What goes on in the Raven print studios at North Island College?
If you are a Comox Valley local you may sneak a peek into the windows as you walk from Komoux Hall to other parts of the campus. Here is a little of the magic that happens in the screen print studio.
Printmaking is a technical process and the students are learning not only the technical aspects of the process, but also how to solve problems when they encounter a challenge. There are several different types of printmaking that occur at the NIC campus. Etching, relief, collagraph, and screenprinting (aka serigraph).
I took an oil painting class in 2004 with Gerald Smith at the Ottawa School of Art. This is the first oil painting I completed (aside from one when I was 12). The exercise was to complete a painting over the course of two classes based on a photo we brought in. My photo was one I took at Tynehead Park in Surrey, BC.
During the class a student asked Gerald how to put the paint on the canvas. She had never done it before. He said, “You take your brush, dip it in the paint, and then put it on the canvas. I’m not going to do it for you or even show you. Do you think anyone in any of my studies ever showed me? No. You just do it.”
For the month of January, I participated in the Comox Valley Arts, a community arts council, 30-Day Drawing Challenge. I used a free app, You Doodle, and my finger on an iPad. This is a selection from the month.
It indicates that the painting is finished. I don’t consider my work finished. There is always something that can be improved or changed.
It can prettify the work. I’m not interested in pretty (unless it’s a device to lead you to something else). Beauty and pretty are not the same thing.
It’s a painting. I’m not interested in trying to make the painting into something it is not. It feels like it is trying too hard. That’s not to say that paintings are not other things. It will become what it will become.
Found this in a pile of old things. I’m still interested in it. Although, just two layers: foreground and background. Not sure when I made this, but there are small skin tags on it, so my guess is about 2011.
The Cleaning Girl and the Boarder is a stop-motion video work I presented in the Emily Carr University Low Residency MAA Graduate Exhibition, HERE + THERE, at the Charles H. Scott Gallery in July 2012.