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Workshops

I love what I do and I love helping others experience their own joy creating art. I have been teaching, both drawing and pastels, for about 15 years.

Biography

Gail Sibley was born to artistic parents, and brought up in Kingston, Jamaica. These years in the Caribbean undoubtedly has influenced her palette while the encouragement and support of her parents influenced the direction Gail was to take towards the arts.

Blog

Thanks for stopping by to see what’s new!  Here you will find my most recent work, musings on art, a bit of art history, my inspiration for painting, tidbits about my art life in Victoria, Canada, La Manzanilla, Mexico and places in between.

If you are looking for more detailed focus on pastels and how to use them, please visit my howtopastel website by clicking here.

 

” Gail, I always look forward to your posts. So informative, inspiring and uplifting. Much appreciated.”

~ Jeff L, Santa Maria, California

 

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Hands In Paintings At The Seattle Art Museum (SAM)

Last week I was in Seattle for a couple of days and while there I took in the Seattle...

The Deposition by Pontormo – One Of My Favourites!

It’s Easter weekend and so I have an excuse to present you with a strange...

Sketch-A-Day 365 – How You Can Do It Too!

In 2015, I challenged myself to do a sketch-a-day for the entire year. That was some...

Mihály Munkácsy – Ever Heard Of This Hungarian Artist?

Mihály Munkácsy (1844-1900), considered one of Hungary’s most renowned artists,...

It’s Canada Day…and I’m Halfway Through My Daily Sketches!

I’ve just returned from watching the magic of fireworks! Not only are we...

Who are you as an artist?

Who are you as an artist? A reader recently wrote me: “My question is about losing who...

Trust – An Exhibition Of Recent Explorations

A couple of months ago you will have seen the promotion of my my most recent solo...

A Secret Gallery In La Manzanilla….Shhhhhhhhh

Yes, a secret gallery! Want to know more? Read on!   Last year, while on my annual...

A Sketch A Day – My Commitment to Project 365!

Some days I don’t draw or paint, busy as I am on the computer with internet...

“The Magpie” by Claude Monet – A Close Look At A Favourite Snowscape

I remember when I first saw Claude Monet’s painting, “The Magpie.” It was on a greeting...

Going “Out On A Limb”

For quite some time now, I’ve been working on a post about painting titles but I...

I took an awesome workshop with Bob Burridge!

A couple of weeks ago, I spent five blissful days in a workshop with Bob Burridge. It...

Tales of Power – Another In The ‘On The Edge’ Series

Hello hello!!! Ouch. It’s been almost a month since I’ve posted but...

Women And Parrots In Paintings – How They Are Depicted

I used to keep parrots – Maximillian Pionus, Black-headed Caiques, and Senegals...

‘Perchance To Fly’ lands in Painting On The Edge show!

  I’m pleased to say that my painting, ‘Perchance To Fly,’ has...

Road trip to Seattle and the Bellevue Art Museum (BAM)

As you know, it’s been a crazy couple of months with two shows –...

Life drawing – what a joy!

After all the craziness of getting work ready for my shows (‘Emergence’ at...

Figure in a Square #2

  With all the preparations for the “Emergence” show at Gallery 8 on...

The Resurrection of Christ Depicted in Paintings

Happy Easter Monday!!!   I thought about doing a blog all about paintings of...

Signs Of Spring – a few paintings of Springtime

  As promised in my last blog, here’s one sharing a few paintings with...

A Sneak Peek at my Painting for the Symbolically 8 show!

  I couldn’t decide – share my newest piece with you (painted for...

Something that just pisses me off….Size Matters!!

  Size Matters!   Size matters, oh yes it does.   Okay, so let me tell...

The Evolution of “The Ginkgo Tree”

  As you know, I am in full swing preparing for my May show at Gallery 8 on Salt...

Smooching: The Kiss in Art

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, the day of reminding us what love is...

Andrea del Sarto – High Renaissance master

  The other day I came across a painting by Andrea del Sarto (1486-1530) and was...

Drawing Hands – 30 sketches in 30 days

  HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! Coming in a bit late here with my wishes for a splendid year...

Whistler’s ‘Nocturne in Black and Gold’ and a poem to celebrate the New Year!

  For days I’ve been pondering and wondering what to write about for my New...

How To Pastel – The Launch of a new website!!!

How To Pastel   I am sooooooo excited!! After months of working on and off creating...

Check out my new pastel demo video!

Well, you might have wondered where I’d gotten to (or not).   Here’s...

Pastel Painting Tip video #2 AND passed 100

  Hellllooooooo,   A really short blog to let you know two things. The first...

Emily Carr – full of surprises (and a birthday!)

Today, I was dropping off books at the Emily Carr Library here in Victoria. I arrived to...

A pastel painting for the tropics!

  Before Mum and Dad left Salt Spring on their journey home to Cayman (via my...

Is it a Painting or a Drawing? The debate over the status of pastels

Recently on the Pastel Society of America (PSA) Facebook page, a conversation was...

My 100th post!! – A new pastel painting video and a plea for Kurelek

Celebrating 100 blog posts!!   Wow – 100 posts. I can hardly believe it! I...

Self-portrait: 30 sketches in 30 days

At the end of September, inspired by artist Bill Creevy who was doing his own 30-day...

John Singer Sargent – his Rise, Fall, and Rise

After writing my blog on John Singer Sargent’s paintings at the Art Institute of...

Plein air painting – from outside into the studio

In the warmer days of summer, I had the pleasure of going out on a couple of plein air...

Jan Van Eyck’s “The Arnolfini Portrait” – a close look

  I was looking through a book, Art Revolution, by Lisa Cyr. In it, I discovered an...

My first Pastel Painting Tip Video and a 30-day challenge

I am excited about my new video, “Pastel Painting Tip – toning Wallis...

More risk and another pastel in the standing figure series

The third in a series, the pastel that I am about to show you has been half, no, more...

Kara Walker – in black and white

  One of the more challenging rooms Cam and I visited at the Chicago Institute of...

When is a painting finished?

  The other side of the blank canvas syndrome is the When is a painting finished...

John Singer Sargent at the Art Institute of Chicago

While at the Art Institute in Chicago recently (you can read a bit more in a previous...

The Big Blank Canvas…Seriously!

My plan for these blogs has been to alternate between what I’ve been up to artwise...

Bowled over by art work at the Art Institute of Chicago

  Okay, in my last blog, I promised you a blog post on some of the paintings I saw...

A new pastel painting video!

I know it’s been awhile since I last wrote: Cam and I have just returned from a...

In the Vineyards – Plein air painting on Salt Spring

A couple of weeks ago, I went to visit my Mum and Dad on Salt Spring. It had been a...

John Henry Twachtman – the latter years

So here I am finally with another blog on John Henry Twachtman (1853-1902). (To read the...

John Twachtman – underrated artist don’t you think?

A few months ago, I saw a couple of blow-me-away paintings posted on Facebook by one of...

Inspired by the work of Joan Mitchell

Do you remember a while back I wrote a blog on the work of Joan Mitchell, a new...