Blind Contour Drawing #8 “Girl on a Hill “ Prudence Heward 1929 Despite the popularity of landscape painting during her lifetime, Prudence Heward was a Canadian painter primarily known for her figure painting of defiant women. She used bold and rich colours that challenged conventional representations of passivity and created portraits of complex, brooding and independent modern women. Many of her subjects returned the viewer’s gaze. She also painted nude subjects and one painting titled […]


Blind contour drawing #7 “Les Faucheurs” Natalia Goncharova 1907 Natalia Goncharova is one of the most highly regarded Russian painters of the 20th century. She was bold, confident and passionate about her country. Goncharova worked in various styles of the avant-garde movements of the early 20th century but what remained constant was the influence of traditional Russian folk art and icon painting. She came from a prosperous family of architects and spent much time of […]

Thrive Talk by Marlene Lowden – My personal artist story

Marlene Lowden Thrive Talk

Meet my teachers and hear my very personal story on becoming an artist. This is an audio recording (with slides) of my talk for Thrive on March 29th, 2017. Public speaking is pretty scary and sharing your personal story adds another layer of vulnerability. I want to thank the Thrive network for the invitation to speak because I learned so much about myself in the process.  It was an incredibly supportive audience and I recommend […]

Painting with an audience is like stepping up to the plate – all eyes are on your every move!

mark making at Opus

Painting with an audience is like stepping up to the plate – all eyes are on your every move! It is exhilarating, challenging AND very vulnerable! I’m so thankful to the staff of the North Vancouver Opus who welcomed me and helped me set up the demos that I hosted in the store. Waiting with my tea in hand and what seemed like a very BIG blank canvas was probably the hardest part.     […]