I created these pieces to celebrate literature by women* and its ability to reach across generations, inspire readers, and teach girls and women the lessons learned by our predecessors in the struggle for equal rights.
I love books and gain so much strength in reading from the perspectives of women who have imagined different worlds, articulated their lived experiences as members of marginalized, sometimes hated, groups, said funny stuff, and investigated the nature of our world in science, religion, politics and global culture and conflict.
I dream of a time that is beyond binaries, but in the mean time there is so much strength to be found in relating to the wisdom and stories of other women.
During this time that seems to be toxic masculinity manifested, I hope we can find our way back to what are generally considered ‘feminine’ qualities. Gentleness, an instinct to nurture, empathy, sensitivity, compassion, and a sense of submission in the form of duty may be falsely considered exclusively and essentially female, but they are part of every person. So now – when everything is out of balance favouring the fear, dominance and tribalism of the archetypal alpha male – this feels like a good time to learn from women.
So I’ve gone on a little hiatus after going back to work, but have finally gotten on the ball and started scanning again. These pieces are from my summer project, which is untitled right now, but has something to do with the dualities inside of us. More to come soon.
I just got a new scanner, which only cost me $30 on craigslist, but I’m super excited because it actually seems to be scanning the lighter parts of watercolour pieces that were getting blown out before. Here are the first two pieces I’ve scanned in so far (the first is for a project I’ve been working on over the summer, the second is for an upcoming issue of the Capilano Courier):
I have just finished the poster for J’s tour kick off, which features a colour monster and some watery word balloons. Under a serious time crunch I probably borrowed a little more inspiration than I would have liked from other show posters that I’ve seen- it feels vaguely familiar- but it was fun to make. It was a great opportunity to play with simple shape filled with a more carefully drawn pattern.
I’ve also been using gift giving as an opportunity to play with watercolour and ideas. I made some cards for co workers, finally giving myself a good reason to use rainbow washes in lettering. I also made my dad’s father’s day gift out of a frame I found at the Sally Anne’s, which turned out to be the perfect fit for some water colour post cards.
It’s nice to mess around with watercolour, especially when the goal is to make something fun for someone you like alot or love. I’ve been using Christmas time as an excuse to make some whimsical pictures I might not otherwise create- since I don’t usually have an excuse. Maybe I’ll be inspired to make not so serious images more often.
So, not too much new stuff has been up in my world, but it feels good to be finished a big project, which has a title now- “Violet and her Worries.” I am trying to figure out the best way to get the story published. . . but in the mean time it’s freeing to not have to work within the guidelines of a project.
I am realizing that I really like water colours, especially with line drawings over top. I am messing around with shapes and colours and lines, and it feels nice not to want things to look a certain way. Although, things are feeling super wide open, in that I have no specific ideas about what I want to work on next. I’m hoping it will become clear as I make messes.
Pikaland.com has offered lots of inspiration. I’ve been admiring artwork that’s graphic with nice bold shapes and clean lines, like Alan Brown’s work:
On July 23rd my mom, Jan MacLean, and I helped out at the Mole Hill Heritage Society in Vancouver’s West End. Mole Hill is a housing community composed of heritage buildings, and all members of the community were invited to come and take part in the banner painting. The theme of the banner was “what community means to me,” and will be displayed in a public space within the housing society.
This day was beautiful but hot, and there was a great turn out from the neighbourhood, with artists of all ages in attendance. There were great attitudes, lots of painting, experimental print making (with leaves!), and pizza. All in all, it was a great success and lots of fun.
These are a couple of inspiring pages I’ve stumbled across. Soo amazing to see what everyone’s imaginations are filled with, and I love how artists seem to give in to their style so completely. I especially like Rui Ribeiro’s beautiful drawings.