Showing posts with label Canadian Artist. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Canadian Artist. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Home on the Range

6*8 in
acrylic on canvas board

Whenever you I have the opportunity to do a show I am always mindful of whom my customer is, I guess this is my marketing and sales background showing up. A show in the city may feature more paintings, than a show in the country where it may be more prints/art cards. I have also found that when selling in the city buyers seem to be relaxed and accepting of abstract ideas and styles. I have entered a new market and have been invited to participate in a local art show, being in the country I decided to put together a mix of smaller paintings and art cards and we will see how that goes. Any ideas on how to market your art in smaller markets? 

Sunday, March 18, 2018

A little fishy art journal

Well, I finally broke down and bought a permanent 6 * 6 Gelli plate. I use it a lot in my work and the DIY plate I made a few years ago that started out as a 10 * 10 has a shelf life and after time, shrinkage and remelting it is now a 3 * 5. :0 That printing plate is still going strong and it works perfectly for tags or small note cards but I felt the investment in a permanent plate was worth it. This is one of my most favorite journal pages to date and I think I am going to convert it to an art card for an upcoming show. I would love to hear what you think.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Gelatin plate prints

If you love scrapbooking, paper arts or mono printing you will love gelatin printing.

 These pretty papers were created using a homemade permenant gelatin plate (you tube has a few videos and recipes for these) but you can also purchase a ready made Gell Printing Plate from amazon or local crafting stores.  These prints can be used in so many ways, from creating cards and tags to backgrounds in art journals or mixed media pieces, and because you are in essence mono-printing no 2 papers will ever look the same. These were created using hand cut stencils/stamps and basic craft paint. I have also used Golden Open's for some experiments and on hot dry days I have also added Debbie Travis glazing liquid (just what was on sale) to extend the working time of the basic craft paint. These are a few the turned out so well that they are now mounted and hung independently.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

The old lady in the window

I had a very productive day yesterday. The kiddo`s have been down sick so it has been very quiet the last few days. I finished up a few paintings that have been sitting in my `they are starting to fall apart, so i will put it away for a while box``. This one of the old lady in the window is one of those projects that really gets me out of my comfort zone of painting tight. It has elements that I love, the contrast of lights against darks and the imagery of what the woman is thinking about. It is a small piece measuring only 3.25 * 4 inch so my intention was not for detail but for impression. Hope you enjoy.
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Sailboat at sunset tutorial

Just a quick demo on how I painted this sailboat at sunset. Colors used: Indian Yellow, Napthol Red, Alizarin Crimson, Royal Blue, Burnt Sienna and Brillant Orange and permenant ink First draw out your image and mask off your sun spot - dry.
I chose to use ink as a base to this painting applying it both directly and using it as a wash to add some shadows.
Next wet the entire sky area. Working around your sun spot start by adding a graduated wash of indian yellow from the bottom to about 3/4 the way up, then add in alizarin crimson, and at the top work in a band of royal blue letting it run down a little. DRY The sky is not holding the weight I need it to so I wen over it again using the same colors and technique. This time adding a band of brilliant orange along the bottom. Looking better but still not quite there. So lets dry and move on to another area so that I can come back and judge the values.
The sails were added using a mix of BS, brilliant orange and indian yellow. DRY I noticed that the sky still didn't have the imapct I was looking for so I had to go back and mask off the sails so that they weren't muddied if I brought the blue down so far.
Now all you have to do is go back and fine tune using the same colors you have on your pallet and a fine tip pen to strengthen some of the rigging.
Hope you enjoy. Feel free to ask any questions.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Outcroppings and Old trees on Misty Lake ATC's

These are a few of the small paintings I have been working on this week. Outcroppings was done mixed media with an ink and watercolor wash
and old trees on misty lake is a traditional watercolor.
Hope you enjoy. :)

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

My version of Giovanni Bellini's Doge Leornardo Loredan in watercolor

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Finally a few new paintings have gone up in my store. This is one of them. It is my version of the classic painting by Giovanni Bellini Leonardo Loredan, Doge of Venice done in watercolor. It measures 3.25 *5.5inch on 140lb CP arches paper. Hope you enjoy :)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Little Boy Watercolor Portrait demo

One of my students have asked me to post the demo that I did for a workshop on portraits from last week. This is a 2 hour painting (including dry time) using a limited pallette of quin gold, aliz crimson, Ultramarine blue, Burnt Sienna and Burnt Umber.  Stage 1: Mask out any highlights or if you are really confident you can paint around them. Due to the small size of this little man I masked.
Stage 2 Sunshine : Wet your paper into the hairline, background, even the whites of the eyes. Wait until the sheen is gone from the paper and start dropping in your mid mix of quin gold. I love this color for 2 reasons. 1 it lifts easy, which comes in handy when laying down your road map  and 2 it adds your sunshine.   DRY
Stage 3 I added a little BS and BU just to place a few darks in the eyes and hair. DRY Then mix up a light mix of aliz crimson. This is a high power, staining color and should be used with care. It is way easier to add color then to take it away. Wet his little face again and start adding your turning points, this would be around the outside of the face, the side of the nose... the warm shadows on the facial planes.  If you are finding that your paper is starting to get to dry, STOP, walk away and let it dry. If you overwork the skin will start to get streaky, and on a child that looks pretty garish. :0 You can always glaze in more color later

Stage 4: I added some more darks to the eyes. I also went back in and strengthened the red/oranges a little.

