Wednesday, December 31, 2014

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Welcome 2015!

Tickled Pink
poured watercolor
15x22"
sold

Wow! I can't believe that it is 2015! And I am just tickled that my painting, Tickled Pink sold to a lovely and wonderful patron. What a great way to end 2014 and to start a new year. 

Now that the New Year has arrived, it has most of us thinking about resolutions. Including me. I am not usually one to make BIG New Year's Resolutions because I feel like I am constantly reassessing my goals throughout the year.  And I always feel like I am falling short. However, I have had a goal that has been sitting around for much too long. I have been procrastinating it and it is time to get it done. I figured if I tell others about it, I will have to complete it. So here it is: 
As many of you know, I have written a rough draft for a watercolor technique book. My goal for 2015 is to better organize the content, complete the edits, and get my book published! (That exclamation point is me yelling it out to the universe)

Ok. There it is. I've said it. Now I have to do it, right? 
I would love a little nudge every now and then from my readers to remind me to get me moving.
I would also love to hear what your artistic goals for the year will be. 
Perhaps we can help each other along as we resolve to create more in the coming year. 

Thank you for being with me this past year and into the next:) 
Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

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Purple Garlic

Purple Garlic
Egg Tempera
11x14"
sold

I've finally been able to get back to egg tempera now that classes are winding down for the holiday season. I absolutely love this medium but need a full day in the studio to paint with it. That is because I mix the paint from ground pigment and fresh eggs. The paint doesn't keep long but creates such magical colors as it dries. 
The buyer had seen this piece while it was being painted and fell in love with it then. She seemed to be excited by all the purples when she saw it completed. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

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Mountain Morning

Mountain Morning
Oil
5x7"



I have been playing around with more oils lately. So far I like to keep them small so I can complete them in just a couple of hours. Otherwise I get so busy that I forget to go back to them until all the paint has dried! Previously I have enjoyed glazing in oil and get impatient waiting for the paint to dry. But I am now trying to work more wet in wet and love how the paint moves around. 
This is another scene from Mt. Washington on Vancouver Island. 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

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Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland
watercolor
10x13"
sold

I've been doing a few winter landscapes in preparation for the holidays. I love blues and purple so any excuse to paint a whole painting with just those two colors is a great excuse in my book!

Friday, November 21, 2014

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Storm Chaser

Storm Chaser
32 x 40"
varnished watercolor

Storm Chaser was so exciting to paint. I felt like I was chasing the storm, watching it gather and roll over me. It is of Incinerator Rock along Long Beach in Tofino, BC. 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

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Changing Skies


Changing Skies
varnished watercolor
16x20"
Available for purchase through Madrona Gallery

I obviously love painting skies. This one is of the sky over Brentwood Bay on Vancouver Island. It is one that I painted over the summer and delivered to Madrona Gallery last month. I also delivered a couple of my other sky paintings. It was fun to see them all lined up ready to hang.





Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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Vancouver Sunset

Vancouver Sunset
11x14"
watercolor 

This painting is yet another painting from my skies course. It is a simple sunset over water. The scene is looking west from Jericho Beach in Vancouver.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

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Aurora Borealis

Aurora Borealis
11x14'
watercolor

As many of you know, I have been into the atmospheric lately, especially with the skies. And could I resist painting the Northern Lights? Absolutely not! Watercolor seems the perfect medium to capture the Aurora Borealis. The paint moves similar to how I imagine the lights move and change. I haven't seen the real northern lights (only in photos and videos) but I hope that someday I can make it far enough north to do so. And I hope that it will be summer when I go.

Friday, October 31, 2014

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Golden Splendor

Golden Splendor
watermedia
18x24"
sold

I have really been into skies lately. It is exciting to see the way clouds move and change.  Golden Splendor was actually completed over the summer and I am now finally posting it. I really enjoyed painting the brillance of the setting sun on the water as it dipped behind the islands. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

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Art In the Vineyard 2014

View from the Bench
watercolor
11x14"


Last month was my annual Art in the Vineyard workshop in Naramata, BC.  I taught with the talented watercolorist, Sam Boehner for four wonderful days of plein air painting among the vines, still life painting all things wine, and all while enjoying a fabulous culinary experience at every meal. 
We had a great group of artists join us among the vines each day. The weather was mostly pleasant and the company was delightful. We had the opportunity to paint in 3 different vineyards over the 4 days. The first two were at Bench 1775 looking at the great view. Then we spent a day at Hillside Winery among their beautiful gardens (and enjoying the best dessert ever!). And finally we visited Serendipity Winery
Below are some photos from the event.

