Tuesday, October 7, 2014

New Acrylic Explorations by Sharon Lynn Williams


"Nest", 8x10" acrylic on clayboard
SOLD

In April I was thrilled to study with Linda Kemp, a wonderful artist from Ontario. She is a very accomplished artist who's primary medium is watercolour (she's the master of negative painting!) and now is working in acrylic in a similar way, but with the addition on opaque paint. I have never used Ampersand's clayboard before and found it an interesting but expensive surface.

"Koi Pond", 15 x 15" acrylic on canvas mounted on 16x16" gallery wrap canvas
$625
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This one is built out of many, many layers of opaque and transparent paint. I like the movement in it as well as the irridescent glaze on the underwater fish.

"Leaf Patterns", 14 x 14" acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
$595, painted around edges so no frame required
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Another one with multiple layers and glazing, this time on a canvas that I had textured with varying thickness and splatters of gesso, in order to add some surface interest to the painting. I really enjoyed the play of transparent with the opaque areas and the depth that this technique brings.

"Summer Evening", 14 x 14" acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
$595, painted around edges so no frame required
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This is the last painting of this series. After making a very involved and visually textured surface, I began to see some tree shapes in the washes. I went with that idea and painted the sky and water, leaving the trees. Got to love negative painting, especially when it turns out so positively great!!

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Bow Lake Artist Residency plein air paintings by Sharon Lynn Williams


"Surveying Paradise", 12x16" plein air oil on Arches oil paper mounted on board
$695 Beautifully FRAMED
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I am way behind in posting so I thought I would put all the paintings together that I did while at an Artists Residency at Numtijah Lodge at Bow Lake. Bow Lake is a truly magical place and the lodge has quite a lovely ambiance. I shared this residency with my plein air painting buddy, the talented Patti Dyment -check out her lovely work!!

"Fireweed at Bow Lake", 12 x 12" plein air oil on board
$575 Beautifully FRAMED
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The fireweed really put on a show this year and made a lovely forground for Crowfoot Glacier.

"Threatening Rain", 9x12" plein air oil on board
$495 Beautifully FRAMED
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We took a short drive from Bow Lake one evening and caught the late sun on some peaks. It was threatening rain, as it did all weekend, but it seems we were blessed as it was raining all around us, but never on us!

"Back Country", 12x9" plein air oil on multimedia artboard mounted on panel
$495 Beautifully FRAMED
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This was my last painting for the residency. The sky was overcast and sprinkles came and went. This is not really in the 'back country' as it is at the side of the lake, but the title seemed appropriate. So many wonderful jewels in the Canadian Rockies for hikers to come upon.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

"Lily Pond -Le Vieux Couvent", oil painting by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Lily Pond -Le Vieux Couvent", 12 x 12" oil on mounted Arches oil paper
$300 unframed
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This is the last painting I did at the cottage this summer from my photos of France. The lily pond was so full of colour and joy. I hope you can feel the excitement!
Or maybe that is just me being excited because tomorrow my eldest son is getting married to a super wonderful woman, so I am getting a new daughter!! After the wedding we are taking all of her Japanese family to Canmore and Banff for a little sightseeing, and then on Tuesday I am off for 4 days of plein air painting at gorgeous Lake O'Hara -one of the prettiest places to paint in the Rockies, and a personal favorite.
Stay tuned for paintings from the Purcell mountains, Bow Lake, Mount Assiniboine and Lake O'Hara.
Enjoy!
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Saturday, September 6, 2014

"Need A Ride?" oil painting by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Need A Ride?", 12 x 12" studio oil painting on gessoed Arches oil paper
$300 unframed (please note: Price only in effect until painting is framed)
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Dreama recently published her take on this scene that we shared at the lavender farm, but honestly I had done this before I saw hers! Good thing too, as I might have been swayed to make mine more like hers :) I think we were all struck by the beauty of this, so it wouldn't surprise me to see it painted by everyone on the trip!
Enjoy!
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Sunday, August 31, 2014

"Sunflowers -French Light" oil painting by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Sunflowers -French Light", 12 x 12" oil on Arches oil paper
$300 unframed -please click here to bid (Please note that this price is only available until the painting is mounted and framed!)

