It was a great wet day for the inaugural workshop to raise money for the Thomson Understorey Foundation (TUF). A brave group of artists came with me to look at mosses and lichens and they showed all their colours to us in the soft rain. We collected samples that had fallen from the trees and returned to the studio for tea and cookies. Then set about studying and painting the samples, creating strategies for translating them to images on paper. I could hear the synapses developing! We broke for a hot lunch and then returned for more painting. Below are the pieces I created to get ready for the workshop and another after it (the demonstrations done during the workshop didn't amount to much as I cooked, taught and was generally engaged in things not directly related to creating my own work! The student work though, was fantastic! All these works below are for sale with proceeds being split along CARFAC recommendations between me, as the artist, and the TUF foundation. They are all works on paper and come without frames.
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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.