Looking across Okanagan Lake


Listening to Sam discuss still life while on the deck of Bench 1775 Winery



House Among the Vines
watercolor
8x10"



The view from Bench 1775 who is now carrying my paintings on their wall. Yay!


Painting on the porch of Serendipity Winery


Friday, September 26, 2014

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A Moment in Paradise

A Moment in Paradise
oil
18x24"

         As I have mentioned in a previous post, I was inspired to try oils while on my trip to Mt. Washington. This past week I decided to paint a larger image of the area in oil. This is a view of the lake in Paradise Meadows. This piece will be on display November 7 at the Federation of Canadian Artists's Paint By Numbers Fundraiser. The Paint By Numbers event is an exciting evening of artists and patrons trying to grab the painting of their choice. Each patron has a number and is randomly called to choose a painting off the wall. It is slightly nerve-racking for the artist though. One hopes that their piece is not chosen last!

Friday, September 12, 2014

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Blog Hopping

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited by the very talented Nancy Goldman to be part of a Blog Hop. I was surprised to have received this invitation to be featured and to feature an artist whose work I greatly admire. I have been following Nancy's blog for years and she seems to have mastered water and waves in all different mediums.

Last week, Nancy featured me on her blog. Today I will be featuring her along with answering some questions about myself, then I will feature a couple of other artists.

Nancy Goldman


"I love to experiment with most mediums and styles of art.  I get bored easily and can’t imagine painting in just one style or medium.  My favorite medium is watercolor  and I enjoy glazing multiple layers of color to create the finished painting.  

Watercolor paintings have a luminosity that can’t be achieved with any other medium.   The transparency of the paints, along with the sedimentary qualities of some of the paint colors allow for a feeling of texture and light.  There are many techniques possible with watercolor, from loose and watery to tightly rendered paintings, which makes each new painting a wonderful adventure."

Nancy's work can be viewed on her website at www.nancygoldmanart.com
and on her blog at nancygoldmanart.blogspot.com


Now to answer some questions about myself:

1. What am I currently working on?

I like to have several paintings on the go. I currently am working on an egg tempera of garlic, a watercolor of a cloudy sky, another watercolor of a night sky, and a small oil painting of Yellowstone. Since I teach so many classes in watercolor, I consider those paintings my day job (pretty good day job, wouldn't you say?) and the oils and egg tempera are for fun. So I tend to do those when I have an hour here or there (and there aren't many!)

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I'm not sure that it is that different. I do like color and use it liberally. These colors are layered and stacked to create more depth.  I also like detail, but not too much. My work is impressionistic with a touch of realism. One comment I receive the most about the watercolors I do is that people can't believe it is watercolor and I am able to get such depth and richness with the paint. 

3. Why do I create what I do?

There are so many reasons why I create what I do. Some I recognize and I am sure there are others that I am not fully aware of. I do know that I create because I love. I love the people around me, the feel of the air, the way the light hits a subject, the interplay between light and dark, the movement of clouds, the wind, and patterns. I love color, a scene, a moment. I love the paint I am using, the feel of the brush, and I especially love when I can say all of what I am feeling without having to speak a word. 

4. How does my creative process work?

I usually start with a photograph of a place or person that I have captured. Then I take that photograph into Photoshop and play with sizing and cropping, as well as adjust lighting and color. Photoshop becomes my sketchbook. Then I print it out, draw it out, and paint. Sometimes if I am having a hard time deciding between which photograph to work from, I will print out the images and put them in my studio. Then over the next few days, one of them will "speak" more to me than the other. That's when I know which painting needs to be done first. 

Now I will feature other really awesome artists.

Kathryn Ragan


Bruno
watercolor
13x10"

Kathryn is a watercolorist that I started following several years ago. At the time I started following her blog, I didn't quite realize that she lived so close to Vancouver until I moved to Vancouver. Then one day Kathryn emailed me and mentioned getting together for a chat. We were instant friends. Kathryn's love of animals is evident in her paintings. 

