Friday, December 11, 2009

Notes from the Drawing Board

Mother and Child Charcoal on paper

Nude: front recline Derwent drawing pencils on paper

Drawing doesn't come naturally to me. some people can sit for hours and just draw. Not me. I can paint like that but not sit with a pencil and draw. I have to work at drawing; work hard. So I'm very happy for the experience of Drawing 1. It has taught me not to be intimidated by the pencil; not to fear the line that isn't going to be administered in painting. I have learnt a lot and am still learning as I do my pieces for final assessment.

There have been so many challenges so far in my quest for artistic growth and development. But God has worked each one of them out in His way and I am thankful for the experience.

Just thought I'd share two pieces from my final assessment portfolio. The first one I am still working on. Got to do some tweaking on the mother's face. We had to take shots of people in gesture positions and use photoshop to turn them into black and whites and then draw. I lucked out on getting this mother and her daughter in an unguarded moment.

The second piece is from my themed work with the nude. I am looking at form and the effect of light on the body, especially the muscles. No males yet. Still a work in progress but this one is done! I just love these drawing pencils. They are like butter.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Still Here; Stll Standing

No I have not abandoned my blog and no I have not given up painting. I am still here. Right now I'm posting from my school's computer (which I really don't like using for my stuff) to say "hi" to you since mine has caught a cold and must be hospitalised for a season. BEWARE OF OTHER PEOPLE'S MEMORY STICKS!

I have some stuff to share that I've been doing in UWI ( University of the West Indies) as I read for my BFA. My drawing class is fun and I definitely love Art History- Its official. Will share with you as soon as I can. So bare with me as I deal with the patient and chomp at the bit to share with you what I've been doing in Art school.
Take care!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Journey

I'm thinking that this experience I am having presently; going after my second degree, this time in visual arts, trying to follow that dream of switching careers at this stage of my life will definitely be a testimony of God's grace and perfecting work in my life. The very labour involved in attending classes, the time spent on the highway, the juggling of home and family, work and school... I get tired just thinking about it. Is it worth it, though? Definitely!

I'm having the time of my life! I'm doing Art History; something I have always enjoyed and I am learning a lot about who I am as an artist. Drawing class is great and the Art Education class is also interesting. I am learning and developing skills that will help me become a better artist and a better teacher.

Most important, though, at the end of it all I will also have a testimony

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Repeat after Me: You are Moving!

I have made one more step into the unknown, on my journey toward becoming a professional artist. I have now signed on to contribute to an art blog as a guest author.

This will be my first occasion writing anything art-related that wasn't just about my work and my experienceas an artist and a Christian. Now I have to come up with how tos and other tips that will help other people grow as artists. Daunting to say the least but you cannot get anywhere in life if you do not step out. So here I go. Say a prayer.
One... two... three... Step!

Here is the link to my first blog. I hope you read it and share your thoughts.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Breaking Away

Flower Garden
(This painting was chosen to be here
because it marked the beginning of my journey to become a serious artist)

I am involved in a lot of activities. From painting to writing to singing to involvement in women's ministeries, to practising culinary arts to teaching full time and from September, I am once more a student at UWI. St Augustine. I'll be going for my second degree this time in fine art. In addition I have my most important responsibilities as wife and mother.

Most recently (June) I added radio announcer to this list of activites. It was one of those thing s that I always wanted to experience and I felt I would be good at, so there I was.

There is some truth to the saying spreading yourself too thin. While I was announcing, my art was languishing, my writing was basking in the dimness of nowhere and my family, well they are very supportive. I had to drop out of the choir since I was on during choir paractice and I haven't seen the inside of a church in weeks.

I am the type of person who likes to be involved but I feel involvement must be, like everything else tempered by good sense. It makes no sense involving yourself in everthing and not flowing and being effective.

My focus shifted from where it should have been to something else entirely. I want to be an artist of note and a prolific writer. I view both of these as much ministry as working for a christian radio station. In order to be both these things I must give them their due. Therefore, I have made the decision to give up my announcer's responsibility to someone who will be able to give it their full attention.

It was an honor and privilege that I will always remember and be thankful for.

