels.

NB Award of Excellence CVAC Fine Arts Show, SOLD 🙂

24 inches by 24 inches

The ephemera: original vintage maps and documents such as old letters, receipts, newspapers, dictionnary pages.

Hidden words: mania, advocate, diagnosis, old man, middletown, war atlas, infraction, emprisonnement, interdiction, devilish, hunt, hunger, cities and towns and many more.

Eye See You

A grouping of Collaged Eyes using original old maps and papers and top coated with cold wax.

Each measures 8 inches by 8 inches.

Orange Eye

Brimming with tears.

Orange Eye

Eye of Venus

Oh baby you’ve got it, you’re my Venus, you’re my fire at your desire.

SOLD 🙂

Eye of Venus

Mira

Mirame en los ojos y digame porque….

Mira

Starry Eye

Starry-eyed was she, and what, I wonder was the reason. SOLD 🙂

Starry Eye

https://www.instagram.com/reel/COEYX-3DSeE/?igshid=1javva3vfrzeo

At the seashore

A trio of 8 by 10 encaustic mixed media collages feature vintage atlas waves.

Green Waters

The deep green waters soothed Monsieur’s soul. SOLD 😁

Trois Matelots SOLD 🙂

Trois petits matelots naviguent sur les flots.

Whale Watching

Who was watching who?

SOLD 🙂

The ephemera: original vintage maps and charts from the mid 20th century; natural history illustration of a whale; old letters and receipts from the 1800s; vintage stamps.

The found objects: antique watch faces and mouvements.

These pieces will be available at my up-coming studio tour and sale April 23, 24, 25 10 to 5. See http://www.cowichanartisans.com for map and details.

Screetch Owl

On the one year anniversary of the World Wide Pandemic we all be ….like this!

The ephemera: Old Book Cover by Robert Louis Stevenson; Original plate from 1930’s botany book; natural history illustration of an owl; vintage face; vintage postal stamp, vintage post mark 1965 Three Hills Alberta; Muybridge’s dancing lady. Top Coat of cold wax.

Size 5.5 inches by 7 inches

A collection of crows

Modern Airways

She dominated the new airways. No-one even came close

SOLD 🙂

The ephemera:original antique legal document, original vintage map of airways, photo of crow.

Le ciel

Le ciel, il le dominait, ses coassements résonnaient. C’était un triomphe total.

SOLD 😉

The ephemera: original vintage star chart, decorative paper, photo of crow, original vintage stamps.

Crow Black Ink

Crow made is own ink. Now he can write his own history. SOLD 🙂

The ephemera: original ledger from 1800s, illustration of ink bottle, crow photo.

Found objects: vintage pen quills.

All At Sea

A triptych of Encaustic Map Wave Pieces. 7.5 by 12 inches each.

All three have SOLD 😁

The Wind is Up

The Wind was up so they set sail and headed off for adventure

The Wind is Up

The Sailor

The Sailor went to Sea to see what he could see.

The Sailor

The Fleet

The fleet headed home to the safety of the harbour.

The Fleet

The ephemera: original vintage atlas maps and charts, old letters, bills, receipts, vintage stamps.

The found objects: antique watch faces and watch movements.

Diving In

La Plongée

Sans souci, ils ont pris la plongée au coeur de Paris, le centre du monde.

La plongéee

Small Collage on Old Book Cover

The ephemera: Fly leaf and book cover of Plan de Paris from 1947; Original vintage map projection; small diving figures from vintage Larousse dictionary, original vintage airmail sticker.

Taking the Plunge

One after another they decided to take the plunge. The world was their oyster.

The Plunge

Collage on Old Book Cover 8 inches by 12 inches

The Ephemera: Vintage Book Cover from old Atlas; Original Receipt from Paris, 1902; Original map projection from Vintage Atlas, Diving figures from vintage Larousse dictionary; photos of poppy seed heads from my garden.

Emerging from Isolation

At last they were able to emerge from the Pandemic winter of isolation.

