Vicky Earle's blog

Sunday, 10 December, 2023
The first mandala (Wetland) in this series was on display at the annual Artists for Conservation Festival at VanDusen Garden this past September! It was wonderful to talk with so many visitors and patrons in person and walk them through the process of creating these pieces, and also discuss the incredible biodiversity we have in the Lower Mainland. This mandala took over 300 hours to complete (including research, design, sketching, colour mapping and painting time). The Wetland Mandala highlights 20 species found in fresh water marshes and estuaries of the Lower Mainland in British Columbia (...
Monday, 28 November, 2022
I have visited various wetlands throughout the Lower Mainland over the last few months to sketch, make colour notes and take reference photographs for this mandala. The design itself has gone through a number of iterations. Showing the selected species in a way that provides an interesting and interconnected design has been both a joy and a challenge! I have learned so much during this process, not only about wetlands in general and the important species who live there, but also about conservation organizations and volunteer groups doing incredible work to save these ecosystems in our area....
Tuesday, 25 October, 2022
Photo above: Minnekhada Regional Park; Photo right: Western ToadWetlands are distinct ecosystems that are flooded by water, either permanently (for years or decades) or seasonally (for weeks or months). The water in wetlands is either freshwater, brackish or saltwater. The main wetland types are classified based on the dominant plants and/or the source of the water. For example, marshes are wetlands dominated by emergent vegetation such as reeds, cattails and sedges; swamps are dominated by woody vegetation such as trees and shrubs. Examples of wetlands classified by their sources of...
Tuesday, 20 September, 2022
Welcome to the Naturehood Mandala Blog!Developing this series of mandala paintings is made possible through the Artists for Conservation Rob and Sharon Butler Art Explorers Project Grant. I am thrilled and grateful to be the 2022 recipient of this generous award! This grant will allow me to focus on a series of paintings that I have been thinking of for quite some time. Thank you, Rob, Sharon and AFC! About the Project The COVID-19 pandemic forced us to reevaluate the value of nature and the emotional balance it provides us. It was a reminder that our communities include not just...