Wednesday, 19 March 2014

February 2014

Hello; I'm just getting to update some posts now. But here are some. Enjoy.

I have been thrilled with the results that people in our group have been creating. It is amazing the effect of the images, but also, the bond it creates when we respond to anothers image. The images are not in isolation - but connected. It is really neat.

February images;
From Vicky W.
"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." - Vincent Van Gogh

Vicky says: In brief, this image is, on the surface, about growth. The intention was to pursue the concepts of freedom and containment. The use of a contour drawing allows for fluid play with the colours within each section. However, the spaces were fairly small and the brush not holding enough water. What should have been a calming experience became frustrating as I realized that my fine hand coordination has diminished significantly since I last painted in watercolours. The end result still pleases me and brings back memories of mindfulness practices with my watercolour instructor years ago. I enjoy the contrast created by keeping the background white.
From Laura F.: 

Laura F. says: This is a mandala, using a "wet on wet" watercolour approach. It is a very loose approach that allows the colour to flow and take on a bit of a life of it's own…I found it to be a calming meditative aproach, a way to learn to trust the process.

From Deb K.:

I responded to Vicky's image of the Bromeliad. Her mention of growth and change made me think of a theme in my current development. The idea of Beauty growing, miraculously, from the old. Hence the beauty of muschrooms, moss and flowers the pop up from the old stump, bringing a spark of brightness to the forest floor. There is beauty and growth, even in all of us.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

January 2014

Hello fellow art makers. Our art therapy student group completed a 3 day course in January, and enjoyed comraderie. Here are the first of our art sharing groups' art.

Cecilia's "Lady".  A mixed media collage of photo, gesso, fabric.

Deb's "Eye of the Gut". A drawing using oil pastels.

More to come.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Welcome to Across Canada Art

This blog is a joint effort of a small group of students at the St. Stephen's College at University of Alberta who will be working together in a special art sharing project. We are creating a unique bond by creating art to share and respond to. These students are across Canada, and the unique bond of using art to share thoughts and ideas, and learn how to respond to each other will assist us in our growth as students, artists, art therapists and people.

Welcome to our journey.