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PJC Blog: Studio Notes

Welcome to PJC Studio Notes,… where I share the process of being an artist…

Finding a New Way

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Finding a new way,…In the last few weeks I have noticed how much more exploring and experimenting I have been doing. It’s been an amazing experience because I am enjoying myself doing this. It has been incredibly inspiring to keep investigating “change”,… my work is shifting and I’m learning & growing more as an artist. And ultimately as a person.

A Willingness To Change

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Making good of change.

I don’t need to restate the obvious that change is in the air. What’s been so amazing to see is how everyone is coping. I’m not a big fan of watching the news but my hubby fills me in on important details and I get the more palatable version from my internet interactions. 

Being part of a large artist community...

I have a confession to make…

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Let’s talk about risks.

I love them now - especially in my art practice. Why? Because I get to live on the edge and it’s actually pretty low risk when you think about it -  it’s contained in my art studio, not a heart surgery ward!

Even in taking,… what seems like an expensive art course, Yeah, I know, questions, can I get my money...

I met me.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Investing in your life is your personal job.

A Path… the creative visionary path - appropriately named.

Have you ever wanted to go on an adventure, been so excited to get started and found yourself knee deep in confusion or frustration because you couldn’t find your way?

I’ve done this!  Going on a hike in the Cheviots...

Feeding an art journey

Friday, February 7, 2020

Fueled by wanting…

Lately I’ve been thinking a great deal about my journey as an artist, particularly focusing on the last few years. I recently put together a little video to document my journey and quite frankly, when I saw all the work put together chronologically I was rather blown away. My work has changed so much! I have learned so...

be-ing - an Artist

Saturday, January 18, 2020

be-ing - an artist

To be sensitive to things is natural, it’s your way of gathering information, unseen to many.

You think about things differently than others. You have ideas that you must try out. You Must! You get frustrated sometimes because the ideas in your head don’t match what you brought out into the world. This may upset...

2020 Intentions

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

2020 New Year's Intentions:

• Create more new & exciting content for Art Nutrition - my tailor-designed art course for aspiring artists

• Send reminder that Art Nutrition Spots are Limited so SignUpSoon!

• Hunker down and finish my 8 new large paintings!

• Continue working on my New Website

• Continue...

Change doesn't mean loss, unless it does.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Change is hard sometimes, but it’s inevitable.Last Monday I was working in my studio on a series of paintings, really catching my stride now that I’d caught up on all the boring stuff after holidays like bills etc. All that I’d gleaned from the sketches I’d done from the North England hikes was pouring into my work. It was exciting! The juice from working...


Monday, October 28, 2019

Letting your shine out,… be enough!

Learning to create your own limelight, one that shines from within and propels you forward without anyone else’s input is an absolute must as an artist. This is not an easy task but well worth investing time, heart and a bit of grit.

I grew up in a family of 7. My parents grew up...


Friday, August 16, 2019

Finishing Art “Work"It’s been precisely one week since I completed the Creative Visionary Path Program offered by Nick Wilton and his Art2Life team.

In February 2018, when I discovered this program I very much wanted to enrol but I had already committed that time period to providing a body of work to a local Winery where I have shown for...

Sales and Awards

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Sales and AwardsOh wow! That was fun! I was awarded Honourable Mention at the Peachland Art Gallery Oasis Exhibition at the show opening the other night. 

What a turnout at the show! Not sure the fire marshal was counting when we went into the gallery after the awards were handed out! I was thrilled to see where my painting was hung (shown...

Sketchbook Work

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Note To Self:

Always make time for a little bit of sketchbook love.After spending some much needed time in my studio yesterday working on my course assignments, I dipped into a sketchbook composition and added a few more marks.

I was pleased to see that even though I felt very challenged by my earlier work, the payoff for what...

Creating a Following

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Why am I doing this…A couple of weeks ago I reached 10,000 Instagram followers. For someone who really just started using Instagram last year, this was quite a feat. 

