On Wednesday Night last week Faro's Youth Group for girls made Christmas Cards. Some chose to do Northern Lights and others Sunsets. Or the Winter Moon, a Snowman or a design with waves and bubbles. I did a short demo of northern lights and a winter moon but told the girls they could paint what they liked. I thought we would have time to make more than one card but 3 hours went by really fast.
We used some iridescent watercolour paint, salt in our wet washes, and some used masking fluid.
This time of year when the light is low, we get some spectacular sunrises. There is this other worldly-light; it hits the snow covered trees and it stops your breath and you silently witness it. It is fleeting, only for a few minutes and then it is gone.
It is -30 degrees outside today at our Magundy home. Time to start painting and then break for a morning walk.
I have been making my own Art Cards for a few years now and they are becoming more and more popular. I actually enjoy making them myself. It is a bit time consuming but well worth the effort. The process is simple: I use a high-quality, acid-free card stock, usually an ivory colour with a deckled (torn) edge and envelope to match. The paper has a distinctive texture which is lovely to write on. I use printed images of my paintings and then hand-sign each card with the Painting title and my signature. The inside of the card is blank.
I have thought about having them printed professionally but it takes away from the handmade and personal element of this product and I find that the quality is superior compared to what you would get from a printer.
If anyone would like to order my cards, locally they can be purchased in Faro Yukon at the Discovery Store and in Whitehorse they are available at Yukon Artists At Work on 120 Industrial Road. To mail order the cards, I will send an order with a minimum of 6 cards for $38.00 shipping included.
*International Orders please E-mail me.
A Few Samples
Mail Order Selection
You can choose from these images to make up an order of 6:
About three weeks ago, in Ross I had the pleasure of doing some art work with a small and great group of people. We used oil pastel and watercolour to create a scene with Aspens in Fall. Masking fluid was used as well to maintain the Aspen trees and pencil, and ink was used for detailing the trees. The oil pastel and masking fluid "resist" the watercolour making it fun to put washes on. I would like to thank Kitty Sperling and Yasmine Djabri for making this workshop possible through funding provided by:
Yukon College, Ross River Campus.
Some beautiful samples are shown below:
It always amazes me and gives me such a great feeling to see the finished works!
I have painted this particular scene on a 24x36 canvas.as well Our winters are so long in the Yukon, it is nice to paint a warm sun melting the cold ice. Break-up is quite a process; I have seen ice on the lakes right up to June and the flowers are blooming right along side it.
This piece was painted in memory of a local named Dot Rogers, she had such a sunny warm personality, everyone loved her. I thought of her the whole time I was painting this work. She passed away after her battle with liver cancer a few years ago. The painting was donated to a benefit fundraiser to help raise money for those who need treatments for cancer etc. in other cities to offset their expenses.
Four Paintings involving 4 flowers/plants are now completed; each painting will be put in a room named for the theme. This painting was especially difficult because of the confusion about what kinnickkinnick actually is. It is listed as Bearberry and Kinnickinnick in lots of books but really they are two totally different plants. For those more scientifc they are arctous rubra and arcotostaphylus uva ursi. The kinnickinnick stays green all year round (it does get a bit browny orange around the edges) and bearberry when the frost hits turns a brilliant red. This is what I was hoping to do for this painting - hopes dashed. I have posted another painting I did with bearberry from my 100 Paintings in a 100 days Collection so you can see both plants. I love the bright red against the volcanic rock.