Friday, December 23, 2016

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Merry Christmas!

Snow Fall

Merry Christmas! Thank you to all of you for your continued support.
I look forward to sharing my work with you in 2017 and to viewing many of your creative masterpieces. May each one of you have a healthy and happy holiday season.


Sunday, December 4, 2016

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

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Touching Heaven

Touching  Heaven

This painting is one that I demonstrated and taught to a fabulous group of watercolorists in North Vancouver. This group was mostly some of my students from when I lived in Vancouver and were so good, that they had the painting done in no time and ready to move on to more. Over the course of 2 days, we were able to complete 3 sky paintings. And of course, I love sky paintings so it was awesome that we were able to paint so many of them! 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

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Winter Stroll

Winter Stroll

This past weekend I taught a workshop on painting snow and winter landscapes in Victoria. We did two paintings. Winter Stroll is the first of the two. I will post the other painting later this week. 

Monday, October 24, 2016

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Lost At Sea

Lost At Sea
watercolor on aquaboard

Lost at Sea was painted a few years ago after my son and I went for a walk at Willows Beach in Victoria. It was inspired by an abandoned raft with a sheet as a sail. It was no doubt a child's fantasy in the works and we joined in the imaginary dreams as we discussed Swiss Family Robinson, pirates, and all the adventures that could occur out at sea. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

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My Video Collection now available

A few years ago I created some instructional DVDs on how to paint several different watercolor techniques. Now that the way of the DVD is becoming history, I decided that I needed to make these videos available for download on your computer or mobile device. 
These videos are now available through Vimeo as a set or you can purchase them individually. 

The videos are Fun With Watercolors: Great Blue Heron where I show how to pour, blow, and finger paint with watercolor to create an fun and interesting background for a heron.

Fun With Watercolors: Harbor Seal is similar to the heron video but shows techniques for creating a seal with surrounding kelp.

Pouring Liquid Color: Floating in Color is the full pouring technique that you see me do so often.

Fun and Free Watercolor Landscape: Woodland Pasture is where I show how to splatter, salt and and paint a landscape.

Each video is $25 USD or you can buy the whole collection for $90 USD- a 10% discount. 
Rentals of the videos are also available.

To purchase or to view a clip of each individual video, go to Vimeo by clicking here.

Reference material for each video can also be found on my website by clicking here

Have fun painting! 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

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Blue Beauty

Blue Beauty
7.25" x 10.5"

I've been going through some older paintings and studies that I have done over the years and came across this little beauty, which I named Blue Beauty.

I did this painting years ago for the National Iris Convention held in Victoria, BC. I was asked to participate as an artist at this convention and since irises hold a special memory for me, I chose to be a part of the convention.

Irises are special to me because they were my grandmother's favorite flower. She took real pleasure from her garden and I always enjoyed rambling through the one she had at her house. Towards the end of her life, my grandmother had to move in with my parents, giving up the garden she had worked on for so many years. At this time I was attending university and I enjoyed being able to visit her whenever I went home for a visit. We would watch old movies like Gone With the Wind and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and on Saturday nights, the Lawrence Welk Show.
My grandmother passed away while I was in my third year of university. It was New Year's Eve and she had survived cancer but died from an infection she received at the hospital. It was sad to have her go that way. 
She must have known she would not survive the winter though. For the next spring, an amazing thing began to happen in my mother's garden. Over a hundred iris plants began to bloom all over the yard. All different colors and varieties. I remember going home and seeing all these amazing plants in the yard and asking my mother about them. My mother was amazed also for she had no idea that her mother had planted so many of them. It was a beautiful reminder of a beautiful person. 
So whenever I see an iris, I think of my grandmother and the message she sent that she is still there, watching over us. And each iris that I paint, is a tribute to my grandmother. 

Monday, September 19, 2016

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Art and Autumn Event in My Vida Shop

Strands of Silk Tote Bag
now available in my VIDA shop

I am excited to let you know that I have several new items now available in my VIDA shop! 
These items include my milkweed painting on shirts and scarves as well as tote bags!

