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Geisha Girl Squirrel & QR Code – in progress

I had the idea for Geisha Girl in my mind and have skipped over to it while I let the sheep rest in the field. I started Geisha Girl Squirrel yesterday and incorporated a QR code at the bottom right hand side, which I had planned on placing in the Shepherdess painting (guiding the viewer to something), but decided I like the idea regardless, and may do series starting with this one!  I’m screwed if the QR code doesn’t work the first time, as it will take ages to find the error. Anyhow, here is an snap of it in progress.

I have no idea if anyone has ever done a QR code in a painting before, and since I think I’m so clever, I’m not going to search to find out. If I am the first person to do it – insert fist pumps while skipping rope with a double back flip and then the splits!

Geisha Girl Squirrel & QR code in progress

Geisha Girl Squirrel & QR code in progress

CONTEST – Snap a photo of yourself at Sooke Harbour House Art Gallery w/ one of my paintings and enter to win!

Great news just in!

A lovely woman named Barb St. Germain of First Impressions Home and Staging Design introduced my artwork to Frederique, the owner of Sooke Harbour House, and Sharan, the Art Gallery Co-ordinator. I met with them today, and three of my paintings are now available at the Sooke Harbour House Art Gallery.

Paintings include Saint Squirrel, Tropical Girl Squirrel & Gnome, and Fortune Teller Squirrel.

Tropical Girl Squirrel and Gnome

Tropical Girl Squirrel and Gnome

To celebrate, I’ve decided to have a CONTEST!

Contest Rules:

1) Visit Sooke Harbour House
2) Go to the Sooke Harbour House Art Gallery
3) Snap a photo of yourself with one of my paintings
4) Email the photo to me

Your name will then be entered to win a signed limited edition 9X12 giclee reproduction on canvas of Tropical Girl Squirrel.

5) Deadline to send photo is 8:00 pm, October 31, 2011  (sent time of email)

6) All entrants and winner will be notified of results via email by November 15th, 2011.

8) Watch this page for any updates or changes to this information.


Carollyne xo

Squirrel checks out SteamPunk Squirrel – complete

Steampunk Squirrel | Oil on Board | 2011 | Carollyne Yardley

Steampunk Squirrel | Oil on Board | 2011 | Carollyne Yardley

Frank Squirrel checks out the painting he modeled for last week.

Frank Squirrel checks out the painting he modeled for last week.

SteamPunk Squirrel is complete, but because of the various stages of drying times on the jacket and hat, etc. it’s a bit difficult to photograph. Will take better shot later on.

SteamPunk Squirrel has already been sold to the loveliest art collector, and I will soon be saying goodbye to this funny creature. He will also be placed in an amazing gold and white plaster frame. I will snap a photo before it goes out the door.

Also note our little buddy in photo above. So funny to see one of the squirrels check out a painting.

I can just imagine him saying, “OMG, wait until I tell Molly Squirrel. We are GODS!”

Just flashed to a scene out of Star Wars and the Ewoks. I’m going to have to spray paint a giant gold statue to give them when they ring the doorbell as an offering ala C-3PO.

Green Bun Squirrel – The Shepherdess (title and painting in progress)

Working off  of the latest show at the Red Art Gallery where the portraits of squirrels are hanging in mirrored frames – I’ve decided the squirrels now need lives, jobs, careers!

And the first to hit the job market is Green Bun Squirrel. She is a shepherdess.

Photographed here is the first layer in water based oil and water. The second coat will be oil paint, linseed and stand oil, and will be in TECHNO-COLOUR. Wait for it – this painting is larger than most of my other paintings. It is 40 X 32, and with my attention span similar to a squirrel on crack – sitting in one place for long periods of time is makin’ me CRAZY. Time for yoga pose! Baaaaahaaaaaa.

Green Bun Squirrel - Roaming the Range (title and painting in progress)

Green Bun Squirrel - Roaming the Range (title and painting in progress)

Robert Amos writes about Funny Face Squirrels | Red Art Gallery, Victoria, BC (August 2011) | Carollyne Yardley

A huge thank you, and sloppy squirrel kisses to Robert Amos for his wonderful write up about the Funny Face Squirrels at Red Art Gallery (group show runs until August 31, 2011).


This week I got on my bike and rode over to Oak Bay Village. The Winchester’s flagship gallery was closed for vacation but there was plenty more to look at.

Across the road and down a bit is The Gallery in the Oak Bay Village, a long-established shop where someone always seems to be discussing their framing needs (2223a Oak Bay Ave., 250-598-9890). I was left alone to peruse the floor-to-ceiling hanging of choice little paintings. The size of the shop precludes anything large, though Kathryn Amisson, who has switched from pastels to oil paint, offers a sizable view of the sun setting through a band of clouds at Long Beach.

The Gallery always has work by their standbys – Keith Hiscock’s plein air oils, Brian Johnson’s sophisticated watercolours. New to me at this address are the effortless and richly coloured arbutus trees by Jeffrey Boron.

The Avenue Gallery, on the other side of the avenue, has more space and a more challenging taste in art (2184 Oak Bay Ave., 250-598-2184). Up front were a half dozen canvases by Andy Wooldridge showing meticulously painted simplifications of rocks and trees mirrored in the water.

