Sunday, 16 March 2014

Poppies & Cornflowers Complete

At last a nicely edited copy of my mixed study for assignment 12 of the SBA Diploma.  Here it is, the most prominent bit of constructive feedback was to make the Poppy petals more papery and delicate.  I will certainly try to achieve the thin papery texture on my next paintings of Poppies.  I think taking advantage of a fine tipped brush and layering thin striations in between many thin layers of red glaze would be a better approach.  A few strong washes of wet in wet to start off with and then focusing more of dry brush technique rather than just wet washes and lifting highlights.  As I progress in my skill these are things that I am keeping more in mind on all my paintings.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Happy New Year

A new year has come and there is so much to look forward to in the next year.  It is also exactly a year ago today that I started this blog!  I am so glad I have kept up with it, even though my posts have declined recently.  I have at least still managed one new post per month.  I did not foresee how busy I would be with my art course and business and admin program, not to mention moving to a new town and starting a new full time job.  

I have big and exciting plans for this blog and a new YouTube channel that I hope to launch sometime this year.  I am finished my Botanical Illustration Diploma in March and hope to have a little more time, though I still have another year left of my business and admin program.  I enrolled in the program because the course all yield transferable skills. A great way to gain business skills, that can be used in many career settings.  The trouble is that  it is nowhere near as fun as blogging and painting!!!  Oh well, a short sacrifice for a long term gain... that is what I keep chanting to myself as I toil over spreadsheets and stumble through manual accounting.  

I had a lovely time exploring Silver Star ski resort this year.

What was your favourite thing about Winter 2013?

Monday, 2 December 2013

Watercolour Owls

I am really inspired by owls and birds right now. I have been wanting to paint some for a while.  I am in the midst of finishing my last SBA assignment and then I have 3 pieces to do for the portfolio which is due in March.  So once I am finished my diploma I am super excited to branch out (excuse the pun) and try painting some birds!

Here some paintings by artists found on that I really like. All of these are in watercolour.

Watercolour Owls

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Agnes Cecile Watercolours

Agnes Cecile is an artist that I came across on YouTube, she has an amazing style and her watercolour paintings are very moving.  I especially enjoy watching her speed-painting videos.  You can check out her videos here

Sunday, 3 November 2013


This year we had a busy Halloween in our new house. Lots of tricker or treaters, we watched Sleepy Hollow and carved pumpkins. 

Pippa our darling cat was a little spooked though managed to pose as my familiar with my Witch costume.

It happened to be very misty out that evening and the next morning, a scene right out of sleepy hollow!

Monday, 21 October 2013

The Pumpkin Patch

Today we went to a pumpkin patch just outside of town. It was a lovely warm fall day. We came home with 3 pumpkins and 10 gourds. As well as 6 corn stalks which were free to take.

I love experiencing the local agriculture and seeing everyone having fun picking out the perfect pumpkin. Since we have a house to ourselves now, I was so excited to decorate the porch for Halloween! 

Halloween is my favourite holiday and I dress up every year, usually as a Witch. This year I will be busy answering the door as we live in an elementary school zone. 

I had fun with cobwebs and cornstalks on the porch. I also decorated our mantle inside with gourds, cobwebs, candles and deer antlers... Which Keenan found while out in the forest one day at work.

Monday, 7 October 2013

The Southern Interior

It has been too long since my last post. A lot has been going on! Last week we moved from northern BC to the Southern Interior of BC!  The scenery here is lovely and there are apple orchards and pumpkin patches ready to be harvested everywhere right now.

I'm so excited about a shorter winter and a longer and hotter summer. The plants here are amazing, so many different trees  growing in my neighbourhood with lovely brilliant colours as the leaves change.

I am so happy to be here, not mention being in a larger town with more amenities. I never thought I would get so excited about getting my mail delivered right to my door! 

I'm working hard on my latest painting assignment and trying to get caught up since the move. I hope to post some art soon.