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 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.
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.
The new year has brought wind, snow and freezing temperatures out here on the Canadian West Coast. The winter light is so beautiful and as Santa brought a new camera for Christmas, I have been having great fun photographing my table of found natural materials.....
In September of this year, I resolved to draw from real life observation every day. This simple commitment of a daily practice has changed and challenged me to look at everything around me with renewed curiosity.