A wonderfully busy time of year; with the great weather comes spring clean-up, gardening and yard work. It also ushers in the spring and summer art shows that seem to be a reliable venue for showing and selling art for many emerging and established artists.
Coming up soon is the Central island Studio Tour- a free self - guided tour of over 100 studios in the mid Vancouver Island, from Parksville to Campbell River. An amazing array of genres, media and styles are showcased in many fascinating studios and often gorgeous gardens. Brochures are widely available. See the web site centralislandartsguide.ca to map our your route. A mobile app is also available -- download it for the map data free.-Ondago
Back in my studio, the beginning acrylic painters are really taking off---here are a few of their first works of pears. this week we will be doing a closeup floral- stay tuned!
So fabulous to feel the sun, tromp around the garden without wearing big coats, and just enjoy the sights, scents and sounds of spring! Oh the flowers...
So, Focus-On sessions have been focusing on flowers: poppies, daffodils, tulips and rhodos.
Here are a few photos :
and few more birds by our favourite studio "bird artist" Joe, and a couple of furry studio friends....
After a brief shot of cold, snow and wind it is feeling a lot like spring now with loads of shoots up and lighter brighter mornings and evenings.This weekend we must put our clocks ahead once again, so Spring it is....
Last weekend we had a Cold Wax and Oil Painting workshop here in the studio. Great fun, lots of mess and some very cool paintings. As this is the kind of medium that you can revisit and continue to layer onto, veil out, and scrap back , I am hoping I will have more photos as these works evolve.
The watercolour painters continue to produce wonderful works and have fun doing so.... Here are a few recent works from the WCII class and the drop-in folks:
Despite the sunny warm days last week with flower shoots up everywhere.... winter is back with a blast-- brr and snow...
We are however keeping warm in the studio- Watercolour II students looking at colour - value, hue, temperature and intensity: making a colour wheel with our warm and cool primary pigments, doing lots of exercise using different colour schemes, and mixing neutrals. Here are a few of our exercises ...
'Last week I took a one day workshop 'Acrylic Abstracts' with Corre Alice of Cumberland, BC. I love Corre's art- check her out.
Although I didn't finish any of the 'exercises' it was very enjoyable! I will try to get back to these soon...
One the best parts of travel for me is the chance to do some 'plein air' painting everyday. A time to sit back and record the awesome surroundings or 'goings on' of the environment, I love the act of painting small postcard sized paintings quickly. More like drawing, it is mostly about observing and sketching quickly- in pencil, then outlining in Sharpie pen and then painting with travel watercolours ( I have a small Cotman travel kit, and a Koi water brush)
Of course, sipping a drink and chatting while painting makes it even more fun!
Here are some of the small paintings from my trip to Mexico( Puerto Vallarta and Lo de Marcos) last month:
After a wonderful vacation to Mexico, I am back in the studio and welcoming back both "old" and new art friends .
• Drop-in is back on, and it is great to see what everyone is working on!
• Winter Classes are starting up...
•Focus-on watercolour sessions have also started-today we looked at painting glass. It is a great subject for so many reasons: looking and studying light, reflections, highlights, refraction and shadows. You can setup such intriguing still life arrangements too!
Some student works in progress:
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....