Friday, December 24, 2010

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Merry Christmas

Christmas Cardinal
sold

Today I feel very blessed to be able to spend our last Christmas in Victoria as a family. My children are my greatest joy. May each one of you be able to spend time with the ones you love.
Wishing everyone the best.
Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 20, 2010

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Spanish Holiday

Spanish Holiday
Poured Watercolor
14x20"
sold

Last month I was scheduled to do a demonstration for the Nanaimo Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists. This demonstration was to be on how I do my poured watercolors. I spent a few weeks preparing the process of which includes 5 pours in all. Since most of the pouring process involves waiting for things to dry, I decided to speed it up by doing 5 different versions of the same painting. Each painting, however, has something a little bit unique about them.
Unfortunately, on the day of the demo we had a snow storm. I decided it would not work for me to drive the 1.5 hours over the mountain pass to Nanaimo for the demo. So, now that classes have ended I decided to finish a couple of them. The first one sold to a friend as soon as it was done and now I need to finish the rest.

Here is another (smaller) version without the couple:

Another Spanish Holiday
Poured watercolor
11x14"
To purchase, please contact me.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

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Spanish Stairs
Original poured watercolor by Leslie Redhead
$800 USD
Holiday/Moving Sale!
$680 USD

Painting image is 14x20". It is matted and framed with UV Plexiglas.
Framed size is 22x28". Painting is also available unframed.
This beautiful painting will be package with care and shipped via UPS.
Item will be shipped within 2-3 days of purchase.

To purchase, please click here.

Friday, December 10, 2010

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Holiday/Moving Sale

The Great Salt Lake/Farmington Bay
7x10"

To celebrate my move to Vancouver (and to clear out some paintings so I don't have to pack them) I am having a Holiday/Moving sale from now until January 15, 2011.

Everything in my Etsy shop is now 20% off. Please use coupon code MOVINGSALE2011 at checkout to get this fabulous offer. There is also free shipping to Canada and the U.S. on several of the original paintings. Payment on Etsy is through PayPal which accepts most major credit cards.

Other items not found in my shop are also on sale. These original paintings and prints are reduced 10-20%.

If you live in the Victoria area, you are welcome to visit my studio and select a painting or two before this offer expires. Please contact me before you do so though! I might be in a sea of boxes if you don't.
If you are not able to visit my studio, please contact me via email about any of the paintings you may be interested in purchasing.

But hurry! You don't want to miss out on this great offer to own a Leslie Redhead original
Plus I will be packing everything up after January 15.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

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Moving to Vancouver, BC

My heart is sad and my head is spinning. Yet I am excited all at the same time! My husband accepted a position at a company in Vancouver, BC. That means that we are moving from Victoria and the island soon.

Moving here 4 1/2 years ago from Boston was the hardest thing I had ever done. The first 2 years were a nightmare not because of the place but because of several things that happened in my personal life. There were too many big changes at once. Then I started to paint and teach again. My position at the Monterey Centre was literally an answer to my prayers. I am still amazed by how it happened. Since then, I have come to love this place and the people. I have met so many amazing people and feel blessed by my associations. It will be difficult to leave.

However, we are happy that my husband has found steady work and has been offered a great position with an architectural firm. Yeah! It will be hard for me to start over and to build all new clientele in Vancouver. It will also be hard for our children to move from their friends and such a great neighborhood. I know that it will work out in time and it is for the best. I am excited by the prospect of new opportunities.

In the meantime, I will continue to teach at the Monterey Centre in January and I will be back on the island to conduct workshops.


