Wednesday, July 15, 2015

It's all in your point of view....

This is why I LOVE cameras... and why where you put them is so important to what you get out of them.  This weedy little daisy is tiny... only about 5" tall. And surrounded by very dead grass. Ugh.  Yet shoot it from underneath with an iPhone (cuz no way is my big camera fitting under there!), sky, sunshine (and an ever so helpful dog) in background... and you get a bit of magic.  

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Arrowsmith Juried Summer Show

Summer Juried Show 
June 8 - 27, 2015
The Old School House Arts Centre
Qualicum Beach, BC
Opening night and presentation of awards:  June 10th at 7:00 pm.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Gifts from my garden....

Ok.. so I will never be a great gardener.  I get excited when I see snails on my roses and love finding their vacated spiral homes.  The diversity in colour and pattern is amazing....

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

New! Tuesday's Child

Tuesday's Child
acrylic on vellum paper, mounted on canvas
48" x 48"

This is a painting I thought was finished a few months ago.  Decided to get out the gesso and brushes and give it a massive reworking this week.  Like it much better now.

*Update: This painting has been awarded the Silver Medal at the FCA Spilsbury Medal Show, Dec 9 - 24,  at Federation Gallery on Granville Island (Vancouver).

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Vase no. 1 (iPad)

Vase no. 1

This one was really fun.  Feels like a series might be developing here.  :)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

2014 Show Schedule

Federation Gallery
Vancouver, BC
February 25 - March 9

Federation Gallery
Vancouver, BC

March 11 - 23


Seaparc Centre
Sooke, BC
July 25 - August 4


Nanaimo Art Gallery, Downtown
Nanaimo, BC
August 16 - September 6


Beach Club Resort Hotel
Parksville, BC
September 1 - 30


Mary Winspear Centre,
Sidney, BC
October 17 - 19


The Old School House Arts Centre
Qualicum Beach, BC
October 24 - November 17

Federation Gallery
Vancouver, BC
Dec 9 - 24

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Paper Mounting Demo

Most of my large paintings are created on paper first  then mounted onto  canvas. I have added a page to my website with a full description of  how I mount these paintings onto canvas, along with pictures.  

* My thanks to fellow artist Barbra Edwards for taking such great photos of my paper mounting demonstration, and for allowing me to use them.

Click here to find out how it's done...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Arrowsmith FCA Fall Juried Show - on now at TOSH

These two paintings are hanging at TOSH.

Arrowsmith FCA Fall Juried Show
Oct 27 - Nov 17
The Old School House Art Centre
Qualicum Beach

Opening Reception: Oct 29, 7:00 - 9:00 pm.
Everyone Welcome.

SilverWave no. 61
Watercolour & Silver Ink

Monday, October 20, 2014

Queen of Hearts... off to a new home.

Thrilled to say that this painting sold at the Sidney Fine Art Show!  A little bittersweet to see it go, as I really love this painting.

Queen of Hearts
acrylic/mixed on paper, mounted on canvas

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

iPad for Artists Workshop

Wow… what a fabulous workshop.  I had lots of fun  spending the week with a great group of wonderful artists, and sharing the fun of creating on the iPad.  What a creative group!  

Special thanks to Mary Stewart and Vancouver Island Art Workshops.  We are so lucky to have such a wonderful resource right here in our own backyard.  World class workshops, and she keeps us all happy and fed too.  :) 

I have had a number of artists ask me if I will be offering the iPAD FOR ARTISTS WORKSHOP again and the answer is yes.  Not quite sure when but I am hoping to make it happen at some point in the new year.  

Please contact me if you are interested in hearing more about it once I have a better idea of dates and location.

Pear and Lemon Still Life
created in Procreate on the iPad

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Another painting off to a good home...

This wee gem found a new owner during my month as feature artist at the Beach Club Resort in Parksville...

Silverwave no. 63
watercolour & silver ink

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Another cool iPad demo....

Just another example of the great stuff you can learn at the iPad workshop in October!

More info and registration at

Monday, September 1, 2014

Coastal Expressions - Nanaimo FCA Juried Show

Great article in the Nanaimo News Bulletin about my participation in the Nanaimo FCA Juried Show "Coastal Expressions", on until September 6th at the Nanaimo Art Gallery.  

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

iPad Workshop: October 6 - 10, Nanaimo BC

iPad for Artists 
5 Day Workshop with Lisa Danesin, AFCA
October 6 - 10, 2014

A traditional painter by heart, I will share with you all my exciting iPad discoveries, including how I have used my iPad to speed up the process of creating my Silverwave watercolour series (over 50 of these paintings have sold so far!).  And that’s just one of the many things I will cover.

Immerse yourself in a week long workshop combining traditional and digital methods of making art and learn what a powerful, creative, and FUN tool the iPad can be and how it can compliment your own artistic process. Contact me at for more information or check out the details at

For a sneak peek, check out the videos below...

Monday, July 28, 2014

Fusing "real" with digital... creating art on the iPad

Before and After....

Retrograde no.1
mixed media
(gesso, crayon, graphite, iPad)

Friday, July 4, 2014

FCA Nanaimo Chapter Show

FCA Nanaimo Chapter Juried Show

Nanaimo Art Gallery (Downtown)
August 16th - September 6th, 2014

Opening Reception/Awards: Friday, August 15th, 7-9 pm.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Thank You

As an artist, I frequently hear the words “paint for yourself, not for others”.  For the most part, I have found this to be sound advice.  There is nothing more thrilling for me than that moment when I step back from a finished painting and know that I’ve nailed it.  It’s a high like no other.  

But, there is also something deeply satisfying when I can share this moment with fellow artists, and know that they “get it”.  They know that a lifetime of education, hard work (often solitary) and exploration have gone into creating that finished painting.  They know, because they have been on a similar journey.  And so, while I continue to paint for myself, validation from fellow artists who can look at my work with an educated, critical eye has also become an important part of my process.  

Over the past few years I have discovered, within the FCA, just such a group of fellow artists.  Artists whose work, and work ethic, I admire.  Artists who juried me to Active status, then into Chapter shows, and into shows at Federation Gallery.  Artists who encouraged me to continue, especially on those days full of self doubt when painting for myself just wasn’t quite enough. To have now been awarded signature status by these artists is both a great honour and also great motivation to continue on this solitary, but very rewarding path.  To them I say, “Thank you”.

Monday, March 10, 2014