Saturday, July 19, 2014

I'm Back

Way more time than I wanted has gone by since my last post. I've been painting, joined a mail art group, an index card a day group and started teaching kids art. 

The kids are ages 6 to 8 years old. It's been both challenging and rewarding. I am thankful to all the art teachers who share their art teaching experiences. This knowledge helped me to plan for activities that suited the time frame (five one hour classes).

I just finished five days of one hour classes teaching drawing and cartooning. They were hard workers and displayed a range of interpretations of the projects. At the end they all received certificates of excellence for completing the course. I said I hoped they continued to draw and one boy's response was "I plan to because I love to draw". I'm getting ready to do a mixed media at the local Arts Council in August.

On the art making front I finished "Running" and am happy with it.

I also finished a new painting, "Clouds", for the Langley Arts Council exhibit Summer Magic

Mixed Media: acrylic, paper collage, plant ephemeral on 12" x 20" deep canvas

Another bit of news is that I was accepted into the Fort Langley Art Collective. I am in the process of signing a contract at which time I will be listed as a member. I'm quite excited about this new venture.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Getty Publications Virtual Library free downloads!

I want to share this great resource at Getty Publications

There are a whole range of virtual books free to read online or to download. Browse the selection and start reading! Below are just a few samples available.

Have a great week everyone!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Call to Artists: Women Painting Women: 2014 Juried Women Painting Women Exhibition - Prin...

image by: Mia Bergeron, Soundless, 20" x 14", oil on panel

   Principle Gallery Charleston

Women Painting Women: 2014 Juried Women Painting Women Exhibition - Prin...: image by: Mia Bergeron, Soundless, 20" x 14", oil on panel Women Painting Women is pleased to announce that P...

Friday, March 21, 2014

How to make art journal with index cards

This journal is super easy to make and you can think of your own variations of what to put in it.  I want to use it in my community kids art classes. This project goes with my new found passion for making small art and sharing/trading with others. Mail art and artist trading cards are a great vehicle to do this.

How to make journal book



Another vehicle for sharing art is the "Art Abandonment" project. This is similar to mail art except you leave the art in a place where someone, a stranger can find it. This is something that children artists can do.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

More fun with mail art

My latest mail art. The theme is Wings. This one is going to someone in Australia!
Girls of a Feather, postcard mail art

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Journal and Mail Art

I am always looking for ways to encourage me to make art every day. It sounds easier than it is, as least for me. I'm fine if I have a big project. I can get lost for hours everyday working on it and can be quite obsessive about it. However in between these projects I tend to stay in research mode and in my head. I plan to sketch and do begin but get distracted easily. To address this shortcoming I joined two Facebook groups Daisy Yellow and Mail Art Groupies both are very supportive and encourage activity.

I like them both because they encourage me to experiment on a small scale which gives a more immediate satisfaction. I may or may not use the ideas in a larger painting but that doesn't matter because the main purpose is to keep my momentum going in making art daily in between the big projects. Below are some example activities.

Gustav Klimt inspired Christmas decorations, felt pen in art journal

oil pastels resists with black ink on index card

Doodle shapes drawn in pencil, traced with black felt pen and coloured with felt pens in art journal

"Solitude", paper collage on Arches oil paper using paper napkins and matte medium
paper collage using photocopy of photo, paper napkins, matte medium on Arches oil paper

Thursday, February 27, 2014

"Running" new painting

I think I'm finally satisfied with this painting! I'm letting it sit for awhile before I close the door.

The painting was inspired by a smalI close-up photograph of water running over debris at a deserted building site. I really like the movement of the water and rusted metal. The water running over debris seemed to have a variety of messages - nature washing the debris, humanity running out of time.

"Running" acrylic on canvas 48" x 36"

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

What Good Are Artist Awards?

 Another excellent post from Alyson Stanfield.

This is a very interesting discussion in the comments. As a recent graduate I am looking for ways to show my work and for me juried exhibits are a way to begin. However I am heeding some advice from the commentators that there are more effective ways to present work as in social media. 

What do you think?

What Good Are Artist Awards?

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Transitions Do they ever end?

I completed my course work for my BFA degree December 2011 and had to wait for the spring of 2012 for the convocation ceremony. It seems like a long time ago. I was excited to focus on starting my art practice. And indeed, since graduating, I am slowly establishing myself  through exhibiting in group shows at various galleries in the greater Vancouver area. I am honoured to be included in the Discovery exhibit at the Seymour Gallery and excited about the opening reception this Sunday. It's always satisfying to be accepted into a juried show, a validation that I'm where I'm suppose to be.

However, I am ready to reconnect with my passion of helping others to achieve their goals. I have been involved with what is often referred to as the "helping profession" and love the experience in being a part of someone's learning and to be able to assist with mastery over a new experience from a handicap child learning to dress, parents learning how to talk to their children in a new way and being pleasantly surprised at the results to children growing their very first garden. I want to bring my two passions together and use art as a way for expression and learning about the self and others. In the scheme of things it may seem small compared to discovering a cure for some disease but sometimes more often than not it's the small things that can have a great impact in someone's life at the right moment.

I thought this would be an easy transition to make since I have many years experience. However I have not worked in the field for a few years. My focus has been on my education and community involvement at the university. Since graduating making art has been my work. This makes it difficult to get current references to successfully apply for employment. It never occurred to me that it would be difficult but it is so. It is like being a youth fresh out of school with no work experience except I have 30 years work experience. I just can't connect with people who are qualified to vouch for me because they did not supervise me in a work capacity. Those who did supervise me was before I went back to school and are no longer working in those positions. I understand a hiring committee's position. They have a very specific requirement to verify that I am who I say I am. It's just a very strange place to be.

In any case, over the holidays, I have been preparing lesson plans for children's drawing and painting classes and am very thankful to all the art teachers especially Mr. E.  He visited my blog and made a comment on my post Seize the Limitations and shared it with his followers. This small act had a big impact for me because it connected me with others who have the same passion for teaching. I was able to benefit from their generosity and adapt projects for a community setting. 

As the transition continues I am looking forward to the time I will connect my two passions creating art and helping others to do it too.

Happy New Year everyone.