Although our new island home is only a short two-hour ferry ride from Vancouver, the composition of the forests are very different. The climate in the summer is drier allowing Arbutus, Garry oak trees, and Douglas fir trees to thrive. Earlier this winter, exploring a new trail we noticed this luminous broadleaf scattered beneath the trees.
If you find yourself in Dublin, Ireland this week, I invite you to view my friend Elizabeth Magill's exhibition of large paintings at the RHA Galleries www.rhagallery.ie This amazing exhibition closes on February 25th. It will then travel north to the Ulster Museum, Belfast 11 May – 23 September 2018 Ulster Museum May – August 2018 www.nmni.com and to The New Art Gallery Walsall 13 October 2018 – 20 January 2019 thenewartgallerywalsall.org.uk
Elizabeth and I studied art at the Belfast College of Art back in the 1980's after which she went to the Slade College of Art in London to complete her MFA in painting. For over thirty years she has lived and painted full time in London. I have always admired her dedication to her work and her enduring passion for painting. Last October, my 87-year-old Mother and I took a two-car train from Galway to Limerick to see this exhibition when it was on at the Limerick City Art Gallery and Museum. We had a great day out and loved the layering and overlapping images of landscapes in Elizabeth's work. There is an in-depth interview in the current edition of the Irish Arts Review. Congratulations, Elizabeth I wish you continuing success.
If you come across the sea to Salt Spring before October 1st. I welcome you to visit an exhibition of furniture, painting and drawings by Peter Pierobon and me. It is taking place at the Duthie Galley, a stone's throw from the town of Ganges. We have recently moved to Salt Spring and are excited to have this opportunity, thank you, Celia and Nicholas. Please scroll down to view a few included pieces.
Many thanks, Sibéal
After 28 years of teaching Painting, Drawing and Senior Studio, I am retiring. I finished teaching my last classes on April 4th. and officially retiring from Kwantlen Polytechnic University on August 30th. It has all gone by in a flash, giving me great memories of countless students who taught me about cultural diversity and how at heart, as humans, we are all the same.
There we were, hiking through the rainforest on my 57th. Birthday last week and who do we come across but a fairy ! .... seeing how sad I was at not having my own tiara, nothing would have it but she insisted on lending me her's along with her yellow tutu. This magic moment in time made me feel even more grateful that I am healthy, happy, well loved and living in nature out here on the beautiful Canadian West Coast!
I have been busy framing up twenty drawings and watercolours for a month long exhibition at the West Vancouver Memorial Library. The exhibition will be on display until March 26th. if you are in the neighbourhood, I'd love it if you popped by. West Van library
Waking up early one spring morning a few years back, I stared up at the ceiling above our bed and watched a few bees working and as they worked, a tiny grey form appeared. It finally dawned on me that they were building a nest... right above our heads... right above the bed!
I found a perfectly intact dried bee the other week and it inspired me to draw a series of studies. The first three images below are from photo images which accounts for their intense colour, others are from observation.