To celebrate the addition of tote bags and all things autumn, VIDA is having an Art & Autumn Event,
now through Monday, September 26. 

This event is a sale in my shop! Here is what is going on:

The Art + Autumn Event

20% off $100+ (use code AUTUMN20)
30% off $300+ (use code AUTUMN100)
40% off $1200+ (use code AUTUMN500)

Expires September 26, 2016
VIDA Gift box and pocket squares not eligible

Awesome, isn't it? To view items for purchase, please click here.

Here are some photos of what else is available:

Saturday, September 17, 2016

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Daily Paintworks Auction and Feature

Seascape I

I have been hearing about Daily Paintworks for a few years now from fellow artist friends. It is a site that promotes and sells art and has some pretty amazing artists. So yesterday, I decided to join the site and put my first piece up for auction starting this morning.  Then I get a message that I am today's feature on their FB page. Pretty cool, eh?

I decided to start with selling some of my studies, like the one above. Starting bid is just $50. 
The auction takes place for just 7 days and ends on September 23. 

Monday, September 12, 2016

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Red Octopus Linocut Print

Red Octopus
Linocut Print

As many of you know, I have been playing with some printmaking, including linocut prints. Red Octopus is an edition of 10 prints. 
This particular linocut was done using the reduction method, made famous by Picasso. The process is similar to poured watercolors, where you save the certain colors by cutting that color away. For instance in the above print, I first cut away what would be the white of the paper on a linoleum block. I then inked the block with red and some yellow to get the orangey red that you see of the octopus. Then I placed printmaking paper on top of my block and hand pulled the image. After I made several images, I cut away where the red of the octopus would be, leaving the linoleum that would be inked black. Finally I lined up the inked block (just black this time) with the images I had already pulled and got my prints. 
Here is the image signed and numbered:

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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Lavender Blues

Lavender Blues
Watercolor and Paper Collage

I've been sorting through some old studies lately and have discovered lots of paper with just splashes of color as well as many unfinished paintings. I am always telling my students that they can use their unfinished or unloved paintings for collages so I thought I would practice what I preach. 
Lavender Blues is an old painting I started in a class many years ago. I only finished the jug and some of the fabric of the quilt around the jug in watercolor. Everything else was unfinished, forgotten, and then left in a discarded pile under my bed. To finish it off, I cut up some of my old monoprints and watercolor paintings, found some really cool tissue paper and went to work. I enjoyed the process and trying something new but would love to hear what you think and if you have ever done a collage with old paintings.  

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

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Beauty As Well As Bread

Beauty As Well As Bread

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. 
-John Muir

Yellowstone National Park is one of my favorite places to visit. It is a place that does heal and give strength to my soul. This pour of Yellowstone Canyon took me the past couple of weeks to complete. I chose to do 7 layers of pours and was really nervous about how it would turn out. Masking all those layers seemed confusing at times. I had to get up and walk away from the painting when I started to go cross-eyed.
I usually stick to 3 colors when I pour but decided to add an extra color - quinacridone sienna. It helped give the canyon walls a nice earthy color, yet keep the vibrancy that I enjoy when I paint.  I also chose to use both the red shade and the green shade of the phthalo blue. I started out with the red shade but decided my greens were becoming too dull so switch to the green shade. Plus the green shade worked better for the water.  I have to say that I really am quite please with it.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

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Varnishing Brush

Varnishing Brush

As I mentioned in a previous post, I am spending time with family this month in Idaho and haven't had time to paint or to post much. However, I was able to paint the above brush.
It is one of my varnishing brushes. I use it to varnish some of my watercolors so they don't have to be put under glass. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

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Fan Brush

Fan Brush

I'm back to painting more of my supplies. This one is my fan brush. What do you need a fan brush in watercolor for? Why for cheering you on while you paint grass and fur, of course!

Friday, August 5, 2016

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Born A Country Girl

Born A Country Girl

During the past month, not only was I trying to paint my supplies on a daily basis, I was also completing some unfinished paintings. The above portrait was demonstrated for a class of mine this past spring and I finally got around to finishing the hat and background. The model is my cute niece who happens to love horseback riding and all things country. 

