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2016 Events & Shows



November & December

Kris Kringle Craft Market, Beban Park Social Centre, Nanaimo, BC
November 17, 18, 19 & 20

Cavalotti Lodge Craft Fair, Cavalotti Lodge, Nanaimo, BC

September & October

Harvest Festival, Street Fair in the Old Quarter, Nanaimo, BC
Sat. September 20

Nanaimo Downtown Farmers Market, Bastion Square, Nanaimo, BC
May  7 – October 7

July & August

On Site Art Market, Fitzwilliam Gate, Old Quarter, Nanaimo, BC
Sat. August 11

Canada Day Celebration, , Bastion Square, Nanaimo, BC
Friday July 1

May & June

Kootenay Rock & Gem Show, Community Centre, Castlegar, BC
June 4 & 5

Courtney Rock & Mineral Show, Courtney Legion, Courtney, BC
April 16 & 17

March & April

Spring Festival of Awareness, Shatford Centre, Penticton, BC
April 29 -May 1

Port Alberni Rock & Gem Show, Cherry Creek Community Hall, Port Alberni, BC
March 5 & 6



















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Posted by on November 15, 2016 in arts and culture, color, jewelry, outdoor art


On Site Art Interchange 2014


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Posted by on January 29, 2014 in arts and culture, color


MORE PLAY WITH PAINT – 3 techniques

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The more painting techniques practised, the better opportunity to do a variety of visual expressions. Paint technique combinations provides the most satisfactory outcome in painting. Try these three experiments with any water based paints on paper, canvas or board.  The “fun” in painting is finding what works best for a painting and so as in the first “Play with Paint”, (4 sessions back), it is important, to enjoy this exercise.


This technique is easy to learn, since it is one used in home renovation. Some paint stores have instructions on the many application styles. The best sponge results from a sea sponge,, but a regular household sponge works too.  Try a small piece of sponge at first. Of course, the amount of paint in the sponge affects the pattern.

Finger Painting

A technique learned in childhood art instruction, the use of fingers in painting, an inevitable outcome when any tool  (brush, palette knife, sponge etc.), no longer provides the desired effect on a painted surface. Have no doubt, the finger is a tool in painting. Wear thin gloves (such as surgical ones), if you have reactions to paint on the skin.

Paint Throw/Flicking

A similar concept to the commercial Paintball game except the intended target of Flicking is one surface. The most useful application for the future is to practise with a brush. As in all the other experiments, the amount of paint in the brush determines the effect on the surface. Depending on extent of “flicking” the brush, the turn of the wrist and the texture due to the water content of the paint, the results vary.

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Posted by on April 9, 2013 in color, painting, painting techniques


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PAINTING MOVEMENT – Brushstrokes Techniques

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As in drawing movement, the concepts of CONTINUOUS and REPETITIVE motion applies in painting. Line of action is also key to showing movement with a brush.Whereas in painting, the color provides an opportunity to experiment with aspects of motion without a distinct subject.

There are a number of brush stroke techniques for expressing movement. Here are three to play with. For this exercise use acrylic, gouache and/or watercolour paints on primed canvas or paper/sketchbook. Try using various size brushes right for the paint you use. Choose and mix colors.

  1. Continuous Spiral The object of this exercise is to understand the use of continuous line of color to express motion. Choose a start point on the surface and continue the line in a spiral until you run out of surface. Repeat the exercise again, when the paint dries using another color and with a different start point.  Note that the continuous movement became an emerging repetitive pattern.

  2. Repetitive Scrubbing  – This exercise allows experiment with a line of colour in repeat brushstrokes using a scrubbing movement. Vary the speed and intensity of the brush stroke on the surface in various applications.

  3. Continuous/Repetitive Dabbing  Use a brush you feel comfortable with. Try this exercise using broken line dabs in repetitive brushstrokes. Then use continuous line dabs (almost like wavy lines) to show continuous movement.

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Posted by on February 25, 2013 in color, instinct, painting, painting techniques


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Contour Drawing is a method of drawing (or painting) where you draw an outline of a subject not looking at the surface. The result of the exercise does not matter as much as careful observation of the subject.

