Monday, October 24, 2016

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Lost At Sea

Lost At Sea
watercolor on aquaboard

Lost at Sea was painted a few years ago after my son and I went for a walk at Willows Beach in Victoria. It was inspired by an abandoned raft with a sheet as a sail. It was no doubt a child's fantasy in the works and we joined in the imaginary dreams as we discussed Swiss Family Robinson, pirates, and all the adventures that could occur out at sea. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

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My Video Collection now available

A few years ago I created some instructional DVDs on how to paint several different watercolor techniques. Now that the way of the DVD is becoming history, I decided that I needed to make these videos available for download on your computer or mobile device. 
These videos are now available through Vimeo as a set or you can purchase them individually. 

The videos are Fun With Watercolors: Great Blue Heron where I show how to pour, blow, and finger paint with watercolor to create an fun and interesting background for a heron.

Fun With Watercolors: Harbor Seal is similar to the heron video but shows techniques for creating a seal with surrounding kelp.

Pouring Liquid Color: Floating in Color is the full pouring technique that you see me do so often.

Fun and Free Watercolor Landscape: Woodland Pasture is where I show how to splatter, salt and and paint a landscape.

Each video is $25 USD or you can buy the whole collection for $90 USD- a 10% discount. 
Rentals of the videos are also available.

To purchase or to view a clip of each individual video, go to Vimeo by clicking here.

Reference material for each video can also be found on my website by clicking here

Have fun painting! 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

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Creek View, oil painting

Creek View

I've been playing with some oils in my studio lately and love the way the paint stays wet and is great for skies. What I don't love is the mess! I tend to get it everywhere and need to make sure I am not wearing my good clothes whenever I paint.

The above painting was a combination of a few photos and other inspiring works of art. I was trying to achieve the lush green of an early summer meadow and the look of the sun rising after a very early morning shower. 

The painting is done on a wrapped canvas and is available in my Etsy shop by clicking here.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

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Blue Beauty

Blue Beauty
7.25" x 10.5"

I've been going through some older paintings and studies that I have done over the years and came across this little beauty, which I named Blue Beauty.

I did this painting years ago for the National Iris Convention held in Victoria, BC. I was asked to participate as an artist at this convention and since irises hold a special memory for me, I chose to be a part of the convention.

Irises are special to me because they were my grandmother's favorite flower. She took real pleasure from her garden and I always enjoyed rambling through the one she had at her house. Towards the end of her life, my grandmother had to move in with my parents, giving up the garden she had worked on for so many years. At this time I was attending university and I enjoyed being able to visit her whenever I went home for a visit. We would watch old movies like Gone With the Wind and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and on Saturday nights, the Lawrence Welk Show.
My grandmother passed away while I was in my third year of university. It was New Year's Eve and she had survived cancer but died from an infection she received at the hospital. It was sad to have her go that way. 
She must have known she would not survive the winter though. For the next spring, an amazing thing began to happen in my mother's garden. Over a hundred iris plants began to bloom all over the yard. All different colors and varieties. I remember going home and seeing all these amazing plants in the yard and asking my mother about them. My mother was amazed also for she had no idea that her mother had planted so many of them. It was a beautiful reminder of a beautiful person. 
So whenever I see an iris, I think of my grandmother and the message she sent that she is still there, watching over us. And each iris that I paint, is a tribute to my grandmother. 

Monday, September 19, 2016

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Art and Autumn Event in My Vida Shop

Strands of Silk Tote Bag
now available in my VIDA shop

I am excited to let you know that I have several new items now available in my VIDA shop! 
These items include my milkweed painting on shirts and scarves as well as tote bags!

To celebrate the addition of tote bags and all things autumn, VIDA is having an Art & Autumn Event,
now through Monday, September 26. 

This event is a sale in my shop! Here is what is going on:

The Art + Autumn Event

20% off $100+ (use code AUTUMN20)
30% off $300+ (use code AUTUMN100)
40% off $1200+ (use code AUTUMN500)

Expires September 26, 2016
VIDA Gift box and pocket squares not eligible

Awesome, isn't it? To view items for purchase, please click here.

Here are some photos of what else is available:

Saturday, September 17, 2016

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Daily Paintworks Auction and Feature

Seascape I

I have been hearing about Daily Paintworks for a few years now from fellow artist friends. It is a site that promotes and sells art and has some pretty amazing artists. So yesterday, I decided to join the site and put my first piece up for auction starting this morning.  Then I get a message that I am today's feature on their FB page. Pretty cool, eh?

I decided to start with selling some of my studies, like the one above. Starting bid is just $50. 
The auction takes place for just 7 days and ends on September 23. 

Monday, September 12, 2016

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Red Octopus Linocut Print

Red Octopus
Linocut Print

As many of you know, I have been playing with some printmaking, including linocut prints. Red Octopus is an edition of 10 prints. 
This particular linocut was done using the reduction method, made famous by Picasso. The process is similar to poured watercolors, where you save the certain colors by cutting that color away. For instance in the above print, I first cut away what would be the white of the paper on a linoleum block. I then inked the block with red and some yellow to get the orangey red that you see of the octopus. Then I placed printmaking paper on top of my block and hand pulled the image. After I made several images, I cut away where the red of the octopus would be, leaving the linoleum that would be inked black. Finally I lined up the inked block (just black this time) with the images I had already pulled and got my prints. 
Here is the image signed and numbered:

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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Lavender Blues

Lavender Blues
Watercolor and Paper Collage

I've been sorting through some old studies lately and have discovered lots of paper with just splashes of color as well as many unfinished paintings. I am always telling my students that they can use their unfinished or unloved paintings for collages so I thought I would practice what I preach. 
Lavender Blues is an old painting I started in a class many years ago. I only finished the jug and some of the fabric of the quilt around the jug in watercolor. Everything else was unfinished, forgotten, and then left in a discarded pile under my bed. To finish it off, I cut up some of my old monoprints and watercolor paintings, found some really cool tissue paper and went to work. I enjoyed the process and trying something new but would love to hear what you think and if you have ever done a collage with old paintings.  

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

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Beauty As Well As Bread

Beauty As Well As Bread

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. 
-John Muir

Yellowstone National Park is one of my favorite places to visit. It is a place that does heal and give strength to my soul. This pour of Yellowstone Canyon took me the past couple of weeks to complete. I chose to do 7 layers of pours and was really nervous about how it would turn out. Masking all those layers seemed confusing at times. I had to get up and walk away from the painting when I started to go cross-eyed.
I usually stick to 3 colors when I pour but decided to add an extra color - quinacridone sienna. It helped give the canyon walls a nice earthy color, yet keep the vibrancy that I enjoy when I paint.  I also chose to use both the red shade and the green shade of the phthalo blue. I started out with the red shade but decided my greens were becoming too dull so switch to the green shade. Plus the green shade worked better for the water.  I have to say that I really am quite please with it.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

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Varnishing Brush

Varnishing Brush

As I mentioned in a previous post, I am spending time with family this month in Idaho and haven't had time to paint or to post much. However, I was able to paint the above brush.
It is one of my varnishing brushes. I use it to varnish some of my watercolors so they don't have to be put under glass. 
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