September 9th, 2014 | No Comments »

The Eastside Culture Crawl is offering a few workshops related to professional development for their participating artists. On Tuesday September 23rd I will be teaching the workshop, Instagram for Artists.


Instagram is a mobile-based photo sharing app with 100 million active users, and the favourite Social Media tool for creative people. Rachael Ashe will demonstrate the potential of Instagram as a means for showcasing artwork, sharing process, and engaging a local and international online audience. The workshop will include a thorough exploration of Instagram functionality, how to use hashtags, apps to use with Instagram, building an audience, promoting your work etc.

I’ve taught this workshop a few times to small groups of artist friends and the feedback has been positive. I use Instagram daily to share my work, and I think it’s one of the best tools around for creative people.

Please visit the Eastside Culture Crawl website to sign up for this workshop »

September 8th, 2014 | No Comments »

My friend M.A. Tateishi has an exhibition of new paintings at the Ranger Station Art Gallery in Harrison, BC. The show opened this past weekend so Boris and I decided to use it as an opportunity to go on a road trip adventure.

On Saturday morning we hopped in a Car2Go (because we don’t have a car of our own) and headed into the Fraser Valley. We made a few stops along the way to buy fresh local fruits and veggies, do a little thrifting at Value Village in Chilliwack, and grab to-go lemon sour cream pie from the Chilliwack Airport Coffee Shop (aka I Fly For Pie).

Pictured here are four new mixed media paintings by M.A. Tateishi. These are large 48″ x 48″ bold works with multiple layers of paper, paint, and resin on wood panel. It’s a tough call but I think Bumbleberry Pie is my favourite of the new work.



Born Again

Born Again

Raspberry Pie

Raspberry Pie

The show continues in Harrison for the month of September. View more photos of the work on M.A. Tateishi’s blog.

September 4th, 2014 | 2 Comments »

For the last few weeks I’ve been concentrating my paper cutting efforts on a series of larger pieces with two layers. I’m working with heavier and larger paper than usual, a 98 lb with light texture from Canson. These are being made to fit into 19.25″ x 19.25″ white shadowbox frames, with about an 1.25″ depth.

Work in progress paper cut

Work in progress paper cut-2

These are quick work in progress photos of the first of these pieces. The bottom layer is white paper to be backed in red, while the second layer is red paper to be backed with white. You can see the full size of the paper I am working with and how it overflows the easel. The tricky bit has been to not wreck the piece while I work because I rotate the material as I cut.

Work in progress paper cut-3


The final image here is of the two pieces layered flat together, but my intention with the framing is to give them space and allow for the play of light and shadow. At this is smaller size the whole thing is pretty intense on the eyes, which I rather like.

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