A commission for Lindsay, a young artist who I taught when she was in grade two, and is now an artist herself @Willdraw4blood.

Size 12 inches by 12 inches

The ephemera : original document from 1837, original map from 1933, photos for poppy seed heads from my garden, photographs of crows.

The Eyes Have It : mixed media collage art work

It is always about the eyes, don’t you think? … emotion, intention, distinction, contrition, inebriation, determination, reflection, nutrition, animation, affection, jubilation.

A trio of mixed media collage eyes, featuring original vintage maps and found papers and images. 8 inches by 8 inches. Enjoy the surprising details.

Corazon a mixed media Portait

Corazon was cloaked in the wisdom of the women who came before her.

Tradition, Heritage, Strength.

Corazon

The Ephemera Original french document from the 1800s, original dictionary page 1937, original receipt from 1920, original atlas maps and star charts from early 20th century, old photographs of 3 women, Muybridge’s naked skipping girl, various decorative papers, natural history illustrations of flowers, original postage stickers.

Size 24 inches by 24 inches SOLD 😄

Calm in the Storm

She was striving to remain calm amidst the World wide turbulence.

Calm in the Storm 10 inches by 10 inches 150 CAD

The ephemera: Western Hemisphere Map 1950s; decorative paper; high quality reproductions of 19th century bird engravings; photo portrait credit pexels- breston kenya creative commons licence.

Encaustic Wax topcoat.

My Little Pigeon

She started cooing and they flocked to her without hesitation.

“I am a pigeon whisperer” she laughed.

My little Pigeon CAD 150 Size 10 inches by 10 inches

The ephemera: Plan of Paris title page 1947; ledger page 1917; decorative paper; high quality reproductions of natural history illustrations of pigeons; photo portrait credit pexels-ksenia chernaya creative commons license.

Encaustic Wax top coating.

Right Brain Raven

She donned her thinking cap, readied her fountain pen nibs and took out her best black ink. It was studio time.

Available at Slide Room Gallery in Victoria BC

The ephemera: Original legal document from the 1800s, original ink bottle illustration, photo of a raven.

The found objects: Antique nails ( from my house); vintage watch face and gears; two old keys and vintage fountain pen nibs.

Size: 9 inches by 9 inches

Process Video

Heading into the Wind

Commissioned for dear friends Laura and Dawson. May you weather life storms together.

Heading into the Wind ; encaustic mixed media collage

The ephemera: Receipts from Béziers, Languedoc; vintage french stamp; vintage atlas maps of Laura’s favorite places: the Queen Charlottes, Tofino, the Philippines, the South of France ; Comox; Vancouver Island, the Coast of California.

The found object: antique watch works

Size: 6 inches by 12 inches

Beach Huts

Summer by the seaside with brightly coloured beach huts ,ice creams, sandcastles and the unreliable British weather. What could be better?

Encaustic mixed media collage 6 inches by 12 inches.

Details of some of the original papers I used in this piece, a letter from 1917; a ledger page from 1916; a cancelled check from 1934; and snippet for a Paris guide 1947 listing les grands magasins.

Bathing Huts

Down by the sea, we dug for buried treasure, just you and me, we didn’t mind the weather.

Bathing Huts

Bathing Huts inspired by the seaside beach huts on the coast of England

The ephemera: original papers: 20th century vintage atlas maps; old papers from the 19th and 20th centuries..receipts, adverts, dictionary pages,envelopes; ledger pages; original vintage labels, tickets and stamps; old board game numbers; three natural history images of gulls.

Size: 12 inches by 24 inches on wooden cradle.

Medium: Encaustic Mixed Media Collage

Navigating this life with You

From the deepest ocean to the starry skies and all the special places in between, I will navigate the fair weather and the storms of this life with you.

A wedding gift for a dear friend Jenny. 🙂

The ephemera: vintage atlas maps, antique letters and receipts, vintage stamps.

The found objects: tiny vintage globe, small vintage flag, tiny heart charm, tiny pewter star

Size 24 by 30 inches