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

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Holiday Cards

This past Sunday I taught a fun class on Painting Holiday Cards in Watercolor. This idea came about because some friends of mine make their own cards every year. In fact, they start them early in the year and spend countless hours on these little gems. I have been fortunate enough to be a recipient of these annual cards and cherish each and everyone. They are now one of the things I most look forward to at Christmas and are reserved a spot on the mantle.
These friends have since inspired me to make my own cards. I really don't have the time to make as many cards as I would like, so I have chosen to only paint 10-20 cards/year. Then I got this great idea to teach how to paint holiday cards because who doesn't love a handmade gift?
My goal was to show some techniques for simple winter landscapes that my students can then use on their own cards. Once they have these techniques mastered, they can then paint their own cards with different compositions and colors.
The above painting is just one example of what I taught.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

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Willows Elementary School

Willows Elementary School
Poured Watercolor
14x20"

This year is the 100th year celebration for the local elementary school- Willows Elementary. To commemorate this event, it was requested that I do a painting of the school. This painting will be donated to be hung in the front entrance. It will also be made into notebooks and other items that will be used to raise money for the school.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

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Christmas Jingle Bell

Christmas Jingle Bell
oil on canvas
5x7"

This past weekend was my big studio tour and it certainly felt like it was a prelude to the holiday season. Most of the island was covered in snow. It did snow in Oak Bay but fortunately it didn't stay. Lucky for me, the show was still on. Although some art connoisseurs may have been detered by the weather, many friends and art lovers made it out to my home. So, thank you to those of you that were able to make it.

Now it is time to prepare for Christmas and the holiday shopping season. Several of my paintings are available through my Etsy shop, Artistically Connected, and Madrona Gallery.

Since I had enjoyed painting my other jingle bell in oil so much that I had to do another one. This one has a green ribbon instead of blue. The first Jingle Bell is part of the Small Treasures III show at the Coast Collective Gallery that opens this Thursday. The weather should be much warmer by then so hopefully you will make it out that way to see some of my work.

For more information about the Small Treasures III show, please visit the Coast Collective Gallery.

Friday, November 19, 2010

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Oak Bay Studio Tour this weekend

Olive Trees and Poppies
11x14"
sold

The Oak Bay Fall Studio Tour is this weekend. Twenty local artists will be opening their homes and studios to the public. It is a wonderful event to start the holiday shopping.
My painting of Olive Trees and Poppies is featured in the brochure (I'm #1 on the brochure) and it will be on sale along with many other paintings. Prices range from $100 - $2000 for originals. Notebooks and cards will also be on sale.
The show runs both Saturday and Sunday, 12-4:30pm. My studio will be open at 12 on Saturday. However, I will not be there until 2pm. Other people will be there to greet you if you are not able to come after 2.

Hope to see you there!!

More information can be found at Oak Bay Recreation.
A brochure can be downloaded here.


Notebooks with images of my paintings will be on sale at the studio tour.
Prices are $8.50 for the small (6x9") notebooks and $12 for the large (8.5x11") notebooks.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

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Field of Blue Camas

Field of Blue Camas
11x14"
sold
Field of Blue Camas is a painting that I demonstrated for my Fun and Free watercolor class. It is a view of the Garry Oak trees and the beautiful camas that grows in Anderson Hill Park.
Atmospheric colors of yellow, red, and blue are washed across the paper. Then the sky and sky holes are masked out so that paint can be splashed and splattered without worrying about it getting into the sky. Once the tree has been painted, the mask is brought up and the tree limbs are added.
This week has been another busy week. My studio tour is this coming weekend. I am frantically getting ready for it as well as continuing to teach. I also overbooked my weekend (not my fault-honest!!!) and I will also be demonstrating my pouring technique Saturday morning before the studio tour opens. Talk about crazy!! Fortunately I have some very good friends and a wonderful daughter that are willing to help me out.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

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Remembrance Day

Red Poppies
14x20"
sold

In honor of Remembrance Day, I am posting my recent painting of red poppies. This watercolor is another painting that I did by masking out three of the poppies then pouring, blowing and spraying paint in the background. After the paint dried, I painted the three poppies. Then I "found" more poppies, leaves and buds in the background through negative painting.

