Monday, July 27, 2015

Do You Dream of Living the Artist Life?

Do you dream of living the artist life of painting the vineyards of Europe but can't afford the trip?
Join moi! (Leslie Redhead) and Sam Boehner for Art in the Vineyards in Naramata, British Columbia (Canada).

We will be returning to teach watercolor painting in the vineyards of British Columbia's famous wine country this September 14-17, 2015. It is like painting in Europe without the expense. The cost ranges from $330 CAD for the workshop only to $990 CAD for a single occupancy stay, full breakfast every morning, and the workshop.
(By the way, that is Canadian dollars so if you are American, it is an even better deal.)

This holiday is filled with many painting opportunities with incredible views, excellent wine, and amazing food. This is the third year that we have organized this wonderful painting excursion to the vineyards of the Okanagan. 

View from Bench 1775

We will be staying at Sandy Beach Lodge and Resort which is located along the shores of Okanagan Lake.  We then spend our mornings painting outdoors in one of the many vineyards located along the Naramata Bench. I will be demonstrating different techniques and tips for painting outdoors and guiding you in your own creations.  After a morning of painting, we will be treated to a wine tasting from the local winery. Following lunch, Sam teaches how to compose and paint a still life with all things wine- from glasses to bottles to grapes. 

Our painting day ends with a dip in the lake, a quick nap, or a walk about in the village of Naramata followed by dinner at a local winery or restaurant. It is so much fun, you may want to make it a yearly event just like we and many of our students have done.

The Garden at Hillside Winery

There are only a few spots left so don't delay if you want to be a part of this fantastic opportunity. More information and registration can be found at or email me at for more information.

Hope you can join us this September!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

NWWS Diamond Anniversary Celebration

Me demonstrating at the Northwest Watercolor Society Convention

This morning I received from photos in my inbox from my friend, Sam Boehner, of me demonstrating at the NWWS Convention. And I wanted to share them with you.
Thank you Sam!

Here I am again showing how to move paint around. I had some very willing participants that helped me as well. They did a fabulous job!

This photo is of me being like Julia Child. Since I had so little time to demonstrate and the painting takes so long to dry, I had one all ready to pull out from my magic bag.

These are the different stages of the painting all lined up and drying.

Here I am with some amazing artists. So lucky I was able to hang out with these incredibly talented ladies.

Me and the famous Judy Morris standing in front of my painting, Fish Food, that is hung at the Daniel Smith store in Seattle.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Swimming with the Big Fish

Hotel Don Curro
poured watercolor

Last weekend I had the awesome opportunity to demonstrate at the Northwest Watercolor Society's 75th Anniversary Celebration. 

The weekend started with a tour of the Daniel Smith paint factory on Friday night where some of the most wonderful watercolor paint in the world is made. It was exciting to meet the people behind the yummy and beautiful paint and to finally meet the artists and organizers of the Northwest Watercolor Society. I have seen some of their work over the years and have corresponded with others. It is always nice to put a face to the name. And thank you to Daniel Smith for being so generous to let us tour their factory and tell us their story. 

Sample paint tests in the chemical lab

Where the paint is milled to get its creamy consistency

On Saturday was the big convention with some big name watercolorists, such as Judy Morris, Alvaro Castagnet, Birgit O'Conner, Carla O'Conner, and Catherine Gill. Then there was lil' ol' me. And my name was on the flyer with all these other amazing artists.
I had the noon time pouring watercolor demo out on the patio. I'm such small potatoes in the world of watercolor so when I was first asked to demonstrate, I thought that I might get 10-20 people popping their heads in to see what it is that I do. To my surprise, my mini-workshop (which also happened to be a hands-on demo) was one of the first to fill with 50 people!  I was shocked! And extremely nervous! This was no longer a small deal but a very BIG deal! I spent the week before frantically preparing for the demo and trying to figure out how to make it hands-on with 50 people and 45 minutes. AAAAAAAA! 

However, I think I was able to figure it out and ended up invited people on stage to help me with the demo. It ended up being a blast! I had someone wet the paper, another person pour, and finally someone tilt the paint into the bucket. I was just the art director guiding these other watercolorists through the process. I was able to relax and enjoy myself and the attendees. The above painting, Hotel Don Curro, which is in Malaga, Spain,  is the finished painting from the demonstration. After my time to shine was over with, I was able to attend all the other workshops and learned some new tips and techniques for my own practice. 

