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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Sicamous, B.C. Art Show and Sale

Sicamous Art Show and Sale Opening Reception is tonight and the show is on until from Friday June 28 until July 2. I was helping with the setting up and was completely enamored with all of the different art - paintings, jewelry and hand crafts. If you are in Sicamous B.C. for the long weekend, drop by the Red Barn and check out the art sale and show. There is no entrance fee and your creative side will thank you! I have these 3 paintings in the art show plus one more that I just realized I don't have a photograph of! I also have painted wine glasses, cards and original small paintings for sale.

Zhaoming Wu workshop

Tami worked hard over a 3 year period to get a workshop for the FCA by Zhaoming Wu. A demo evening and 2 workshops (Mon-Thursday and Fri-Sunday) were completed to the absolute delight of the attendees. The workshop was on figures with live models.

Zhaoming did a demo in the morning, then the artists all worked from the live model in the afternoons. The idea was not to complete a finished painting, but rather to work in the steps, style and under the direction of Zhaoming. I could of just watched him paint as it was magic to see a figure develop on his canvas. Alas, the same magic did not appear on mine, but I certainly learned a lot. We did two figure studies and one portrait over the three days, again not to completion. I think some of the artists worked on finishing theirs at home from photographs taken. I have not worked on mine, so remember that this is not finished....

12" x 16"
oil on panel
This model was thin and tall. I found it challenging to continue painting after she had taken a break as her face and clothing would be in a slightly different position, very different from painting landscape or from a photo!. I was pleased with how far I got on the this painting.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Rocky Mountain Bloom

This painting just flowed. I was following some workshop advice - paint what you love! This painting is of wild flowers with the beautiful Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, a hiking dream. It is the first time I have painted on a linen board panel, a very rough texture.

"Rocky Mountain Bloom"
8" x 8"
Oil on Linen Panel

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Whidbey Island Workshop - Day 3

This was our final workshop day and had to head to the ferry then the airport to go home. Dreama Tolle Perry talked about the "business" of art and how she manages her own art business. It was very interesting in how she grew and what she did as well as talk about self promotion which is hard for most artists. After that we worked on a small painting 8" x 8". Dreama handed out about 5 different pictures (the yellow icing cupcake picture was painted upside down). We started on our painting and blocked it in then she had us move to the next easel and continue painting on that one with whatever paints the artist had on her palette. We moved to 6 easels with an unknown time frame at each.

It was interesting moving on to the next easel and look at what others had painted, deciding what you liked, what you didn't and what you were going to paint on it. For tight painters it was mortifying to follow a loose painter and vice versa. Here is my cupcake painting that I arrived back to. We were allowed 5 paint strokes then had to quit. I am still hoping to work on it at home and make it mine. I really enjoyed this challenge and learnt a lot from it.

Dreama just put her photos of the weekend on her website. My blue vase painting is in the second row on the left and the bottom photo is of Deb and I painting at our easels.