Keep Your Sisters Close, when you shed that stuff where does it go?, Blue Balm, untitled, The Open Door, So Many Words, unflinching glimmer of a smile

This post closes off the summer of 2022, a time during which I spent making adjustments to my “self” and which culminated in learning that I had received a BC Arts Council scholarship, an award that requires that I study art full time this coming academic year. This means that I will be entering new territories, both in terms of the challenges that my courses offer me and in terms of continuing to grow personally, the deeper I get into the third act. As a friend pointed out to me, I am a “free agent”, and free agency means, for me, being able to explore my humanity as deeply as my imagination can take me. At this point in my life, this exploration is enabled through visual art and to a lesser extent, through writing.

Keep Your Sisters Close, 20″ x 26″; charcoal and pastel
“when you shed that stuff where does it go?”, 22″ x 26″, pastel, India ink, and charcoal.
“Blue Balm”, 22″ x 26″, pastel and charcoal.
Untitled; 26″ x 22″; pastel and acrylic ink.
The Open Door, 22″ x 26″, pastel.
So Many Words, 22″ x 26″, pastel.
unflinching glimmer of a smile, 22 x 26, pastel.

self-portrait # 20, Bitumen Shower, Unfinished Finished (people on a ferry); Only a Matter of Time; Sources

S.P. #20, 20″ x 24″, charcoal and pastel.
Bitumen Shower, 20″ x 24″, charcoal and a soupcon of pastel.
Unfinished Finished (people on the ferry), 20″ x 26″, pastel.
Only a Matter of Time, 20″ X 26″, pastel and charcoal.
Sources, 20″ x 26″; pastel and charcoal.

pink mist; some untitled pieces, experiments in colour; also moving on to figure drawings using a wooden model

This next sketch is a wip. I’m not sure what to do with the head; also, the spikes on the head really need a lot of work. I might try to make another version of this, fixing the head.

Pink Mist. 20″ x 26″. Charcoal, pastel, acrylic. WIP.
untitled, 22 x 30
untitled, 20″ x 26″
untitled, 20″ x 26″
figure studies
figure studies

she took to her bed with a terrible illness, 2 untitled pieces, 4 eggs, and woman with red straps

she took to her bed with a terrible illness, 22″ x 30″, charcoal with pastel.

inspired by Hollyhock Flats, across the river from where I walk and live
playing around with a piece I did in drawing class this past winter by adding coloured lines
4 eggs.

I’m taking a drawing course through the Banff Centre this spring, a course which focuses on drawing with pencils, something I avoided doing in my college drawing classes by always opting for charcoal. But, I felt that I wanted to dedicate some time to drawing with graphite, and this course popped up in my FB feed. We are drawing eggs. Day 1, I drew one egg. Day 2, two eggs, and so on. These are the four eggs I drew on day four. I’m not getting better at drawing eggs yet, but the great thing about drawing is that I can SEE what I am doing better or not doing better. Doing something “better” doesn’t necessarily result in a better drawing, though.

woman with red straps, 22″ x 30″, charcoal and pastel.