Saturday, February 15, 2014

Weekly beginner class in Fort Langley

I have set up 6 weeks of Wednesday afternoon classes in my studio. This series will focus on basic acrylic techniques. Images provided- step by step instruction. Dates are Feb 26 to April 2nd- Wednesdays, 1:30 to 4:30. Cost is $300.00, plus tax. Currently I have 2 spots available. If you're interested, let me know.

Friday, February 14, 2014


Sea to Sky 30 x 24" acrylic

As I may have mentioned before, skies have always been my nemesis. My goal for 2014 is to conquer skies in acrylics.  I love the idea of painting something as simple as water, sand and sky, although I wouldn't describe this painting as simple.

I have tried many approaches including fast and furious, and slow and painstaking. The techniques I used for this painting would be closer to the slow approach but I found painting it quite meditative and enjoyable. I used a lot of glazing fluid and many layers of glazes in this painting. I tried not to think about technique and just let the painting dictate what it needed. I might have liked more chunky brushstrokes but that's not the way it evolved. Now I'm looking forward to the next one.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Begin Again

I like the uncluttered feeling of the sand in this painting. I painted that area very fast with a 2 inch brush to get the soft edges. Also used lots of glazing fluid to keep the paint wet a little longer. This is another of the perfect beaches on Calvert Island, north of Vancouver Island.

"Begin Again" 30 x 40" acrylic