Return to Nature

Return to Nature

Nature drawing reminds us that we are stewards of our land, and we need to be dedicated to preserving it for the enjoyment it brings to all levels of our lives. Drawing from life and using nature as our muse fosters compassion and empathy and ultimately reminds us of this interconnectivity. Observational drawing honours the truth in the beauty that is around us.  Not a single subject is without it’s own unique set of characteristics that make it impossible not to be in awe.

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Good Tips: Natural Bristle Care

Good Tips: Natural Bristle Care

Ultimately, when choosing the best bristles for your watercolour paintings, you want a brush that springs back easily to it's original shape AND holds a lot of water.  Let's review the characteristics of Sable vs Synthetic and the reasons why you might choose one over the other...

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Clean Space = Clear Mind

I am easily distracted.

As such I have learned that if my art space/work space is messy, my mind is less apt to focus on the project in front of me. Struggling to find  the right brush,  forgetting to have made enough of the colour I need & panicking while my paint is drying or feeling constantly blinded by visual pollution even in my 30" square drafting area can be very detrimental to one's peace of mind and ultimately one's painting. This is often a result of a poorly organized space and cluttered work area. There is a very interesting post by Michael Hyatt in which he quotes Author & American professor Randy Pausch: 

“ Clutter is death, it leads to thrashing...” 

I've seen it happen in my classes. I've even seen people looking lost and fearful as they work, not having noticed that their reference image is sitting underneath their palette, that their hands are covered in paint or that the better part of  the real-estate in their work area is being engulfed by, bags, containers, extra items that slow down their productivity and lead to spills and distraction.  Their clutter is so high  that they've not identified the source of their frustration. In my classes, I stress the importance of having as little as possible on your work area. Extra tubes of paint should be packed away. Only the essentials should be out. Everything else gets packed away.

I call it the "L" system. Creating a simple capital L shape around your drawing/painting board.

Here is a little diagram:

The "L" System helps to keep only the essentials at hand.

I hope this helps to clear your mind and lessen your frustration and bring more enjoyment and peace to your painting process!

 

Happy Painting!

 

Crystal

 

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.

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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

Introducing Paint the Town

Introducing Paint the Town

Corporate Team building  & Paint the Town Parties.

Are you an organization looking for fun team building activities / wanting to boost productivity?

Are you an amazing hostess or a restaurant or gallery and want to add another dimension to your business?  Fun, easy, step-by-step art classes.  All materials included!

Contact me for details! Join or host your own Paint The Town Party !

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