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The Elephant Family

Meet the family! Beatrice, Hugo and their son Hugh. Their creation was inspired by our love for the largest land animal to roam our planet and as a sad reminder that they are on the brink of becoming endangered. Elephants are widely respected for forming close-knit matriarchal clans and their loyalty to each other and the humans they love – a point made famous in 2012 when elephants mourned the passing of Lawrence Anthony, known as the Elephant Whisperer, by holding a vigil around his house for two days. Their unique beauty, deep wisdom and kind hearts – along with their fierceness in defending their young and protecting their herds – are all reasons why we chose to portray an elephant family in this art project.

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The Elephant Family

When Nola McPhail and I found out about summer’s annual members art show, at The Old School House Art Gallery on Cortes Island “The Colour of Our Muse”, we could not resist the opportunity of collaborating to contribute a piece. So we dedicated the month of June to creating The Elephant Family. Nola McPhail has been joining me for my Creative Sessions for the last year and we have explored many media and techniques together. When we chose to collaborate for this show, we opted to create a piece using many of the different media we have explored together as a way to push our creative boundaries, learn from each other, as well as have a lot of fun creating art together!

The Elephant Family art project consists of 3 elements:

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Hugh

Hugh, the son, is a collaboratively-created piece crafted from 3 recycled wood panels – each painted separately with acrylic paint and kroma crackle. His tail is made from braided wool sourced from Cortes Islander Joy Shipway. His face is made with polymer clay and finished with acrylic paint, kroma crackle, glass eyes, and false eye lashes; his trunk, tusks and ears are made from hand-sewn canvas.

The other two elements consist of individually-created art dolls – since those have been one of the strong focuses of their Creative Sessions.

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Beatrice by  Nola McPhail

Nola McPhail opted to make the proud mother Beatrice using polymer clay, recycled textiles from an old skirt of hers, and false eyelashes; the piece was then mounted on a piece of yellow cedar.

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Hugo by Laura Balducci

I created Hugo, the hard-working father, out of polymer clay, recycled textiles, wool, and a found hat; he is also mounted on yellow cedar.

We look forward to continuing our Creative Sessions starting in the next month or so and doing more work together.

Meet Lilac Rose

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Lilac Rose

Lilac Rose is one of the art dolls from my new multidisciplinary art installation “Senses That Sin”. I drew my inspiration for this exotic/erotic experience from flowers and their lush surroundings that can tickle our senses when we allow ourselves to fully enjoy their offering. Lilac Rose was created from recycled finds: a vintage candy dish and a drawing model doll, which were both found at the free store on Cortes Island. I started by covering her body with gold leaf (because one person’s trash is another’s treasure), I then used some of the cotton batting I use to stuff my art dolls to create a bubble bath and added dried pressed flowers to give the idea of a lush bubble bath. The ensemble is meant to wake up the senses that make every life worth living, or in this case, every item that deserves to be refurbished into a luxury thought brought to life.

To experience the full art installation come alive please watch the live performance video featuring Namchi Bazar and Del Rivera!!!

Secret Weave

We started our last art class on Cortes Island drawing with Charcoal something I have not used much of but had a lot of fun with,mind you the  lady’s and I  always have fun.It was exciting to see what everyone came up with.Here is my new painting called Secret Weave. I would like to thank our teacher Lisa Gibbon’s for her on going encouragement and techniques she shares and all the lovely lady’s who join me weekly for there energy.

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It’s a new month and the Stuffy Collection keep’s growing

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This is a weekly challenge,a potrait challenge ,a personal challenge with my stuffed animal collection.For 52 weeks  I am doing a potrait a week,this is my first attempt at such a project and I’m learning alot.Meet Smarty Pants week #8.To see more of The Stuffy Collection please go to the page on my website and stay tune for week number nine that is on the easil already started.

Pappa Smurf's Potrait

Watch out for the rainbow of mushrooms a smurfs work is never done.Using utensiels(fork,knife and spoon)i expermented trying to show movement in his body,collage from a one painting i found in a magazine for the rainbow of mushrooms,acrylic paint,and sparkles.

typograghy the art of playing with letter's

Today i give you the letter O from my series Ghosts of Artrosshes(see in one colour).Using multiemedia/collage/acrylic paint/spray paint/on recycled vinyal siding.