Wednesday, August 31, 2011

did this disguise work?

pen and ink cartoon by sandra santa lucia published in the banff crag & canyon newspaper/92
This week's Illustration Friday's topic is "Disguise" suggested by renee.
"Another belief of mine; that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise." ~ Margaret Atwood

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

life studies influenced by professor harry wohlfarth

Back of reclining female -  life study - pastels by sandra santa lucia/1969
Back in 1969 while chatting with the late Janet Ford, a friend,  and a well known Banff artist, I learned that The Banff Centre had an excellent Life Drawing class in the evenings. I Signed up immediately, starting a new revived art journey while Jim stayed home in the evenings looking after our little girls. How fortunate to have the opportunity of studying Life Drawing under the tutorage of Professor Harry Wohlfarth  
Professor Harry Wohlfarth (1921-96) arrived in Canada to lecture in the University of Alberta’s Department of Extension (now a faculty).  He taught for more than three decades.  Wohlfarth and the Extension Faculty played a prominent role in establishing art classes and art schools throughout Alberta.  His efforts led to the formation of the Alberta Community Art Clubs Association (ACACA) in 1968.  Wohlfarth pointed out with pride that he never missed a single class and traveled the length and breadth of the province, all by Greyhound, conducting art classes, judging art shows, and in other ways encouraging development of visual art and artists in Alberta.

Female back - life study - black charcoal by sandra santa lucia/1969

I continued to take  Life Drawing and painting classes up at The Banff Centre after Professor Wohlfarth left.  Over the years Bow Valley residents continued to have wonderful opportunities which were offered by The Banff Centre. Exposure to art, ceramics, music and fiber art at such a high level was truly a gift to all of Banff's residents…very fine era! to view more life studies please go to:
This week's Illustration Friday's topic is "Influence", suggested by Emily Wilson (

Monday, August 15, 2011

"swell*" (cool*)…fashionable aliens

pen and ink fashionable aliens illustration by sandra santa lucia

These "cool"* fashionably clan female aliens illustrated above are dressed in very stylish graphic evening wear. All eyes are sure to be on them while they make their presence known at the annual extra-terrestrial Mars Disco Dance.

"Swell may refer to:
This week's Illustration Friday's topic is: swell suggested by ruth blohm-hunter

Monday, August 8, 2011

imperfect solution…pure madness!

what if…banff national park wardens could collar butterfly poachers!!—cartoon by sandra santa lucia/sept./'93

"Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it is better to absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring." ~ Marilyn Monroe
This week's Illustration Friday's topic is "Imperfect" suggested by Susan Sorrell Hill ( 

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