Painting again!

Rainy Day at Signal Hill, plein air

Rainy Day at Signal Hill, plein air

Been a while since I have posted. Here’s one from an Arizona rainy day in Saguaro National Park West. The smell of the wet desert and creosote bushes is amazing.

30 in 30 Challenge…Again!

15Watch Chain_30in30January was the last 30 in 30 in which I attempted to paint 30 pieces in 30 days. Rigorous! But very informative about how I work. I plan to participate, but I have this nagging knowledge that September might be over-the-top busy. Excuse or reason? Silly, silly girl. Here are some thoughts from the last one:

6th Avenue Bridge, Summer


Downtown Tucson on a summer Sunday. There used to be glass globes on the lightposts. Looks loose and a little splashy, but I spent a lot of time drawing and then chasing the light again. Still want to do some touch ups. 8″x10″ on Arches 130# paper.

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Ten Reasons to Register by May 21 for this Watercolor Class

Do you know one of the best kept secrets in Tucson?………………………

It’s the Tucson Parks & Recreation Leisure Classes: excellent instructors, great facilities and welcoming community of students!

_1st philips gateTen Reasons to Take a Summer Class: 

1. Think outside the box! 

2. Step outside of your comfort zone.

3. Meet new people – join a community of like-minded folks

4. Try that thing you’ve never thought you could do (and learn that you can do it WELL!) 

5. Engage your senses – express yourself 

6.  Learn new skills and techniques – expand your horizons

7. Enrich your soul, collaborate, inspire!

8. Practice new skills

9. Develop an appreciation and understanding of technical mastery 

10. Create – share – make a difference! 

Sign up for a class. Call Registration at 520.791.4877.

Visit PLEASE register to ensure the class reaches its minimum! 

Don’t wait…registration closes (classes cancelled) May 21!

Watercolor Techniques

Class code: 72867

May 29 – July 24, 2014 — Thurs 6 pm – 9 pm

Learn introductory techniques, including washes, wet on wet, dry brush and textures with salt, paper towel, plastic wrap, sponge and more! Build confidence and skills through exercises and projects with gentle critiques.

Class meets at Randolph Arts Center, 200 S. Alvernon Way

Cost per class: $108, city residents, $134 non-residents
Offered through TucsonParks and Recreation

Call 791-4877 to get your log-in ID and PIN (just once and you’ll have it forever) and then sign up

Mums for Mom

Mums for MomMother’s Day is Sunday, May 11— Show some love, give some flowers!

Mom, Grandma, any great nurturing soul in you life deserves it. For a different take on the gift of flowers, consider the gift of art.

Mums for Mom…yellow and pink mums in calm, pastel tones with a bit of brightness. This print of my original painting is ready for framing.

Your order will include the print (with a white edge to allow for framing) plus an artist’s statement:
 Archival print of 6”x8” image on Arches 90 lb. acid-free, 100% cotton paper using fade-resistant dye based inks; fits 9”x12” frame with mat window of 6”x8”. $20 includes shipping in continental U.S.

The 6”x8” original is available as well:
 Watercolor on cold-press Arches 300 lb. acid-free, 100% cotton paper, matted to fit 8” x10” frame. $50 includes shipping in continental U.S.

Orders ship by 2-day USPS Priority Mail. Tuesday, May 6, 11:59 pm MST is order deadline for delivery by Mom’s day.
Payment accepted via PayPal. When checking out, please make a note as to which item you want. The original painting is subject to prior sale, of course.

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Experimental Show = special challenge!

ick ack ock smallSouthern Arizona Watercolor Guild hangs an “experimental show” each year and I submitted a piece that endeavored to integrate traditional watercolor with water-soluble graphite. The graphite enchanted me with the ability to look like litho crayon, then turn into a sort of faux sumi ink when painted over with water.  I love the dark gritty quality. Hard to finesse, though! No smearing, no erasing. Best for large works. This piece is pretty big, the size of a full sheet of watercolor paper, framed at 26 x 30, on Arches 140 pound cold pressed. I framed it so the deckle (untrimmed) edges of the paper show. The beauty of the paper needs to be honored.

Titled “Ick-Ack-Ock”, it’s another name for “Rochambeau” or “rock, paper scissors.” The three birds and the obscure trio of hand signs that result in a game or decision congealed as I was working on this. Who knows why this stuff sticks together? I liked the name because of its truly bird-like sound.


Plein Air Shows coming up soon

Just wanted to share this:

TWO Tucson Plein Air Painters Society SHOWS are currently accepting submissions.
TPAPS Spring Show at Plaza Palamino… Deadline Tuesday, April 1 application & images. Drop-off Friday April 11.
TPAPS Online Show on the web only… Application and images due by Monday, April 7. No drop-off. Digital only.

These are two separate shows. Applications and entry fees must be submitted separately.

Details are on the TPAPS website .