Stage 5: This stage was done in 2 parts. The background was first wet and a little of the blue color was dropped in. The light is coming in from the viewers left and there is a bright hightlight on the side of the face and top of head. So by adding the darker value around that area it will help to pop it later. DRY  I also went in and started adding a few darks to his jacket. I am working a little more of a wet on dry at this point, as I need to control how far the paint moves.  Some shadow colors were around his eyes, chin, right side of his face, dont forget the little divot under his nose and a little shadow under his nose to make it pop out a bit. DRY  He is really starting to look human now.

Stage 6: Final adjustments were made to his face before adding just a simple hairline and a hint of clothing. Hope you enjoy.  
Untitled portrait
4.5 * 4.5 inch
watercolor on 140lb Arches

Thursday, March 22, 2012


5 * 5.75 inch
Watercolor on 140lb Arches
Don’t you feel that sometimes life just seems to get away from you.  This new painting has been a long time coming, her name is Patrise and she runs a craft market on the San Salvador Island. I hope to get back into the swing of things after I can reign this recent chaos back in.
Hope you enjoy

Monday, February 27, 2012

White Cosmo watercolor floral

My tomatoes and peppers and herbs are starting to pop up now and I am starting to dream of green grass and white sand. So with that Happy thought in mind I was inspired to paint up this lovely white cosmo. This flower is always a show stopper in my garden with guarenteed color and beautiful whispy foilage. It measures 4.75 * 6.5 inch and is painted on 140lb CP arches paper. Available for purchase. Hope you enjoy.

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Friday, December 2, 2011

Girl in White - Watercolor Portrait Mini Demo

Hope everyone is having a good week. I just got this one completed this morning and couldnt wait to share it.
ATC 2.5 * 3.5 inch
Watercolor on 140lb CP Arches
Hope you enjoy

Thursday, November 24, 2011

ACEO Girl in Braids - Watercolor portrait painting

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American Friends and Family!
Im a little disapointed in myself. While I was trimming this piece the blade slipped and now it is a touch smaller than an aceo. So now she measures 2.25 * 3.5 inch  watercolor on 140lb CP arches SOLD
Hope you enjoy

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Mountain Bluebird Watercolor ACEO

Good morning everyone. I dont know about you but I am really feeling the Christmas - yes i said it :0- crunch. There just doesnt seem to be enough time in the day to get everything acomplished. We just got the Halloween decorations down and now we are pulling the Christmas boxes. The last of our visitors will be arriving tomorrow and the I am hoping it will calm down after that till Christmas, I am getting a little burnt out. :) I have a few things on the go right now. I am almost done my prim angel, should have her up later today and trying to clean up some 1/2 done little aceo's I have piling up in my work corner. :)
This is the latest
2.5 * 3.5 inch
Watercolor on 140lb Arches CP
Have a very Happy Day!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Gold and Turquoise Watercolor Lizard Painting- ACEO

2.5 * 3.5 inch
watercolor on 140lb CP Arches SOLD
My kitchen table is been taken over with pre-school books, so ive had to resort to changing my artistic expression from medium/large sized works to whatever fits into the palm of my hand and can be moved quickly. LOL I dont mind because my 4 year old has been writing, spelling and sounding out words and starting to catch on to column adding. :) My 2.5 year old is a parrot so anything that we are working on that day is being picked up by X as well. I LOVE IT!  So with that said this is my latest little creature card ive been able to fit in. Hope you enjoy.

Friday, October 14, 2011

2 Pigeon ACEO's

Pigeon #1
2.5 * 3.5 inch
watercolor on 140lb arches paper

Pigeon #2
2.5 * 3.5 in
watercolor on 140lb CP arches paper
SOLD  Good morning everyone. :) A beautiful fall day has started and what better way to greet it then with a couple of lovely bird paintings. :)
Hope you have a Happy Day

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Red Eyed Tree Frog - Acrylic and Watercolor


Over the weekend Artist Network was offering their free video weekend. In light of recent events I havent been much in the creative mood so this was a little kick start in the creative department. Inspired by Karlyn Holman, Watercolor without Boundries, this little tree frog aceo was created using a toothpick to paint in the black acrylic and traditional brush painting for the watercolor portions. Hope this inspires you to try something new.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

The Road Inland - A Newfoundland inspired painting

I am always fascinated by the colorful houses of the east coast of Canada and thought I would share it with you. This is an ACEO Canadian maritime landscape trading card measuring 2.5 * 3.5 inch. Hope you enjoy.
watercolor on 140lb CP
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Friday, August 26, 2011

Renaissance Boy in Blue Hat - Watercolor ACEO

I must really like little boy's in blue as this is the second painting this week I have done with the same color pallette. :) I really love the renaissance feel to this painting, which I seem to be doing a lot of lately. Other examples can be found here and here

Boy in Blue Hat ****Artist Trading Card***
2.5 * 3.5 inch
Watercolor on 140lb CP paper
Hope you enjoy

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Little Boy Blue - A day at grandma's house

This was my serious project for the week. My little boy blue checking out the tadpoles at grandma's. It was quite a chilld day and from his vantage point he could still see the little fishes and baby frogs and didnt mind just exploring this new world.:D
6 * 7 inch watercolor on 140lb CP paper
Hope you enjoy

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Calgary Art Walks 2011

Back from a week at the beach and couldn't be more refreshed and inspired. :) Anyways as always Im a little behind the 8 ball when it comes to posting but I have been invited to participate in Calgary Art Walks 2011 in conjunction with Canadian Artists for the Poor in support of ending poverty. I have donated my Mountain Bluebird Painting in support of this project. So come on down for an afternoon of all things beautiful. Thursday July 7 between 10-3 on Stephen Ave Mall. I Hope to see you there. :) *** update - with a few thousand people in attendance, wonderfully talented artists and mother natures co-operation it made the show a complete success. :)