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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Private Drawing Classes (only 1 spot left for this Wednesday!) and Studio Party

Well I had hoped to do a post about my Studio Party and then a post about private lessons separately but things are just moving too quickly to wait!

I am very excited to say that I will be offering private lessons! Spots have filled up so quickly that I only have one spot left which is tonight Wednesday Sep 23. Please contact me asap if you are interested as it is on a first come basis.

Over the summer months I decided to re-floor and paint my studio and clear out a lot (major understatement) of clutter that had accumulated over the years.  I am so excited about my studio renos that I forgot to take photos of the party all set up with the nibblies table but my hubby manage to get a few photos to share. I was worried things would be too crowded but even with 8 adults in the studio, there was still room for a kid or two to sneak in and raid the dessert tray unnoticed.



Today I took a few more photos to try to show the full studio. The first image below is the left hand side of the studio with very tall cabinets so that I can have still life set ups on the top shelf and still have plenty of storage underneath.  I LOVE how these bookcases fit 16x20" canvases and panels perfectly so they do not stick out at all.  I tend to bump into things.... a lot ;)  I have lights that clamp on the side of the bookcases so I can adjust the lighting for each set up easily to have full control over the form lighting.

The white cupboard contains all, well...most, of my still life collection, my most used brushes ( I still a ton of brushes in the closet on the other side of the room, ugh) and some sketches and studies on the top.  The fireplace is pulled out a few feet from the wall to allow for storage of drawing boards and holds my monitor on top for when I want to work from the computer screen rather than life or a photo. The wall across from the window (not in photo) has a large floor to ceiling closet that hides all my clutter..in an kind of organized way and has bifold doors so I can just close them and not see the odds & ends.

This image below is the right side of my studio and has my home made day bed that I have wanted for years!  The cushion on top is made from 2" think memory foam and is SO comfy. My hubby helped me make the cushion, no sewing thank goodness, and the pillow is temporary until I find the right pillows....I am thinking turquoise or red but I am still on the hunt.

I have more bookcases for still life set ups either on top or on the top shelf and tons of storage on the other shelves.  I really like having my casts hunging up on the wall and I get great natural light from the window which is super motivating to do quick sketches of the casts in between longer drawings and paintings. On the far side of the wall (behind the white door) I have a little closet that holds all my framed artwork so they are all out of the way.



Thank you so much to everyone for taking time out of your busy Sunday to join me for my little Opening Party!   I really enjoyed every one's company and it was so nice to have visitors in my studio as it is usually just me and the cat...for hours on end.  Last but not least....studio gifts :)  Artists always bring the best gifts, wine, chocolate, tea and a tube of oil paint that did not last long enough for the photo and is back in the studio waiting to be used ;)


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

See You Tonight....
Garibaldi Art Club Drawing Demo in Maple Ridge

Graphite Portrait (detail of Commission)
All packed and ready to go for tonight's drawing demo at the Garibaldi Art Club in Maple Ridge   I am looking forward to it as I stated the demo that I will be working on, a still life pair of pears and am eager to get back to it.

I drew one of the pairs to show how the drawing will progress and will draw the second pair tonight.  Members will also be bringing their drawing supplies so that they can work on drawings after the demo.  Gonna be fun, hope to see you there! You can also join them on Facebook or check out their website at the link above.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Free Drawing Demo - Saturday, Sep 26 from 12 - 5pm at Port Moody Civic Centre

Graphite Pencil Portrait of Luna
It took me awhile to decide what to demo next Saturday at the City of Port Moody's  first-ever Day of Arts celebration.  Should I work on a painting? Then if so, should I do oil, watercolor, acrylic....  or should I work on a drawing, decisions, decisions.

I finally decided on drawing, my first love :)  I will be working on a piece that I started in the studio recently.  If you are at or around the  Port Moody Civic Centre (100 Newport Drive) on Saturday, September 26 from 12 noon to 5pm stop by and say hi, ask questions or just chat. 

This event is part of  Canada wide Cultural Days which will showcase visual artists, musicians and performers.  This venue will also have yummy food and beverages to sample!  For more information on the event that I will be participate at, check out the City of Port Moody Day of Arts  There will also be activities at Port Moody Arts Centre so you can make a day of it!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Watercolor for the Absolute Beginner Classes....Only 3 Spots Left!

20x30" Watercolor Portrait Commission
Fall is finally here and that means school starts again, yay, when it is art school that is :) 

Palettes have been filled with fresh paint, paper has been stretched and I am so looking forward to getting back to painting tomorrow night.  I have not painted in two weeks and it is starting to get to me!

My next Watercolor Painting for the Absolute Beginner starts tomorrow, Sep 14, 2015 and if you would like to join me you can still register at Port Moody Arts Center.

Please visit http://register.asapconnected.com/ClassDetail.aspx?pk=436298 to register or call (604) 931-2008 for more information.

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Only a Few Days Left to Register - Non-Toxic Oil Painting for the Absolute Beginner Starts Sep 14, 2015

Vase & Apples Still Life - Oil on Canvas Paper - 5x7"
Only a few days left to register as this class starts on Monday, Sept, 14.  I have some fun projects planned!

We will create an Open & Closed Grisaille first and then do our Color Layers after all the drawing and value issues have been worked out.  This is what is known as an indirect method of oil painting which breaks the process down into manageable steps. 

We will also be creating a painting done in one session, in full color which is called alla prima painting.

My next Oil Painting class starts on September 14, 2015 at the Port Moody Arts Center.  If you are interested in joining the class please register at and please register early as the Arts Centre as classes are cancelled several days prior to the start date if the minimum number of students have not been reached.

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Watercolours for the Absolute Beginner - Registration Closing Soon!

Register  soon as classes start Sept 14! Start off right by learning step-by-step techniques to achieve harmonious vibrancy in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

We will cover preparing your paper, transferring your drawing, several methods of mixing paints and brush handling techniques with a series of fun exercises that are works of art in themselves.

All professional quality artist supplies are included.  If you would like to join me at the Port Moody Arts Center, you can register online at Online Link or call 604-931-2008.

Friday, September 04, 2015

Non-Toxic Oil Painting for the Absolute Beginner - Student's Work
Next Class Starting on Sep 14, 2015


Indirect Oil Painting - Students Work "by @dazliFocus"

This is the finish painting by my student Darya from my last  Non-Toxic Oil Painting for the Absolute Beginner class.  This is one of the project's we worked on during the class and was done using the indirect method of oil painting.  

This was Darya's first first try with oils, not to mention realism, I think she did an amazing job!

We created an Open & Closed Grisaille first and then did our Color Layers  This is what is known as an indirect method of oil painting which breaks the process down into manageable steps. 

We will also be creating paintings done in one session in full color which is called alla prima painting.

My next Oil Painting class starts on September 14, 2015 and I am looking forward to more fun projects.  If you are interested in joining the class please register at and please register early as the Arts Centre as classes are cancelled a week prior to the start date if the minimum number of students have not been reached.