Getting a Christmas Tree on Cross Country Skis!

Come along with me and ski to get a Christmas tree! Last weekend we threw on our skis and got out into the mountains to find the perfect tree! It felt good to take a break from my busy work schedule and holiday art shows to spend some time in nature!

 

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Fall Leaves Watercolour Workshop

Fall Leaves Drawing & Painting Workshop

This workshop will be covering how to draw and paint fall leaves using ink pens, and watercolour paint. I will also be doing some hand lettering demos, which are a fun way to embellish a sketchbook page. Join me on Sunday October 23rd for this workshop at Vernon Public Art Gallery which is located at 3228 31st Ave underneath the downtown Vernon Parkade.  Please feel free to bring your own fall leaves to use as reference material at the workshop.
Fall Leaves Workshop:
  • 2 p.m to 5 p.m
  • $45 per person (Please pre-register and pay online via Register Today pink button)
  • Materials included, except micron ink pen
  • Please purchase a 0.25 mm or 0.20 nib black or brown waterproof technical ink pen to use at this workshop. (I recommend micron pens by Sakura – available at Nadine’s Fine Art, Leap Art Supplies or Opus. Another brand I recommend is Staedler technical pens – available at Staples in the drafting section).Image result for Sakura micron pen

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Watercolour Sketchbook | Paint Swatches and Mark Making

I have really enjoyed spending more time drawing in my sketchbook over July and August this summer.  I feel it has really improved my approach to drawing from life and colour exploration.  Not all sketchbook entries need to be a completed illustrations or drawings.  I had fun making the colour swatches above and trying out different mark making techniques in pen.

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Watercolour Sketchbook Tour Video | By Laura Ashton

I have finally made a video tour of my first completed Moleskine Watercolour sketchbook.  I started this sketchbook while I was in school completing my illustration diploma.  I think you will enjoy this video showing the different studies I have experimented with over the last few years.  It took me from 2012 to 2015 to complete this sketchbook.  I would say I spent more time on individual pages at the beginning compared to the end as my later pages are ideas and tests for completed paintings.  If you enjoy this video please subscribe to my YouTube channel as I will be adding more videos regularly.

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Recent Paintings | Watercolour Birds

My two latest paintings are of birds, I truly love birds and have recently been spending more time bird watching around Vernon.  Two birds that I have seen lately are the Western Bluebird (female) and the Tree Swallow. I thought it would be fitting to do a painting of each.  Both of these paintings are on display right now at Ratio Coffee and Pastry located in the old Vernon train station. My show at Ratio, Flora and Fauna has been extended into late September, so if you have not had a chance to stop by to check it out, make sure you do in the next few weeks.  If you are interested in purchasing either painting, the original framed paintings are both for sale and are $350 each. They can be purchased directly at Ratio. Feel free to contact me at lashtonart@gmail.com with any questions as well.

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How to use Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers in your Sketchbook

I have been taking a break from formal paintings and deadlines this July and August. This has given me time to relax a little and spend more time in nature.  I have really been enjoying taking my sketchbook along with me and exploring different styles and mediums.  This page above was done at u-pick peach and cherry orchard. I did the drawing and notes at the orchard and then added colour when I got home, as there were peaches to pick!  This was one of my first times trying out the new Winsor and Newton Watercolour Paint Markers. I used the markers for the leaves and parts of the peach slices, the rest was done with simple watercolour washes from my regular palette.

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