Archive for April, 2010

Fix it, Finish it!

April 30, 2010

I just got back from a two-day workshop with AFCA member Bonny Roberts.

She is a fabulous painter, versed in landscapes, portraits, abstracts, animals, you name it. Here is the painting she whipped up for us in just 30 minutes:

For this course we had to bring a bunch of paintings we were not happy with and Bonny would critique them and give you ideas how to fix it. Even as we did not have much time to paint everybody learned a tremendous amount from all the critiquing. There were 11 students in the class and each had at least three paintings.

I brought an oldie, which I had changed at least 3 times, to no avail, so the case was pretty desperate!

You can see here what I mean: two pathetic trees and an image almost exactly cut in two equal pieces. Bonny suggested to take one tree out and bring the lighter colour down at the right. The shape of the tree to the left needed mayor work too.
At the end of the day this was the result and I am much happier with it now:

The crow appeared as I dripped some dark wax by accident and I decided he could stay and keep the cranes company!
BTW: the cranes are pieces of chiyogami paper which I had bought in Japan almost 10 years ago.

I still need a good title: suggestions, anyone??


Featured artist on Ning this week: Fran Morrison

April 28, 2010

Hello everyone and welcome to a glorious Wednesday!

In the past week 17 new members signed up to the Ning site!

This week’s member in the spotlight is Fran Morrison. She really gave her personal page a unique look!
You can see her paintings on the network here. Her work is colourful and expressive. I think my favourite one is Leaves.

The network has seen a buzz of activity lately. I’m really happy how everyone is interacting and encouraging each other; that’s what this place is all about.

Another reason I’m doing great today is that yesterday I found out that my painting “Summer Song“, which I had in the Blossom show, has sold at the Vancouver Federation


The network has seen a buzz of activity lately. I’m really happy how everyone is interacting and encouraging each other; that’s what this place is all about.

Another reason I’m doing great today is that yesterday I found out that my painting “Summer Song“, which I had in the Blossom show, has sold at the Vancouver FederationGallery!

Velvet Beauty” had already won second prize in that show, and my two workshops in Richmond with several AFCA members attending went very well, so I feel pretty good right now…;-)

Wishing you the same and talk to you next week.
Happy Painting!


Teaching in Richmond

April 27, 2010

Yesterday I got back from a fabulous weekend at the coast. And I mean “coast”, for I was in Richmond where I could have dipped my toe in the Pacific (if it hadn’t been a bit too chilly…)

Getting there was part of the fun. I left here on Friday 9 o’clock, with a car full of supplies and teaching material and my three favourite musicians: Ian Sherwood, Trevor Caswell and Tom Rigley. They do not take up too much space, being stored in my iPod.
So you could see me cruising down Manning Park, belting out my favourite songs –  just good that I was alone in the car!

I arrived at my first host Adrienne without any incident. Adrienne Moore has been a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) for more than 30 years. She has AFCA status and she saw my add in the FCA magazine Art Avenue. Being intrigued by Encaustic and having experimented with it a bit herself she invited me to come and teach at her studio.

We hit it off right away and had lots of fun exchanging stories. I set up my equipment in her studio, which was a very inspiring place, packed with her vibrant paintings.
Saturday morning we decided to take a quick walk with her giant ice-bear like dog Chebatta as I noticed the door to her studio was locked. This was not good…no key in sight….problem!

The last resort was to climb through the studio window, which miraculously was not locked. Here is Adrienne holding the ladder for me:

Ready to break-in....!

I’m glad there is no picture of me straddling the window sill. Not a pretty sight!

But the workshop got underway and we all had a good time. Most of the participants had earned their arts laurels long ago and they quickly applied their own style to this new/old medium.

It was hard to get the ladies to stop around 4 PM, but I had to pack up and relocate to Jeanette Jarville’s studio a few kilometers away. Jeanette runs a fantastic B&B in Richmond: The Doorknocker; it is definitely the nicest one I’ve ever been in. She even gave me her best room-it was bigger than my living room at home! Her studio is gorgeous too. Here are some pictures:

Jeanette treated us to a lovely lunch in her dining room, facing the large garden.

After lunch I introduced the group to heat-resistant sponges and the stylus and we ended by experimenting on a wooden board or small canvas. Again, time was too short!

From Jeanette’s I went back to spend the night at Adrienne. She took me to the village of Richmond, which is absolutely charming with the fishing boats, many restaurants and quaint little shops:

Adrienne had all kinds of stories about the history of the village and the cannery, where many Japanese used to work. We decided to opt for Japanese food and enjoyed a great bento dinner.

I drove back early on Monday morning, sad to leave but grateful for the wonderful people I’d met. We are already thinking about a follow-up workshop, perhaps in the fall (before the snow!)

One last shot of a big raven at Manning Park Resort, my favourite stop on the way there and back:

I’m tempted to paint him!

Featured artist on Ning: Verlie Murphy

April 21, 2010

Hello and welcome to Wednesday!

Featured artist this week is my old friend Verlie Murphy! We know each other from Michael Bossom’s Encaustic site, which sadly is not interactive anymore, so I guess that’s why she has joined my Ning network…;-)

She has some wonderful artwork here and also hosts her own website with lots more. I especially like her Kaleidoscopic Art Designs, some of which she does in Encaustic.
Verlie sent me a link to her new Facebook fan page, where she shares
directions for creating Kaleidoscopic drawings (look under Discussions). I just saw she has a design on there which you can download and colour in.
Try it out! It is a lot of fun and very relaxing to do.

From the shop: I finally got some Encaustic styluses in! They have a European plug, but come with an adapter for Canada, so they are ready to go. To celebrate I’ve decided to put them on sale until April 30: $39.95 instead of $42.95 (adapter included!).

Friday I’m off to Richmond near Vancouver to teach two workshops. Looking forward to the beautiful drive through Manning Park and to meet a new group of people. Hopefully I can infect some of them with our “Encaustic bug”…;-))

Talk to you next week.
Happy Painting,


Painting: not wax!

April 19, 2010

Funny how one gets distracted as soon as people are in the house…

Last week we got our kitchen painted and I felt like a cat in hot water: I could not concentrate on anything and it was basically a wasted week!

But the kitchen looks great!

kitchen: old


Kitchen: new


Featured artist on Ning: Judy Klich

April 14, 2010

Hello and welcome to Wednesday!

This week the smiling face of Judy Klich graces our main page on Ning.
She joined the site a couple of months ago and recently uploaded some lovely work. To see more of her artistic endeavors you can visit her own website Judy Klich Art: Where passion meets self-expression!

It was really neat to see that, after I featured Cheryl last week, many of her friends joined the site while they wanted to view her artwork here.

A couple of weeks back Rebecca Shapiro was our featured artist. What I did not know at the time is that she has made tons of fabulous videos on art and encaustic. You can see them all here .
She did an installation last August titled “See.” It was about the way bees see,
how human see and how she sees when creating her art. Sorry I missed it, Rebecca! Hopefully our members will check them out now!

Tomorrow I will draw the winners of my Prayers for Peace banner. If you wish, you can still visit my blog and get your name in today…

Happy painting!

My latest work: “sumi-e meets wax”, 12×12″ on wooden panel

Velvet Beauty won a prize!

April 7, 2010

Remember that I was so excited to get two pieces in the juried art show “Blossoms” in Vancouver?

Well, on Tuesday I got a phone call that one of them, Velvet Beauty, won Second Prize Award!

Velvet Beauty / Thea Haubrich