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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.

Art Work on Paper




































The Chinese ink is not waterproof, but not a problem, once I realized. I coloured with watercolour pencils, then used a water brush to spread the pigment and incorporate some of the ink wash for effect. I like this, and want to do more with it.
My bottles of ink, and a favourite nib pen.
Working on a drawing - this was inked today (ignore the day ahead date) with the Chinese ink.










































































A doodle drawing done on the ferry and coloured at home with Pitt artist brush pens.





"Leaves of Grass" collage


Today at the Arts Centre, I plucked a sprig of Pieris, in full bloom, from the front garden area, as a subject for my painting.
















Jane LaFazio's course of Spring 2015, Sketching and Watercolor in a Mixed Media Journal, is really great. I am on lesson 5 now (of 6 lessons), and this one is all about an initial drawing, and then reusing the images in a collage. Here is my initial drawing:










This was a two 3 exercise, two paint a subject using 8 different techniques on one page.







Using Strathmore Mixed Media paper and Tombow water soluble pens.








Lesson on how to draw a hollow cube, from Mark Kistler's book "How to Draw in 30 Days".








David Williams book "Drawing", second lesson, drawing a free hand balanced circle.


Book by Mark Kistler "You Can Draw in 30 Days" lesson 2: overlapping spheres. Jan 11, 2015.




Straight to ink drawing, so no pencil first, no corrections. Coloured with Faber and Castell Pitt Artis Pens - Brush, in basic set of six colours.









These drawings and paintings are from my 6 week online course with Jane LaFazio, Sketching and Watercolor, Journal Style.

Week #6, last week: Machine-made objects, using pencil-at-arms-length-and-squint technique to get proportions correct.







Week #5: Shoes!








Week #4: Flowers!




More continuous line, straight to ink efforts:






Week 3: Continuous Line Straight to Ink






Week 2:  Greens







Second fruit lesson, Lemons!!!



Week #1 "Fruit" from Jane LaFazio online course.










Watercolour sampler, Oct. 14, 2014.

Drawn with the free Sketches app on my Ipad. "Feet Up on the Coffee Table", Oct. 21, 2014.

My first maple leaf. Is it completed? Should I add background and/or shadow?

Yet another maple leaf watercolour in progress.















September 30, 2014





Sept. 17, 2014
Working drawing for a planned Art Quilt Map.

Sept. 16, 2014
Photo of a shed that I took on my morning walk



Sept 15, 2014







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