Posts by Laura Ashton:

Western Bluebirds Watercolour Painting

Laura Ashton,  Western Bluebirds2017, watercolour,  image - 8 x  10 in.

Here are a few new illustrations I completed recently of Western Bluebirds! These are done from pictures that local photographer Claude Rioux took in Vernon. I am so inspired to paint birds right now!  Stay tuned for more new birds next month.

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Impermanence

Great Blue Heron with Drummonds Rush

Laura Ashton, Great Blue Heron with Drummonds Rush, 2017, watercolour, 23 x 22 in.

Impermanence focuses on a grassland study area near Vernon. Watercolour illustrations and a video compilation highlight the beauty and frailty of nature through changing seasons.

Opening Reception | Thursday, May 25, 6-8 p.m. at VPAG

Join me at the opening reception of Impermanence this Thursday at the Vernon Public Art Gallery! I would be thrilled to meet you at the opening this Thursday night. Please feel free to bring guests, and don’t hesitate to introduce yourself if we have not yet met in person.

The gallery invites you and guests to the opening reception of four new exhibitions, Emergence by UBCO BFA Graduates, Arctic Sojourn by Nicola Tibbetts, Impermanence by Laura Ashton, and You Are Here by Teen Junction. Enjoy an evening of art, music, appies, beer, wine and punch. Admission is by donation. The gallery is located underneath the downtown Vernon parkade at 3228 31st Ave.

VPAG Curator
“The Okanagan valley has been experiencing a population growth and an influx of people from other parts of the province and the rest of Canada. The demand for housing and amenities for people has been steadily increasing and the new development of massive subdivisions is increasingly encroaching on the grassland habitat around the valley. Ashton’s exhibition Impermanence was produced within the context of urban development and the endangerment of the grassland ecosystem.”

– Lubos Culen
Curator, Vernon Public Art Gallery

UPCOMING WATERCOLOUR WORKSHOP AT RATIO COFFEE & PASTRY

Join me at Ratio CoffWatercolour Camellia Workshop Poster -JUNE at RATIOee and Pastry for a watercolour workshop and learn how to paint a Camellia flower!

If you missed the Victoria Camellia flower workshop your in luck.  I will be offering this workshop again in Vernon on Monday June 19th from 10 a.m – 2 p.m at Ratio. Learn how to paint a realistic Camellia flower in watercolour! In this class we will learn 3 watercolour techniques that will allow you to build up the majority of a flowers 3-D form. Discover how to add depth and fine details to your flower and make it pop off the paper! A photo reference will be provided and ALL materials are supplied, (watercolour paint, 2 sizes of round brushes, pencils, transfer paper, erasers etc.) ///NEW /// I am now supplying artist quality watercolour paper at the workshops, Arches 300 lb hot pressed watercolour paper, to ensure that you get the best results possible. I have also increased the class time from 3 hours to 4 hours. Please feel free to contact me with any other questions.

Please pre-register for this class /// $50 per person /// register online via the link below

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D.I.Y. Spring Mason Jar Floral Bouquet

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Spring is finally upon us!  If you are looking for a quick easy gift for Easter or Mother’s Day this is a great little project to do.

Here’s how to do it:

  1.  Fill a tinted blue mason jar with water, (I found this one in a set of 4 jars at Save On Foods).
  2. Add some gorgeous tulips (trim shorter than the store bought length and create slight height variation).
  3. Get some twine and wrap it around the jar a few times and tie it off with enough left to make a bow
  4. Add a spring inspired gift tag ( I used my floral bouquet gift tag design), just slip it on the left over length of twine, knot it and tie a bow.
  5. Adjust the bow and trim the ties until they are the right length.
  6. Give it as a gift and brighten someone’s day!

If you shop in my online shop and would like to arrange a local pick up rather than pay shipping use this coupon code: FREELOCALPU and leave a note on your order in the notes section.

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Enter to Win!

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ENTER to WIN a watercolour print of this lovely pink Magnolia! The winner will be announced Friday April 14th, don’t miss out!

To ENTER, click one of the social media or email share buttons directly below, once the post is shared you are automatically entered to win!  Each social media account share counts as an entry.

Contest closes Thursday April 13 at 11:59 p.m.

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An Illustration Project

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I am excited to share the finished illustrations from a project I have been working on the last few months.  These are all botanical ingredients, illustrated for a B.C based natural skincare company.  They will be incorporated into the packaging designs and represent some of the most commonly used ingredients in the products.

I look forward to sharing the completed products with you when they have been officially launched!  Stay tuned.

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Waterolour Workshop in Victoria!

Join me in Victoria B.C for a watercolour workshop and learn how to paint a Camellia flower!

Learn how to paint a realistic Camellia flower in watercolour! In this class we will learn 3 watercolour techniques that will allow you to build up the majority of a flowers 3-D form. Discover how to add depth and fine details to your flower and make it pop off the paper! Please feel free to bring your own camellia flower to use as reference material at the workshop, a photo reference will be provided.  Most materials are supplied for this workshop (watercolour paint, and a basic round brush), but paper and a few additional materials will be required.

April workshop image 2017

 

Sketchbook | Impressionistic Watercolor Hydrangeas

This is a sketchbook page I did sometime last year.  It is again the looser floral method that I sometimes use in my sketchbook. This wreath was inspired by the Hydrangeas in Beacon Hill park in Victoria.  I did this while sitting on a bench in the park and most importantly wanted to capture the colours and groupings of the different toned flowers.

Later I added a pressed flower to the middle of the wreath, though it is not a Hydrangea.  I like the idea of incorporating pressed flowers in with watercolours.

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Nature Notes | Bullet Journals

I have kept nature notes on and off for the last few years.  This is a section I have recently incorporated into my trusty Bullet Journal, as I found having a separate notebook for them was not woking.  I was less likely to make a quick note in it, and the whole idea of nature notes for me is making a short note of the state of your outdoor surroundings throughout the year.  Later you can look back and recognize patterns that occur about the same time each year in your specific area.  If you missed my previous post on starting a Bullet Journal, check it out here.

Bullet Journal Nature Notes FEB 2017

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