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

Saturday, March 4, 2017

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Still snow? and more negative painting

Field of Snow


Even though the trees are trying to blossom, the weather has been reminding us that it is still winter. 
Even though I don't like being cold, I do enjoy capturing the colors of snow and the world in winter.
The above painting was done from a photograph from a friend of mine that was excited to share her photos of snow with me. 

She also shared several other photographs with me but I really loved one of an old farmhouse so had to paint it.

Old Farmhouse

It reminded me of an old abandoned farm close to where I grew up in Utah.

This past week I have also been working on more negative painting. I am demonstrating the technique next weekend at Opus Art Supplies on Granville Island. I am doing 2 - two hour demonstrations and I am trying to get quicker with my technique. I tend to get lost in my painting and like to take my time. So I will usually spend hours enjoying the process.  I also know that I will be explaining my process and answering questions while painting so it helps for me to be prepared.
I was to originally do one demonstration. I requested that I do the demo on a Friday and Opus usually has them on Saturdays so they informed me that the demo might not fill. However, I was excited to discover that not only had it filled, but there was enough for a second demo. So now I am doing 2.

Here is the painting I have been working on for practice and since I enjoyed the last magnolias so much, that what I chose to do:

Magnolia

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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Watercolor 365 Illustrations



With the publication of my book, Watercolor 365, I have been posting new entries on the blog where it all started. This blog, Watercolor Weapons, has not been a focus of mine for some time. However, I decided to post some of the illustrations that went into the making of the book. 
These illustrations are of my favorite art supplies. The supplies are just photographs in the first two chapters but slowly start to turn from photos into paintings as the book progresses. By the last 2 chapters, the supplies are all fully painted. 

You can view these illustrations and the progression of these illustrations by going to my Watercolor Weapons blog by clicking here. 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

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Upcoming Demonstration and Book Signing at Granville Island Opus

Red Hollyhocks


I will be demonstrating negative painting in watercolor techniques at 
Opus Art Supplies on Granville Island in Vancouver, BC on Friday, March 10. 

Demonstration times will be 12pm - 2pm (full)
and 3pm - 5pm (still available)

More information can be found here.
Registration is required since there is limited space.
To register, please contact Opus at 604-736-7028 

Book signings available after each demonstration.


I will also be teaching a workshop on Negative Painting, Positive Thinking in Watercolor 
in North Vancouver, BC on March 11-12.

For more information and to register, please click here.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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Wishing for Spring

Pink Magnolias

I have not had much time to create this week. Between traveling, teaching, and grading projects, it has been a full week.

I was able to paint pink magnolias and remember those tulips from last week?
I doodled all over them to create this:

Zendoodled Tulips


I am sensing a theme in this recent work. I think I am getting anxious for spring and warmer weather and wishing it would get here quicker.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

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Drawing and Doodling

Valentine Zendoodle


This past week I have been doing some drawing and some doodling. I am not only trying to get back to painting on a more regular schedule, but I am trying to practice my drawing. 
Part of this is zentangling. I find it relaxing and it tends to help with stressful situations. (I guess that is where the zen part comes into play) I did some zentangles with my drawing class a few years ago and really enjoyed it. I had combined it with watercolor and discovered that I could carry small paintings with me to zendoodle on as a way to calm my nerves. 

Below are some more things I did this past week:



A drawing of a hand with drawing and painting tools as a favor for my son.


Quick charcoal sketch of a girl I did in between meetings




An experiment with splashy watercolor and zendoodling. I decided I didn't like it so never quite completed the drawing. However, I did learn some new cool designs.


A better painting of tulips for zendoodling. Let's see what happens with this one. 



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