Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Fall Collage

Our Fall has been very dry and sunny....which...I know I shouldn't complain but.......
My garden is complaining from the lack of rain and quite frankly.....I love the rain! on the topic of plants here's a tutorial I taught this Fall on printmaking and collage.
Credits on the printmaking process due to Leslie Marsh, who taught great workshops this year for San Diego Book Arts 2018 workshops are up for you to ponder......and of course to sign up! 


I started out with a quick pencil sketch on hot pressed watercolor paper. The surface was painted with dropped in watercolor, wet into wet. This process involves wetting the paper first and dropping in watercolor pigments so that the colors mingle on the paper without brushstrokes. 

This printmaking process is quite simple...which I love.....we used black stonehenge paper to print on. Green leaves were used to roll Speedball water soluble inks onto. The leaves were placed onto the black paper and brayered to transfer the inks. We did a second run of ink color over the top while the leaf was still in place.

To enhance the edges of the Agave I used a black Tombow pen to draw the lines. I then added water to my brush, wet the lines and allowed the pen lines to bleed out, creating a darker area next to the lines. I also started to cut out pieces of the prints, choosing pieces that corresponded to color and line in my painting. 

Working on placement.....this is the fun part....I have 4 pieces on the painting. I haven't glued them down yet. I'll wait till I've finally decided on placement. The intent is to add interest but not dominant the work. Notice how I thought about color repetition.........

Saturday, September 30, 2017

October Fest

October will go by fast with things to do and see....I'll be exhibiting my new ceramics works in a couple of weeks for Open Studios San Diego in conjunction with Fallbrook School of the Arts. Come on by and see us! 
My fall workshop for 2017 at San Diego Botanic Garden is on Sunday October 8...sign up soon! 
and ...I'm off to San Miguel de Allende at the end of the month for Tesoro del Corazon with my amigas....this workshop sells out very quickly...we are already planning for 2018....sign up for the interest list with Leslie on our blog to keep up to date......

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Fall Classes starting soon!

Fall is just around the corner...kinda....but my San Diego based classes are starting soon. Have a look at the offerings in Escondido, Fallbrook, and San Diego. 
I also have a workshop listed at San Diego Botanic Garden in October. 

Here's a selection of paintings that I've sold recently.......

Monday, August 28, 2017

Adventures in San Luis Obispo county

I made a recent trip up the coast of CA with my art buddies to visit my husband who's working at a power plant in the SLO area. He's living in our Imperial Spartenette trailer at the sand dunes in Oceano.
We had a grand time touring....and eating...and drinking......

Adventures at the beach in Cambria and the Madonna Inn in SLO. Andy and Ross are my art travel amigos and my hubby Jose is on the right at the beach...

back to the SLO Art Museum...more works from the permanent collection....Robert Burridge painting on the right.....

restored mural at the SLO Mission 

if you visit Cambria you must go to "GROW" a fantastic nursery for the succulent fanatic ....oh...we had fun!

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 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 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....