Of particular note was his night view with a figure, known as the Keeper of the Fisgard Light. The Avenue is gearing up for an exhibit of large-scale work by their artists. This won’t be a challenge for some – Russ Willms can hardly paint his stylish women less than life-sized. I am looking forward to seeing the still life Catherine Moffat has promised. Known for her tiny, exquisite watercolours, she recently made an oil about as big as she is!

A short walk down the north side brings you to Eclectic Gallery (2170 Oak Bay Ave., 2505908095). What began as a shop of decorative housewares a couple of years ago is inexorably becoming a gallery. Though they still stock a tantalizing selection of semi-precious stones and jewelry, and porcelain by Harumi Ota, the current show of drawings by Nicholas Frenette demands attention. Frenette is a young man from Vancouver with a curiously baroque consciousness and an obsessive way of working. Like a young Mozart, he is blessed with an uncanny skill and somewhat perverse imagination.

Equally perverse are the squirrelly portraits by Carollyne Yardley, which intrigued me when I visited the little gallery called Red just down the street (2033 Oak Bay Ave.). Red began a few months ago as a showspace for Marion Evamy, a prolific and free-spirited painter whose nearabstract work is very attractive. Professionally, she’s also booked up months ahead for her colourful and energetic dog portraits. Now, due to popular demand, she has generously decided to share her gallery with some talents she just can’t resist.

For example, those squirrel portraits. Beautifully painted and hanging in ornate oval frames, Yardley’s nutty buddies sport space helmets, elbow-length gloves and green upswept hairdos. Yardley, until recently a web designer, explains that she “began to remove the mask of technology to emerge as her true self, standing with her hands on her hips, yelling and laughing at the squirrels in her yard.” Go figure.

Luz Gallery is across the street, but there was so much action going on there I couldn’t even get in the door (1844 Oak Bay Ave., 250-590-7557).

Through the window I could see a dozen intent students working at an etching press, deep in a course in photo-gravure. The prints were stacking up around them. That course was to immediately be followed by a weekend workshop focusing on the Leica camera. It may be well into fall until it once again becomes a gallery.

Despite an excellent lineup of shows at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, things were quiet (1040 Moss St., 250-384-4171). I had the exhibit of modern Canadian furnishings all to myself.

Curated by Victoria’s Alan Collier, this is the definitive look at chairs, record players, tableware and art pottery made in this country in the 1950s and ’60s. So much is hauntingly familiar.

Downtown, I paid close attention to Rande Cook at Alcheringa (665 Fort St., 250-383-8224). He is taking the Kwakwaka’wakw visual language to places it has never gone before. His form lines are unexpectedly sinuous and remarkably coloured.

They pass over and under each other in transparent ways, weaving new stories about familiar characters. Among other surprises is an old-fashioned movie camera he made of cedar. A swivelling mask on the back lets you look through to the image within, raising unanswerable questions for our media-soaked age.

Carollyne Yardley, Times Colonist Article – August 20, 2011


The Friends and Other Funny Folks art show runs until August 31, 2011.
Website: Red Art Gallery
Contacts: Marion Evamy and Bobb Hamilton
2033 Oak Bay Avenue
Tel: 250-881-0462

Photos & Video | Friends and Other Funny Folks | Red Art Gallery | Opening Night, Victoria, BC | Art Show

Artists Marion Evamy (+ owner of Red Art Gallery) and Carollyne Yardley | Photo by PORIDOTULIPS fotography

Artists Marion Evamy (+ owner of Red Art Gallery) and Carollyne Yardley | Photo by PERIDOTULIPS fotography

A big thank you to everyone who came out to the Opening Night!

Friends and Other Funny Folks, at the Red Art Gallery is a group show featuring artwork by Marion Evamy, Carollyne Yardley, Genevieve Pfeiffer, Eleanor Lowden Pidgeon, and Leonard Butt. It’s an honour to be invited to show with these wonderful artists.

Red Art Gallery
Address: 2033 Oak Bay Avenue, Victoria, BC, Canada
Directions: Google Map
Phone: 250-881-0462

Show continues to August 31st, 2011.

Video below by Efren Quiroz at Hear the artists speak about the show and see our work!

Carollyne xo

SteamPunk Squirrel in progress.

Working on SteamPunk Squirrel, and started GeishaGirl Squirrel (will post soon). Then, it’s onto a larger painting with a scene/setting using live models. And when I say live models, I mean real people, rather than squirrels – cause we know how shy and retiring they are when asked to perform or be put on the spot! They ain’t Circus Squirrels – but, you could be. Give it a think about :-)

Finished Painting

Steampunk Squirrel | Oil on Board | 2011 | Carollyne Yardley

Steampunk Squirrel | Oil on Board | 2011 | Carollyne Yardley

SteamPunk Squirrel in progress

SteamPunk Squirrel in progress

Video of Opening Night – Red Art Gallery, Victoria, BC

Short video of the Opening Night at the Red Art Gallery, Friends and Other Funny Folks.

Carollyne Yardley | Red Art Gallery | Victoria, BC