I am a member of the Spokane Watercolor Society which is a group of very talented artists that get together and share ways to improve our skills. This is the original watercolor that is being raffled at our show opening on First Friday.
TheSpokane Watercolor Society Membership Show 2018, has a show theme of, “Nature” this year. There is an opening reception as part of Spokane’s First Friday Art celebration on April 6th from 5-8pm. All of the hanging watercolor paintings by our members will be for sale and will be on display from April 6th through April 27th 2018. The Inland Northwest Land Conservancy Lobby hours are weekdays 9AM-4PM (no weekend days).
The host is the Inland Northwest Land Conservancy
Community Building lobby
which is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that helps willing landowners place conservation easements on their properties. They are focused on protecting land in watershed areas. The show location is in their Community Building lobby, at 35 West Main Avenue, in downtown Spokane WA 99201 (corner Browne and Main).
We invite you to come meet the artist’s and enjoy refreshments or even learn to paint at our teaching table. Artistic fun at the opening reception and raffle on First Friday 5-8pm. That night there will be additional small works and cards for sale.
Imagine winning a full sized original to grace your décor for $1. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase for $1 each up until the ticket is drawn for the winner. You need not be present to win. If you would like a raffle ticket contact me.
What did I do for Halloween? I dressed up as an old Cajun hick needing real thick glasses and wearing my shawl with my Mardi Gras beads. My table had a small pumpkin we grew and some taffy for visitors to snack on. I sat with my tablecloth embroidering hummingbirds at the MAC Museum on Halloween (yesterday). I think more people came over and showed interest in the hummingbird tablecloth I was embroidering, than in the art on the walls, or, maybe it was just the candy. The biggest surprise was that I had put way too much makeup and stuff in my hair messing it all up for my old Cajun lady costume ….and one lady said she liked my hair style. That is pretty bad when you try to make yourself look a real mess, and someone mistakes it for your style. Really?
I was the “docent” (babysitter) all day for the Spokane Watercolor Society Show art. This show is up through the weekend after Thanksgiving. There are some real beauties, and the admission is free.
I have to start working on fresh entries to Art contests. I quit entering a few years back when I was sick, but things have changed. What the hey, why not?
I’d like to do a portraits or landscape well you know me. If you have a great picture of someone human or animal, that shows a great expression, light, wrinkles or lack of them, and wouldn’t mind me painting it, then send it my way. Have you seen something unbelievable lately? Thought I’d ask for some help scaring up some fresh subject matter.
Please come and see new art – smaller paintings, prints and sketches for sale at the ARTWALK Newport WA. 6/9/2014 I will have un-framed work to help make purchases more affordable. Artists will be in many of the stores on Main Street and there will also be various goodies to taste and drink.
I will be in the North Country Clothing Shop located on the west side of the street across from the Roxy Theatre. The owners are Lynnette Elswich and Holly Baldwin, have graciously set us up for a fun evening in their beautiful shop along with great food and musicians.
129 S Washington Ave, Newport WA 99156 and phone number is 509-447-1022.
It is also “Date Night” at The Gallery: ERGJ Newport – https://www.facebook.com/ergj1
This donkey watercolor painting made it into the juried charitable benefit for Lavender Dreams Farm & Donkey Rescue. These are truly wonderful people who rescue livestock, mainly donkeys in north eastern Washington. North of Newport WA. Please take a second to check them out.If this painting wins in the show, I get some and they get some.
Donkeys are quite important characters, and have been friends with some pretty significant people… really. After I had heard about this benefit, I was thinking about what I would paint just before I went to sleep at night.
A dream about a donkey appeared in my sleep, a talking donkey just like the old show I used to watch when I was real little. Did you ever see it? It was, “Mr. Ed the Talking Horse and it started with a Palamino horse looking over his stall gate saying…
Hello I’m Mr Ed…
A horse is a horse
of course, of course
and no one can talk to a horse
of course, that is of course
unless the horse
famous Mr. Ed!
I had a dream of this talkative donkey standing in a dirt road telling me about life as he chewed on some grass. He was telling me about the cool people he knew and the great things he had done.
Then he started to talk about a really neat guy that he gave a ride into a town once. He was brought to this guy that he didn’t know, who talked to him and patted his head, making all the nervous worry go away instantly. It was great to have a human pay some attention to him, instead of just ignore him expecting unquestioned perfect servitude.
This guy was on a mission and there were lots of people all around, so they headed out right away. This man did not hit him with a stick to get going but instead simply asked him to go as he sat comfortable on his back. There were crowds around and people lining the road yelling, it was a scene like he had never seen before or since, but the man on his back was calm.
The people were throwing palm fronds on the road in front of him, making the donkey afraid that he might trip so he had to look down and be careful with each step. They did finally arrive safely in the town and then this man named Jesus got off and came up to him saying, Thank you!
Isn’t that amazing?
The name of this painting, “Then Jesus Said”. I begin by drawing up a few sketches and arriving at one with the little donkey talking to me up close and personal, like in the dream.
The first part of the painting process for me is blocking in light washes showing where the background areas are. It is easier to see if my main character is positioned how I want then. With this donkey, it was important to see the sky, with desert background but I also wanted some palm fronds because that is a integral part of the story in my dream. Once the location of the main figure is in I can then start to add the darkest areas on him to see if the figure is still working when it starts to look 3D.
I almost always have reference photography on the desktop with me as I paint or draw. I don’t have to follow the references exactly, because I am not trying to make a photograph. I use the photography to check my sizes and where the light is casting.
I am adding darkness and detail at this point to the watercolor.
Here is the donkey finished, I am happy with him because it can almost hear him talking.