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Squirrels now available at Winchester Galleries Ltd. 2260 Oak Bay Avenue. #squirrealism #contemporary #canadian #art

I’m pleased to announce artworks now available at Winchester Galleries Ltd. 2260 Oak Bay Avenue. #squirrealism #contemporary #canadian #art



Murakami Squirrel, 24 x 35, OIl on Wood Panel, 2013

Murakami Squirrel, 24 x 35, OIl on Wood Panel, 2013 – SOLD


Yayoi Kusama Squirrel, 24 x 36, oil on wood panel, 2013

Yayoi Kusama Squirrel, 24 x 36, oil on wood panel, 2013

Charlotte’s Web, 36 x 24, oil on board, 2012

With Joe Coffey at his opening at Winchester Gallery

With Joe Coffey at his opening at Winchester Gallery


Yayoi Kusaqma Squirrel in the background at Winchester Galleries


Carollyne with Charlotte’s Web at Winchester Galleries


Winchester Galleries
2260 Oak Bay Ave
Victoria, BC
(250) 595-2777

Flashback to working on Yayoi Kusama Squrirel

Hi Folks,

I have new paintings in the works, and some exciting news to share soon. In the meantime, here’s a #tbt photo of me working in the studio on Yayoi Kusama Squirrel. Notice the many tiny brushes in both hands!


In the studio working on Yayoi Kusama Squirrel

In the studio working on Yayoi Kusama Squirrel

Yayoi Kusama Squirrel, 24 x 36, oil on wood panel, 2013

Robert Amos – Studio Visit and Exploring Japanese Prints Oct 2014

On October 31, 2014 – my husband and I were invited over to Robert and Sarah Amos’s house to look at art. We adore exploring different collections, especially discussing artworks with someone who is passionate about how the art is made, and the history surrounding a genre’s evolution.

Collaboration between Robert Amos and Kileasa Wong. Painted together, one of more than a hundred they have made since 1989.

Even better, is when the guided art tour is by an artist, author, and art historian whose own work is inspired by the collection at hand. While we looked at many different artists on this day, it seemed appropriate for the timing of this post to highlight the Japanese prints we viewed. Reason being, Robert recently wrote and published a column in the Times Colonist, showcasing an exhibit at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria – Shin Hanga: The New Print Movement of Early 20th Century Japan, (through Jan. 25). In the article, Robert describes how, “Japanese prints drew me to Victoria in the first place. In picture books, I’d seen The Great Wave, that famous print by Hokusai, and learned that the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria had Canada’s leading collection of art from Japan. Subsequently, I came to Victoria…”

Collaboration between Robert Amos and Kileasa Wong. Painted together, one of more than a hundred they have made since 1989.

During our visit, we poured over exquisite and colourful prints that were delicate and refined. Many captured a moment in time, while others spoke of hair-raising ghost stories that piqued our imaginations. We also viewed several of Robert’s finely textured watercolour collaborations with Kileasa Wong – created together – one of more than a hundred paintings they have made since 1989. Next, Robert opened a box that contained several pieces of AMOS brand, personalized signature seals, that he designed and hand carved from soft stone imported from China. Use of one of these seals can be seen stamped in red on the artwork titled, Tea Ceremony for Dollies (below). Robert painted this is in a temple courtyard in Osaka in 1981. It shows girls filling up plastic ups with sand.  Next, Robert showed us a landscape painting, illustrated with poems, and an accordion-style, landscape scroll painting, which depicts the camas flowers which bloom in the spring on Beacon Hill. (a format which also provides the true panorama experience of plein air painting).

To read more about Japanese art and poetry, and the new print movement of Japan, I’ve posted links to two books below, along with links to Shin Hanga: The New Print Movement of Early 20th Century Japan, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, until January 25, 2015. Hope you enjoy exploring Japanese prints as much we have!

AMOS brand personalized signature seals, designed and hand carved by Robert Amos. Made from soft stone imported from China.

