Thursday, December 11, 2014

Purple Garlic

Purple Garlic
Egg Tempera
11x14"
sold

I've finally been able to get back to egg tempera now that classes are winding down for the holiday season. I absolutely love this medium but need a full day in the studio to paint with it. That is because I mix the paint from ground pigment and fresh eggs. The paint doesn't keep long but creates such magical colors as it dries. 
The buyer had seen this piece while it was being painted and fell in love with it then. She seemed to be excited by all the purples when she saw it completed. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Mountain Morning

Mountain Morning
Oil
5x7"


I have been playing around with more oils lately. So far I like to keep them small so I can complete them in just a couple of hours. Otherwise I get so busy that I forget to go back to them until all the paint has dried! Previously I have enjoyed glazing in oil and get impatient waiting for the paint to dry. But I am now trying to work more wet in wet and love how the paint moves around. 
This is another scene from Mt. Washington on Vancouver Island. 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland
watercolor
10x13"

I've been doing a few winter landscapes in preparation for the holidays. I love blues and purple so any excuse to paint a whole painting with just those two colors is a great excuse in my book!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Storm Chaser

Storm Chaser
32 x 40"
varnished watercolor

Storm Chaser was so exciting to paint. I felt like I was chasing the storm, watching it gather and roll over me. It is of Incinerator Rock along Long Beach in Tofino, BC. 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Changing Skies


Changing Skies
varnished watercolor
16x20"
Available for purchase through Madrona Gallery

I obviously love painting skies. This one is of the sky over Brentwood Bay on Vancouver Island. It is one that I painted over the summer and delivered to Madrona Gallery last month. I also delivered a couple of my other sky paintings. It was fun to see them all lined up ready to hang.





Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Vancouver Sunset

Vancouver Sunset
11x14"
watercolor 

This painting is yet another painting from my skies course. It is a simple sunset over water. The scene is looking west from Jericho Beach in Vancouver.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Aurora Borealis

Aurora Borealis
11x14'
watercolor

As many of you know, I have been into the atmospheric lately, especially with the skies. And could I resist painting the Northern Lights? Absolutely not! Watercolor seems the perfect medium to capture the Aurora Borealis. The paint moves similar to how I imagine the lights move and change. I haven't seen the real northern lights (only in photos and videos) but I hope that someday I can make it far enough north to do so. And I hope that it will be summer when I go.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Golden Splendor

Golden Splendor
watermedia
18x24"
Available for purchase through Madrona Gallery

I have really been into skies lately. It is exciting to see the way clouds move and change.  Golden Splendor was actually completed over the summer and I am now finally posting it. I really enjoyed painting the brillance of the setting sun on the water as it dipped behind the islands. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Art In the Vineyard 2014

View from the Bench
watercolor
11x14"
Available through Bench 1775 Winery


Last month was my annual Art in the Vineyard workshop in Naramata, BC.  I taught with the talented watercolorist, Sam Boehner for four wonderful days of plein air painting among the vines, still life painting all things wine, and all while enjoying a fabulous culinary experience at every meal. 
We had a great group of artists join us among the vines each day. The weather was mostly pleasant and the company was delightful. We had the opportunity to paint in 3 different vineyards over the 4 days. The first two were at Bench 1775 looking at the great view. Then we spent a day at Hillside Winery among their beautiful gardens (and enjoying the best dessert ever!). And finally we visited Serendipity Winery
Below are some photos from the event.

Looking across Okanagan Lake


Listening to Sam discuss still life while on the deck of Bench 1775 Winery



House Among the Vines
watercolor
8x10"


The view from Bench 1775 who is now carrying my paintings on their wall. Yay!


Painting on the porch of Serendipity Winery


Friday, September 26, 2014

A Moment in Paradise

A Moment in Paradise
oil
18x24"

         As I have mentioned in a previous post, I was inspired to try oils while on my trip to Mt. Washington. This past week I decided to paint a larger image of the area in oil. This is a view of the lake in Paradise Meadows. This piece will be on display November 7 at the Federation of Canadian Artists's Paint By Numbers Fundraiser. The Paint By Numbers event is an exciting evening of artists and patrons trying to grab the painting of their choice. Each patron has a number and is randomly called to choose a painting off the wall. It is slightly nerve-racking for the artist though. One hopes that their piece is not chosen last!
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