Thursday, April 17, 2014

Negative Painting, Positive Thinking Workshop

Cherry Blossoms

This past Monday I taught a course on negative painting at the Federation Gallery. Since it is springtime and all the gorgeous cherry blossoms are out on the trees in Vancouver, I was inspired to paint them! 
The class was a great group of artists. Most have done watercolor before and knew the challenge of the medium. But they also discovered more of the joy! I hope that all of them go home and paint! paint! paint! 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Eilean Doonan Castle

Eilean Doonan Castle

Last weekend I taught a course on Castles and Churches of Europe. I wanted to show how to get the awesome texture of old stone castles so I chose to paint Eilean Doonan Castle in Scotland. The castle is near the village of Dornie and the Isle of Skye. I have never been there but a student of mine is from Dornie and is always talking about how amazing it is. She has a collection of castle photos a mile high and happily let me go through them. This painting was inspired by one of her favorite photos with the orange sea lilies in front. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

NWWS 74th Annual International Open Exhibition

Fish Food
Available for purchase

My painting Fish Food has been accepted into the Northwest Watercolor Society 74th Annual International Open Exhibition. Yay! It is so exciting to be a part of this show. There were nearly 500 entries from all over the world and only 62 were accepted. My friend and once upon a time student, Sandra (Sam) Boehner also got accepted into the show. That was just as exciting to find out.
Last week I delivered the painting to another artist whose work is in the exhibition, Debbie Haggman. Debbie was kind enough to deliver our paintings to Seattle for us. She lives just over the border in Washington state and it was a great excuse to return to my home country and go shopping! Of course I took the kids and we had a good time shopping for sandals and summer clothes. 
The exhibition will be held at the American Art Company in Tacoma, Washington from April 19 - June 6, 2014. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Water Clock (Clepsydra Geyser)

Water Clock
(also known as Clepsydra Geyser)
Yellowstone National Park

Clepsydra Geyser is one of the geysers in the Lower Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park. Clepsydra is a Greek word for Water Clock and was named this in 1878 when it would erupt every 3 minutes. After the earthquake in 1959, it erupts almost non-stop.
This painting is my current favorite. I varnished and framed it for a show that it didn't get accepted into. Since I didn't receive an acceptance notice, I assumed it didn't get in and went and retrieved it from the gallery over the weekend. I apparently was to receive an official rejection letter but never did. Not so sure that I want an the official rejection letter. Those letters don't seem to look as good on the wall of my studio. 
Instead, the painting is hanging on my wall waiting for another adventure. 

Saturday, March 15, 2014



Faithful is a painting of my mother at the Yellowstone Lodge in Yellowstone National Park. My mother grew up outside of the Park and as a family would visit quite often. So this painting is dedicated to my mother and her constant diligence to our family and for her cheering me on through good and bad.  

Monday, March 10, 2014

End of the Day

End of the Day

End of the Day is a barn that I did last month in my workshop in Victoria. The barn is one that I have many, many photos of from over the years in just about every season. This image is the barn at the end of the day close to the end of summer. It is located near the Utah/Idaho border between Salt Lake City and Burley, ID.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Paint With Me In Spain

Lady In Red

The last time I taught a course in Spain, we went to the local fair and saw many girls and young women parading around in traditional flamenco dresses. It was wonderful to witness the event and a great opportunity to photograph potential painting subjects.
I am returning to Spain this coming May 16-24 to teach watercolor. Please join me in this excursion. There are just a couple of spots left. All levels are welcome. I will gently guide you into discovering your artistic talent. We will be painting not only flamenco dancers, but the surrounding countryside. I will show you how to paint en plein air using not only a brush but pen and ink. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to paint Andalucia and live the ideal artist life. Hilary and Mike Powell are the perfect hosts. You will enjoy every moment of it and I hope some of you can join me. 
For more information, please visit Flavour of Spain by clicking here or contact Cindy Horton at Travel Concepts at 1. 800.661.7176 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Dynamic Florals in Watercolour Workshop

I will be teaching one of my favorite workshops on March 9 in North Vancouver. It is Dynamic Florals in Watercolour.  I love teaching this workshop because I am a huge Georgia O'Keefe fan and enjoy creating florals that are big and bold, similar to hers.

It is sponsored by the North Vancouver Community Arts Council and will be held at Maplewood House. It is a one day intensive and all levels are welcome. If interested, you can find out more information by clicking here.
To register, you can do so online or call the NVCAC at 604.988.6844.
I hope some of you will be able to join me.

Friday, February 21, 2014


Watercolor and graphite on paper

It has been nearly a month since I have been able to blog. As much as I would like to say it is because I have been busy with work, that is not the full story. Unfortunately, it has been a month of illness for myself and my family. First colds, then the flu, and finally the beginnings of pneumonia. I think the pneumonia was caught in time though and hopefully the family will be all better soon and back to full speed. 
The highlight of this past month was that I got to be the juror for the Federation of Canadian Artists Works On Paper show. I had planned on entering the above painting for the show but then they asked me to be on the jury. It was wonderful news and I still was able to exhibit Athena in the show as my juror piece. 
The show only runs through Sunday. I would have told everyone sooner but I was busy getting healthy.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Prickly Purple Thistle

Prickly Purple

This little painting is a demo I did for a few of my unusual floral classes. I decided to not include a background just so we can focus on the thistle. 

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