Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Preview of Working in Black and White

Here is a little video preview of my upcoming online workshop, Working in Black and White.


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Working in Black and White

Working in Black and White is opening SOON, and there are still a few spaces available. A six week online class in which we explore everything BUT color.  Read about it here.
Black and White Study #5, 10x10"

Black and White Study #6, 10x10"

Black and White Study #8, 8x8"

student work

Land Line, 12"x12"

Student Work
Working in black and white gives you the opportunity to focus on value relationships, depth, quality of line, edge, scale, arrangement of elements, and other elements and concepts that sometimes get neglected when color is front and center.

Join us for Working in Black and White! Take a look at the supply list too.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Portable Art Studio

It's summer here in the northern hemisphere, and time to kick back a little, take things a bit slower or easier (anyone who knows me is going to roll their eyes at this - yeah right!). For me it's more challenging in the summer to delve deep into a series of paintings, because I get interrupted and distracted easily. Neighbors stop by, I have construction going on, gardening, more bike rides because of the longer days. So I put together a little kit of art materials that you can pick up for quick, easy, fun art. Art Lite. In Small Bites.

A page spread in my little sketchbook, using most of the materials in my Portable Art Studio

You can put together whatever materials you are comfortable working with, just as long as they don't include acrylic paints and mediums, which require some set-up and clean-up. The Portable Art Studio features materials that are easy and convenient. You can probably put together a kit from things you already have in your studio. Here are my picks:

A small set of pan watercolors such as Sakura Koi Watercolors
A small set of water soluble crayons, such as Caran d'Ache NeoColor II
Water brushes
Small scissors and a glue stick (any type)
A small-ish sketchbook paper that will take watermedia
Card Stock: this works great as an inexpensive substrate for small collage. Get it at any office supply store.
Some paint markers. My favorites are Posca Markers in a couple of sizes
Micron Pens or other fine permanent felt tip pens (not Sharpies)
A good selection of collage papers in a variety of colors and patterns. Include found text, your own painted papers, decorative papers, maps, junk mail, etc. Variety is key.

Have fun with your Portable Art Studio!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Lucie Duclos Showing Off my Collage Papers Book

Lucie Duclos has a new class available on SkillShare (I LOVE this site for all kinds of learning). SkillShare is the inspiration for a new format of online classes I am exploring: the series of short videos, without the written lessons.

Check out Lucie's video sample from her class:

You can buy my book here. Or make your own hand-painted papers.

Here is my project for Lucie's Class. TOTALLY inspired by Rex Ray.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Vancouver Island Art Workshops, back in April

Here is a funny video from one of the students in my Composition and Contrast workshop in Nanaimo, BC last April. It is really just still shots, but put into a "theme".  I actually did a little bit of editing and changed the music:

Here are a few more pictures of student work:








Check out Vancouver Island Art Workshops.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

More Color Mixing

I am working on some new downloadable workshops that will be shorter, and they will focus on more bite-sized topics. Color mixing will definitely be one of them, and I might even divide it into two separate workshops.

This video is a sample of what one segment of such a workshop might look like. Each workshop may have twelve to sixteen short segments like this.

Please comment to let me know if there are any particular topic you would like me to address in a workshop that is formatted in this way.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

A New Gel Plate

I just recently discovered this 12"x12" gel plate from Gel Press. I love the size, and also the tightness of the corners.



12"x12" Monoprint Collage#1

12"x12" Monoprint Collage #2
 Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Two Available Spots at OMEGA Workshop

I am teaching Monoprint Collage at Omega in a couple of weeks, and there are a couple of spots available. Here is a sampling of student work from previous classes on this topic:







And a video:
For details and registration, click here.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Lucie's New Class on Skillshare

I posted the preview of Lucie Duclos' new class a couple of weeks ago. Now it is available on Skillshare. Click here to see it! It is a fun little demonstration of watercolor, called Watercolor Field Trip. Here is what I did in my sketchbook using Lucie's technique and inspiration:


I did not use all of the techniques Lucie demonstrates, but a few. I found this to be a very accessible introduction to watercolor, a way to explore the material without the pressure of making something you want to frame. Enjoy!

I used Koi Watercolor Pocket Field Sketchbox, 24 colors
Sakura Micron Pens
and for the white lines, Posca Paint Pens

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Student Work from Gloucester

Last week I was teaching Monoprint Collage at Northeast Art Workshops in Gloucester, MA. I had a great group, who created some fabulous work. Here is a sampling.
Gorgeous papers made with a hand-cut stencil

a prolific palette of papers

Soft neutral colors

A grid format, with each element a different size

Hand-cut stencils and masks on the gel plate

Another bold grid format piece

Central Cluster format series, beautifully spare

Monday, April 23, 2018

A New Class by Lucie Duclos

My friend and fellow artist, Lucie Duclos, is offering an online class on Skillshare, coming later this month. I had never heard of Skillshare, but it is a great site for learning.

That is me playing the ukulele in the background!

Lucie is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Victoria, British Columbia.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Pigment Sticks, Oil Pastels, and Other Drawing Materials

I've been experimenting with pigment sticks (like oil paint sticks), oil pastels, water soluble crayons, and colored pencils, on paper with several different grounds. I am using these with a couple of oil paint mediums: alkyd resin gel and odorless mineral spirits. This is not a tutorial, as I am pretty much a novice with the oil media, though I've experimented with it over the years.

I hope you enjoy this video of my explorations:


If you are interested in the materials I'm using, check out the links below. I have just ordered a few more mediums, and will also try cold wax with the pigment sticks and oil pastels. I am interested in finding new ways of painting, seeing what happens to the imagery when using different materials.

R&F  Pigment Sticks
Arches Oil Paper
Gamsol
Alkyd Resin
Prismacolor colored pencils
Caran d'Ache NeoPastel oil pastels
Holbein oil pastels
Sennelier oil pastels
Sandable Hard Gesso
Absorbent Ground
Caran d'Ache water soluble crayons

I also like to use 300# smooth (hot press) watercolor paper.