Kathryn was born in Toronto, raised in Vancouver, and now makes her home in rural south Langley, British Columbia. Here she indulges in her passions of horseback riding and art. She studied sciences for six years at the University of British Columbia, and graduated with a diploma in dental hygiene. Though having always loved to draw and sketch, it was only over the past few years that Kathryn devoted herself to working with 
watercolor. 

Kathryn is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, and recently won second place in the “Works on Paper” show. Her work can be seen on her blog site, Studio at the Farm, and at Ballantyne Gallery.Kathryn is passionate about LIFE. As an artist, she brings ardor and technical proficiency to her creations, fashioning works that are realistic, vital and warm.




Angela Fehr



Angela is another Canadian artist from BC. She is a mother, artist, educator, and devout Christian. All of which I relate to very well. 

These are her thoughts on her art:
"There is something about beauty that demands a response. Hands clenched on the steering wheel, feverishly memorizing tone, texture; vivid hues of sun-streaked sky, grain splashed with cobalt shadow. From panorama to palette to paper, watercolour my voice, a transparent, fluid means of savouring the glory inherent in the spaces I occupy.A self-taught watercolour painter, over the last twenty years my art career has been rich and varied. In addition to painting and teaching watercolour in my studio and online, I’ve worked as a graphic artist, web site designer and freelance writer; served on the board of a local art society; shown my art in solo and group shows; taught art classes to children and adults; been featured in magazines, newspapers and web sites; and even been featured as a watercolour expert for a local television station. The world is full of exciting opportunities and new people to meet, learn from and enjoy, and I love to be a part of it all.

I'm a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists (Peace River Chapter), the Peace Watercolour Society and the South Peace Art Society.

In addition to painting, I teach paper crafting, homeschool my three children, support my husband in his business and love living on an acreage in northeastern British Columbia. It takes creativity to live a full and interesting life, and I love creating art every day!"

There are many treasures to be found on her site at angelafehr.com
Thank you to all of these amazing artists for letting me feature them. I hope all of you enjoy reading about them and being inspired by their talent. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

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Plein Air Painting At Mt Washington

Study for Paradise Meadows
oil 
5x5"


Last weekend I had a wonderful adventure plein air painting at Mt. Washington on Vancouver Island.
This adventure was planned by fellow artist and friend Perrin Sparks. Perrin invited several artists to join her for a weekend of painting, painting and more painting. I was also joined by artists and friends Sam Boehner, Marney-Rose Edge, and Audrey Bakewell. 
The weather was at times rainy and cold. This made for some dramatic skies as the clouds swirled over the mountaintops and fun moments as we had to quickly abandon our plein air masterpieces when the skies did open up. Because of this, I started many, but finished few. I was smart enough to take photos so I can later complete the scenes in the studio.
Here are a couple I did complete:

Passing Clouds Sketch
Watercolor 
8.5 x 19"

Strata Mountain Study
Watercolor
7x11"

Although I took my watercolors, Perrin and a few others inspired me to dip my brush back into my oil paints. When I returned home, I did just this and have completed a couple of small oils since (including the Paradise Meadows study).

Yellowstone Meadows Study
Oil
5x7"

Friday, August 22, 2014

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White Rock Exhibition

Siwash Rock
Stanley Park
Vancouver, BC
32x40"

As many of you are aware, I had an exhibition of my work this past Sunday. It felt great to be back! I use to have studio tours twice every year when I lived in Victoria. Since moving to Vancouver 3 1/2 years ago and working on my degree, I haven't had an opportunity to show my work all in one place. A kind friend offered her home for me to hang my paintings and let our friends peruse through my private collection.
I met many new people and art lovers and felt like the day was a huge success. 
Thank you to all those that were able to make it and for your continued support.


That's me standing with several paintings and showing my video about my painting process.

