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  • Desolation Sound

    Published Mar 18 2019 in art


    Curme Islands, Desolation Sound.
    Dusk falls,
    All is calm,
    The magic of the ocean reveals itself in these waters.

    I painted this piece years ago, and wanted to re-visit it and give it an update with a textured overlay when adapting it for fabric printing on this springs new designs. I spent my childhood summers going to Desolation Sound and have magical memories from those boat trips. Then when I was 17, I went back up, kayaking with a friend of mine to the Curme Islands, where we camped on, and swam off these exact rocks. A magical time.

    XO Heidi


  • F O R M

    Published Mar 06 2019 in art

    Hi all art lovers! I'm back to talk about FORM ... which is the 3rd element in the elements and principles of art and design. If you missed the previous 2 posts over the last couple of weeks I touched on LINE and SHAPE (pop back and have a read if you like). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

    Unlike SHAPE which is flat and 2 dimensional (like a shadow) FORM is 3 dimensional, like the bird I drew above.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

    FORM = Dimensional⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

    Form takes up space and can give an artwork a sense of depth. Sphere’s, cube’s and pyramids have form and can be made to look like buildings, cars or any other object that has a place in the world, or the world of your imagination :) Sculptors would be particularly interested in form and how their 3-D objects exist in a space.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

    Henry Moore was a famous English sculptor who created semi-abstract sculptures. They are beautiful organic forms that look different from each angle you view them from. He would have been very interested in how FORM interacts with space, other objects, and the viewer. Check out his pieces like ‘Large Reclining Figure’ and ‘Double Oval’.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

    Also, keep your eyes peeled for any public art sculptures that may be close to where you live or on your daily commute. Stop and check it out the next time you pass by.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

    XO Heidi

  • The Whistler Insider Highlight

    Published Mar 04 2019 in art, original painting

    "Artist Heidi Denessen doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t creating. A mixed media artist, she makes masterpieces on canvas and fabric transforming the later into apparel that embodies the Whistler spirit. She embraces natural and recycled materials for her locally and ethically made clothing line. A savvy artist who has built her own business around her creativity, Heidi’s art is available at local markets, her online shop and the Gift Shop at the Maury Young Arts Centre."

    - Arts Whistler

  • S h A p E

    Published Feb 20 2019 in art

    Helloooooo! I’m back again today talking about the elements and principles of art and design, which are the foundation of art. The reason I want to share these ideas with you is to take a bit of the mystery out of art, because as I said before, art is here for your enjoyment and if you understand the inner workings of it you might find you get more out of it. A few posts back you’ll see I talked about the first element, LINE ____________________

    Feel free to check that one out if you missed it. And now we are going to explore what SHAPE is all about.


    So when you think of shape, you want to think FLAT. Shape is 2-dimensional and has no form. Think circle VS sphere, square VS cube, triangle VS pyramid. And shapes can be any size and, um…. shape! 😆 They don’t have to be your traditional ‘shapes’ that have names like I just listed, they can be wacky and weird shapes that don’t look like anything recognizable. The shape I made above ☝ is abstract, it’s basically two ovals put together. But our brains can’t help but see things, and so it ends up looking like the silhouette of a person.

    So that’s pretty much it for shape. Next time I am going to touch on FORM. But in the mean time, see if you can find interesting shapes when you are moving through your day, snapping photos, or sitting down to draw or create something. Shapes are all around, in shadows, road signs, or the frost on your car window in the morning before it warms up.
    Also, you can check out Henri Matisse 🎨 and his work during his ‘Cut Out’ phase. He made many of these works by cutting out large shapes from coloured paper. Pieces like ‘Icarus’, ‘Blue Nude’ and ‘La Gerbe’ are cool examples of his use of shape.

    XO Heidi


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