"Unscripted" Abstract Painting Show

I am pleased to announce the show "Unscripted", everyone in the show is a friend of mine and I was happy to have been in two Steven Aimone workshops with them. I am not in this show but I am so proud of everyone. This abstract painting show is fabulous and one not to be missed!

Steven Aimone is a workshop instructor from North Carolina who has taught 5 workshops in Nanaimo, BC throughVancouver Island Workshops. In April Steven taught an 5-day  intense graduate workshop. "Unscripted" is a group show of all those artists in attendance at that workshop.

Steven will be back on Vancouver Island to teach a workshop October 29 - November 2. He will  be at TOSH this Saturday October 27 to give a lecture in conjunction with the show "Unscripted".

Art Incognito

I am pleased to be part of this annual fundraiser for the

Vancouver Island School of Art

 Original art by known and unknown artists is sold by silent and live auction. This is a ticketed event that includes lots of great food, drink,  music by a local DJ, and a range of non art-related silent auction items from the generous support of local business.

In its seventh year, Art Incognito has been honoured with past support of contemporary artists such as Mowry Baden, Robert Youds, Lynda Gammon, Eric Metcalfe, Gary Pearson, Norman Yates, Michelle Forsyth and Cal Lane. The Art Incognito fundraiser has provided substantial and important financial assistance for the Vancouver Island School of Art to fulfill its vision of creating a robust contemporary arts community in Victoria, through courses, exhibitions, performances, readings, film showings, garden projects and artist talks given by nationally renown artists. One of these visiting artists, Landon Mackenzie, had the following to say about our school:

I was impressed by VISA. It may be the last real “Art School” in Canada …such an inspiring context for making art and being engaged human beings … also the sense that everyone is committed to a vision that the school can offer something special that is complimentary to the regular college and university offerings.”

The proceeds from Art Incognito support the Vancouver Island School of Art in its dynamic contemporary art programming and community outreach that includes our on-going series of events free to the public. Check out my profile on the Art Incognito webiste.

Drawing workshops at VISA over the summer

Vancouver Island School of Art

MAKING A MARK - June 25, 26, 27 2012 taught by Danielle Hogan.

This workshop focuses on the most basic element of drawing: the linear mark. It explores the variety of ways a mark can be used as a form of expression with a focus on developing a personal mark in drawing. Artists include: Jasper Johns, Brice Marden, Terry Winters, Sol Lewitt, Raymond Pettibone and Dominic McGill. Fionna Banner, Robert Smithson, Louise Bourgeois, Brice Marden, Sol Lewitt .

NATURE & SCIENCE - August 30, 31, September 1 2012 taught by Wendy Welch

Nature has long been a subject of drawing from scientific diagrams to a range of purely observational sketches. Focus in this workshop is on integrating the scientific with the expressive approach towards a natural phenomenon or object. Workshop is comprised of hands-on exercises, critiques and visual presentations of artists doing related work. Artists discussed include: Russell Crotty, Vija Celmins, Ellen Gallagher, Sandra Cinto and Robyn O’Neil.

Inventing a fantastical flower using magazine collage, combining mechanical parts and organic. 

Fantastical Botanical Collage - Jill Ehlert

Fantastical Botanical Collage - Jill Ehlert

Fantastical Botanical Watercolour  based on the collage - Jill Ehlert

Fantastical Botanical Watercolour  based on the collage - Jill Ehlert

Reinveneting & Rearranging the Landscape

Fragmented Landscape Drawing - Jill Ehlert

Fragmented Landscape Drawing - Jill Ehlert



Invented Nature Cycle Diagram

Invented Life Cycle Diagram

Invented Life Cycle Diagram

Invented Process Diagram

Spattering tea on the paper, create a process.

Spattering tea on the paper, create a process.

Highlights over the past few months


The Raptors  is located in Duncan BC  and was founded by Gillian Radcliffe in 2002, The Raptors team is comprised of a small group of caring, knowledgeable biologists and raptor enthusiasts dedicated to the conservation of birds of prey. Gillian’s primary goal in opening the centre was to help change the way we think about the delicate balance between man and wildlife within the ecosystem and the essential role raptors play in our natural habitats.

