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Stormy Sunday and what shall I do. Sounds like the perfect day to lock myself in my studio and paint away. This is a mixed watermedia piece on Ampersand Aquabord of our dog Sadie. She is so inquisitive. Either looking for trouble or looking for food. I could not resist painting her. This was c ompleted in about five hours - the background gave me trouble. You cannot be in a hurry with this painting surface. Sadie is a mixed breed - cross between a lab and a border collie - the border collie being dominent… Continue reading… 0 comments

Back to our yard in the beautiful Kennebecasis Valley in New Brunswick, where the resident white tail deer population regards planters as their own personal salad bowl! We have a number of wrought iron planter hangers at a variety of heights. Needless to say we have more success with the higher planters. Red geraniums are a staple in our planters, as are petunias and any daisy like flower I can find. I love the mix of color you can plant together and still have it look good. I dabbled over the years with backyard color, various monochromatic then whites and on to what ever strikes my fancy at the time. It almost always comes back to red. Or Yellow. Pure happy colors. And I cannot wait to paint them… Continue reading… 0 comments

We live in a suburban area. Which in New Brunswick means we share our property and gardens with a population of white tail deer. Although beautiful, they are known in our region as ___garden rats___. Almost nothing is sacred. They eat almost everything! Especially tulips, lilies and hostas. Apparently tulips and lilies are like candy to them. They wait until the bloom is about to burst open with color and munch them while we are sleeping. Every now and then I am successful in foiling their snack. We apply blood meal regularly, especially after each rain " apparently, the deer do not like the smell (I understand, I don ™t like it either). This grouping of tulips were spared from the ravenous appetites of Bambi and friends… Continue reading… 0 comments

It is always an adventure when you embark to paint a series of related works. In this case, I am experimenting with the Aquabord watereolor painting surface. I really like the vibrancy you can achieve once you figure out how to layre - er, actually, once you realize you have to have patience to let the layres dry completely before you apply the next one. This is an iris from my garden and one of my favourites. We grow a number of bearded irises - all are lovely, but this one always stops me in my tracks. The blues are so intense and the white so crisp. I like the effect in this painting with the dark background making teh flower stand out. (Also really tricky on Aquabord)… Continue reading… 0 comments

Ah yes, another watercolor on Aquabord. Finally think I am getting the hang of the surface! It is almost impossible to do multiple washes or layring on it - the under colour "lifts" or worse yet - mixes with the top wash. And yet the finished painting is absolutely vibrant. These pansies remind me of the old fashioned ones in every country garden I saw as a child, or the old china teacup with the delightful pansies on them - hence the paintings title. So I link it, and once I figure out a framing solution - I will let you know if I intend to purchase more. I still will admit, for any intricate and serious work, I will always use Arched 300lb cold pressed paper… Continue reading… 0 comments

All Dressed Up...

by Shideler , August 15, 2010—12:00 AM

Topics: Iris painting, aquaboard, botanical, floral, flower, nature, painting

And to think I said no more painting with purples for awhile after painting the two Lilacs. After finishing the "Amethyst Lilac" painting, I was determined to paint something less complex and not purple. Well, being who I am, gravitating towards complexity in everything I do, I started this painting on Aquabord. Aquabord is a relatively new hard surface for painting with watercolours. The beauty of this surface is that the completed piece is sprayed with acrylic Krylon archival varnish when completed and framed without glass. This piece is protected. As so many people now prefer to purchase paintings with out glass in order to eliminate glare from lighting and windows - this is a nice option… Continue reading… 0 comments

Town Hall Meeting

by Shideler , January 9, 2010—12:00 AM

Topics: aquaboard, birds, clayboard, nature, painting, pigeon

This painting is a composite of many photos of pigeons taken the first really cold day in the fall. It is a watercolour painted on aquabord (claybord) and finished with Krylon acrylic archival varnish. I was torn with the title - "Gathering of the Flock" was my other choice. Working on this was pure fun... I delibertly tried not to be as detail oriented and to play with the paint. That is the wonderful thing with claybord - it is forgiving and acts differently from watereolor on paper. I intend to do may more this way. Lets me loosen up some… Continue reading… 0 comments