Thursday, October 29, 2009

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I was telling my mother about a recent painting that I did of Willows Beach. She asked me to post it for her to see. So here it is Mom.

It is the view from Willows looking towards Cattle Point. I did it as a demonstration for one of my classes and finished it off just before a showing at the Stonehouse Pub in Canoe Cove (near the ferry). The painting is on a half sheet of watercolor paper and I used several fun techniques, including splattering paint and pouring.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

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Had a fabulous weekend teaching a workshop on pouring watercolor through the Federation of Canadian Artists. All the paintings turned out well except mine! I just had to keep reminding myself that they got a chance to paint and I didn't. If I ever finish the piece I will post it.

On Monday I had a short demo on portraits with a private group. This group of artists have been meeting once a month for 10 years to paint. They sometimes ask an artist to come demonstrate and teach them something new. This month it was me that they asked. I did a portrait of a girl that I photographed at the Pioneer Park in Salt Lake City. Didn't get to finish it of course. Only had a couple of hours to paint. What was funny was that these women thought the photograph was from a magazine.

I started this small painting of Montana at my class on Monday night. Everyone was busy doing color studies and I am sure they were annoyed by my hovering. So I painted.

Today I finally went out to Goward House to see the FCA exhibit. I won an honorable mention for my painting Summer Shades. I guess I should post that as well. The show was fun to see. The same people that always win, won again. Not sure why. I would have chosen differently. Especially Mary Conely's piece. It was an oil of a clown painting the face of a child. It was well executed. Her work is definitely under appreciated.

I also found out that a friend of mine has been chosen to be on the cover of Splash 11. Congratulations to her for such an exciting achievement.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

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More Paintings

I was able to complete 2 more paintings. These are around the same size as the other 2. One is of the Maine coastline.The other one is of a potting shed in Windham, NH that was torn down shortly after I took the photo.

My goal for these small paintings is use my largest brush only (a round #12) and to try to do it in an hour. The NH one may have been the exception. It was done as an exercise for one of my classes. I have a harder time concentrating on what I am doing if I need to demonstrate! The lesson was to do a painting using only raw sienna, burnt sienna, and ultramarine blue. I was trying to teach the importance of values and that any color scheme can be used in a painting as long as the values are correct.

Thank you to all of you that voted for my paintings at the Sidney Fine Art Show for Viewer's Choice. Not sure who won the award but I appreciate the support I received from many of you. Several of my students mentioned to me that they voted for Vermeer's Coffepot. So thank you.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

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Rainy Saturday

Woke up this morning to pouring rain. I wanted to go for a run but didn't want to be washed away so I painted instead. I completed two small (7"x10") paintings. I have a stack a mile high of photos taken over the years of landscapes I would like to do and today was the day to start. One is of Yellowstone and the other one is of Farmington Bay on the Great Salt Lake. I am now hooked on doing these small paintings and might start another one before the day is over.

My daughter and I then went to Mattick's Farm to get out of the house and browse through all the little gift shops there. At the Gallery, we came across these beautiful books designed and made by a Vancouver artist, Charles van Sandwyck. The paintings in the books are just little gems. What an inspiration.

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Yesterday I tried to put a map onto my blog but somehow put it on as a post instead of a sidebar tool. Finally realizing that, I deleted it so I could put it elsewhere. Unfortunately I also deleted my beautiful comment from Carol. I am so sorry Carol! Thanks for the encouragement though. I promise to keep painting and to keep blogging. And I would love to paint your children some day!
Now I need to figure out how to get that map back and into the right spot. (sigh)

Friday, October 16, 2009

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Sidney Fine Art Show 2009

Last night was the opening reception and awards ceremony for the Sidney Fine Art Show. It was an amazing evening and the art was wonderful to view. I had 3 pieces accepted into the show. One is a watercolour and the other 2 are frescoes. (The watercolour is in the middle)

The frescoes are done by painting watercolour onto a board that has been covered with clay. It is similar to what was done centuries ago when artists painted on the walls. The paint was applied to wet plaster or clay. Therefore, my work is similar. I wet the clay and paint into it with the watercolour. The the surface is fixed with a spray and a clear acrylic coating to protect the painting. I am enjoying it immensely. My new series on the clayboard is of young girls in sunglasses.

It was nice to see so many watercolours at the show. When I first entered the show 2 years ago, there were very few watercolours chosen. But this time, wow! I couldn't believe how many there were. There was even watercolour on canvas, which is something I have been working on as well.

I was also happy to see that a few of my former students made it into the show. A few of my friends won prizes and a few others sold.
My pouring workshop for next weekend is full. A few people are coming over from Vancouver and the interior for the workshop. That is exciting. Now I need to figure out what to do. And I need to figure it out soon.
I am also finished (finally!)with my commission on watercolour canvas. It is a view of Mt Baker from Oak Bay Marina spread out over 5 canvases. I will post it when I get it photograph.

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