Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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NAMTA Art Materials Trade Show

I'm in Pittsburgh and just finished my first day of demonstrating for Indigo Art Papers. It is all so very exciting to see the products, the artists, and the buyers. 

Here is our both. The owner, Sundeep, is pretending to paint. Ha! See the banner? I did that. I'm not a graphic designer but tried to pull something together for the show. My paintings are also in the front.

I really have met some fabulous people and of course gushed over the Daniel Smith booth. The had their line of primatek colours displayed with all those gorgeous rocks. ( yes, I love rocks! They make pigment :) from which I can paint) I forgot my camera when I visited them so I'll try to remember tomorrow.

Then I met another really cool artist. He was creating this amazing painting of my favorite villain, Milificant from Sleeping Beauty. His name is Christian Masot. 

And here is what I demonstrated today. 


I really felt like I was going to be this little fish swimming with the big ones but once I got going, I felt good. It all just came to me and I'm happy with what I completed. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Sunset Rose

Sunset Rose

      I did this painting awhile ago at a workshop in North Vancouver. I think it was March? I've been so busy lately that I seem to have lost track of time. Sigh. So much is going on! My daughter is applying to universities and is currently trying to make the big decision. My son is getting more involved in sports. Right now it is high jump. The poor dog is putting on a bit of weight from the lack of long walks. Good thing spring warmer weather is here. And I, of course, am still trying to keep it all organized. 
     Tomorrow I am teaching my first Photoshop for the Artist course at the Monterey Centre in Victoria. Then I have scheduled to do some individual critiques at the centre on Friday and finally, on Saturday-Sunday, I am teaching Painting the Abstract in Watercolor, also at Monterey. I am looking forward to that one. We will be painting to music and trying to recreate a sound through color. 
     Then on Tuesday, I am doing a very exciting thing. I am flying to Pittsburgh to demonstrate and promote Indigo Art Papers at the NAMTA (National Art Materials Trade Show) Conference. There will be representatives from all the big brands and art stores across North America. I am a little nervous and excited all at the same time. I will keep everyone updated on how it goes. Hopefully I will remember to take a few photos. I tend to feel overwhelmed with nervousness at times and forget. 
      If you happen to be at the conference, please stop by and say hello. It would be great to meet some of you.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

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Negative Painting, Positive Thinking Workshop

Cherry Blossoms

This past Monday I taught a course on negative painting at the Federation Gallery. Since it is springtime and all the gorgeous cherry blossoms are out on the trees in Vancouver, I was inspired to paint them! 
The class was a great group of artists. Most have done watercolor before and knew the challenge of the medium. But they also discovered more of the joy! I hope that all of them go home and paint! paint! paint! 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

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Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle

Last weekend I taught a course on Castles and Churches of Europe. I wanted to show how to get the awesome texture of old stone castles so I chose to paint Eilean Doonan Castle in Scotland. The castle is near the village of Dornie and the Isle of Skye. I have never been there but a student of mine is from Dornie and is always talking about how amazing it is. She has a collection of castle photos a mile high and happily let me go through them. This painting was inspired by one of her favorite photos with the orange sea lilies in front. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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NWWS 74th Annual International Open Exhibition

Fish Food

My painting Fish Food has been accepted into the Northwest Watercolor Society 74th Annual International Open Exhibition. Yay! It is so exciting to be a part of this show. There were nearly 500 entries from all over the world and only 62 were accepted. My friend and once upon a time student, Sandra (Sam) Boehner also got accepted into the show. That was just as exciting to find out.
Last week I delivered the painting to another artist whose work is in the exhibition, Debbie Haggman. Debbie was kind enough to deliver our paintings to Seattle for us. She lives just over the border in Washington state and it was a great excuse to return to my home country and go shopping! Of course I took the kids and we had a good time shopping for sandals and summer clothes. 
The exhibition will be held at the American Art Company in Tacoma, Washington from April 19 - June 6, 2014. 
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