Sunday, August 9, 2009


12x24 canvas panel

As I meandered through the little village of La Lune in Moruga I came across A cemetary; not a cemetary for people but for lorries, trucks cranes, tractors with and without the backhoe.
They must have been of use to someone at some point but now they lined the roadway, abandoned. Home for every kind of bush and grass and even little trees and whatever creature decide to set up home base.
Now it provides me with worthy subjects and a story to tell.

Friday, August 7, 2009


(My first plein aire)
After the Rain
July 2008

Today I joined the American Artists community. While I was writing my hellos something occurred to me. It was only early last year that I started painting outdoors (en plein aire)

It didn't seem such a short time.

I'm a perfectionist when it comes to my art. I've done many paintings that I don't show because I am not satisfied with the quality. I am sometimes very hard on myself because I feel like I should be somewhere else and I'm not there. When I look at other artists' works and see how they seem to capture their locations and paint with such pathos I feel the urge to hide my work even more.

Today, though, I had one of Oprah's 'aha' moments. It took these artists years to develop the techniques and abilities they have now, in something that I've been doing for only one year so if I am not where I want to be yet I can cut myself some slack (easier said than done) All I have to do is keep at it. Be prepared to make mistakes and do things over but be prepared to learn and move; most of all, be prepared to keep at it.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Plein air Los Iros et al

Got up this morning and decided that one way or another I was going out to paint. I was going to break the cycle of inactivity and just go out.

I chose Los Iros, a beach located in the quiet village of Erin which is south of the island, because I have been 'haunted by the little red and yellow huts they have for the life guards.
Well I didn't get to the huts cause the rain chased me and I canvas panels away but I did come home with two paintings and as a bonus I painted the full moon.
Standing on the Rocks
Playing in the Sand
This is where the rain chased me off the beach. I was really enjoying all the sand activities.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Amost Hidden

Did a plein aire study yesterday. It'[s amazing the vistas you can find right outside your door if you just look for them.
All the areas have been blocked in and I am now ready to add my values

Almost Hidden

Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Have you ever had times when nothing seemed to be going the way it's supposed to and you know that you are largely responsible for it but for the life of you you don't know how to turn it around?

Have you ever had times when you get into a funk (not a good thing by the way) and you can't seem to get out of it?

If any of you recognise these symptoms and you have some idea of how to reverse or drive them away, PLEASE, respond and share your info.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Shh! Come take a Peek!

This is just a sneak peek at what i've been up to this weekend. The glaciers of Alaska are so majestic and beautiful. When I saw the photo that my friend Jilly-Ann took while on an Alaskan cruise I knew that I had to paint it. She gave me the picture to do just that.
I'm enjoying the experience of being there-even if just on canvas. (Will continue to dream of being there physically.)

16x20 Oils
I'm leaning towards the Heavens Declare as the title.

Tell me what you think of it or suggest another title.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Day 4

This is the plein aire work that I did yesterday at the spring bridge.
I plan to go back. There are so many interesting things to paint there.

La Ruffin fishing boats

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sundays paint in


Oils 11x14

More to come

Day 3

Heading out to La Retrette to do some studies of the spring bridge there. I hope it doesn't rain.
Although I think if it does rain I will paint anyway.

Will post pics from my daily sketchbook when I get home.

Day 2

Two paintings almost completed on Sunday.
Schedule is done. Goals set.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Nothing Doing

I am experiencing what I call creative malaise. A total lack of creative energy and motivation. What in other words is called laziness. No writing going on; except now of course. No painting going on. Nothing going on.
What is really sad though is that this is supposed to be my most creative time. No school, being home.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

It's the holidays... Finally!!!!
You know what that means? Yes that's right!
I can paint all I want.
Things to finish, new ones to start, new ones to find.
Portfolio to update contests to prep for, galleries to approach.....

Thursday, June 11, 2009

One painting One wip

Hay Bales
This painting was one that I did a while ago (1yr ago)
It was done from a picture sent to me by a colleague during one of the Wetcanvas weekend painting events. I didn't like the barn and I was at a point where I wanted to stop painting frome photos so I ignored it. Was reorganising the work space and came across it so I took it out and played around with the barn some more. Still not totally satisfied with it because I feel it's taking away from the hay bales but decided to publish it. I don't even know where the picture is now.