Sunday, July 31, 2016

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Day 31 Month Long Project

Brown Eyed Girl

It is the last day of the challenge and I am so happy that I did! It has been difficult on some days to take the time to paint, especially with the weather being so nice. I also did some traveling during the month but discovered that if I planned my time well and got up early, I was able to get a small painting completed.

For my final post of the month, I thought I would show what I have been working on when I wasn't painting my supplies. 
It is a portrait of my daughter's friend. 

Painting everyday has made me fall in love with painting again. As mentioned before, due to circumstances, I got away from it and forgot how doing something creative on a daily basis improves my mood, keeps me focused, and inspires me to be a happier and healthier person. 
I must admit that it will be difficult to continue to paint daily, especially since I will be spending the rest of the summer with family, but I can bring my studio and camera with me as I try to stay inspired.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

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Day 30 So Much More Than A Toothbrush


I have a few toothbrushes in my studio and I use them for a variety of reasons - from splattering paint to scrubbing paint off. I thought it would be fun to try to paint one of the. 

Friday, July 29, 2016

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Day 29 Mechanical Pencil

Mechanical Pencil

Another must have for an artist is a pencil. I prefer using a mechanical pencil because I like to have a sharp point at all times. 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Monday, July 25, 2016

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Day 25 One of the most important tools

Nikon 5200

I needed a break from painting paint I decided to paint my camera since it is a very important tool in my studio. This painting actually took me 2 days to complete and so didn't work on it just for today. 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Friday, July 22, 2016

Thursday, July 21, 2016

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Day 21 Quinacridone Rose

Daniel Smith
Quinacridone Rose

Today I chose to paint quinacridone rose for a couple of reasons. One is that it is an awesome color. The other is because it is the same as permanent rose. I usually include permanent rose on my supply lists for my classes. However, if you have quin rose, that works just as well. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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Day 20 Permanent Rose

Winsor & Newton
Permanent Rose

An all time favorite - permanent rose. 
I really did not like pink when I was little. I would get angry at my mother for buying me pink items. 
But now I love it! Of course it has to be a bright pink, not some pastel pansy pink. A pink that screams, look at me! I'm perfectly pink! 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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Day 19 Permanent Alizarin Crimson

Winsor and Newton
Permanent Alizarin Crimson

Next are the reds in my palette, starting with an extremely versatile and must have color - Permanent Alizarin Crimson. I am not a big fan of using it alone but love to mix with this color, especially when making darks. And it must be the permanent kind, not the regular alizarin crimson.

I am quite pleased that I have painted everyday this month so far. I use to paint nearly everyday but fell out of the routine the past couple of years for personal reasons. Getting back into the routine has sparked my imagination and ideas are starting to flow. 

Monday, July 18, 2016

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Day 18 Raw Sienna

Winsor and Newton
Raw Sienna

Another sienna color. This time raw sienna. I usually don't mind if my colors are either Winsor & Newton or Daniel Smith but for the sienna, they must be Winsor & Newton. I find that they are more transparent and brighter in color. 

Sunday, July 17, 2016

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Day 17 Burnt Sienna

Winsor and Newton
Burnt Sienna

Now on to my favorite earth colors, starting with burnt sienna. I have to buy the big tube of this because I go through it so quickly. 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

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Day 16 Another Beautiful Blue

Winsor & Newton
Winsor Blue

Blue is such a wonderful color and I tend to gravitate toward all things blue. Maybe that is why I started with painting the blues in my palette. 
Winsor Blue is one of my favorite to mix other colors with. It feels so clean and fresh to me. It seems to keep the colors that it mixes with beautifully transparent. 

