Thursday and Friday were busy days in our house. My kids took baking orders to raise money for charity and we worked hard to fill them for two days. 20 dozen cookies and 8 pans of squares later, they had raised over $200 to give to Gospel for Asia.
I’m proud of them. They worked hard, and it cost them something to give so generously. It was a good reminder to me that giving shouldn’t always be easy.
As the year ends I’ll be looking at my own giving. As you may remember, this year I’m giving 10% of every painting sold to support widows and children in Asia. It’s almost time to total up my painting sales for the year and send that cheque away. If you’ve been considering buying a painting, now is a good time.
Luscious, watercolor painting by Angela Fehr
14″ x 9″, framed
$600 ($450 unframed)
Many of my paintings for sale can be viewed on my Paintings for Sale page, or if there is one you particularly love that isn’t shown, please ask me about it. It may still be available!
Today is the last day to enter my print giveaway. Visit this page to enter before midnight tonight and thank you for all your wonderful comments about my paintings!
I’m excited to see the enrollment for my online class climbing daily. To date I have 76 students enrolled and ready to explore fluid watercolour painting when the class starts on December 10th. One of my favourite things about this class is that it is completely self-paced. I don’t know about you, but I can never commit to a class that requires me to be at my computer at a specific time; my life is just too busy for that! And I’m really looking forward to collaborating with my students on some really amazing watercolour projects – I’m making big predictions for a great outcome! You know, just because I can. If you’ve been thinking about signing up, you can do so anytime, but if you hurry you can still grab the class at half price, before all the discount codes are taken. Click here and you’ll be well on your way to signing up.
My girls and I just finished a marathon of baking. We made 20 dozen cookies and eight large pans of squares to sell for charity. The girls are very excited to be able to bring their earnings to put in the Sunday School box on Sunday and I’m proud of how hard they worked to fill the orders that came in. I’ll keep feeding their spirit of giving just as much as I can – it’s good for all of us!
I’m sharing the news I hinted at yesterday, and it’s good stuff!
Apple exercise; part of my online class “Using Watercolor to Its Full Potential”
I’ve been asked many times about teaching watercolour in an online class setting, and I’m finally all set up and ready to go, with my first Skillshare class launching December 10th. Titled “Using Watercolor to Its Full Potential: Exploring Fluid Painting,” it’s a crash course in learning watercolor with the goal of painting loosely and fluidly. In eleven video lessons I share watercolor techniques and effects, composition and focal point painting, and you can follow along at home, completing the assignments at your own pace.
Best of all, this class is interactive in that students can share their assignments and receive input from fellow students and from me. I will be offering advice and critiques with the goal of strengthening students’ painting skills and understanding of the medium of watercolor.
The class is priced at $20 but if you are one of the first fifty to register using this link, you get in for just $10! Please tell your friends and let’s see the class grow. If this goes well, I’d like to continue to expand upon the subject and teach further classes, building upon the information taught in the first course.
The class launches December 10th, but you can sign up at any time, and work at your own pace. Can’t wait to see you there!
Did you enter my print giveaway today? Closing soon!
If you’re not on Facebook, you’ve missed some of the quotes I’ve been posting. I have been enjoying pairing some of my old & new favourite sayings with my paintings.
If only it was always easy to know which paintings are keepers! I have a stack that I’m not quite sure what to do with.
The quote above is from one of my favourite blogs, A Holy Experience. Ann Voskamp’s words are like art.
Don’t forget to enter my giveaway today! Click here to enter to win a print!
Linking up to Kim Klassen’s Friday Finds.
Wild Roses – commission, 14″ x 14″
Something about floral painting just grabs me every time.
I’ve been working on a full sheet landscape painting, and it’s going well, but when I paint landscapes, I struggle. I stutter along, with a quick burst of inspiration, followed by a whole lot of “just not sure”. Multiple attempts are discarded, which is okay. I get better with each try, after all, and “painting it out” is how I learn.
But it’s different when I paint a floral. It’s more natural, and I find I’m often just busting with delight at the way the colours flow together, and the textures that emerge. It’s much more free and definitely easier.
But I don’t believe this means I should quit painting landscapes and establish myself as a floral painter. Mostly because I don’t want to. I want to paint landscapes, and portraits if I feel like it, and crazy abstracts or surrealist scenes if the notion strikes me.