Another painting I did from a photo I took in France. I bought these beauties as my contribution to our picnic lunch one day. They were amongst a riot of bouquets at the market, and I just knew that the others would be bringing food. The vase was an antique white with blue flowers, but the bounced light was amazing.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

"God's Palette", oil painting by Sharon Lynn Williams

"God's Palette", 12 x 12" oil painting on Arches oil paper
$300 unframed (Please note: listed price is only in effect until the painting is mounted and framed!)
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This is a 'studio' painting that I did while at our cottage in Ontario this July. We get the most amazing sunsets there, a wonderful ending to beautiful sun filled days.

I thought I should comment on the supports I have been painting on while travelling. I have 2 that I love: one is Multimedia Artboard and the other is Arches Oil Paper. I gesso both of them as I find them too absorbant on their own. The Artboard is brittle, it as it is easy to crack off a corner if you aren't careful. I tape both of the supports to a hardboard of the same size. If the painting works out, then I mount them onto sealed hardboard with soft gel medium and weight them with books until dry. Perfectly archival, they are wonderfully light supports for travel when weight is an issue. Plus the cost is way lower than any other support, so there is no pressure to creative expression.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

"Just Around The Corner", French plein air oil painting by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Just Around The Corner", 12x12" plein air oil
$300 unframed (Please note: listed price is only good until the painting is mounted and framed
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This is the final painting that I did inFrance. As the title implies, it was the first spot we saw as we left Castres on a circle tour that took us through the hilly countryside. I am not sure what kind of trees are in the back of the foreground, but they were very different from the trees on the distant hillside. They were the colour of olive trees, but a different shape -maybe a Russian Olive??

I really enjoyed painting in France, but am glad to be home now to the familiar. I have some paintings to post that I did at the cottage in Ontario and from my artist in residency at Bow Lake, but those will have to wait until I am home for a bit. We just came back from a 5 day trip to Purcell Mountain Lodge where I was able to do 5 plein air paintings, and tomorrow we are off to helicopter in to Mt. Assiniboine for 4 days of painting. Unfortunately the forecast is for rain for most of our stay, but I am praying that that will change!

Enjoy!

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Friday, August 8, 2014

"Ferrieres,France", plein air oil painting by Sharon Lynn Williams


"Ferrieres,France", 12 x 12" plein air oil painting on panel
$300 unframed, (Please note that listed price is only good until the painting is mounted and framed)
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Brenda and I found an amazing place to stay between Albi and Carcassone, places we were hoping to visit, called Castres. I chose it because of its location, but when we drove in we were amazed. Apparently it is called the Venice of the Tarn, because the Agout river runs right through the middle of town, and beautiful bridges have been placed, so that it looks quite like a street in Venice. Our wonderful little hotel was right on the canal, and everything was within walking distance.
One day we decided to do a road trip in the area and came upon this wonderful little hamlet called Vabre in Ferrieres, and I was enchanted by the view. The little creek was there, but the bridge was not, it was in a cute little town near Frayssinet, so I decided to include it here to replace a rather unpleasant grading -Ah the benefits of being an artist!!
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Thursday, August 7, 2014

"Frayssinet", plein air oil painting by Sharon Lynn Williams


"Frayssinet", 12 x 12 plein air oil painting
$300 unframed (Please note: listed price is only good until the painting is mounted and framed
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This is the last plein air painting I did while in Fraysinnet during the Dreama Tolle Perry artist retreat. This house was just a few blocks away from Le Vieux Couvent where the workshop was held. I was attracted to the light and what it did to the amazing rose bushes growing against the building.
It was sad to leave everyone at the end, but I knew that there were more adventures in France ahead. Many of us are still keeping in touch, which is really nice. I came away with a TON of photos to try in my studio this winter. I don't know if I will ever give up plein air painting, but I hope to learn to do as good a job in the studio. This will also allow me to work larger, which has been a goal for many years.
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

