Now where are we?

Granny PB280055“Granny, AKA Molly Burke”, 1976, 36″ x 36″ Oil on Canvas

Granny is my very fave painting, is in my private collection and the first painting I see when I wake up!

She was done during my first attempt at art school at the Okanagan College in Kelowna. Unfortunately or fortunately they showed the class the most boring film of Sir Kenneth Clarke giving a lecture on Michelangelo.

The sculptures were beautiful and I decided at that moment I was going to see a real Michelangelo. Off I went to see the world and find a Michelangelo!

And that is another story completely!

Granny was my Father’s Mom!Granny-Web-copy

I never met her. Her real was Mary Pickering and the legend has it she was a Scottish opera star. Works for me!

Make it a lovely day on day 43, I think of lockdown!

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Art in Oliver!

Oliver Art 2020! Arty Smarty started with a snowfall and temperatures about 10 below . .  like burr! And still the parents got their little ones to class. That’s work!

We are featuring a hat trick of great little boys today. A set of twins with an older brother, that’s a lot of energy to get to class and as we say . . incoming!  They were sidetracked today and not that interested in the  planned project, but  they totally entertained themselves building snowmen  . . .  . . . with backgrounds. I thought the addition of a background by 4 and 5 year olds was a rather sophisticated thought. However that is what happens when they hit the “stuff box” and come up with their own ideas.Art Leza MacdonaldOf course we needed a side of  rainbows with those snowy mountains and creatures. I’m thinking Pokemon!

Art One-oh One got off to a great start! The first hour – a study of highlights and shadows in black charcoal and white chalk on a beautiful brown midtone drawing paper. Second hour a blast of colour on canvas. We have room for drop ins this cycle!

And now a lot of fun at Jackson Triggs Winery with our hostess Danielle Hutton. Spring Blossoms was the subject for this paint session! A little contrast and wishful thinking to those parkas and freezing temps!  Remember the set of twins and big brother . .  Mom needed a bit of adult time. I love her composition!leza macdonald art oliver rec centreAll we need now is your signature! Beautiful!Leza Macdonald Paint night artAnd that begins the Art in Oliver for 2020 . .  Great start!

Thank you to Danielle and Oliver Parks and Rec for a great weekend! It’s going to be a creative year!


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Oh Christmas Tree

Arty Smarty ended the cycle on Trees with a little hanging Christmas Tree.IMG_9252Sparkly Pipe Cleaners, Little presents . . . IMG_9256Teddy Bears and Candy Canes!IMG_9263It is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.

Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas!

May the joy and peace of the season be with you!

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Sandra Albo at the Okanagan Art Gallery!

Sandra Albo sees the world through the colourful eyes of a very skilled artist.IMG_8562Similkamen Valleys Historical Trail” Pops off the wall and kisses your vision with warm yellows that lead to the trail. Wander along the vibrant reds, up into the mountains for fresh greens and blues and more wonderful zings of red.  Very exciting!

Sandra is president of The Okanagan Art Gallery, located at 8302 Main St,  in the neighbouring town of Osoyoos, about 15 min away. The gallery is open 11 am – 4 pm, Tuesday through Saturday.IMG_8548As well as being this creative talent, Sandra is a Wife, Mom to two kids, a Grandma and a grade one Teacher! She teaches drawing and art appreciation in elementary schools. Nice!

I do like to pick teachers brains. I aked her if she thought computers will replace crayons with the little ones?

Before I got the question out she was shaking her head yes then said “Computers have already replaced crayons! BUT the tactile experience is the number one way to learn. Great art programs with changing methods in teaching using these devices creatively helps. Yes, they are in a world of phones and computers!” IMG_8563Cathedral of Richters Pass” Enjoy the ride on the shadowy blue road taking you past those wonderful zings of reds into the sunshine. What is the story of this road trip? Enquiring minds want to know.

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Once a month we host a First Friday Reception for you to meet the artist and hear their stories about the works.

Sandra Albo’s next workshop will be Feb 28 and March 1 on Mediums – gels, impasto and glazing for richness.

Contact Sandra at 250.498.7359 for information.

Better still meet up with her at the Gallery.

Similkamen Valleys Historical Trail and Cathedral of Richters Pass by Sandra Albo are available for your collection pleasure at the Okanagan Art Gallery in Osoyoos.

Do come down and enjoy the amazing art and support the artists of the Okanagan Art Gallery!

See you First Friday!




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Bella Bones was in the House!

