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Spring 2017

Spring is finally here!!


Despite the snow that was on the ground this morning, my garden is popping up spring blooms and the trees are in bud. I just love the sense of hope and new life that this season brings with it. Pretty soon it will be plein air painting season again, but for now I have been continuing my work with the figure from life and am taking an excellent online portraiture class. Don't ask me where this might lead, but it is always invigorating to take a new turn in either subject or media (or both!). It consistently leads to new artistic growth that carries over into all the other ways of painting that I already do. I am not yet ready to unveil the work I am doing, but you will be the first to see it when I do!

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

The last "Introduction to Encaustic Painting" workshop at Swinton's did not run, so it has been rescheduled for May 13 & 14. I have also changed the Studio Class to run on Saturday June 3 from 10-4:30. I am hopeful that a one day class may meet your needs better. This class allows an opportunity for you to work on your own projects with your own materials, with my help. It is like having a private lesson!  Each artist will have their own station with griddle and heat gun, an almost unheard of thing. Please call Swinton's to register at 403-258-3500. 

I am also planning on hosting Plein Air dates in June, July and August. Possible dates are June 10 or 24, July 8 or 15, and August 5 or 26th. The cost is $150 per person. These will be small classes that will run with as many or as few people that are interested, and we will go to beautiful locations around the Calgary area. If you are interested in attending, PLEASE email me with your preferred dates and I will put you on the list! No commitment is required at this point.

The painting at the top of this newsletter is "On Blueberry Island", 12x12" plein air oil on board. It was painted at my cottage last summer while we were on a picnic.

UPCOMING SHOWS

I would like to invite you to come to the Federation Of Canadian Artists juried show on May 26 & 27 at the EArl Grey Golf Club. Having the show being open on Friday night is a new idea that we hope will better accommodate busy schedules!  I think you will find this a wonderful exhibition of some of the most talented artists this city has to offer, and I hope to see you there.

I am thrilled to once again be chosen to participate in this spring's Calyx Distinctive Arts event. This year I will be showing ONLY on Saturday April 22 from 10-4pm with 30 of my latest creations, most having never been seen before. I will also have a small box of unframed paintings available that are gift priced. If you haven't attended this 'happening' before, it is a must see event with fine art and fine crafts by different artists each day. It is truly an extravaganza of beauty and a treat for the eye. Free admission, plenty of free parking, great door prizes, all artists are in attendance, and no purchase is necessary!

NEW GALLERY OPPORTUNITY

There is a new gallery concept in town! Art on 9th, is in the heart of Inglewood on 9th Avenue between 12th and 13th Streets. It is a concept created by artists for artists and offers artists a chance to be part of a revolving 2 month exhibition schedule. I have been asked to participate in this July and August's show and I am really excited by the possibilities. I hope that you will pop by sometime this summer and enjoy all the beautiful art!

As well, my work can always be seen at the following galleries: 
Just Imajan Gallery, Cochrane
Evanescence Gallery, High River
Palliser Art & Framing, Calgary
Leighton Art Centre, outside Calgary
Centre d'Arts Visuels, Edmonton

As an aside, I am coordinating a wonderful woman's event at our church this October that I wanted to tell you about! Pink Impact 2017 is a broadcast of the fabulous event that is taking place in Texas this May, bringing world renowned Christian speakers to our own community. Tickets are available online. Please mark it on your calendars and spread the information around if you are interested!

I hope that this spring brings you tons of joy and opens your lives to new possibility! Take your eyes off the terrible things that are going on in the world for a moment, and enjoy our abundantly blessed lives here in Canada.

Wishing you and yours a happy Easter
In love
Sharon

Winter 2017

Spring is around the corner -can you feel it??

Despite this, I am still firmly ensconced in my studio exploring fun things! I have been studying figure drawing again and there is so much online to help me out. If you have been reading my blog, you will see a recent post there about it.  I am also playing with encaustic and acrylic abstractions and I even managed to get out to paint in the snow on one of our gorgeous winter days.

I always look forward to January and February, as it is a slow time for shows and teaching, and I can dive into some creative explorations. Those explorations fuel my work for the rest of the year, and are very important to my process.

I am very THRILLED to announce that, in January, I won the Thea Haubrich award for BEST IN SHOW at the "Waxing Poetic" show for CanWax West in Penticton, BC. I don't often win such honours, so it is a very cherished event for me. The winning painting is called "Creekside Winter", 12x24" encaustic, shown below.

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

I do have a few teaching opportunities coming up that I wanted to share with you.

On March 11 & 12 I will be teaching another "Introduction To Encaustic Painting" at Swinton's Art Supply, followed by a studio class on the weekend of April 1 & 2. I am working hard to make the encaustic studio at Swinton's to be the premier place of work and learning encaustic in Calgary. The STUDIO CLASS is NEW and allows an opportunity for you to work on your own projects with my help. Each artist will have their own station with griddle and heat gun, an almost unheard of thing! Please call Swinton's to register at 403-258-3500.

I am also teaching "Luminous Oil Painting" at Just Imajan Gallery in Cochrane March 25 & 26, 10-4 each day. All supplies are INCLUDED and you will bring home two frameable paintings (one floral and one landscape), all for only $250. A great deal if I do say so myself! The process involves the use of a wet transparent underpainting, and the painting at the top of this newsletter and the one in the Midtowne invitation are done in this style. 

NEW PAINTINGS!

"Winter Textures" 12x12" encaustic

"Winter Textures" 12x12" encaustic

"Villa Summer", 24x24" encaustic

"Villa Summer", 24x24" encaustic

"Rae Glacier Abstraction #2", 40 x 30" acrylic on canvas. Please see an explanation of the genesis of this painting on my blog.

"Rae Glacier Abstraction #2", 40 x 30" acrylic on canvas. Please see an explanation of the genesis of this painting on my blog.

The painting at the top of this newsletter is "Here's Looking At You", 12x12" oil on board. All of these new paintings will be in the upcoming FCA show listed below.

UPCOMING SHOWS

I am happy that all four of my new paintings shown in this newsletter were juried into the upcoming Federation of Canadian Artists show, with merit, at Edgemont Community Hall THIS SATURDAY. I think you will find a wonderful exhibition of some of the most talented artists this city has to offer, so I hope to see you there.

I am very happy for the opportunity to have another show at Midtowne Gallery. This time I share the spotlight with two other Calgary artists; Lorelei Boyce and Melanie Figueroa. The show runs from March 18-April 15.  That date of the opening is still a bit upi

As well, my work can always be seen at the following galleries: 

Just Imajan Gallery, Cochrane

Evanescence Gallery, High River

Palliser Art & Framing, Calgary

Leighton Art Centre, outside Calgary

Centre d'Arts Visuels, Edmonton

I hope that you will enjoy this mild winter weather, and take in an art show or workshop to inspire your own creativity!