But there’s a lot of comfort in knowing that my florals are a “safe” place, welcoming and comfortable to return to after a long learning session with another subject that doesn’t come quite so inspirationally.
I spent yesterday at a Christmas craft fair and home business event in a small farming community. I was born in this community, and so going back there a few times a year is like going home. I love running into distant relatives and people who went to school with my parents!
Craft fairs are fun because of the people. I love to talk with the walk in traffic and my fellow vendors. I always learn something new, and there’s a sense of camaraderie between the vendors that is really energizing and supportive. It’s encouraging to hear my art praised, and I’m treasuring a few comments that came my way during the course of the day.
One woman told me, “Every time I walk into my bedroom, I think of you!” She has a trio of my berry paintings on her wall. Love that she isn’t tired of them after all these years!
Another charming lady stopped by my booth and, upon seeing my name on my business card, exclaimed that she’d always wanted to meet me. A mutual friend had taken my watercolor class. It is a funny feeling to be someone one had “hoped to meet,” and a flattering one!
And my favourite comment of the day went to a gentleman who remarked at the variety of items at my table. (In addition to my paintings and note cards, there are wooden signs, jewellery, paper crafting items and sewing.) I told him that I do something artistic every day and he replied, “You must never have a negative thought!”
Isn’t that a wonderful idea? I must confess to many negative thoughts in my day-to-day life. Life is not perfect for any of us. But I do believe that in painting and creating almost daily, I am a happier person as a result. I am highly satisfied with my life and sometimes it just seems too ridiculously wonderful that I can create with such abandon and liberty.
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As long as I have been painting, so, eighteen years now, I’ve been passionate about “real art”. Encouraging people to fill their homes with paintings they truly love, not just pieces that match their decor or were on sale at a big-box store. I know first hand how much loved art can add to your space, and how I smile every single time my gaze lands on my “Freckled Orchids,” hanging in the living room, or how peaceful I feel when I pass “Muskeg Meadow” even when rushing out the door to make an appointment.
I’m very excited to be able to offer some new ways for you to enjoy my art in your home. Anyone who might not be able to afford an original painting, or who prefers the look of canvas to paper, or who is looking for a particular size for a particular space is going to be rolling in options as I am now able to offer giclée prints of five of my favourite watercolour paintings!
Don’t let the word giclée intimidate you – it’s basically a fancy term for a wonderful printing process that allows artists to have paintings reproduced at affordable rates, on a variety of materials and at an artist-satisfying quality. My five reproductions are printed locally (for all but the largest sizes) and so I am able to be directly involved in the printing process to ensure that these prints are as close to the originals as they can be.
You will be able to purchase these reproductions at any time by visiting my “Prints for Sale” page. Each of the paintings you see on the page is available as a print on paper or canvas, and in a range of sizes. Custom sizes are available in addition to the sizes listed on the page. These are printed on demand, so please allow 1-3 weeks for printing in addition to the shipping times, although I promise that I will do my utmost to get my art in your hands as soon as possible.
Thank you so much for supporting my art. You have believed in me, shared so many encouraging comments and emails and it is this support that gives me momentum to continue to paint and explore new ways to share my work with the world. I am very blessed! And with that in mind, I’d like to give away one of my new prints to one of you. Please enter below, and tell your friends!
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I’ve uploaded a new YouTube video, sharing what I’ve learned about masking fluid, also known as friskit or liquid mask. I used to get so frustrated by ruined brushes after a masking fluid session, until I learned a simple trick for protecting my brushes that isn’t written on the bottle.
In this video I’ll also cover a few more tips for using masking fluid without frustration. Enjoy!
My lovely, summery Summer Fling watercolor painting is one of my favourites from my summer’s paintings. Starting with a blank sheet of paper, and very little in the form of reference images, I started painting with the goals of depicting cornflowers and using complementary colours. That’s it! How fun it was to start with just one flower and paint intuitively around it. And when the lilies started to emerge, they almost stole the show!
I videotaped my process and have finally edited and uploaded the video to my YouTube channel. It’s the most recent of 26 videos for you to enjoy and learn from. Have a great day!
Summer Fling is available for purchase. Painting size is 8″x10″. Email me to request a purchase.