Art One-Oh-One at Oliver Parks and Rec, Saturday morns at 11 welcomed its favourite model and her handler Dancer Andrea Gunnlagson Furlan. IMG_8434Everyone looked, thought carefully about what they were going to draw, then drew details of Bella in their sketchbooks.IMG_8440Andrea you assistant needs a sandwhich! Love this pose!IMG_8439The Artists were all very quiet and concentrating on their large sketches on newsprint.IMG_8442Why are Bella and Andrea lying down on the job?IMG_3734Difficult pose but it really shows the spin in action. It is also more difficult with pen and ink! IMG_3738We cover a lot in class. This is a very advanced drawing class for this level and everyone did great. I throw them into the deep end and let them pencil themselves out. This week I’ll throw them the life line. Now that they know the challenges, I’ll give them tips to help with their drawings.IMG_8446Andrea you and Bella are the best!! Thank you!

Art One-Oh-One Saturday’s at 11:00. Oliver Parks and Rec.

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A Moon Gate Opens

Welcome to the new home of

I opened a MoonGate and nailed 2 doors shut!

After months of packing and packing and renos and renos and MOVING and more renos I finally have a space to grow in.

I feel like I spent 2 and a half years rotting!

Downsizing is not fun when you have 10,500 lbs of STUFF!

And really did the movers have to tell me that weight??

I did think I was moving into a smaller place however when I had the floor put in, gave up the white cork for a light grey marmoleum . . budget . .  I realized that my little trailer with the addition is only 25 square feet smaller.

I moved into a trailer, it has wheels and a hitch, so if I feel like it . . NOT . . I could move it!

Not interested in that amount of work! And I don’t think my little bucket of bolts, I call her the Lady Mac, could handle the stress on the metal.

So now that I have a new place for my pencils and crayons and I do look forward to more art!

After all I still haven’t created my best work yet!

Welcome and enjoy! What is next . . . time will tell!

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The Silence of the Fish

Hell froze over! I left the valley!

I don’t like to travel anymore and where was I?

On the Road . . . again! But with just one little camera and not even a flash!

Dianne waved the carrot of fashion, go-fast boats and a visit with a special friend in front of my nose and poof . . there we were in Victoria.

I met a fabulous crew spearheaded by Catherine Larose and Matt Laprairie, a great bunch of photogs, loved watching them shoot and a delightful, brilliant group of young women — designers, models, hair and make-up with other jobs like nurse, physician and author.

This was my retirement party . . . I actually sat back and watched more than I thought “got to get that shot”.

These days I like to take pictures of my cat, my paintings, horses, praying mantises  and my irises . . . and what ever else tickles MY fancy!

At one point I was sitting in the warmth of  “The Assanté” a 150 Ft yacht, rough . . . looking at the 5 photogs on deck battling not nice wind conditions and thinking I don’t need to get that photo. The photo of the dress all blown around was taken from the deck. That was as uncomfortable as I got.

. . . . and I knew with their skills and big guns their photos would be fabulous . . . .  and they better prove me right!

I like to tell a story with my camera!

This is the story of Dianne Gibson presenting her Art Piece, created from ocean plastic, the dress Silence of the Fish and two garments from her ready to wear line, Off the Cuts at the Opening Of the Victoria International Marina.

Dianne spent months designing and creating the Silence of the Fish.

The plastic for the corset arrived from Ocean’s Legacy. It was washed but was looking a bit scary. Dianne made a pattern with her model Crystal’s measurements, they had not met yet, cut the pieces out . . plastic does not cut easy!  Sewed in the boning, fasteners, set grommets with the gills at the back, tackled the lacing of the neck corset to the body corset. Lots of work and construction skills.

For the skirt, Dianne built a white cage crinoline. Layered real ocean black fish netting,  the same netting dolphins and turtles get caught in.

The icing on the dress was a white plastic train with black ruffle that billowed in the wind, embellished with plastic roses arranged in the shape of the maple leaf . . .  after all it was Canada Day!

Brilliant! Brilliant! Is all I can say!

Dianne’s ready to wear line . . .  “Off the Cuts” was elegant, easy to wear and made from fabric that was headed to the landfills. You catch a glimpse of Pauline Yee and Stephanie Coughlan wearing the garments laughing with Dianne.

The day after, we were shooting at a castle, model Everline Aboke was available for an unscheduled  garment!

Dianne was ready! She had brought some of her extra corsets and with the netting from Oceans Legacy, the old black caged crinoline, she put together the ensemble you see in front of the castle.

With the netting from the sea, Everline added to the look by wrapping it around her head. A powerful thought!

We both felt very short that day. . .  I do hope we get a photo of us dressing Everline!

To sum this up, all of this work, skill, nerves and patience was for a 6 minute runway walk.

In that 6 minutes The Silence of the Fish spoke volumes!

Congratulations Dianne!

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