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
11x15"


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
4x6"
2/10

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
14x20"

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
22x30"


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. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

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Fan Brush

Fan Brush

I'm back to painting more of my supplies. This one is my fan brush. What do you need a fan brush in watercolor for? Why for cheering you on while you paint grass and fur, of course!



Friday, August 5, 2016

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Born A Country Girl

Born A Country Girl
16x20"

During the past month, not only was I trying to paint my supplies on a daily basis, I was also completing some unfinished paintings. The above portrait was demonstrated for a class of mine this past spring and I finally got around to finishing the hat and background. The model is my cute niece who happens to love horseback riding and all things country. 

Sunday, July 31, 2016

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Day 31 Month Long Project

Brown Eyed Girl
11x15"

It is the last day of the challenge and I am so happy that I did! It has been difficult on some days to take the time to paint, especially with the weather being so nice. I also did some traveling during the month but discovered that if I planned my time well and got up early, I was able to get a small painting completed.

For my final post of the month, I thought I would show what I have been working on when I wasn't painting my supplies. 
It is a portrait of my daughter's friend. 

Painting everyday has made me fall in love with painting again. As mentioned before, due to circumstances, I got away from it and forgot how doing something creative on a daily basis improves my mood, keeps me focused, and inspires me to be a happier and healthier person. 
I must admit that it will be difficult to continue to paint daily, especially since I will be spending the rest of the summer with family, but I can bring my studio and camera with me as I try to stay inspired.


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