Prose Paintings




I am ten days into a series that I am creating on paper as a daily study. I don’t know how many I will complete, but at minimum I’ve decided to make forty pieces. Each piece is an original acrylic work on archival 9×12 140lb paper and is partnered with 2-3 lines of my original prose. I am still trying to sort out the underpinnings of how this will all go, but for now, I invite you to follow along on my Facebook page and here on my blog for daily reveals.

I ( perhaps regrettably) will be open to considering prompts and if you sign up for my ridiculously irregular newsletters, I may get better at sending them and you’ll get a chance to win one of the Prose Paintings prettily framed and everything, at the end of the series.

Stay tuned for more updates!

New Gallery Representation in Montreal

Happy Late Summer, I hope you are still getting outside a lot as we shift towards fall. I know I don’t want to miss a thing. September always feels more like the beginning of the new year to me than January does. Things, including me, feel invigorated and inspired by travel, rested and ready for what’s next.

In keeping with that vibrancy, I’m happy to announce that I am now being represented exclusively in the Montreal area by Galerie Bloom.

Needless to say, I am very excited to be hanging with their roster of wonderful artists in this gorgeous space in Old Montreal. They are located at 224, rue St-Paul Ouest Montréal, Québec H2Y 1Z9

You can view my artist page on the Galerie Bloom website here.

BloomLogo Copy


I was very grateful to friends who were willing and able to help out with transporting the first shipment of works to the gallery in the juicily colourful Madmatters company van.









Madmatters in Montreal!

Square Foot Show 17

These 12×12 works are currently on exhibit at The Westland Gallery


Visit the gallery to see more than 500 works by various artists!! 

Tuesday & Wednesday – 10am – 6pm
Thursday & Friday – 10am – 8pm
Saturday – 10am – 5pm
Sunday – 12pm – 4pm
Monday – Closed



Exploring Canadian Landscapes

Canadian Landscapes, Celebrating Canada 150
An exploration of Canadian landscapes by London area artists
including several of my own recent pieces

​Westland Gallery London
June 20th – July 8th 2017
Reception: Thursday June 22nd @ 7:00 pm

Meadowlily Woods, New Blue Carpet 1, acrylic 20×20”

Meadowlily Woods, New Blue Carpet 2, acrylic 20×20”

Meadowlily Woods, New Blue Carpet 3, acrylic 20×20”









FUSE90 Preview: Erica Dornbusch
click the link above to view clip…

A few weeks ago, Nick Scott, who specializes in writing, shooting, photographing and editing commercial and promotional content for broadcast and the internet reached out and asked if I’d like to be profiled in a series he makes, featuring area creatives for FUSE90. I was nervous but excited to agree! He came and set up in my studio for a conversation and then invited me to drop into my works in progress and ignore his presence :). He was wonderful to work with and was very adept at slipping into my environment, so that I felt pretty completely at ease. Then he went away and created a lovely flowing piece for which this is the preview. I feel very honoured to be featured and look forward to sharing the full piece once it’s available!

See some of Nick’s FUSE90 instalments here:


Vivid Alliances: Kawartha Hay Rolls

Each day for the duration of Vivid Alliances, now on at the Westland Gallery, I’ll pair and post a painting detail with a piece of original prose

Click the link at the bottom of each post to see the full painting within the whole collection!

Kawartha Hay Rolls ~ Acrylic ~ 20×30″

There’s this barn off Mill Line road set shyly back from the road, in behind a tall spruce hedge and a crooked split rail fence. A small rolling field washes up from the fence to the barn’s fieldstone foundation, a small dusty lake of August froth. I skirt the fence, and tiptoe in, tousling the Queen Anne’s lace along the hemline, shaking out buzzing bugs and rattling seed pods. I’m pulled in to where I know I have no clearance to wander, by an ethereal light that burnishes the edges of each body in this rolled hay installation. Late Summer Ontario Afternoon Sun blithely working the tops of these rolled bales with gold leaf, no one but me to see this mastery of light divinely hewn…

