Saturday, April 20, 2013


Google contacted me saying I should upgrade my you tube channel.  Funny thing is I had forgotten I had one.  Anyway it inspired me to open it up and add those videos that we had taken on our travels and some music we had seen.  Check it out...there are some fun ones.

I went to visit my friend Siobhan Humston  who is on a residency at the ranger station in Harrison Hot Springs, BC for one year.  The building has an art gallery downstairs which she helps with and is right on the lake.  She had also been on a residency in New York for a month earlier in 2012.  I went with two other artists:  Mary Anne Tasheshi and Rachael Ashe  

Once we finished our great lunch we explored the studio spaces.  I love the way Siobhan uses her space.  I had been in another space she had and I had the same feeling.  Following are a few pics of her studio and work.  She will be having a show at the Ranger Station Gallery in June 2013 and Rachael will be there in July.  

the music space

most artists have sketchbooks for drawings, notes and clippings
good use of the low windows and sloping roof
drawings and paintings in different stages for the June show

small studies which can be shown as a group

great example of her use of space...drawing area tucked in the corner
being organized helps the working process
more organized storage
as a painter, brushes clean and at the ready are essential
I believe this piece was made at her NY residency but might be in the show
Siobhan has this ongoing project where she collected everything she could not recycle from Jan 1-Dec 31, 2012.  She will make a sculpture at some point out of it.  Her thinking is that the substrate cannot be made from something that is not recyclable.  A work in progress.

love this little workshop space
here are some pieces from the recycle project

another work in progress from recycle project
she is also an avid sewer from bedspreads, clothing, dolls and much more
great little ribbon organizer
sun came out so time for a walk around the lake
these are the tanks where the hot spring water comes from
Mary Anne driving us home with the mountains out of the skylight.
Was a great day and very inspiring.  Thanks for sharing Siobhan, Rachael and Mary Anne.

Sunday, April 7, 2013


You might remember when Arnt and I collaborated on a cross for Union Gospel Mission in Vancouver.  They wanted something made by an artist from the east side that refelected the neighbourhood.  This is the one we made from an old porch column, pattern pieces from Nyes Foundry, a wood joist from our house and we created the shroud from copper and then verdigrised it.  It is about 6 feet tall.

Well they approached us again to create a smaller one that was similar but not the same for their administration office. This is what we came up with using a yellow cedar column that Arnt turned on a lathe, Nyes Foundry pattern pieces, an old plane framed by a vintage wood folding measure tape, a door lock from a house on Georgia Street and a skeleton.  A little bling was added by using a glass red marble.  It is about 30" tall.



We lost one of our elders in the family.  Art was 90 and had a great life with our Aunt Bev for 30 years.  He will be missed.  The funeral was in Kamloops and several of us made our way up there on the Coquihalla Route.  Fabulous vistas and tall peaks still covered in snow.  We attended a very nice service to say goodbye with great stories, music, tears and laughter.  Art was in the second world war so the legion did a Last Post ceremony which was wonderful.  

We all stayed at the hotel called The Plaza hotel.  I highly recommend it...Paul the manager is awesome.  It turned out our cousin Fain was playing at the hotel that night with a band called Doc and the Disorderlies.  We all had a great dinner and then the music started.  Two guitars, one banjo and Fain sang and played the washboard.  Soon some of the family, two nephews, husband, brother-in-law and father-in-law were up there playing along.  Was a great night seeing them all play together.

Doc and the Disorderlies

The whole gang

Fain of the lovely voice

The additions

After a family breakfast Arnt and I headed north towards Barriere.  We found a fabulous antique store there, with farm equipment, vehicles and a variety of other things.  Arnt bought a vintage chainsaw for his tool museum and I bought three silks, which were collector items found in cigarette packages to encourage customer loyalty. 

This is the landscape after the 2003 fire that burned up lots of Barriere
lovely old push mower

furrow maker

great paint job

working farm's barn

Arnt's tool museum

New addition to chainsaw
silk with image of George V of England
silk with image of Shi Kai of China

silk with image of Carranza of Mexico
We arrived in 108 Mile Ranch in the the Caribou where my Mom, sister and brother-in-law live for an Easter turkey dinner.  They cooked it on a spit over the barbeque.  Very delicious.  My brother-in-law's family came and his Mom brought most of the food.  The weather was fantastic so we sat outside for the afternoon.  The next day we went on a bike ride before heading south down the Fraser Canyon.   The views were outstanding and the water was rushing. 

Me, Mom, Sister Debra and bro-in-law Steve

The Thomson River
Birch or Aspen trees
most lakes are still frozen...this is Green Lake...I am in flip flops
Only in the Caribou
nice old house in Clinton