Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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Basking Basilisk

Basking Basilisk

Now that I live in Southern Idaho, I am able to take advantage of painting the beautiful Snake River Canyon. This image is of the canyon as seen from Twin Falls and is the same canyon that Evel Knievel attempted to cross in a steam powered rocket in 1974. 

The painting is now on exhibit at the Twin Falls Center for the Arts until July 6.

Monday, June 12, 2017

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2nd Place in Idaho Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition

Last week I got a call from the Idaho Watercolor Society informing me that I had won a big award at their 38th Annual Exhibition that was showing at Boise State University. This person also said that I needed to be at the awards ceremony to accept my award. I had not planned on attending the opening reception since BSU was over 2 hours away and being new to Idaho, I didn't really know anybody or have anybody to go with. So I had originally decided not to go.

However, when I informed my family that I won an award, both my son and mother expressed an interest in attending the reception and ceremony with me. I was happy that they were there to support me. We did joke that I probably only got honorable mention or an award was given to all the participants and everyone was informed that they won an award and needed to be there just so they would fill the room. 
After seeing all of the 50 watercolors in the show, I began to wonder how true our statement about the awards really was. It is a well done show and each piece is beautifully done.
Watercolorist Judi Betts was the juror and she must have had a hard time deciding the awards.
So at the awards ceremony, there were 20 awards given out, starting with 20 and counting down to the first place winner. I thought for sure I would be somewhere closer to 20 but Judi kept counting down and my name wasn't being called out. I was very surprised when she announced the second place winner as me!  I almost did a happy dance as I skipped across the stage to not only receive my award (it is a beautiful clear plaque that I'm holding in my hand) but to meet and have my photo taken with Judi Betts. 
Thank you to Judi for not only choosing my painting to be in this wonderful exhibition but for giving it such a wonderful award. 

This is the the painting:

It is titled Beauty As Well As Bread and is of Yellowstone National Park.
This title comes from a John Muir quote:

" 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."

Since I find Yellowstone and painting to be my healing places, I thought that this quote expressed how I felt about both. 

The show will be up at the Boise State Student Union Gallery through the month of June. Then it will be part of the 20 pieces selected for traveling show that will be shown at various places throughout the state until December.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

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Shoshone Falls

Shoshone Falls

Shoshone Falls in  Twin Falls, Idaho is called the "Niagara of the West" and is in fact taller then Niagara. With all the moisture that the western states have received, this year has been a particularly spectacular. 

I painted Shoshone Falls for my demo and book signing at the Twin Falls Barnes and Noble on May 6. I had a wonderful turn out and a great group of artists that had painted together for over 30 years had stayed and watched my process. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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Watercolor Artist Magazine Feature

Watercolor Artist Magazine
June 2017 Edition

A few days ago I received a text message from friend and fellow watercolor artist, Connie Pepper, congratulating me on my article in Watercolor Artist Magazine. I had no idea what she was talking about. So imagine my surprise and delight at seeing a 5 page feature on my book, Watercolor 365
Not only is my dream of being a hand model coming true through the publication of my book, but now my hand (and my art!) are in a magazine. Dreams do come true!
Now I must insist on someone else doing the dishes as I go put some lotion on my now famous fingers and hands. 

I will be demonstrating and signing copies of my book at Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Twin Falls, Idaho this coming Saturday, April 29, 11 am- 3pm.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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Citrus Rose

Citrus Rose

I am getting ready for not only a course I am teaching on watercolor florals but also for another solo exhibition of my work. Since it is May and Mother's Day is around the corner, the show is of my florals. The exhibition is appropriately titled Bloom! for so many reasons other than just the blossoming of flowers at this time of year. I have recently returned to Idaho and am trying to now bloom where I have been planted. It was hard to leave behind the garden where I was living. It was abundant with friends and students. Fortunately there are many good people, new friends, and an abundance of extended family in this new garden that my own small family has been transplanted into. Let's hope that the soil continues to nourish us on this new journey.

