Seaweed

SOURCES OF INSPIRATION

Tangled seaweed clusters, decaying and breaking down in the December time period.

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Intertidal area of Big Beach, Ucluelet, BC in the May time period.

EXHIBITION

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 @ ST. MATTHIAS

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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

TRAVEL

Ucluelet, BC Christmas vacation 2016

We had a wonderful 12 days on the west coast staying at the Black Rock Oceanfront Resort in Ucluelet, BC. We ate a few meals at Howler's Family Restaurant and Amusements where I photographed the sign "Life is Short - Break the Rules". The next two images with trees are view from our balcony, a sunset image and rainy day image, which has flames from our fire place reflected in the window. Interesting seaweed clusters on the beach again this year like last year. Collected some interesting seaweeds and debris. The ocean-worn beverage can echoes the look of the mussel shell. I got a nice little collection of shells and was lucky to find half of an abalone shell - fully intact.  The last picture shows the snow at the top of Sutton Pass on our drive home, this pass is half way between Ucluelet and Port Alberni. It was a great holiday, laid back - I miss it already. I always feel so connected and immersed in Nature when I am at Long Beach.

INSPIRATION

My sources of inspirtation - Big Beaach at Ucluelet, BC

All Photos, video and artwork by Jill Ehlert ©

VIDEO

Intertidal Zone and tidal pools. Ucluelet, BC Canada

Sketch Book work - click on a thumbnail to see a slideshow

The work in my sketch book was done in my room looking down onto the beach below. I was focusing on the black rocks. The last six, I was having fun with mark making -the last two were inspired from the amazing colours and magical world of all the species I saw at the Ucluelet Aquarium.

Great painting location

Using "Old Mans Beard" -a type of lichen that grows on trees had blown onto the beach. I used this to paint with for extra texture. I wet the watercolour paper with sea water and then dragged the paper over the rocks to create line work. A background for future work.

Burned beach log as a mark-making tool

This burnt log was on the beach, I used it to apply charcoal marks on my paper by dragging my paper across it. The green marks are from leaves I dragged the paper over and used a rock o pound some of the colour out.. These pieces will make a good backgrounds for future work.

FOUND MARK MAKING TOOLS 

These will make great mark making tools in my drawings. Dipping the tool into India ink, walnut ink, etc.

Sketches from Bamfield

We were so busy while at Bamfield moving from one activity to another that there really wasn't much time for doing art. I managed to get the following sketches done. I have tons of photos for ideas.

Click on this link to see a more detail version of this trip, sketches and sketch books. 

Quick pencil sketch of a Copper Rock Fish from the Aquarium in The Rix Centre. I painted the background later at home using a techinque that Mark Hobson demonstrated for us.

Quick Sketches from the invertebrate tank in the Whale Lab

Quick Sketches from the invertebrate tank in the Whale Lab

Algal Art - Pressed seaweeds

Pressed seaweeds

Pressed seaweeds

Pressed seaweeds

Pressed seaweeds

Algal Art

We had a really good lecture on seaweeds by the Bamfield Marince Sciences Centre Public Education Coordinator Anne Stewart. Anne's team had gathered dozens of examples of seaweed for us to look at which were displayed in water-filled glass dishes. Anne described how to make "Algal Art":  select pieces of seaweed, lay those on top of a piece of wet paper that has a fibre content that is low in acidity and high in absorbency. Lay this in a press to dry flat. Heavy duty wax paper was laid over top of the piece and then placed between many sheets of newspaper, j-cloths and cardboard. This takes several days to dry.