After the convention, there was a reception at the Washington State Convention Centre where the NWWS exhibit and my painting, Splash of Red, was on display. Unfortunately I completely forgot to get my photo taken with my painting! and I don't have any photos of my demonstrating either:(  So if you happened to have been there and have a photo of me demonstrating, would you mind sending me a copy?

I do feel honored that my painting was chosen to be among so many incredible pieces of art. It was extremely humbling. In fact, the whole experience was humbling to realize what great pieces of art and artists are out there. 

Birgit O'Conner, Judy Morris, and Marcia Giant at the NWWS reception

Finally, we finished off the evening with dinner and awards ceremony at the hotel. 

Sam Boehner, ME!, and Birgit O'Conner

The most important thing about the event was that I had fun. I would do it again in a heartbeat and hope that such an event will be held again next year.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Blue Roar

Blue Roar

Over the weekend I taught a watercolor course on creating waves. Big crashing waves were created using squirt and spray bottles with the board being moved and tilted to get the effect I want. 
Hopefully you can here the roar of the crashing wave above.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Young Girl in the Garden

Young Girl in the Garden

This is a painting that I recently did for a client. I hope that they were pleased with her because I absolutely loved painting that smile of hers and those big brown eyes.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Summer Solstice in Seattle

Lummi Nation Wetlands

This past weekend I was able to spend my favorite day of the year in my home country. I went down to Seattle with my friend, Sam Boehner, to deliver our paintings to the Northwest Watercolor Society's 75th Anniversary Exhibition. It is exciting that both of us got accepted into the show. That meant a great road trip across the border along with some shopping and Mexican food.

We spent the night friend of Sam's that had an amazing view of Mt. Baker from her window. Sam's friend is of the Lummi Nation and she drove us around the beautiful reserve there.

View of Mt. Baker

Sam and I also went to the Daniel Smith Store in Seattle to not only deliver one of my paintings, but to go shopping for some of their fabulous paint! So if you are in Daniel Smith this summer, please look for my painting! And also say hi to Janice for me. She showed us all sorts of new products and fun art supplies. What a great way to spend the best day of the year:)

Friday, June 19, 2015

Crossing the Lion's Gate

Crossing the Lion's Gate
Vancouver, BC

Since moving to Vancouver, I discovered how much I absolutely love painting rain! It is so much fun to paint water with water. And since moving from Vancouver, I have realized how much I miss the city. It really is one of the most wonderful places in North America. I called it the best of Boston and the best of Victoria all wrapped up into one place. 
One of my absolute favorite things to do was to run along the seawall in Stanley Park, rain or shine. The Lion's Gate bridge is on the north side of the park and crosses over into North Vancouver. 
It is a beautiful bridge even if it only has 3 lanes and seems to be perpetually backed up with traffic. 

I did this painting back in February with one of my classes. The objective was to learn how to paint the rainy streets of Vancouver.  And of course, Vancouver had an extremely dry winter and made it difficult to photograph rainy streets. I'm not complaining too much though. Vancouver is glorious in the sunshine. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A Summer Eve- Negative Painting

A Summer Eve

I have been playing a lot with negative painting lately. My latest ventures are into doing landscapes. And of course, the seasons affect what I paint. Ever notice that happen to you?  I did several winter landscapes in January with naked trees and snow. So, of course now that it is June, I am painting leafy trees and meadows filled with flowers.
What is wonderful about the negative painting is all the imagination that can be poured into it. I don't use a reference photo. There is only what I see in the paint that dictates what will be painted. 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Zendoodling with Watercolor

Quilted Angel

For my pen, ink, and watercolor course, I decided to try a little bit of zendoodling. This is the creation of patterns. To me the patterns make a painting or drawing look more like a quilt with all the different fabric patterns. It is called zendoodling or zentangling because of the zen like state that you are to achieve while drawing. It is extremely meditative to be drawing those patterns.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Little Nuthatch

Little Nuthatch
Pen, Ink, and Watercolor

     This past year I have been experimenting with more pen and ink work. I taught a class on how to do pen and ink with watercolor. Little Nuthatch is one of the pieces that I demonstrated for the course. The background is India ink, The bird is watercolor and all the wonderful texture is the pen work. I really enjoy the pen work because it transports so well. It is even easier to carry around and work on while travelling. 
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