The building of my Instagram audience has been a gradual thing. One that I often wondered why I’d been doing it. It takes time. Time to get good photographs, choose which ones...


Monday, March 11, 2019

Checking off the To Do list feels so great. February’s accomplishments included installing a painting wall in my studio. March was about enhancing the functionality of the gallery by installing tracking to hang paintings. Procrastination is not something I ever thought I was guilty of. I remember years ago when I was at Emily Carr University of Art...

Studio Improvements

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

A more professional looking PJC StudioFebruary was all about making studio improvements. With much planning and reorganizing, I had a studio wall built and installed. This wall enables me hang and see multiple paintings, view my work from a distance and see how my series is progressing together. I love it! I have so much more space now in the studio...

Going For More

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Reaching out further than comfortable,…Last year was a great year for my art practice,… for so many reasons. But I won’t list why I thought it was great. Rather I’d like to mention why it became so great. 

The results at year end were the proof, but it was the intention that fueled the fire, fueled the climb, fueled the satisfactions, the...

Learning from Challenges

Thursday, December 20, 2018

The last few months have been dedicated to a balance of working on two commissioned paintings intertwined with creating additional pieces I could do to keep me fresh, inspired and feeling free. I’ve learned a lot about myself while doing these 2 commissions. I’m sure many artists would be able to relate to some of the things I mention here. 


Thursday, November 1, 2018

CommissionsI’ve been working on two commissioned paintings these last few weeks. It’s taken a while to get back into painting after having a long break after ArtWalk, a trip to New York City, a harsh cold and a trip to Whistler. It really is true. The longer you stay away, the harder it is to step back into the swing of things in the studio. I've been...

Just Ask! My Visit with Rob Szot - New York Artist

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

My visit with Rob Szot - a New York Artist

On my recent trip to New York City I had the unique experience and privilege of spending some time with a well known artist. I met Rob Szot at his Brooklyn studio on an incredibly hot and humid day in late September. His studio wasn’t what I imagined, probably because of images I’d seen online when...

The Destination Is The Journey

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

I recently made a trip to New York City with my husband to celebrate our anniversary. We usually go somewhere we can hike for days and days but thought this would be an exciting change. We were incredibly thrilled about this idea and were greeted at the airport with a sparkly string of shops, bars and restaurants that matched my vision of our time in...

Struggles & Rewards • Cotton Candy Dreams

Monday, September 10, 2018

I want to share this special story with you as it relates to the struggles and rewards of “art".

This weekend at ArtWalk, 3 of my paintings sold, one of which (the one above), Cotton Candy Dreams, is only 3 weeks old and a painting that was the last in my summer series painting spree for ArtWalk. This painting,… I had struggled...

What if:

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

So I asked myself the question: 

"What if…" 

and the response that followed was: 

"I painted the way I wanted". 

I had to ask myself. "Are you not? Are you not painting the way you want? Why is that?"

I’d done a series in the late winter that I embraced and enjoyed doing because it was so very different...

The Importance of Knowing Oneself

Saturday, July 21, 2018

What do I know about me…Yes. It’s a life journey. The time I really saw how important this was, knowing myself, was in my first year at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. What struck me in the first few weeks was how much work there was to do and so little time. I was amazed at the work load, what I had to read, learn and do. I didn’t know it...

Making A Hard Right in My Painting

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Taking Risks During The Painting ProcessMaking a "Hard Right" in my painting is a term I’ve coined for 

when I hit a wall with a painting and need to do something 

drastic. I find this surprisingly freeing and taking this risk with 

my painting opens up a whole new world of possibilities! This 

painting was...

On Call for Art Gallery Tours

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Gallery visits and being on call…This Canada Day Weekend brought 8 visitors to the gallery. The Gallery is a place where hordes of people are not what to expect but rather the occasional curious wanderer or usually an art enthusiast of course, and quite often with no agenda but to view. This is what I know of galleries I visit in Vancouver and other...

