Sunday, July 20, 2014


acrylic on paper

I know I said in the past that I really don't like the look of acrylic. I felt like it was too plastic and didn't have the same movement and glow of watercolor. But that was before the acrylic paint making pros decided to try to make acrylic more like watercolor. So a few weeks ago, I decided to give some acrylic paints a try. 
Genesis is my first painting done with these newfangled acrylics.
The acrylics I used are from Chroma Paints and are of the Atelier Free Flow Line. I was amazed at how the paint did flow similar to watercolor when doing wet-in-wet. The paint even stayed wet in my palette for a very long time. The colors have a nice vibrancy to them and layer well.  Overall, I enjoyed painting with them and have ideas to use them even more.

Friday, July 11, 2014


Floating In A Cloud

Last weekend I taught a pouring workshop at the Metchosin International Summer School for the Arts at Pearson College in Metchosin, BC. Pearson College is a world college and is one of the most beautiful campuses I have seen. It is located on the southwestern tip of Vancouver Island with lush rainforest type foliage and gorgeous turquoise water.

My studio for the weekend was in the boathouse, which was appropriate since we painted boats.
I kept pinching myself while I was there, thinking, "Wow! this is my classroom! I love my job!"
I definitely feel blessed.

I had a wonderful group of 12 people, mostly from the area. 

Almost all of them did the boat along with me and they did a fabulous job! I hope that they are able to apply what they learned in the workshop to their own home studio practice.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Londonderry Barn

Londonderry, NH Barn

As many of you know, I have been into painting barns lately. This one is from Londonderry, New Hampshire. We lived in New Hampshire and Massachusetts for several years before moving to Canada. I left many wonderful friends behind. I miss the beauty of the place as well as the people. I think of it often and sometimes wonder what things would be like if we had not moved.  Perhaps more barn paintings like this one. 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Art in the Vineyard, September 2014

For those of you that receive my newsletter, you will know that I will be teaching in the vineyards of British Columbia this September. This workshop will be plein air painting with me for part of the day and still life painting all things wine with Sam Boehner. We taught the course last fall and it was a huge success and had a wonderful time painting, eating, and tasting wine. 
This year, it is September 28- October 2. We will be painting in the vineyards around Naramata and Penticton, BC. This area is called the Okanagan and has a beautiful lake and is known for it's wine. It has become the Napa Valley of Canada.

If you would like to join us, there is an early bird special of $650/person based on double occupancy. This price is only available until July 1 (this coming Tuesday!). We will take checks that have been postmarked by that date. Only a $200 deposit is required to receive the early bird special. After July 1, the price goes up to $700/person based on double occupancy.

This price includes a 4 night stay at the Naramata Centre, breakfasts, lunches, wine tasting, and instruction. Dinners are on your own but we will be making reservations at a few choice restaurants. 

If you prefer to stay somewhere else, there is a workshop only fee available. More information and the registration form are above. If you have any other questions, you can email me at

Hope some of you can join us!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Spanish Olive Plantation

Spanish Olive Plantation

I have been quite neglectful in posting my paintings from the past few months so I will be trying to catch up.
Spanish Olive Plantation is one of my watercolors from Spain.
The resort (El Molino de Conde) were we stayed is in the Andalusian countryside and is surrounded by olive groves. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Spanish Lantern

Spanish Lantern
mixed media

Another watercolor sketch with pen and ink. The rocks were the most enjoyable part of it but also enjoyed the scroll work on the lantern. Using a pen to fill in the delicate lines makes it easier. Plus I can carry the painting anywhere and not have to worry about the water and paint. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Hotel America

Hotel America
mixed media

I had the wonderful opportunity to return to Victoria at the end of last week and teach another watercolor course. This time it was watercolor with pen and ink and the subject matter was windowboxes. 
It was a fun art group from the Juan de Fuca Centre. Several were returning students plus a few new ones! As always, we had a great time.
I tried to show them how to loosen up with the paint and then to use a pigmented ink pen to define the subject. We also did a few exercises with line work. 
Hotel America is one of 2 hotels at the Alhambra in Granada, Spain. Alhambra. The Alhambra is a Moorish palace and fortress built in the 800s. It is considered one of the wonders of the world. The Nasrid palaces are also some of the most beautiful buildings I have yet to see. I would like to paint them someday.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Cliffs of Ronda

Cliffs of Ronda

Ronda, Spain is one of my favorite spots to visit. There is always something new to see and explore. Ronda also has such a fascinating history. I love the cliffs and the village teetering on the edge and have painted it a few times. This time I painted it along with my students in Spain and showed them how to make those amazing cliffs. 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Above El Molino

Above El Molino

I arrived back from Spain just over a week ago and then headed off to Victoria again to teach another workshop. (For those of you that don't know, I live in Vancouver. Victoria is on an island off the coast and I take a 90 min ferry ride to get there)

The painting of the door is from an old house on top of the hill behind the resort where I taught the workshop. The resort is called El Molino de Conde. It is an old bread mill. The house is in the middle of olive trees and has probably been falling apart for decades. The nails on the door are no doubt hand made since every single one was a different round shape. It added to the rustic feeling of the place.

Here are some more photos from the trip. I went with my daughter who turned 18 while on the plane there. This trip was not only an opportunity for me to teach in Spain but a gift to her and time for us to spend together before she goes off to university in the fall. 

Malaga, Spain
(absolutely loved  Malaga!)

The beach at Malaga
(my daughter is standing in front)

My daughter and I.
(The gorgeous one is my daughter)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Hypostyle Hall of El Mezquita-catedral de Cordoba

Hypostyle Hall
The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, Spain

 The above painting was just completed and was done as part of my current course of Castles, Churches and Cobblestones of Europe. It is the Hypostyle Hall of the Mosque in Cordoba. Although it is a mosque with it's beautiful Moorish architecture, it also has a cathedral as part of the interior. 
It is called the Hypostyle Hall because of the columns that support the roof. These columns are made from jasper, onyx, marble, and granite. Some of which are originally from the Roman temple that occupied the land before the mosque was built sometime in the 700s. The arches are doubled to allow for more ceiling height.  The history and architecture of El Mezquita-catedral is really quite fascinating.
More about it can be read here.

Tomorrow I am off to Spain with my daughter. I am teaching another fabulous course there and am excited to return. This time my daughter will be joining me, as it is her eighteen birthday on Thursday. 

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