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....
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: