El Santuario

I recently returned from a trip to San Miguel de Allende in Mexico where I spent a wonderful week at a Dory Kanter watercolour workshop.  At the workshop Dory presented her unique approach to colour.  I made several paintings during the workshop using her colour palettes but  my favourite one had some flaws. So I retraced my original sketch  and repainted it.

watercolour of El Santuario roof top in San Miguel de Allende

El Santuario

The watercolour  is from a photograph that I took of the rooftop of the hotel – Hacienda el Santuario – where we stayed and had our classes. The photo is taken from the rooftop garden of the house across the street.

Abstract

abstract-watercolour

This watercolour started out to be a more or less realistic rendering of a tree trunk. Somewhere along the way  realism was forgotten and I had fun.

The Embrace

I took a photo of these two trees because it looked to me as if they were trying to embrace one another.

trees in winter watercolor

The Embrace

 

The background behind them was too busy to see the trees easily so in the watercolour painting I used the background from a different photo taken nearby.

Bark

This watercolour is from a photo I took beside the Calabogie Highlands Golf Course.  The tree still seemed to be healthy despite having lost part of its trunk.

damaged tree trunk watercolor

Bark

Off with Their Heads

I’ve been working on a new doll.  I haven’t gotten very far as I’ve been trying to get a certain head shape in cloth.  I’ve done several versions making little changes to each successive model.

 

fibre-art-cloth-heads

Off with Their Heads

 

I partially needle sculpted one – it helps to round out the pointy chin.

 

 

 

I have one more ready to stuff.  I’m hoping it’s the one!

Forest Fawn

This is a fused applique I recently finished for the Out of the Box colour challenge.

deer amoung leaves applique

Forest Fawn

It is from a photograph I took of a fawn that, with its mother regularly visited my cottage in Calabogie.  The deer are quite used to humans and don’t run off as long as there is a bush or  a tree (and sometimes just a long piece of lumber) between you and them and you don’t get too close.

I used machine stitches on the tree trunk and branches for shading then coloured between the stitches using Derwent Inktense Blocks. The leaf detail is hand embroidered.

Avenue of Birches

I usually see this landscape from the opposite direction on my daily walk.  To view it from this angle requires an extra hill to climb but it’s worth it.

avenue of birches watercolour

Avenue of Birches

 

Christmas Trees

I just finished some fabric Christmas Trees for the Art and Craft Sale next weekend.

Fused applique Christmas Trees

Fused applique Christmas Trees

Dancing Tree

Dancing Tree

Fused Applique Christmas Tree

Fused Applique Christmss Tree

Fisher Park Community Recreation Centre

Christmas Craft Show & Sale

Saturday,  December 6,  2014   

   9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

250 Holland Ave., at the Queensway Overpass
Free Admission
Free Parking

Determination

Here is a third watercolour painting in my series on the neighbourhood fox.  (You can view the others here and here.)

 

Determination

Determination

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unfortunatly this fox hasn’t been seen for a few months.  A few weeks ago a new fox  visited my place.  It doesn’t have the same penchant for posing for pictures; it ran off as soon as it was me watching from the window.

 

Concentration

Another watercolour in my series on the local fox.  (You can see the previous fox painting here.)

Concentration

Concentration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I watched the fox for several minutes while he alternated jumping from one side of the fence to the other and digging.   He glanced at me a couple of times but didn’t seem to be disturbed by my presence.

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