Tuesday, November 30, 2010

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Holiday Cards

This past Sunday I taught a fun class on Painting Holiday Cards in Watercolor. This idea came about because some friends of mine make their own cards every year. In fact, they start them early in the year and spend countless hours on these little gems. I have been fortunate enough to be a recipient of these annual cards and cherish each and everyone. They are now one of the things I most look forward to at Christmas and are reserved a spot on the mantle.
These friends have since inspired me to make my own cards. I really don't have the time to make as many cards as I would like, so I have chosen to only paint 10-20 cards/year. Then I got this great idea to teach how to paint holiday cards because who doesn't love a handmade gift?
My goal was to show some techniques for simple winter landscapes that my students can then use on their own cards. Once they have these techniques mastered, they can then paint their own cards with different compositions and colors.
The above painting is just one example of what I taught.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

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Willows Elementary School

Willows Elementary School
Poured Watercolor
14x20"

This year is the 100th year celebration for the local elementary school- Willows Elementary. To commemorate this event, it was requested that I do a painting of the school. This painting will be donated to be hung in the front entrance. It will also be made into notebooks and other items that will be used to raise money for the school.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

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Christmas Jingle Bell

Christmas Jingle Bell
oil on canvas
5x7"

This past weekend was my big studio tour and it certainly felt like it was a prelude to the holiday season. Most of the island was covered in snow. It did snow in Oak Bay but fortunately it didn't stay. Lucky for me, the show was still on. Although some art connoisseurs may have been detered by the weather, many friends and art lovers made it out to my home. So, thank you to those of you that were able to make it.

Now it is time to prepare for Christmas and the holiday shopping season. Several of my paintings are available through my Etsy shop, Artistically Connected, and Madrona Gallery.

Since I had enjoyed painting my other jingle bell in oil so much that I had to do another one. This one has a green ribbon instead of blue. The first Jingle Bell is part of the Small Treasures III show at the Coast Collective Gallery that opens this Thursday. The weather should be much warmer by then so hopefully you will make it out that way to see some of my work.

For more information about the Small Treasures III show, please visit the Coast Collective Gallery.

Friday, November 19, 2010

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Oak Bay Studio Tour this weekend

Olive Trees and Poppies
11x14"
sold

The Oak Bay Fall Studio Tour is this weekend. Twenty local artists will be opening their homes and studios to the public. It is a wonderful event to start the holiday shopping.
My painting of Olive Trees and Poppies is featured in the brochure (I'm #1 on the brochure) and it will be on sale along with many other paintings. Prices range from $100 - $2000 for originals. Notebooks and cards will also be on sale.
The show runs both Saturday and Sunday, 12-4:30pm. My studio will be open at 12 on Saturday. However, I will not be there until 2pm. Other people will be there to greet you if you are not able to come after 2.

Hope to see you there!!

More information can be found at Oak Bay Recreation.
A brochure can be downloaded here.


Notebooks with images of my paintings will be on sale at the studio tour.
Prices are $8.50 for the small (6x9") notebooks and $12 for the large (8.5x11") notebooks.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

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Field of Blue Camas

Field of Blue Camas
11x14"
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Field of Blue Camas is a painting that I demonstrated for my Fun and Free watercolor class. It is a view of the Garry Oak trees and the beautiful camas that grows in Anderson Hill Park.
Atmospheric colors of yellow, red, and blue are washed across the paper. Then the sky and sky holes are masked out so that paint can be splashed and splattered without worrying about it getting into the sky. Once the tree has been painted, the mask is brought up and the tree limbs are added.
This week has been another busy week. My studio tour is this coming weekend. I am frantically getting ready for it as well as continuing to teach. I also overbooked my weekend (not my fault-honest!!!) and I will also be demonstrating my pouring technique Saturday morning before the studio tour opens. Talk about crazy!! Fortunately I have some very good friends and a wonderful daughter that are willing to help me out.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

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Remembrance Day

Red Poppies
14x20"
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In honor of Remembrance Day, I am posting my recent painting of red poppies. This watercolor is another painting that I did by masking out three of the poppies then pouring, blowing and spraying paint in the background. After the paint dried, I painted the three poppies. Then I "found" more poppies, leaves and buds in the background through negative painting.

Friday, November 5, 2010

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Stormy Sky

Stormy Sky
7x10"

Yesterday was the last of my skies class. To finish off, I taught the class how to do the above painting. We did 7 skies in the 8 weeks. Some were a real challenge but it was great to see what everyone accomplished. I really enjoyed painting and teaching different skies but I especially enjoyed my students. I must admit that it was one of the best groups that I have taught and I will miss them. 
This week has been another crazy week. I have my studio tour in 2 weeks and I agreed to do a couple of pouring demonstrations as I continue to teach several more classes. O yes. And the sleepover birthday party for my 10 year old son. A house full of 10 year old boys should be fun. Not sure what I was thinking? I always think I can do more than I actually can. I've decided that I can get it all done if I just cut out the sleep. It would also help if the weather and the car cooperated. Might as well throw the kids into that mix. Maybe I could bribe the 10 year old boys to clean?
Hopefully the stars, the universe and everything else will align in such a way that I can get it all done.

Monday, November 1, 2010

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Emma's Hollyhocks

Emma's Hollyhocks
12x22"
sold
Emma's Hollyhocks is another painting I did with my beginning class. The inspiration for this painting came from the beautiful red blossoms growing in my neighbor's (Emma's) yard. 
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