Art Opening: SeaForms: The Nature of Creation

SeaForms: The Nature of Creation - Mixed Media Collage work by Jill Ehlert at The Chapel Gallery opening Friday September 21, 2018 5:00-7:00 with an artist talk at 5:30. Show continues to October 31, 2018.

The Chapel Gallery @ St. Matthias


Click here to view more photos from the opening night and to watch a video of Jill describing her sources of inspiration and some of her art processes.

Artist Talk

Paintings based on collages

 JoanMiró collage - Barcelona, February 10, 1933

Printed paper and graphite on paper, 18 9/16 x 24 13/16” (47.1 x 63.1 cm)

Fundació Joan Miró, BarcelonaFundació Joan Miró, Barcelona. Photograph: Jaume Blassi. © 2008 Successió Miró/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

detail upper right corner of collage above


Joan Miró - Painting based on the collage above

Barcelona, June 10, 1933

Oil on canvas, 51 3/8 x 64 1/8” (130.5 x 162.9 cm)

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut. The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection FundWadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT.© 2008 Successió Miró/Artists Rights Society (ARS),New York/ADAGP, Paris   

Paintings Based on Collages are part of the exhibiit at the Museum of Modern art...If you ever wondered where Miró got his ideas or source material for his shapes, take a look at these collages and paintings. MoMA states that "Each of the collages features an array of mechanically reproduced illustrations cut from catalogues, magazines, and newspaper advertisements".

Newspaper collage


Create your own unique collage papers.

These are unique embellished sheets that are fun to create and have on hand for creating exciting backgrounds, rich environments and main elements in your collage work; tear these papers into small bits and pieces & adhere to paper or canvas support.

Newspaper collage is a great way to get your creative juices flowing. It is "freeing" to paint on good old cheap newspaper, putting aside hang-ups that arise when working on good paper. Something magical happens in the studio and to your mindset once you start this playful process.

  1. On a sheet of newspaper loosely apply a mix of watered down white gesso (or acrylic paint) over most of the surface. Apply this mix thin enough to still see the text showing through here and there on the sheet.
  2. For variety apply full strenth gesso/paint in a few areas; scratch or write through the heavier mix with a tool or pencil for texture.
  3. Once the surface is dry - write poetry, phrases, words...with a black Sharpie permanent marker here and there over the entire surface.
  4. Paint areas of colour varying it from a thin transparent glaze to a more opaque and thick mix. Scratch texture and patterns into some of the areas of the thicker wet paint.
  5. Once the surface is dry - stamp patterns and texture all over the sheet with small, medium and large shapes.
  6. Continue to stamp, draw and apply transparent and translucent glazes over the entire sheet.

Remember that the sheet will be torn into smaller pieces - so each area needs to bave enought texture and interest.






Last weekend I attended "The Victoria Book and Paper Show" held in Sidney, BC. I felt somewhat intimidated as I had never been to anything like this before. I approached a few vendors and explained the type of thing I was looking for. I had several shakes of the head but kept looking. Most things that I liked were collectibles and therefore really expensive, too expensive to tear up into collage bits I felt. Just as I was about to leave I browsed once more at the second booth I happend upon and there on the floor was a pile of Punch Magazines. The magazines date from 1927 with about 20+ pages in each magazine. They are filled with really neat line drawings, graphics, political cartoons, text, advertisements - all with sharp contrast - all great for tearing up and putting into my collage work.

I hadnever been to something like this show before and didn't really know where to begin, but perservering and asking questions helped a lot to gain confidence. I also purchased a small elementary text book of anatomy, physiology and hygiene again with really neat diagrams and yellowed pages. As well I got two small log books with handwriting, one a personal log book for someone buuiding an aircraft and the other a small farm income log with lots of mathematical calcualtions scribbled throughout. The types of items that you would find at this sale are: paper money, stamps, comic books, regular books, maps, old brochures, advertising, sports cards, magazines, post cards, autographs, paperbacks, postal covers, photographs, complete photograph albums, cigarette cards, catlogues, posters, newspapers - and tons more!

This group will hold another book and paper show in the same venue in November.


A couple of weeks ago I took a 2-day workshop with Master collage artist and author Nick Bantock. The class was a lot of fun and we worked hard. I learned a lot and returned to my studio full of steam and inspiration.  Nick is a great teacher.

Nick and his partner Joyce live on Salt Spring Island and on June 2 they will be opening in Ganges their brand new gallery, studio and workshop called "The Forgetting Room". Nick will be offering workshops there and for information email Joyce:

Nick Bantock

Nick Bantock

Childhood collage

When I was cleaning my Mom's house 2 years ago I came across an old art portfolio of mine from when I was 14 years old. This image would probably be my first collage ever. It is glued onto the cover of a scribbler - the kind with plain unlined newsprint paper inside. The back cover has Elmer's Safety Rules. Elmer is an elephant telling you the pedestrian safety rules; look both ways before you cross the street, obeying signs, etc. This scribbler collage has a black cord, a chain attached to the letter "J" with Jill etched on it - probably something I won at the 5 cent digger at the Calgary Stampede. As well there is a heart, eight pennies, copper glitter and small orange mosaic pebbles. My art teacher wrote in the bottom right corner "tres bien". It is such good fun to look through this little treasure of art bits - I can't believe that I found it after 40 years.