Friday, July 15, 2016

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Day 15 French Ultramarine Blue

Winsor and Newton's 
French Ultramarine Blue

Today I painted another beautiful blue. I not only love the hue, but I also love the way that French Ultramarine granulates and mixes with other colors. 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

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Day 14 Cobalt Blue

Winsor and Newton
Cobalt Blue

Day 14 of the Challenge

I am now into painting my favorite tubes of paint, starting with my favorite sky color, cobalt blue.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

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Day 13 World Watercolor Month Challenge


I sat down to paint this morning with a cup of tea and decided to paint the teabag. Since tea is part of my studio routine I thought it fit in well with my other studio tools. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

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Day 12 World Watercolor Month Challenge

Watercolor Pigment Stick
Quinacridone Coral

I recently purchased some watercolor pigment sticks from Daniel Smith. These are concentrated watercolors that can be wet on the stick or after drawing something on paper. Part of the stick can also be put in a pan and with the addition of water, becomes just like paint from the tube. 

Monday, July 11, 2016

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Day 11 World Watercolor Month Challenge

My Smallest Palette

I continue to paint some of my favorite tools. This one is my smallest palette. Another perfect painting gadget for travel.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

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Day 10 World Watercolor Month Challenge

Hydration Pouch

You are probably wondering how a the above water container has become one of my favorite tools. 
I actually use it to carry my water when I am doing some outdoor painting. 

Saturday, July 9, 2016

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Water Brush

Water Brush

Day 9 of the World Watercolor Month Challenge.

I continue to paint some of my favorite painting tools. This one is a water brush. It holds water so I don't have to carry any in a larger container. I find it perfect for travelling. Especially for the airplane as I don't want that container of water to spill on me or my neighbor. Painting seems to calm my nerves and passes the time on those long flights to Europe. 

Friday, July 8, 2016

Thursday, July 7, 2016

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These Are Some of My Favorite Things. . .

Size 12

For Day 7 of the WWM (World Watercolor Month) Challenge by, I decided to start to paint some of my favorite things. 
Today it is one of my favorite brushes. A size 12 sable brush. This brush has seen many painting adventures with me and I hope that it continues to see many more. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

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Rosy Glow

Rosy Glow

Day 6 of World Watercolor Month Challenge.
I thought I would try to recreate yesterday's painting but with a different color scheme. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

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Golden Glow

Golden Glow

Day 5 of the World Watercolor Month Challenge.
I've been working with color studies and color chords.
This painting is from a photo of the Stanley Park Seawall in Vancouver. 

Monday, July 4, 2016

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Happy Independence Day

View From the Top of Mammoth

Today is Independence Day in my home country. I thought I would paint an American Icon and one of my favorite places to celebrate for Day 4 of the World Watercolor Month Challenge. It is Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park. I love how alien the springs look next to the mountains of Montana. 

Sunday, July 3, 2016

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Storm Study from Day 2 of World Watercolor Month Challenge

Storm Study

Day 2 of the World Watercolor Month Challenge. I am posting a day late because I tend to paint in the afternoon/evening and am not able to photograph the painting properly. 
Storm Study inspired by my painting Stormchaser but different colors and smaller.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

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World Watercolor Month

Seascape I

There is a challenge on social media for the month of July to paint in watercolor everyday for the month (#worldwatercolormonth). I have gotten out of the habit of painting on a daily basis and recently decided that I need to make it my goal to get back to it. When I saw this challenge, I thought it would be a great start to get back to painting daily. So I am accepting the challenge and Seascape I is my first painting. I did this yesterday (July 1) but by the time I got around to photographing, the light was fading. 
Now on to painting day #2

Saturday, June 25, 2016

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My VIDA Scarves

I received an exciting package in the mail this past week! It was my scarves from VIDA. As many of you know, I have partnered with VIDA to create scarves and shirts of my artwork. I am just thrilled by the opportunity and absolutely love my scarves! They turned out so much better than I had imagined and can't wait to wear them. 

The one pictured above is from my painting Solar Flare.

It has my name in the corner of the scarf as if I am a serious fashion designer.
How cool is that?

I also received a beautiful cashmere scarf made from my painting, Winter Roses.

 And here is the painting:

If you are interested in buying some of my art for your own wardrobe, 

And please send me photos of the scarves or shirts that you purchase. Thank you :) 
I would love to see them!

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