Thursday, February 28, 2013

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Prince Rupert Creative Jam

Drifting In Color
poured watercolor

This past weekend I had an amazing opportunity to teach a workshop in Prince Rupert, BC as part of their Creative Jam.
For those of you that don't know about Prince Rupert, it is on the coast of Northern BC about 25 miles south of Alaska. Surprisingly the weather does not get too cold during the winter. It just rains all the time. At least that is what I was told. I was blessed to be there when the sun shone and I discovered what a beautiful place it is.

 The awesome Coral  of River Walker Arts contacted me and requested that I teach a workshop for the Creative Jam and I chose to teach  pouring.. Drifting In Color is actually a painting I did several years ago but I have always wanted to try it as a pour. Most of the participants chose to follow me but a few did other subject matter.
Coral did an amazing painting which you can see here.

Here are some of the other paintings from some of the students:

The people I met are so kind and gracious. I feel so blessed to have met each and every one of them.
I think the best part about being an artist and educator is being able to meet so many wonderful people.
Thank you for having me.

Like I said, the rain stopped for me while I was there and I was able to take awesome photos that I can paint from.

Sarah, one of the watercolorists, also graciously took me on a sunrise tour across the water to her home at Dodge Cove the last day that I was there.
Dodge Cove is on an island across from Prince Rupert.
You can only get there by boat and boasts about 40 residents during the summer months. Less in the winter.
I can not tell you enough how wonderful and beautiful this area is and awesome the people were to me.
Thank you Sarah for taking me on the tour of the harbor and Dodge Cove.

 View of Dodge Cove

View from Dodge Cove

Another view from Dodge Cove

Friday, February 22, 2013

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Tumultuous Seas

Tumultuous Seas

Recently I have been working on how to capture crashing waves in water.
It has been so much fun to figure out and to play with how paint and water move.
It is definitely a lesson in letting go.
Using squirt bottles filled with paint, spray bottles filled with water, and other tools, I had a great time painting.
I usually use cold press paper in most of my paintings but decided to try hot press for the waves.
The slipperiness of the paper really adds to how the paint moves and I find it easier to lift and scratch away the paint.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

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Cloudy Tofino

Cloudy Tofino

Cloudy Tofino is another sky painting I demonstrated back in December. 
It is from another wonderful vacation to Tofino, BC.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

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Signature Membership in the CSPWC

Poured Watercolor

Today I received the news that I am now a signature member of the Canadian Society of Painters In Water Colour. (CSPWC)
It is such a wonderful honor to be part of this great group of watercolorists.
My painting, Unity, was also chosen to be part of the CSPWC's National Collection, which is housed in Ontario. 
It is just so exciting to realize that after many years of hard work, one of my major goals has been met.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

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Sunrise Over Mt Baker

Sunrise Over Mt. Baker

  A couple of summers ago, I was fortunate enough to house sit for one of my students while I was attending UVic and she was away visiting family.
Her apartment was right next to the Oak Bay Beach Hotel near the Marina (in Victoria, BC) with a wonderful view of Mt. Baker in Washington State.
Every morning for a month, I would witness a spectacular sunrise. 
I made sure I was up early enough just to capture it.

This past December, I was able to use some of my photos for a couple of courses that I taught on skies.
Yesterday, I realized I had yet to post my paintings from these courses.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

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Brown Eyed Girl

Brown Eyed Girl

This brown eyed cutie is a painting I did with my Animals in Watercolor class.
It shows the versatility of only 3 colors-
Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, and French Ultramarine Blue.

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