Animal Totems--a new series

For over thirty years, my parents had an Airstream trailer dealership which, in accordance with our family's love of puns, they named Totem Trailers (towed'em, get it?). Perhaps it was a childhood surrounded by the logo of a totem--on the road sign, their letterhead, their business cards--but I've always had an affection for this iconic image.

Recently, I noticed a billboard ad for one of the four (?) pet supply stores in our small village.  It featured a Golden Retriever with a bird perched on top of its head, and the store name was "All For Pets." It got me thinking about the role pets play in our contemporary households.  Research indicates that, in 2015, Canadians spent $4.1 billion on their pets. Somehow the image of the dog/bird, and my thoughts on pets, and the totem image, all came together and I imagined a totem of pets. This idea has little to do with First Nations totems; rather, it represents a message about what we revere, what we spend our time, money, and resources on. Please note, no judgement of pet owners is intended (I have had many beloved pet companions myself!)--just thinking about our value system...

So here's the first result, which uses some of the same techniques as my recent Pacific Northwest bird series:

Domestic Totem Mixed Media on canvas, 30 x 60 $1200

Domestic Totem Mixed Media on canvas, 30 x 60 $1200

 

Having completed this image, I found that the idea went further.  How about another totem of the 'wild' equivalents to these pets?  Do we give as much value, time, and money to these animals as we do our pets?  Something to think about...

Wild Totem Mixed Media on canvas, 30 x 60 $1200

Wild Totem Mixed Media on canvas, 30 x 60 $1200

I'm still thinking--perhaps a totem of agricultural animals (chicken, pig, cow, horse?) and one of endangered animals (elephant, panda, cheetah, gorilla, condor?).  Not sure where this series might yet take me...we shall see.

GPAG Group Show

Again this year, The Landing Artists (the Sunshine Coast Artists Cooperative) will stage a Christmas show and sale at the Gibsons Public Art Gallery.  Come by and meet one of the artists any day (11-4) from December 5-23.  I'll be showing paintings, including a few new works based on recent travels in the BC Interior and Vancouver Island (surfers!), but I and my fellow artists will have a range of giftable items such as baskets, scarves, and cards along with our larger works.

I'll be at GPAG all day on Dec 13 and 23. Come by and say hi!

Winter is Coming-- prints and cards available

Winter is Coming-- prints and cards available

MIX! Show at Federation Gallery

I am pleased to announce that three of my works have been accepted into the Federation of Canadian Artists MIX! Mixed Media show (Nov 14-26).  Hope you get to the Gallery at 1241 Cartwright St. on Vancouver's Granville Island to see the show. 

Here are the accepted works. The two women are part of my 'princess' series that examines the impact of Disney princess movies on young girls with regard to their beliefs and expectations about women's roles. Both are a combination of soft pastel and applied fine art paper collage elements. The third piece is one of my recent series on Pacific Northwest fauna--this salmon is a mix of printing ink, acrylic, and oil pastel on canvas.

Would a Talking Frog be More Valuable? Mixed media on paper 14.25 x 26.25 $650 framed This piece suggests that Tiana, the entrepreneurial heroine of Disney's The Princess and the Frog film (2009) might have considered the potential marketability of a talking frog before kissing the bewitched amphibian to turn him back into a prince!

Would a Talking Frog be More Valuable? Mixed media on paper 14.25 x 26.25 $650 framed

This piece suggests that Tiana, the entrepreneurial heroine of Disney's The Princess and the Frog film (2009) might have considered the potential marketability of a talking frog before kissing the bewitched amphibian to turn him back into a prince!

Invitation to a Kiss Mixed media on paper 16.5 x 23.5 $650 framed In the original versions of the Sleeping Beauty folktale, the prince who discovered the bewitched sleeping princess actually raped her and left her pregnant--clearly NOT a tale for children!  My reclining nude reflects the messages about gender and power inherent in the original tale.

Invitation to a Kiss Mixed media on paper 16.5 x 23.5 $650 framed

In the original versions of the Sleeping Beauty folktale, the prince who discovered the bewitched sleeping princess actually raped her and left her pregnant--clearly NOT a tale for children!  My reclining nude reflects the messages about gender and power inherent in the original tale.

Take Me to the River Mixed media on deep canvas 24 x 24 $650 This image of a spawning salmon reminds us of the importance of preserving and protecting the pristine river environments required by our native salmon, a precious economic, gastronomic, and ecological resource.

Take Me to the River Mixed media on deep canvas 24 x 24 $650

This image of a spawning salmon reminds us of the importance of preserving and protecting the pristine river environments required by our native salmon, a precious economic, gastronomic, and ecological resource.

Next up: The Gumboot!

A sincere THANK-YOU to all who came to view (and buy!) my art during the three-day Art Crawl this past weekend.  The weather held, and I was delighted to welcome about 200 people into my studio--hope to see even more of you next year!

 

If you didn't get a chance to drop by, plan to visit The Gumboot Restaurant in Roberts Creek on the Sunshine Coast between Nov 1-Christmas.  This local legend is famous for its tasty, locally-sourced, organic menu, as well as local live music on Wednesday evenings.

I'll be hanging the remaining Pacific Northwest fauna images (see the new online gallery on this site).  Prints and cards, as well as originals, will be available.

Eyes on Your Fries! Acrylic on canvas 24 x 30 $650

Eyes on Your Fries! Acrylic on canvas 24 x 30 $650

It's ART CRAWL time again!

Outside it's POURING rain that's expected to continue all weekend, but I know that won't stop intrepid west coast art aficionados from visiting their favourite studios during the 2017 Sunshine Coast ART CRAWL (Fri-Sun, 10-5 each day). Can't wait to greet all of you!

My studio is full of colourful new works, from 'serious' oil, pastel, and acrylic landscapes to my new series of bright contemporary takes on Pacific Northwest birds--plus a salmon!

Take Me to the River Mixed Media on canvas 24 x 24 $650

Take Me to the River Mixed Media on canvas 24 x 24 $650

There are ten of these fun images, and I've had prints made of most of them in a variety of sizes, including cards, to give buyers options depending upon their budget and wall availability.

Hope to see you--if only for the hot lemon tea and cookies !