Monday, November 26, 2018

The Beginning: Yukon Experience Retrospective

I have contemplated for months how to start writing about my experiences in the Canadian North as I attended the Canadian Wilderness Artist Residency. I still am a bit lost as to how to share it, how can I possibly do the experience justice in just a few short paragraphs within these blog posts. Well, something in me is compelling me to try to articulate it now. Enough time has passed to transform the experience into reflections. There were so many moments that I think about now that fuel my present living, moments that serve as metaphors filling in gaps of understanding were only a river memory can bring clarity. I am writing in many ways to hold onto this space for just a little bit longer, but also in an effort to understand who I am. This space has a weight to it that stays with you and I am wanting to understand that more. I invite you into this reflective journey perhaps for accountability, but also to extend the gift of courage, strength and adventure. 

I had the privilege of traveling with many photographers and artist one of whom snapped this photo with my phone on the edge of Lake Laberge. I am just unsure which talented individual did it, but as photos are posted I will be sure to give credit for the images where it is due.

This photo I took captures the smoke that hung over the lake, filtering the sunshine making the atmosphere a bit ominous. The lone canoe perhaps serves as a foreshadow of the many introspective moment this trip was about to offer.  

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Yukon Experience, Retrospective

Hello Subscribers! 

Summer 2018, seems like so long ago, yet the memories of this place stick. Canada's Yukon Territory, what an amazing place, and over the next few weeks I will be posting memories, thoughts, and reflective writing about my trip, my artwork, and the connections I made with land, others, and myself. It was certainly the highlight of the summer and an experience that has impacted not only my artwork but also my lifestyle. I will share how in future posts so stay tuned!  Thanks for your continued support! 

Sincerely,
Deltra
Silhouette self portrait on the far shore of Lake Laberge

The beautiful immensity of Lake Laberge 

The first sketch capturing the many shades of turquoise of the Yukon River

Taking a break to refuel and relax



Sunday, July 15, 2018

When Paths Cross, New Exhibition

When Paths Cross, Enbridge Centre, Edmonton city centre, July 13 to August 27, 2018
Grateful to have the opportunity of showing my new abstract work right in the heart of Edmonton. 



Cross Section, 17x24", acrylic on canvas

In Between, approximately 19x28”, acrylic on canvas

Up Rooted, 42x26”, acrylic on canvas

Edged Out, 36x48", acrylic on canvas

When Paths Cross, 24x36”, acrylic on canvas

Orderly Disorder, 36x48", acrylic on canvas

Above All, approximately 24x36”, acrylic on canvas



Tuesday, May 29, 2018

On going series of work regarding finding a sense of place

Resection is a method for determining an unknown position (position finding) measuring angles with respect to known positions. This definition informed my use of triangular shapes in order to provide a structural framework that speak to how we form environments and how environments form us. In these studies these geometric shapes take on a transparency that allows for marks and colour to exist beyond their framework. The way light bends, is diffused, is blocked and reflected when interrupted by objects interests me as these moments seem to suspend time, creating surreal like atmospheres that seemingly carry messages from other worldly spaces and realities.









Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Freedom to Experiment While Studying Ice Formations

This patch of ice was formed by dripping water from the roof of our house. Spring is slowly starting to arrive here and the air and earth is still very could. The sculptural forms of the built up water droplets caught my eye and stuck with me for quiet a few days after taking these photos. I decided to use these forms as a way of considering patten and mark making in a series of monotype prints. I am experimenting with different kinds of paper and collage as well to achieve tactility.







Thursday, March 1, 2018

Show Announcement, HerWork2018

I have the privilege of partnering with my eight year old son Corwyn on collaborative work for exhibition at the Multicultural Centre Public Art Gallery in Stony Plain. HerWork2018 is a group exhibition celebrating women artists from the greater Edmonton area, coinciding with International Women’s Day. The theme of the show this year is "Partnership" and Corwyn and I would love for you to join us at the opening reception on March 8 from 6 to 8 pm to celebrate the work we have done together. The exhibition runs for the month of March.


Friday, February 23, 2018

Late night in the print studio

There was a great buzz in the SNAP studio with all the lithographers doing there thing during Marc Siegner's class last night. I stayed late and worked on a few new viscosity print plates. Thanks Don Colpitts for hanging out and taking this photo of my copper plate. It was great fun to see how the prints turned out, I think I am beginning to understand how this works. Always different, always unpredictable. Then late at night when the studio was quite, I painted and pulled a couple more monotypes. Working this way is so satisfying. 






The Beginning: Yukon Experience Retrospective

I have contemplated for months how to start writing about my experiences in the Canadian North as I attended the Canadian Wilderness Artist...