Painting

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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Framed Art Prints Now Available in my Shop

You can now order framed art prints from my online shop!  I currently have white wooden 5 x 7 frames with a 4 x 6 mated image available.  Click here for more information and to shop online.

Buy one 5 x 7 framed print for $20 plus shipping
Or Buy 3 framed prints for $55 plus shipping

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Impressionistic Watercolor Florals

Once in a while I like to loosen up with impressionistic watercolour florals.  I mostly do this for the enjoyment of seeing the movement of the paint on the paper and the blending of colours. Above are a few examples of these florals.  I was able to quickly layout a design on 90 lb watercolour paper and used it as a cover design for my Bullet Journal.Floral Heart

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Bullet Journal Watercolour Floral Cover

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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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Recent Paintings | Red Fox Kit

This is a recent painting I completed of a Red Fox kit. A kit is another name for a baby fox. I really love painting foxes and describing all the texture of their fur.  This painting is framed in a 11 x 14 white wooden frame, and is valued at $300.00. CAD.   This painting sold in the live auction at  Midsummer’s Eve of the Arts this year. I am happy to announce that it sold for over it’s fair market value of $300.00! Midsummer’s Eve of the Arts is the annual fundraiser and art auction for Vernon Public Art Gallery.

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June 2016 | Floral Wreath Workshop

Thank you to everyone that attended my workshops at Ratio Coffee and Pastry June 27th!  I was thrilled to have two fully booked sessions.  It is great to get to meet some of my newsletter subscribers in person at the workshops and to see people returning from the first workshop I held at Ratio in March.  I really enjoy teaching and helping other people find their way with watercolour and botanical painting.  I will also be doing a fall session at Ratio, so stay tuned for the next workshop dates.

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Recent Paintings | Black Bear

 

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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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