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October 25,2017
Acrylic and more

Spent today with the arts connection at the Ferry Building gallery. Sara Robichaud gave a presentation on behalf of GOLDEN acrylics. Great presentation on the colours and the mediums. Gave me a good understanding of the difference in the heavy body, liquid and open products and how they can be used.

Enjoyed the meeting with other artists, but found out that the program will be changing and membership will not be part of the program. This was the last program for the year and they will be changing the format for next year, including not having a membership sign up.

I enjoyed the latest show that had its opening yesterday - Beauty is all there is - by unity Bainbridge, member of the order of Canada and 101 years old. Loved the display of her art journals and plein air painting kit.

I am busy teaching classes in watercolour in West Vancouver and ma really enjoying it. Current classes are available in my Thursday morning classes that go until DECEMBER 7TH. The next set of classes are scheduled for Jan 18th to March 15th. We explore a new watercolour each class and try different styles. Some of the styles include, pen and ink, abstract, botanical, urban realism, landscape and seascape. We also discuss color theory and different tips and techniques.

I have chosen at the same time to refresh my art skills by enrolling in the FOUNDATIONS PROGRAM at the federation gallery of the federation of Canadian artists down on Granville Island. This is 10 weeks on Wednesday nights and a great way to meet fellow artists and see great instructors!

I hope to get going again on updating my blog with tales from my latest teaching at sea, so stay tuned.

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October 08,2017
Sept 10th on the QE

Sept 10, morning and afternoon class - further discussions of color and mixing. More people wanted to try the flamenco dancer which was something everyone really liked working on. for those starting the project in the am, we did not try any background washes, we just left the white of the paper.

We completed a bull fighter step by step in the afternoon.  This price was more abstract and began with a very simple outline of the cape, the head of the bull fighter and the rump of the bull. We began again with the wash in the background similar to the day before, leaving only the small area of the bull fighters face white. Cadmium red was dropped into the cape. Burnt sienna dropped into the area of the bull. Yellow orche was brush under the cape in a dry brush format to capture the dust flying around the bull ring. Alizarin Crimson and burnt umber were added into the folds of the cape. Ultramarine blue was added added onto of the burnt umber if a grey shadow was desired. The mix of ultramarine blue, alizarin Crimson and burnt umber was used for the bullfighter´s hair. Ultramarine was used for the bull fighter´s shirt. Spatter could also be used around the picture or some loose brush strokes. Some found the picture a little too abstract and added a tail to the bull or feet to the bull fighter.

Our captain worked really hard to steer the ship to calmer waters and there was almost no movement making a much better day to paint.

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October 07,2017
Memories of the Med

Finally, a chance to reconnect to the wonderful QE cruise Sept 8 to 25th.

SEPT 9, FIRST day began with approx 20 students in the morning, 5 in the afternoon. The Water was very rough and several students found it difficult to remain in the class. We worked on a few samples of color washes to get everyone trying their colours out. I attempted to get everyone to make a colour chart of the paints in their kits as it was so much easier to know where the pans of the particular colour were kept. We completed a Watercolor of the last departure of the QE2 under a night sky of fireworks.

Starting with the sky we applied a light yellow lemon wash leaving bits of white. We then dropped in colours of cadmium red, Viridian and blue to highlight where the fireworks were going off. Then we let that dry. Keeping the boat unpainted we worked in a dark wash after dropping in some reflective color from the lights on the shore and the fireworks .

Everyone kept adding color until the final level of dark grey in the water. We then added a little Chinese white to pop out the fireworks on the upper left quadrant of the painting. We also worked on the hull of the ship and added some white and grey shadows. I tried to make the darkest sky value around the upper part of the ship and going up into the right quadrant. Then using a mixture of intense blue, burnt umber and alizarin Crimson - trying to get almost a black to add in the vessels floating near the Queen Elizabeth 2.

I took this example from the picture displayed on the QE2 mile in Southampton to begin the journey with something reminiscent on the 50th anniversary voyage. Most students did not get the picture completed as we were using 1/4 sheets of Watercolour paper. However, during the following sea days, the students would bring their unfinished pieces to work on in between other projects.Everyone had transfers and could take one away if they wished.

Our first port of call was Cadiz Spain. We worked on a flamenco dancer in the afternoon. In this class, with the transfers, we copied or free hand drew. I provided artist carbon paper to assist in drawing the picture on the Watercolor paper. In the first stage, I had everyone paint a very light wet wash of ultramarine blue, yellow ochre and alizarin Crimson as a background wash. We left the dancer white. The idea being to add in splashes of very light washes in a diagonal fashion that would build up a varied background. Cadmium Red was the color we used for the dancer. We began with a dry wash on the bodice and followed around the layers of ruffles, leaving some white in various parts of the ruffles. We worked on finding some shadow in the folds of the dress and in the bodice of the dress. We let the Watercolour dry and worked on the face, arms and hair. The hair was a mix of the same three colours as the previous day to try and get a near black. Added in as well was a red flower in her hair. We mixed alizarin and yellow ochre in a very light wash to get the skin colours. We added a little darker colour for the shadows under the neck and under the front arm as well as the upper area of the right arm. We then went back to the lower dress and added spatter of cadmium red to give the dress movement.


watercolour of Flamenco

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