Category Archives: colour

New Work – Geography of Memory, Beginnings

This new work began when the Vancouver Island Surface Design Association put out a call for entry. They were looking for an interpretation of ‘Pathways’ in a 60″ x 12″ format. Sarah McLaren and I had been focused on colour for many months and were both inspired by the colour work of Jean-Philippe and Dominique Lenclos. This couple […]

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‘Colour: A Personal Response’ Exhibition is Hung in Place des Arts, Coquitlam

Sarah McLaren and my ‘Colour: A Personal Response’ exhibition is on the road again. The day before we loaded up the car…it was really full… …and caught the first ferry the next morning. We drove through Vancouver’s persistent rain to Place des Arts Art Centre and Music School in Coquitlam. Conveniently there was dry underground […]

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Teaching ‘Mindful Colours’ Workshop for the First Time

Sarah Mclaren (website) and I taught our new ‘Mindful Colours’ workshop to 24 people.  It was important to have 24 people because we sat them right in a colour wheel to involve more of their senses as they explored their own personal responses to colours. Most colour workshops start off with making the ubiquitous colour wheel. Our workshop […]

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Colour: A Personal Response Workshop, ‘Mindful Colours’ by Sarah McLaren and Lesley Turner

Ready to teach our workshop on colour. ‘Mindful Colours’ by Sarah Mclaren and Lesley Turner  But before that, there were many hours of planning and preparing of workshop supplies. We dug deep into our fabric stashes to find as many different variations of colour as we had. We asked friends to donate fabric scraps to […]

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Colour: A Personal Response Exhibition at ArtSea Gallery in Tulista Park, Sidney

Opening Reception of Colour: A Personal Response – Lesley and Sarah. Thank you, Louise, for thinking of and taking a photograph of the 2 of us on the night of the opening. The gallery waiting for the first viewers. Each of the works is monochromatic, made using only one colour. We hung the work with Sarah’s […]

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Colour: A Personal Response Exhibition Gets Hung in ArtSea Gallery Tulista Park, Sidney BC

Sarah unwraps her artwork. The first task once we got access to the gallery at 6:00 Sunday evening was to set up tables to work from. We laid sheets on the floor along all of the walls we were planning to hang on. We did a check to see if it would all fit in the space. […]

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Colour: A Personal Response Exhibition – getting ready to hang

For the past 2 years, Sarah McLaren and I have been producing bodies of work based on how we feel about specific colours. I have produced 24 works, each one exploring the energy I feel from a specific colour. Sarah has explored each colour through the works of one of her favourite artists. Here is her ‘Modigliani in […]

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Working With Itten’s 7 Colour Contrasts

“Our sense organs can function only by means of comparisons. The eye accepts a line as long when a shorter line is presented for comparison. The same line is taken as short when the line compared with it is longer. Colour effects are similarly intensified or weakened by contrasts.” Itten The Elements of Color, p. 32 Itten’s 7 kinds […]

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