"Across The Valley -Frayssinet", plein air oil painting by Sharon Lynn Williams


"Across The Valley-Frayssinet", 9x12" plein air oil on multimedia artboard
$250 unframed (please note this price is only in effect until the painting is mounted and framed)
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On my recent France workshop with the wonderful Dreama Tolle Perry, we spent a lot of days touring tiny medevil villages getting reference material to use in the studio. However, on our first day to stay home at Le Vieux Couvent, a bunch of us went out in search of a wonderful place to paint en plein air. We came across this view and it was unanimous -we HAD to paint this! I was able to use Dreama's technique of a wet underpainting, and found it went surprisingly well.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

"French Countryside" plein air oil painting by Sharon Lynn Williams


"French Countryside", 12 x 12" plein air oil
$300 unframed (Please note: listed price is only good until the painting is frame
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After Dreama's workshop was finished, Brenda Pinnick and I rented a car and headed out west of Toulouse for a plein air adventure. It wasn't very long until we came upon this spot and had to stop to paint! The light is wonderful in France and I was just hoping to capture it and the wonderful colour of these fields. When we were finished and wondering our paintings were truly done, Brenda challenged me with "What is the most outrageous thing you could do?" I threw in the screaming yellow green in the mid ground, and she was right -it was just what the painting needed. I will have to remember that one :)

Enjoy!

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

"Posies" oil painting by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Posies", 7 x7" oil on Arches oil paper, mounted on board
On auction at DPW beginning at $75, price only valid until end of auction
Please click here to bid:http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/sharon-lynn-williams/posies/245503

I did this sweet little painting from a bouquet that Barbara (one of my fellow Dreama workshop students) set up in the studio. Itwas one of those rare paintings that just come together without a lot of fuss, thereby keeping it clean and not overworked. Wish they were all like that!

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Friday, July 11, 2014

"Waiting for Dinner", oil painting by Sharon Lynn Williams


"Waiting For Dinner", 12 x 12" oil on gesso end Arches oil paper
$300 unframed (PLEASE NOTE: listed prices are only good until framing)
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I painted this from a photo in the studio at Le Vieux Couvent in France. I must say right now that I am not very good at painting from photos, but much prefer to paint from life. But I figure that living where I do, I had better figure it out! I have SO many fabulous photos that I have never painted from, because of this hindrance. That is one of the reasons I decided to come to France with Dreama. She works exclusively from photos, except for her watercolour journaling, which is done from life. I was hoping to pick up a few tricks, but I have concluded that, as in everything, practice makes perfect ( or at least as close as I can get to it!) I really struggled with the colour balance in the making of this painting, but after many changes and iterations, I think I can call it finished. I really should try it again from scratch you know....

Enjoy!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

"Le Pigeonnier", plein air oil by Sharon Lynn Williams


"Le Pigeonnier"' 9 x 12" plein air oil done in Frayssinet, France June 27,2014
$250 unframed ( Please note: price valid only until the painting is mounted and framed)
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I was delighted to get some time to go exploring with my oils during my workshop with Dreama. This was done on the most perfect of days, after the extreme heat and humidity had been rained off in a tremendous storm the night before. This little silo is actually not a grain silo at all. I was told that back in Medieval times, pigeons were raised for food, and these buildings, which dot the Provence countryside, were created to entice the pigeons to roost there. It sounds funny now, as the last thing most people these days is to encourage pigeons to roost on their property!



Everywhere you look at Le Vieux Couvent, you will find treasures -either provided by nature or by the loving hands of our host Corinne. 


This is our studio space which is assessible 24/7, but not used much by me (except for attending Dreama's amazing demos) as I was far too bushed to paint much after an incredible multi-course dinner, which didn't end until 9:30pm. If it was nice outside, that's where you'd find me.

We have our huge goodbye party/feast/show & tell tonight, and then we leave first thing in the morning. I will be sad to leave this little slice of heaven, but the next journey awaits!