Blessings
Sharon

Fall Teaching Updates

"Montana Gold", 18 x 24" encaustic on panel

"Montana Gold", 18 x 24" encaustic on panel

Some Fall teaching updates

Sorry for another email, but November is going to be a heavy teaching month for me, and I don't want you to miss any learning opportunities. Plus there is a new workshop in the mix!

This Friday, November 4th, I will be doing an ENCAUSTIC DEMONSTRATION at  Swinton's Art Supply and Studio from 6-8pm. The cost is only $25 and includes a glass of wine and nosh. If you are interested to see how a representational/impressionistic painting can be done using all the wonderful characteristics of molten pigmented wax, then please come on Friday night and have a look. Watching people paint is a fabulous way to spend an evening!

After that, on Saturday and Sunday November 12&13, I am teaching an INTRODUCTION TO ENCAUSTIC PAINTING workshop at the Leighton Art Centre. Your workshop tuition ($250) includes all pigmented wax, encaustic medium and brushes along with multiple panels for experimentation and image creation. Your fee also includes the use of hot plates and heat guns, along with other studio equipment and supplies. You will come away with a solid understanding of the medium, proper application techniques, and 4 small completed paintings.

NEW!  On the weekend of November 19 & 20, I will be teaching LUMINOUS OIL FLORALS at Just Imajan Gallery in Cochrane. The course description states: "The secret to luminous oil painting, I believe, is in using a transparent wet underpainting in vibrant colours, followed by a top layer of opaque paint, leaving some of the stunning underpainting to show through in places. Please join me in this two day exploration of that process, using a still life floral set-up, either from life (always the best option!) or from photo reference. " All the supplies are included in this workshop, you only need to bring a paint shirt and your enthusiasm!  On the first day I will lead a paint-along to teach you the technique, and on the second day you will try your hand at your own painting with lots of help and encouragement from me. The workshop is only $250 and you will go home with 2 completed paintings. For experienced beginners to intermediate painters.  Please contact the gallery at 403-932-7040 (studio) or 403-630-4234 (cell) to register. 

The next weekend, November 26 & 27, I will be returning to Swinton's for INTRODUCTION TO ENCAUSTICS: LEVEL 2. This course extends and builds upon the techniques learned in Encaustic Painting Level 1. This intermediate / advanced program is perfect for those who are familiar with encaustic painting and fusing techniques and are interested in learning some new approaches to painting with the medium along with considering ways to build a personal series in encaustics. Your workshop fee ($295) includes all pigmented wax and encaustic media along with multiple panels for experimentation and image creation. Your tuition also includes the use of hot plates and heat guns, along with other studio equipment and supplies. You will go home with 4-5 completed encaustic paintings.

Don't forget the Christmas In The Country unframed art sale at the Leighton Art Centre on November 5,6,12 and 13th from 10-4 each day. I will have 15 especially chosen works there, along with tons of other artists. This a great event to do some lasting Christmas shopping for the very special people in your life.

In December I am going to REST!! We are thinking of going to Hawaii, so any great ideas you have of where to go, where to stay and what to do would be most appreciated.

Blessings for a joyous Christmas season. I will be back with another update early in the new year.

Sharon

"Afternoon Tea", 12 x 12" oil on panel

"Afternoon Tea", 12 x 12" oil on panel

September 29, 2016

                                             "Grazing", 12x12" plein air oil on panel

                                             "Grazing", 12x12" plein air oil on panel

Fall Updates

As promised, here are some fall updates.  I didn't have all the show information when I sent the last newsletter, plus there are some cool new opportunities that have come my way that I want to tell you about. 

I have been getting out a lot to do some plein air and catch the beautiful fall colours. Every day that it is windy, I get anxious in case all the leaves blow away!

NEW TEACHING GIGS

Besides the classes that I shared in my LAST NEWSLETTER, there are some new classes I am offering.

THIS Sunday, October 2nd I am giving a free ENCAUSTIC DEMONSTRATION at the Leighton Centre from 1-4pm. This is all part of Alberta Art Days which takes place all weekend. There will be an opportunity for spectators to try a little painting, just enough to get you interested! The demonstrations take place indoors, so don't let a little cool weather scare you away.

For those that had to miss the last LEVEL ONE class at Swinton's, and for those who become interested at the demonstration, I will be teaching an INTRODUCTION TO ENCAUSTIC PAINTING class at the Leighton Art Centre on November 12 & 13.

Just to remind you, I will be teaching INTRODUCTION TO ENCAUSTIC PAINTING LEVEL 2 on November 26 & 27 at Swinton's Art Supply, and I am doing an ENCAUSTIC DEMONSTRATION also at Swinton's on November 4 from 6-8pm.

Please click all the links to find out more and to register.

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY

I am thilled to be a guest artist for the Calgary Sketch Club's Annual Studio Tour. My studio will be open for visitors on Saturday October 15th from 12-5pm. Come and see where the magic happens!

UPCOMING SHOWS

I am thrilled to be participating once again in the fall CALYX DISTINCTIVE ARTS show. This year I will be ONLY on Saturday October 22 , from 10-4pm with more than 30 of my latest creations. If you haven't attended this show before, it is a MUST SEE, with fine art and fine crafts and different artists each day, it is an extravaganza of beauty! 

am very happy to announce that I got all five of my submitted paintings juried into the upcoming Mad About Art Show with the Federation of Canadian Artists, Calgary Chapter. Not only that, but they all received superior merit ratings. This is a very special show for the FCA as we are celebrating our 35 year anniversary and we are holding the show at the lovely Earl Grey Golf course for the entire weekend.

s usual, I will be having small unframed work on display at the Leighton Art Center's CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY show and sale. This is a great opportunity to purchase older art gems at a fraction of gallery prices. The sale runs from November 5-13 from 10-4 daily, except Mondays.

As well, my work can always be seen at the following galleries: 

Just Imajan Gallery, Cochrane

Evanescence Gallery, High River

Palliser Art & Framing, Calgary

Leighton Art Centre, outside Calgary

Centre D'Arts Visuels, Edmonton

 As well, my work is now featured at the Selkirk Grill at Heritage Park!

As the weather changes from fall to winter, I hope that you keep warm, be happy, and enjoy all that the season has to offer rather than getting overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of the pre-Christmas season!

Blessings
Sharon

August 24, 2016

It's Been a Full Summer

What a summer we have had thus far, which is really good because I have been gone from home for most of it! After I returned from Europe (see my last newsletter if you missed the info), I attended an excellent oil painting workshop with Terry Muira, here in Calgary. Then I flew off to Cape Cod for the Tenth Annual Encaustic conference in Provincetown, where I was thrilled to take an encaustic portraiture class with the famed Lora Murphy from Ireland, and a cold wax workshop with the indomitableLisa Pressman. My head is still reeling from all I learned at the conference and all the encaustic stars I met.

