The woad in last years garden is blooming and I thought it was worth a picture. Second year woad doesn’t have any worth for pigment directly (all the blue-indigo is gone), but the seeds from this plant will continue the growing cycle next year when I plant them.
The Local Colour Room of Conestogo, Ontario—Janurary, 2014.
Icon of Saint Mary Magdalene—May, 2014.
The Atlas of Canada's Local Colours—October, 2014.
Local Colour Pilgrimages
The Paintpots, Kootenay National Park, British Columbia—June 2014.
Classes, Lectures and Workshops
Creating Paint From Soil (UofS ART 398/898.3) at Christopher Lake, Saskatewan—June, 2014.
My cognitive art gives substance to my desire to share a community’s local colours with its people. These spidergram maps present information that is non-linear and unpredictable in its outcome, and grow out of my many years of mind mapping my notes and thoughts. These maps are worth looking at closely—they are rich in meaning, and even a little playful.
As an iconographer, my work matures into something more catholic—part of a doorway to the spiritual realities of our world. Grounded in the local colours created from a community, my icons celebrate the voice of our spirit-bearing land by translating a place into an encounter with the Divine. Through meditation and prayer, they are offered as something by which to experience the energies of the Eternal.