Tuesday, November 6, 2018

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Island in the Salish Sea


The book that I illustrated, Island in the Salish Sea, written by Sheryl McFarlane and published by Orca Books came out 2 months ago. It is about a little girl that visits her grandmother for the summer, having lots of adventures on an island in the Pacific Northwest.

Orca Books asked me nearly 2 years ago if I wanted to illustrate this book. It has been an incredible journey trying to capture Sheryl's vision. It was fun to decide which parts of Vancouver Island I wanted to illustrate and I was able to include some of my favorite areas.

It is available for purchase on Amazon and other bookstores.

Below are some of my favorite paintings from the book.






Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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Basking Basilisk


Basking Basilisk
24x36"


Now that I live in Southern Idaho, I am able to take advantage of painting the beautiful Snake River Canyon. This image is of the canyon as seen from Twin Falls and is the same canyon that Evel Knievel attempted to cross in a steam powered rocket in 1974. 

The painting is now on exhibit at the Twin Falls Center for the Arts until July 6.

Monday, June 12, 2017

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2nd Place in Idaho Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition


Last week I got a call from the Idaho Watercolor Society informing me that I had won a big award at their 38th Annual Exhibition that was showing at Boise State University. This person also said that I needed to be at the awards ceremony to accept my award. I had not planned on attending the opening reception since BSU was over 2 hours away and being new to Idaho, I didn't really know anybody or have anybody to go with. So I had originally decided not to go.

However, when I informed my family that I won an award, both my son and mother expressed an interest in attending the reception and ceremony with me. I was happy that they were there to support me. We did joke that I probably only got honorable mention or an award was given to all the participants and everyone was informed that they won an award and needed to be there just so they would fill the room. 
After seeing all of the 50 watercolors in the show, I began to wonder how true our statement about the awards really was. It is a well done show and each piece is beautifully done.
Watercolorist Judi Betts was the juror and she must have had a hard time deciding the awards.
So at the awards ceremony, there were 20 awards given out, starting with 20 and counting down to the first place winner. I thought for sure I would be somewhere closer to 20 but Judi kept counting down and my name wasn't being called out. I was very surprised when she announced the second place winner as me!  I almost did a happy dance as I skipped across the stage to not only receive my award (it is a beautiful clear plaque that I'm holding in my hand) but to meet and have my photo taken with Judi Betts. 
Thank you to Judi for not only choosing my painting to be in this wonderful exhibition but for giving it such a wonderful award. 


This is the the painting:


It is titled Beauty As Well As Bread and is of Yellowstone National Park.
This title comes from a John Muir quote:

" Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul."

Since I find Yellowstone and painting to be my healing places, I thought that this quote expressed how I felt about both. 

The show will be up at the Boise State Student Union Gallery through the month of June. Then it will be part of the 20 pieces selected for traveling show that will be shown at various places throughout the state until December.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

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Shoshone Falls

Shoshone Falls
22x30"


Shoshone Falls in  Twin Falls, Idaho is called the "Niagara of the West" and is in fact taller then Niagara. With all the moisture that the western states have received, this year has been a particularly spectacular. 

I painted Shoshone Falls for my demo and book signing at the Twin Falls Barnes and Noble on May 6. I had a wonderful turn out and a great group of artists that had painted together for over 30 years had stayed and watched my process. 



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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Watercolor Artist Magazine Feature




Watercolor Artist Magazine
June 2017 Edition

A few days ago I received a text message from friend and fellow watercolor artist, Connie Pepper, congratulating me on my article in Watercolor Artist Magazine. I had no idea what she was talking about. So imagine my surprise and delight at seeing a 5 page feature on my book, Watercolor 365
Not only is my dream of being a hand model coming true through the publication of my book, but now my hand (and my art!) are in a magazine. Dreams do come true!
Now I must insist on someone else doing the dishes as I go put some lotion on my now famous fingers and hands. 


I will be demonstrating and signing copies of my book at Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Twin Falls, Idaho this coming Saturday, April 29, 11 am- 3pm.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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Citrus Rose

Citrus Rose
15x20"

I am getting ready for not only a course I am teaching on watercolor florals but also for another solo exhibition of my work. Since it is May and Mother's Day is around the corner, the show is of my florals. The exhibition is appropriately titled Bloom! for so many reasons other than just the blossoming of flowers at this time of year. I have recently returned to Idaho and am trying to now bloom where I have been planted. It was hard to leave behind the garden where I was living. It was abundant with friends and students. Fortunately there are many good people, new friends, and an abundance of extended family in this new garden that my own small family has been transplanted into. Let's hope that the soil continues to nourish us on this new journey.

The show will be at the Tin Roof Coffeehouse in Burley, Idaho for the month of May.
Artist reception is May 12 from 6-8pm

Monday, April 10, 2017

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Sylvan Shore


Sylvan Shore
15x22"


Two weeks ago I taught a Fun and Free Watercolor Landscape workshop in Victoria, BC.
For the workshop, we painted an image from Botanical Beach near Port Renfrew, BC, which is located on the southeast coast of Vancouver Island.

In this course, I showed my students how to simplify and create trees and rocks. To view a more detailed version of how this was done, please visit my other blog, Watercolor Weapons. 

Monday, April 3, 2017

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More Waves

Bursting Wave
15x22"



Surf I
15x22"

It seems like I have been asked to demonstrate how to do waves in several of my classes and demonstrations lately. Here are some more. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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Making Waves

Wet and Wild
15x22"


This past Sunday I demonstrated Painting the Expressive Qualities of  Watercolor at Opus Art Supplies in Victoria, BC. In this demonstration I used squirt bottles filled with paint and spray bottles filled with water to create crashing waves. Wet and Wild is one of the paintings I exhibited and In Motion is the other. 
I demonstrated several paintings during the day and the demo was filled to capacity. There were some wonderful questions asked and I really enjoyed showing how wonderful and fun watercolor can be. 
I did more paintings than what is shown here but haven't had a chance to photograph them yet. 
Along with my demonstrations and workshops, I am teaching university courses in painting. I absolutely love teaching painting to some very keen university students but find grading 65 projects a bit daunting. It is difficult to give art a number and a grade. So I have spent most of my week critiquing, grading, and conversing with those 65 students about their masterpieces. 



In Motion
15x22"


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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Book Review by Angela Fehr



The fabulous watercolorist,  Angela Fehr, has featured a review of my book, Watercolor 365, on her YouTube channel.  
I was surprised and pleased with her review as I have known Angela's work for some time. She is another artist from British Columbia and I have featured her work before on this blog.
You can read that feature by clicking here.

To purchase Watercolor 365, please go to Amazon.com
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