Tea ceremony for dollies - Osaka 1981

Tea Ceremony for Dollies – Osaka 1981, by Robert Amos.

Landscape scroll illustrated with poem by Robert Amos.


Long Scroll Painting Book, 2010 by Robert Amos. Depicting the camas flowers which bloom in the spring on Beacon Hill

Cover of Long Scroll Painting Book by Gesshu

Inside of Long Scroll Painting Book by Gesshu


Kunisada: relaxing by a waterfall (scene from a kabuki play), circa 1840

Drawing his sword ca. 1850

Kunisada: a very expensive prostitute, late in the evening, seen in a mirror

Scene from a kabuki play – female impersonator ca. 1830

Robert Amos with Japanese prints

Chikanobu: maiden bound and gagged and thrown in the river, 1878.

Chikanobu: boy on a bridge defeats a badger, overseen by a ghost, 1878

Read more about Goblins, Ghosts, and Ghouls in Japanese prints in this photo essay at Hyperallergic.

Shima Seien: ghost woman, ca. 1928 – a print by a female artist.

Again – we thoroughly enjoyed this exploration of Japanese prints, and are looking forward to learning more. In the meantime, I encourage everyone to visit  Shin Hanga: The New Print Movement of Early 20th Century Japan, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, until January 25, 2015.

Shin Hanga: The New Print Movement of Early 20th Century Japan, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, until January 25, 2015
1040 Moss St., 250-384-4171,, through Jan. 25.

See more at:

Additional reading:

Haiku: Japanese Art and Poetry, Judith Patt et al, Pomegranate Communications, Petaluma, California, 2010, $29.95

Shin Hanga: The New Print Movement in Japan, Barry Till, Pomegranate Communications, Petaluma, California, 2007, $29.95.



It started out with a simple Facebook post, sharing an article posted at Mashable on how the Internet had a field day Photoshopping Kim Kardashian’s butt from her “Paper Magazine” cover.

Then, there was a dare by my Facebook friend, Linda Rogers, to Photoshop Kim’s butt with my “almost famous” Bun Anus meme.

I rejected this dare, thinking of where my FACE would be if it were real. This hold out led Linda Rogers (Victoria’s poet laureate) to write a fabulous poem in honour of Kim Kardashian’s butt.

So, I relented and posted the Bun Anus meme.

Voila –  Kim Kardashian Butt Meme with Poem. It’s So Contemporary. Enjoy.


Poem to Kim Kardashian’s Butt. Dangerous Suburbs, by Linda Rogers.


DANGEROUS SUBURBS by Linda Rogers van Krugel

What lovelier shapes than wind 
eroded sandstone, salt-washed 
rocks at tidelines, sun-ripened 
peaches on garden walls? They 
beg the appetite; as do famous 
for being famous badonkadonks 
oiled and photoshopped on our 
billboards and men’s magazines. 

Bite me, kiss my ass they 
seem to say, worship my 
whoopiecakes. The worm’s 
in the apple; the serpent’s 
alive and well, long after 
the first garden became 

dangerous suburbs for colonisation.

Bend over, they say, assume 
the position, as rows of little 
children line up to take down 
their pants, never again to 
experience such intimacy, the 
sting of the switch, the ephemeral 
erection, both sides mesmerized 
by the arc of the philosopher’s 
whip, anticipation of feeling. 

Such beautiful calligraphy, a disturbance 
of air, signatures infidels borrow from 
jihadi poets to send fatwas to gravity 
challenged dookies rattling like change. 

Shake your change, shake your money-maker. 
You can’t take it with you, neither ass nor assets,.

music that inspires dementia ladies,
juke boxes filled with nickels and dimes, 
to get up and dance, so they forget 
everything: the taste of peaches and sex, 
the fear of whips, everything but the 
sound of waves, wind eroding stone…

the safe parameters of lust.


Bun Anus meme with Kim Kardashian’s Butt.

Italian copies (forgeries?) of Marion Peck and Carollyne Yardley’s artwork. Good, bad, or flattered?

