Holiday Cards and more - at the Foyer Gallery and Inspired! the new pop up Art Space..... Squamish.

Four designs plus one favourite - makes 5 Holiday cards for special people - on sale now for $20 a bundle!

As usual, on the run up to the holidays, there is a LOT going on in Squamish, BC! This weekend I'm part of 2 Art initiatives - the annual Foyer Gallery Artisan Market (in the Squamish Public Library) and the new Pop-Up Art Space Inspired! (next to InBiz on Cleveland Ave). We are open Dec 2nd from 11am - 11pm. If I'm not there, say Hi to Nathan French - he'll be glad to show you around.

At the Foyer Gallery, I'm sharing a space with my friend and favourite Jeweller, Susan Remnant. If you've always wanted one of her pieces, but haven't known how to get hold of her - now's your chance! Spoil yourself with one of her beautiful enamel pieces this Holiday season - you deserve it!

I will have smaller watercolours, prints and Holiday cards for sale and on Sunday Dec 4th, I'll be demo-ing a series of original watercolour cards from noon to 3pm. If you're interested in painting classes in 2017, let me know - there are some new spaces becoming available in Squamish and I'm looking forward to more teaching.

See you over the next few days I hope!


Newbies Watercolour #4

Lesson #4 - Tonal Value

Lesson #4 focuses on the 3rd element of design Tonal Value and how it relates to watercolour:

Tonal value refers to the lightness or darkness of a colour as if the colour (or hue) and its intensity (chroma) were taken out. If you make a black and white photocopy of a painting, you can see it in terms of its  tonalscale - notice the boundary lines between tones and where you find the greatest contrast. Similar adjacent tones create soft edges and transitions, whereas extreme darks and extreme lights create hard edges with dramatic impact.

Tonal value has even more visual power than colour. By varying the contrasting tonal values in a painting we create a sense of  structure (form), depth and distance (aerial perspective) and a balance of abstract patterns and shapes.


Have a look at these samples:

Sample 1. Tonal scale

Sample 1. Tonal scale

Sample 2. Lighting creates form and structure

Sample 2. Lighting creates form and structure

  1. Highlight
  2. Light area
  3. Division line (between light and dark)
  4. Dark area
  5. Low light
  6. Dark shadow accent
  7. Cast shadow
Sample 3. abstract patterns in a range of greys

Sample 3. abstract patterns in a range of greys

Newbies Painting Exercise #4

Newbies painting exercise #4

Newbies painting exercise #4

In this painting exercise we practised:

1. Choosing a limited palette - Paynes Grey, Hookers Green, Alizarin Crimson with Ultramarine blue and Lemon yellow as accents.

2. Painting wet-in-wet for the sky and distant misty mountains. We learned to control the blending of wet paint by dragging a damp brush across the wet paint. This wipes off some of the pigment leaving a soft edged transition (more or less where you want it!)

3. Laying in progressively darker areas from background to foreground, blending by adding water for a soft, smooth gradation.

4. Defining overlapping shapes of foreground bushes and painting the trees in behind them for an illusion of depth and distance (aerial perspective)

5. Using ultramarine blue as an accent colour for the foreground snowy shadows.

6. Spattering in a fine spray of white gouache with a toothbrush around the foreground trees for a light, airy snow effect.

And here is the design so you can try it out on your own!



One more note about contrast and a taste for colour:

Example 1. shows mid tones for the mid and background trees with a contrasting intense dark tone for the foreground trees.

Example 2. shows mid tones for the mid and background trees with a contrasting intense chroma or saturation of colour for the foreground trees.