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Home: Is Where The Heart Is
(oil on canvas, 30 x 30")

Following My Nose....

Ever notice how when you follow your nose, even when you don't know where you are going, you get where you need to be?  I closed up my studio at William Clark knowing I could not work there any longer.  I didn't know what I was going to do or how I was going to be able to work without a studio.  For three weeks, I felt at odds with the entire world.  Like there were no anchors.  A free floating amoeba of sorts.  Then by chance a friend of mine, Rose, had sustained a neck injury in a car accident which was effecting her ability to use her hands properly.  For a painter, this is difficult.  She was subletting her studio while she took time to heal.  And thus, I ended up back at 1000 Parker St Studios.  Oddly in the exact same studio I was in before moving to William Clark.  So I had come full circle.  I have settled into my new studio at 1000 Parker well and will be there until at least the end of February, 2013.

I love my new studio.  I am looking forward to where my nose is taking me from here.  I have been working with a creativity coach and had a wonderful conversation with Chris Tyrell trying to hone in and figure out exactly who am I as an artist, why am I here, what direction do I want to take my art and why... cause art is not frivolous regardless of what the politicians have been saying of late.  Art is crucial and, since I believe that absolutely,  I must, therefore, also make crucial art - art with consequence and criticality.  I am not interested in art that has no meaning and looks pretty over a couch somewhere - I have a lot to say and I need to make art that makes meaning happen.  And it has become clear to me that the people who buy my art also believe in the power of art in this world, they are people who live a life of purpose.

I painted two paintings since moving to my new studio.  Home: Is Where The Heart Is (above) and Home: Shades of White (below).  Both will be exhibited at The Cultch in October 2012 as part of my exhbition of "Home."

Home: Shades of White
(oil on canvas, 30 x 30")

The first makes a simple statement: that love and caring is the first ingredient in a home.  The second is a visual demonstration of our multicultural families where “white,” “brown,” “black,” or “red” can no longer be accepted in such simplified terms. 

I sold nine pieces in Gallery Gachet's
Salon Shop
: A Room of One's Own


Images: Balancing Act XX, XX1, & XX11 (10 x 10" mixed media assemblage) SOLD and now home in Australia.


Artist Joke of the Month
"You Must Be An Artist If...
(reprinted from
A humorous look at the things you do
that indicate you're an artist.
By Marion Boddy-Evans, Guide
What are the signs that you're an artist? This collection of definitions of what makes an artist started with a comment on the Painting Forum from Hamlet which got the rest of us going...! I'm not telling which of these art jokes originated with me, nor how many definitions apply to me, except to say I've never dunked a brush in my coffee (yet!).
  1. You were more concerned about the color of your car than the fuel consumption.
  2. The highlights in your hair are from your palette and not Clairol.
  3. You are having lunch with the girls and the fragrance you wear is eau d'linseed oil.
  4. The only piece of new furniture you have in your home is a $2000 easel.
  5. You butter your toast with your fingers, just to feel its texture.
  6. You think about taking a picture to a show.
  7. You talk about going to a show where the pictures don't move.
  8. You are over 50 and still have no health insurance.
  9. Your family takes out a life insurance plan on you for less than $5000.
  10. You know what shade of green the lichen on the trees is.
  11. You can't find a nice outfit for your date because everything has paint smears on.
  12. Your date ends up with paint smears on her/him.
  13. You're late for the date because you suddenly knew exactly what that detail of your latest painting needed and just had to fix it while it was fresh in your mind.
  14. You chose to buy that new Russian Sable Number Six Round instead of a Big Mac, a Large Fry, a Milkshake, Desert, and five gallons of gas.
  15. Your favorite home repair store refuses to work with you to repaint your den, because you rename all of their paint swatches and you get upset that they don't carry the exact nuance of raw umber you had in mind.
  16. You purchase a ton of books, and most are blank inside.
  17. When viewing a sunset, you think in terms of cadmium yellow (light hue), salmon and gold, a tinted teal mixed with gold for the water...."
  18. Strangers save your 'regular' spot at the park, perfect for observing children and pigeons.
  19. There are Prussian blue fingerprints on your phone.
  20. You stay awake late at night wondering how to render on canvas the dimly lit shapes and the shadows in your room.
  21. When you go out, you are always stopping and gazing at the world around you.
  22. You travel far to sketch a place of scenic beauty.
  23. You clean your brushes in your coffee.
  24. You carry pencils instead of pens.
  25. You have watercolor swatches on cardboard in your pocket.
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Exhibitions &
for Bernadine

First Saturday
Bernadine will be working First Saturday on July 7th from noon to 5 pm.  She will be at 800 Keefer St.  in Strathcona.  Come on by.
Mixed Media Workshop
Britannia Art Gallery
1661 Napier St Vancouver
July 14 noon to 4 pm
email for more information

Bernadine will be curating the upcoming art exhibit "Art-I-Fact" at Gallery Gachet which will showcase the world of past and present Collective & Associate Members. This exhibit will open in September and run through October 2012. 

"Home" a collection of paintings that evoke the feeling of home will be on exhibit at the Cultch from Oct 2nd to 21st, 2012

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