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:

apple demo

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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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

My Love Affair with Colour: Spray of Wild Roses (new painting alert)

Spray of Wild Roses, watercolor by Angela Fehr http://angelafehr.com

It’s wild rose season, and the air is full of their fragrance. I almost feel silly painting wild roses; they are so ubiquitous and symbolic of our region that I feel like they’ve been done to death. But when you’re inspired, you have to go with it, and I realized recently that I really only have completed two wild rose paintings. So I pulled out a sheet of watercolour paper and channeled my inner rose.

Spray of Wild Roses, watercolor by Angela Fehr http://angelafehr.com

I have studied roses extensively for many years and so I didn’t use a reference photo, I just started painting, studying the roses at the roadside during my morning run. The benefit from studying roses live in person is that you can see the context; their environment, their scent, the bugs and the feel of the sun and wind. It makes for a more well-rounded painting, capturing more of the “essence” of the painting subject.

Spray of Wild Roses, watercolor by Angela Fehr http://angelafehr.com

Painting loosely means I also get to use the best characteristics of watercolour to my advantage. I love playing with granulating colours – that’s how I get the texture of granules of different colours side by side. These colours are mixed with a wet brush, and then as they dry, they separate. It’s stunning and always unique.

Spray of Wild Roses, watercolor by Angela Fehr http://angelafehr.com

I’ve been teasing you with detail shots, because there are so many beautiful details in this painting, you have to see it to appreciate it. Here’s a look at the full painting:

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

“Spray of Wild Roses” measures 14″ x 18″ (36 x 56 cm) and is available for purchase here.

How to Make A Plein Air Travel Watercolor Painting Kit

I love living in the country. Last night my daughters got out of bed to tell us to check out the northern lights (so I guess when they should be sleeping they are trying to escape out the window?). As soon as my foot hit the front porch the coyotes started howling less than a hundred yards away. We watched the dancing glow of aurora borealis and marveled. Even though we see the northern lights several times a year (and this winter has been especially vibrant), every time it’s a new show and always beautiful and mysterious.

Maybe I won’t be moving to any of the places we visited on our trip after all.

While I am still trying to get my bearings after getting home (so much to DO!), I was able to wrap up and post a new video to Youtube. This one shares how I put together a watercolor travel kit that fit in my suitcase for our vacation. While I never did try painting in the car, I was able to enjoy a couple of plein air painting sessions and lots of poolside painting after a day of sightseeing. Enjoy!

 

Painting On Vacation

I really enjoyed every opportunity I had to paint while on vacation. Most of the time, this took place beside a hotel pool after a day of sightseeing and activities, but I was able to paint on location in San Simeon, California, and at Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Today I thought I’d share a few of the sketches and paintings I completed while travelling.

oleander | Angela Fehr watercolours

First up is this 5″ x 7″ watercolour of the pretty flowers beside our favourite pool in Lake Havasu City. I didn’t know what kind of flowers they were until one of my watercolour students saw the painting on my Facebook page and said they looked like oleanders. I googled it, and they are. They sure don’t grow here in northern British Columbia! “Pink Oleander” is available for sale in my etsy shop.

palms | Angela Fehr watercolours

Same pool, different viewpoint. We lived near coconut palms in Papua New Guinea when I was growing up, and were well trained to never sit under a coconut tree for fear of getting hit by a falling coconut. I didn’t see any coconut palms on this trip, just these more decorative varieties.

san simeon sketch 5x7 | Angela Fehr watercolours

I had forgotten until my husband pointed it out that we had staying in San Simeon, California, before. We drove through California when we were first married, I think in 2001. It’s such a quiet little village and the beach is peaceful. I even surprised a little seal on my morning walk along the beach.

san simeon sketch large | Angela Fehr watercolours

We came back and walked along the beach at sunset, which inspired this painting. This is my favourite painting from the trip, even with that little drip along the edge, an artistic touch courtesy of the California wind.

san simeon sunset | Angela Fehr watercolours

Earlier in our trip (I’m not exactly sharing these in order), we drove through Sedona, Arizona. A sick child and tight schedule meant we didn’t have time to explore off the highway, but we stopped a couple of times so I could snap photos of what is arguably the most beautiful place in Arizona.

sedona cliffside | Angela Fehr watercolours

Even though these studies are flawed and awkward, they will help me interpret my reference photos when I am working in the studio and trying to remember the feeling and realities of visiting these beautiful places in the United States.

sedona viewpoint | Angela Fehr watercolours

Landscapes by my Online Watercolor Workshop Students

It’s been a while since I shared any student work on this page. I now have six online watercolor courses available and with every painting posted in the student gallery the information available in each course increases as my students and I discuss how to make our paintings stronger. 90% of painting is problem solving; figuring out how to translate what we see onto paper, and then how to correct when we make mistakes. I can promise you, not one of my paintings is completely free of error, and I’ve learned to see that problem solving as enjoyable, not fearful.

