Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Teaching at Luminous Elephant

I've been teaching at a wonderful new art school in Vancouver, The Luminous Elephant Studios.
I've been so busy I haven't had time to blog.
I taught a private class, Collage Kids to a lovely family.  I was amazed at their first venture into mixed media, and the pictures they made. The four and six year old were fantastic, and it was the mother's first time painting.

For the first weekly Tuesday Paint Night  we did Fantasy Flowers.They were all new painters and the art they produced was wonderful.

It is such a thrill to inspire people to paint, and see their joy when they discover they can do it.
I'm looking so forward to the Artist Journal which starts tomorrow, and painting pears at Paint Night next Tuesday.

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Last night I took out a piece of art I made in Tracy Verdugo's Sacred Mark's Workshop.
We dripped Liquitex ink on watercolor paper, swirled and made marks with chopsticks and skewers.
Here is a photo of 1/3 of the watercolor paper, before it was cut up.

By cutting into smaller pieces, it becomes more interesting. I could pick out images and designs.

I then doodled around the images I saw with my white Signo Pen, and my Pilot Vision black pen.

I'll use these for collages,greeting cards, and happy mail.
It  made for a relaxing evening.


Relaxing this summer, enjoying doodling in my art journal.
Looking forward to teaching more classes.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Dina Wakley at Clipper Street

Dina Wakley was guest artist at Clipper Street this weekend. I took her Layers Class and loved it!
What a fun teacher, she had a very loose way of  painting that resonated with me.
Here are some photos of the class.

I told my friend Pauline, that Dina is even faster and looser than me, and she started to grin.

I realized that wasn't a good thing to say, I was referring to painting:)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Go big or go home!

I decided I wanted to try painting large. So I purchased several 4 foot by 4 foot canvases.
It was so much fun painting free and loose.
I painted intuitively like I learned in lovely Tracy Verdugo's class at Art is You in Petaluma last September.  She is every bit as sweet in person as she is online, and I loved her class.
I did many layers, using Dylusions blue spray, acrylic paints, inks, a few stencils, and leaves for masks.
Alan helped me move it around the house, as it wouldn't fit where I originally planned it to go:)
Thank goodness I checked before I finished it the way I originally thought.
I was going to use white in the negative space, but love it the way it turned out.
Here is it over my sideboard in the dining room.

                                              Click on photo to see larger.

                                          Close-up  of one of the forest leaves with a painted one above.
                                          I call it my Fantasy Forest.
                                          Enjoy your summer,


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Making mini technique canvases

I wanted to try out some new painting techniques , so I tried them on 4x6 inch canvas boards.  I wrote the techniques I used on the back. It was quick and easy painting on such small canvases.
Now I have have a record of what worked and what didn't. Much less intimidating than a large canvas!

                                        Texture added with joint compound through stencils.
                                          Used a butterfly mask and tinted gesso.
                                       Paint, stencils, stamps, then used white paint to outline leaves.
                                       A fun afternoon in my studio,

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Gellin with my best friend!

Yesterday my best friend, Annabella and I had a ball making Gelli prints in my art studio.
Look at this website for info and inspiration: Gelliarts.
We loved layering and using stencils on the Gelli plate.
The Ikea kid's paint in squeeze bottles works beautifully.
                                                   Annabella's first gelli print!

                                                  I had fun doing layers.