Pandemic times influence 2020
These strange times have seen my creative instincts take a back seat to gardening and other similar pursuits. Now that the garden is in and growing and the odd jobs list diminished, it is time to head back into my studio and dust off the brushes. Time for new directions, and risky behaviour on canvas and paper.
Mark your calendars: June 26-July 14 , Coast Collective Gallery, Wain Rd, Colwood. My kelp painting “Ocean Sway”
Is one of many exciting works in this “Ocean” exhibit. Living in East Sooke with tall cedars, beautiful ocean beaches and the west coast trail nearby, influence my every day life. I feel connected to the sighing of whales, the smell of salt and iodine near the kelp beds. These undersea forests soak up nitrogen and carbon, and provide critical habitat for many fish and invertebrates. Their elegant swaying motion influenced by tide and current have inspired this painting. This exhibition celebrates the marine world above, below and along the ocean’s margin. hope to see you there.
I was invited to an open house a few days ago at a local potter's studio.
Her “SpOiled” series was part of the “Eclectica Exhibition” we shared last fall at the Metchosin Art Gallery. It had created quite a buzz with the environmental crowd at the time and I wanted to see the “digs” where this series began.
With some hesitation I drove up the long steep, curving driveway to her studio and parked in the small space at the edge of the cliff . Clinging to the house were shelves of her latest work. The french doors to the studio opened to a work space crammed with materials used in her pottery process. My eye wandered over to charger glazed with a freighter and oil streaks, then over to a striking blue green pot topped with yellow green salt glaze, a shelf covered in blue bowls ,blue cups ,blue vases,
The sight of these very different styles hammered home the indispensable value of working in series. Oh the glory of the series: room to explore different ideas, cultivate new processes, fodder of success or failure.
As I whizzed down that steep driveway with a lovely salt glazed pot cradled in a box on the front seat of the car, I started to think about the new beginnings calling out for series in my studio.
Sharon's studio online:
Have been busy in the garden during these Covid times
I am a west coast artist, living on the southernmost tip of Vancouver Island , surrounded by East Sooke Park ,near the famous West Coast Trail