The show will be at the Tin Roof Coffeehouse in Burley, Idaho for the month of May.
Artist reception is May 12 from 6-8pm

Monday, April 10, 2017

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Sylvan Shore

Sylvan Shore

Two weeks ago I taught a Fun and Free Watercolor Landscape workshop in Victoria, BC.
For the workshop, we painted an image from Botanical Beach near Port Renfrew, BC, which is located on the southeast coast of Vancouver Island.

In this course, I showed my students how to simplify and create trees and rocks. To view a more detailed version of how this was done, please visit my other blog, Watercolor Weapons. 

Monday, April 3, 2017

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More Waves

Bursting Wave

Surf I

It seems like I have been asked to demonstrate how to do waves in several of my classes and demonstrations lately. Here are some more. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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Making Waves

Wet and Wild

This past Sunday I demonstrated Painting the Expressive Qualities of  Watercolor at Opus Art Supplies in Victoria, BC. In this demonstration I used squirt bottles filled with paint and spray bottles filled with water to create crashing waves. Wet and Wild is one of the paintings I exhibited and In Motion is the other. 
I demonstrated several paintings during the day and the demo was filled to capacity. There were some wonderful questions asked and I really enjoyed showing how wonderful and fun watercolor can be. 
I did more paintings than what is shown here but haven't had a chance to photograph them yet. 
Along with my demonstrations and workshops, I am teaching university courses in painting. I absolutely love teaching painting to some very keen university students but find grading 65 projects a bit daunting. It is difficult to give art a number and a grade. So I have spent most of my week critiquing, grading, and conversing with those 65 students about their masterpieces. 

In Motion

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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Book Review by Angela Fehr

The fabulous watercolorist,  Angela Fehr, has featured a review of my book, Watercolor 365, on her YouTube channel.  
I was surprised and pleased with her review as I have known Angela's work for some time. She is another artist from British Columbia and I have featured her work before on this blog.
You can read that feature by clicking here.

To purchase Watercolor 365, please go to Amazon.com

Saturday, March 4, 2017

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Still snow? and more negative painting

Field of Snow

Even though the trees are trying to blossom, the weather has been reminding us that it is still winter. 
Even though I don't like being cold, I do enjoy capturing the colors of snow and the world in winter.
The above painting was done from a photograph from a friend of mine that was excited to share her photos of snow with me. 

She also shared several other photographs with me but I really loved one of an old farmhouse so had to paint it.

Old Farmhouse

It reminded me of an old abandoned farm close to where I grew up in Utah.

This past week I have also been working on more negative painting. I am demonstrating the technique next weekend at Opus Art Supplies on Granville Island. I am doing 2 - two hour demonstrations and I am trying to get quicker with my technique. I tend to get lost in my painting and like to take my time. So I will usually spend hours enjoying the process.  I also know that I will be explaining my process and answering questions while painting so it helps for me to be prepared.
I was to originally do one demonstration. I requested that I do the demo on a Friday and Opus usually has them on Saturdays so they informed me that the demo might not fill. However, I was excited to discover that not only had it filled, but there was enough for a second demo. So now I am doing 2.

Here is the painting I have been working on for practice and since I enjoyed the last magnolias so much, that what I chose to do:


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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Watercolor 365 Illustrations

With the publication of my book, Watercolor 365, I have been posting new entries on the blog where it all started. This blog, Watercolor Weapons, has not been a focus of mine for some time. However, I decided to post some of the illustrations that went into the making of the book. 
These illustrations are of my favorite art supplies. The supplies are just photographs in the first two chapters but slowly start to turn from photos into paintings as the book progresses. By the last 2 chapters, the supplies are all fully painted. 

You can view these illustrations and the progression of these illustrations by going to my Watercolor Weapons blog by clicking here. 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

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Upcoming Demonstration and Book Signing at Granville Island Opus

Red Hollyhocks

I will be demonstrating negative painting in watercolor techniques at 
Opus Art Supplies on Granville Island in Vancouver, BC on Friday, March 10. 

Demonstration times will be 12pm - 2pm (full)
and 3pm - 5pm (still available)

More information can be found here.
Registration is required since there is limited space.
To register, please contact Opus at 604-736-7028 

Book signings available after each demonstration.