In July we had a marvelous 2 weeks at our family cottage in Northern Ontario. The only problem was that when we arrived, we found the cottage had been broken into by a bear! Luckily my brother-in-law had done a great job closing up the cottage and removing the food, but what a mess a box of corn starch can make when it is strewn all over the place. Then we found a mother bear in our shed trying to get into the garbage can while her cubs were up a tree nearby. The cottagers hired a professional bear hunter to come to our island to track and eliminate the problem bears (who had broken into many cottages besides ours in May and June). He was finally successful after 3 weeks!

I was home for a full 3 days before the long drive to EncaustiCamp, south of Seattle, for a wonderful weeklong 'incubator' where I got to paint and share ideas with 40 other wonderful encaustic artists. The painting above, "Fall's Beauty" (12x12" encaustic on panel) was one of the paintings I did during the week. It has many layers of encaustic paint and a couple of shellac burns, as well as splattered and dripped encaustic colours. You can learn how to do all this if you like. See the workshop section below for upcoming dates.

After ECamp I drove to beautiful Gibson's, BC where I had the pleasure to teach 14 eager students how to abstract the landscape. Dave flew in to join me after the workshop and we went kayaking on the Sunshine Coast for a few days before driving home. Home again for 2 days and then we were off to friends 'cottage' in Montana for a nice rest.

Now I am home for most of August, and I relish spending quiet time in my garden and studio, and hopefully some good plein air painting with friends. September will begin with another 4 day plein air painting adventure at Lake O'Hara and an artist residency at Bow Lake for a few days. Then the show season will begin. I must remember this is coming and take time to really rest up, which is so against my nature...

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

I am continuing to teach the ancient medium of encaustic painting at Swinton's Art Supply. Encaustic painting is all the current rage, primarily as there are so many different ways the medium can be used, and with all the modern pigments and heat tools, the possibilities are endless and exciting. The one thing all styles require is the use of heat, called 'fusing' to make sure the multiple layers will not delaminate. Personally I work in both impressionism and abstraction, and encaustic is able to combine all of my skill set including drawing, painting, collage and mixed media. I brought my electrical engineer husband, Dave, to Swinton's to get all the electrical issues worked out, so now I have room for 8 students, each with their own griddle and heat gun! I have scheduled an ENCAUSTIC SAMPLER class on FRIDAY September 16 from 6-9pm; a weekend INTRODUCTION TO ENCAUSTIC PAINTING PART 1 workshop on September 24 & 25; and INTRODUCTION TO ENCAUSTIC PAINTING PART 2 which will be held Nov 26 & 27. I am also doing an ENCAUSTIC DEMONSTRATION at Swinton's on November 4 from 6-8pm.

I am very happy to be teaching once again at Paintworks in Okotoks. This time I will be teaching LUMINIOUS OIL FLORALS on Sept 17-18.  Call Paintworks at 403-995-7706 to register.

I will be starting another year of CRITIQUE CLASSES at my home in Oakridge in SW Calgary. We meet on one Wednesday afternoon per month from 12:30-2:30 so nobody gets stuck in rush hour coming or going. You can bring up to 5 paintings per session. We have had a very diverse group in media and experience, so everyone is welcome. The cost is $20 (+$1 gst) per session, or 6 sessions for $100- which means one class is free! There is only room for 6, so if you are interested, please call me at 403-862-6952 to sign up -first come first serve.

I have been asked to give an ENCAUSTIC DEMONSTRATION during Alberta Culture Days at the Leighton Art Centre on Sunday October 2nd. This is a free event and you can try your hand at painting with wax at the end of the demo. This also coincides with the Fall Paint Out held during the entire weekend.

NEW PAINTINGS!

UPCOMING SHOWS

As part of the ArtMatch group of artists, I will be displaying my work at the Home & Design Show at Eau Claire on September 10 & 11.

I have been asked to be a guest artist for the CALGARY SKETCH CLUB STUDIO TOUR, and so my studio will be open for visitors on Saturday October 15 from 12-5pm. There are 5 artists each day of the weekend. Contact the Calgary Sketch Club for more information and to register. Now all I need to do is to clean and reorganize my studio so people don't break their necks!!

There are also several other shows I will be in this fall, but I don't have full information on them yet, so stay tuned for a brief Fall Update newsletter.

My work can always be seen at the following galleries: 

Just Imajan Gallery, Cochrane

Evanescence Gallery, High River

Palliser Art & Framing, Calgary

Leighton Art Centre, outside Calgary

Centre d'Arts Visuels, Edmonton

I hope that you will enjoy the rest of our beautiful summer weather, and I hope that you will have an opportunity to get in some creative activity before the rush of the fall season ensues!

Blessings
Sharon

May 22, 2016

"Grazing", 12x12" encaustic on panel.

"Grazing", 12x12" encaustic on panel.

Spring & Summer Update

It wasn't that long ago that I sent out my spring newsletter, but I wanted to share a bit about some journeys , plus I have firmed up some workshops that I wanted to tell you about.

I still haven't been out plein air painting, but I have just returned from an almost month long tour in Europe, that has filled my mind with images that just might show up in future paintings.  We were in Paris to see my son Evan, then travelled to Albania to visit Dave's brother and family. He is the country manager for the United Nations there, so we had a good look at a country most people have probably never visited.

Albania is an interesting country that you may not know about, so I will give you a bit of a feel for it here. The country suffered under an oppressive communist regime until recently, under which the people were poor and starving, and had no idea of what was happening in the rest of the world. The government built 700,000 concrete bunkers across the country to defend itself against a perceived threat of attack after leaving the Warsaw Pact. It was fun to play "spot the bunker" while driving through the countryside! 

     The country only became a democracy in 1990, so most of the buildings are less than 26 years old, and present a rather 'unfinished, under construction' look. It seems that people build their homes one floor at time, and will continue the upper floors as there is money available. Hence most of the homes have occupied main floors with tall concrete supports with rebar sticking up into the sky, waitung for a windfall.

     So the two impressions I have of Albania are the columns and the bunkers, which are EVERYWHERE. Albania is however a very beautiful country and has much to offer, with beaches on the Ionian and Adriatic seas and tall mountain ranges similar in look to our Rockies.  However the people are poor and the economy is struggling, and many young people are leaving the country after they get their free university educations. Hopefully tourism will increase and the people will find new resources to support them.

In stark contrast to the Albanian's poverty, we then took a small sailing cruise ship "Wind Star" from Athens to Istanbul that was outstanding, with stops in beautiful Mykonos and Santorini, historical stops in Rhodes, Bodrum and Kusidashi (with a tour of the ruins of Ephesus) in Turkey. We spent several days in Athens and Istanbul at either end and found them to be fascinating for very different reasons. Athens was all about the ruins of the great Greek and Roman structures, while Istanbul was all about the mosques and those fabulous blue patterned Iznik tiles. As most of you are familiar with those great cities, I won't show you photos :) We certainly got our fill of ancient amphoras and prehistoric artifacts at many wonderful archeological museums. I can only wonder at what future civilizations will think of the art and artifacts of our time! 