Friday, November 5, 2010

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Stormy Sky

Stormy Sky
7x10"

Yesterday was the last of my skies class. To finish off, I taught the class how to do the above painting. We did 7 skies in the 8 weeks. Some were a real challenge but it was great to see what everyone accomplished. I really enjoyed painting and teaching different skies but I especially enjoyed my students. I must admit that it was one of the best groups that I have taught and I will miss them. 
This week has been another crazy week. I have my studio tour in 2 weeks and I agreed to do a couple of pouring demonstrations as I continue to teach several more classes. O yes. And the sleepover birthday party for my 10 year old son. A house full of 10 year old boys should be fun. Not sure what I was thinking? I always think I can do more than I actually can. I've decided that I can get it all done if I just cut out the sleep. It would also help if the weather and the car cooperated. Might as well throw the kids into that mix. Maybe I could bribe the 10 year old boys to clean?
Hopefully the stars, the universe and everything else will align in such a way that I can get it all done.

Monday, November 1, 2010

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Emma's Hollyhocks

Emma's Hollyhocks
12x22"
sold
Emma's Hollyhocks is another painting I did with my beginning class. The inspiration for this painting came from the beautiful red blossoms growing in my neighbor's (Emma's) yard. 

Sunday, October 31, 2010

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Happy Halloween!

The Fox
9x18"

This is a watercolor I did many years ago when I took an illustration course at the New Hampshire Institute of Art. He has always been one of my favorites. Even though he is a fox (and not a werewolf), I still felt like he is appropriate to wish everyone a Happy Halloween with.

Friday, October 29, 2010

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October Sunset

October Sunset
7x10"
sold
Yesterday was another sky class. October Sunset is the painting that I demonstrated. I thought the black and orange was appropriate for this time of year.

To purchase, please visit my Etsy shop or contact me.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

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Tofino Fog

Tofino Fog
7x10"

I started another painting with my skies class this past week. Something simple since the last one (Sky Over Rathtrevor) was so detailed.  This is one of the beaches of Tofino covered in fog. A normal occurance for the area. I love walking the beaches in the fog though. It is so quiet and I feel like I am the only one there. Great time for thinking.

To purchase, please visit my Etsy shop or contact me.

Monday, October 25, 2010

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International Artist Day

Jingle Bell
by Leslie Redhead
oil on canvas, 5x7"

Today is International Artist Day. In celebration of this day each artist on Daily Painter's International has been asked to write about an artist that has influenced them.
There are so many wonderful artists that have influenced me that it was hard to choose. I had plans to highlight Andrew Wyeth or John Singer Sargent when I realized that the piece I was working on was directly influenced by local artist, Catherine Moffat.
Last Thursday night I had the opportunity to watch Catherine demonstrate a portrait in oil. It has been some time since I have painted in oil but that night I came home and wanted to paint in oil. So I found a small canvas and a photo kicking around the house and started to paint.
Jingle Bell is the result.
Catherine Moffat is a Victoria artist known for her beautiful portraits and still lifes in oil and watercolor. I am amazed that she is able to do both so wonderfully. To me, watercolor comes naturally and I have always struggled with oil. I think light to dark (watercolor) instead of dark to light  (oil). When I had the chance to jury a show with Catherine, I asked her about the transition to oil from watercolor. Her response was that she still struggles with oil (HA!) and she had to stop the watercolor completely as she taught herself to paint in oil. That made me feel so much better! And now that I have the bug for oil again, I may be completing some more soon.

