Wire Sculptures – Student Work


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I had a student try another way of working with chicken wire.  We used 1/2 inch mesh and some found objects like broken shells and wood I found on my walks.  In the collages I think you can see the development.


Country – Acrylic & Oil – Knife & Brush


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I am working with Palette Knife and brush work in acrylic & oil this winter.   One project is the Farm Series – of places and things that remind me of the life I knew/know in rural Southern Ontario.  A regional and time sensitive project.  It started with Niska Bridge and the loss of nature and a sense of the area before bulldozing it all flat.

I am experimenting with the knife and the levels of realism I will use. This is the beginning.  Oils and acrylic respond differently as you paint and how – these differences make a mark in the art itself.  Then there is the use of the brush – how it can simplify or tidy too much.

These 3 paintings are the 1st in the series.

  1. WIP – The Apple Tree – a Fall scene –  oil 8×10 canvas board2015 JACE - oil Apple Tree st2 IMG_2090 (800x598) sgnd
  2. WIP – Grandma’s Garden – Spring – acrylic 14×18 canvas JACE - Old Garden stage 2 IMG_2286 (1024x794)sgnd
  3. Field Entrance – acrylic 18×24 canvas boardField Entrance Stage 5 IMG_2189 (1024x823) sgnd



An Art Show Presentation


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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Right to Brag.”

Jacqueline - Elaine IMG_1751 (800x533)

Presented with a gift from my students for getting this show together.

Over a year ago I started looking for a venue for our art group to have a show.  We were accepted by The Assembly Hall – a local Civic Community Theatre and Conference centre.  This year turned out to be a special one as  many venues were part of the cultural Spotlight in our West-end part of Toronto.  Our show ended the Spotlight on Etobicoke.

My students are varied in skill, style, interest, mediums and devotion to art.  Not all of them signed up for the art show.  Those who did, worked on their art over the past 12 months.  We have monthly challenges and the students came to most of the classes.  I run the class all year – 2 classes every Friday unless the Islington Seniors’ Centre has a special weekend event and they need our space.

It was hard to get all the info together during September – as my skills are quite mediocre in the office admin side of things.  I created an introduction to the artists binder – where each artist listed their work and said something about their art journey.  I designed a poster and invitation cards to be handed out.  2015 ISC Art Show Cards 2015 ISC Art Show PosterThen I found out I was working every day the week of the show so I had to get the students to volunteer their time to make sure everything got to the Gallery on time.  They have some funny stories about that day and it all worked out.  The Gallery did an amazing job arranging the diverse show.IMG_1776 (800x485)

art crowd IMG_1721 (800x476)The Art Show Opening was great despite the rain and cold fall night.  Many people came.  Almost all the artists came and we had a lot of fun mingling and admiring the show.

When the reception was over, 4 pieces had sold.  But the end of the 2nd week we had sold 7 pieces.  The class is all fired up to do another art show as soon as possible.

I will be looking into another venue but the Senior’s Centre may not Raven - Past Life is a Giftfinancially support another show.  All the artists contributed but the Centre paid for most of the expenses: the cards, posters, food and drink at the reception.

The class is now thinking about the next show.  They might become a phenomena. Raven is getting a lot of interest in her Medicine Art.  As I Svetlana and son IMG_1788 (800x533)said, it is a diverse group.

I sent over 100 photos [reworked to look their best and a bit smaller for emails] to the students a few days later.  I was moved when one student responded: Wow! Thank you, Jacqueline! What a wonderful assortment of memories, and sending them on so promptly is once again a true reflection of your caring and interest in our efforts. I have always felt that your help with teaching us is only half of the blessings you bring, the other half is your kind and generous spirit. C.


Commission to Save Historic Bridge & More


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Niska Bridge - august 24 2015 IMG_1256 (2000x1573) sgnd

Niska Bridge 2015 – 20×16 – acrylic on board

This is the Niska Bridge near Guelph Ontario.  It is a one car bridge in what was once a purely rural area.  Now it is surrounded by highways and residential & industrial parks.  Many of these areas have been flattened and stripped of the original trees.  My grandparents lived on this road and farmed just behind where I stood to photograph this bridge.  The farm that my great-great grandfather started when he came to this country is now a treeless, flat expanse with a large Tim Horton’s factory in the middle, not too far from here.  The Guelph Historical Society is trying to preserve this bridge – and in so doing they will help stall the destruction of this land into a ‘parking lot’ [from Joni Mitchell’s song].

My painting is mostly done with Palette Knife and some brush work.  It is done in acrylic on archival board.

ACEO – Playing with Lines


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ACEO - Aug 2015 - line work with colour wash - 2 as One  sgnd

2 in One

ACEO - Aug 2015 - line work  sgnd I joined an art group recently and they started an inspiration Monday – where we use the image of a crumpled bag to see about 3 different images.  It was quite hard but it did get me thinking outside the obvious.  One of my results was very Picasso-like.

I set up my acrylic inks and ruled in some ACEO boxes and let myself doodle.  These 12 images were done last night & this morning.

ACEOs are 2.5 x 3.5 inchesACEO - Aug 2015 - line work with colour wash  sgnd

Printmaking Revisited


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Back Lane - WIP  2015 - CollageI have been taking a print workshop with Agustin Rojas.  Now I remember loving to work in the print shop at school – hours.  It has been so long that I have forgotten a lot.  I am pleased to remember at all. The Collage above shows how much work I did in 4 days.

1) drawing – idea

2) 1st proof of drypoint

3) 2nd proof – more drypoint

4) 3rd proof – 1st aquatint

Now I have reworked the plate with more dry-point and burnishing. I have a proof of that as well so I can rework it again & now for the 5th proof I hope to be nearer the end. Here is the full image a few work days ago – may post the final images.Back Lane - Aquatint WIP  2015 (640x400)sgnd