The other day I was photographing and documenting some of my paintings and realized that I had yet to post one of my barn paintings from a course I taught last spring. And this is it. The painting was done on that lovely Indigo paper and I enjoyed seeing how the beautiful texture of the paper added to the barn and wheat.
Many years ago I did the above painting of my niece, Jaime. Jaime is my sister's daughter and is from Idaho.
I jokingly called her my muse because she was the perfect model and I did several paintings of her.
Jaime is currently serving a mission for our church in Florida.
Last week I heard from a New Hampshire friend that I had not heard from in a very long time. She messaged me on FB and told me that my daughter's cousin discovered the painting of herself in her home. WHAT? I was very confused at first and then started to piece things together when I discovered that my friend, Elizabeth, now lives in Florida. Wait a minute. Jaime's also in Florida. And I did a few paintings of Jaime. So that means that Jaime knocked on Elizabeth's door and saw the painting of herself!?!
How cool is that? Not only did Jaime find the painting of herself in someone's home, but my friend that purchased the painting met the person in the painting! I was amazed by this. And so was Jaime and my friend.
Jaime has written about the experience on a blog which can be found here.
Not only did the experience answer Jaime's prayers but answered mine as well. I realized that God knows and loves each one of us and this was another one of His tender mercies reminding me of that.
I've been pulling out old paintings and trying to complete them. Winter Roses is a painting of some of my favorite flowers, hellebores, or also known as winter roses. It is being shown at Style and Co. Hair Salon in North Vancouver.
I am excited to launch a new product through my Etsy shop. It is digital downloads of some of my paintings.
You can now buy my images in high resolution form (the watermark will not appear in the download once purchased) that can be used for a myriad of possibilities. You can make them into prints and frame them on your wall. You can print them on invitations, cards, scrapbook paper, or bookmarks. Some of them would look fantastic on pillows or t-shirts.
My only requests are that they not be used in it any product that will be resold or that you share the file with your friends. However, you can print it off and give them a framed print of the painting. Or make them a throw pillow for their couch. Or a coffee mug. Perhaps decopogue them a frame or a guitar using my images. Like I said, the images can be used for a myriad of possibilities as a gift to yourself or others.
To access these images, please go to my Etsy shop here.
Wow! I can't believe that it is 2015! And I am just tickled that my painting, Tickled Pink sold to a lovely and wonderful patron. What a great way to end 2014 and to start a new year.
Now that the New Year has arrived, it has most of us thinking about resolutions. Including me. I am not usually one to make BIG New Year's Resolutions because I feel like I am constantly reassessing my goals throughout the year. And I always feel like I am falling short. However, I have had a goal that has been sitting around for much too long. I have been procrastinating it and it is time to get it done. I figured if I tell others about it, I will have to complete it. So here it is:
As many of you know, I have written a rough draft for a watercolor technique book. My goal for 2015 is to better organize the content, complete the edits, and get my book published! (That exclamation point is me yelling it out to the universe)
Ok. There it is. I've said it. Now I have to do it, right?
I would love a little nudge every now and then from my readers to remind me to get me moving.
I would also love to hear what your artistic goals for the year will be.
Perhaps we can help each other along as we resolve to create more in the coming year.
Thank you for being with me this past year and into the next:)
I've finally been able to get back to egg tempera now that classes are winding down for the holiday season. I absolutely love this medium but need a full day in the studio to paint with it. That is because I mix the paint from ground pigment and fresh eggs. The paint doesn't keep long but creates such magical colors as it dries.
The buyer had seen this piece while it was being painted and fell in love with it then. She seemed to be excited by all the purples when she saw it completed.
I have been playing around with more oils lately. So far I like to keep them small so I can complete them in just a couple of hours. Otherwise I get so busy that I forget to go back to them until all the paint has dried! Previously I have enjoyed glazing in oil and get impatient waiting for the paint to dry. But I am now trying to work more wet in wet and love how the paint moves around.
This is another scene from Mt. Washington on Vancouver Island.
I obviously love painting skies. This one is of the sky over Brentwood Bay on Vancouver Island. It is one that I painted over the summer and delivered to Madrona Gallery last month. I also delivered a couple of my other sky paintings. It was fun to see them all lined up ready to hang.