Wednesday, December 30, 2009

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Salt Spring Island



Another painting from the top of Mt. Maxwell on Salt Spring Island. Did this Monday evening but haven't had time to post it. Yesterday ended up being an exciting day for us. Our new little puppy came home. We think she is a lab/shepard mix that came from the Alert Bay, BC Pound. She was 5 weeks when she arrived there and is now about 8 weeks old. Her name is Twilight and is so far she is good dog. Slept most of the night and barely made a sound. Yeah! And I have another subject to paint.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

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Fisgard Lighthouse


This is Fisgard Lighthouse near the naval yard in Victoria. Beautiful sunny day. I love painting the blues of the sky and ocean.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

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Happy Holidays!



Christmas was a wonderful event in our home yesterday. Kids woke us up early- even earlier than when they get up on a school day- and tore right into the gifts from Santa. My daughter received her requested ipod and my son received more games for the wii. They have been downstairs playing since them which left me to prepare food for the family dinner at my mother-in-laws.
Santa did bestow upon me many wonderful treasures among which was a new Winsor & Newton Series 7 paintbrush and a new vacuum. Now I can paint and vacuum to my heart's content.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

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It has been a crazy week being that it is the week before Christmas. School concerts, holiday parties, and lunches with friends that either have time off work and/or want to do it before the kids are home. And let's not forget the shopping, the baking, and the wrapping! I was hoping to get more done by now but I am lucky to be standing by the end of the day.
This painting I did do today - in between all the craziness. I am teaching a one day class on snow in January. I need a quick and easy lesson for my students. It needs to be something they can go home with at the end of the day. So this is a test run of what I will probably do with them. I am not that familiar with painting snow scenes myself. I really don't like the stuff after living in Boston for 8 years and having one of the longest driveways ever. 
Now that I live in Victoria, I decide to paint snow scenes. And not a flake of snow around. Only rain. At least I don't have to shovel it anymore!

Monday, December 14, 2009

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Bryce Canyon Sky



One of my students was painting a beautiful and complicated sky the other day. It made me want to paint one as well. I pulled out my collection of photographs and found one from a trip to southern Utah. Bryce Canyon to be exact. The sky was filled with layers of clouds and a strange puffy one that appeared to be closer than the rest.

Friday, December 11, 2009

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I did this painting as a demonstration for one of my classes. It is the view from the top of Mt. Maxwell on Salt Spring Island. Vancouver Island is off in the distance with the clouds.
The techniques I wanted to show were pouring and splattering and spritzing of the paint. I started with pouring yellow, red, then blue with each layer of color drying in between. Then I masked out the tree and splattered the part of the island behind it and the ground around the tree. Next I masked around the tree to preserve what I had done and then I splattered the tree with paint and spritzed with water. (Think Jackson Pollack only more controlled)
It is a larger painting (14x20") and obviously took longer to do than my small ones.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

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Capturing the Canadian Spirit Exhibit



These two paintings I did some time ago. I am showing them now because they were both accepted into the "Capturing the Canadian Spirit" Exhibit. The exhibit is in Vancouver during the 2010 Olympics this February. Only 300 paintings were chosen to be viewed in different venues around the city.
The first painting is Willie's Bakery (in Victoria) and is a poured watercolor on a full sheet of watercolor paper (22x30"). A poured watercolor is layers of masking fluid (or a resist) and paint that I build up. I will pour the paint then "save" what I like with the masking, then I continue to pour more paint and so on. At the end, I take the masking off and have a wonderful painting. What is fun is that I don't really know what to expect until I do take the masking off and then it is like magic.
The second painting is Through Rose Colored Glasses. I have posted it before. It is watercolor on clayboard and is 22x30" as well. It is a painting of my teenage daughter.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

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A few weeks ago my family went camping at Ruckle Park on Salt Spring Island. The area was part of the Ruckle family farm for over 100 years before they donated it to BC Parks and Recreation. The family still uses part of the land to raise sheep. It rained the night that we camped there but woke up to beautiful blue skies and many painting possibilities.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

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Mexican Sunshine



This painting is done from a photo of San Carlos, Mexico. Fabulous place. It is on the Sea of Cortez with beautiful views of Baja. I had fun with the rocks and used Daniel Smith's Quinacridone Burnt Orange, among other colors.
I have also been perusing a website that a friend of mine sent me. It is http://www.californiawatercolor.com/
Have a look. It is inspirational.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

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Montana

It has been raining for the past month. I was ready to build an ark. I also felt like all my west coast scenes of the island reflected said rain and dreary skies.
The sun has finally appeared and to celebrate, I painted a sunny scene of where we spent our summer holiday- Montana! Notice that there is not a cloud in the sky. Would love to paint outside. However, looks are deceiving. A beautiful sunny day like today is also very cold. Instead, I will sit in my warm sun room and paint.
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