Monday, May 28, 2012

TAKING CARE OF BABY

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TAKING CARE OF BABY -  11 x 15  Available
Well this little baby is finished; she is sitting preening in the sun with mom watching close by.  The cranes are safely sat up at the Riefel Bird Sanctuary and although the mated pair is free to go whenever they choose they have stayed at the Sanctuary for 3 years now and seem in no hurry to move on. This little baby was from last summer and they are busy preparing for their new baby this year which should be here any day.
On a sad note, I just found out that they didn’t make it into the Drawing Exhibition.  However, my picture of my little chickadee, Out On A Limb was successful and will be part of the Exhibition at the Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery on Granville Island.  You win some and you lose some when it comes to juried shows as we all know.   The show runs from June 12-24.

OUT ON A LIMB - 8 x 10 - $260

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Taking Care of Baby WIP at the White Rock Pier

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My baby Sandhill Crane is my next big project.  Steve and I were at Riefel Bird Sanctuary last spring and I got great reference material for the baby crane.  The cranes are used to people being around so you can get fairly close but if you cross that line the parents very quickly let you know!   I have had this picture percolating in my mine ever since. When the Federation of Canadian Artists annouced their Open Call for a  Drawing Exhibition and I decided my baby was going to try and get into the show.

First Day at the Pier - Yes I have on tons of Sunscreen!!
I just got my approval to one of the Painters at Painter Square in White Rock.  I picked up my license last week and I gave it my first go.  It is going to be great!  I really enjoyed sitting down by the pier painting and drawing to my heart’s content and chatting away with the people wondering by.  There is a bit of a breeze at times, which makes watercolour a bit of a challenge (everything dries very fast) but for drawing it is great.  The breeze doesn’t bother my pencil work and people were just as happy to be quietly hanging over my drawings as my paintings.  I haven’t really worked out a schedule, my plan is to go down once or twice a week in the afternoons when the weather is good, of course.  So if you are down there for a walk, check out the artists, it might very well be me!!




Sunday, May 13, 2012

WORKSHOP WITH TERRY ISAAC

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I have just finished a jam packed weekend with Terry Isaac, an Internationally renowned wildlife painter.  We had a full two days of instruction and demos by Terry. He is a really friendly and down to earth kind of guy.  It was a wonderful time and best of all I really learned a lot!!  Terry now lives in Penticton and has opened his own gallery there this spring.  If you are in the area check it out.  In the meantime check out his art on line at www.terryisaacsart.com

Terry working on a demo for us
Terry is working on a small section of the reference material to show us how he paints fur. 



Here is the finished piece based on the the area indicated in the reference picture.


Monday, May 7, 2012

PADDLING AT THE LAKE

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Paddling At the Lake - 3 x 4 - $140 Framed
Canoeing and camping is one of my loves and Steve, Rusty and I have gone on many trips together.  The inspiration for this picture is our trip to Brewster Lake, north of Campbell River on Vancouver Island.  One evening I saw a deer disappear down that little path when I went down to check on the boat.  This lake is part of the Sayward Canoe Route which is a chain of lakes and portages that form a circle.  We spent 2 weeks on this route and had a wonderful time. 
I am pretty excited about this picture as I used the cerulean blue again mixed with, of all things Payne Gray and Yellow Ochre.  I read about it in one of my nature books and thought I would give it a try.  I love the green grays I got for my hills and the neat colours for the water.  I am still in love with my ultramarine blue as it really reminds me of those perfect sunny summer blues in the sky and water but of course the water and sky is constantly changing and the weather is not always that perfect!!  (Still I love to dream!!)

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Shoreline Visitor

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SHORELINE VISITOR - 4 x 3 - $140 Framed
My Huron series continues.  I am really excited about this little one as I tried a new blue.  I know I need to get a life but . . . I don’t usually use cerulean blue.  I may add it as an accent colour in my water but never as a main focus.  I was reading about it in one of my books and thought I would give it a try.  I just love the grays I got for my distance mountains and it really brought my driftwood and shoreline waters to life.  I can really feel the wet surface of those logs in the shadows and I love the rich, slick surface caught in the sun.  I will definitely have to use this colour again.
I have been rereading one of my are books on Painting Nature in Watercolour and it does have some interesting colour mixtures that are I don’t usually use.  Wait till you see the next one:  Paynes Gray, Yellow Ochre added to Cerulean Blue.  Really neat grays!  It’s not finished yet but already looking good!