My own pop-up gallery

More paintings as part of my pop-up gallery


Monday, August 11, 2014

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Upcoming Private Exhibition and Sale

Into the Woods
21x29"


This coming Sunday, August 17, I will be having a private exhibition and sale of my work at the home of one of my patrons in White Rock, BC.
I am excited for this event because it is my first solo show in nearly 4 years. Since my focus has been on completing my Masters degree, I haven't had a chance to show work from my own private collection until now. Several new and not previously seen pieces will be at the show and available for purchase.
If you are interested in attending the event and would like an invitation, please email me at leslieredheadart@gmail.com. I will be happy to send one along.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

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Genesis

Genesis
acrylic on paper
12x12"


I know I said in the past that I really don't like the look of acrylic. I felt like it was too plastic and didn't have the same movement and glow of watercolor. But that was before the acrylic paint making pros decided to try to make acrylic more like watercolor. So a few weeks ago, I decided to give some acrylic paints a try. 
Genesis is my first painting done with these newfangled acrylics.
The acrylics I used are from Chroma Paints and are of the Atelier Free Flow Line. I was amazed at how the paint did flow similar to watercolor when doing wet-in-wet. The paint even stayed wet in my palette for a very long time. The colors have a nice vibrancy to them and layer well.  Overall, I enjoyed painting with them and have ideas to use them even more.

Friday, July 11, 2014

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MISSA Magic

Floating In A Cloud
16x20"


Last weekend I taught a pouring workshop at the Metchosin International Summer School for the Arts at Pearson College in Metchosin, BC. Pearson College is a world college and is one of the most beautiful campuses I have seen. It is located on the southwestern tip of Vancouver Island with lush rainforest type foliage and gorgeous turquoise water.

My studio for the weekend was in the boathouse, which was appropriate since we painted boats.
I kept pinching myself while I was there, thinking, "Wow! this is my classroom! I love my job!"
I definitely feel blessed.


I had a wonderful group of 12 people, mostly from the area. 


Almost all of them did the boat along with me and they did a fabulous job! I hope that they are able to apply what they learned in the workshop to their own home studio practice.





Thursday, July 3, 2014

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Londonderry Barn

Londonderry, NH Barn
watermedia
11x14"


As many of you know, I have been into painting barns lately. This one is from Londonderry, New Hampshire. We lived in New Hampshire and Massachusetts for several years before moving to Canada. I left many wonderful friends behind. I miss the beauty of the place as well as the people. I think of it often and sometimes wonder what things would be like if we had not moved.  Perhaps more barn paintings like this one. 

Friday, June 27, 2014

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Art in the Vineyard, September 2014



For those of you that receive my newsletter, you will know that I will be teaching in the vineyards of British Columbia this September. This workshop will be plein air painting with me for part of the day and still life painting all things wine with Sam Boehner. We taught the course last fall and it was a huge success and had a wonderful time painting, eating, and tasting wine. 
This year, it is September 28- October 2. We will be painting in the vineyards around Naramata and Penticton, BC. This area is called the Okanagan and has a beautiful lake and is known for it's wine. It has become the Napa Valley of Canada.

If you would like to join us, there is an early bird special of $650/person based on double occupancy. This price is only available until July 1 (this coming Tuesday!). We will take checks that have been postmarked by that date. Only a $200 deposit is required to receive the early bird special. After July 1, the price goes up to $700/person based on double occupancy.

This price includes a 4 night stay at the Naramata Centre, breakfasts, lunches, wine tasting, and instruction. Dinners are on your own but we will be making reservations at a few choice restaurants. 

If you prefer to stay somewhere else, there is a workshop only fee available. More information and the registration form are above. If you have any other questions, you can email me at leslieredheadart@gmail.com

Hope some of you can join us!


Thursday, June 26, 2014

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Spanish Olive Plantation

Spanish Olive Plantation
11x14"


I have been quite neglectful in posting my paintings from the past few months so I will be trying to catch up.
Spanish Olive Plantation is one of my watercolors from Spain.
The resort (El Molino de Conde) were we stayed is in the Andalusian countryside and is surrounded by olive groves. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

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Spanish Lantern

Spanish Lantern
mixed media
11x14"



Another watercolor sketch with pen and ink. The rocks were the most enjoyable part of it but also enjoyed the scroll work on the lantern. Using a pen to fill in the delicate lines makes it easier. Plus I can carry the painting anywhere and not have to worry about the water and paint. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

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Hotel America

Hotel America
mixed media
11x14"


I had the wonderful opportunity to return to Victoria at the end of last week and teach another watercolor course. This time it was watercolor with pen and ink and the subject matter was windowboxes. 
It was a fun art group from the Juan de Fuca Centre. Several were returning students plus a few new ones! As always, we had a great time.
I tried to show them how to loosen up with the paint and then to use a pigmented ink pen to define the subject. We also did a few exercises with line work. 
Hotel America is one of 2 hotels at the Alhambra in Granada, Spain. Alhambra. The Alhambra is a Moorish palace and fortress built in the 800s. It is considered one of the wonders of the world. The Nasrid palaces are also some of the most beautiful buildings I have yet to see. I would like to paint them someday.

