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Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada
Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Abstract painting part 3 of 3

Many paint skins have been attached.

Now getting closer. My instructor suggested that I cross the lines and break up the regularity of the negative spaces at the bottom of the canvas.

The finished painting.

Abstract painting part 2

 Blogger doesn't seem to want to accept too many photos in one post, so here is part two of my abstract painting process. Part three will show the finished painting.
Painting inside the lines with Paynes Gray.

Removing the tape to reveal the clean edged lines.

The large canvas up against the wall and ready to being applying the paint skin pieces.


My set up in the studio with paint skins laid out, my reference photo for consultation, and the first paint skin pieces on the canvas.
A close up showing the fainter horizontal lines along the top right. These lines were applied with a Pitt India ink marker.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Abstract painting assignment part 1 of 3

This is the first part of my process documentation.
Our painting class assignment was to paint a large abstract work, inspired by a real life image.

Inspiration photograph of autumn leaves collected along the stairs of our deck. I cropped the photo and saturated the colours.

I built the 6 foot by 4 foot stretcher frame in the college art shop, then stretched the canvas and covered it with two coats of gesso.

I painted the entire surface and edges with several coats of blue paint.

I did some mathematical calculations to created spaces that increased in size across from left to right, and lines separating those spaces, with the lines also increasing in size. Also diagonal lines on the upper right. All drawn with graphite pencil and a long straight edge.


I taped along both sides of the pencil lines.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Collecting inspiration photos for my next painting class art piece

Yesterday was a glorious fall day. I walked along the beach, collecting inspiration photos for my next painting class art piece. I edited all of the pics in Iphoto, increasing the colour saturation and cropping.

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