Hello from the Artist! to the Students of the Grade One Class at the Children's School!
Painting.... creating art has been something I have done since I was younger than you! I remember being 5 years old and colouring with crayons in a book. I felt a sense of frustration when I was colouring because the colours I wanted to create were not in the box! I took the crayons and pressed very hard to make the colours very vivid and then the people ... well! I had to create the colour of their skin. This involved using the white crayon the orange crayon, red crayon and brown and blending all these crayon colours together. I used the crayons like oil pastels. My mother watched in fascination as I did this.
As the years continued, I acquired some paints and I was always drawing, colouring & painting. In high school. I was lucky enough to be able to have a wonderful art department at my school and I studied art and art history.
I have always enjoyed mixing colours and in particular deep vibrant and bright colours -they are a big part of my painting today. Colour enables me to create a sense of drama, mood and to evoke emotion. I also like the play of light and dark in a painting as well. This is the reason I really LOVE to paint the Northern Lights and Sunsets. They make me feel so happy!
A Larger Northern Lights Painting 24x24 inches
Right now in the Yukon we are still very much in the midst of winter. Today it is - 25 degrees celsius and there is a bitterly cold wind blowing. I have my friend's little dog with me that I am looking after for a couple of months while she is in Florida! Lucky her :) Chevy and I go for a walk daily and when we come back I usually paint. It is important that we both get outside for a bit. The cabin is not really big and you can get cabin fever if you are in for too long without going out!
I have a attached a little video as an introduction to the students of The Children's School in La Jolla California and a picture of some of the work I have been painting in the last few weeks in preparation for the upcoming summer season. Things open up in the summer months here in the northern part of the world. We have winter tourism that is growing especially around the Northern Lights, lots of people come from Japan to see the lights but in the summer lots of visitors fly from Europe and the U.S. Many travel the Alaska highway to come to the Yukon and go to Alaska. We are known as the land of the Midnight Sun! Your teacher can explain this to you :)
Smaller Paintings from the last few Weeks
What the Yukon Summer looks like. The fireweed in this painting
is what grows after a fire has burned in an area. A beautiful purple flower. It is the official flower of the Yukon Territory.