Friday, May 27, 2011

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Tiger Iris


Tiger Iris
6x8"

The American Iris Convention starts next week. I am frantically getting ready and barely holding it together. Today I pack up the truck and leave for Victoria. The sun shines more over there so I am looking forward to it.
It will be a very full 10 days for me though. I start off the week teaching a 2 day floral workshop at the Ocean Wilderness Inn in Sooke, BC. (Yes, I am hoping to squeeze in another iris.)
Then I set up Monday morning for the show because it opens that afternoon. From Monday through Friday I will be sitting at my booth happily painting more irises! (If I am not too tired to paint)
Then I end the whole week with another workshop at the Monterey Centre in Oak Bay.
In between all of that, I hope to return to my favorite restaurant (Santiagos), have a run along my favorite beach, visit my favorite students and friends, and run my son around visiting his friends. Sometime among all that I am to meet with the university to discuss my Masters program.
Which brings me to more good news. I have been accepted into the Masters of Art Education program at the University of Victoria. Very exciting.

Monday, May 23, 2011

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Golden Gem

Golden Gem
22x30"
Prints available through Fine Art America by clicking here.

My WIP of the yellow iris is finally finished. Yeah! I was told that this iris is a type of gem iris so the name is Golden Gem.
I had some wonderful comments from so many talented artists- artists whose work I am awe of. I really enjoy looking at their work and getting some feedback on my own. Especially since I am feeling a bit more isolated now that I have moved. I can't call up my arteest friends to come over and critique my work. (Miss you guys!!) It is great to be a part of an international community through technology though.
Now I can frame it and get it ready for the Iris Convention which starts next Monday.
I hope to get a couple of more small paintings done before then.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

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WIP- Yellow Iris

Work in Progress- Yellow Iris
22x30"

I don't usually like to show my work in progress (unless it is a pour) but I have been working on this iris for the past few weeks. I don't know what I was thinking by doing a yellow iris this big but I must say that I love the composition.
Sometimes when I am in a middle of a painting and I feel stuck, I will photograph it. By seeing it smaller and on the computer screen, I get a fresh perspective. Then I figure out what to do next and where to go from there. I know I need to go darker with my shadows in some areas but how to do it is always the question with yellow. Is the shadow more red or more blue? Do I want it more orange or more green? The good news is that an area I was having a problem with doesn't look as bad as I thought.
The other problem is a name. Any suggestions?

Friday, May 13, 2011

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Garry Oak of Anderson Hill

Garry Oak of Anderson Hill
11x14"

Now that I am settled into our new home, I have started teaching classes at the Kerrisdale Community Centre. It is just a small group of beginners but they are great. I teach them watercolor and they teach me about what is going on in the area.
The course is on landscapes. The first couple of weeks I showed them a few simple exercises in watercolor before I had them do the above scene. The painting is of Anderson Hill Park in Victoria. I wish I had scenes of Vancouver but being winter, it has been hard to get decent photos. I must admit that I don't like the cold and am no longer a fan of the rain.
I will be teaching at the centre again in the fall.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

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Royal Gold

Royal Gold
6x8"

I have been working like crazy trying to get several things finished this week. I accepted an illustration job a couple of months ago and now I am regretting it terribly. Just not enough time in my life. This work can be seen on my illustration blog.
I also had the fantastic opportunity to learn from the master of all watercolor, Joseph Zbukvic. It was a wonderful four days of painting on Granville Island.
Finally, this past weekend I taught a workshop to a fabulous group in North Vancouver. I am currently completing the painting and hope to have it done soon.
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