Au Revoir and as always, Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Painting France With Dreama, by Sharon Lynn Williams


"Breakfast Light", 9 x 12" plein air oil in Arches Huile Paper
$250 unframed (Please note: price valid only until the painting is mounted and framed)
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This is my first oil painting from France. I am here with 17 other wonderful blissful women, doing our thing in the south west of France. We are staying at Le Vieux Couvent in the Lot Valley, with the fabulous Dreama Tolle Perry (if you don't know her work you definitely should check out her website). We have been to a different tiny medieval village each day, doing watercolour sketching and taking way too many photos. The highlight of today was our visit to a lavender farm followed by an amazing chocolate eclair from the boulangerie. I will try to post some of my sketches in the days to come, but the internet is extremely slow here, I can't promise anything.
In the meantime, enjoy!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

"Peaceful Imaginings", acrylic painting by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Peaceful Imaginings", 14x14" acrylic 
$595 

I have been sitting at Art & Soul Gallery for the past 3 days, and I did this painting  between visits with people. It is done on a piece of canvas that I textured with gesso to give the surface a bit of life. I have to admit that I made the whole thing up, hence the title. Fun to let the imagination have full reign over the possibilities!

Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Sometimes it takes a long time!!!

"Tree Patterns", 15 x15" acrylic on illustration board
SOLD -finally!!

This is a painting that I did in 2009, and it just sold in my Edmonton show. Sometimes it goes like that -you pull out an old piece that you haven't yet destroyed because you felt it had some merit, put it in a show, and finally the owner finds it there.  I have heard it said that there is an owner for every painting, and it just takes time for the two of them to find each other. Perhaps this used to be true, but I think there are so many painters showing their work out there, that there are far more paintings than buyers these days.

I have a hard time keeping old unsold work after it has been on the rounds of every show I can think of. I destroy some,  but those I really like I either unframe and try to sell them at a lower price, or offer them framed as donations to worthwhile causes. But some I just can't bear to part with, especially if I have had a frame made specifically for the painting, as in this case.

This painting is done on a textured gesso surface, and then fluid acrylics are washed on the surface to see where the magic happens. It also has washes of dilute Irridescent Copper in palaces -I love the way it separates into green and gold in a wash.

Looking at it again, I still like it, and am now especially glad I didn't toss it : )

Enjoy!
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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Pen & Ink & Watercolour Sketch by Sharon Lynn Williams


Sketch done at Smith Rock in SW Oregon, 4x6"

I only had a chance to do one sketch so far on this trip. We found this location in a Discover Oregon book, and good thing too, we would have passed it by as it didn't look like much from the road. People come from all around the world to scale these huge vertical cliffs.
If you like the idea of making quick travel sketches for your memoirs or to get info for later paintings, why don't you join me for my upcoming Plein Air Quick Sketching Workshop on June 8. All the info and registration cart is on my website at www.sharonlynnwilliams.com under the workshops tab.
Hope to see you there!
Enjoy ��

Thursday, May 15, 2014

"A Firm Foundation" mixed media collage by Sharon Lynn Williams


"A Firm Foundation", collage (hand painted papers) and acrylic paint
15x15", $490 framed in gold frame with 2" white border
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This is my latest collage painting. I just love the colour scheme of blue-green and yellow-orange! I made all the papers at the recent collage workshop I taught. It is fun to find all sorts of patterns to play with, although many will need to be calmed down with paint glazing in opaques and semi-opaques.

Enjoy!

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

"From Fall To Winter", mixed media collage by Sharon Lynn Williams

"From Fall To Winter", 12 x 12" collage and acrylic paint
$475 framed, click here to purchase (this painting is currently in the Leighton Art Centre's Annual Members show -check it out!)

I am so far behind in posting my paintings, so am just picking and choosing what to post from my winter's production. While I love to paint in oil on location in the warm weather months, that is a relatively short period of time here in Calgary. I don't really enjoy paintng from photos in oil -it seems too easy to get caught up in all the 'stuff' that is in the photo, and for me it is hard to really connect with the place just from the photo. Now sometimes I can do that if I have taken the photo recently or if it holds a special meaning for me, but usually it is just 'nice stuff'.

 From November to May I spend time in my studio just painting whatever inspires me at the moment, and that is when I unleash my creativity. Perhaps that is one reason I look forward to the length of winter here every year! My winter passions go more to the abstract, and I really enjoy mixed media collage, accrylics and now encaustic.

