Friday, April 29, 2011

Individual Online Art Tutoring!

I am really excited to be able to announce that I am now offering online individually programmed Art Tutoring that is especially geared to your own level of experience and interests. It seemed only natural that I should combine my love of art with my second love teaching. 

I am happy to work with artists of all levels of experience from a beginner learning basic techniques, to intermediate students wanting to refine techniques and onto experienced artists who wish to improve and develop their own style.  

We will be working at your own pace to suit your needs.   

 Although there is a time frame of 12 weeks to complete the course, within this time frame progress and learning is individually tailored to meet your needs and other commitments. We can go at a pace to suit you. We can work intensively and complete the course in a month or we can go slower allowing you more time to think, experiment, and digest new ideas or fit around your other commitments..

We will use subjects/ references that interest you and have been chosen by you.  

You will be asked to choose and send 6 ref photos that you are interested in painting. Together we will then choose three of these that would be most beneficial for us to work on together.      

There will be a comprehensive initial evaluation highlighting your strengths and areas for improvement. 

Using paintings completed recently I will identify your strengths and areas for improvement. From this initial evaluation you will be provided with clear manageable, obtainable and measurable goals to work on in the form of an Individual art Progress Plan (IAPP)

You will have on going support, critique, suggestions as you work through three projects. 

 Students email progress jpgs or send photographs by post at 4 stages of each painting, the initial outline, 2 stages during progress of the painting and the finished painting. At each stage you will receive guidelines on how to begin the process, your progress, suggestions for alterations if needed and an evaluation of your progress towards our goal and objectives for the course. If you really need help at any other time, let me know.
You have the choice of preferred method of communication between us.

You can choose between e mail communications or by regular mail. There is also the option of communication by phone at an agreed time with either of these options if you live in Canada or the US or have skype. The initial evaluation will be completed within 4 days. . All other e mails/ letters will be answered within 48 hours unless public or personal holiday or illness.

There is easy payment via paypal using your own paypal account or any major credit card.

Once I am notified that you would like to begin a course if I have the available space you will be sent a paypal invoice by e mail and once payment is received you will be sent the course package outlining in more detail how the course will progress. If I have no space at that time I will put you on a waiting list and let you know the approximate time scale until you can begin your course.

You will receive a signed certificate upon completion of the course.

This will be sent by regular mail to the mailing address you provide

For information on tuition fees and details on how to apply please click on this link to the on line tutoring page of my website and scroll down to the bottom of the page.

I have updated my profile, if you want to know more about my teaching qualifications and experience in both art and teaching.


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Pikes Peak Watercolor Society International Watermedia XVII acceptance!

I had some exciting news this afternoon. My painting of James's Grandpa "Finishing Touches" has been selected for inclusion in the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society International Watermedia XVII. The juror John Salminen received 494 works for consideration. Of these, 90 were selected for the exhibition.

The exhibition will be at the
Cottonwood Center for the Arts
427 E. Colorado Avenue
Colorado Springs
CO 80903

and runs from June 24 to July 23, 2011.


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Positive feedback from Luminosity Show!

Its always nice to get feedback from exhibitions. I was very fortunate in that the juror of the BWS Luminosity show, Andrew Hamilton, left written feedback for some of the award winners. This is what he wrote about my painting 'Artist at work'

"Great use of the material to create depth and light on a portrait. Shows wonderful technical ability to capture an intimate portrait of an artist at work."

I also had some lovely feedback from visitors to the exhibition especially in respect to my other painting 'The Guardian of Ra'(the painting of the white cat below)

 There were some magnificent paintings in the exhibition. Congratulations to all the award winners!

I know I feel honoured not only to have won an award but also to have two of my paintings hanging in this gallery as it was once the home and studio of Frederick Varley, one of the founding members of the Canadian Group of 7.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Painting low key!

I'm having such fun exploring and stretching my techniques at the moment.

 I'm still refining my skills in gallery wrapping a watercolour. This time I used some foam core cut to size on top of the stretcher bars and then wrapped the stretched watercolour paper around both. It makes the painted surface far more sturdy both while you are working on it and once its finished. I still have to fix and varnish it but its looking promising. I'm getting to grips with the wrapping stage but It is definitely worth having a willing helper for a few extra hands.

This one has taken a bit longer than the last (about 7 hours) as I wanted to play with a low key effect. The black background is created with transparent watercolours (no black was used) Its actually about 10 glazes of different blues, both siennas, sepia and raw umber.

I took the photo from this angle so you can see that I have gallery wrapped the painting too. I ended up balancing the stretched frame on an upturned pot so I could work on the sides at the same time as the front of the painting to get a nice smooth wash over the whole area. I'm really pleased with the effect and it will certainly be an option that I offer to any future client requesting a commission. This painting, along with the painting of the baby are not for sale but will be used as examples of the effect that can be created in this style of presenting a watercolour.


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Honourable Mention in BWS juried show!

I have just found out that my painting of Denis Keegan 'Artist at Work' has been awarded an 'honourable mention' in the Bayview Watercolour Society "Luminosity' juried show.  The exhibition opens tomorrow, 1pm at the McKay Art Gallery, Main Street, Unionville. It is an exhibition of smaller paintings (half sheet or less) in either watercolour, acrylic or mixed media. 

As I was selecting a couple of paintings to enter into the show I suddenly realised how few smaller paintings I have completed over the last year or so (Only two in fact not counting 'Rations' which sold at the CSPWS open water exhibition last fall and the tiny stretched canvas that I have just finished), most of my work now seems to be full sheet or larger. Its amazing how you just get used to painting a certain size. I think I will have to make an effort to paint some smaller ones too.


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Gallery Wrapped Watercolour!

I've fixed and varnished the painting today. I'm pleased with the effect. Its certainly a different way of presenting a painting.

I hung it on our wall so you could see the effect. I used satin varnish to give the painting that slight sheen and to bring out the texture of the watercolour paper. Ideally I would put the painting in a floater frame for a bit more protection but I will have to get one cut to size as I didnt have one that would fit to hand.
Stretching the paper over canvas stretcher bars is certainly a technique I am going to continue to explore.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Painting babies

A local gallery has expressed an interest in using me for any portrait commissions. Last weekend I put together a portfolio of portrait examples and as I was doing so I realised that although I have examples of toddlers, young children, older children, adults and older people I havent ever painted a really young baby so this is a small 10 by 12 inch painting that I can use as an example. I think it might make a popular design for my greetings cards too.

I wanted the focus to be those huge wide eyes as the baby takes in all the new experiences that are around but also include those cute baby features, the button nose and toothless mouth. 

This is actually an experiment too because I pre-stretched the watercolour paper over stretcher bars and now the painting is done I am going to fix and varnish it. I'll let you all know how it turns out.


Friday, April 1, 2011

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, We Love You!

Here is a photo of the finished painting. I added a couple more paint colours into the mix for the car to create a more vibrant, toy car yellow. I also increased the values of the darks on the car making it ours as well as the child's centre of interest. To me it just made the painting feel more intimate that way, making us the viewer part of the imaginative experience too. I hope you feel the same way.