Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Workshop at Cheap Joe's in NC

I am truly touched - This was the first day of my Workshop here in Boone, more than half of the class was signed up for my 2009 workshop that I unfortunately had to cancel due to my illness. - I am amazed that they came back and waited so long - Now Let's PAINT and Have some FUN!! It is a wonderful group

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

New painting- Rose Dream

This was an unusual composition of a very familiar subject - title Rose Dream

Getting ready

Getting ready for my upcoming workshops in Boone NC at Cheap Joe's and in Denver should be a lot of fun !!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Demonstration for AWS in Sebastopol

Just did a Demonstration for AWS group "Artist Workshops of Sonoma County" what a lovely group of artist's, many seemed just like old friends. It was such a treat to visit Sebastopol, warm weather, amazing roses - it was hard not to stop at every nursery along the way.

In this photo I'm explaining which way I painted my composition and what came to be the final painting

I'm explaining how when I paint a rose I may think it's going to be soft and delicate, but most times it just does not have the depth that I want to I continue to push it until I am satisfied.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Would like to just keep painting

I would like to just keep painting but I guess I better get ready for my demo this week and pack for my workshops in North Carolina & Denver.

I thought maybe I would try a new simple composition but looks simple but working with the color can be a problem I am using the color mix of Permanent Alizarin Crimson and Cobalt Blue it's good & bad.

Good thing is that the color can separate and settle quickly on the paper / bad thing the same thing making it hard to work with for someone that isn't use to it. This just might be a little too frustrating for students, so I better re-think my plan :)

Latest Painting

Latest one from the studio - So nice to be doing some painting for me again.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

L'Art de l'Aquarelle

Just got the PDF for my upcoming article in the June issue of "L'Art de l'Aquarelle" this is one of the top European Watercolour Magazines. In this issue they are featuring 20 top worldwide artists, I am honored to be included. It is a very high quality magazine that is being distributed distributed into 32 different countries.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Artist Workshops of Sonoma County Demo

I'm really looking forward to meeting all of my new friends at my demo next week at the Artist Workshops of Sonoma County - just printed out the directions and now know where to go. LOL

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Not Your Average Rose

It doesn't matter what I do my paintings never disappear on the wall, Judy Bett's once said to me your paintings command attention. Yes I guess that's true...no hiding for me, even if I wanted to.

I usually stay away from roses since mine are always SO BOLD and not very delicate. This rose painting started out light and pretty (as they always seem to do).... but it just did not have the depth that I wanted. So I started layering then there I go again "intense".

I felt a little uncomfortable about sharing this one, as I was painting this piece I knew it was more of my subconscious journey rather than a replication of my reference photo. many times my choice of color and compositions reflect the past or future, a premonition of sorts.

When I have the time to paint for me and not for workshops, it is a spiritual journey because I never know what the outcome will be.

Below You can see how the light rose has glowing color but not much depth. I just can't help myself, I can not feel that a painting is done unless I can peer under a petal or feel that I can travel into the center of the flower.

Working with Tranparent color you can create deeper color but it is difficult to get the contrast that I'm looking for.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Happy Students

For some students this has been their first time trying watercolor, everyone was succesful and had a great day. These paintings were done on the first day of the workshop

Mendocino Botanical Gardens

before the workshop today we took a field trip to the Mendocino Botanical Gardens for take advantage of all the blooming Rhododendrons for new reference material. Beautiful day, great light no wind, absolutely perfect.

What a wonderful opertuntity for students to take photos and get new refereance material with all of the Rhodendrons in Bloom. They always say that they want to know how I see the flower and home I create the compostion - well that takes about 2 minutes then they happily dart off clicking....it's funny...poof their gone, just like kids. The Fort Bragg Botantical Gardens is the only one in the states that goes all of the way to the ocean. We never have the time to see it all, but students are always welcome to go back at the end of the day or at a later time. I try not to take much class time with our tour so we always meet there before class and catch the morning light.