We finished up our trip with another few days in Paris. As Evan is currently filming the second season of Versailles, we were indeed fortunate to have a private tour of the real palace by the director of scientific research at Versailles who is the historical consultant for the show. It was so cool to go where the public don't have access to, and to learn how life at the palace was really like.

Good news! Versailles will be on Netflix in the States in the fall, for all you historical fiction junkies like me. (You can catch it in Canada on Superchanel right now)

Soon I will be off to the Tenth International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, MA where I will learn all the latest in encaustic painting, and at the end of July I will be attending EncaustiCamp again. So I will be spending my summer working on plein air oils when it is lovely out, and encaustic when it is too hot or too rainy outside (my studio is in the cool of our basement). Oh, and tending my gardens of course!

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

I have confirmed dates for teaching the ancient medium of encaustic painting at Swinton's Art Supply. From my last newsletter: Encaustic painting is all the current rage, primarily as there are so many different ways the medium can be used, and with all the modern pigments and heat tools, the possibilities are endless and exciting. The one thing all styles require is the use of heat, called 'fusing' to make sure the multiple layers will not delaminate. Personally I work in both impressionism and abstraction, and encaustic is able to combine all of my skill set including drawing, painting, collage and mixed media.

The first up is an ENCAUSTIC SAMPLER class on FRIDAY MAY 27 (THIS FRIDAY!!)from 6-9pm. In this class we will be making 3 separate paintings to introduce students to some of the possibilities of the medium, as well as introduce the tools and materials needed.

Next up is INTRODUCTION TO ENCAUSTIC PAINTING PART 1 workshop on June 11-12, and INTRODUCTION TO ENCAUSTIC PAINTING PART 2 which will be held on August 6&7. Please follow the links for more information and to register. 

July 25-28, 2016  ABSTRACTING THE LANDSCAPE

GIBSON'S SCHOOL OF THE ARTS, Gibson's Landing, BC. We will work from your photo reference or finished paintings and learn different methods of creating abstracted forms, each day working with one of the elements of design; predominantly shape, colour, and line. This workshop is geared to intermediate to advanced artists working in their established media. Students will be presented with the challenge to get to the heart of the landscape, to produce vibrant and expressive paintings. 

Note: THIS WORKSHOP IS CURRENTLY FULL but there is a wait list is you are interested.

SEPTEMBER WORKSHOPS

I am workings on a FLUID ACRYLIC FLORALS workshop for September at Paintworks in Okotoks. 

I will also be doing another ENCAUSTIC SAMPLER at Swinton's followed by more workshops.

As I won't be sending out another newsletter until early September, please check my website for upcoming workshops, and I will attempt to keep the thing updated with the latest information!

UPCOMING SHOWS

The busy art show season has almost come to a close. I do have work in the Leighton Art Centre's Juried Members show on now until June 19. I am also participating in the annual Clothesline Festival & Art Sale on June 4 & 5. This is a great opportunity to pick up some great art at super low prices, in addition to live music, artist demonstrations, and more.

As well, my work can always be seen at the following galleries: 

Just Imajan Gallery, Cochrane

Evanescence Gallery, High River

Palliser Art & Framing, Calgary

Leighton Art Centre, outside Calgary

Centre d'Arts Visuels, Edmonton

I hope that your summer will be filled with fun and adventure, and an opportunity to explore your own creativity as well!

Blessings
Sharon

April 12,2016

"Coming Home", 12x12" encaustic on panel.

"Coming Home", 12x12" encaustic on panel.

 

Spring Has Sprung

 

It certainly has! As I write this my spring bulbs are blooming and all the perennials are coming out of dormancy. All this is at least one month ahead of schedule, which makes this gardening girl more than a little nervous.

I haven't yet been out plein air painting, but I have been biking and walking, soaking up the beauty of nature to bring back into my studio. Life has been busy with spring art shows and planning upcoming workshops, which I will share here with you. I have also taken 2 excellent workshops this spring. As a bonafide lifelong learner, I enjoy the challenge new techniques, painting methods and artistic visions bring, as well as the camaraderie of painting with other artists. They spur me on to be the most creative artist I can be, always testing my notions of why I paint, how to best express my artistry and what my paintings might become in the future. I am glad you are along for the ride!

 

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

I am excited to be teaching the ancient medium of encaustic painting at Swinton's Art Supply beginning in May. Encaustic painting is all the current rage, primarily as there are so many different ways the medium can be used, and with all the modern pigments and heat tools, the possibilities are endless and exciting. The one thing all styles require is the use of heat, called 'fusing' to make sure the multiple layers will not delaminate. Personally I work in both impressionism and abstraction, and encaustic is able to combine all of my skill set including drawing, painting, collage and mixed media. The first up is an ENCAUSTIC SAMPLER class on FRIDAY MAY 27 from 6-9pm. In this class we will be making 3 separate paintings to introduce students to some of the possibilities of the medium, as well as introduce the tools and materials needed. Following that, there will be a weekend INTRODUCTION TO ENCAUSTIC PAINTING PART 1 workshop on June 11-12, and INTRODUCTION TO ENCAUSTIC PAINTING PART 2 which will be held in August (dates TBA). Please contact Swinton's Art Supply for more information and to register. These classes have not been put up on the website yet, but they should be soon -you can call them to book your spot in the meantime!

July 25-28, 2016  ABSTRACTING THE LANDSCAPE

We will work from your photo reference or finished paintings and learn different methods of creating abstracted forms, each day working with one of the elements of design; predominantly shape, colour, and line. This workshop is geared to intermediate to advanced artists working in their established media. Students will be presented with the challenge to get to the heart of the landscape, to produce vibrant and expressive paintings. 

GIBSON'S SCHOOL OF THE ARTS, Gibson's Landing, BC

Note: THIS WORKSHOP IS CURRENTLY FULL but there is a wait list is you are interested.

 

NEW PAINTINGS!!

 

UPCOMING SHOWS

I am thrilled to be participating once again in the spring Calyx Distinctive Arts show. This year I will be ONLY on Saturday April 23 , from 10-4pm with more than 30 of my latest creations. If you haven't attended this show before, it is a MUST SEE, with fine art and fine crafts and different artists each day, it is an extravaganza of beauty!

I will also be participating in the FCA's Absolutely Art show at Haysboro Community Hall. I was happy to have won an honorable mention award at the Edgemont show, so my painting is on the postcard for this show (bottom right).

As well, my work can always be seen at the following galleries: 

Just Imajan Gallery, Cochrane

Evanescence Gallery, High River

Palliser Art & Framing, Calgary

Leighton Art Centre, outside Calgary

Centre d'Arts Visuels, Edmonton

I hope that you will enjoy this beautiful spring weather, and take in an art show or workshop to inspire your own creativity!