Monday, June 9, 2014

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Cliffs of Ronda

Cliffs of Ronda
11x14"


Ronda, Spain is one of my favorite spots to visit. There is always something new to see and explore. Ronda also has such a fascinating history. I love the cliffs and the village teetering on the edge and have painted it a few times. This time I painted it along with my students in Spain and showed them how to make those amazing cliffs. 



Thursday, June 5, 2014

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Above El Molino

Above El Molino
watermedia
11x14"
sold

I arrived back from Spain just over a week ago and then headed off to Victoria again to teach another workshop. (For those of you that don't know, I live in Vancouver. Victoria is on an island off the coast and I take a 90 min ferry ride to get there)

The painting of the door is from an old house on top of the hill behind the resort where I taught the workshop. The resort is called El Molino de Conde. It is an old bread mill. The house is in the middle of olive trees and has probably been falling apart for decades. The nails on the door are no doubt hand made since every single one was a different round shape. It added to the rustic feeling of the place.

Here are some more photos from the trip. I went with my daughter who turned 18 while on the plane there. This trip was not only an opportunity for me to teach in Spain but a gift to her and time for us to spend together before she goes off to university in the fall. 

Malaga, Spain
(absolutely loved  Malaga!)

The beach at Malaga
(my daughter is standing in front)

My daughter and I.
(The gorgeous one is my daughter)


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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Hypostyle Hall of El Mezquita-catedral de Cordoba

Hypostyle Hall
The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, Spain
watermedia
11x15"


 The above painting was just completed and was done as part of my current course of Castles, Churches and Cobblestones of Europe. It is the Hypostyle Hall of the Mosque in Cordoba. Although it is a mosque with it's beautiful Moorish architecture, it also has a cathedral as part of the interior. 
It is called the Hypostyle Hall because of the columns that support the roof. These columns are made from jasper, onyx, marble, and granite. Some of which are originally from the Roman temple that occupied the land before the mosque was built sometime in the 700s. The arches are doubled to allow for more ceiling height.  The history and architecture of El Mezquita-catedral is really quite fascinating.
More about it can be read here.

Tomorrow I am off to Spain with my daughter. I am teaching another fabulous course there and am excited to return. This time my daughter will be joining me, as it is her eighteen birthday on Thursday. 


Sunday, May 4, 2014

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Indigo Art Papers, NAMTA Success, and Maggie

Maggie
16x20"
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I am now back home for the NAMTA show in Pittsburgh. What a week! Glad I went and had such a wonderful opportunity to paint and to meet all those behind supplying us with new and exciting art materials.
Maggie is a commission I received while I was there. Another exhibitor asked if I would be able to paint his daughter as a demo while there at the show. I was happy to do it for him. It did take me both Thursday and Friday to do it though. The Indigo Art Papers booth was packed with people and questions. The paper is such a beautiful quality, that it was a joy to paint on. Hopefully the paper will be in stores soon.
It was also fun to meet the crew at Daniel Smith and tell them how much I enjoy their Primatek colors.


Finally, here is a shot of the convention. There was so much to see and explore. 


Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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NAMTA Art Materials Trade Show




I'm in Pittsburgh and just finished my first day of demonstrating for Indigo Art Papers. It is all so very exciting to see the products, the artists, and the buyers. 




Here is our both. The owner, Sundeep, is pretending to paint. Ha! See the banner? I did that. I'm not a graphic designer but tried to pull something together for the show. My paintings are also in the front.

I really have met some fabulous people and of course gushed over the Daniel Smith booth. The had their line of primatek colours displayed with all those gorgeous rocks. ( yes, I love rocks! They make pigment :) from which I can paint) I forgot my camera when I visited them so I'll try to remember tomorrow.

Then I met another really cool artist. He was creating this amazing painting of my favorite villain, Milificant from Sleeping Beauty. His name is Christian Masot. 



And here is what I demonstrated today. 

Attitude
16x20"

I really felt like I was going to be this little fish swimming with the big ones but once I got going, I felt good. It all just came to me and I'm happy with what I completed. 


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