See Miss Mary Dance (wip)
Here is Miss Mary again. Slow going but a little more has been done to her.
Background has been added (although it may not stay that way) Some work had been done to her face, hat and fan.
It can be a little frustrating not being able to paint as I would like; with the frequency I would like but I'm plodding on and trying to make the best of what I have.
Some interesting things are developing cross your fingers and say a prayer that they all work out.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Resurface ministry.

It was a wonderful experience. An evening filled with worship and praise.
Most importantly, no mishaps on the system. The spirit of God was in the studio and I am so thankful that He condescended to spend the time with me and use me as His vessel of ministry. To God be all glory.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Hey Everybody,

Hope you are tuning into Resurface International Radio @

Hey I'll be on this evening from 5pm so log on and stay online as we get our praise going.

It promises to be fun!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Time for Class!

Heading off to class. Will tell you all about it when I get back.
Might even do some sketching while there.
Been inspired by Urban Sketchers.
Will be good practice instead of just doing it before I start a painting.
We'll see.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Strange Eye

Just had to post photos of my two-colour eyed kitten. One is gold, the other is silver; almost like ice. and yes he sees very well. I call him Strange Eye for obvious reasons.
Art and creativity can come in any form.

Friday, May 29, 2009


It's here people! Resurface radio can be listened to at

We are still in testing so all you'll hear for now is really good music. Music that will soothe your soul and inspire you artistc ones.
Soon you'll hear people and yes... one of them might be me :))

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

New Work

20x16 Oil on canvas panel
It's simply amazing what you can do with a hand-held mirror.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

It's a wonderful thing to have a loving and supportive husband and family.

God has blessed me with both and I give Him thanks.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

From the Wild Fowl Trust

The sun made it's presence felt today. Not a cloud dared show it's face. The birds were out in all their glory and sang loudly and lustily, paying ode to a glorious day for painting.

My only regret is that I got to the Trust after lunch so did not get to capitalize on the day. Nevertheless, a good time was had.

Among the lily Pads
8x10 oil on canvas panel

There is so much I would have liked to capture...

Beautiful vistas

My friend Robert Dillworth drawing his birds

Where did they go?

One is back, at least.
This place deserves a return visit.

Paint Out and Other Things

Resurface International Radio launch yesterday was great. Testing starts from Monday at Listen out for when we actually go on air with live announcers.

Painting out today at Wild Fowl Trust. Stay tuned for photos later.
And if you're in Trinidad and want to come along, do try.
Wonderful vistas to paint there.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

My Hands are Tied wip

This is what I'm working on, in addition to my painting.
This is my first piece of sculpture entitled My Hands are Tied
She's about 24cm in height using air-dry clay over an aluminium armature (See earlier posts for armature)

1. My hands are Tied (front view)

2.Back view

3. Side view

New Developments

Art has always fascinated me. I remember trying to draw as a teen; making little cards for my boyfriend from the little "Love Is" cartoons. He would laugh beause they would come out funny but he would still put them up.

The highways would bring such joy and pleasure and a hint of wistfulness. I wanted to paint them. I would wish for the ability to just capture the colour on the distant hill or the mood of the evening or what I call God's grandeur: the sun shining through the clouds on an evening just before the sun decides it's time to shine somewhere else.

God granted me the ability as an adult and I'm so grateful for the privilege. Art has become, not just a means of earning a living. It has become a passion and a voice. A tool that I can use to reach someone who needs to have an outlet or develop his/her creative side. I cannot think of doing anything else and if I do it must involve painting and drawing and yes, even sculpting.

I want to experience and experiment and dabble with different things so I bought myself some clay and I learned how to make an armature. I posted them so that you can share in the triumph and pleasure of discovery and also learn for those who may be wondering.

God has been good to me. I bless Him for giving me so much.

1. My jig

2. Armature (wire form)

3. Completed armature (front view)
4. (profile)

5. Armature
(left side and back view)

Happy Sabbath!

Happy Sabbath!