My landscape course launched in January, and it’s my best course to date. So much information on a huge topic. In the course I demonstrate a number of different types of scenes in watercolor, including this simple meadow landscape (which is also the view from the end of my driveway). Here’s a version painted by Joyce, who is a great student because she is willing to paint the same scene over and over again. Such a great way to learn as every time we paint a subject we gain confidence and learn to “see” it better.

Student Watercolor work | Angela Fehr watercolours

Kelly shared two versions of a coastal landscape. I live in a landlocked region of Canada, so painting the ocean was a bit of a stretch for me, but really every scene is a matter of learning to see value and as you can see by Kelly’s paintings, the more contrast we have in our paintings, the more impact our paintings will have, as in her painting on the right.

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My students come from all over the world, and this is reflected in their choice of scenery. Birgitte is from Denmark, and I love being able to “travel” every time I see her paintings.

birgitte

Penny painted this reservoir in Wyoming and the red rocks remind me of my recent vacation in the southwest. I love the reflections in the water. My favourite part of watercolor is the blending of fluid colour, so I love seeing my students let color do its thing in their paintings, rather than trying to control it too much.

penny landscape

Viviane has a similar soft effect in her misty lake scene. Doesn’t it make you feel relaxed?

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Julianne shared this meadow painting that’s both peaceful and colorful. Her dark values make the lighter colors pop.

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My original painting course on Skillshare is at 1900 students. When I launched that class in 2013, I had no idea that I was moving into a new phase of my art business and that teaching online would become a big part of what I do. While I am now teaching in my own online school, the Skillshare course does continue, though it seems that the students in my other courses are more engaged in sharing their work and completing the courses. If you’re a member my Skillshare course I encourage you to check out my new school at http://learn.angelafehr.com and start by enrolling in my free course “The Joy of Watercolor”. I also have a Facebook group created just for my watercolour students to talk watercolor, called Angela Fehr Watercolor Workshop and you are welcome to join!

Waterton Viewpoints & a Fundraiser Update

There’s a fresh smell in the air, and a lightness in my step. Spring has a way of lifting the burden of winter that you didn’t even realize was there. It’s like a skiff of new snow, beautiful and crystal-shimmered, successive snows thickening the drifts until the land groans under the weight. On Friday night we attended Stuart McLean’s “Vinyl Cafe” performance (he’s a Canadian storyteller and a family favourite) and he commented, “It must be beautiful here in Dawson Creek at Christmas.” The entire auditorium burst out laughing. We are so accustomed to people shuddering at the length of our winters, the deep cold and dreariness of dark winter days that the beauty of our winters is not something we expect people to equate with the north. I mean, it is beautiful; we just like to keep that part a secret!

We’re so close to spring, we can smell it, and I’m recalling last spring’s trip to Waterton National Park. What a stunning park, and so peaceful! We were there in mid May and the snow was almost completely gone and hints of green just starting to appear. I’ve been enjoying painting it in miniature, 5 x 7 inch landscapes that will be sent to my charity fundraiser donors. Can I just thank you all for giving?Together we raised $1,410 for Gospel for Asia and suffering women in Asia. Thank you!

"Red Rock Pathway" watercolor by Angela Fehr

“Along the Red Rock” watercolor on paper 5″ x 7″ 

These little 5″ x 7″ paintings are so fun to paint. I can make one in an hour, if you don’t count the drying time between the different elements. There is little risk in painting such a small painting and maybe that’s why they almost always turn out. Fresh & fun.

 "Waterton's Wake" watercolor on paper 5x7 inches by Angela Fehr

“Waterton’s Wake” watercolor on paper 5″ x 7″

Rockface at Waterton watercolor by Angela Fehr http://angelafehr.com

“Rockface at Waterton” watercolor on paper 5″ x 7″

"Waterton Viewpoint" watercolor by Angela Fehr

“Waterton Overlook” watercolor on paper 5″ x 7″