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WE ARE A CAMERA at THE BIG DRAW 2016 VANCOUVER

Saturday, OCTOBER 1, 2016 10am – 4pm Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre | 181 Roundhouse Mews FREE | No registration required Join artist Val Nelson to create a spectacular 135-foot long collaborative drawing exploring contour and motion, the individual and …

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Tuscany Painting Retreat Sneak Peek 2017

I’m in the final stages of planning a painting holiday for early June 2017. Here’s a sneak peak of the location––a very old stone farmhouse and a charming converted tobacco drying tower in the Italian countryside, located just outside the …

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Painting On-Site

The past two weeks have been super interesting. I’ve been making a painting on-site in my local art store, Opus, on Granville Island. The staff there have been great in welcoming me as I test out painting live in a …

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Loosening Up! with Craftsy

My new online painting class with Craftsy has launched! I’m excited to announce this because over the past five years I’ve been honing a painting class called Loosen Up! that helps students be more relaxed about their painting process. People …

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Doing What You Love

Below is an excerpt posted from the delightful newsletter I receive each Sunday from Brainpickings Weekly: “There is an ugliness in being paid for work one does not like,” Anaïs Nin wrote in her diary in 1941. Indeed, finding a …

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Neil Gaiman: Make Good Art

This seems to be the week of excellent tips from friends on inspiring videos. Interesting that both of the ones I am posting are of fellows from the UK. Recently writer Neil Gaiman was invited to address the University of …

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John Cleese on Creativity

An artist friend tipped me about this excellent lecture on YouTube by British comedian John Cleese, on which he succinctly outlines key elements for creativity. Cleese: “Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating.” Link to the …

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Drawing in the Dark (Part 2)

Excerpt from Vancouver Opera’s Blog The things people do in the dark of a theatre. Some people sit riveted and try to taking in everything that is happening on stage. Others glance upwards and down as they read the surtitles. …

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The Wanderer

Ever toil away at a problem, getting nowhere, then finally give up in despair and take a shower, or go for a drive? If you have read Jay Ingram‘s book “Theatre of the Mind”, you will recognize that state he …

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Drawing in the dark

Last week I went with my husband to see Vancouver Opera‘s production of Madama Butterfly. I wanted to see if I could do some drawings of the production. Since you can’t see what you are doing while sitting in the …

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