Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season--- festive or restive as you desired. We had a busy sweet few days- in Victoria, Black Creek and Cassidy with relatives and friends. Starting with many wonderful birthday wishes, art group parties and my studio 'art party' (which enjoyed a surprise visit from Santa himself!!) it was all cheery and fun- albeit very fattening!!
Am now trying to post class and workshop schedules and get some registrations for Winter 2018 before I head south for a couple of weeks.
See the Current Classes and Studio Calendar for more information--- PM or send a contact email from this site to register.
I am going to Mexico from Jan. 3rd to the 21st. We are planning on staying at my friends Lee and Ceasar's place in Lo de Marcos for a week, and as she is a marvellous artist with a studio casita, I am hoping to join her in creating some art (She paints in many media as well as does encaustics and mixed media works).
Such a busy time... albeit a creative and invigorating time. I love the Christmas season, mainly for the lights and warmth of social gatherings, but I also get jags of nostalgia for those long ago times and people who are no longer with us.
Still many folks are coming to studio drop-ins: doing Christmas cards and other lovely watercolours!!
Such a talented and fun group of artists!!
Last weekend I took an enjoyable workshop with Jewel Buhay on Alcohol Inks on Tile. Fun!!!
This Friday we will toast our creativity and good fortune (living the artistic life!) at a 'Artworks Party" Hopefully there will be room for us to do a painting, after nibbling and noshing....
Lots of art happenings going on....
The Sheila Davis Course I took was fun, and informative. I will post my paintings soon, when I have time to finish them:)
I will be giving an Introduction to Encaustics Workshop this weekend here --- Sat Nov.18 and Sun Nov.19 --10-3.
Lots of great paintings coming from the weekly drop-ins. Pictures to follow soon!
Winter Wonderland at Painter's Lodge, Campbell River is coming up - Nov. 25 and 26th. Check out the Facebook page, website or newspapers for information.
Christmas Artisan Market is opening tomorrow at the Campbell River Art Gallery--- check it out. It is beautiful and full of amazing gift ideas!
Getting ready for the course I will be taking next week : Brush it Bold with Sheila Davis. My friend's husband has made us the large cradle panels that we will be painting on (oil).
We got to learn how to make them, glue, clamp, sand, gesso and sand again.... they are beautiful!
Hope they look as nice after we have painted on them!!!
Drop-in folks doing great art:
And my "student on a mission' to paint 38 watercolour cards of birds for Christmas Cards.... is making good progress:
And a few more from my talented "Focus" watercolorists: street scenes, wet streets, travel sketches... some in progress:
Equal dark and equal light--- lovely for autumn, but not so for art; we generally like unequal amounts of dark and light tonal values in our paintings.
Lots going on in the studio- classes, drop-ins and workshops all back in swing. It is wonderful to meet new students, and welcome back the "old' ones!
Here are a few pictures of what went on last week.
Love this time of year--- the air is so much fresher and more invigorating and the sun's warmth is lovely, not oppressive.
Ready to start Fall painting classes and workshops this week. It is not too late to register if you are interested!!
Also drop in afternoons are ongoing- and fun! Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons- 1:30 - 4:30
On my easel:
Playing with encaustics-- these small pieces (below) are on paper, mounted on cradled panels.
Also doing a few large cold wax and oil paintings - which I will take and post pictures of soon.
This month I was privileged to donate a painting to the new Hospice Building in Campbell River- am so glad it will be appreciated! And also I have paintings on display at the Alder Medical Clinic in Campbell River. ( and it looks like one has sold:)
It is almost the end of August and really- where has the summer gone, rather flown to??? I love this time of year, especially now that I am not frantically trying to get everything done before returning to the classroom! Beautiful light, cooler evenings and fragrant air...
It has been a busy summer, both in and out of the studio. Weddings, reunions, visitors and art shows. All lovely, albeit a bit exhausting. (a few pics to follow)
Now I am trying to set up my schedule of classes, workshops and drop-ins for the fall. One of my students suggested a calendar that was regularly updated for drop-in times, closed days etc... so I have added this- it is not finalized or very spiffy yet but am hoping it proves helpful.
Taking registrations for classes and workshops now:
Beginning Watercolours - 6 classes, beginning Sept.11, 2017
Watercolour II - if enough interest
Watercolour III- if enough interest
Watercolour IV- if enough interest
'Focus On' Watercolour sessions- beginning Sept. 13, 2017
Beginning Acrylics- 6 classes, starting Sept. 15th
Altered Spaces (Collage) 1 day
Mixed Media- Florals-1 day
Cold Wax and Oil Painting- 2 days
Exploring Encaustics-1 or 2 days
SEE Detailed class/workshop descriptions here. Contact me asap- this site, Facebook, email or by phone (250-3375302) and share this info with whomever you think might be interested!! Merci.
So summer has arrived- sunny, warm and gorgeous here on the west coast of Vancouver Island. With that however comes the threat of forest fires and drought throughout much of our beautiful province. It is green and relatively cool here though...
I haven't posted lately as I seem to be rather distracted by wedding preparations and other non-artistic endeavours.
The studio is still open however- drop-in on Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday afternoons 1:30 -4:30.
And I am busy painting and finishing up works for the CR ArtsFest next weekend as well as our Wet Paint Show and Sale in August. ( Aug. 19/20)--- check out the websites.
Every Tuesday afternoon i get together with my Tuesday afternoon art group (such an amazing family of art lovers...) for art inspiration, and yummy food, at one of the group's amazing homes.