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Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada
Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

This week's art class homework

My choice of a surface, a thick gnarly piece of Douglas Fir bark. It looks very grey here, but it was browner under the incandescent lamp.

I used complimentary colours of yellow and violet, and lots of mixed neutrals, and a tint of the greyish neutral for the highlights.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Preparing wooden panels for acrylic painting

Our final graduating project in my North Island College course will be an independent painting. The minimum size is 24" by 36" - so, big! We can use any medium, including collage, and paint on any support.

Here is the course description:


4 hours, includes lecture and studio time, 3 credits
An introductory course intended to provide students with an overview of colour theories relating to design and fine art practices. Historical contexts and social and psychological implications will give the direction of study of the perception of colour in the visual arts of the 20th century. This class explores a variety of exercises from colour mixing to painting sessions with live models and still life subjects.

I have decided to do a triptych on wooden panels. I ordered 3 panels from Opus, 24x24", and two 12x24". I spent the day today giving the panels a light sanding with a sanding block, then applying two coats of Golden GAC-100. Tomorrow will be gesso, two coats, lightly sanded.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Weekend in Palm Desert

Pen sketch of Anne's backyard. The perspective is wonky, but I think I captured the feel of sitting under the overhanging roof, looking out at the pool and the palms against the concrete wall.

The "super moon", at about 6:30 in the evening as we walked across the street for dinner.

On the left is a pencil and charcoal sketch from the moon photo above, which I spoiled by spraying heavily with hairspray to fix the charcoal, resulting in the ink sketch on the opposite side of the page, bleeding through. On the right is a watercolour sketch of a charming arrangement of pots in a corner of the backyard.

Three of the five, ready to open a very large bottle of Prosecco from Trader Joes.

Monday, November 7, 2016

House concert with James Brawn

We were privileged to attend a house concert at our neighbour's this afternoon, a piano recital with James Brawn  http://jamesbrawn.com/. All Russian composers, see programme below, played on Robert and Andrew's Falcone grand piano.

Robert Newton is the organizer of Concerts Denman.

The music reverberated throughout Robert and Andrew's log home whilst outside huge Douglas Fir tree branches soughed in the wind while rain pattered against the windows. A very special recital!