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!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Chilly Softness

Chilly Softness

Winter is over and it is now spring. We were fortunate that we had a warm winter here in Vancouver. It only  snowed a couple of times. The weather was sunnier and warmer than usual, while my friends and family in the Northeast experienced one of their harshest winters yet. So sorry my friends. 
Chilly Softness is a painting that I demonstrated for my landscape painting class back in January. It was of the first snowfall of the year from a creek near my home. 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Guardian

The Guardian

This painting is of a beautiful arbutus tree in Brentwood Bay on Vancouver Island. It seems to stand guard on the edge of the bay, ever watchful, as if it is protecting those that live close to the bay. 
Because of it's majestic beauty and size, I chose to paint it larger than I usually paint. Arbutus trees have a lovely reddish color to the bark. I had recently purchased Daniel Smith's Quinacridone Sienna on a whim and glad I had done so. It was the perfect color!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Prairie Barn

Prairie Barn

    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.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Faith and Prayers

Faith of Generations
Painting of my niece done in 2005

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.

Jaime and Elizabeth with the painting of Jaime

Monday, January 12, 2015

Winter Roses

Winter Roses

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. 

Friday, January 2, 2015

Digital Designs on Etsy

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

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Welcome 2015!

Tickled Pink
poured watercolor

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:) 
Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Purple Garlic

Purple Garlic
Egg Tempera

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. 

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