Blessings
Sharon

JANUARY 11,2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

I hope that this new year presents itself with love and joy!

I have chosen INTENT as my word for this year -that means I hope to begin each day with an intention- rather than a list of things to do that is often impossible to complete. I want to think about living the kind of life that I want each day, rather than being tossed about by whatever things are thrown in my path; to respond rather than to react. Wish me luck with tha

Having said that, I was thrown into a bit of a tailspin last night when I got an email that said Calgary School of Art was closing its doors. While that made me very sad for owner Kathy, it also set up some panic as I was slated to teach a Fluid Acrylic Workshop there THIS SATURDAY. Luckily my friend Doug from Swinton's Art Supply saved the day and has kindly offered a studio for me to teach my workshop in. If you are interested in taking this one day class I urge you to contact me asap as there are only 4/10 spots left open.

I love to learn new painting techniques, and I just took a wonderful online class with the talented and resourceful Jane Davies on Monoprint Collage. I love learning and this workshop was no exception. If you ever get a chance to take a class with Jane, I highly recommend it. Below are a few of the paintings I completed for the class. They involve monoprinting with acrylic on a Gelli plate as well as making collage papers from other monoprints, and of course painting back into the images with acrylic paint. This was quite the "work from chaos to order" kind of workshop where the end is not in sight until you get there.

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

Besides the upcoming workshop listed above, there are other things on the horizon. Now that I have established a teaching relationship with Swinton's Art Supply, I am planning on offering some encaustic workshops this spring. The details have not been settled yet, but my next newsletter should have them all sorted out.

I am scheduled to teach a "Abstracting the Landscape" workshop at the beautiful Gibson's School of the Arts, July 25-28.  I am thrilled to have the opportunity to teach there. As well I have been contacted about teaching in Medicine Hat in 2017, so things are looking up for my teaching career once again.

Monthly Critique Classes

I have been hosting monthly crit classes in my home with a few of my ex-students for several years, and it has turned out to be very profitable for them. If you don't want/need to take any more art classes, but still want eyes and suggestions on your work, this may be the perfect option for you. I still have room for 2 more students (max of 6). The cost is only $20 for each session, and we meet on Wednesday afternoons from 12:30-2:30 most months. You can join as a drop in member, or register specific dates. Please contact me for more information.

GALLERIES

I am sad to tell you that I have left Fallen Leaf Gallery in Canmore. I am, however, excited to give increased attention to the other galleries that carry my work. These include Just Imajan Gallery in Cochrane,  Evanescence Gallery which has moved to 110A - 3rd Ave SW in High River, Leighton Art Centre in Calgary, Palliser Fine Art & Framing which is located in my own community of Oakridge and CAVA  Gallery in Edmonton

These are all of the updates for right now. I am working on getting some painting demonstrations filmed for my website, which is a difficult and time consuming project, with a huge learning curve, but I hope it will be beneficial to other artists, and of interest I hope to all others. I am in the process of updating my website and hope to have that finished by the end of the month. I have also committed to posting my blog at least weekly (remember that word INTENT??). Ok, I use the word committed here in a loose sense of the word :)

I will send out a spring newsletter at the beginning of March, announcing new shows, workshops and general information about my art and my life. Thanks for your support, it means the world to me!

Blessings

Sharon

 

Newsletter September 20, 2015

"View From Sargeant's Point", 12x12" plein air oil

"View From Sargeant's Point", 12x12" plein air oil

FALL NEWSLETTER ADDITIONS

There were a few things that I wanted to share that weren't in my last newsletter...

I mentioned in my last newsletter that I was off to Lake O'Hara to paint. Well we arrived to 4 inches of snow on the ground and a forecast that kept pushing the sunshine to the next day. I was able to do three paintings despite the rain and cold, and the painting above is one of them. ("View From Sargeant's Point, 12x12" plein air oil).  I have started blogging again, after a hiatus of 5 months, and you can see more of my new work there. My hope is to post artsy things of interest and art tips twice a week from now on, as well as my latest artwork. Hope you stop by or subscribe to have the posts delivered to your email inbox.

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

After deciding to quit teaching a regular weekly class, I was approached by the Calgary School of Art to teach watermedia in travelling instructor Jane Rominishko's absence, so I have decided to give it one more chance. I still need a few more warm bodies to make this class a go, so if you are sitting on the fence, NOW is the time to call!

Monthly Critique Classes

I have been hosting monthly crit classes in my home with a few of my ex-students for several years, and it has turned out to be very profitable for them. If you don't want/need to take any more art classes, but still want eyes and suggestions on your work, this may be the perfect option for you. I still have room for 2 more students (max of 6). The cost is only $20 for each session, and we meet on Wednesday afternoons from 12:30-2:30. The first class is September 23. You can join as a drop in member, or register for all 6 dates. Please contact me for more information.

UPCOMING SHOWS 

As of right now, I have three shows coming up this fall. The first is Calyx Disctinctive Arts, which I will be in on Sunday Oct 25 only. I hope you will come out to have a look at this great show.

The second show I will be in is the annual "Christmas In The Country" unframed art sale at the Leighton Art Centre. This is a wonderful time at the centre where MANY Alberta artists bring a box full of unframed and budget conscious original creations, perfect for your home or for gift giving.

The last show opportunity for me this fall is the I LOVE ART FUNDRAISER, benefitting the High River District Hospital Cancer Centre renovation project. The event takes place on October 2 & 3  at the High River Autoplex & RV (102-24 St NE, High River). There will be over 360 works of original art for sale. There is a GALA on Friday Oct 2 from 5-10 (tickets can be purchased here) and the show is open with free admission on Saturday Oct 3 from 10-2pm.

GALLERIES

I wanted to update you with information about a couple of new venues that carry my work. The first is the new location of Evanescence Gallery which has moved to 110A - 3rd Ave SW in High River. Arlene is in the process of completing renovations to the gallery and will be open next weekend, Sept 25, 26 & 27 for Alberta Culture Days. Normal hours are 9:30-5:30 Tuesday through Saturday.

The second new gallery representing my work is the new Palliser Fine Art & Framing, which is located in my own community of Oakridge. I have quite a large selection of work there, so if you are in the southwest of Calgary, please stop by and have a look at the art and the wonderful picture framing moldings in stock.

I continue to be represented by Fallen Leaf Gallery in Canmore, the Leighton Centre in Calgary, Just Imajan Gallery in Cochrane, and the CAVA gallery in Edmonton. 

OTHER LIFE EVENTS

You are seen. You are known. You are free. Connect with a community of women that gets what you're going through... and with the God who loves you more than you know!

I am helping to organize the Women of Faith LOVED event screening at South Calgary Community Church on October 23 & 24. This is the farewell tour for the fabulous Women of Faith teachers including Sheila Walsh, Lucy Swindol and many more. It promises to be a wonderfully enriching time.  If you are interested in more details, please contact me!

