Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Birgit O'Connor Floral workshop with Lady Slipper Studios a Huge Success

Lady Slipper Studios hosted a 3-day workshop with Birgit O'Connor; what a huge talent this woman is...we did a painting a day... her instruction is so organized and well thought out, she breaks everything down into steps and she gets the message across very effectively. The time went so fast, and before we knew it we were critiquing and packing up...in the snow...yes believe it or not it snowed. 
The workshop was sold out, and from the emails and kudos I'm getting, everyone had a good time, learned a lot, and is coming back next year...Yes it's true...Birgit has agreed to come back again.  We are looking at April, 2013... so stay tuned for actual dates.
Check out Birgit's Facebook page for images of the group, the paintings and the fun we had.

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Friday, February 10, 2012

After the storm

Still wet and just off the easel...I have been demonstrating waves recently and when I found this old photo of the Ucluelet area, on the West Coast of the Island;  I wanted to try and capture  the energy of the waves... I  thought I may need to mask out the whites, but chose not to use frisket.  I wanted to try to paint around the the whites... I am pleased with the result, but in the end I did add a bit of gouache...but only a bit...

let me know your thoughts on the piece...any and all comments are appreciated...be ruthless!  I need to know if this piece is worthy of putting in a show?