Monday, September 27, 2010

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Rocky Shore of Point No Point

Rocky Shore of Point No Point
watercolor, 11x14"
sold

This is the second painting that I demonstrated at Painter's Lodge. It is from the West Coast of the island and one of my favorite spots to paint - Point No Point. In fact, I have painted this scene before as a plein air painting.
Many of the participants were beginning watercolorists. The goal of my work was to keep it simple enough for the newbies to follow yet interesting enough for those familiar with the medium to try something new.

Friday, September 24, 2010

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Sunrise with clouds

Sunrise over Strait of Juan de Fuca
7x10.5"
sold

My next painting for my sky class is a sunrise with clouds. I painted it from a photo I took while on a walk around Oak Bay Marina on Vancouver Island.

I started the painting by first wetting the paper then dropping Aureolin and Permanent Rose onto the wet paper.


After this initial wash of color, I let the paper dry. Then I wet it again and painted more of the Aureolin and Permanent Rose onto the paper.


This intensifies the color and it starts to create a nice glow. I left instructions with my class to complete these two steps as their homework. Next week I will be showing how to put in the darks.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

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Sunrise at Cattle Point

Sunrise at Cattle Point
7x10.5"
sold

Last week I started teaching my Creating Dynamic Skies in Watercolor class at the Monterey Centre. This painting is the first one that I showed how to do. It is a simple sunrise without any clouds.
The painting is taken from a photo from my many wanderings around the island. It is the view from Cattle Point in Oak Bay across the water to the mainland. It was so quiet and peaceful that summer morning. No one around except the birds and the seals.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

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Painter's Lodge Workshop

Island Farm
watercolor
14x20"
$400 USD

I have been away teaching a workshop at Painter's Lodge in Campbell River, BC for the past few days. I am asked to teach there every spring and fall and enjoy it each time. The weather was sunny, warm, and beautiful. The Lodge is right on the water and we watched the fishermen leave each morning and come in again each afternoon with their catch. We even saw orcas (killer whales) this time and watched them play for awhile. It is only the second time that I have seen them but I imagine that it never gets old.
The above painting is the painting that I demonstrated. There were 21 people in the class and each one did an amazing job. It is exciting to watch someone new to watercolor discover how wonderful it is.

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

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Siblings

Commissioned Watercolor
14x20"

I am finally posting a commissioned piece that I finished last week. The family that asked me to do this wanted something from their memorable trip to the Caribbean. I think it is a wonderful way to recall their holiday. It is nice to see siblings that love each other and hopefully they will remember this time as they age.
To commission a painting of your loved ones, please contact me.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

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Maybelle the Cow

Maybelle
poured watercolor
11x14"

This painting is my favorite out of the cow paintings that I poured (one more yet to come!) She is the cow that lives next door to my friend, Cathy. Cathy lives on a lavender farm on the Saanich Peninsula surrounded by beautiful vistas of the island and the water. I am lucky to have so many wonderful friends with inspiring places to paint!
Now I just need to paint the lavender in bloom. 
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Monday, September 13, 2010

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Art Gallery House Tour

View of the living room and the spot that I painted in.

View from the other side

View of the kitchen area and some of my paintings.

This past weekend was the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria House Tour. There were 7 homes on the tour. In each home, an artist had been invited by the Art Gallery to display their work and to paint in the home.
This year the tour was held on the Saanich Penisula. It was a very wet day but it was still a sold out event.
I had never been in this area of the island so had the idea to try to get there earlier than told.  I decided to follow the signs for the art tour and ended up at this gorgeous home. The house captain invited me inside and showed me a bit of the house. I was thinking "Yes! This is my home!!" Then the owner came out. She looked me up and down and said, "She's not our artist!"
Oh. I had the wrong house. Mine was 2 doors down. Thought that was kinda rude of her until I saw "her artist". Young, handsome, and male! I would have been disappointed if I saw me instead of him also.
The house I painted in was a 1960s bungalow that had been newly renovated. The owners had only been in the home for a month and they were very friendly. They invited me in and let me have quite a large space to paint in and to display.
The views were fantastic, overlooking the water and onto the other islands. The floor is leather. The kitchen has blue star granite countertops and basketweave glass tile.  The master bedroom had a bathtub right in front of the full length windows and the tub was transparent!! Not for me, thank you. The ferry goes right by so I would not want to put on that type of show.
I wanted to paint the beautiful view but it was all grey and rainy. Plus I might get carried away and actually paint. Some of the volunteers freaked out when I tried to get water. I was not to leave any water drops in the sink or get any water on the floor. So I painted a portrait very carefully. And talked alot. That being said, I didn't get anything done.
Apparently I had the best spot as the artist. I was told that the other artists were tucked away or in the carports. Lucky me. And like I said, the homeowners were wonderful.
The best part of the whole day is the phone call I received this morning. I sold 2 paintings to one of the patrons. Woohoo!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

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Milking Cows

Milking Cows
Poured Watercolor
11x14"

Another painting from my fabulous weekend at the Saanich Fair. I did a few paintings of cows that are poured watercolors. I really prefer doing buildings as pours but decided to try something new. It is fun to see how it turns out.
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Friday, September 10, 2010

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Ferdinand the Bull

Ferdinand
 11x14"
$100 USD

Here is another painting that I demonstrated at the Saanich Fair over the weekend. The theme of the Fair was cows so I was asked to paint a few. This was my first one and I am quite pleased with him.
It is so exciting to be an artist. There are so many wonderful things to paint! Now I am tempted to do a whole series on barnyard animals.
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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

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Painting at the Saanich Fair

Rooster, 11x14"
$100 USD

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This past weekend I was the guest artist and demonstrator at the Saanich Fair.  I spent 3 wonderful days painting barnyard animals and meeting other artists and art lovers.
The above painting is one of the many roosters that I did paint. The first one sold almost immediately so I decided to do a few more.  I discovered that I really enjoyed painting them with their beautiful tail feathers.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

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Ronda Today

Ronda, Spain
poured watercolor on clayboard
11x14"

Ronda Today, the awesome tourism site for everything and anything Ronda in Andalucia, Spain has featured me on their site. Andy, the site manager, came across my painting of Ronda and was kind enough to tell me that the painting is of the entrance to Calle Tenorio, which is one of the oldest streets in Ronda. Thank you Andy for including my work on your site. To view the article, click here.

To purchase the painting, please contact Madrona Gallery.
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