These are all of the updates for this fall, which takes us up to Christmas (gulp). I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a heart warming Christmas with family and friends, and all the best wishes for a healthy and prosperous New Year.

Blessings,

Sharon

 

Newsletter September 3, 2015

"Coutts View", 12x12" plein air oil

"Coutts View", 12x12" plein air oil

Fall looks intriguing!

This is a note to let you know what I have been up to and to invite you to a couple of upcoming art workshops.

Hasn't this summer been amazing? I was able to get lots of plein air painting in. Painting with buddies who enjoy the challenge and beauty of painting from life adds to the wonderful experience of it all. The painting above was done from the JL Coutts Centre just outside of Nanton, AB. I was fortunate to paint there when the huge garden full of california poppies were blooming - love that punch of red with all the varied greens! I stayed close to home for most of my painting adventures this summer, but I was thrilled to once again paint from our cottage in central Ontario. I will show you some of those below.

Next week I will return to paint at Lake O'Hara, one of my all time favorite places to paint. This is the earliest in September that I have done that, so don't know if the larches will have turned yet. A new adventure awaits!

I am looking forward to painting the glorious colours of fall that lie ahead. Fall is truly my favoirte time of year for painting. 

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

After deciding to quit teaching a regular weekly class, I was approached by the Calgary School of Art to teach watermedia in travelling instructor Jane Rominishko's absence, so I have decided to give it one more go. If you would like more information I would invite you to the CSA Instructor's Showcase:

September 14-17, 2015 PLEIN AIR OIL WORKSHOP

I am also planning on teaching a semi-private plein air oil workshop with a unique twist. I will take 4 students for 4 days of intensive instruction. Given the small class size, I will be able to provide tons of one-on-one assistance. The plan at present is to paint in the Calgary area for 2 days, and then spend 2 days in the mountains. The cost of the workshop is $475.00 plus GST, and ALL SUPPLIES WILL BE PROVIDED. This is the perfect chance to try your hand at this complicated but satisfying medium. For artists at all levels of experience. Please contact me as soon as possible if you are interested!

NEW PLEIN AIR OIL PAINTINGS

"Hawk Lake Shoreline", 12x12" plein air oil

"Hawk Lake Shoreline", 12x12" plein air oil

"Feldsppar, Moss & Lichen", 12x12" plein air oil

"Feldsppar, Moss & Lichen", 12x12" plein air oil

"Confederation Park Bridge", 12x12" plein air oil

"Confederation Park Bridge", 12x12" plein air oil

"Pondside Spring", 12x12" plein air oil

"Pondside Spring", 12x12" plein air oil

I will have several shows and exciting news to share with you in the next month, so please stay tuned!
Blessings
Sharon

Newsletter April 28, 2015

I think summer is arriving early this year!

This is just a note to let you know what I have been up to and to invite you to a couple of upcoming art shows and workshops.

My life continues to be busy, and although I didn't get the long winter in the studio that I had hoped for, I was able to get a bunch of new encaustics done. I was very fortunate to be able to stay and paint with buddies in beautiful Sedona, AZ in March for a whole week. The painting above is of Cathedral Rock, one of the main red rock formations gracing the town. It was painted from high up so you can see some of the other formations in the background, but from ground level, it is a very impressive stand alone, which I painted twice. If you want to see more of my Sedona work, please check out my blog later this week. Then we went on to visit LA and San Diego and as well as hike at Joshua Tree and Zion National Parks. The weather was fantastic and we were surprised to see we brought it home with us. This has been a spring to remember!

 

 

UPCOMING SHOWS

The new, large encaustic paintings I refered to above, as well as new plein air oil paintings will be introduced at the spring CALYX SHOW THIS SUNDAY, May 3rd (Crescent Heights Community Centre, 1101 - 2nd St NW from 10-4pm). Shown left is one of the paintings that will be there: "Winter Colour", 24x24" encaustic on cradled panel. **Please note: I will only have my work there on Sunday, its a whole other show on Saturday -also a must see!

I am also involved with a couple of other shows coming up:

I will be at a "Meet The Artists" night at Just Imajan Gallery celebrating their 7th anniversary on Friday May 8th from 5:30-9pm (320 - 1st St W, Cochrane), which should be a fun venture. If you have never been to this eclectic gallery in Cochrane before, come on out -you won't be dissappointed!

Next, I will be at the next Federation of Canadian Artists Show "Absolutely Art" on Saturday May 9th at the Haysboro Community Centre (1204 -89 Ave SW from 10-4) where I will have some plein air oil paintings that will not be seen at Calyx. If you bring a cash or food donation for the Food Bank you can enter your name to win an original painting donated by renowned Canadian artist Sahah Kidner! 

Then I will be participating in a five person show at the Centre d'arts visuels de l'Alberta from May 22 (opening reception 7-8:30pm) until June 9th (9103 - 95 Ave, Edmonton, AB). I will have a mixture of encaustic and oil paintings there.

Lastly, I was thrilled to be accepted again to show my plein air oil paintings in the Calgary Stampede Western Art Gallery July 3-12. And that wraps it up for spring/summer shows, at least for now

ART INSTRUCTION OPPORTUNITIES

 

Just in time for your own summer vacation, I am teaching a couple of one day pen and ink and watercolour quick sketching workshops. Come and learn how to do this neat visual journalling yourself -NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED!! I have taught hundreds of artists and non-artists alike, and everyone can do this!!!

The first opportunity is at the Leighton Art Centre on June 13 from 9:30-4pm. Click here for more info and to register. The second workshop will be held in High River on July 18th. Please contact Shelly for more information.

I have a new teaching venue! I will once again be teaching WATERCOLOUR WORKSHOPS at Calgary School of Art in the upcoming days. Stay tuned to my website for more information.

Please be reminded that my watercolour dvd's, "WATERCOLOUR WORKSHOP" and the newly released "WATERCOLOUR ON LOCATION" are available on my website, a must see confidence booster before heading out this summer to do some plein air watercolours of your own!

ALWAYS LEARNING!

I recently had the pleasure of attending two excellent workshops with BC artist Andrew McDermott, one in pastel and the other in acrylic -two mediums I haven't used in quite a while. Attending a workshop is always a good way to get one's mojo going again! Just make sure to check out the instructors work and teaching ability first -not all are as superb as Andrew!

 This is one of the paintings from the pastel workshop. On day one we worked from the live model (something I haven't done in WAY too long).  Day 2 landscape was done as a paint along (we all did the same reference at the same time, piece by piece as Andrew demonstrated his methods). Andrew has unique methods of working, which were fascinating to learn and watch him make his magic on canvas or paper. Check out his website!

During the acrylic workshop, I worked on my own reference material trying to incorporate his working methods. That's me, always a rebel!