The purpose and importance of contour drawing or painting is to develop hand and eye co-ordination for both beginner or advanced artists. The goal in training your hand to copy movements of your eyes is to create a more “true” picture of what you see. So often, the tendency to draw what your brain tells you (right brain) creates a stereotypical rendition of the subject. By including the left brain tendency to simplify or generalize, the outcome captures different details and sometimes more three-dimensional character.

It is my opinion that contour drawing is one of the essential lessons for learning to sketch. And a sketch is often the start of a composition. Contour drawing creates an outline that defines edges. Although the normal tendency to look alternatively at the subject and surface while drawing, the challenge of contour methods self teaches the important lessons of freeing yourself of supposed ideals of what art is, while developing “a sense of play”.

For these exercises you will need any of the following; pencil, pen, crayons, pastel, conté and any water based paint. A sketch book is the easiest way to contour draw. If using loose paper try taping it down to a surface.

Modified Contour Drawing

The idea of modified contour drawing is to look only at the surface about 10% of the time when starting a new line on the page. Do not erase.

  1. Decide on subject(s) to draw
  2. Observe carefully and draw the outline of the subject looking closely at edges of the subject
  3. Use continuous line to create an outline, but stop to look at paper when starting a new line

Blind Contour Drawing

The most important aspect about blind contour drawing is not to look at the surface or the tool you use to draw with. Do not erase.

  1. Decide on the subject(s) to draw
  2. Observe carefully and draw the outline of the subject in a continuous line movement.
  3. Start a new drawing each time you stop and try to increase the length of time not looking on every successive session.

Sketch Contour Drawing and Painting

Combine the methods of blind and modified contour drawing of not looking at the surface while portraying a subject. Sketch Contour outlines the subject in the style of sketching by wandering back and forth across the page capturing details. Try doing this with a few different colors. If you want to try this before feeling comfortable with the first two sessions put your sketchbook under a table, so as not to look while drawing. Once you feel comfortable trying this method by drawing, then try the following exercise with paint.

  1. Decide on subject(s) and mix 2 -3 colors in a palette
  2. Complete the first stage of the outline using one colour in a sketching outline style. Look at the page only when beginning a new line.
  3. Before applying the second color look carefully at the sketch you have and observe the subject carefully to remember  your eye’s direction and later movement of your hands
  4. Complete the sketch with a third colour with the above instructions (optional)

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PLAY WITH PAINT – 4 Techniques

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For these experiments use either acrylic or gouache paints on primed canvas, water-soluble paper or wood surface.


Materials needed to try experiment: small container for mixing, string or medium link chain, brush or stick for mixing paint and water, hand protection (if required).

  1. Prepare a mixture of mostly paint and water proper for the length of string.
  2. Soak the string in the mixture until thoroughly covered.
  3. Allow excess moisture to drain from string and apply to surface.
  4. Remove from surface and leave to dry.


Materials needed for this experiment: paint brush, palette for mixing paint, small vinyl,rubber and/or rigid plastic from packaging suitable for repeat impression (ex: chocolate or cookie packaging).

  1. Choose one or more objects to use for stamping a repeat pattern.
  2. Mix paint or apply with a brush directly from paint tube on stamp.
  3. Stamp the design on a surface in a distinct or random pattern. Try using different colors, overlap and variations of paint on the stamp.

Dry Brush 

Materials needed for this experiment: old or worn paint brushes, palette

  1. Choose and mix color in palette.
  2. Dip brush in paint mixture and apply to surface in a wiping motion until the brush is clean.
  3. Repeat the process with more color varying pressure and angle of brush on surface.

Spray and Drip

Materials needed for this experiment: small spray or squirt container, water,brush or stick to mix

  1. Fill the bottle with enough mostly paint and water mixture to allow spray. Shake thoroughly.
  2. Spray mixture on surface. Immediately turn the surface in various directions allowing the paint to drip at different angles.
  3. Allow surface to dry thoroughly before applying other colours.

Now try combining these 4 experiments on one surface.  Cut the finished design into a shape or random pieces.  Reassemble with a new design. Have fun.


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