Recently I demonstrated my watercolour techniques at Opus in Coquitlam and had hoped to share the completed piece on my blog with those from the workshop. But things have changed rapidly in the last week or so. I am entering into a very busy, challenging time ahead. Selling, moving to a new home asap is the smallest part of the daunting journey ahead. When I come out the other-side I will be back on the blog (early 2018 hopefully) . Meanwhile here is an ink and watercolour pencil crayon of irises from my yard. All for now, more in 2018. Joy
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Upcoming Demo @ OPUS Coquitlam
Where: 953 Brunette Avenue
Coquitlam, BC, V3K 1E1
When: Tue, June 6, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM or Tue, June 6, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Note* Space is limited and registration is required for all demos, workshops, and classes. Please register in advance by contacting the host store directly.
“Paint nature with nature!
Joy will be demonstrating a watercolour painting style that is playfully abstract, light, and airy to match the subject matter. Inspiration for the painting will be brightly coloured flowers in a garden.
Printmaking and drawing techniques using natural objects from the garden such as flowers, grass, and stems will also be incorporated into the composition.
Space is limited and registration is required.”
In a month I’ll be teaching a week of paper mask making to students. The theme is birds of BC. To get ready I’ve been drawing the heads of the various birds to help get acquainted with them and to have my own work to share with the students. Ink pen with watercolour pencil crayons is giving me the look I wanted. It’s very relaxing!
How do you teach colour theory to 3 to 4 year olds? This was a recent challenge of mine and I came up with the idea of a 6 segmented caterpillar. First the students traced an oval shape 6 times and then painted in the primary colours. Colour, then skip a shape, colour, skip… For the secondary colours they put two primaries on a piece of sponge and then twirled the sponge inside the shape to make the secondary colour; Y+B=G, Y+R=O, and B+R=P. They loved it! This image is a montage of the works into one.
January. Time of colds, flu, and winter weather. Making a virtual get well card for a friend I picked a cheery image and paired it with an upbeat message; an inspirational quote by Chagall that is a favourite of mine. Nothing particular to do with getting well but everything to do with living life well.