Category Archives: Visual Art

SkyTrain Art

I took this photo from the back seat of a SkyTrain heading for an art session with my New Westminster friend.

I posted it along with several others to facebook and so many people liked this one in particular, I started two new canvases (18″ x 36″) each with a photocopy transfer.


sold. 5 Stars + 5 Squares 18″ x 36″ on canvas. One of the pieces inspired by a photo taken from the back of the Skytrain
3 Stars + X What could that mean? The starting point of this piece was a photo transfer from a photo taken on a rainy day from the back of the skytrain.

Studio 14

Charlett deciding which painting is her favorite.
Legend showing all 32 of the First Signs. Who knew that ice-age people used the #hashtag? I suppose the handprints were their selfies!
Welcome to Studio #14 – 3625 West 11th. If you missed the West of Main Art Walk this year, we hope to see you in 2018! – Mary, Jackie & Camille
It was a beautiful weekend. So many visitors arrived wearing sun hats or bike helmets. A wonderful time to be on an art walk. We had over 200 visitors–a new record.
3625 West 11th – Open Studio once a year. Stay tuned for dates for the 2018 West of Main Art Walk.
Ancient Intersections 10″ x 10″ One of several pieces got named during the weekend. I often find ascribing a title to my pieces can’t be rushed.

West of Main Art Walk Studio #14 is…

  • Jackie Conradi Robertson
  • Camille Mehta
  • Mary Bennett

Labyrinth – Strawberries – April 23, 2017

I planted some red nasturtiums on one of the “mounds” we recently cleared of buttercups.

And lots of strawberries. At first they were just a curiosity. People would go: Oh, and you’ve got a strawberry plant. But then I realized there’s a lot to recommend strawberries for that plot. They have nice foliage almost all year round; they’re hardy; they spread–which means there are a lot of random strawberry plants all around the Unitarian Centre grounds to move.

And–did I mention–you can eat them? and they fruit before the drought comes in July-August.

Getting the plot ready for World Labyrinth Day. I’m rationalizing that it’s not terrible to show where it can still be improved. Perhaps I’ll attract some volunteer labyrinth tenders. Tender labyrinth tenders.

Brian Minter says plant in March, but everything is late this year, right?

Here are some added benefits of strawberries:

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies in their research on strawberries, discovered that a Strawberry flavonoid, called fisetin, can stimulate signaling pathways in the brain, thus enhancing long term memory. Strawberries also lower systolic blood pressure and can reduce the risk of heart disease. This berry is also high in folate that can help lower the risk factors in heart disease.  Strawberries are also loaded with vitamins C and K, contain calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium and are an excellent source of antioxidants.

Sounds like the sunny location is great, but the clay soil and therefore poor drainage isn’t so great.

I’ll try to get Dianne to share some of her worm pee-tea to give them a start.

The article above says to pinch off blossoms for the first year.

I see that the mound planting is a good idea:

If your yard is clay-heavy or does not have good drainage, you’ll want to consider either creating a mound of your strawberry plants to grow on or building a raised bed for your strawberries.



Sign Posts: A show of new work – January, 2017 at Unitarian Centre

It’s always a little scary installing a show of new work. Thank goodness when I got there to hang the work, I still felt it was finished!
The show is on at the Unitarian Centre (949 W. 49th) till the end of January, 2017.
Here are some of the pieces:

Ladder to Where” 8″ x 24″ on panel
Dots: 3 Red; 1 White” 8″ x 24″ on panel
Pink Horizon 8″ x 24″ on panel
Which of 6 Possible Doors? 8″ x 24″ on panel
Double Double 8″x8″ on canvas
Tapestry 8″x8″ on canvas
Capital A 8″ x 8″ on canvas
Earth / Source 8″x8″ on canvas
First Letters 8″x8″ on canvas
Go Fish 8″x8″ on canvas
Pink and Blue
Stop @ T 8″x8″ on canvas

Above the Great Lakes on Tenth – Properly

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If you’re strolling along Tenth Avenue, you’ll see my painting “Above the Great Lakes” in the window of Tenth + Proper.  Chosen to reflect the colours of their window display.

Here it is “up close”. It has crackle and cheesecloth and all sorts of interesting textures, so you might enjoy getting even more up close.

Hope to see you in June at the annual Artists in Our Midst West Side Art Walk June 18-19.


Flood Streams and Ebb Streams

Flood Streams and Ebb Streams

floodstreams1This piece was inspired by a phrase on a chart that said, “Ebb streams are weak and variable but flood streams may reach velocity mentioned.”

It seemed rather enigmatic. I kept that tiny piece till the very end of the piece and glued it on. You have to look hard to find it. It’s also written on the piece in red ink.

This piece includes some map grids and squares of tissue paper to echo the pattern of the grid.

My mentor Jeanne Krabbendam says if you make a horizontal line, people will read it as a landscape. So this is an abstracted landscape.

Some people see the top right as stained glass. I think of it as sunshine rays that have a cubist feel.

This is 30″ x 40″ and has a companion piece called “Above the Great Lakes”.



Dreamy nest paintings in a bedding store…

The Final Touch 24"x30" $500
The Final Touch 24″x 30″ $500

During the time I was making nest paintings, I learned a lot about the diversity of the kinds of nests that birds build – how tidy, how messy, how big or small (and who helps with the construction!)

These two I think of as rather dreamy, sweet and subtle compared to some of the larger and brighter paintings. And so I’m very happy that they’re “resting” at Fino Lino on Arbutus at 11th.

In the Foggy Dew, 24"x36" $500
In the Foggy Dew, 24″x 30″ $500

Three of my other nest paintings are at Rufus Drum Shop on West Tenth and Alma. You’ll see art in shop windows all over Vancouver’s West Side between now and June 20th. Have a browse – and support our local merchants who are supporting local artists.