I took my young friend Chelsea who is 9 to the raptor centre -- we had a glorious 3 hours walking throughout this gorgeous property. Many of the raptors were out of their cage and on the grass or sitting on small perches they were tethered to. It was really neat to look at all of these maginificent birds. We were lucky enough to witness with two other people a barn owl named Ollie who flew back and forth from high in the tree tops to the outstretched gloved hand of the handler for about half an hour. It was wonderful to witness. I can hardly wait to go back!


September 5


We saw the Mark Rothko show at the Portland Art Museum

 PAM: Mark Rothko began his life in art in Portland, Ore. having moved there at the age of 10 from Russia. He attended High School in Portland and first studied art through the Museum Art School outreach, now the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), before going on to Yale, New York City, and beyond.

The 45 works in the exhibition trace Rothko’s artistic path from the late 1920s until shortly before his death in 1970. Borrowed from the Rothko family, the National Gallery of Art, and private collectors, the exhibition presents Portland’s first comprehensive look at the artist’s development and the aesthetic issues that shaped his production. The exhibition moves from his early figurative works of the 1920s under the tutelage of Max Weber and friendship with Milton Avery, into the attenuated figures of his New York subway paintings, through an abstract surrealist phase to the emergence at the end of the 1940s of his mature abstract style of floating, saturated color and transcendent calm.

We also saw an installation piece at PAM by Joseph Beuys.

This exhibition features the monumental environmental work, Blitzschlag mit Lichtschein auf Hirsch (Lightning with Stag in its Glare), 1958-1985, along with selected multiples that extend the installation’s conceptual framework.

As well there was a very large exhibition on the work of John Frame

John Frame

Three Fragments of a Lost Tale

PAM: Since 2006, Frame, a California-based sculptor, has been working toward the creation of a stop-motion animated drama featuring an eclectic cast of fully articulated characters composed of found materials and meticulously carved wood. These figures build upon the distinctive, often theatrical, sculptures Frame has created throughout his career, which have been the subject of two retrospective exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Long Beach Museum of Art, Calif.

The exhibition will include the sculptures that have become the cast of characters in Frame’s evolving full-length film, as well as the film footage created thus far in this monumental project.

 We drove north to Seattle and stayed for a couple of nights. While there I saw the Paul Gauguin show at the Seattle Art Museum.

Gauguin and Polynesia: An Elusive Paradise

SAM: Through a balanced contextual analysis of Polynesian art alongside Gauguin’s works, this exhibition brings Polynesian arts and culture into the center of Gauguin studies.

The show will display about 60 works by Gauguin (paintings, sculpture, works on paper) that fully reveal the extent of the influence of Polynesian art and culture on his work.

It will also highlight about 60 works from the Pacific that exemplify the dynamic exchanges of Pacific Island peoples with Europeans throughout the nineteenth century.

In contrast to earlier exhibitions, which included Pacific objects primarily as a kind of visual background to Gauguin’s development as a modern European artist, the exhibition and its innovative approach promise new insights into the relationship between Gauguin’s art and Polynesian art.


I just finished my 12-week "Directed Study" at the Vancouver Island School of Art (VISA) from this past winter semester. I met with Wendy Welch, the director of VISA every second week. 

VISA website describes the Directed Study: This course gives students an opportunity to work on a project under the supervision of a faculty member. Students submit an application that contains a proposal outlining what they intend to work on in their directed study. At the end of the project, students present their work to their advisor and one other faculty member for a final critique. Directed Studies can be taken up to a maximum of four times (Directed Studies I, II, III, IV). Days/times are scheduled on a per person basis. The student and advisor meet on a bi-weekly basis on a specified day and time for the duration of the semester. Directed Studies Students meet for one hour every two weeks and receive 36 credit hours upon completion. Prerequisite: enrollment in the Diploma Program or with permission of the Director. 

Final critique day with left, Danielle Hogan, middle, Jill and right, Wendy Welch. Wendy was my advisor and Danielle wass the other faculty member that was part of my last critique day. 

"Flow" - JIll Ehlert © - 48" x 48"

"Flow" - JIll Ehlert © - 48" x 48"

Panorama of the installation

I had 23 new works hung in the "Slide Room Gallery" for my critique. To see all the drawings click here.

To see this series finished click here.

On the drawing board today

I started these two drawings in the summer in the "Pattern and Ornamentation" workshop at the Vancouver Island School of Art. I have been working on it over the past couple of days.