The Anatomy of Loss

Loss comes in many forms and needs to be grieved

but your body can help you through it if you will let it.

Altered Clock Case

Arms for reaching out. Heart for slow beats forward and Lungs for remembering to breathe.

Ear for receiving comfort; Mouth for speaking your truth; Eyes for looking forward to a new path.

Bones for Strength; Spine for bending without breaking.

Brain for looking for the gifts that often come with loss.

Loss in its many forms: represented by these beautifully disintegrating vintage photographs.

The ephemera: Original ledger pages from 1917; Complete Notarized document page from 1868; high quality reproductions of antique anatomy illustrations; damaged vintage photos; old encyclopedia pages.

The found objects: antique clock case; old kodak slide boxes; altoid tin; vintage red ten; various other vintage boxes; antique optical lens; vintage toy blocks.

This one was a labour of love.

Artist Colour Box

Pigment, glorious pigment… sunny ochre; mud pie umber; depression blue; snake in the grass green; crime crimson; mysterious black; little lie white; plummy purple and orangutan orange. She drifted off into the colour wheel of her mind.

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Artist colours

Artist Pigments

Artist Tools

ARTIST COLOUR BOX; An Homage to my Aunt Billy to whom these vials of china paint powder and old tools belonged. She encouraged me to be a creative and independent thinker right from the start…I still miss her after all these years.

The ephemera: Various antique colour charts and map legends; a vintage photo

The found objects: brayer; palette knife, artist brushes; silver spoon, vials of china paint powder; altoid tin ; round box; paiint tin lid; cigar box.

Island Life

Island life is much more laid back, they all agreed…you can hitch a ride to the harbour; hang-out with your peeps; chill out on the beach.., they would never dream of moving to the city.

SOLD 🙂 at the Maritime Centre Show.

Collage artwork
Seagull on top

The ephemera: Original vintage West Coast Marine Chart; vintage stamp from Poland of course; high quality reproductions of Natural History illustrations of sea creatures.

Size: 6 inches square.

Open Ocean

Rolling, Pounding, Ebbing, Frothing, Thundering, Exhilarating, Gentle, Soothing, Calming ...WAVES.

Clear Sailing Ahead SOLD 🙂 Open Ocean Available at the Cowichan Maritime Centre until Aug. 18 along with more of my recent Works.

The ephemera: Original Vintage Atlas Maps and Nautical Charts; original hand written letters from the 1800s and food ration stamps from WW1.

Size: 5 inches by 10 inches.

Sunset Sail

Her majesty demanded that they turn the water into wine for her sunset sail. “We are amused” she gaily declared as she sailed out to sea.

SOLD 🙂

encaustic collage
Sunset Sail

The ephemera: original vintage dictionary and atlas maps; original bank receipt 1939: original vintage atlas star chart

The found objects: tiny metal star; vintage tacks; vintage silk thread

Size: 6 inches square on wooden cradle

Encaustic Wax, Molding Paste; Cold Wax

Night Sail

As night fell and twilight slowly darkened the waves, they set sail for new adventures.

Night Sail : Encaustic Collage

The ephemera: Original vintage atlas maps; original antique letter and stamps; original vintage night time map of the earth

The found objects: tiny antique cloth flag; tiny vintage map pin

Size: 12 inches square on wooden cradle

The Winds of Change

The Winds of Change had begun to blow….and yet they were still in denial.

The ephemera: Original vintage atlas maps; original antique letters; original vintage stamps.

The found objects:  Vintage Globe reproduction of one from the 1700s; original antique tiny flags: tiny vintage pins.

Size: 20 inches by 30 inches

The argument

He said; She said…it was the same old back seat driver argument they had had, a hundred times before.  They always got where they were going…eventually.

SOLD 🙂

Collage Artwork
Collage Artwork

The ephemera:  High quality reproductions of old map; vintage bicycle illustration and bird cage;  photos of a crow and a raven

Size: 9 inches square

Polar Storm

It was time to pull out the Umbrella: Polar Storm, Melting Ice, Rising Seas…he is beginning to see Red will these humans ever find the key?

collage art

Bird collage

 

The ephemera: Original Vintage Atlas Map of the North Pole; photos of crow and red umbrella.

The found objects:  a intage skeleton key.

Size: 8 inches square on wooden panel

Up, Up and Away

Up, Up and Away in My Beautiful Balloon.

Way up in the Sky in My Beautiful Balloon.

We can float above the skies together you and I.

For We can Fly.