Establishing A True Voice

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

An Artist’s JourneyAn artist’s journey is just that. A journey. Things change along the path,… views, thoughts, feelings, mood, what one is interested in, focus, understanding of the journey,  goals, even destination. This iis true in art as well.

Recently I’ve been thinking more about my own personal voice in art. And recently I’ve been...

Selling Paintings

Friday, June 8, 2018

Thinking about selling art work.When I started painting abstracts I didn’t think about selling the final product. It’s not that I didn’t want or feel like I could. I just didn’t think about it. 

What I thought about was creating something I liked and painting several pieces to fill the walls of a winery space that was offered to me here in...

Opening My Own Gallery

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Having My Own Gallery Showing My WorkThe time had come to create a space in the house to show my work. I’m fortunate to have a space to do that - a walk-in basement section off the garden. Bright, east facing, small but perfect.

On my art journey I’ve not really worried too much about selling paintings. My goal was just to paint what I love,...

Hanging The Work

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Organizing the Hanging of a Painting Show So I had 15 signed paintings completed, sides painted, backs wired and stamped with my website, price labels printed, all are ready to hang. Hanging that many paintings in a space, as ready as you are, still takes a good deal of planning. My husband and I brought the new series into the Winery and placed then...

After The Creative Storm

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Life Stuff Gets Left Behind Sometimes.I’m amazed at how much of daily life and chores gets left behind when dedicated to a series. I don't know about most artists, but for me, I stay very focused and committed to developing a series I am working on, forgetting about many of life’s duties that should be done around me, except the obvious,… walk the dog,...

April - The Field Trip!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Who Doesn’t Love A Field Trip - Especially Involving Art!Today I did a field trip with art bag in tow to collect inspiration from this beautiful place I live. 2 locations, so many amazing views. 

I’d been for a drive in that area just days before and noticed this amazingly massive rock, really a mountain, bare of foliage and trees, just jutting...

Think - Do - Trust

Friday, April 20, 2018

Journalling and WritingI used to write a journal. Whatever came to my mind went down. I really liked that un-editted purge of thoughts. No one to judge. No one to interrupt. I developed pretty messy hand writing as I wrote as fast as I could to get my thoughts out of my head and down on the page. Writing them helped because they stopped notions from...

Charcoal And Paper Materials

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

What Supplies Are In The Tool BoxRe-Exploring the drawing tool. This is a great place to start for me. But use it in a different way than I am accustomed to. I’ve gotten in the habit of starting a painting with charcoal and various marking tools. I have a whole library of them to choose from and I must admit this is sheer heaven to get them out and...

Looking For Answers

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Wanting More From Oneself is A Good Thing I've gotten to a point where I want more from myself. After finishing a couple of paintings that were similar to last year’s series, I feel like I need more. Like many artists when at a crossroads, I've started hunting for ideas, searching the internet, watching videos, reading, studying, and then trying things...

Taking Risks

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

A Love Relationship With Okanagan CliffsMy first few paintings completed in early 2018 were a continuation of the love relationship I have with the cliffs that line Okanagan Lake. I often wonder what this affinity with them comes from. Is it the sheer rawness of their faces? That they willingly (or not), expose themselves to us and weather all the storms....

What Next?

Sunday, January 21, 2018

What Makes One ThriveI finished a piece that I am thrilled with. It’s been resting now for a few days. And I love it. But now a few more days have gone by and I am wondering. What else? What’s next? This painting fits beautifully into the series I did last year. But is this what I will be doing again this year?

I like a challenge. I think...

It Starts With Being Personal

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Painting Process is Different for EveryoneSometimes a painting takes a long while to complete and sometimes it doesn't. I’ve discovered that each one has a life of its own and I’ve learned to respect that. I recall (during a private mentoring series) Canadian artist Kindrie Grove said "let the painting go where it wants to go". Having been to both...