Thursday, July 30, 2009

Short Trip to Mt Rainier CANCELLED

Due to the current heat wave in the Pacific Northwest and weather conditions on the mountain my trip to Mt Rainier July 31, Aug 1 & 2, 2009 has been cancelled.

I'm really disappointed that I won't get to go up while the flowers are doin' their thing, but with the ongoing record breaking heat and the air quality forecasted to be poor for the next few days I can't afford to put anyone at risk.

The forecasters say the temps will remain in the 90's (even at Sunrise Visitors Ctr) for at least 4 -5 more days with a cool down starting in the middle of next week. With the high pressure comes the haze and stagnant air which is generally not a problem on Mt Rainier but when the weather pattern holds for this long, I understand pollutants collect under the dome of high pressure which can make breathing difficult.

There will be other times to make this trip when the weather is more favorable.
Please help me pass the word to those planning to join me that the wildflower trip won't happen this year.

Keep those brushes wet!

Monday, July 20, 2009

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Painting Water - Streams/Waterfalls/Reflections

Seattle 3 Day Workshop -- July 26th, 27th, 28th
Daniel Smith Seattle Store (click the title for more details)

This waterfall photo was used for painting a demo this past Saturday (July 18) promoting the upcoming workshop next week in Seattle. The waterfall is from a plein air painting trip to Mt Rainier a few years ago. I don't know the exact name of the falls or if there even is a name for this particular little gem but I do know it is on the way up to Paradise. You can see the demo painting in my previous post.

The upcoming workshop will cover how to paint the effects of fast moving water cascading over rocks and boulders and dramatic waterfalls. We will also study the laws of reflections and how to apply these properties to your future paintings.

I checked this afternoon and there are still a couple of seats available if you are interested in taking this workshop. It should be fun and full of good information!
Until next time...keep those brushes wet!

Mt Rainier Waterfall - A demonstration @ Daniel Smith

It is always an honor to paint in front of a room full of eager watercolor artists! I appreciate the smiling faces even more when the weather outside is sunny and beautiful and realize these people could be outside enjoying the day and they chose to spend a few hours watching me paint.
Thanks for making my day!
This quick little waterfall was painted on a 11"x15" piece of 140# CP Quiller Watercolor Block. As most of you know I'm partial to Arches 140# CP so I wanted to see how this new paper measured up to the Susie test. I've never used this paper before so it was a pleasent experiment yeilding pleasing results!! Would I use it again...yes, I certainly would!
I really liked they way it accepted my paint. I tested it using both wet and dry techniques and it passed my test with flying colors!
In this demonstration I also played with some brand new Daniel Smith paints that are available in the store but not even in the catalog yet!
They are Deep Sap Green (a mixture) Diopsite Genuine and Burnt Yellow Ochre.
Watch for these to be released soon! They have my stamp of approval.
If you want to learn more about painting water (including waterfalls) I have a 3 day workshop coming up next week in Seattle at the Daniel Smith Store Classroom. There are only a few seats left so hurry if you are interested!
Keep those brushes wet!

Ouch! This little bird has had a broken wing

Hello Everyone!

It's been a long time since I posted on any of my blogs. I've been busy doing what I do and trying to keep up with everything I had scheduled in May and June and now almost through July while I was healing from a broken arm. much as I hate to admit it I preformed a very clumsy one point landing face forward outside my studio on May 16th. It was a very pretty sunny afternoon, I'd been to the grocery store and was walking outside of my studio when I stepped off a little 2 inch sidewalk onto the asphalt parking lot a lost my footing. I had my arms full so I was unable to break my fall and when I hit the ground my right elbow found that 2 inch sidewalk. it sounded more like a loud "thud" as I recall. All I could do was blink away the stars and the tears while I tried to determine if I could even get up.

(Don't make fun of that commercial ..."I've fallen and I can't get up!......... it could happen to you :).
My husband was with me so he helped me get into a chair inside the studio until I decided if I was going to live or not. I decided it hurt too bad for me be dead so he began a search for an emergency room with a short line ahead of me. We found one close by and after a trip to the Kent Urgent Care Clinic and a couple of x-rays I found out I had a radial head fracture ( the small bone in my forearm where it connects to my elbow.) and cast would be required. Ugh! A cast meant limited movement. How was I going to paint with a cast? It could have been so much worse....I'm very thankful that my injury was such a minor one.
I would need to wait for the swelling to go down before they could apply a long term cast to my arm. After a couple of days I went to get my cast and I had a choice of colors so I picked purple.
The cast went from the palm of my hand to mid upper arm above my elbow.
I couldn't do anything! I couldn't even hold a paint brush or write my name! Forget about typing on a computer! I felt so useless. I did allow myself a couple of days to mope around the house then I realized at least I could still talk! (grin)
Fortunately, I wouldn't require any surgery to repair anything. So all in all I was very blessed as things could have been much worse.

I wore the pretty purple hard cast for a couple of weeks....talked my way through my weekly classes, then moved into a half cast (splint) with ace bandages to keep my elbow immobilized.
On June 25 I got the release from my doctor to resume my daily life as long as I took things easy and wouldn't try to over do.

This bright yellow iris is the first painting I did with my fixed wing. Sigh..........things were going to be ok. (Very Big Smile!)

So that's my story, I'm getting stronger every day and I promise I'll never take being well for granted. Thanks to all of my sweet friends, family and artbuddies who sent me "thinking of you" and "get well soon" emails. You don't know how I appreciate your love and care!

I love you all! Keep those brushes wet!

PS. I haven't decided if I want to leave the left top corner of this painting light or paint it dark like the right side. What do you think? Please let me know by clicking on the word "comments" below. Thanks!