I am excited to be able to attend the 9th Annual Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, MA this June. I will have to opportunity to see and hear the leading experts in the field of encaustic talk and demonstrate their unique methods. There will be a huge vendor area (saving my pennies) as well as a lot of encaustic exhibitions to take in. And all in beautiful Cape Cod -what more could a girl ask for!

NEW PLEIN AIR OIL PAINTINGS

"Glory", 8x10 plein air oil, SOLD

"Glory", 8x10 plein air oil, SOLD

"Cliff Hanger", 9x12" plein air oil

"Cliff Hanger", 9x12" plein air oil

"Early Spring Colour", 9x12" plein air oil

"Early Spring Colour", 9x12" plein air oil

Well that's it for now. Maybe I will see you while I am out painting the landscape, or hopefully at a show or workshop. In any case, I hope you have a fabulous spring and summer full of lots of relaxation and fun adventures!

Blessings

Sharon

 

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Newsletter March 10, 2015

"Snow Gently Falling", 8x8' encaustic

"Snow Gently Falling", 8x8' encaustic


What Happened to Winter?

I don't know the answer to that, but I kind of wish it wasn't that way. Now before you decide to stone me, let me explain. I look forward to long cold days to force me into the studio to get a bunch of work done, because it is often too cold to go outside painting. On the mild sunny days I love to go 'car painting' (plein air from the comfort of my car) as the colour and contrast of the warm sunny landscape and the beautiful snow with ultramarine shadows makes my heart pump. But I have only been able to do that once this winter. We have had plenty of gorgeous days, but without the contrast of the snow, it is just...shades of brown.

As a result, I have been cloistered in my studio, getting my warmth from sweet honey smelling wax. The painting above, "Snow Gently Falling" (8x8" encaustic) is one such experiment. Encaustic is a tempermental medium that resists being tamed; working with molten colour is a balance of give and take. To be able to  work transparently (trees), translucently (water and sky) and opaquely (snow) is a delight, and the wax is so luminous, it just glows. Don't like an area? Just warm it up and scrape it off, or just cover it completey (but beware, it may just reassert itself later on just to remind you of its presence). All of my previous experience in other mediums is useful here, making encaustic a perfect medium for me. You get the flow of watercolour, the opacity and richness of colour of oil, the quick drying of acrylics and the challenge of working from chaos from my mixed media work. That also gets my creative juices flowing!

Just to remind you, my work can be found at Just Imajan Gallery in Cochrane, Fallen Leaf Gallery in Canmore, CAVA Gallery in Edmonton, Evanescence Gallery in High River, and the Leighton Art Centre just outside of Calgary. I will be participating in the upcoming Federation of Canadian Artists show at the Edgemont Community Centre (33 Edgevalley Circle NW) from 10-4pm on Saturday March 14, where I will have some of my new larger scale encaustics as well as some oil paintings. I have just heard from the Calgary Stampede that they have once again accepted me into the Stampede Art Gallery in July. I hope to be selected to show in this spring's Calyx show -I will send out invitations if it does come to pass.

And this just hot off the press! I have been invited to participate in this Thursdays' edition of
AHA Blog Talk Radio (Artists Helping Artists). Brenda Pinnick, the friend I met on my last painting trip to France, and I went off on a wild adventure after our time at Dreama Tolle Perry's workshop last spring. We will be sharing the adventure complete with the joys and challenges of travelling in a foreign country with little idea of where we were going or how to get there, not to mention driving a stick shift on hilly roads with one eye on the gps. Just click on the link to listen to the broadcast, which will be archived so you can listen to all the great shows any time you like. Enjoy!


UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

Mixed Media Collage Workshop

Friday April 10-Sunday April 12, 2015

A.J. Ottewell Centre, Sherwood Park

Pen, Ink & Watercolour Quick Sketching Workshop

Saturday June 13, 2015

Leighton Art Centre

Newsletter October 30, 2014


"God's Palette", 12 x 12" plein air oi-this will be one of my new paintings in the upcoming shows.


Newsletter October 30, 2014

I hope you have been enjoying the wonderful fall we have been having in Alberta, sadly now coming to a close. I have had an extremely busy summer, with painting trips to France, the Purcell Mountains, a Bow Lake Artist Residency, Mt Assiniboine and my favorite, Lake O'Hara. So you can see why I have a huge inventory of new plein air oil paintings, which in my opinion are the best I have done to date. I want to show them off to you, so I have arranged a couple of upcoming shows that I hope you will be able to attend!


The first show, which is opening THIS SATURDAY from 2-6pm, is at Midtowne Gallery (9250 Macleod Trail SW -in a little plaza between Rona and the Travelodge on the east side of Macleod Tr). I will have 15 of my new plein air paintings there along with the excellent work of Lorri Pullman MacDonald and Alison Masters. The show is up until November 22nd, so if you cannot make it to the opening (which I hope you will!), perhaps you can drop in to see it later on.



The second show will be held at the Fallen Leaf Gallery in Canmore (102-822 Main Street). The opening will be held on Friday December 5 and a Meet & Greet is scheduled for Saturday Dec 6th. After the weekend, an assortment from the show will be displayed in the gallery for the entire month, please ask to see other paintings from the show if interested. I will send out the invitation as soon as I get a copy.


I will also be having a selection of miniature paintings specially priced for Christmas gift giving at the CAVA gallery in Edmonton during December.


In gallery news, I am sorry to say that I have left my beloved Art & Soul Gallery in High River for the time being, but am THRILLED to be represented by Just Imajan Gallery in Cochrane. The gallery is a very unique space filled with all things wonderful, and is well worth a trip, and Mackay's Ice Cream shop is just down the street.


I have also been working on updating my website to put up some of these new plein air paintings, as well as new encaustic, mixed media and collage paintings. The newsletter sign-up link on the site is now finally working, so if you know someone who might be interested, please forward this email to them and then they can sign up as well. Thanks!


As the holidays are approaching, please note that my two DVD's ("Watercolour Workshop" and "Plein Air Watercolour") are available through the shop on my website, as is a downloadable copy of my book, "En Plein Air -One Artists' View".


I want to wish you all the very best of blessings for Christmas and for the New Year ahead. And thank you for your continued interest and support of my art.


Sharon

Celebrate With Me!

My new website is now live!

My beautiful daughter Rebecca gave me a wonderful gift this Christmas: a new online presence. I am very proud of the look of the new site, and the only thing I regret is how much time and effort it has cost her to bring all my online dreams to reality (instead of working on her PhD!). To help me celebrate, I am offering a special discount for all items in the new shop at a 10% discount. Simply navigate to the 'Shop', select what you might like - from a digital download of my book (new), one of 2 watercolour DVD's, or even a painting, and when you go to check out, enter the coupon code "celebrateslw" in the coupon box. The discount will be calculated and you will be able to pay with a credit card using the extremely secure 'Stripe' platform. All very professional if I say so myself!  Please let me know what you think of the website, especially if you have any problems viewing or navigating it - it may still be a work in progress...


