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!
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.