Go big or go home, part II

March 14, 2012

I did get inspired by doing the big tulip, and decided to do a second painting in the same size. I sketched in one idea with charcoal. No, didn't like it. The composition didn't work on that scale. Think of another possibility. A spring landscape, focusing in closely. Sketched it out and started the under painting. No, didn't like that either. Too bland and high key. For the most part, I like lots of contrast. So, ponder some more. Aha, a big orange. I love painting oranges, particularly if they are backlit.

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It's spring somewhere!

March 1, 2012

The first of March, days are longer, sun is stronger, particularly noticeable here in the more northern latitudes. I like how it stays light in the afternoon/early evening, like a long twilight here, once we are past the shortest day. We have had an odd, almost non-winter here. That has been a treat in many ways. Parka and boots have done little duty this winter. And now that March has officially arrived, the potential for the real cold is limited. We have some snow, and we can get good snowfalls in March here. So it will be some weeks yet before spring actually arrives here.

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Mark your calendars!

February 16, 2012

The Artists' Workshop Annual Show and Sale-

Coming in April!



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Here's to 2012!

January 3, 2012

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Our art show this weekend

December 8, 2011


This weekend is the third 'Art by the Hearth' show and sale for the Escape Artists group I belong to. It is being held at my house on Saturday and Sunday. Everyone welcome!



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Art shows coming up

November 15, 2011

Where does the time go? This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, I will be participating in the 'Little Gems' show at the Mix Artist' Collective Gallery. This is the white house behind Knox United Church. See the 'Upcoming Events' to the right for details. It begins at 4 pm Friday. This is a fundraising event for the Saskatoon Food Bank. There will be work from 50 local Saskatoon artists, all small works, hence - Little Gems!

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Painting again

October 28, 2011

This Monday I finally got to get back to painting. The cold that I got in Vancouver set me back several days, so it wasn't until this week that I was able to begin again. Monday is the day I paint with the Artists' Workshop group now. I am just in the process of setting up a website for this group, so it is fairly basic at the moment.

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Autumn musings

October 7, 2011

We have had the most beautiful and warm end of summer, early fall this year. Today, finally we are having rain which has been needed. I feel like it is getting me in the mood for Vancouver, where I will be going soon to take part in a 4 day painting workshop.

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July 18, 2011

July marks a couple of anniversaries with regard to my painting efforts. Ten years ago, I went to my first watercolour painting workshop at Emma Lake. I had dabbled a bit before that, but never really got into painting. It was something that I wanted to try and thought that a week long workshop would be a good way to immerse myself in it to see if painting was something I really wanted to learn and pursue.

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Week one

June 7, 2011

It is hard to believe that one week of June is already done. I did manage to get small drawings done, and am surprised at how hard it was to do. Now I can really appreciate those people who do a painting a day, for 100 days or a year. I have been putting them on flickr in a set called June 2011 drawings.

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Ready, set, draw

June 1, 2011

The other day I got a nice shipment of new art supplies. Among them were two new little Moleskine watercolour/sketch books. One is little (3.5 x 5.5 inches) and the other a bit larger (5 x 8 inches). I also got some new Pigma pens. My old ones had all dried up or run out. I plan to carry the littlest one around with me, along with pen. I also plan to do one drawing a day this month. I haven't done a lot of just drawing, and thought that would make a good summer project.

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May 6, 2011

I have some news to impart. That sounds a little dramatic, but it is news of upcoming changes.

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Transition time

April 19, 2011

Well, the spring shows are done and dusted for this year. Thank you to all who came to our Prairie River show. The beautiful sunny weekend brought out lots of visitors. It was great fun talking to everyone and seeing all the smiling faces. Could you tell it has been a long drawn-out winter?


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Varnishing and framing

April 5, 2011

Today I am doing the final bits getting ready for the Prairie River Artists' show this weekend. This show marks the end of our year of painting together and is always fun to do. I enjoy seeing everyone come and look at what we have worked on and chat with the visitors. This year we are going to do some painting demonstrations and I think that will be another great opportunity to show people the actual process or making art works.


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