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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Vancouver Art Gallery's Dutch Masters Exhibit


I had all but given up hope that I would make it to the Dutch Masters exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery as it is over in September but by chance I ended up with a 'day off' yesterday so off I went with my mom who is also an artist and we spent the day at the gallery oohing and aaahing over the paintings. The detail in some of the paintings was just mind numbing and some were so small that it was just unreal to see the level of detail on such a small scale. Most of my favorite paintings were in the same room near the end of the exhibit, I would have been happy just to sit in there and stare all day.

They had a set up of a camera obscura which was really cool as well. I have read about them but it is really neat to see one acutally set up with a still life to see what level of detail they actual produce. The image was blurry but definitely enough to get all the 'landmarks' down.

Unfortunately we were not allowed to take photos which seems odd as my mom just got back from the Louvre in Paris where she took amazing photos, mostly for me to paint, gotta love moms :) We took a lunch break on the patio which was really nice and surprisingly yummy and then went back for round two of the exhibit. So unfortunately no wonderful photos of dutch masterpieces, but a not bad photo of me & my mom instead :)


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

September 22 - October 4, 2009
FCA Show - A Bird, A Stone, A Letter

Prenatal Portrait in Watercolor - Under My Thumb
One of my paintings, Under My Thumb, has been chosen for the A Bird, A Stone, A Feather show at the Federation of Canadian Artists gallery on Granville Island from September 22 until October 4, 2009. This painting is one of my personal favourites as it is a watercolor painting of my pregnant belly, around 8 months, with my first child.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Coquitlam Farmers Market
September 20th, 9-1pm

Coquitlam Farmers Market
I have been invited to attend the Coquitlam Farmers Market on Sept 20. I had an option of dates to go and of course I chose this date as it is also the Kids Day & Kids Market theme so it should be alot of fun. I will bring a small selection of work and will do a live demo as well probably in graphite pencil.

We went last weekend to check it out and had a blast. They had a really good variety of vendors with live music, yummy food and artists.

Sundays, 9:00am - 1:00pm, September 20
Dogwood Pavilion parking lot (Poirer and Winslow Streets)
Coquitlam

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Burnaby Village Museum

Burnaby Village Museum
Well my dad came for a visit last week so not much painting happened but I did get some great reference photos of the places we went to visit. We went to Burnaby Village Museum the first day and had a great time. It is really great for kids as everything is quite close together and the roads are paved so that you don't get all muddy if it is rainy.
I wish I had gotten photos of the car & train but we ran out of time as we spent alot of time at the blacksmith's watching him forge stuff. My favorite part was the carousel of course as I have loved them since I was a kid so I got alot of photos of the horses. I think I will have to make another trip just to take photos and of course I want to go at Christmas time as I am sure it would be so cool with all the decorations & lights, I am a sucker for Christmas!

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Watercolor Painting - Peeling Paint Completed

Watercolor Painting - Peeling Paint Quebec BuildingI had to take a break on this one after I started to work on a couple of commission so the beginning photos are below a ways or click on the peeling paint label to see all the updates.

I think this painting is nearly complete, maybe just a few more minor tweaks, I will leave it a bit to see for sure. I have added more shadows and suggested the lines of the wood and peeling paint throughout the painting. I am quite happy with how this one turned out!

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Watercolor Painting - Western Artwork - Better Days

Western Art Watercolor Painting I loved the blue and brown texture at the top but it had no place in this painting :( So I removed the very dark staining paint surprisingly easily! I did not want to damage the paper so was not keen on scrubbing gently with a brush so I thought I would just mist the paper with my spray bottle and see how well I could lift off the paint by blotting with a paper towel.

To my surprise the water bottle mister removed alot of the paint on it's own without even having to blot too much. It took about 3 bottles of water and worked best when holding the sprayer right up to the paper at an angle but removed most of the blue paint.

I then added a blue more suitable for the sky and added the puffs of cloud to finish it off. I definitely learned alot from this painting and am quite happy with the end result :) I am calling it Better Days






Monday, August 03, 2009

Watercolor Painting - Western Art Update #2

The skull is starting to take on more depth and I am getting quite happy with the horns and the back portion of the wall but as much as I love the top portion of the wall and it looked good in the reference photo it is just much too dark and does not seem to 'fit in'.

So I have decided to lighten it and rather replace it with a sky rather than a dark shadow on the wall as in the reference photo. Kind of wishing I had used non-staining pigments now....oops! The blue I used is indandathrene blue which is a heavily staining pigment which I applied quite heavily. It will be interesting to see how well it can be removed and to what extent without damaging the paper, hmm :)



Saturday, August 01, 2009

Watercolor Painting - Western Art Update #1

I transferred the sketch to the watercolor paper and jumped right in with the darks first. I forgot to take photos at earlier stages as I got a little carried away.

I painted the lighter wall with very random brushstrokes and I quite like the subtle texture it created. The darks I painted in full strength with very little water and quite like the texture again but not too sure where I am going with these, I guess this is where a detailed thumbnail sketch comes in handy....hmmm.

The skull has been painted in using thinner layers of paint but I am trying to keep it looser an have the paint not mixed very well on my palette so that the colors are more varied and each color (I used 3 primaries) can shine through in different spots.