Thursday, June 04, 2009

Close Encounters With Nature

I'm continuing with the leaf and bug theme and experimenting with more images. The beetle is from the UBC Spencer Entymological Museum, who allowed me free reign to photograph their specimens. I found the leaf on a recent dog walk. I liked it as it reminded me of a heart. The background is detail from one of my mixed media paintings which I scanned and manipulated in the computer.

Janet Planet Designs, digital collage
For this one, I used a weathered leaf given to me by a friend. I liked the skeletal nature of the leaf which showed lots of the vein detail but kept some of the plant material. The background is again detail from one of my mixed media paintings that I scanned and manipulated in the computer. Even output to 24" x 36" the fine detail of the leaf came through.

Janet Planet Designs, digital collage

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Painters at Painters Lodge

Went on my annual art weekend away with girlfriends up to Campbell River. Painters Lodge is a wonderful oceanside resort. Views are wonderful, food is fantastic, and being surrounded by Artists and artists always sparks my creativity.

Here's me with fellow Vancouverite and international Artist Raymond Chow at brunch.

Here's one of his recent works-in-progress.

And I always like snapping shots down by the dock.

Byng Community Art Show

My "quilt" series is currently on display as part of the Byng Community Art Show. Opening reception was May 28th and many of the artists were on hand to discuss their work. I knew quite a few of the participating artists. It was nice to see some of their new work.

I liked how they hung the quilts. They made 2 groups of 4 in a squares with another artist's pencil drawings in between.

The show continues until June 11th. The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 1 to 3 pm, with extra evening hours on Thursday June 4 from 6 to 7:30 pm and Monday June 8 from 6 to 9:30 pm.

The Byng Arts Gallery is located at Lord Byng Seconday School at 3939 West 16th Ave in Vancouver (enter off Crown).