Tuesday, August 8, 2017


Here are a few of us - when the weather is fine, we paint outside on the patio. 
One of my student's works - her first dog.

Another student's work-in-progress

Marie was ecstatic with her landscape.

She let me know her husband had it framed for her the next day!

A forest scene I started as a demo.

Another demo - almost a poured watercolor - of a moon bridge in Germany.

I liked the shapes so much, I wanted to paint it again.

An unfinished demo of Lighthouse Park [unfinished because the paper was starting to take the pigment in an uneven, strange way].

Some quickie demos of shadows

A brooding sky - one of the students LOVES sky paintings, the more turbulent, the better. This one actually turned out quite well, and I was surprised how easy it was to create. I don't do a lot of loose painting, and when I do it amazes me. Watercolor, left to do its own thing, does beautiful things.

And of course, there is ALWAYS the critic!!!
I have, and still am, enjoying teaching so much. I think, if it wasn't for the students, I wouldn't be painting or drawing at all. Slowly, I am beginning to feel the desire to paint again. I visited another nearby artist [Linda Muttitt], who teaches and has a mentoring program. She is an utterly delightful woman, and most inspiring! I will continue seeing her throughout the fall and winter.

Meanwhile, we are having a very hot and smoky August here near Vancouver. It has been the worst year for wildfires in British Columbia, and the smoke has worked its way down to the coast. The air is bitter, hazy, the sun barely visible; when the moon comes up, it is deep pink - all very eerie.

Many thanks for your visit!