Tuesday, November 30, 2010


I painted orchids in a class, and they did not turn out...these orchids I painted with a looser feel, especially to the background. Hope you like them as much as i liked painting them.

Darlene Robertson Portrait completed

Finally, I got back to painting Darlene...I had put this painting away some time ago..I think I was hesitant to finish it...maybe because I was afraid I wouldn't capture her spirit. Chelsea the daughter Dar left behind after a 3+ year battle with Cancer has given me the high sign...phew. I'm so glad she likes it, I really wanted to capture her Mom's spirit; Dar was far too young to pass on, and now not only will she be remembered in our memories, but her likeness has been captured in this portrait, and will live on long after we are all gone.

Breeze on the beach; watercolour 8x10

This watercolour was inspired by a day at Willow's Beach in Victoria. Elsie, my mother-in-law and I were sitting enjoying the afternoon sun and the beautiful cool breeze that hot summer's day. We spent the afternoon watching the children come and go, frolicking without a care. This particular young girl took my eye, and i snapped a picture of her pouring the water on the beach while the Bonaparte gull looked on.

It was fun to paint. i hope you enjoy it. SOLD

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Equine Sudies Workshop

Realism in drawing and painting horses

DESCRIPTION: Learn the fundamentals of realism in drawing and painting horses in oils. Learn to create and use the 'horse drawing grid' for proportioned drawings then step-by-step create paintings in oils. Enjoy a live sketching session at local stables. Workshop focuses on sound drawing of horse anatomy, colour planning and panel design. Features demos, hands-on drawing and painting, one-on-one, critiques, handouts and talks.

DURATION: 3 days (18 hrs)

TIMES: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
November 26-28

I am very excited to be working with Ken Campbell again later this month, when I will be participating in his Equine Studies Workshop. Anyone interested in taking this class please check Ken's website

Monday, November 1, 2010

Ken Campbell's Italia Style Art Class

I just spent 5 days in an Italia Style Drawing Class with Artist Ken Campbell. The class was amazing. Learned sooo much...his style of teaching is very one on one and he takes 3-5 students on at most. In this class there were 3, so the individual attention was plentiful, and greatly appreciated. We learned from cast and still life to start and the last 2 days was all figurative work ending with a full day of drawing from a live model.

I highly recommend this class to anyone wanting to gain some experience in drawing from life. It is 5 intense 8 hour days of standing in front of your easel, and is not for the faint of heart. Critiques are done after each session of drawing and are most useful. If you are interested in learning more about Ken's work or his classes please check out his website