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. 

Sunday, June 7, 2015



I recently moved back to Victoria from Vancouver. The wonderful thing about Victoria is all the beautiful flowers that seem to bloom year round. It is very inspiring when painting florals. 
Narcissus is one of the paintings I demonstrated in my floral workshop a couple of weeks ago.

Red Poppy is another painting that was done in the workshop.

Red Poppy

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Dynamic Florals Up Close and Personal Watercolor Workshop

Sunset Rose

I will be teaching a workshop on watercolor florals this coming weekend. There are still a few spaces available. The workshop is at the Monterey Centre in Victoria, BC. 
We will hopefully be completing two paintings of flowers. One of which will be a red poppy and the other one a daffodil. This is to show you how to paint red and how to paint white. 

The workshop is Saturday and Sunday, May 23-24. Cost is $122. 
To register, please call the Monterey Centre and 250-370-7300 and mention course #127110  

Friday, April 10, 2015

Splash of Red

Splash of Red

I have had many, many changes this past month and it has been a challenge. Some changes good, some bad. Today I got some good news though. I found out that my painting, Splash of Red, has been accepted into the Northwest Watercolor Society 75th International Open Exhibition. Wahoo! 
The exhibition will be in Seattle at the Washington State Convention Center from July 1 - September 30.
And of course, this is my new favorite painting!
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