Wednesday, April 25, 2012

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Great Blue Heron

Great Blue

On Wednesdays I teach a course on Birds in Watercolor.

My very first watercolors when I was 14 were of birds.
When I went to university, I got my degree in Zoology.
One of my favorite courses was on birds where I had to reconstruct a red tail hawk's skeleton using a real red tail hawk. 
(The hawk was already deceased when I received him. Sadly, he had been hit by a truck.)

Immediately after university I worked as a zookeeper at Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City.
I started to paint birds again when I was working there.
My first solo show was mostly of birds and I sold every single piece.
Then I stopped painting birds for awhile.
Guess I got them out of my system and I wanted to try something new.
Now I am returning to birds.

Since there are so many beautiful herons that live around us, (in fact one likes to roost in our backyard) I thought I would start with this magnificent bird.

Friday, April 20, 2012

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Another Crazy Week

Chinatown Lantern
being shown at the T-Room 
4445 10th Ave W, Vancouver, BC

It has definitely been another crazy week.
I started my classes at Brock House on Monday.
The course is Fun with Watercolors where we pour, blow, and fingerpaint a background to some poppies.

View from Brock House. 
I am lucky to be teaching at such a great place!

On Tuesday I woke up at 3am in a panic about all that I need to get done and worked til 2pm then started to feel a little woozy and couldn't think straight. I decided that I would take a quick nap. I had an hour before I needed to get the kids. I could do this. 
My quick nap was super quick though. Just barely fell asleep when the dog started to bark wildly, then the phone rang, then my daughter started to text me. That is when I realized it just was not going to happen. 
2 pm is not a good time to nap.
I ended up dragging for the rest of the day and was really frustrated with that. It use to be that I work for days without much sleep. I hate getting older.

However, on Wednesday I realized that there was possibly more to my exhaustion than just a shorter night of sleep.
Woke up feeling just fine but after class and running errands for most of the day, I ended up with a fever and sore throat.
Oh no! I said. I'm sick! 
So I crawled into bed and didn't get up until the next morning.
But not until after I cancelled my abstract course for this weekend. 
I was really disappointed to cancel it but I didn't even want to think about it at that point and didn't know when I would be feeling better.
Plus my daughter informed me that she has a huge church activity this weekend that she really wanted me to take her to. I thought I better play mom for this one.
I hope to reschedule the course for sometime this summer in Victoria.
If interested, please contact me.

Thank goodness I woke up all better on Thursday.
Thursday was spent running some of my paintings around to stores in the area.
As part of the Artists in our Midst Studio Tours, several merchants have kindly agreed to display a painting in their window and help us advertise.

My paintings are being displayed at the T-Room Bakery, All Seasons Nails, and BJ's all on West 10th.
There will be another painting going up at Courtney's in Kerrisdale on 41st on Tuesday.

Needless to say, since I have been not feeling well and running paintings around, I am behind on my Watercolor Weapons blog. No posts yet today but that is next. 

Monday, April 16, 2012

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Vancouver Sun Run

I Did It!

Yesterday was Vancouver's 10K Sun Run.
This is my first time doing the Sun Run and my first time doing a 10K. 
My husband's office does the corporate team sponsorship every year so we both signed up to be a part of the run.
The team's name was The Speed Bumps which I thought was appropriate for me since my mantra while training was "I Am The Turtle. I Am The Turtle."

There were 48,000 people that ran the race.
My time was 1:12:10
I placed # 21830.

Think I have a chance at the big time?
The Starting Line
We were in the white group.
There were 3 groups of runners that started before us.

I didn't dress up for the run but several people from the office dressed up as pigs.

Love the pink port-a-potties!

Me and some of the piggies!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

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Into The Woods

Into The Woods

I think I have mentioned in a previous post that I live near Pacific Spirit Park in Vancouver.
It is part of the University of British Columbia's Endowment Lands and has all these incredible trails that run through an old growth forest.
I have spent the past several months training for a 10K by running on these trails and just love it!
My dog loves them also.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

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Orpheum Final

The Orpheum

I finally got around to photographing the finished Orpheum painting yesterday.
I really enjoyed doing a night scene and want to do more! 
This painting (along with several of my other paintings) will be on display at the Jericho Arts Centre starting at the end of the month.
More details about that show will come later.

Friday, April 6, 2012

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Bloom IV Exhibition

The Annual Bloom Exhibition is on again at the Coast Collective Gallery in Victoria, BC.
I am pleased to have 2 pieces in the show.
I am especially pleased that my painting, Solar Flare, was chosen for the invitations.

Lavender Dreams is the other painting that was chosen.

Bloom IV runs from April 4-22.
Meet the Artists Reception is Saturday, April 7, 2-4 pm 

Thursday, April 5, 2012

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Artists In Our Midst YouTube Video

Artists In Our Midst Studio Tour 2012

My home and studio will be open to the public on May 19-20 as part of the Artists In Our Midst Studio Tours.
It is a local community of over 50 artists on the west side of Vancouver.
The above YouTube video was done by the publicity group and Marion Landry, one of the artists, did a great job.
There is also a reception at the Roundhouse Community Centre on May 16.
More information can be found by clicking here.

I hope that those of you in Vancouver can attend.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

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Almost Done

WIP- trees

I had a little incident over the weekend that threw me off of my decision to blog more.
I am still not sure how to approach it so I am just going to move on until I find the words to talk about it.
 I do want to thank everyone for all your encouraging words.
Like all things, being an artist has its challenges. 

Most of my weekend was spent with my family and hiding in my studio painting my trees.
The best part of it was when my husband said he could tell I was enjoying this piece because I had a goofy little smile on my face. 

The other piece that I am painting is on clayboard.
It is the Vancouver skyline as seen from Jericho Beach.

WIP- Vancouver Skyline

It is interesting to do washes on a piece of clayboard this big. The texture is pebbly (is that a word?) and washes don't go on as easily. In spite of that, I really like the effect.

I have a show going up in 3 weeks at the Jericho Arts Centre.
When I applied to have the show last summer, I thought I would have plenty of time to get 6 large paintings done.
It is crunch time but thank goodness I have a couple of weeks before classes begin to try to get more done.

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