UCLUELET - BLACK ROCK RESORT - DECEMBER 16 - 22, 2018

We spent a week at the Black Rock at Christmas time. We were booked to stay for two weeks, but due to a huge storm that hit not only the west coast but all parts of Vancouver Island, we had to cut our stay short. to take care of things at home as our power was off.

In our week at Big Beach we had terrific wind storms and big big waves. I had lots of beach finds on this Abalone shells, Red turban snails, mussels, small pieces of scallops that have been worn down with holes from boring sponges, barnacles…After I photograph and draw from the shells, I put them back where I found them.

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I set-up my winter studio and got right to work on observing and drawing the shells I had found.

December 18 @ 4:40 pm

December 18 @ 4:40 pm

December 20th Standing on the black rock cliff about 30 feet above normal wave action. You can see how close it is here.

December 20th Standing on the black rock cliff about 30 feet above normal wave action. You can see how close it is here.

December 20th. This wave did hit me. Normally the water is about 30 feet lower, that is how big this storm was.

December 20th. This wave did hit me. Normally the water is about 30 feet lower, that is how big this storm was.

December 22 @ 12:16 pm - The day after the huge storm

December 22 @ 12:16 pm - The day after the huge storm

Back home and working in the studio

Continued to draw from my seashell collection once we got back home.

Continued to draw from my seashell collection once we got back home.

ACORN INK


Gary Oak trees in the churchyard at St. Peters Church, Duncan, BC.

About 8 cups of hulls to the same amount of water and let boil. Add in one large old rusty chain, rusty saw blade (at the bottom).and some rusted parts. The iron oxide has a reaction with the acorn liquid and turns it from a similar warm walnut brown colour to a beautiful silver-grey colour. The recipe is from the book ‘Making Ink” by Jason Logan.

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Examples of the acorn ink colour - a beautiful silvery grey-black.

OCTOBER TRIP TO UCLUELET, BC

Highlights of this trip are shown in this group of chosen photos.

BIG BEACH, UCLUELET, BC

My husband Paul taking photos.

WALNUT INK

In October I was inspired to make some walnut ink, based on a recipe in the book “Make Ink” by Canadian author Jason Logan. I put a call out on my Facebook page and to a to a local Facebook group asking for help in finding walnut hulls. Pretty soon I had two good leads. One was a tree in downtown Duncan, BC. in an alley behind a shoe repair store. The second lead was from an art acquaintance, who out on a walk that morning, saw a neighbour gathering walnuts- she passed his name onto me. I was able to make two large batches of about 8 cups of hulls each. I cooked the walnut hulls on the camp stove; straining and filtering the liquid. It was a lot of work, especially in the filtering process, but worth it. The colour is such a rich deep walnut colour. Love it. The two batches are called “Festubert” and “Sahtlem”, for the street and area they were grown in. I will use this ink in my drawings.

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EXHIBITION

“SeaForms: the Nature of Creation”

These are a few of the photos of the show SeaForms: The Nature of Creation hanging in The Chapel Gallery. Click here to see more.

These are a few of the mixed media collages in the show. Click here to see all the works.

SEPTEMBER DAY TRIP TO VANCOUVER

We had a day trip to Vancouver to see the exhibition “Interface” the woven work of Jaad Kuujus at the Bill Reid Gallery We also went to the Vancouver Art Gallery for the exhibit How do you carry the land? - by artists Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin

Vancouver skyline in the early morning, approaching Horse Shoe Bay.

Skyline of Vancouver as we are leaving with the sunset reflected into the sky.

Skyline of Vancouver as we are leaving with the sunset reflected into the sky.

The image above is a panorama, the railing really isn’t contorted. Going home into the sunset.

SOLO EXHIBITION JILL EHLERT

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

PENTHOUSE VIEWS ON DALLAS ROAD

Have you ever wondered what it looks like from the Penthouse in one of the condo’s on Dallas road? Well here you go, I was visiting a friend and this is her view everyday.

SOLO EXHIBITION COMING UP

Upcoming solo show September 21 - October 31

I am pleased to announce that I will be having a solo show of my mixed media collages in Victoria, BC at “The Chapel Gallery”. This brand new dedicated space has been completely transformed into a beautiful gallery. 

The Chapel Gallery:  engaging the community in appreciating creativity

The Chapel Gallery invites the local arts community to exhibit a variety of visual art mediums.  The Gallery particularly seeks works of a socially relevant, contemplative and reflective nature.  The Gallery sees itself as a gallery “like no other”. There are other multifunctional, not-for-profit spaces, but the Gallery envisions ongoing beneficial and educational interaction with the community  -- including those who might never have visited an “art gallery” before.  
 
The Gallery also envisions a way to share our understanding of the creativity of the Divine with the community – including those who might never think of entering a church. The folk of St. Matthias want to share a safe space for appreciating creativity. 

The Chapel Gallery @ St. Matthias, Fairfield 600 Richmond Avenue, Victoria, BC