Friday, May 15, 2009


See Miss Mary Dance: step 2

Check it out here.

Values have been added.

Completed Still life

Here it is.
Still-life with old grater, dented bowl and garlic.

8x10 oil on canvas board.

I made the decision to walk away. Did not want to spoil it by working on it too much.

So let me know what you think.

Friday, May 8, 2009

New wip

Really excited about this: New painting started.
"See Miss Mary Dance"
Check out my facebook page for step by step progress reports.
I am moving out of my comfort zone and I'm excited about it. Yes, scared too.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Still-life wip cont'd

Changes have been made to the background in order to bring the focal point forward. The garlic has also been redefined and shadows added.

The reflection on the bowl is starting to come together.

The cast shadow has also been redefined a bit.

I do not want to overwork the piece so I am trying to be very economical in the changes and brushstrokes that I use. I find someimes in my desire for 'perfection' and to get the piece just so I end up doing more harm than good so I'm trying to curb my compulsion to fix. Just lay down a stroke and leave it alone.

This piece has proven to be a challenge, not necessarily in the technical aspects but in the length of time that I have spent on it because of other commitments that take away from my paining time.

Any critique or helpful suggestions are welcome, so feel free to comment you artists following this blog.

Gallery opening of Kerry Collins last night.
(From left) Fraulein Rudder (founder and President of Women In Art), Kerry Collins, Greta M. Joachim

Monday, April 27, 2009


It's so hard sometimes reconciling your wants and must do. It seems there's always something standing in the way of me painting; school work or house work or dinner preparations or some other meeting or some other... something ( usually my own state of complacency).
I need to paint to learn to be disciplined in my craft for I believe that's the only way true success comes; through discipline and determination.
I am overwhelmed by waht I want to do and what I must do. I will however, find a way to balance it all. I must.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Still-life WIP cont'd

The garlic has been brought foward to balance the size of the bowl and grater. Glazing will help to show highlight and reflected light. the cast shadow of the bowl also needs to be adjusted since it does not fully reflect the direction of the light.

Still tweaking the background.

It's good to challenge oneself with activities that take us away from the familiar. Every nce in a while we need to come off the beaten path and try a new thing. For me that new thing right now is painting still-life. What's yours to be?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Still life started today.
"Still-life with grater and garlic"
8x10 Oils on canvas board.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Friday, April 17, 2009

Sketchbook cont'd

Kajama is a Wip from a picture that a colleague shared. I decided I didn't want to use the picture and worked instead from this sketch that I made.

Kajama WIP ( Work in Progress)
Oil on canvas paper.

This sketch was made on the spot. It's the view of the Oil refinery frm the highway. It's what I would call my fantasy painting. It's really beautiful at night which is when I want to paint it. I want to do it Plein Aire but it's not safe to stay on the highway to paint- especially at night so I am waiting and looking for the time when God will say "Now."

Our Northern Range is spectacular to behold. God is truly the Creative Genius. I did this as an Atc (Art trading Card) from this sketch that I made from a taxi one evening. I find though that I'm not satisfied with just that and I want to do more.

The Northern Range fascinates me. I don't know if it's because I love Cezanne's Mont Sainte Victoire series or just because of the vivid colour notes and plains that I see every time I drive by it. Whatever it is. You'll be seeing it soon, on canvas.

Hope you enjoyed glimpses into my sketchbook; into pieces of my world.

From My Sketchbook

Been doing inventory and stock taking and most importantly I painted. 9x12 Acrylic. No you won't see it here... yet but what I thought I would do is share with you a glimpse into my sketchbook.

Some were started, some were completed and some were ideas to be revisited. All of them brought me some measure of happiness being there.

This was my first sketch ever. I had just gotten myself a sketchbook and wanted to use it. It also represents my first plein aire (although I didn't know that it was) I just saw a beautiful rainy morning from the windoans wanted to paint it.

This was done on the same day but at sunset. I was alone on the beach after the rain had gone and the sun started to set. Both were just painted; no sketches; Alla Prima (didn't know what that was at the time either) The year: 2004.

This period marked a turning point in my art. This was when I started to take it seriously.

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