Languid Ladies of the Afternoon
watercolor


Amanda
oil

Friday, October 22, 2010

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Sky over Rathtrevor

Sky over Rathtrevor
7x10.5
sold

 
My son's friend came over yesterday and asked an interesting question. He asked that if I can control space, matter, or time, which one would I choose? The answer is definitely time! It has been an overwhelming week with classes, kids, house, and the many unfinished projects. If I could control time, I think I would stop it to first have a nap, then read a book, take a bath, and complete all those unfinished paintings that are piling up. It is always easier to paint when you feel refreshed instead of feeling like your eyes are drooping down to your socks.
The kids do have the day off from school today. I thought I would sleep in and wake up slowly. I slept in an extra 30 minutes. Woohoo! Guess my body is use to the early hours so that idea didn't work. At least I got to wander around in my pjs for a couple of hours. Then I insisted the kids take the dog for a walk which was a nice break for me.
Now it is back to playing catch up. I do hope I can work on the oil I started last night sometime this weekend.
The above painting is from my skies class that I am teaching. It was so detailed that it took me a couple of weeks to complete. The image is the beautiful sky over Rathtrevor Beach in Parksville, BC. It was a July evening and the wind started to blow. Since the clouds were moving so fast, the sky was constantly changing. Photos galore! So you may not have seen the last of this sky.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

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Sidney Fine Art Show

Bridge to Ronda, Spain
Poured watercolor
21x28"
Sold
Prints available through Fine Art America by clicking here.

Tonight is the opening for the Sidney Fine Art Show in Sidney, BC. I entered one piece this year and was pleased to discover that it was accepted!
Bridge to Ronda is a poured watercolor of the beautiful and historic Roman bridge that connects the older part of Ronda, Spain with the newer section. It spans the El Tajo Gorge. Along the cliffs of the Gorge are these wonderfully old homes that look like they are barely hanging on.

The Sidney Fine Art Show opens tonight and runs throughout the weekend.
It is open 9am -9pm both Friday and Saturday. 9am-5pm on Sunday.
For more information please click here.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

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Hollyhocks

Hollyhocks
11x14"

This past week I taught class on negative painting. It is a fun class for those new to watercolor as well as those that are trying to grasp the negative painting concept.
The Hollyhocks I did as an example of what we will accomplish.
To begin, I use only my 3 primary colors mixed into liquid form. Then I poured my yellow and red, blew the paint and sprayed it with a spray bottle to move the paint around. Next I poured yellow and blue and repeated the above process, only below the red and yellow. After the paint is dried, I "find" my hollyhocks and my leaves by painting the negative shapes around them.
That is how the painting emerges.

For more information about my classes, be sure to click on the link to the right that says calendar.
To purchase, please visit my Etsy shop or contact me.

Friday, October 8, 2010

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The Rain in Spain

The Rain in Spain
7x10"

On my trip to Andalucia, Spain this past June, I discovered that the rain in Spain does not stay mainly on the plain (hahaha - couldn't help myself with that one). The group went there prepared for hot sun and what we got was a few days of showers and cooler weather. However, we also got to see some amazing clouds and it did cool off the weather enough to enjoy ourselves when we were out and about in the different villages.
I knew I was teaching a class this fall on skies, so while those amazing clouds raced overhead, I took tons of photos. This is the painting I demonstrated to my class yesterday from one such photo.

To purchase, please visit my Etsy shop or contact me.
The painting is matted in a white matte to fit an 11x14" frame.
Shipping is free to Canada and the US.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

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Rocks on the Beach Scene

Rocks on the Beach at Sooke, BC
7x10"

This is the other painting I demonstrated at my workshop in Sooke. The painting is of the beach just down from the Ocean Wilderness Inn where Muir Creek mets the ocean. There are some beautiful rocks and the beach is always so quiet. On this particular morning, my daughter and I met two happy dogs and their owner. We were just glad that it was dogs and not bear since bear do happen to wander this beach.

