Dec 24, 2013

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Winter's Coming - My Christmas Picture 2013 - Sold
I would like to thank you, my wonderful supporters, for all of your support and encouragement throughout the year.  It has been fun writing to you and sharing my Art World with you.  I would like to wish you all a
Wonderful Christmas and all the best for the coming Year
I look forward to connecting with you in the New Year.

Dec 17, 2013

Update on Bulgaria


The Dance of the Poppy - 4 x 5 Watercolour
My minis are settled and happy in Bulgaria.  The 4th Painting and Mixed Media Competition at the Lessedra Gallery opened on Dec 11 at 7pm. and runs till Feb 15, 2014. There are 248 artists entered the show from 49 different countries,  twenty-three artists are from Canada. Sad to say I was not one of the prize winner but I am happy to be part of the show.  It is really kind of interesting to think my pictures are busy entertaining so far away with so many different kinds of art.  

Eagle on the Rocks - 3.5 x 3.5 Watercolour
 The days are flying by so quickly, hope your Christmas preparations are going well.  Steve has been busy doing the Christmas baking and I am trying not to eat too much of it!!  A hard task as he makes so many wonderful treats. 
Rocky Shores - 5 x 6  Watercolour
Have a great day and think good thoughts for my pictures far away.  As always if you wish to buy any of my work or register for workshops just Contact Wendy .
To see some of the show:

Dec 13, 2013

Stellar Jay

Stellar Jay - 11 x 14 - matted, unframed $230

Isn't he great??

I was going to call him a "Jay with an Attitude" but felt that was unfair.  Jays are lovely, hard working birds on the go all the time.  A pair of them has been busy working on our hazelnut bush sneaking away with all the nuts.  I didn't realize that it was producing any until I saw one of them scooting off with a nut in his beak!!  Here I thought I was so lucky to have two of them hanging out in our front yard, chattering with the squirrels and flittering about.  I must admit I really enjoyed their company and I if the price to pay was our hazelnuts that's okay too.  But I would have loved to have seen a few of them on the branches!
Things are getting very busy now with all the holiday hustle and bustle. Organizing the last Christmas show of the season, advertising for winter workshops, preparing the last of Christmas commissions are just few of Art by Wendy's jobs right now.  It is all lots of fun but things like a snow day can really but a wrench in the works.  I hope all your Christmas jobs are getting done and as my daughter keeps reminding me "you are doing this because you love it so have fun on the way!"  So far I am on track, hope you are too!
Have a great day.

As always if you wish to buy any of my work or register for workshops just  Contact Wendy.  Gift certificates are available and make lovely Christmas Gifts.
Have a good day.

Dec 5, 2013

My Journals are Finished, Let's Start Using Them!!


Want to add Excitement to Your Journaling??

Ink, water coloured pencils (dry) and graphite - lovely gradation of colours on the hills is achieved much faster with pencils than pen work
Try using different drawing materials.

 Being a person that loves to draw I often stick with my favourite 2B pencil but I also carry some other very interesting things to use with it.  I keep a few watercolour pencils with my sketchbook:  a nice light and dark blue, red, yellow, brown and  green pencil with a water filled paintbrush. It would be nice to take more pencils but if you are on the go you have to pack light. 
Rocky Harbour, Gros Morne, NFL - ink, graphite, watercolour pencils with a touch of water (in the water)
The watercolour pencils can be used as a dry medium on top of the graphite, which gives great texture and the graphite adds a lovely gradation to the colour. It is best to put the colour on top of the graphite as I find the creamy surface of the watercolour pencils does not accept graphite well afterwards.  Then for variation use the wet paintbrush to bring some of that colour alive.. 

Ink work with Graphite - give lovely texture and value gradation
I also like to bring a .03 and .01 Pigma pen.  These pens are Archival and Permanent so if you want to add water with watercolour pencils the lines will not run.  The combination of graphite with your pen work and/or watercolour with your pen work will also quickly produce wonderful texture, line and depth to your sketches.  If you only have a short time to work get the main part completed and then touch up with a few details later when you have time.
Ink, coloured pencil and graphite - that splash of red really brings this East Coast Lighthouse to life!
I am sure you can understand now why I have designed my own Pocket Sketchbook/Journals (see last post).  The pocket in the front will hold all of this type of supplies and more so I can sit down, open my book and my materials are all there.  That really is key for any successful Journaling on the go - Be Prepared!  (yes I was a Girl Guide too!)

For more tips on Adding Excitement to Your Journaling come to the demo at our Show, Dec 6, 1:30 or better still sign up for the Journaling Workshop with Audrey Bakewell and myself, March 9, 2014.
(see my Shows/Workshops/Private Classes page for more information.)
Have a good day and Happy Journaling!