Occasionally, I Google my name to see if people who love my artwork talk about it, or post images online.  It gives me a chance to reblog, or retweet, and share the love.

A couple of days ago, I was searching online, and found there’s an Italian guy named Giuseppe Zappalà. He appears to be offering his original copy of Green Bun Squirrel, and at least three Marion Peck paintings, among others.

Text from the website under the heading Copie d’autore describes his offerings:!copiedautore/ca4p
Riproduzione fedele di dipinti ad olio su tela e su tavola dal XVI sec. ai giorni nostri.

Faithful reproduction oil paintings on canvas and wood from the sixteenth century. the present day.

I can’t quite tell if this is a test website, or if it’s for real? Was it a school project? Or? It does appear, however, that he has painted his own version of Green Bun Squirrel, seen posted here.
He’s given me credit for the original painting, which was nice. I’m quite flattered to be copied alongside the great pop surrealist Marion Peck, who has god-like status in my mind.  It makes such a discovery even more surreal.

Another perfect example of the importance of a registered trademark, and keeping documentation on paintings done from my studio.

Screenshot 11/01/2014

Screenshot 11/01/2014. Copy of Green Bun by Giuseppe Zappala.


Original painting of Green Bun Squirrel by Carollyne Yardley, 14 x 20, oil on board, 2011.

Original Green Bun miniature by Carollyne Yardley, 4″ x 5″, oil on board, 2012.


Copy painted by Giuseppe Zappala of Boy with Dog



Girl with cat by Giuseppe Zappala


Original Marion Peck “Girl with a Kitten” Oil on canvas 2007


Painting by Giuseppe Zappala


Original painting by Marion Peck “Kittens” Oil on panel 12″ x 14″ 2003

Whisky, Cashmere, and a Self Guided Art Tour of Edinburgh’s Art Museums, Scotland 2014

We toured from Elgin -> Pitlochry -> Edinburgh for some formal business and whisky celebrations.

Along the way there was a trip to a woollen mill, and Scotland’s National Galleries.

Another quick photo gallery with highlights here:







Tour of Johnstons of Elgin, Cashmere and Fine Woollens, Scotland 2014

I was fortunate enough to be given a lovely tour of Johnstons of Elgin, makers of cashmere and fine woollens, made in Scotland.

Fascinating to see how cashmere goos are made from raw wool, through ancient machines, and hand craftsmanship to the final product. Goods are made for companies such as Burberry, Range Rover, and Hugo Boss.  Unique runs can be done for smaller companies too.

Boston Museum of Fine Art to Philadelphia Art Museum – Self Guided Art Education, Sept 2014

I plan to write more about this trip from September 2014, but in the meantime, here are a few photos.


Boston Museum of Fine Arts
– Jamie Wyeth
– Shinique Smith: Bright Matter
Isabella Garner Museum
Philadelphia Museum of Art
– Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love
Barnes Collection
– Cezanne special exhibition
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art
– David Lynch: The Unified Field
Rodin Museum



Event Photos and Video: Co-Mix Art Exhibition and Sale | Martin Batchelor Gallery | Integrate Arts Festival

The Martin Batchelor Gallery, Irma Soltonovich and Efren Quiroz invite you to unleash your inner super hero.
Visit the Co-Mix-Art exhibition and sale at Martin Batchelor Gallery, part of the Integrate Art Society (Integrate Arts Festival).

 More show details here.

Excerpt of video by Efren Quiroz (Carollyne Yardley speaks about Bunderwoman)

Full video by Efren Quiroz (Carollyne Yardley speaks at 32.10 – 33:18)

Carollyne Yardley and Brad Pasutti

Carollyne Yardley and Brad Pasutti, Opening Night. August 15, 2014


Cooper Hawk sighting makes for a quiet garden

I took this photo on August 25, 2014 about 10:00 am.  The whole garden went silent.

There’s no birds or squirrels here, lady.


Coopers Hawk, Aug 25, 2014