While I have your attention, I thought I would bring you up to date with some upcoming shows and events:

I am happy to be in the Leighton Art Centre's Annual Members show April 12-May 10. I have had several art submissions rejected this winter (ah, the ups and downs of being an artist...), so I figured I would hedge my bets with the Leighton application, and entered a plein air oil painting, a collage, and an encaustic painting. Imagine my surprise when all THREE of them were accepted! Gotta love the irony.

 I WAS accepted into the spring Calyx Distinctive Arts Show to be held at the Crescent Heights Community Centre (1101 - 2nd St NW) on Saturday April 26th. This is a great show featuring 25 different artists each day, with beautiful art and high end fine crafts including paintings, textiles, wood working, fine jewellery, ceramics and much more. Calyx has become a 'happening' with most people trying to make it both days. Quite the feast of eye candy.

More good news! I was thrilled to learn that three plein air oil paintings were accepted into the Calgary Stampede Western Art Gallery this July. This will be my third year accepted into this fierce competition -it is wonderful to have my work viewed by such a huge audience.

I also hope to have new paintings for the next Federation of Canadian Artists show on May 3 at the Haysboro Community Hall. I better get busy making some new paintings!!

Thank you so much for following me on this wonderful creative journey - your support means the world to me. This art life is filled with soaring highs and crashing lows, but the thrill of the next new adventure keeps me coming back for more, and sharing it with you closes the creative circle.

I hope to see you at a show, on my website or commenting on my blog, on Facebook, or perhaps you will bump into me painting outside somewhere. I wish you all a fabulous spring -yes, it WILL come, I hope!

Blessings,

Sharon

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Upcoming Art Workshop and News!

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Let me tell you, everything is new!

My wonderful daughter gave me the gift of a new website for Christmas, and after 3 months of very hard work, it is finally LIVE! We used a template from Squarespace, and it is formatted to work on all devices and computers -my old site was, to quote her, "a dinosaur". I am very proud of the site and invite you to check it out at www.sharonlynnwilliams.com. Please let me know if you experience any problems with the site - I think it may be a work in progress still! The format for this newsletter is new as well, as I am testing out Mail Chimp. I have to be honest, this technology really scares me, but please be patient while I figure it all  out?

You will be getting another email from me on the weekend to offer a discount coupon for purchases from my new shop on the site, so please stay tuned.

The reason I am sending this out to you now, is to make sure you know about my upcoming MIXED MEDIA AND COLLAGE WORKSHOP at Swinton's Art Supply on April 10-12, 2014. You can find out all the information and supply list on my website here.


If you no longer wish to receive emails from me, please hit unsubcribe below.

Looking forward to an exciting workshop. I sure hope you can join me!
Sharon
 

Newsletter December 2, 2013

Hi all. I have exciting news for you –my new plein air watercolour dvd, “Watercolour On Location” has just been released! It is excellently produced by WhitePine Productions right here in Calgary (same company who did my first DVD). It is for sale for the great price of $35 plus shipping and handling. You can see a preview of the dvd at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUucltG1Y6M

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 I have sold several so far and comments coming back to me include:

 "Sharon, actually watched it through twice - but then you know how much I loved your demos during your classes! I think it's great! - 'plein air' painting has always been a mystery to me. Now I see how you can take a seemingly uninteresting scene and really paint your own interpretation of it. (I guess that's where the term 'artistic licence' comes in.) Really though, I can't imagine painting all those colors for those reeds wet-on-wet without making the dreaded 'mud'. I suppose they could be painted in layers, but much more laborious and not as exciting...! The negative painting was great to watch as well. I will probably attempt to follow along and paint this soon; I expect I'll have to make several attempts! :) I do recommend your DVD as it demonstrates how the experience of painting 'at the scene' can be very exciting and uplifting... And especially for anyone needing direction on 'plein air' composition. Also, to use your quote, "just having fun with all those colors" -Outside!"

 “Great DVD, makes me want to do a watercolour!!”

 With Christmas coming (sooner than most of us are prepared for!), why not make it easy for those looking to buy you a special gift and forward this email to them, gently suggesting that it might make a wonderful gift! Or if you are one who likes to buy your own gifts, please email me and I will send you a copy which will arrive before the 25th if you order soon!

 I wish you all a very happy and peace-filled Christmas season!

Sharon

Newsletter July 13, 2011

Hello friends and art lovers! I hope that you are having a wonderful summer, between the rain that is. I thought I would take this opportunity to share with you all the latest and greatest that has been happening in my art career.

 I have been picked up by three new art galleries! ‘Art Beat Gallery’ in St. Albert and ‘Swirl Fine Art’ at ArtCentral in downtown Calgary have my plein air oils, and ‘Evanescence Gallery’, a beautiful new gallery in High River will be carrying my mixed media and acrylic contemporary work. I have attached an invitation to a very novel show that Evanescence is holding at the end of July. Even if you cannot make it to the small painting show, I hope you will drop into the gallery this summer to see the wonderful paintings there.

 I am in the process of updating my website (I have already uploaded my new workshop and class schedules and registration is open for those) and continue to post several times a week on my art blog. I have also joined two internet galleries” Fresh Paint Daily Painters” and “Daily Paintworks”, which allow for the auction and purchase of my paintings.

 In June I had a very successful show at the Centre D’arts Visuels gallery in Edmonton, and a not so successful Artwalk on Stephen Avenue Mall for Canadian Artists for the Poor. You win some, and you lose some!

 The best news of all is that I won the Grand Prize in the Canadian Brushstrokes Magazine’s Landscape Competition for my painting “Summer Respite”, pictured here. This is also the painting on the cover of my new  book “En Plein Air –One Artists’ View” available through Blurb publishing –click here to view a preview of the book and to purchase. The book has been extremely well received my artists and non-artists alike.

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 I just finished 3 days of filming for my new instructional DVD “The Plein Air Experience in Oils and Watercolour”. I hope that the DVD will be released this November in time for Christmas!

 Lastly, I am the only Canadian accepted into Plein Air Rockies, an annual plein air painting competition to be held this August in Estes Park, Colorado. This is my first PA competition, and I am really excited about it. We have up to two weeks to paint on location in the beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park and surrounding areas, and then we are allowed to enter 3 paintings into the competition. There are many public painting activities planned as well as a nocturne event, which will be a new thing for me.

 My studio flooded in the June storms and right now everything is piled in boxes soon to be put into a huge storage container on my driveway for who knows how long, until the carpets and walls can be replaced. It is a good thing that my summer studio is outside, or I would really be in a funk!

I am glad that I am able to keep you up to date with the latest happenings in my art life. If for any reason you would like to be removed from my mailing list, please don’t hesitate to let me know and I will be happy to remove you. Thank you again for your continued support and have a restful summer!

Sharon