For my Artist Residency at Sparrow Artspace in June 2023, I decided to create a 30 postcard sized portraits in honour of those 30 days.
I found a vintage cigarette tin at our local antique shop and cut 30 pieces of watercolour to fit. I was initially unsure of how I would approach the project, but then decided to place a call online through social media to ask for women who wouldn't mind being in yet another women's portrait project. My goal was to paint them throughout my time in Calgary and then mail them to each of the recipients.
I have wanted to experiment with more watercolour portraits and was gifted a Holbein Watercolour dot card by my collaborative companion, Ana Zanella, and found a bottle of Liquitex gold acrylic ink which I chose to add to the background to represent a sort of halo for these women.
My #100DayProject of 2x3.5 inch watercolour portraits of historical women artists (they filled 2 mint tins) were exhibited in the window of the beautiful place, while the 'Woman's Work' project was exhibited inside. Even one piece, 'Finding My Way,' which had been part of the 'Fashion Plates' series at the ASA Gallery (the province closed galleries the day that exhibit opened during COVID19), was part of this wonderful exhibit.