Art is for peace of mind
Once again I will be having classes. Looking forward to meeting new people and starting a landscape painting with my new students. If anyone is interested I have space for 2 more. Let me know by October 9.
Now that I have a new job at Opus in Coquitlam, I will be very busy. Another new hat that I will be wearing is Art Show Coordinator for the SSWRAS. We are having a show on November 19 and 20 that will be alot of fun and exciting to see the works of art that are created by the members.
Also, in the coming winter season, I hope to be teaching watercolour for beginners at the recreation center in Fleetwood. This is going to be so much fun as watercolours tend to do what they do and learning to use them can be interesting and quite rewarding. With the new pigments that are available the end product can be very vibrant and not watery at all.
You can now buy scarves with my artwork on them at http://www.shopvida.com/collections/lynnebradford The orange tulips, the blue swallow and the rufus hummingbird. My original artwork for you to wear.
Well I haven't had enough time to write in this blog. A new chapter in my life...is about to begin. The place I have loved to work for the past 3 years is closing its doors and I am now looking for work and a place to teach painting...I really don't know what is in store. I have loved teaching the wonderful students that have registered for my painting classes. If I get another classroom, I will let you all know. To be looking for a job at 62 years old is kinda' funny and I never thought that would be the case when I was younger. What a world we live in. I will have time to do the plein air painting this summer. And to see the lower mainland and some islands will be fun.
The colour of the spring foliage on the willows is exquisite. Time to do some watercolours that reflect the vibrance of the greens and yellows against the cool blue of the sky. Willows are so inspiring. Even when they are bent over and pruned poorly. India Ink and watercolour. I tried the elegant writer calligraphy pen by Speedball and like how much fun it was to add water to the lines .The ink separates and you get three colours : black, blue and pink. Then add a contrast of yellow or green. Sounds like a Willow tree might be interesting with that calligraphy pen.
Well I don't teach watercolour anymore. One person made me feel like it was't worth the work to prepare lessons. People are better off to learn it on their own. Like I did. Why take lessons on watercolour and not want to learn wet-in-wet techniques. Refuse to take advise on the correct brushes to use and lie about not having had lessons before. For me, Watercolour is so much fun to do, but when teaching it, I noticed some people became childish and whined when it didn't look like they wanted. It is not for the faint of heart. It took me over 20 years to paint like I do. I am still learning and evolving. I will stop doing that when I am in the grave.
It goes by faster and faster! Had two paintings accepted by the Canadian Federation of Artists.One is going up right away on the 16th. We got so lost when we were trying to find the place! Drove right over it and past it. It was probably not that hard to find, but traffic in downtown Vancouver is hair-raising, cars and pedestrians everywhere.
Have been enjoying teaching so much. When people catch on it is really exciting. Both classes are filling up fast. Full is only 4 students in each class. Small classes and more individual attention. Registration will close on January31 or sooner if I fill the classes.
Don't know what happenened but having a real difficult time logging on here. New classes are starting on November 12th. Still a couple spots left. Watercolour is a tricky medium and it takes a while to master it. But even learning to control it takes more time than 5 weeks, That's why I am offering a second set of lessons for intermediate learners. Preferably they have been in my first class, then I know their skilll level.
Don't the trees look amazing? My heart is aching to put it on canvas. I think that may be the next Acrylic subject for November's class. It would be fun to dab a sponge loaded with bright orange and red pigments for autumn leaves on watercolour paper as well.
Well, the 12x 12 art exhibition is on and there are some tremendous works there. So many people are enjoying art. I tried the colouring books but I want to paint outside the lines! This Sunday is a mixed media day and it should be a blast!
Classes started at Deserres Art Store on Thursday. It was so much fun, my jaws hurt from all the smiling and laughing. I have always loved to teach and I have always loved art. What a fun duo. Only am taking small groups so I can look at everybodies work and see how they progress! We are painting a sunset over water with dark reddish clouds. And a scene of Vancouver Island coast line[reference photo taken by my niece and daughter]. So relaxing. My students are quite talented and I find they learn quickly. Two different mediums, two different classes. Watercolour and acrylic, very different but I love them both for their differences. over 20 years doing watercolour and more than 40 years painting with acrylics.Oil as well but I dont want to teach that. Pencil since 5years old.
This weekend like-minded people will be trekking around the lower mainland looking for artists in their homes. My art is going to be showing at my place of employment, Deserres Art Store. Most of the people who work there have put in some art pieces to show in the classroom. It is the best place to work for me. Talking to other artists all day, in a nice colourful clean environment. Most people are awestruck when they see our store the first time. It really is beautiful for an art store.
Can't wait to finish the two portraits I'm doing in watercolour.
These two paintings have been looking back at me for a few weeks but it may be that I just will be lonely without them. Or I may paint the one over again. for fun!
My latest piece "Heron at the Burrard Inlet" was an exercise in using acrylic mediums. I did this piece originally about 7 years ago, in watercolour. It was done from a photo I'd taken on a trail behind the fire department on Ioco Road in Port Moody. I had never seen a Heron this close, and was so lucky to have my camera with me. I was out scouting for some beautiful scenery to paint, and there he was! The tide was coming in fast, and I think he may have been waiting for supper.
Starting my painting, I used only regular acrylic paints to block in my colours. But wanting to step out a little, and get some texture not too conspicuously into my work, I eyed up the jar on the shelf.
I had heard alot about string gel. It is a learning curve. At first I really had a hard time controlling the thickness of the strings and the first clumps made me worried,but I just trudged along and soon the strings got thinner. I had added some liquid pearlescent paint and some pearlex to the string gel....this may have been why it clumped. It also became opaque. Sometime I will try it without pigment. Next, I used reharvested coppper cinder, naptholene gel and glass beads in medium, painting with my fingers! Pouring medium was fun to use on the texture of the water. I used a pipette to control the flow and make the shape of ripples in the foreground. Broken bubbles along the edges of the water were filled with pearlescent paint and more pouring medium. All that along with pearl paints in blue and green, and irridescent violet add to the glimmer.
Midsummer is here and I have been busy painting two portraits. Just finished an acrylic of a heron in the tall grasses in the salt marsh of the Burrard Inlet.I used string gel tinted with irridescent pearl, pouring medium and reharvested copper cinder in the background. I will post this on the home page soon. Mediums are a blast to use! The next contest is coming up, and this one I will enter, the Semiahmoo Arts International Artists Day 12x12 Exhibition.
I am now an active member of the Canadian Federation of Artists. That can be considered a credential to those who want to see them. Any way, it feels like a worthwhile venture for me. Very many contests to enter, and some with actual prize money.
I am now accepting students for September. Tuesday and Thursday, morning and afternoon. Take your pick. 3 hour lessons, once per week for five weeks. Cost is $150 with one time fee of $35 for supplies. Watercolour or acrylic. Visa and other major credit cards accepted.
Art is a place I escape to. It gives me solace. I didn't know that it would take over my life. But when I gave up the profession of nursing and pursued it, I have never looked back.