Wednesday, April 27, 2011

58th Annual SPAC Fine Art Show & Sale

Another year has gone by, and another Art Show to attend with some amazing artists. I hope you will all come by and check it out. April 30, and May 1, 2011 over 200 artists will display their artwork; everything from sculpture to paintings, and fabric work to jewelry. I will be demonstrating Iris' and Portraits on Sunday from 2-4.
I will have 4 paintings in this year as well as several works in the gift shop.
I have posted 3 of the 4; my hope is to finish the last one i will post it as soon as it is done. Wish me luck. Lots to do...they all need framing too. I may be up half the night.

Opportunity Knocks Again

Here is the final version of Opportunity Knocks Again. It will be showing at the 58th Annual SPAC Fine Art Exhibition and sale this weekend. I hope you will attend, it is being held at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney, BC Saturday April 30, and Sunday May 1, 2011.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Watercolour errors--No worries--Fix 'em

The Painting Opportunity knocks again did not suit the huge dark shadow over the bottom 2/3rds of the canvas. I've heard from other artists that you can place it in a bath tub and wash off everything you want down to the that is just what I did. It works! I used a Mister Clean Magic Eraser (original) and with about 2 inches of water in the tub, simply and gently rubbed it down to the paper. Here is a picture after the water bath. I will leave it to dry flat in the tub and once completely dry, I will start painting on that section shadow this time :)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Shadow over Opportunity knocks

The completed painting of opportunity knocks; I placed a cast shadow over the bottom 2/3rds of the door. I'm not sure if I like it or if I should try and lift out the shadow and just leave the textured door. any suggestions?

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Working on: Opportunity Knocks Again

I am painting another in the series of Opportunity Knocks; I put the 1st one in the FCA show last month and it sold before the show opened. We'll see if this one is as successful as the last; regardless, it really is a fun painting to do. I use a very limited pallet, and a few techniques to add texture.
In this one I'm going to attempt to cast a shadow (that doesn't exist in the resource image) over the bottom 2/3rds of the image to really bring the door knob into focus. I've posted the beginnings i.e the it progresses I will add updates. Tell me how you might do it differently to create a different effect.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Glassworks 1

So this is the finished piece from the Paul Jackson Workshop. I had so much fun painting this piece, and cannot wait to do more. I have been setting up still life's like crazy...And will be painting a series of these over the summer. Painting glass, a challenging and complex concept, but when you break it down step by step and follow some basic rules it is fairly straight forward. Cannot wait to teach this to an enthusiastic bunch next fall at the @Monterey Centre in Oak Bay BC.

SPAC Fine Art Show & Sale

The 58th annual SPAC show will be held Saturday April 30th and Sunday May 1st. This is my second show at SPAC, and I am submitting 4 paintings, 2 are done and the other two are 2/3 the way completed.

The painting shown here is called "Rounding the Bend". I captured the image while vacationing at the 105 Mile House "Dude Ranch" called "Crystal Waters Guest Ranch" several years ago with two great friends Karen Sager & Carol Gillard.

This perspective was cropped from the original using Photoshop, and drawn onto 300lb watercolour paper. Using a very limited palette of Raw Sienna, Quin Gold, Burnt Sienna and Prussian Blue this painting was rendered.

This next painting was inspired by an image of a Sunken vessel in the Richmond area of the Fraser river. I couldn't resist.

I will post the others as they are completed.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Undersea Garden Class

These are the paintings of 8 of the 9 students that took part in the Undersea Garden class. We had so much fun; they really got a taste of negative painting and wow! the results are amazing. See for yourself!

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