I was having a crisis this morning, thinking that I should probably just do ONE thing, as this is the path so many of my artist friends have taken. But my darling husband reminded me that I am not everyone else, so why should my path look like everyone elses'? Plus he knows me -he knows I would get very bored only doing one thing, and it would make me miserable. I am in the blessed and enviable position that I don't need to rely on income from painting sales to eat. Which is VERY good!! This allows me the freedom to follow my muse, exploring everything about art making. It also helps me be a good teacher as I know how to use most mediums in most styles. I guess I should be happy being a 'jack of all trades', even if it means I am not a master in any. Que up the song "Don't worry, be happy".

I would love to hear your thoughts on the issue of focusing on one thing versus exploring the whole. I promise to respond to each comment.

Enjoy!
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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

"House of Dreams" encaustic mixed media by Sharon Lynn Williams

"House of Dreams", 16 x 20" encaustic and collage
$895, click here to purchase

I had a lot of fun with this painting and I think it has opened up some new doors for me -producing more 'happy' and 'fun' paintings than the usual more serious stuff. And boy is that a door that needs to be opened for me!! The central piece is actually an encaustic monoprint that I made at Encausticamp last summer. I collaged it over the blue background and then began to play with the paint. Soon it took on an offkilter house feel, and that led to the next thing, and the next. This painting will be on display at the FCA show this Saturday.

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

"When Life Gives You Lemons", oil painting by Sharon Lynn Williams

"When Life Gives You Lemons", 12 x 16" oil on panel
$695 framed -click here to purchase after May 3/14 if still available

I just found out that this painting has won 3rd prize in the upcoming FCA Calgary Show! I entered 5 paintings and they all were accepted with excellence. It is a VERY good day!


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Friday, April 25, 2014

Pen & Ink & Watercolour Sketching Workshop by Sharon Lynn Williams



I have arranged to teach a pen & ink & watercolour quick sketching workshop at beautiful Lloyd Park (just outside Calgary) on Sunday June 8, 2014 from 10am to 4:30pm. These little sketches are done in 20-30 minutes, and are a great way to capture the form (by the pen) and the colour of the scene in front of you.
Please click HERE for more information about the workshop and to register.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

"Blessings" encaustic painting by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Blessing", 12 x 24" encaustic on cradled panel
not for sale

As this weekend is Easter, I thought I would show you a painting I made for a dear friend. The backdrop is the second day of creation when God separated the water from the sky. The Hebrew text is from Numbers 6:24-26
-“The Lord bless you
    and keep you;
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the Lord make his face shine on you
    and be gracious to you;
26 
the Lord turn his face toward you
    and give you peace."

This is my Easter prayer for each of you. 

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Friday, April 11, 2014

"Surge", encaustic painting by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Surge", 12 x 12" encaustic on deep cradled panel, stained and varnished on edges
$475, click here to purchase

I have been back to playing in the wax, and am thoroughly enjoying the exploration. This painting was an exercise in controling the wax and in using metalic and irridescent pigments. The yellow part (sky) was fused using a flat tacking iron, which allows you to move the paint around, creating a layed effect. The violet section is irridescent violet pigment, which only shows violet when you look at it from a certain direction. The turquoise (water) was fused with a heat gun in multiple layers of colour and texture. It is too bad that encaustics don't photograph very well, and you can't see all the texture, both implied (by various combinations of colours) and actual (physical layers and holes in the surface). What looks brown in the photo is actually irredescent gold pigment, which shines as you look at the painting in different directions. Very cool -but I guess you'll have to take my word for it!!

Enjoy
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Monday, March 31, 2014

"Life's Events" mixed media collage demo by Sharon Lynn Williams

"Life's Events", 16 x 16" collage and acrylic
$475 -on gallery wrap canvas, no frame needed -click here to purchase

This is my latest collage painting, and I thought I would share the steps this one went through on its journey.

In the first step, I gathered together relatively neutral hand painted and altered papers, which had been coated on both sides with polymer medium. The illustration board that I used as my support also had several coats of gloss medium on it. Then I randomly arranged the papers, aiming for repetition of line throughout. Then I ironed them down with a tack iron set on high with a silicone sheet (from labels) between the work and the iron.


I continued to add more papers to get a colour theme going and to break up some of the larger shapes. I was going for composition at this stage -a way to guide the eye through out the painting.


