Tuesday, December 27, 2011

I am now in the Gallery of Canadian Drawing Masters!!

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KONA - JUST WAKING UP  Sold

I have been invited to become an Honourary Member of the Drawing Society of Canada.  I am really pleased to part of this group.  As you are aware I love to draw and to be part of a Society that recognizes and promotes the Fine Art of Drawing is really a dream come true.  I just have to take a moment to brag, check me out in the Gallery of Canadian Drawing Masters!!  www.drawingsociety.com 

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Snowy Owls Have Returned to our Coast

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 The Snowy Owls along the Mud Flats
We had an incredible morning yesterday; we were up early and out to the Mud Flats on Boundary Bay to see the Snowy Owls.  We arrived just as the sun was rising and there were very few people about.  As you looked over the mud flats you could see spots of white in the grasses, it was amazing.  We walked along the dike and they were perched on the logs very close to the dyke so I was able to get a few pictures.  They looked so out of place, shining white in the dark grasses and wet logs; Quite a sight to see.  They are not a regular visitor to our section of the coast, 2005 was their last major visit.  As you can imagine I am itching to finish up with Christmas and start on a drawing of them.  They are really such a beautiful bird. 


Snowy Owls out on the Flats

Owl in Flight
 
As we left more people were arriving and they started to move away from the dyke, you can see a group of them was forming up on some logs further out.  I was really pleased with my husband, Steve as he got me moving early so we were able to see them.

Owls were not the only birds out on the Mud Flats, this crab apple tree was a favourite for many othere birds as well.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Cats ready to Shine for Christmas

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CHRISTMAS CATS - 10 x 16   Available

Ta da!!  I did it!! My cats are done and ready for the show.  As soon as they were finished I was busy photographing them and setting up the cards.  I even cropped the picture and made some Christmas Tags with them.  My little cats were a real hit at the final show of the year and now they are  off in the mail to family and friends.  

I was very pleased with my cats, particularly the background.  I have always found backgrounds a challenge.  I suspect it is because I am so focused on the main subject and where and what I am going to do with it that somehow the background becomes less than secondary.  Working in layers, using the negative and pulling out things really helps me to stay loose and not get caught up in too much detail.  I particulary love the colour that I can introduce to really build my connection with the focal point.  

Well I do want to wish everyone a
Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year. May next year be a very successful artful year for you.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Cats WIP

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Christmas Cats - 10 x 14 - WIP
Christmas Cats will be my Christmas card this year and yes I am running just a tad late. I am really excited with my picture and really enjoying working on it.  I am trying to be very patient and glaze each layer on the cats to develop their structure.  It is so easy to smack on a wack of colour and then regret it, so slow and steady is my goal.  The cats are white and since they are in the sun I really have to search for areas of shadow to define them.  The background is going to be so much fun to do as I did a variation on the watercolour pouring technique and then I will do some glazing in the negative to pull out different things.   I can see it taking shape in my mind but my husband just looks at it and says "the background is too light!!"

I hope all your holiday preparations are going well, it seems we are full steam ahead for Christmas.  I am still finishing up a few commissions and trying not to panic.  I know things will be done on time.  Good luck with your prep and hopefully I will have the finished picture posted soon.


Monday, December 5, 2011

Paints n’ Bloom

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I know I am acting in reverse here, sharing show information after the fact but it was a thrilling experience and I need to share.  Audrey Bakewell and I have just finished our Christmas Show at West Coast Gardens in South Surrey and as you can see from the pictures it was a beautiful sight. 
We were set amongst their beautiful poinsettias and you couldn’t have asked for a nicer place to show your work. Let me tell you, a green house during the Christmas season is a wonderful place to feel that Christmas glow, no matter the weather.  People were happy and just enjoying our show and the plants.  Poinsettias were big and small and every colour you can imagine.  (No Poinsettias are not naturally blue or purple, but it is surprising what a little spray will do!!)

West Coast hosted our show as a fund raiser for Alzheimer Society and this is our 3rd show this year with them for this purpose.  It was just a wonderful experience to have this space to show our work and meet so many great people and to raise money for a good cause.