Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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Bridge to Point No Point

Bridge to Point No Point
11x14"
$250 USD
To purchase, please visit my Etsy shop or contact me.

Point No Point is one of my favorite spots to paint. It is on the west coast of Vancouver Island near Sooke, BC. I am fortunate to be able to teach a workshop at a B&B (Ocean Wilderness Inn) close to this area. I always try to make it a part of my workshop (weather permitting), either to paint or to get photo references. The restaurant is also fabulous and a great place to relax.
The bridge is red and is built on a huge log that connects the point to the mainland. It is just a narrow strip of water that separates them.
My next workshop at the Ocean Wilderness Inn will be Oct 1-3.
For more information, please contact the Inn at http://www.oceanwildernessinn.com/ or 1.800.323.2116

Monday, August 30, 2010

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Olive Trees and Poppies

Olive Trees and Poppies
11x14
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I taught a workshop on watercolor landscapes just over a week ago.This is one of the paintings I demonstrated. It is done from a photograph I took while in Spain of olive trees and poppies. We were in Andalucia at the end of the poppy season but there were still many of them out.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

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Video of Cordoba Cafe Painting

Cordoba Cafe
Poured Watercolor
21x29"

Here it is! The video of the pouring process that I promised.


The shorter version can be seen via YouTube
by clicking here. 

Saturday, August 21, 2010

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Cordoba Cafe- The Big Reveal

Cordoba Cafe Revealed

I was so excited to show everyone the BIG REVEAL that I am posting twice in one day!
So this is what it looks like after I pulled up the masking fluid.
I will now clean up some lines and fix a few things that are bothering me. Not much to do but enough to hopefully make it a real "wow".
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Cordoba Cafe- Pour #5

Pour #5

This is the result from my last and final pour. For this I just used my red and my blue in an even more concentrated form.
I am so excited to show the Big Reveal that I will post it very soon.

Friday, August 20, 2010

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Cordoba Cafe Pour #3

For my third pour, I masked out my next value by following my black and white photo. These values are more midtone since I am at the midpoint of my pours. The paint was made into a liquid only I made it slightly more concentrated than the last time. I rewet the paper and poured again. I also use a medicine dropper to drop in the paint where I want it to go, such as yellow and blue on the left for the green palm trees.

I had completely forgotten to photograph the 3rd pour. Thank goodness my daughter had it on her camera. She is videotaping the process for me. If it turns out, I will post it.


Cordoba Cafe Pour #4

I was so anxious to pour again that I started to mask before I took the photo after the fourth pour! The painting is starting to take shape.
Just one more pour!! Then the big reveal.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

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Cordoba Cafe- Pour #2

Pour #2

Here is the result from the second pour I did on the Cordoba Cafe. After I let the first pour dry, I masked the next values (these are light values). I use a black and white photo to help me do this. So in this case, it would be pale greys that I mask out. After the masking fluid dries, I mix up my 3 colors again to liquid form. They are slightly more concentrated than the first pour. I rewet the paper using a hake brush then I pour the yellow and red paint, let it mix on the paper and pour it off. Immediately after, I pour red and blue in the corners again, mix, and pour it off. Once again I let it dry before I mask again.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

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Cordoba Cafe-Pour #1

After the first pour

At the request of many, I am posting another painting as I go through the process of pouring my watercolors. My daughter and friend are videotaping the process as well and I hope to have it done by next week. In the meantime, you will have to be happy with stills.
The above painting is of an outdoor cafe in Cordoba. I start by stretching my watercolor paper (Arches 300lb cold press) to a board and drawing the image onto the paper. I then used masking fluid (Winsor & Newton is the best) to save my whites (the umbrellas among other things).
 My paint ( 3 primary colors that are staining) is mixed to liquid form that is light in value. Next I wet my paper with a large wash brush. Since the paper is wet, the paint will flow easily. On this painting I started with yellow (Aureolin) and poured it across the surface. Then I poured my red (Anthraquinoid Red) next to it. I moved my board around so the colors mixed and then poured it off. Immediately after this I then poured the red again and my blue (Indathrone Blue) in my corners, moved the board to mix, and poured it off. I let it dry overnight and the above photo is the result. Now I will mask the next value.

Monday, August 16, 2010

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Ronda, Spain

Ronda, Spain
watercolor on clayboard
11x14"
$600 CND

This is another painting done on clayboard. I started this one the same way that I started the Cordoba painting in my previous post. I first saved the whites (using masking fluid) then I wet the board poured liquid watercolor across the surface. After it dried, I saved my light values and did the process all over again. After a couple of pours, I lifted the masking fluid and painted in the darker values.
This is a process that I have not used on the clayboard before. What I discovered is that my pencil lines are lost very easily and it is hard to redraw them on the clay. I ended up having to draw with the paint trying to figure out some of the areas on the right hand side. That is really not much different than drawing with a pencil. It is just in color.
The clayboard has a wonderful pebbly texture that lends itself well to the texture of the buildings.
Painting into the clay is similar to painting a fresco.
The best part is that I seal it with an acrylic varnish and it isn't framed under glass.

To purchase, please contact Madrona Gallery in Victoria.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

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Cordoba, Spain

Cordoba, Spain
watercolor on clayboard
11x14"
$600 CND

This is my latest painting of Spain. It is watercolor on clayboard. Clayboard has a great texture and the best part is that it doesn't need to be framed under glass!
I started with a couple of pours of color then painted in the darks. To do this, I first saved the whites with a resist (masking fluid, which is a latex) then I poured liquid watercolor across the surface. After the paint dries, I mask the next value, then poured again to get that beautiful glow. I did this only 3 times before I painted in the darker values.
I am quite pleased with the orange glow because to me, Cordoba had that beautiful warm glow throughout the city. I think this is because of the color of the buildings as well as the canvas that is strung between the buildings to create shade.
Cordoba was one of my favorites places that I visited while in Spain. I would love to spend several days there getting lost and exploring the city. It was all so magical.

To purchase, please contact Madrona Gallery in Victoria.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

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Purple Tulips

Purple Tulips
11x14"
$100 USD
To purchase, please visit my Etsy shop.

This past Saturday I taught a course on negative painting in watercolor. In this course, I showed how to pour paint, blow, spritz, and fingerpaint using the 3 primary colors. Once the paint dried, I "found" tulips and painted the negative shapes around and between the tulips to create the flowers.
Sunday was the Bowker Creek Brush Up in Oak Bay. It was a beautiful day for the event. More of my paintings found new homes which is always a bonus. Now I can keep painting.

Friday, August 6, 2010

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Quince Tree

Quince Tree
watercolor, 11x14"
$200
To purchase please visit my Etsy shop or contact me.

This past week I taught a course on watercolor landscapes with texture. The painting that I demonstrated is of a quince tree that was behind the resort where I taught in Spain.
The first thing I showed was how to do light washes of atmospheric color to create a mood.  Then when that was dry, I painted the trees behind by splattering and spraying paint. The quince tree was done the same way but with more saturated paint. The grass is done with a fan brush and a bit of salt in the front.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

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Bowker Creek Brush Up

Uplands Park, watercolor, 14x20"
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The Bowker Creek Brush Up of Oak Bay is this coming Sunday, August 8. This event is sponsered by the Oak Bay Community Artists. I will have several of my pieces on display and for sale in the park.
The exhibit is 11am - 4:30pm at Bowker Creek between Hampshire Rd and Armstrong Ave in Oak Bay.
Just look for the yellow balloons.
Hope to see you there.
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