After a year or so absence the hunger for pebbles has returned. I have just finished two workshops at Juan de Fuca 55 + in Colwood and have another scheduled for December in Campbell River. I always love teaching pebbles as they offer a great path into doing textures and volume in little bite sized chunks (and they are 'about' the pebble, so don't have to be exact). There were some wonderful paintings started, and some even completed, during the workshop. Here are my demonstration pieces and the one that I finished over the two weeks. You can see that the possibilities are endless. This is a great subject for when you want to paint, but don't know what to paint. When you are working on your brush handling skills, and when you want to practice mixing tertiary colours.
Colour is usually where people start, but colour alone is not enough, you can see from the disc's that don't have shadows and volume that they do not look like pebbles yet. The shadows and volume really help in creating the illusion. Have fun!
If only we could erase actions in life as we can in painting. Or just tear up the paper and start again too! But that is one of the attractions of painting. The wonderful control we have over what our efforts create. In this short blog I'll highlight some of the discoveries made in two demonstrations on lifting and changing. NOTE: two different phones, so colours are not accurate.
So these images are to demonstrate experimenting with options and possibilities. This is not the usual way I approach a subject, but since it was a demonstration in which there was a request to demonstrate a very dark wash, it was an opportunity to demonstrate what could happen to rescue a work. Personally, I do not enjoy rescuing works, other than as an intellectual challenge, I prefer to approach the subject again on a fresh piece of paper. If I were to take it further, I might darken the yellow background wash to help push the tulips further, but maybe that is for a future demonstration to show what that would do! Happy painting.
At the UVic Beginners watercolour workshop in October I didn't manage to fit in the snowman paintings so I created these direction sheets. I'll share them here as well. They are a bit of recaptured childhood. This example is 4" X 5" but they are wonderful smaller too. Use them for cards, fridge art, Christmas tree decorations (you can paint on both sides of the paper) and just for comic relief. Some students have created family portraits by adding scarves and other recognizable clothing from family members. Have fun.
We have started. Last weekend was the design weekend for the mural and was wonderful that everyone stayed with the process and all the discomfort because we have ended up with a spectacular plan. We will be down in the square painting the mural on the October 16, 17, 18 weekend so come and see us. We won't be able to have volunteers helping, since we are already 6 people working on 4 panels, but would love the moral support and encouragement ( and maybe food... )
Here is a photo of the team in front of the stairwell where the images will be installed.
GRAY WHALE articulation at VIU Deep Bay Marine Station: CTV reporter Gord Kermis visited the Gray whale project on April 24th my second day on the job. This short video will answer some of your questions about what is involved and you will actually see me working! http://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=599958
Diane, Nancy and Susan came up last Saturday to help with the painting Here they are in the rib cage
Every time I do a mural I forget how difficult it is physically. But it is a great way to get in shape and have something to show for it. Something that lasts a lot longer than the few lost pounds and tighter abs. This mural is a design by community, for kid appeal and I have had good support from volunteers to do it too!
Joanne Thomson is a watercolorist who works on paper and canvas. She is best known for her images of the BC forest and coast. These strong images are created with a gentle spiritual approach to art making. However, her mason jar images are moving into a prominence that is displacing her earlier work and opening up new avenue for messaging in her art.