To purchase, please visit my Etsy shop or contact me.
Painting is matted in a white matte to fit an 11x14" frame.
Shipping is free to Canada and the U.S.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

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West Coast Beach Scene

West Coast Beach
7x10.5"

I had a fabulous day in Sooke teaching some budding artists how to do a landscape in watercolor. Sooke is on the southwestern coast of Vancouver Island. It is a beautiful spot that looks across the Strait to the Olympic Mountains.
For the workshop, I chose to do the typical west coast scene of evergreen trees, rocks and beach - all enshrouded in fog. The inspiration for the above painting was Tofino, BC. I have rarely seen Tofino without the fog and/or the rain. However, it is a wonderful place to visit. You have the rainforest on one side of this long sandy beach and the ocean on the other. The fog gives it a mystical and magical feeling. During the summer it is nice to walk the beach anytime of the day. During the winter, the storms provide exciting entertainment. Many visit the area just for the storms that come over the ocean.

To purchase, please visit my Etsy shop or contact me.
The painting is matted in a white matte to fit an 11x14" frame.
Shipping is free to Canada and the U.S.

Monday, September 27, 2010

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Rocky Shore of Point No Point

Rocky Shore of Point No Point
watercolor, 11x14"
sold

This is the second painting that I demonstrated at Painter's Lodge. It is from the West Coast of the island and one of my favorite spots to paint - Point No Point. In fact, I have painted this scene before as a plein air painting.
Many of the participants were beginning watercolorists. The goal of my work was to keep it simple enough for the newbies to follow yet interesting enough for those familiar with the medium to try something new.

Friday, September 24, 2010

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Sunrise with clouds

Sunrise over Strait of Juan de Fuca
7x10.5"
sold

My next painting for my sky class is a sunrise with clouds. I painted it from a photo I took while on a walk around Oak Bay Marina on Vancouver Island.

I started the painting by first wetting the paper then dropping Aureolin and Permanent Rose onto the wet paper.


After this initial wash of color, I let the paper dry. Then I wet it again and painted more of the Aureolin and Permanent Rose onto the paper.


This intensifies the color and it starts to create a nice glow. I left instructions with my class to complete these two steps as their homework. Next week I will be showing how to put in the darks.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

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Sunrise at Cattle Point

Sunrise at Cattle Point
7x10.5"
sold

Last week I started teaching my Creating Dynamic Skies in Watercolor class at the Monterey Centre. This painting is the first one that I showed how to do. It is a simple sunrise without any clouds.
The painting is taken from a photo from my many wanderings around the island. It is the view from Cattle Point in Oak Bay across the water to the mainland. It was so quiet and peaceful that summer morning. No one around except the birds and the seals.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

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Painter's Lodge Workshop

Island Farm
watercolor
14x20"
$400 USD

I have been away teaching a workshop at Painter's Lodge in Campbell River, BC for the past few days. I am asked to teach there every spring and fall and enjoy it each time. The weather was sunny, warm, and beautiful. The Lodge is right on the water and we watched the fishermen leave each morning and come in again each afternoon with their catch. We even saw orcas (killer whales) this time and watched them play for awhile. It is only the second time that I have seen them but I imagine that it never gets old.
The above painting is the painting that I demonstrated. There were 21 people in the class and each one did an amazing job. It is exciting to watch someone new to watercolor discover how wonderful it is.

To purchase, please visit my Etsy shop or contact me.
Shipping is free to Canada and the U.S.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

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Siblings

Commissioned Watercolor
14x20"

I am finally posting a commissioned piece that I finished last week. The family that asked me to do this wanted something from their memorable trip to the Caribbean. I think it is a wonderful way to recall their holiday. It is nice to see siblings that love each other and hopefully they will remember this time as they age.
To commission a painting of your loved ones, please contact me.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

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Maybelle the Cow

Maybelle
poured watercolor
11x14"

This painting is my favorite out of the cow paintings that I poured (one more yet to come!) She is the cow that lives next door to my friend, Cathy. Cathy lives on a lavender farm on the Saanich Peninsula surrounded by beautiful vistas of the island and the water. I am lucky to have so many wonderful friends with inspiring places to paint!
Now I just need to paint the lavender in bloom. 
To purchase, please visit my Etsy shop or contact me.

