Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May…

Spring is finally here and I have a few exciting announcements to make! So why don't you grab a cup of tea, turn on some soothing music and read all about it...

 

 

 

Newest Exhibition: "Darling Buds of May"...

 

Watercolours  &  New Oil Paintings now on display at

Mint Hair Studio (until the end of May)
1071 Wellington St. W. Ottawa - 613.695.3133

"Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? 
Thou art more lovely and more temperate: 
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, 
And summer's lease hath all too short a date, 

Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, 
And often is his gold complexion dimmed, 
And every fair from fair sometime declines, 
By chance, or nature's changing course, untrimmed. 

But thy eternal summer shall not fade, 
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st, 
Nor shall death brag thou wand'rest in his shade, 
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st. 

So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, 
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee."

~William Shakespear's 18th Sonnet

Spring/Summer Brush Sale!


Introducing my new Synthetic Brush set of 6 - great for beginner. All of my favourite sizes in a smooth, supple, golden taklon bristle - great for beginner watercolorists or acrylic painters. I only have a few packs left at this price. At less than 10$ brush !

Also ON SALE (and just in time for outdoor painting & cottage season - My beautiful #8 pure Kolinsky Sable Pocket Brush is on sale now while quantities last…. was $55 , Now $45!


Workshops Coming up...


I have a few weekend workshops to choose from as well for those of you who can't participate in evenings or weekdays classes. 

Just remember that, for all classes REGISTRATION is first come first serve, classes fill up FAST!  
Online registration is the best way to guarantee a spot. 


Easy access from the highway

free parking,

small classes (max 8 students)

REGISTER HERE


Painting Retreat at Ghost Ranch August 2016
 


Study at GHOST RANCH en plein air where painting & photo opportunities abound. Vistas of red earth and turquoise sky were made famous by Georgia O’Keefe.   Mediums your choice of: Watercolour, pen & ink and pastel. Primary focus will be on watercolour - techniques, but Crystal welcomes any one of these mediums and will demo accordingly and guide individuals as per their needs. GHOST RANCH: August 28 -Sept4 3 days in Santa Fe will also be added (exact dates TBA)

CLICK HERE to READ MORE or to RESERVE your spot before August 1st 2015


I'm proud to announce my newest endeavour...

I have been very busy working on my first Art Trade Show. I've just launched teh website and facebook page as well. I think many of you will be very interested in this as an opportunity to expand your skills and Learn, Explore and even showcase your work! 


 

FEATURING INDUSTRY LEADERS & MANUFACTURERS, ARTISTS, INSTRUCTORS + MORE!

ART + SCHOOL + FAIR is Eastern Canada's first & only Art Material Trade Show. We bring together the best names and brands in the industry. See and try all of the latest tools and products on the market and walk away with a few samples!

An opportunity for ages 10 and up to learn, explore, try and best of all… SHOP direct from the manufacturers themselves.  We've invited well known instructors and professionals to share their tips, teach classes and demo exciting and innovative techniques. Whether you are a professional, or just starting out you'll leave inspired.

Buy supplies:
Chat with and buy direct from leading Art Manufacturers in the Expo Hall. 

Get Creative:
Register for an art class with a leading Art Expert or take in our free demos! Try something completely different or build on your existing skills by exploring exciting, new techniques & products. Workshops and Demo's will be running both days. There is something for everyone! 

Be inspired:  Stroll through Inspiration Avenue an art exhibition area where artists will be displaying their work. Leave with free samples, new products, a brain full of ideas and a full heart to inspire your next work of art! 

YOU CAN SUBSCRIBE to the NEWSLETTER by CLICKING HERE

Winter Classes. Registration now open!

Introducing Pastel Master Classes!

4 TUESDAY days only for WINTER (Feb 11- March 4th) 
4 TUESDAY days only for SPRING THAW (March 25- April 15th)

Large scale (20 x 24") vivid rural winter scenes. I LOVE working lights on top of rich velveteen, coloured paper… and I think you will too. These classes run 10am - 3:30 pm with a 30 min lunch break. $175 plus tax for each (4 class) session.

Please read MORE or REGISTER by clicking
session one  WINTER PASTEL CLASS
session two: SPRING THAW PASTEL CLASS

Also on the Menu:
Wednesday and Thursday morning and afternoon watercolour classes yours for the taking! READ MORE HERE

Here are some images we'll be working from...

I'll  be off to Mexico to teach in a week.

Stay tuned with updates on my travel BLOG!
We'll be raising glass to you all from sunny San Miguel de Allende :)


All the best to you and I hope your year is off to a great start!


~ Crystal

Tis the Season....

Photo credit Shirley Bittner 

Photo credit Shirley Bittner 

Aye,

'Tis the Season for many things.

With the onset of cooler weather... and the sniffles, we are reminded of the brutal reality of that imminent season we call winter. It's a good time to put on your woolies, grab some hot chocolate and snuggle yourselves in by a cozy fire and shut out the world.

Better yet, why not  come cozy up with me during my annual   Christmas Card workshop?!

 

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:
STEP by STEP watercolour workshop;  choice of two days and two subjects:
  • Saturday NOV 16th "Red Ribbon Welcome" $65
  • Sunday NOV 17th "Chickdee Song" $65 
  • SAVE - register  for BOTH DAYS $120
  • TIME: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Both workshops are designed for people with moderate experience - a good understanding of tools and techniques. Paintings will be 8x10. I will scan your paintings at the end of class to send you high res files for you to print as cards (optional)