Is it just for joy

That it shines this way?

sol lucet omnibus

Click here to see the full piece and collection

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

These are busy times…

And exciting

and kind of a little skeery, when I stop to think

Visual Fringe is in full swing…
Hosted by London Fringe Festival, it runs June 1–11 at The Arts Project, 203 Dundas Street
( I’ll be painting onsite at The Arts Project on Saturday June 4th from 12:30 – 4:30, If you’re downtown, come by and say ‘hi’ )

The Square Foot Show and my own solo show at the Westland Gallery are both coming up this month!


Hope to see you




I went into the woods and came upon moon already walking there… Continue reading “These are busy times…”

Easing into 2016





If knowledge and foresight are too penetrating and deep, unify them with ease and sincerity.
~ Xun Zi


Are you a resolution setter? Or is part of your New Year practice to select a guiding word for the year? My approach for the past several years has included choosing a focus word, doing a general review and some planning ahead with a nod to my core desired outcomes and feelings. This year I had the space and time to delve in more deeply and so for 2016 I created a more intentional practice. I added more structure around the sort of haphazard ways I typically welcome the new year and it turned into a deeply meaningful solo retreat; mostly spent in silence, mindfully planning and compassionately reviewing and being present in my intentions.

I gathered my talismans, some solidly seated questions I wanted to answer and my planner. I also worked in a bunch of fun intuitive journaling exercises, some run time, a couple of yoga sessions and a soak in the tub with a Lush bathbomb I’ve been hoarding for forever.

As I worked through my Qs for the year ahead like: How do you want to move through your year? What do you want to create for yourself, What are your goals and how do you plan to arrive there, my word began popping up right away. I realized I’ve been working at creating more ‘ease’ for some time.

I’ve been narrowing my focus to painting and moving away from design projects. It’s long been time to be at ease in my turtle shell around my naturally methodical way of getting things done and I deeply crave more ease around showing up and being seen.

My big AHA was seeing that creating ‘ease’ might actually mean more planning ahead in some cases, and showing up just as I am in others.

So I’ll keep showing up as my sometimes shy, socially awkward self and easing off in my concerns around disappointing others, or fears around judgement or looking like an ass. I’ll be making choices in the interest of what best serves all concerned in any given situation with less girding for complications. I’ll be carving more time out for planning ahead And I’ll keep painting towards mastery.

Well, I’ll be easing into it all, anyway.

Happy New Year




Thirty One EveryDay Deities


Thirty One EveryDay Deities Exhibit

Last month I embarked on a 30 Day Painting Challenge. As an artist losing my vision, I decided to set my challenge parameters around developing my intuitive vision. I’ve actually always worked this way, but as things progress I’ve begun using my inner sight more and more in my work.

Since I’ve begun putting my work out there in a new way, I wanted to practice getting comfortable with my process. So I asked for thirty real life volunteers, and was amazed by the response from more than eighty people of varying degrees of familiarity. I made my list from the volunteers in the order they put their hand up ( and added one because he was a bit of a funny monkey about it ) and spent the next thirty days painting the essential loveliness of my subjects on 12×12 canvases with acrylics. A painting a day; their colour, energy, and spirit, as I intuitively interpreted it.

I posted my efforts daily and was amazed by the growing interest and feedback. As the collection of posted pieces grew, I started thinking about how much I’d like to see them all together as a group and the next thing I knew, I was thinking about a show. Others who were following along began to suggest the same idea. And so, as of this posting, a show is in the offing!

If you’re local, I’d love you to come and See.
Please join me Thursday July 30th
at the London Fringe Festival Theatre
207 King St., London,
Opening Reception: 7-9
w/ refreshments

Friday July 31st: 11-4 Artist in attendance
Saturday August 1: 12-4 Artist in attendance
Sunday August 2, Monday August 3: closed
Tuesday August 4, Wednesday August 5: business hours