Monday, September 13, 2010

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Art Gallery House Tour

View of the living room and the spot that I painted in.

View from the other side

View of the kitchen area and some of my paintings.

This past weekend was the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria House Tour. There were 7 homes on the tour. In each home, an artist had been invited by the Art Gallery to display their work and to paint in the home.
This year the tour was held on the Saanich Penisula. It was a very wet day but it was still a sold out event.
I had never been in this area of the island so had the idea to try to get there earlier than told.  I decided to follow the signs for the art tour and ended up at this gorgeous home. The house captain invited me inside and showed me a bit of the house. I was thinking "Yes! This is my home!!" Then the owner came out. She looked me up and down and said, "She's not our artist!"
Oh. I had the wrong house. Mine was 2 doors down. Thought that was kinda rude of her until I saw "her artist". Young, handsome, and male! I would have been disappointed if I saw me instead of him also.
The house I painted in was a 1960s bungalow that had been newly renovated. The owners had only been in the home for a month and they were very friendly. They invited me in and let me have quite a large space to paint in and to display.
The views were fantastic, overlooking the water and onto the other islands. The floor is leather. The kitchen has blue star granite countertops and basketweave glass tile.  The master bedroom had a bathtub right in front of the full length windows and the tub was transparent!! Not for me, thank you. The ferry goes right by so I would not want to put on that type of show.
I wanted to paint the beautiful view but it was all grey and rainy. Plus I might get carried away and actually paint. Some of the volunteers freaked out when I tried to get water. I was not to leave any water drops in the sink or get any water on the floor. So I painted a portrait very carefully. And talked alot. That being said, I didn't get anything done.
Apparently I had the best spot as the artist. I was told that the other artists were tucked away or in the carports. Lucky me. And like I said, the homeowners were wonderful.
The best part of the whole day is the phone call I received this morning. I sold 2 paintings to one of the patrons. Woohoo!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

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Milking Cows

Milking Cows
Poured Watercolor
11x14"

Another painting from my fabulous weekend at the Saanich Fair. I did a few paintings of cows that are poured watercolors. I really prefer doing buildings as pours but decided to try something new. It is fun to see how it turns out.
To purchase, please visit my Etsy shop or contact me.

Friday, September 10, 2010

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Ferdinand the Bull

Ferdinand
 11x14"
$100 USD

Here is another painting that I demonstrated at the Saanich Fair over the weekend. The theme of the Fair was cows so I was asked to paint a few. This was my first one and I am quite pleased with him.
It is so exciting to be an artist. There are so many wonderful things to paint! Now I am tempted to do a whole series on barnyard animals.
To purchase, please visit my Etsy shop or contact me.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

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Painting at the Saanich Fair

Rooster, 11x14"
$100 USD

To purchase, please visit my Etsy shop or contact me.

This past weekend I was the guest artist and demonstrator at the Saanich Fair.  I spent 3 wonderful days painting barnyard animals and meeting other artists and art lovers.
The above painting is one of the many roosters that I did paint. The first one sold almost immediately so I decided to do a few more.  I discovered that I really enjoyed painting them with their beautiful tail feathers.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

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Ronda Today

Ronda, Spain
poured watercolor on clayboard
11x14"

Ronda Today, the awesome tourism site for everything and anything Ronda in Andalucia, Spain has featured me on their site. Andy, the site manager, came across my painting of Ronda and was kind enough to tell me that the painting is of the entrance to Calle Tenorio, which is one of the oldest streets in Ronda. Thank you Andy for including my work on your site. To view the article, click here.

To purchase the painting, please contact Madrona Gallery.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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Bridge to Point No Point

Bridge to Point No Point
11x14"
$250 USD
To purchase, please visit my Etsy shop or contact me.

