Studio Tour on Video

I’ve shared peeks at my studio in the past. After six years, it feels so good to see the space nearly complete (my husband is building my shelves right now) and it’s just so useful!

This video will hopefully give you a glimpse into our creative collaboration, as we discussed (and sometimes argued) and planned and built nearly every detail in the studio, from paint colour to lighting. It’s a true testament to my husband’s love for me that he was willing to put so much energy into making the perfect space, and I am so glad that I didn’t nag and complain during the years when it seemed like it would never get finished. I’ve learned that I would rather trust him and be patient than have to live with memories of regret, especially over something that isn’t life or death. I’d rather have him than the best studio ever!

Also I’m a little self-conscious about my red lipstick. I love a retro red lip, but I always feel a little too “bright” wearing it. Yikes!

I just sent out an email to my mailing list giving details on my two newest courses, both scheduled to launch in the next two months. If you aren’t on my mailing list yet, you can sign up at the right hand sidebar. Thank you!

“Waterton’s Wake II” and Summer Fun

"Waterton's Wake II" watercolour by Angela Fehr

“Waterton’s Wake II”
watercolour on paper, 9″ x 12″, available

For the first time in twelve years, I have no children at home. All three are spending a week at camp, which means I am busy trying to decide what to do with all this freedom! It’s not a difficult decision since all I want to do is paint. My studio is full of great painting ideas that need to be refined into finished paintings, I have a visit to the framer to plan and print orders to process. Artists need to be self-motivated and that’s easier to do some days than others. When the business side of art keeps me from painting, I get a little cranky.

Today is the last day to order prints of “Spray of Wild Roses” and in last week’s email I was going to mention that the original likely wouldn’t be available for long. It’s just that pretty. Well, I was right. That same day, “Wild Roses” sold, along with “Calypsos” and “Cascade,” all to the same collector. How fun it was to discuss plans for displaying these beautiful works of art in her home! When it comes to selling original art, I really prefer doing it with a personal consultation, in person, by phone or email, so that we can make sure every painting is a perfect fit.

Last weekend was so much fun! My husband entered his rat rod in the local car show and we got to spend the weekend admiring classic cars and talking horsepower. I’m not much on the motor talk, but I love dressing up and talking to old and new friends at these events. That’s my favourite. And I’m pretty proud of Wade’s very creative 1938 Fargo pickup truck!

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The summer days are flying by! I am thankful we get to pack so many great experiences into them.

Video Update: 3 Techniques for Painting Leaves In Watercolour

Way back in 2012 I uploaded “3 Techniques for Painting Leaves in Watercolor” which had a very popular run on Youtube. I still get views and comments on this video, after three years. In three years, however, my kids have grown, I’ve moved out to my studio above the garage, I’ve gotten more experienced at recording video tutorials, and I’ve changed my painting methods a bit. So with that in mind, I have released the new & improved “3 Techniques for Leaves in Watercolour”:

I’m not sure why it had to be 28 minutes long, when the original was only 13. I think I’ve realized that most Youtube viewers don’t want an abbreviated tutorial; they want to see the whole process, without rushing. Anyhow, check out the video if you are interested in learning more about negative and positive painting, colour combinations and loose & expressive watercolor painting. It’s all in there!

Teaching to Change Hearts

I love telling people that I teach watercolour online. It’s not because it’s a great income source, or because I get to teach students from all over the world without leaving my home, although both of those things make me very happy.

What really gets me excited about teaching is the opportunity I have had to change lives through my classes.

Summer Glade watercolour by Angela Fehr | http://angelafehr.com

Summer Glade, watercolour, 14″ x 21″ (available)

That sounds a little crazy, I know. It’s watercolour, not therapy, or sharing how my faith in God has coloured my life. I’m not helping anyone get famous or make a lot of money. But every so often I get an email that might say something like this;

I always wanted to learn to paint, but never thought I could. You have helped me feel like I can paint whatever I want and just enjoy myself in the process!

or

I needed this so much. I’ve been feeling a little lost since my husband passed away.

or

After someone criticized my art, I stopped painting for many years. You have helped me remember what painting is all about and I’m having so much fun without worrying what anyone thinks!

