I have been working with beeswax and resin, photo transfer, ink & calligraphy pen, oil paints and oil pastels. Lots of layers, drawing and colours. Here is a little breakdown of my process.
...is always a feast for your eyes and ears. Layers of colour and the crescendo of horns, music and sellers all mix together creating a tremendous and endless improvisational jazz song. Each time I go to Mexico it is a trip in MAKING art, APPRECIATING art and FINDING art in unusual places.
The walls, ceiling and floors offer a variety of textures and colours. Here are a few shots I took while walking the streets. I see them as little abstract paintings.
Creating a commission painting is a long process and a road which many artists refuse to embark on. Why? Well there are a few reasons why artists often don't like doing commissions:
Most of the time, I really enjoy the challenge of a commission. I try to mitigate some of those above issues by:
The library is one of my favorite places in any city or town and so when I am asked to teach a workshop at the library, I always make the time. This year i facilitated a workshop at the Crowfoot Library and the subject was CITYSCAPE painting. Below are some images of the class and a one participant and her beautiful painting!
Earlier this year, a new ELL Practical / Literacy Student Award was created by a dedicated group of School of Global Access instructors in an effort to recognize practical and literacy stream learners. This nominated $500 award will honour learners who demonstrate resilience and progress.
Thanks to a generous donation of two pieces of art from ELL instructor and local artist JAKE JOY MULYK we’re pleased to announce an art auction to raise funds for this new award.
Starting Monday, April 9 Jake’s two pieces – Smiling Buddha Girl and Stampede and River both valued at $295 – will be on display in the Intercultural Centre (3rd Floor, North Campus).
The auction will run until Thursday, April 12 with the winners being contacted on Friday. Please note that each piece will have a $175 reserve and successful bids must be paid in cash. All proceeds to support the ELL Practical/Literacy Award.
big city living show in the heart of yyc - inglewood @ arton9th GALLERY. NEW WORK WITH ENCAUSTICS TO VIEW AND PURCHASE ORIGINALS AND PRINTS AVAILABLE. JOIN US!
Here is the view that is inspiring the new painting.
I am in an apartment at the bottom this hill. I come up here often to see the view, to run, to relax, to meditate, to take photos and now to draw.
I did a light watercolour and sketch from the top of the hill. the rest of the work happens in the studio.
I carried this birch canvas up the hill along with a little tin of watercolours, one paint brush, pencil, charcoal and a little stool. I sat on my little fold out stool, put on my headphones and I listened to Cindy Lauper while I took in the scene. It isn't always Cindy Lauper. This is absolutely my favourite activity - drawing plein air. You know, on location. I have drawn from this view point before, although a different scene. Here is a video of a painting I did from this hill 6 or 7 years ago! I am happy to revisit the location, but with a new approach. All is fresh, but familiar. It is a nice feeling.
I'm working on a new body of work. Cityscapes for a show at Arton9th scheduled for Mid September. This work is a combination of phototransfer, acrylic paint, oil paint and encaustic. New directions in my work has me very excited! Here is a little peak.
Art is the...
great connector of people, places and dreams. It speaks the language of the heart when it is authentic and created from an open and non-judgemental space. It is passionate pursuit of creation with a playful mind.