Point No Point is one of my favorite spots to paint. It is on the west coast of Vancouver Island near Sooke, BC. I am fortunate to be able to teach a workshop at a B&B (Ocean Wilderness Inn) close to this area. I always try to make it a part of my workshop (weather permitting), either to paint or to get photo references. The restaurant is also fabulous and a great place to relax.
The bridge is red and is built on a huge log that connects the point to the mainland. It is just a narrow strip of water that separates them.
My next workshop at the Ocean Wilderness Inn will be Oct 1-3.
For more information, please contact the Inn at http://www.oceanwildernessinn.com/ or 1.800.323.2116

Monday, August 30, 2010

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Olive Trees and Poppies

Olive Trees and Poppies
11x14
sold
I taught a workshop on watercolor landscapes just over a week ago.This is one of the paintings I demonstrated. It is done from a photograph I took while in Spain of olive trees and poppies. We were in Andalucia at the end of the poppy season but there were still many of them out.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

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Video of Cordoba Cafe Painting

Cordoba Cafe
Poured Watercolor
21x29"

Here it is! The video of the pouring process that I promised.

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The shorter version can be seen via YouTube
by clicking here. 

Saturday, August 21, 2010

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Cordoba Cafe- The Big Reveal

Cordoba Cafe Revealed

I was so excited to show everyone the BIG REVEAL that I am posting twice in one day!
So this is what it looks like after I pulled up the masking fluid.
I will now clean up some lines and fix a few things that are bothering me. Not much to do but enough to hopefully make it a real "wow".
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Cordoba Cafe- Pour #5

Pour #5

This is the result from my last and final pour. For this I just used my red and my blue in an even more concentrated form.
I am so excited to show the Big Reveal that I will post it very soon.

Friday, August 20, 2010

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Cordoba Cafe Pour #3

For my third pour, I masked out my next value by following my black and white photo. These values are more midtone since I am at the midpoint of my pours. The paint was made into a liquid only I made it slightly more concentrated than the last time. I rewet the paper and poured again. I also use a medicine dropper to drop in the paint where I want it to go, such as yellow and blue on the left for the green palm trees.

I had completely forgotten to photograph the 3rd pour. Thank goodness my daughter had it on her camera. She is videotaping the process for me. If it turns out, I will post it.


Cordoba Cafe Pour #4

I was so anxious to pour again that I started to mask before I took the photo after the fourth pour! The painting is starting to take shape.
Just one more pour!! Then the big reveal.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

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Cordoba Cafe- Pour #2

Pour #2

Here is the result from the second pour I did on the Cordoba Cafe. After I let the first pour dry, I masked the next values (these are light values). I use a black and white photo to help me do this. So in this case, it would be pale greys that I mask out. After the masking fluid dries, I mix up my 3 colors again to liquid form. They are slightly more concentrated than the first pour. I rewet the paper using a hake brush then I pour the yellow and red paint, let it mix on the paper and pour it off. Immediately after, I pour red and blue in the corners again, mix, and pour it off. Once again I let it dry before I mask again.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

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Cordoba Cafe-Pour #1

After the first pour

At the request of many, I am posting another painting as I go through the process of pouring my watercolors. My daughter and friend are videotaping the process as well and I hope to have it done by next week. In the meantime, you will have to be happy with stills.
The above painting is of an outdoor cafe in Cordoba. I start by stretching my watercolor paper (Arches 300lb cold press) to a board and drawing the image onto the paper. I then used masking fluid (Winsor & Newton is the best) to save my whites (the umbrellas among other things).
 My paint ( 3 primary colors that are staining) is mixed to liquid form that is light in value. Next I wet my paper with a large wash brush. Since the paper is wet, the paint will flow easily. On this painting I started with yellow (Aureolin) and poured it across the surface. Then I poured my red (Anthraquinoid Red) next to it. I moved my board around so the colors mixed and then poured it off. Immediately after this I then poured the red again and my blue (Indathrone Blue) in my corners, moved the board to mix, and poured it off. I let it dry overnight and the above photo is the result. Now I will mask the next value.
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