Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Lily the Pink

Lily the Pink
Poured Watercolor

A few weeks ago I taught a pouring watercolor workshop at the most awesomest of painting supply stores - Daniels Smith Art Supply in Seattle, WA. Daniel Smith also happens to be the manufacturer of some of the best watercolor paint ever! Including quinacridone rose, which is what I used in the above painting.

Yes, Lily the Pink was the painting that I demonstrated to the class. Some followed along with me and some chose to do their own paintings and came away with their own wonderful creations.

And here we are with these wonderful creations:

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Tender Hearts

Tender Hearts

Can you guess the plant?
 It looks like a huge thistle, (which it actually is) and yet looks so tasty at the same time. You guessed it, it is an artichoke plant in bloom. I first saw a blooming artichoke when I arrived in Victoria and fell in love with it. Even better that it is edible. However, it is only edible before it blooms into that beautiful purple color.

The globe artichoke is a thistle and the part that we eat is actually a flower bud. The "petals" are called bracts and at the base of each bract is a tender portion that makes up part of the heart. 

The heart, is of course, located at the center and is harvested into yummy, delicious food.
However, I do have fond memories of my mother preparing the whole artichoke. We would carefully peel away the bracts, dip them in melted butter, and scrape away the tender bases with our teeth. 

Tender Hearts is the painting I taught this past weekend in my Funky Florals class. The photo was taken in Spain, which is where I occasionally take a group of artists to experience the wonderful culture. Spain is also one of the largest producers of artichokes. 
 It was requested that I post a work in progress photo as well so here it is:

To all those that did attend the class, thank you for your support, your friendship, and your artistic talent. I love what I do and I am grateful that I get to share my passion for painting with you.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

My New Vida Voices Collection!

Last month I received an email from a company called VIDA, requesting that I become one of their designers. Well, I kinda forgot about it since I was in the middle of another huge project.  Then last week, I received another email and decided to take a look into what VIDA is all about.

VIDA is a global partnership of creators, pairing designers from around the world with makers in Pakistan in accordance with high ethical standards, to create original, beautiful, and wearable products. VIDA also uses proceeds from their sales to create literacy programs for the makers, providing them with opportunities to receive an education that otherwise they would not have.

As I looked more into the company, I liked what I saw and immediately thought of some of my work that I would love to wear as a scarf or shirt myself. So I decided to give it a try. And here are some of the results:

Blossom Cluster Cashmere Silk Scarf
Winter Roses Cashmere Modul Scarf

Red Poppies Sleeveless Top
Hollyhocks Modern Tee

Aren't they gorgeous?!?
And there are so many more items to choose from!
I just absolutely love them!  
I have a ordered a couple of items and can't wait to start wearing them.

And the best part is that for a limited time (until April 10, 2016 - so hurry!), 
you can enjoy 15% towards your purchase using code Welcome15-0403
OR Enjoy $50 off your purchase of $250+ using code Welcome50-0403

Is that not awesome? I am so excited! 

Thursday, March 31, 2016

West Coast Sunrise

West Coast Sunrise

For my skies class, I showed how to do a sunrise with clouds. The above painting was the one I did at home in the comfort of my own studio. Then I demonstrated it for my class. This is the demonstration:

West Coast Sunrise Demo

I know which one I prefer but I am curious to know which one you do and why.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Happy Spring!

Cherry Blossoms

Yay! It's Spring! I love spring! Especially here in Victoria. The cherry blossoms are out and the days are getting longer. 
Cherry blossoms are some of my favorite blossoms. We had a cherry blossom tree in my front yard in Utah when I was younger. It always seemed so magical when it was in bloom. There weren't very many in the neighborhood and since it was the prettiest tree on the block, I thought we were special to have one in our yard. Then I moved to Maryland when I was 9 years old, leaving that tree behind. Only to discover the plethora of blossoms around the tidal basin in Washington, DC. My family would make the trek into the city every spring to have a picnic (usually KFC in the wind and the cold) and a walk around the basin. The magic of the blossoms became even more of an event.
The blossoms continue to be magical  for me here in the Pacific Northwest. Vancouver celebrates with their own Cherry Blossom Festival and the streets of Victoria are lined with trees in bloom. I especially enjoy the petals when they swirl in the wind. It looks and feels like pink snow. 

Friday, March 11, 2016

Sunset Over the Madison

Sunset over the Madison

This sunset painting was done in my skies class. It is an image from Yellowstone National Park of the Madison River.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Summer Storm

Summer Storm

I have been teaching a Skies in Watercolor class the past few weeks. Summer Storm is of a passing storm over the fields of Southern Idaho. 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Daniel Smith Art Supplies Pouring Watercolor Workshop


I have some exciting news! I will be teaching a workshop on pouring watercolors at the Daniel Smith Art Supply Store in Seattle this April. 
It is the best of both worlds. Painting and shopping! And of course, shopping for all those yummy Daniel Smith paint colors. They are like jewels that need to be added to your box of gems.

In this workshop, you will learn how to simplify a complex photo into an image ready for painting, master masking and experience the joy of pouring liquid paint. 

The workshop is April 16 -17. For more information please visit the Daniel Smith blog.
To register, please call  206-233-9599.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Star Valley, Wyoming

Thank you to those that have given me and my children support through a difficult transition. We are truly blessed by your love and especially by the love of our Savior. It is a wonderful time of year when we can celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and give praise and thanks to His name. 

May your day and year ahead be filled with love, laughter, joy, and faith. 
Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Snow, Snow, Snow!

Snow, Snow, Snow
Linocut Print (edition of 6)

It has been so long since I have blogged, I almost forgot how to do it! 
Even though I haven't had time to blog, I have been busy painting and trying fun and new ways to express myself through art.
Snow, Snow, Snow is a reductive linocut print, a process in which you cut away at the linoleum, print, then cut away some more. It is meditative and a very similar process to my poured watercolors.  That is why I really enjoy doing it.
Printmaking is something that I tried many, many years ago and have been wanting to return to ever since.  It is hard to do without a proper studio though, especially if you prefer printing with a press. However, linocuts can be hand pulled and there are now the beautiful Akua inks. Akua inks are a soy based ink and don't have the smell and the mess of the oil based inks and are more transparent than most of the water based inks. I am currently working on more linocut prints and next I want to try some etchings using the Akua inks. Now if I only had a Dremel tool. 

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