Vivid Alliances shows up on TV

A new exhibition opening at Westland Gallery/daytime London
In this Rogers daytime TV interview with Bob Smith, Danielle Hoevenaars of The Westland Gallery, Vicki McFarland and Erica Dornbusch discuss concept, thought and process around the works featured in the upcoming exhibition, Vivid Alliances opening March 7 at the Westland Gallery.


Vivid Alliances promises to be a 
“brilliant and joyful exhibition exploring colour and abstraction”.
It will be on exhibit at The Westland Gallery beginning March 7.

I hope you’ll come and be part of the wild colourful dance!

Curious about my process in this series?

Want to know about Vicki’s unique pouring process?

Erica Dornbusch and Vicki McFarland: Vivid Alliances
March 7th – 25th 2017
Reception: Thursday March 9th at 7:00 pm
Artist Talk: Wednesday March 15th at 7:00 pm


Westland Gallery
156 Wortley Road
London, ON
N6C 3P5
t: 1-519-601-4420


Resurrection Moss

(WIP) Resurrection Moss, acrylic 48×60″

Resurrection moss is a type of plant that hibernates in times of stress, most often due to a lack of moisture. In Southern Utah it occurs in profusion on the red rock of the area, making the cliffs look ‘dirty’ in its dormant state. Then when it comes into contact with moisture, it blooms vividly and lushly within a matter of moments. The emerald green against the red rock is a verdant sight to behold.

My dearest and I spent our winter break hiking the area and witnessed several of these blooms as a result of an uncommon amount of precipitation. We had an astonishing and expansive time playing outside on the rocks and cliffs. I couldn’t wait to get back to my studio to try to paint what I was seeing and experiencing.

Except, Welp; life was right there on our return and while I’ve had a couple studio days in between Life Stuff, they somehow weren’t the days of inspired brush dipping I envisioned… nope not. I felt boxed in and dried up on the small canvases I already had going and the new ones felt tight and restrained. Where was the space and tone that we’d been living in and I’d rushed back to relay? Not here in these pieces…. ha ha

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Pelee Island


Not Not Painting but Not Painting

“Well, I have not been Not Painting while I’ve been Not Painting”

His eyes widened for a moment while he considered this.

“Ok”, he said momentarily, “I think I get you grammatically. Can you say more?”

We were outside, standing just off the trail in a deep forest off Northeys Bay Rd, near Lakefield, ON. ( We went outside in July and essentially came back inside in August at violet hour, when the end of summer streetlights came on and called us home. )

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Pop Up Post Show

This morning towards the end of my morning run, I came upon this random pop up art exhibit on a utility pole.

What a delight to stumble upon!

I loved the oddly juxtaposed mix of anatomical whimsy and various fasteners and hardware.

I don’t know who the artist is, so can’t give credit or find out more about them sadly.

There is never nothing going on…



Growing Stories








“I got one I got one!”
“Wow, what a fish!!”

He got away,
Their palpable disappointment
Washed across the water

But that rock bass, in getting away,
got to become a giant
“Did you see how huge he was?”
“He was the biggest fish ever!”

Young boys editing life on the fly;
Loss flipping quickly to a hero’s tale

“Did you see how huge he was?”
“He was the biggest fish ever!”
“A giant!”
“Wait til we tell everyone!”