Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Judging the SWWS Show was Hard! Come See What I Picked...

I had the honor of being the judge of the Southwest Washington Watercolor Society 2017 Spring Show.  I so enjoyed seeing all of the magnificent artwork on display.  All the artists did a wonderful job & congratulations to all of you!

*Juried Division*
(Pardon the glare on the paintings)

Best of Show: Will Ray "Splendor in the Glass"

1. First Prize:  Denise McFadden "Northern Spotted Owl III"
2. Second Prize:  Takako Ito "Hydrangea and Akebi"
3. Third Prize:  Carolyn Gunderson "Nineteen Pears"
4. Fourth Prize:  Lynda Raven Brake "Spring Cancer Free Bouquet"

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1. Honorable Mention:  Margaret Webb "Ready for Flight"
2. Honorable Mention:  Sue Moore "Rays"

*Associate Division*

First Prize:  Jerry Ballantyne "Forest Study II"

Second Prize:  Arletta Riedler "Kenya Giraffe"

Third Prize:  Lorna Hamilton "First Pick"


After that, April 5th through the 7th I taught the "3-Workshops-in-1", which involved my "Exploring Color" workshop on Wednesday the 5th, "Yupo Landscape" on the 6th & on the 7th, the "Can This Painting Be Saved?" workshop, where we often save paintings from the brink of despair! ;)  

We had a fun 3 days!

Day One: First, we played with inspiring color combinations found in magazines...

Then, Day Two, we tackled the Yupo Landscape workshop, with some beautiful results!

 And, Day Three, we saved many paintings and had some dramatic results!
So much fun.  Thank you for coming ladies!  I look forward to seeing you in another one of my workshops!

It was a busy week for me in Vancouver, Washington; 
 A huge thank you to Becky and her husband Alex for hosting me!

Monday, April 3, 2017

3 Paintings, 3 Big Shows!

First, Abundance” 
"Abundance" was accepted into the 9th Annual National Juried Exhibition, for the Idaho Falls Arts Council, which is held at the Hall & Carr Galleries at the Willard Arts Center in Idaho Falls, on display from March 16 to June 11, 2017.

Then, "Foothills"
"Foothills" was accepted in the Western Federation Watercolor Society Show at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene, OR, from April 7th through June 19th, 2017.
"Jazzed" was accepted in the Idaho Watercolor Society Annual Juried Show at the Boise State University Fine Arts Gallery, shown June 3rd–June 28th 2017!

Another Pen & Ink Workshop at Finer Frames in Eagle!

On March 23rd at Finer Frames Gallery in Eagle ID, I taught a group of ladies the joys of pen & ink with watercolor!  For some, it was their first experience using watercolor, while others had taken this workshop before & just had to do it again. 
But everyone came to have fun and learn something new!

 Great job ladies!
Hope you all come back for more soon!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Two Enamelists All Fired Up!

 Portland, Oregon and Star, Idaho -  Artists -  Share Ideas! 

 Alisa Looney & I spent two days collaborating new ideas at her studio in Portland, Oregon.
We shared creativity in enamel techniques and thoughts on how to teach this glass-metal medium to others. Alisa and I originally met through our mentor in enamel John Killmaster in Boise.
Thank you John and Alisa for such inspiration....

We had a great time and are both looking forward to getting into our studios to teach and work!

 So much fun!

Succulents, Tulips & Irises...Must be Spring!

In Oregon this last weekend, I taught three different workshops back to back: 

Going Green in Woodburn on March 2nd,

Here's one example above...

Mixed Media Terrific Tulips in Tualatin on March 3rd,

 And, the new Painting an Iris in Tualatin on March 4th.

A couple of the artists' progress

Whew!  Lots of teaching and lots of beautiful paintings!  Keep up the good work ladies...

Brushes and then Going Green for Idaho Falls...

I've been busy!
While spending so much time in Idaho Falls, I've taught several workshops there recently; one being the ever-helpful "Does the Brush Make a Difference?" workshop on February 17th.  And then the always fun "Going Green" workshop on February 3rd, which makes one think of spring by using different mixes to make luminous greens.

Here are some of the artists' progress


You all did a lovely job!