Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Art Unraveled adventures


A grand time was had at my Pattern Block Prints workshop at Art Unraveled in Phoenix, AZ. 9 hours of pure fun with a great bunch of gals! Thanks to all! I'll return next year! 

I've updated my classes for the rest of year...all of these are local in San Diego County, CA. 

Our Tesoro del Corazon retreat is returning at the end of October.....we  are sold out for this year but please put your name on the interest list with Leslie Harris for 2018! 

And speaking of 2018....I'll return to southern France with Lynn Leahy in September for a heartily creative workshop held in Dufort, France.....details will be posted soon! 

















Sunday, July 9, 2017

the wonder of wonder bread

Here's a great tutorial for watercolor- painting a complex folded shape. 

But before we get there, take a look at the awesome workshops I have coming up at ART Unraveled! Its not too late to sign up for these great workshops in Phoenix, Arizona. Transparent color pencil stitch book   Pattern Block Prints  and Watercolor Pencil Journaling



After drawing all of the details out with pencil I started with a grey underpainting using ultramarine blue and orange. This gives a full value scale and maps out the highlights. Sometimes it helps to see the folds like hills and valleys.....There was a lot of white of the paper to save! I painted the bread shapes next, carefully saving the plastic highlights. 





Further development on the darks was in order...and the fun began when I painted the dots! Do you see the sliding dots? 




Painted more dots and started painting the letters, each one glazed over the underpainting. I also dropped in color below the bread, anchoring the bread to the surface, creating darker values and color reflections. 


and "ta da" ....a wondrous wonder bread painting! 


Sunday, June 4, 2017

For a great cause...

I was invited to paint on location at the 694 acre Mountain Gate property some weeks ago for the Escondido Creek  Conservancy in Northern San Diego Country. My friend and I along with other painters hiked a bit to find our spots to paint.
The land is endangered with the threat of development. I was glad I could help in a small way to promote the site so that the Conservancy can obtain the property.

 This was my selected spot....I loved the lighting on the Yucca and rocks but I knew I needed to add the distance hills so I made my own panoramic ...so to speak...and added the land to the right.

 I started out with a brown Tombow pen which is great to use for a value underpainting. I wet the pen lines to create the values. Then I started to paint the background with washes and dropped in color.
 I still had issues with the composition. Too many focal points and not enough darks......
so.....I ended up finishing up at Starbucks with my friend Susie...she helped me change a few shapes...the colors are off in this photo...I took it in  a shady place....

Monday, May 8, 2017

Bountiful Baja

Home after my workshop at  Rancho Bellota in the beautiful mountains of Guadalupe Valley, Baja Mexico. Our weekend was amazing as usual but this year we had the excitement of an unexpected spring storm. It meant that we had more time to paint and draw...with a few glasses of wine, yummy muffins, chocolates,  and warm brandy.....
Mark the dates for next year and sign up! April 19 to 22 2018.....space is limited to only 10 students. 



"If you paint the sounds you'll find the rhythm of the ranch"
                         Raul Aguliar 


morning demo and paint out at the cabins




 Demo of Agave and cabins with a Tombow pen underpainting for values....
Watercolor glazes on top

 Off to two wineries in Guadalupe Valley in the afternoon. Our hosts Raul and Caroline took us to Misiones de California and Vinas de Graza. 




Our Sommelier and owner of Misiones de California gave us a wonderful education of wine selections, processes and more....we were also given some delicious chesses made in the valley at Cremería Los Globos .....a  shop selling local cheese, wine, honey, olives, and jams. Km. 92, Hwy. 3, San Antonio de Las Minas, Valle de Guadalupe; 52-646/120-5092.




along the way on our drive home to the ranch......


The next morning we ventured out in Bellota Canyon to paint on location. The storm was moving in and it got a bit cold....lucky for us Raul arrived with Melon Margaritas to warm us up....






The Ranch dogs followed us on the trail and guarded us against the varmints....






Raul, Ellen, and Ian..... Ian is from Belgium and working on the ranch as an intern. 


Went on a rainy 4.5 mile hike down Bellota Canyon.....Lois found this incredible rock....