August 28,2011

The first portrait is progressing well and this week I will start the coloured glazes on the Grisaille greens. I look forward to the next ones - each so differnt. I guess that is what I enjoy about painting people, no two alike, but then what subject is anything like another. If you know Vancouver Island artists who do not know about this series, I hope you will mention it to them and tell them to comment: here; on my face book; or and I will email them details.

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August 23,2011

The first Vancouver Island artist to pose for the series, was Cindy Mawle. If you are a V.I. artist and would like to pose for the series, add a comment here or contact me at

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August 20,2011

I am on the verge of painting "Artists of Vancouver Island" This series will consist of twenty-five paintings 20"x24." However if one subject needs a full lenth pose, that one will be larger and the featured piece. The series will require a one hour pose with a one half hour photo shoot of each artist model. I have begun to book appointments, so if you are interested in volunteering to pose for this series, please contact me for details at

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For over forty years, painting related totally to the American Southwest. It was people of the dry hot desert, solid mesas, cacti, stone and canyons that made my heart leap.

When I realized I would never see the desert again, I began a search for something to paint. Nana suggested, B.C, vineyards and took me to Penticton where I did one painting. Nana and Gary then began to take me on Mystery tours of the island and always included a vineyard. But they all were so green! So many leaves so many trees - I don't do trees and I rarely use green - dont really like looking at green, but I got started on a duty series not an inspired series.

I guess it was July or early August when we were driving home from a winery visit. I was grousing about painting the Festive Flying Grape series when Gary said "Start another series, you can work on more than one at a time."

For some reason those words triggered the words "I could paint the Island artists!" Nana and Gary agreed and it was the topic of conversation all the way home

For a while I was afraid I wouldn't get volunteers to pose but it is rolling and each one offers something special to inspire me. And it is lovely to feel all I am doing was sparked by Gary and like all I do, supported by Nana.

April Update 2012 Sixteen fine artists, many of national repute, have posed for Artists of Vancouver Island and many are booked or promised. There will be no poses after June 30,2012. When I have painted all twenty-five I will turn my thought to . . . what next?