Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Voting on a painting

I entered a painting in a very small contest - there are only three of us in this category Pine. There are two other categories Snow and Fireplace. The contest is sponsored by Koh-I-Noor on Facebook. To vote on a painting in this category or the other two categories, you need to Like the Koh-I-Noor page and then Like the painting of your choice.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Experiment Using Woodless Pencils

I found this mini grater at our local thrift shop.

I was reading the Chartpak blog and saw a technique I wanted to try – with some alterations. I did two versions one using watercolour and the second one using acrylics. The woodless coloured pencils and an acrylic medium are also used. For tools you will need your paint brushes – one for watercolour and one for acrylics; a grater and a pencil sharpener and something to hold the shavings in.

I drew a pear on both pages – (140lbs watercolour paper – cold press) and drew a line down the centre. They were both done in a wet-in-wet technique.
I painted one of the pears with watercolour. While the paint was still wet, I grated the woodless pencil directly over half of the pear: the gratings on that half of the pear that flowed and moved with the water. I let the other half of the pear dry and then painted the medium over the wet medium. The gratings remained where they landed.

I repeated the steps above but used an acrylic paint – a wet-in-wet watercolour technique. I again grated the woodless pencil over one half of the pear. Even though I used the wet-in-wet watercolour technique, the gratings stayed where they landed.

I allowed the paint to dry and then painted an acrylic medium over the other half of the pear. While the medium was still wet, I grated the woodless pencil over that half. Again the gratings stayed where they landed.

Regardless of which paint is used they both require a fixative/sealer on top.
I preferred the watercolour pear – without the medium.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Some Great News!

Here’s some great news for those of you taking classes or are planning to take classes at Michaels. There is an Open House happening and all the Instructors will be taking part in this event. Drop in and learn all about the classes!

Here is the best part – register for a class on September 10, 2011 and receive 50% off the regular class price! Take two classes for the price of one. Now is the time to get the skills you need to make a beaded necklace, crochet a hat, knit a pair of socks, create a scrapbook or paint a picture. Take these new skills and have a handmade Christmas present!

My fellow instructors and I will be there from 1 - 3:00 pm to answer any questions you may have. We will be at the Michaels Burlington, Ontario store.  Stop by my table and pick up some information on Acrylic painting using Grumbacher paints.

Join Classes at Michaels in Burlington on Facebook to find out more about the classes.

Monday, 5 September 2011

Two new ACEO's Posted to Etsy

 I just posted these two new ACEO's to Etsy. 

The Purple Chrysanthemum
Silver Birch

Monday, 4 July 2011

Meet the Teacher Event

We had a Meet the Teacher Event at Michaels on Saturday July 25. There was a great turnout for the event.

Finished Demo Painting

Classes from June 23rd

We worked on a Floral. Pat and Sandra had great results. Sandra even sold her painting! Congratulations Sandra!


Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Paintings from June 9th class.

I had 6 wonderful students for the June 9th class. We did a landscape this time. Four of the students have allowed me to post their paintings here.
The next class is on June 23 and we will be painting is a floral.





Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Student Work from May 12

I had another mother/daughter team Janice and Caitlin. We painted Delphiniums.  May 26 (Burlington) and May 27 (Ancaster) we will be working on a seascape--Cancun.


Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Back to Nightschool

This time I’m taking watercolour painting (again). The painting I did on Monday night is below. The teacher sets up a different still life every week. This week we had vases…lots of them. I only painted three.

Monday, 28 March 2011

Some more students

Students Ana and her mother Nada painted these.  Great work.



Sunday, 20 March 2011

For the past 10 weeks

For the past 10 weeks, I have been taking night school classes in acrylic painting. I believe we should always learn and improve our skills. This is what I have been working on for the past 10 weeks.

I pushed colours in my Poppy painting; changed the lighting on Stonehenge from daylight to night and did an experiment using cloth as the canvas. I used clear gesso to prepare the cloth for painting. My source pictures are included.

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Canadian Cancer Society Great Ride 'n' Stride:

Canadian Cancer Society Great Ride 'n' Stride:

I am participating in Great Ride 'n' Stride in Burlington (I'm doing the Stride part) to support the mission of the Canadian Cancer Society. I am participating in this walk in honour of my brother Mike. Mike lost his battle with cancer April 22/10. Mike was battling melanoma which has spread to his brain. In the past, Mike has walked for others, now we are walking for him. The walk here in Burlington is on Sunday May 1st.

Your support is appreciated. Simply click on the Support Chris button and complete the information requested.

The money raised from this event helps fund leading-edge cancer research that is improving cancer treatments, preventing cancer and saving lives; provide reliable and up-to-date information on cancer, risk reduction and treatment; offer vital community-based support services for people living with cancer and their families; and advocate for healthy public policies.

Please pledge me and help me reach my fundraising goal! Every pledge takes us one step further in the fight against cancer. Online pledging is secure and it saves the Canadian Cancer Society money by reducing administrative costs.

Thanks for your support!

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Landscape paint Friday March 4th

I had two wonderful students for last Friday’s class. We worked on a winter landscape using complementary colours.

Loreen's painting

Iona' painting