Octopus are amazing sea creatures. This watercolour sketch was done from an octopus at the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea.
Surrounded by Cats
When I was little my best friends were cats. You would often find me drawing with a cat curled up beside me.
Inquiry in Education
This was a commission I recently finished that I am mailing today for a couple that live in the United States. I am sad to see it go, but I am thrilled that it is going to a good home.
A couple of drawings from today.
Demonstration at Opus in Victoria
I did a demonstration yesterday at Opus Victoria in Oils. I described the process of working from a photograph for landscapes. Photographs can be difficult to work from. It is easy to get caught up with detail. We talked about simplifying the image into shapes to create an interesting composition using thumbnails to start. This can save you a lot of grief later on, especially when you are just learning to paint. The planning stage can be just as in important as the painting stage. I also talked about painting often and small. It is easier to take risks and try something new when you work small, and of course every time your brush hits the canvas you learn something new. Just show up, and see what happens!
Join me at Opus on May 27th as I take you through the process of planning and painting a landscape in oil. I will go over the steps of simplifying a photograph into a strong composition while using thumbnails to help eliminate potential problems. I will then explain how I approach colour and the layering process, as well as how I play with the paint in simple forms to create a unique oil landscape. This demonstration will give you tips and tricks on how to plan out your oil painting and get past any fears you have about a blank canvas.
Location: Victoria Opus, 512 Herald St
Two sessions available:
Sun, May 27, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Sun, May 27, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Please visit Opus Victoria or contact them at 250‑386‑8133 or toll free 1‑800‑524‑6555 to register.
Sidney Fine Arts Show
I was so happy that this little painting sold in the Sidney Fine Arts show. Congratulations to Marney Ward and Kristi Bridgeman for their wonderful paintings in the show. They looked amazing. Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to makde this event happen.
Jessica is finding a balance between being a mum of two beautiful children, being an educator, and pursuing her passion for visual art. Her children provide constant inspiration and have taught Jessica to slow down and look at the flowers along the way, as well as the mud, sticks and fallen leaves. Somehow her pockets are always full when she gets home.