What happened for me, and what is happening for many of my students, is that when we change our thinking about our art, it influences how we think about our lives as well. Saying “yes” to art often involves stepping outside of our comfort zone. Confronting a fear in one area makes it easier to confront other fears and obstacles in our lives. Redefining success as the attempt rather than the finished product is a confidence builder and often helps us make peace with our mistakes. And being kind and generous to people who are on the same journey as I am is just another way of recognizing that we are all in this together. It’s more important than any masterpiece I may paint.

Interested in teaching online? I share how I got started in this video.

July Painting of the Month: Spray of Wild Roses

July’s painting of the month is my gorgeous “Spray of Wild Roses”. I just love wild roses’ sweet fragrance and gentle pink colour. In painting this I felt a part of all summer, like I was standing, planted, with the wind in my leaves and wafting my beauty on the air. Sometimes even my paintbrush feels guided by the breezes of June.

Spray of Wild Roses | watercolour by Angela Fehr http://angelafehr.com

As my Painting of the Month, I’ve made “Spray of Wild Roses” available briefly as giclee prints. You can order an 8″ x 10″ or 10″ x12″ print on paper, or fill a room with colour with a 24″ x 30″ print on canvas, but you must order by July 15th. After that the painting will no longer be available as a reproduction.

You can order your prints here, or purchase the original painting. If you are considering purchasing one of my original paintings, please contact me for a consultation. Buying art is very personal, and I want to give you every assurance that your painting will be the right fit for you, assist you with choosing framing if you wish, and answer any questions you might have.

Paint Splashes and Creative Classes!

It’s a beautiful Canada Day and I’m pretty proud to be Canadian. I’m so thankful for my country; for the freedoms we enjoy, the diversity of its inhabitants and the vast beauty of our landscape. My husband is self-employed and rarely takes the holidays off, so I have a quiet day planned. I love my home and rarely complain about having to stay home instead of get out (unless I’m tired of making meals). Today I’ll help the kids put a tent in the backyard, make a frozen dessert and maybe before I even get to those things, rush to the studio to check on a painting I started last night. I always love coming back to see what’s happened between the last juicy brushstroke and the “morning after.”

I’ve also been busy recording my new courses! I started with a thought to update my “Basic Techniques” course, followed by creating “Loose & Fluid Watercolour II” and “Watercolour Sketches” but in beginning the new Loose course, I got excited about the idea of recording a new Florals course instead of the Sketches course, or maybe in addition to! Wouldn’t it be great to have three new courses by fall?

Here’s a peek at something you can see right now:

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This apple is demonstrated in my in-the-process-of-revision “Basic Techniques” course. It’s $20 US for a limited time; I will be increasing the price when the update is complete as I am adding a ton of new information and demonstrations.

Also new today is this one-layer peony demonstration. This is a painting you can make in about five minutes, and it’s so much fun!

peony

You can watch the speedy version on my Youtube channel, or the full video with instructions in my “Joy of Watercolour” free online course. I add to this course periodically, sharing ways to experiment and explore watercolour, grow your skills and have fun in the process.

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Every painting holds a new colour experience, and I’m so excited about what I’m learning as I record what I already know. I grow my watercolour skills every time I paint, and every time I teach. It’s one of the things that makes me excited about becoming an old lady; imagining how much better a painter I’ll be in 20, 30, 40 years!

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So if your future looks a little dull and lifeless, grab a paintbrush and a tube of quinacridone magenta. You might just fall in love with colour!

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A Trip into the Wilderness

The sun is shining and the strawberries are ripening! We’ve had a beautiful and very dry spring and now that summer has hit, so have summer thunderstorms. I’m thankful for adventures that have already happened this month. Every time we go out adventuring, I get to add to my life experiences and my paintings get richer. The trick is deciding what to paint!

A couple of weeks ago, we loaded up some ATV’s and met my sister and family for an off roading adventure about 3 hours from home. We were able to drive into the northern Rocky Mountains and explore along the Red Deer River. I’m not a rugged outdoorsy type, but I do love nature and beautiful scenery, and there was plenty of both!

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We stopped for lunch at the beginning of the trail, surrounded by mountains.

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Everywhere along the trail you could see traces of wildfire destruction. Most wildfires in our region are caused by lightning, and the skeletal trees lend an extra sense of the power of nature in the raw.

