Friday, July 26, 2013

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UVic Art Exhibition

For the past 3 summers, while at the University of Victoria, I have worked in a studio with 18 other amazing artists. All of us are currently in the middle of completing our Masters of Art Education. 
To celebrate this event and to show some of the work we have accomplished while in the program, we will be exhibiting at the Cedar Hill Rec Centre in Victoria.
I will have one piece in the show.
The exhibition runs from August 1-13 in the Cafe Gallery.
We will be having an opening reception on July 31, 6-8 pm.
The address is 
3220 Cedar Hill Rd, Victoria.
Hope some of you can make it there!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

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White Dome Geyser

White Dome Geyser
Yellowstone National Park

Here is another painting from my series of Yellowstone National Park.
I am currently working on the written portion of my thesis project which is a journal of my painting process of Yellowstone National Park.
White Dome Geyser is just one of the small sketch like paintings that I did for the project.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

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Island Treasures

Island Treasures

This weekend I am teaching a course called Old Growth Forests of Vancouver Island in Watercolor.
The above piece is what we are painting.
It is a scene from near Lake Mesachie which is south of Cowichan Lake.
I called it Island Treasures because there are so many wonderful things to be found in the forests of the island. It is also a part of Canada's Mossiest Maple Rainforest. The rainforest is in the territory of the Hul'qumi'num First Nations group. It is a forest of big leaf maple trees that are draped in gardens of mosses and ferns. Other old growth forests in Canada are coniferous (firs, cedars, spruce, etc). This rainforest has mostly deciduous or broad leaf trees. 
The Rainforest is also nicknamed Fangorn Forest after the ancient forest in "Lord of the Rings"
Unfortunately, this forest is not protected. It would be good if this area received the recognition and protection that it deserves.
More information and images can be here.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

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Excelsior Geyser

Excelsior Geyser
Yellowstone National Park

Happy Independence Day!
To celebrate the birth of my country, I decided to put up another Yellowstone painting.
Yellowstone National Park was not only the first place in the US to be preserved and recognized as a national park, it is the first one in the world.
Yellowstone was recognized by Congress in 1872 with the help of a watercolorist, Thomas Moran.
Moran journeyed to the region just to capture the place in paint.
These paintings were then presented to Congress to convince them that all the stories of the natural wonders were real.  It obviously worked.
For that is the power of art.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

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Mammoth Hot Spring Study

Study of Mammoth Hot Springs

This summer is my last summer for working on my Masters of Art Education degree.
At the end of last summer I finally figured out what I wanted to do for my thesis project. I have wanted to paint Yellowstone National Park for many years and decided that now was the time. My family has had countless holidays to the park and I feel like through all the moving around, it has been a constant in my life. 
 This past year, I have worked on painting memories of the park and discovering what about this region inspires me .
This study of Mammoth Hot Springs is one such memory. 
It is from a time where my parents took me and my children (who were small at the time) to visit the springs.
Although it was a cloudy, overcast day, it was wonderful to be there and I was extremely camera happy.
Along with the melting ice cream cones and the lounging elk, we saw a small original Thomas Moran watercolor almost hidden away inside the museum.

Monday, July 1, 2013

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Harbour Seal DVD

Harbour Seal DVD
$30 USD + $5.99 for shipping to the US and Canada

For those of you that were not able to attend my workshop last month at April Point Spa and Resort, you missed a fabulous few days in painting paradise. But do not despair, I made a DVD of how to paint that adorable harbor seal.
The DVD is $30 USD (plus $5.99 for shipping and handling ) for orders placed in the US and Canada.
For other international orders, please contact me for shipping prices.

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