SOLD 🙂

collage artwork
up, up and away

The ephemera: Original Antique Atlas Map from 1921; high quality reproductions of Natural History Illustration of a Whale and Vintage Hot Air Balloon.

Size: 8 inches Square

Huiles Vitesses

He was looking for trouble and everyone knew it. There would be a battle on Le Champ de Mars, of that you could be certain.

SOLD 🙂

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The ephemera:  Original 1947 map of Paris; high quality reproductions of vintage motorcycle image; natural history illustration of an owl; helmet and glasses; 1914 receipt for Oil.

Size: 7 inches square

Bois de Vincennes

Madame Caille est envoyĂ©e par la SociĂ©tĂ© des Agriculteurs de Frances en mission clandestine aux Bois de Vincennes. Que dĂ©nichera-t’elle?

SOLD 🙂

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The ephemera :  original vintage Paris map 1947  of bois de Vincennes ; original vintage stamps;  high quality reproductions on rag paper of natural history image of a quail, vintage bicycle, bird’s nest and Chemistry Lab receipt.

Size 7 inches square

Sold during the Spring Studio Tour

Egg Delivery

We deliver right to your door, the freshest of freshly layed, fresh farm eggs. Madame Ostrich will be along lickedy-split with your delivery nestled in her panier for extra protection.

SOLD 😁

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The ephemera: Original vintage atlas map; original vintage stamps; high quality reproduction of natural history image of an ostrich, egg, nest and vintage image of bicycle.

Size: 7 inches square

Corbeau Devant

Le DĂ©partement de Courrier par VĂ©lo a dĂ©clarĂ© “Corbeau Devant!” C’est avec orgueil qu’il a pris sa place en tĂȘte de l’Ă©quipe.

SOLD 🙂

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The ephemera: Original atlas map 1947; original timbre fiscal; high quality reproductions of vintage photo of a raven, vintage bicycle image, vintage bird cage image, legal document from 1846.

Size: 7 inches square

Studio Tour This Weekend

UPDATE: Wildly successful Studio Tour with wonderful engagements about making art in all its forms.. and bonus…21 Sales! Thank you to everyone who came out on a rainy Spring Weekend to play in the studio.

I am part of the Cowichan Artisans Studio Tour this weekend April 12, 13, 14 from 10 to 5.  Come out and see what we do.  Try your hand a making a paper boat with antique papers and vintage stamps.  Check out my new works.  Enjoy beautiful Maple Bay where my studio is located. Great spot for a walk on the beach or lunch at the pub.  Link to download map and brochure: https://www.cowichanartisans.com/

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Par Pigeon

Purple Pigeon,  carrying out his royal duty for her Majesty’s Mail Service. SOLD 😁

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The ephemera:  original antique atlas map from the 1800’s; original vintage stamp; high quality reproduction of vintage bicycle photo; pigeon natural history illustration and French legal document from the 1800’s.

Exercice sur les silences

Exercice sur les silences. Pas facile pour ce petit oiseau colorĂ© qui a terriblement envie de chanter sa joie en ce beau matin printaniĂšre. SOLD 😁

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The ephemera: Original Vintage Map of Central Paris; original vintage stamp; high quality reproduction of bicycle, cage and vintage sheet music; high quality reproduction of natural history illustration of a beautiful bird.

Voyage

The Great Green Macaw could easily be spotted whizzing around on her bicycle in Punta Uva, hunting for fruit, cacao and her very favorite treat, delicious, plump almonds. In her wake all that is left are a few husks and the echos of cackles and squawks of pleasure and delight. SOLD 😁

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The ephemera: original vintage map from 1933; original vintage stamps, high quality reproduction of atlas page and vintage bicycle illustration.

Size: 8 inches square

Note: Inspired by artist’s recent cycling shenanigans in Punta Uva, Costa Rica.

Naviguer sur les Flots

Il Ă©tait un petit navire, il Ă©tait un petit navire,

Il Ă©tait un petit navire

qui savait na- na- naviguer,

ohĂ© ohé  SOLD 😁

 

mixed media collage

naviguer sur les flots

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side view

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artist hands

The ephemera: vintage atlas maps and charts, old letters, vintage postage stamps

The found objects: a tiny globe

Size: 18 inches by 24 inches

Naviguer

Les joies nocturnes

d’un marin somnambule

qui navigue la nuit

refroidie par les vents du large.

Guidé par les astres, les objets célestes

bercé par les flots, il se laisse emporter

SOLD 🙂

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naviguer

The ephemera: Original early twentieth century atlas maps; high quality reproduction of celestial objects

Size: 12 by 24 inches