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The river curved beneath us, glacier blue.

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When I wasn’t driving quad, I was crouched along the trail, catching photos of the wildflowers. I could identify many; columbine (shown), wild forget-me-nots, lupines, wild roses, paintbrush in neon hues, and many more I wasn’t familiar with.

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Were it not for my brother-in-law, we might have missed the trail branching off to the falls, a short walk and we were there. Water cascading, fire-stripped trees right up the river’s edge on the south side of the river, and a whole micro-system of flowers and mosses thriving in the misty air. We scrambled down to the base of the falls;

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The misty coldness felt fantastic on our dusty faces after our 10 km trail ride. One of the things we love most about living up north is the solitude. Throughout the day we were the only ones at the falls and saw only a few signs of other humans around. We did scare away a grizzly sow and cub, but otherwise we felt like the only people in a hundred miles. It’s one of the things that is disillusioning about travel; going to a famous park or landmark and being just one of the crowd. It’s pretty fun to feel like you are part of a beautiful secret; a gem of nature that few people get to experience.

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The long drive home (we got home at midnight!) was pretty painful; we were all so tired and grubby. The glorious sunset made it better, and we counted wildlife as we drove, watching carefully we saw moose, elk and a grizzly bear along the road. That grizzly was pretty confident of his position as king of the forest; we stopped the truck to look at him in the darkening night and he ignored us as he foraged in the weeds. Nature is pretty amazing, and it always inspires me. I’m so thankful I get to enjoy the beauty of the world where I live. As much as I’d love to travel, there’s so much to see here that I haven’t experienced yet!

The Fun of Painting Flowers

 

One reason I love painting florals is that you can go from this:Hiking above the Murray River near Tumbler Ridge, BC Canada

To this:

Calypso Orchids | watercolor by Angela Fehr http://angelafehr.com

and it’s so much fun! I get to be in charge when I paint, and let the colours run the way I want, creating shapes that suggest beautiful flowers without painting every detail. I love dropping in beautiful colours like cobalt teal, green gold and opera pink, letting them flow & mingle for maximum impact and gorgeous juiciness.

Calypsos; detail of watercolor by Angela Fehr http://angelafehr.com

I love sharing what I’ve learned about using the loose & fluid properties of watercolour in my online courses. My “Loose & Fluid” watercolour course is a great introduction to “playing” with free & easy painting and “Colour-Drenched Florals” is a great followup to really explain my processes in painting flowers in watercolour. If creating dynamic florals is something you’ve always wanted to do, check out these classes today! They are more than worth the money and there’s a 30 day money back guarantee if you disagree.

Sign up here: Angela Fehr Watercolour Classes

Here’s a few details to help you decide:

1. The classes are self paced so you can watch them anytime, and you get lifetime access so you can watch them as many times as you want to.

2. Loose & Fluid I is just $20 USD, while Colour-Drenched Florals is $99. But you can buy all five of my paid courses for $150 for the best value of all.

3. By posting your work in the Student Gallery (there’s one in each course), you can receive feedback, guidance & critiques from me as well as from the other students in the course. There’s already a ton of great information in the galleries as I share insight on how to improve students’ paintings.

Here’s a few more of my beautiful floral watercolour paintings. These inspire me to make more lovely paintings every day, and I hope they inspire you too! Many of these are available for purchase by clicking here.

Spray of Wild Roses | watercolour by Angela Fehr http://angelafehr.com

"Fragrant" watercolor painting by Angela Fehr

“Fragrant” watercolor painting by Angela Fehr

Sunflower on Edge | angela fehr watercolors "Alstromeria" watercolor by Angela Fehr oleander | Angela Fehr watercolours "Reds" watercolor by Angela Fehr freesia sketch 5x7 watercolor by Angela Fehr Golden Gift hothouse flowers & vase Dainties 600w "Kaleidoscope" watercolour by Angela Fehr | http://angelafehr.com gerber first wash | Angela Fehr "Withered" watercolor by Angela Fehr wild rose cascade 600w party line Spring Dresses Liz's Wild Roses | Angela Fehr watercolors Violets of My Affections Summer Fling | watercolour by Angela Fehr "Market Garden" watercolour, $120 unframed | Angela Fehr http://angelafehr.com