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Autumn leaves

October 5, 2010

Although the leaves changed colour and fell off fairly quickly, I did manage to find a few that are the inspiration for some small watercolour studies. Over the past while I have been focussing primarily on oil paintings. I have been missing watercolour, so thought that doing some leaf studies would be a great way to get back into it. Later this fall I am going to take a watercolour workshop with Kiff Holland. It had been a few years since I did a workshop with him - he was the instructor that really got me painting in watercolour and I have done a few workshops with him over the years.

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It's officially autumn - happenings

September 22, 2010

Here we are, officially into autumn 2010. In many ways it is my favourite time of year, particularly because of the light and the colours of fall. The only down side is that winter follows. Then again, winter is when I can really settle in to painting again. There are fewer distractions because winter here is cold and outdoor activities are limited. There are the usual routines to take care of, but gardening is put away for about 6 months at least. This year I have two full days without any commitments, so I look forward to that dedicated time.

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Getting back to it

August 13, 2010

Summer seems to be winding down fairly quickly, after almost continuous rain since May (thunder and rain right now as I sit here typing). Now that all the 'must dos' are nearly done, I am getting back to some sketching and painting.

I have started doing some pen and ink sketches of seed pods and dried plants, just to get going again. Here is a dried rudbeckia from the garden. I coloured it a bit with watercolours - those haven't been out for a while!

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Summertime, and the living is easy

July 28, 2010

Currently, the Escape Artists, one of the groups I belong to, has a show at the Muttart Conservatory in Edmonton. The show continues until August 13th.

Muttart show

 

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A wonderful resource for Pre-Raphaelite paintings - Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

May 29, 2010

I am enjoying another art blog called 'Making a Mark' by British artist Katherine Tyrrell. If I ever get a chance to go to England, this is the site I would go back to, to see what is happening in British galleries. She also talks about good resources; right now she is listing best art books and art business books. 

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Spring Show this weekend

April 12, 2010

This weekend is the 8th annual Prairie River Artists' Show and Sale. It begins on Saturday at 10 am, until 6pm, and then finishes on Sunday, 11 am - 4:30 pm. I hope to see you there!

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March madness

March 30, 2010

March madness to me has always meant a strong desire to get away from the old and explore something new. Just part of the idea of spring renewal I guess. I can still remember when I was very young, I would relish wind storms and loved to stand out in them. I think I hoped they would blow me away to somewhere else.

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Busy times and times to come

March 23, 2010

Today is an odds and ends day, varnishing the little canvases that will go into the Gardenscape art show on Thursday, fixing the photos that will be going into the calendars I am making for the Prairie Rivers Artists' show next month, ordering my favourite Gamvar varnish from Opus (hadn't realized I was almost out!

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The art of pricing art

March 13, 2010

With a number of art shows coming up soon, the question of pricing one's art comes up. There have been a number of good art blog articles, particularly by Lori Woodward (see below), that have helped clarify and explain this complex business. 

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Spring means - Art Shows!

March 9, 2010

Now that we are well into March, the sun is higher in the sky, the snow is starting to melt, and thoughts turn to spring. For me, spring means art shows, particularly ones in which I will be participating. 

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The art blog called 'Underpaintings'

February 27, 2010

Michael Innis's blog 'Underpaintings' is another one that I enjoy following. He talks about art and the art scene, particularly in the northeastern US as he is based in New Jersey. He has recently talked about favourite art books, one of which I have (which will be the topic of another blog), and shows lots of pictures of other artist's work and upcoming shows.

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An art blog for those of us more senior (or senora)

February 13, 2010

Sue Smith's art blog, Ancient Artist, is a blog about developing an art career after the age of 50. Sue writes interesting and thoughtful pieces about her journey as an older artist. She also has some useful resources, such as a business plan, available on her blog site.

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A work in progress

January 30, 2010

I have been working on a large painting of one of my succulents. I must find out the name of it one of these days. I am planning to use it for our Escape Artist show at the Muttart Conservatory in Edmonton this summer. It has been great fun to work on such a large scale (30 x 30 inches), much bigger than anything I've worked on before. I am looking forward to doing some more of these larger paintings.

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A painting at the FCA student show

January 18, 2010

Right now I have a painting at the Federation of Canadian Artists' student show at their gallery on Granville Island. A friend of mine also has a painting in the show and she took a photo for me, so I can show it here.

I really appreciate the FCA providing this opportunity for those of us who take classes and workshops from them, to show our work. Someday, I'd like to be out there for the show!

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