DVAC Artists Volunteer for the Sunnybrook Ceiling Tiles Project

On Saturday, March 10, 2018 twenty DVAC artists volunteered to paint 24 ceiling tiles (each on 24 inches x 48 inches) for Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
The Hospital places the tiles in procedure rooms throughout the hospital, and finds a sponsor for each tile. The painted tiles provide a calm distraction for patients, as well as raising funds for the hospital.

Special thanks to Susan Abbott, DVAC member and Sunnybrook Volunteer Associate for organizing, transporting, priming. setting up, taking down and bringing treats for the artists!



Friday Night with Ted Hamer – March 2





(Submitted by Ingrid Mueller)                                                                 

Ted Hamer brought something new and different to the March 2nd Friday Night Club and it appeared to amuse, entertain and inspire our group.

As an artist/educator and OCAD graduate currently teaching at Cedar Ridge Creative Centre in Scarborough, Ted has worked in a variety of mediums; oils, pastels, sculpture and as a muralist.  His love for wildlife has led him to become an accomplished pet/wildlife portraitist and sculptor. Ted’s favorite sculpting medium is polymer clay, specifically Sculpey.  It is a product that is available in most art supply stores and comes in a variety of colours and remains fairly pliable until baked in the oven.

Ted suggested that quick thumbnails of your desired outcome are a good idea, especially if you decide to sculpt a figure.  This drawing will be helpful when creating your armature. Selecting a base is important, and as it will have to be baked with the sculpture, a thick wooden base is recommended.  The wire for the armature can be aluminum or steel.  Both are available at Home Depot or sculpture supply stores.  Ready made armatures can also be had, but it is easier and cheaper to build your own and make it to your specifications.  Balls of aluminum foil can be used to fill out what are supposed to be larger areas, then covered with clay.

Ted recommends applying the clay in small balls and smoothing.  Although it can be applied to the armature in large sheets, one tends to spend more time spreading and smoothing than is necessary.  Depending upon the size of your figure the first layers can take many hours and then come the details.  Simple wooden sculpting tools that can be purchased at any art supply are recommended.  One can also purchase detailing tools that will be used for fine details, particularly faces, hair and clothing detail.

For Sculpey III, preheat to 275 degrees F (135 C). Bake for 15 minutes per quarter inch of thickness.  For example, a piece of 1/2″ thickness should be cured for 30 minutes.

Ted is currently working on a series of animal/human characters that he intends to mold and make copies for sale. Ted is a professional artist specializing in murals.  His company is called Cre8tive Painting.

You may follow Ted at www.facebook.com/cre8tivepainting.

Friday Night with Claudette Losier – February 2



(Submitted by Ingrid Mueller)

Claudette Losier returned to the DVAC Friday Night Club with an intense presentation about her journey through the world of art.  She had previously demonstrated her use of print transfer in painting.

With a BFA in fine arts, Claudette started as a “feminist” artist, having been influenced by her instructors and working primarily in oil.  Like all practicing artists, she experimented and evolved.

Fascinated by florals, Claudette produced an array of luscious lilies, poppies and other garden delights, but found they did not sell well and moved onto an entirely new subject and style of painting.

The first big change was a move to acrylics, finding them faster drying and less toxic.  The second change was a move to abstraction.  Paying closer attention to value changes and shapes, Claudette has found great satisfaction in photographing and reproducing cityscapes

In a move to make original art more affordable, Claudette reproduces her art via acrylic photo transfers, which she sells for $60.  Better than a print and much appreciated by her customers.

You may see more of her work at     www.claudettelosier.weebly.com


Friday Night with Gail Williams – January 26




(Submitted by Ingrid Mueller)

Gail Williams brought her jovial good nature and love for creating and experimentation to our January 26th Friday Night Club and shared a new technique she had learned recently at a workshop with Alice Van der Vennen http://alicevandervennen.ca/workshops/

Hailing from northern Ontario, specifically Thunder Bay, Gail was encouraged to create from an early age.  Inspired by the “sleeping giant”, Lake Superior, Gail’s work will often include whispers of the giant water, and has found that the copper greatly enhances her contemporary landscape paintings.

Working with copper foil is a collage type procedure that is simple but creates drama in just about any painting.

Supplies she used are:

15mm copper foil sheet

Canvas or wood substrate

Gloosit adhesive

Spray fixative to preserve the foil



Weekend Workshop with Artist Margaret Ferrara

{submitted by Christine Hanson and photo by Louise Spiritcougar Lefebvre}

The “Introduction to Pastels” workshop began with Margaret giving us a thorough explanation of different materials for pastel and why some are much better than others. Then she demonstrated various techniques for pastel: stroking, hatching, cross hatching, scrumbing, pointillism, blending and dry wash. We moved on to color wheels, color values and tint, tone, and shade. The second day we picked a favorite work and recreated it using six colors. It was a very informative and enjoyable weekend.