I kept turning the painting around to see how it best worked. I then applied some titan buff fluid acrylic paint with a foam roller around the exterior of the painting to keep the interest in the centre, rubbing some of it back while wet.


Lots of time thinking, turning and painting was spent between the last 2 steps! In the end I decided to cut into the design with a solid yellow background, forcing the collage bits to become one unified shape against the background. I added some balck and white deli paper that I had painted through a stencil to get some bold contrast, and painted over a lot of the paer from the initial layer. Adding the stars (taken from some of the original papers) seemed to create a story for the painting. I began to think of life's events as stars, some big, some small, some that stand out and change the path of your life, while others are just small moments in the overall plan of a life. I just love it when the work speaks to me and guides me to the finish. The joy of pure creativity!

I will be teaching a Mixed Media Collage workshop at Swintons Art Supply in Calgary April 11-13. Please click here for the details and to register.

Enjoy!
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Thursday, March 27, 2014

"Menagerie" Encaustic Mixed Media painting by Sharon Lynn Williams



"Dancing In Time", 6 x 6" encaustic mixed media on gallery wrap canvas
$150, click here to purchase

I have been playing around with combining collage and encaustic painting lately. It is interesting to see how the encaustic reacts to the elements, and it is fun to be able to not have to wait for things to dry before progressing the painting.

Just a reminder that the 10% coupon for purchases on my website comes to a close on Monday, March 31st. Just enter 'celebrateslw' when checking out. You can chose between a digital download of my plein air painting book, 1 of 2 watercolour instruction dvd's, or even an original piece of art to hang in your home. If there is a painting you would like but it is not in the shop, please contact me to see if it still available.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Celebrate With Me! Discount Coupon by Sharon Lynn Williams

"On the Banks Of Fish Creek" 24 x 30" oil on canvas
SOLD


My beautiful daughter Rebecca gave me a wonderful gift this Christmas: a new online presence. I am very proud of the look of the new site, and the only thing I regret is how much time and effort it has cost her to bring all my online dreams to reality (instead of working on her PhD!). This beautiful piece of work is found here. To help me celebrate, I am offering a special discount for all items in the new shop at a 10% discount. Simply navigate to the 'Shop', select what you might like - from a digital download of my book (new), one of 2 watercolour DVD's, or even a painting, and when you go to check out, enter the coupon code celebrateslw in the coupon box. Please note: The coupon expires on March 31st, so don't delay! The discount will be calculated and you will be able to pay with a credit card using the extremely secure 'Stripe' platform. All very professional if I say so myself!  Please let me know what you think of the website, especially if you have any problems viewing or navigating it - it may still be a work in progress...

Enjoy!
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Pen & Watercolour Sketches from Arizona & New Mexico by Sharon Lynn Williams



It has been over a month since I last posted, I am embarrassed to say! I have been very busy working on my NEW WEBSITE which is now live -check it out and let me know what you think. It has been a huge labour of love by my beautiful daughter who gave it to me for Christmas. I don't think either of us realized just how much time it would take us to get it up and rolling according to my vision for all that I wanted it to be.
Also, I was thrilled to go on a 9 day art viewing retreat to Arizona and New Mexico with some of my favourite art buddies. We visited a TON of art galleries and artist studios in Scottsdale, Santa Fe and Sedona. I came back with so much inspiration that I didn't know what to do with it all!
I made several pen and ink and watercolour quick sketches during our trip, which are presented in this post for your viewing pleasure.


 I haven't had much experience with cacti, and just had to capture their wonderful forms.


 I did this one from the car and painted it afterwards. We drove through some sleet on the way to Santa Fe.
I am really impressed with the building code in Santa Fe, that all homes etc must be done in the adobe style. It really adds to the wonderful ambiance of Santa Fe, which I love.

 We stayed in the wonderful (?) Wigwam Motel in Holbrook on Route 66 -a throwback to the 60's. There are a bunch of old cars in the parking lot, and I couldn't resist this one.

Our last stop was to visit Montezuma's Castle. It is incredible to me that those folks would climb the cliffs to farm and to get water, while everything is so easy in our lives today. Makes me appreciate all that I have!

Enjoy!
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