September 2020


Studio Life

August life in the studio was ... slow and not terribly fruitful i'm sorry to say. This whole COVID thing wore me down as I'm sure it is with others. There was a solid week of "what's the point" attitude resulting in a full-on creative block. However, you'll be pleased to know that I gave myself a firm talking to (which thankfully wasn't heard by anyone but myself), a few good rounds of "you won't get anywhere with that attitude" and a smattering of creative quotes  "Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working" - Pablo Picasso and “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." — Vincent Van Gogh.

In spite of it all I did manage to work on my personal challenges to "Master the Mug"  and to paint more.  I've left my August funk behind and I'm looking forward to a surge of creativity in the fall.

Looking ahead

I'm tossing around ideas for offering art classes from my studio.  Perhaps weekly casual art exploration classes in clay, paint or collage. I can accommodate small groups of up to 4 allowing for appropriate social distancing and space to work. More to come on this front next month AND as always I appreciate your feedback.

Floral Painting Goes Rouge

You may remember my floral WIP (Work In Progress) in the July issue. Well things went slightly sideways during my August funk. After gazing at the painting for way to long I decided that something exciting needed to happen. Result (such as it is) pictured here.

Still firmly in the WIP category which can mean more reworking or covering it in a few coats Geso and starting again :) 



Christmas in September?

Like it or not, there are 126 days until Christmas.  If you've ever considered a commission piece of artwork for your special people now's the time and I'd love to help you create a memorable gift.  I really enjoy working on commissions. Not only the creating process but the collaborations working towards the perfect gift.

Sharing is Caring

I'd really appreciate if you'd share this newsletter with your friends and family and encourage them to subscribe, give me a social media like or review. It all really helps me "get out there" especially during these strange times. Here's the link https://red-boat-studio.square.site/

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and creative September.  See you in October!

Air hugs


Shopping Local

See something on-line that you’d like to see in person? Just message, text or call and I can make arrangements with you to come by the studio.  For example, if you let me know what you’d like to see and when you’re coming, I could leave it outside for you and we can chat about it from a safe distance. I don't post all my work on-line so there's lots to see when you visit my studio.

There's always gift cards available!


Arts in the Cove


Deep Cove artist Lyza Melmar's work can be viewed at The Arm Group in the Parkgate Shopping Centre and at Paper Label right here in the Cove.

Check out Lyza's website for other locations and news.



Seymour Art Gallery – GALLERY AND GIFT SHOP NOW OPEN! Whoohoo! 

The Gallery AND Gallery Shop are open with revised hours (Thursday to Sunday 11-4). 

SAG AGM - save the date!

All members in good standing are invited to join us online on Wednesday, September 30 at 6 p.m. for our annual general meeting. Details will be sent out shortly.

Xiang Su: Interweaving
August 8 – September 19, 2020

In Interweaving, West Vancouver-based artist Xiang Su shows intricately woven geometric works on canvas and a large-scale installation, stretching the height of the gallery, made of hundreds of pieces of thread. This deeply personal collection of work draws from Su’s experience as a Chinese Canadian artist, and layers themes of childhood, memory, and home with issues surrounding immigration, otherness, and assimilation.



Arms Reach Bistro

Paintings by Lynne Michelle at Arms Reach Bistro

Covert Cafe

Paintings by Sue Contini at Covert Cafe

Cove Creek Gallery

Original works by local artist Sharon Perkins​ – hours, openings and “pop-ups” are variable but you can always phone or e-mail for more information and appointment.

Bel Art Gallery

Discover the work of internationally acclaimed artists at Bel Art Gallery. We have an exceptional collection of original paintings, limited edition prints, and sculptures by local artists. Gallery owners Beatrice and Stefan Schreiber are passionate about introducing the public to the joy of art. They run workshops for adults and children and regularly host charity events, school groups, lectures, and workshops. The gallery is open by appointment.


Arts on the North Shore & On-line

Willow Florists


Willow Florists in the Dollarton Plaza not only has gorgeous fresh flowers & arrangements but also supports local artists by giving them a lovely shop to display and sell their work.  Be sure to stop in the next time you’re at Dollarton.

Some of my work is now available at Willow! Thank you Gabriella!

Here are the other talented artists now at Willow Florists;

Susan Wallace - potter

Raw Creation Shop - Rob Wanner - Local re-purposed wood artisan

Lyza Del Mar - West Coast artist

Nancy Cramer - Sculptural and clay and kelp artist

Michael Vevier - local artist

Kim Herrington - Greeting Card artist

Blueshore Financial

The BlueShore Financial Arts in View program is designed to foster the artistic and cultural development of our community. Blueshore Financial supports local artists by providing an opportunity to exhibit their work at our local Parkgate branch and many others across the North Shore.

The Polygon

The ground floor gallery, shop, and bookstore are open Thursday – Friday, 11:00am to 9:00pm & Saturday – Sunday, 10:00am to 5:00pm. Mark your calendars for the opening of our main gallery and the exhibition Third Realm in early September..



North Shore Arts Council

Rent it, Buy it and Love it! The Art Rental Salon is now open.  Check it out at https://northvanarts.ca/items/art-rentals/

Fall on-line programs open September 1st! https://northvanarts.ca/education/fall-online-programming-2020/

Another project by the North Shore Arts Council is the North Shore Culture Compass . Here you can navigate to new experiences with the interactive database connecting you with the arts, culture and heritage.


North Shore Culture Compas Facebook page

Parkgate Pottery Studio – beautiful work by talented artists is available in the display cabinet in the front lobby of the Parkgate Rec Centre.  While you are there take a wander down the hall past the gym to the Pottery Studio.  There are more display cabinets just outside the studio full of fantastic work by the studio members.

Ron Andrews Rec Centre

There is always something to see in the lobby of the Ron Andrew Rec Centre by local artists.  Take a look the next time you go for a swim!

Gordon Smith Gallery

The Gordon Smith Gallery is located at 2121 Lonsdale Ave. The gallery remains closed until further notice but you can check out there AFK from Home: Big Idea Videos - loads of great creative projects to enjoy at home.



Shout out!

Have I missed any local restaurants, café’s and businesses who support local artists by displaying their work?  Let me know!  I’d be more than happy to give them a “shout out”.

Artsy Links

Opus Art Supplies Open with varying hours in different locations. Check the website before you go.


Greenbarn Potters Supply


September 2020 Inspirational link

I follow Chase Jarvis on Instagram and facebook and have recently been listening to The Chase Jarvis LIVE show podcast. In the shows Chase chats with some of the world's top creative entrepreneurs, artists, and celebrities to share stories designed to help you gain actionable insights to recognizing your passions and achieve your goals. 

You can subscribe to the podcast or go to Chase's website and give them a listen​.

In the end

I’ve shared this newsletter to my community of family, friends and business associates who I think may be interested.  I will never share your information. I’ll find the right frequency to provide you with local, artsy info without being annoying.

If you do not wish to receive my newsletter please unsubscribe… my feeling won’t be hurt – I appreciate that everyone gets tons of e-mails these days.