Monday, January 30, 2012

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Flores de la ventana #2

Pour #2

For the second pour, I have now masked out the next lightest value. 
Then I poured yellow and red around my focal point (the window box) , yellow and blue where the trees are in the back , blue in sky, and some blue and red up in the corner. 
The last thing I did was paint in some darker red pigment where the flowers are.
This is the result of  pour #2 after it has dried.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

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Flores de la ventana #1

Drawing for Caja de la ventana

Today I am teaching a workshop in West Vancouver, BC on pouring watercolors. 
Pouring watercolors is my most popular workshop, so I decided to photograph the process.
The above photograph is the initial drawing.
It is another painting of Spain.
Since pouring is based on understanding values, I find that the white buildings of Spain are wonderful for showing values. 
I start off by stretching my paper and then I transfer my drawing onto my paper.
Next I mask the areas that I want to save, which at this point will be the white part of the building.
Then I pours my colors.
The colors I am using are Winsor Yellow, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, and Winsor Blue.
This is what it looks like after it is poured.

Pour #1

Thursday, January 26, 2012

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Connecting Online 2012

I will be presenting at the Connecting Online Conference 2012 on February 3 at 4:00pm EST (that is 1:00 pm Vancouver time). 
The title of my presentation is Bringing Art to the World.

I will be talking about some ways that educators can incorporate technology into their classroom as well as my experiences using technology to teach.

More information about the conference can be found by clicking here.
To join my session, please click here.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

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Works On Paper Exhibit

Golden Gem

My painting, Golden Gem, has been accepted into the Works On Paper Show through the Federation of Canadian Artists.
Yeah! It is always exciting to be accepted by your peers into a show. The FCA is an amazing group of artists and I am honoured to be showing with them.
The show will run from January 24- February 5, 2012
at the Federation Gallery on Granville Island
located in Vancouver, BC.
Please be sure to stop by for a look if you are in the area.

Golden Gem is also available as a print through Fine Art America.
To purchase, please click here.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

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Every once in awhile I like to break away from what I normally do and try something new. I feel like moving and school has given me an opportunity to break away from my normal routine and challenge myself.
One of these challenges is to work more in the abstract.
Crashing is just that.
Since it is something different than what I usually do, I am not sure how I feel about it. All I know is that I enjoyed the process and I can't sleep because I am thinking about the next one.

I will now be teaching a course on abstract watercolours in Victoria at the Monterey Centre on April 21-22.
More information on how to register can be found by clicking here.

Friday, January 6, 2012

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Silent Slumber

watercolor on clayboard
To purchase, please contact Madrona Gallery

Most of my classes ended at the beginning of December so I had the whole month to spend painting in my studio. It was a much needed break because I was anxious to work on the above painting.
We live in a beautiful part of Vancouver, right next to the Pacific Spirit Park. This park is a rainforest with all sorts of trails to explore. I will often take the dog and my camera and spend a morning exploring. At first I felt overwhelmed by the trees and the rain. Especially since I moved from the edge of Vancouver Island where the sun is more present and the tall trees were further inland. But I have come to love these trees and have found peace and solace among them. The grey and the rain don't seem to bother me as much anymore when I can see the beauty that comes from it.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

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New Year, New Classes

Red Poppies

It is time to dust off that New Year's resolution where you tell yourself that you will paint more.
Taking a class can help you stick to that resolution.
Starting next week, I will be offering several classes in the Vancouver area.
Among these is my Fun with Watercolors class at the Kerrisdale Community Centre where I will be teaching how to paint poppies.
More information on that class can be found by clicking here.
Other classes, including a few in the North Vancouver area, can be found by clicking here.
Please contact me at if you have any questions.

I will also be teaching several workshops in Victoria during the March break.
These include:

More information on these courses can be found by clicking here.

For those of you that are not in the Vancouver area, I have some exciting news.
Starting in February, I will be teaching online courses. Yeah! More information will be available soon.

I hope to see many of you in the coming year and would love to help you with your painting goals.
Happy New Year!

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