The Plague Doctor

A few Fridays ago I was sitting home sick and ended up watching the new Beauty and the Beast. In it, there is a scene where Beast transports Belle to the home that her parents were in when they were in Paris. Beast picks up a plague mask, and the two realize that the realize Belle’s father took her out of the city because her mother was dying of the plague.

I then went down an internet rabbit hole learning more about plague masks. They were, in essence, part of the first hazmat suits. Doctors would wear masks with long noses to hide heavily scented herbs and flowers in the nose, to mask the smell of the sick. They also wore hats and head to toe cloaks to keep the illness from touching them. I also uncovered an amazing pattern to make a leather one, resulting in the idea for this little painting.

 

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The lady with slipping lips is finally complete! Phew

This painting has been loitering on my painting table for more than a YEAR now! I put it aside while working on some non-painting projects, and picked it back up last week after committing to a friend that I would finish it. And so, at last, here’s the process and the final product. Knowing, as always, that watercolour paintings look oh so much better in person… Someday I’ll nail getting good digital copies…

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And c’est fini!

2016

2016

 

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Like a Fox

After a lengthy break to work on some writing projects, I picked up the brush again. Instead of a simple portrait, I got a little silly and added some fox ears.

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Lace, lace and more lace (Video)

I recently invested in a lovely india ink pen to do my lacework with. At first, it felt a bit like a cop-out, but as I’ve used it more and more, I really see how it allows me to do more detailed lace in my work. It’s also a different type of meditative practice than watercolour itself, and that’s been fun.

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Talk: Practicing art as an amateur

Last month I hopped up on the BIL stage to do a talk on the value of practicing art even if you’re an amateur. Over the years, particularly as I started to live-paint and show in galleries, many people would say to me “I used to paint/draw/write/play music… but I stopped”. When I asked why, the conversation nearly always led to their being no real¬†reason to be doing it. Here, I provide a tiny sprinkling of the plethora of reasons everyone who take part in art, whether they’re good or bad, whether they share it or not.

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Info Session and Artist Call Out

Movementintheregion

Next Thursday, March 26 I’m hosting an information session and artist call out at Hot Art Wet City, here in Vancouver.

The Info Session will be about the local Transportation and Transit Referendum that is taking place. The artist call out is for local artists to submit artistic works (photos, paintings, poems, whatever) relating to the theme of movement (as it relates to transportation). The submissions will be considered by Sad Mag for inclusion in their next issue – which is coincidentally themed Movement!

For more info, see the Facebook event and maybe we’ll see you there!

https://www.facebook.com/events/782459371843550/

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