Recent Paintings |Siberian Iris

My latest painting is a portrait of three Siberian Irises. These flowers are quite tricky to paint because purple and yellow are complimentary colours and if they mix together at all they create an undesirable brown colour mix. So keeping the colour bright and clean while blending them next to one another is not an easy task.  I did however enjoy painting this flower portrait, Irises are one my favourite flowers. For information on purchasing the original framed painting please contact me.

© Ashley Victoria Photography

 

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Recent Paintings | Black Bear

 

© Ashley Victoria Photography

This portrait of a black bear is a painting I recently completed. This painting was very fun to paint, experimenting with different colour mixes to imply the “black” fur.  I use quotations because I did not actually use any black paint in this painting.  Instead I used varied concentrations of blue grey, burnt sienna, violet, and ultramarine blue. The end results in a more interesting painting with far more depth compared to if I had just used black paint. For information on purchasing the original framed paintings please contact me.

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Colour Focus: Daniel Smith Watercolour Paints

Last month I purchased a colour dot sample sheet of all 238 Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolour paints. I was pretty darn excited to try them and have began testing and comparing them to my regular tried and true Winsor & Newton Artists watercolour paints.  I currently only use a few paint colours that are not Winsor & Newton in my regular palette.  One of those colours is Daniel Smith Quinacridone Rose, which I use in place of Winsor & Newton Permanent Rose. I like DS Quinacridone Rose’s shade of pink better and it stains the paper less than WN Permanent Rose, which makes it easier to work with. 

Daniel Smith is interesting to try as they have a huge range of colours, including a pure mineral line of pigments that include colours such as Amethyst Genuine, and Kyanite Genuine, as you paint with them you can see the luminous crystalline properties in the paint.

Some other colours have very appealing names which makes you want to try them just for that reason, like Moonglow, Serpentine and Bordeaux.

Daniel Smith Colour Tests

 

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Learn to Paint a Watercolour Bird’s Nest Workshop

With Laura Ashton at Ratio Coffee & Pastry
Tuesday March 29 from 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm (in the meeting room)

Join me at Ratio Coffee and Pastry for a watercolour workshop and learn how to paint a spring inspired bird’s nest.  All materials are included and the cost is $45 per person.  Please pre-register as space is limited.  You can book a space by emailing me at lashtonart@gmail.com or calling me at 1-250-997-7332.  Or click here to register online via my website.  Pre-registration for this workshop is required.   All levels of watercolour painters are welcome, please feel free to contact me with any other questions.

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Botanical Decor Inspiration

Now that I am a home owner I look forward to slowly personalizing my home to reflect my values and interests.  For me that means inspiration from the natural world, showcasing plants, animals, and woodland inspired prints to contrast against neutral wall colours and furniture.  The end result is a mix of light greens and natural items with a little woodsman rustic charm to satisfy both members of the household.

For the nature collector or beach comber.

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For the outdoor woodland enthusiast.

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Botanical Painting How To – Colour Matching

How do you figure out how to paint realistic flowers and plants?  I wish it were a simple answer but there are quite a few things to take into account.  Though one of the most important and sometimes overlooked areas is accurate colour matching.  Many think that this means finding the one perfect colour to use in your painting. However there is no one perfect colour for any plant as they are all made up of many different hues and shades.  The best way to paint botanically is to mix many similar colours and use a little bit of all of them.

I often make a colour study before I start my final painting.  I have a dedicated sketch book for this (shown in the photo below).  On each page I glue a picture of the plant I want to match and then I make tons of varied colour swatches to see which ones match the best.  This way I can look back at previous studies and use it like a colour recipe book.  It is also a great way to paint and be creative when you don’t have the energy or time to work on a more detailed project like a flower painting.

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Recent Paintings – Hellebore

The green hellebore shown below is my most recent painting.  My mom brought me some hellebore plants from Victoria and since there is still snow here, I currently have them in my garage under a window.  I was so happy when I went down and saw that they were blooming.  I could not resist and decided to paint a close up of the green flower to match my pink hellebore painting from 2015, (also shown below).. Stay tuned for green hellebore greeting cards and gifts tags to go with the pink hellebore cards and  gift tags currently available in my online shop. For information on purchasing the original framed paintings please contact me.

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Valentine’s Day Inspiration

Valentines Day InspirationI love holidays!  The main reason I love holidays is because I find them inspiring for creativity and design ideas. These days things do get very commercial around all of the “Hallmark Holidays” in the western world.  I was quite shocked to see Valentine’s Day and Easter candy out in stores by the second week of January!  Perhaps they are a little pre-mature on the mini eggs?

However I think approaching each holiday with creativity and small thoughtful ideas for your loved ones is a very nice thing to do.  Rather than buying fancy or cliche material gifts you can simply make them a lovely breakfast or dinner, or do something to let them know you are thinking of them, if none of these suit your style then a nice little note in a card is always nice.  Check out some creative ideas for Valentine’s Day below.

Fabulous breakfast ideas:

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pink-ombre-pancakes-valentines-day-1050x700Great D.I.Y wrapping ideas:

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Or maybe your style is a little more edgy?  Then this could fit the bill…

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Or check out these gifts tags and greeting cards in my online shop, the perfect pink for Valentine’s Day and room to write a sweet note to your beloved:

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How to Make More Time for Creativity

To age old problem, how to find time for your creativity passion!  Everyday life can often side track you from getting down to the brass tacks in your artist practice or art explorations.  Check out this video where I highlight a few tricks I use to maximize time for creativity on a daily basis.
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Online Shop News

I now have three different sized art prints available in my online shop.  You can purchase most of my paintings as a high quality reproduction in sizes, 5 x 7, 8.5 x 11 and 11 x 14.  These are standard sizes and fit pre-cut mat boards and standard frames nicely.  You can also purchase greeting cards with my paintings and designs on them either as single cards or in sets of three, with your choice of designs. I ship orders by mail but you can also arrange to pick up local orders if you are in the Okanagan.  Check out my online shop here.

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