I will also be teaching a workshop on Negative Painting, Positive Thinking in Watercolor 
in North Vancouver, BC on March 11-12.

For more information and to register, please click here.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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Wishing for Spring

Pink Magnolias

I have not had much time to create this week. Between traveling, teaching, and grading projects, it has been a full week.

I was able to paint pink magnolias and remember those tulips from last week?
I doodled all over them to create this:

Zendoodled Tulips

I am sensing a theme in this recent work. I think I am getting anxious for spring and warmer weather and wishing it would get here quicker.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

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Drawing and Doodling

Valentine Zendoodle

This past week I have been doing some drawing and some doodling. I am not only trying to get back to painting on a more regular schedule, but I am trying to practice my drawing. 
Part of this is zentangling. I find it relaxing and it tends to help with stressful situations. (I guess that is where the zen part comes into play) I did some zentangles with my drawing class a few years ago and really enjoyed it. I had combined it with watercolor and discovered that I could carry small paintings with me to zendoodle on as a way to calm my nerves. 

Below are some more things I did this past week:

A drawing of a hand with drawing and painting tools as a favor for my son.

Quick charcoal sketch of a girl I did in between meetings

An experiment with splashy watercolor and zendoodling. I decided I didn't like it so never quite completed the drawing. However, I did learn some new cool designs.

A better painting of tulips for zendoodling. Let's see what happens with this one. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

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Silver and Gold

Silver and Gold

This past week, instead of painting a new painting everyday, I painted on the same one everyday. 
It was definitely not one that I could whip out in an hour. 
It was a challenge but the most challenging part was staying focused and trying not to get too lost in the details. I do feel like patience and perseverance paid off on this one.

More about my step by step process can be read on my other blog,

Thursday, January 26, 2017

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Almost Daily Painting Jan 18-26

Tide Pools 
Botanical Beach
Jan 18

Bunny Love
Jan 19

Jan 20

Jan 21

Jan 22

Jan 23

South Hills
Jan 26

I had hoped to paint a small painting everyday this past week but I started to paint a larger piece and have been spending some time on that. I will post that one as I get further along with it.
However, the first painting of the tidal pools was done over 2 days. I was able to spend one of those days painting with friends and we ended up chatting more than painting.  Always wonderful to catch up with friends. 
There was also a painting done on Tuesday but since it is a gift for a friend, I don't want to post it until she receives it. So until then, the painting will remain a mystery. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

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It's Here! Watercolor 365 is now available

Yay! My book, Watercolor 365, has arrived! I am just super excited about it. This book has been in the making for the past couple of years and I can't believe I did it. I'm still pinching myself. 
The journey has been a hard one and I'm happy with the result. 
The book is called Watercolor 365 because it is 365 tips, trick, and techniques to help you learn and paint with watercolor throughout the year.

It is now available through Amazon by clicking here.

Previews can be seen on Amazon and a few sneak peeks can be seen below:

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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Daily Painting Jan 10 - Jan16

Horticulture Centre of the Pacific
Jan. 14, 2017

This past week I have been trying to get back to painting small sketches. I would call it daily painting but usually I do paint daily, if only for a small amount of time. This is different in that I am trying to complete one painting a day in an hour or less. 
I do find that slogging through a large painting takes a different type of focus and can sometimes feel overwhelming. The sense of completion that comes when I do small, quick paintings or sketches can feel so satisfying. Plus it loosens me up for the big stuff. 
 I am also travelling more and I need a more portable studio while on the go.
I found this lovely watercolor sketchbook that is 12x12" and absolutely love the square format. 
My hope is to continue with the daily sketches but might have to scale it back a bit at times while I get the big stuff done. However, I am one week in and so far, so good. Below are my images from this first week of these little paintings. Hope you enjoy! I know I did.

Heyburn, Idaho
Jan. 10, 2017

Botanical Beach, BC
Jan. 11, 2017

Idaho Park Bench
Jan. 12, 2017

Snake River
Jan. 13, 2017

Andalucia, Spain
Jan. 15, 2017

Pacific Spirit Park
Jan 16, 2017

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