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!




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



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!


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!


"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!





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