A couple of weeks ago I actually took time off from preparing lessons and kids to paint this flamenco dancer. Her photo has been sitting on my desk for some time and I have been wanting to paint the swish of her dress. She is one of the dancers from the show I saw in Cordoba, Spain last year. I was excited to find out that we will be returning to see another show in Cordoba when I return to teach.
I will be taking another painting group to Spain in October, 2012. If interested, please visit
My garden in Victoria was always a surprise. Every spring there was something new that popped out. Last summer when I arrived home from Spain, I discovered my garden covered in pink poppies. There must of been hundreds of them. They ranged in size from very tiny to huge blossoms. It was a great way to be welcomed back to reality.
This painting was done as a demonstration for the Arbutus Ridge Art Club in Cobble Hill, BC. It was a wonderful group of people and I really enjoyed painting for all of them.
Discovery Passage is the water way between Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast on the mainland of Canada. It is dotted with islands, wildlife, and cruise ships on their way to Alaska. I teach a workshop in the area every spring at April Point Resort on Quadra Island.
I try to teach the workshop as close to the summer solstice as possible. I love that the sun doesn't set til close to midnight and rises before 5 am.
This time I watched the sun go down and witnessed a green sky. It wasn't the aurora borealis but a green sky like in those paintings of the north. When I first saw some of those paintings I thought it was just an artistic interpretation but was told otherwise. Apparently the further north you go, the more colorful the sky becomes. It was beautiful. It is such a calm and serene place to be. Perfect for an artistic getaway.
Last week I taught a workshop at the Monterey Centre in Victoria, BC. I taught there weekly before my big move and was happy to be back to see all my former students and friends. I was surprised and pleased to see some new people, including two other Leslie's. Such an awesome name for awesome people.
I was also delightfully surprised with a lemon meringue pie by another awesome student and friend, Cathy. It was to go with the conversation on my Facebook page about the title for Golden Gem. Thank you Cathy for the wonderful pie. My family (including me) devoured it in minutes. Yummy.
I also had a student come all the way from Australia to take my class. (At least that is what I like to think even if she was there to support her mother-in-law)
Beacon Hill Park is the piece that I demonstrated and taught. Beacon Hill is a beautiful park located in the middle of the city and overlooks the Strait of Juan de Fuca into Washington state.
Prints available through Fine Art America by clicking here.
In one of my previous posts I mentioned that I was teaching a floral workshop just before the Iris Convention. I was hoping to complete another iris painting. Lavender Dreams is the painting that I demonstrated and nearly finished for the convention. It may not have been completely done for the exhibit but I was able to complete it during the week. It was actually a draw to customers to be working on a painting.
Last September I was contacted by Chris Tyrell, the author of Artist Survival Skills. He was writing a new book about successful Canadian Artists and he wanted to interview me. Me!! How awesome is that?
Not only did Chris want to interview me but he wrote a whole chapter on me. So I am Chapter 3 in the book.
The reason why he wanted to interview me was that he was impressed with my blog. Who would have thought that my weekly and biweekly journaling of my painitngs would get me into a book? It is very humbling. I was so nervous when he interviewed me but Chris made me feel at ease and we had much to discuss. As he mentions in the book, we were friends by the end of our conversation.
Chris explains in his book why he chose my blog as an example. I would tell you but you will have to buy the book to find out.
My impression about Making It! was that it was going to be out towards the end of the summer. To my surprise, it came out last week. I went out with some good friends to celebrate. Hope Chris is celebrating as well.
I am having a great time at the Iris Convention. Many of my students and friends have come by to see the show. Thanks for all the support to these wonderful people! The above photo is of me with a great student and supporter, Cathy. I have even met a wonderful woman named Mary that has been following my blog. She came in from Sooke to see the show and to meet me. How awesome is that!
I have enjoyed meeting people all over that share a passion for the Iris. I think I am hooked on this beautiful flower. In fact, I am taking home some seeds to start my own iris garden at my new home.