Recovery West CMHA art oil painting students PAINTING ROCKS

Wonders never cease to amaze me as I watch individuals who believe they have no creative skills come to life after witnessing for themselves their hidden abilities…such payment for me.

Emphasis was placed on the use of lights and shadows to create different shapes, angles and depth in the painting.

Light, shadows, and midtones?

This time around, students were able to explore how to paint rocks using a limited, monochromatic palette. Much of the emphasis was placed on the use of lights and shadows to create different shapes, angles and depth in the painting and to form the ‘illusion’ of rocks.

Recovery West CMHA art oil painting students PAINTING ROCKS”

Watch this short clip of  y’all did…

Our goal was to implement the use of lights and shadows to create different shape rocks. Ladies you did an incredible job for beginners.

Well done!

Oil on canvas painting for beginners | Painting rocks in water that has depth and appears three-dimensional


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Recovery West Blossoming Artists! Are you Ready?!

Recovery West Blossoming Artists! Are you Ready?!

Recovery West Blossoming Artists! Are you Ready?!

Healing Through Painting in Oils

Struggling with your mental health? Why not manage it in a fun creative way…

Art is Therapy!  RW (Recovery West) August-September Lessons starts tomorrow and will run for 5 Wednesdays.

Have you registered?

If you haven’t registered yet and would like to try this class, see Cathy at RW drop-in. But hurry! Space is limited.

Recovery West Blossoming Artists! Are you Ready?!

Watch this short clip of  a demo of what we will be focused on this session. Rocks!

Painting rocks is a great way to learn and practice the use of lights and shadows to create different shape rocks. I’ve simplified these lessons so that anyone can learn how to do this.

Oil on canvas painting for beginners | Painting rocks in water that has depth and appears three-dimensional


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Art is Therapy! RW (Recovery West) August-September Lessons

Healing Through Painting in Oils

Struggling with your mental health?

Art is Therapy!  RW (Recovery West) August-September Lessons will be commencing the third in a series of oil painting lessons for 2017 starting this coming August 9th.

Art is Therapy!  RW (Recovery West) August-September Lessons

Create a beautiful painting in this FIVE (5) easy lessons; designed specifically for those with no previous painting experience. The focus in this next series of lessons is “rocks in water”…big ones, small ones, medium ones… Whatever size your heart desires. We’ll put (create)’em in there. Think of painting rocks as creating miniature mountains, but with the ease of painting a mole-hill. Sticking to our usual 3-color pallet makes the process that much easier. I will take you through all the step to a finished painting you’ll be proud to hand on your wall and show off to friends.

Art is Therapy! RW (Recovery West) August-September Lessons

Recovery West August-September Oil Painting Classes

Join me beginning Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at Recovery West for this fun and creative way to heal through art while building your confidence. Get to know the creator in YOU! See Cathy at RW drop-in Centre for registration details.

Oil canvas painting for beginners | Painting rocks in water that has depth and appears three-dimensional

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10 Years Artist Joan A Brown Beginnings and Endings

10 Years Artist Joan A Brown Beginnings and Endings

Unnamed by Artist Joan A Brown

Reconnecting With My Work

Going through my possessions recently I came across two of what I consider my best works of art created exactly 10 years ago. Both paintings were stored in mailing tubes tucked away in black garbage bags I had not opened since relocating from Alberta several years ago.

A New and Different Mindset

“Looking at them has given me new motivation…”

I discovered an 8″  x 10″ first and then to my pleasant surprise this beautiful 14 x 18 inch oil painting painted on unstretched canvas in 2007. Looking at each piece I could not believe I painted them. I was in my element back then. Since I moved away I have not been the same in the way that I paint…something died. I can’t quite place my finger on it.

10 Years Artist Joan A Brown Beginnings and Endings

Be-that-as-it-may, they are signed with my signature so they are definitely my work. Looking at them has given me new motivation to try and regain whatever supposedly ‘died’, but with a new and different mindset.

These paintings are in need of a title and stretching. The image you see above is a poor representation of the larger painting taken with my hand-held camera. I plan to do a proper scans of both paintings and then repost them here among my other original paintings.

Let me know what you think would be a good title (name) for this piece. All suggestions are welcomed.


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Art is Therapy! RW (Recovery West) April-May Lessons

Healing Through Painting in Oils

Art is Therapy!  RW (Recovery West) April-May Lessons: This being the second series of oil painting lessons of 2017, for some of the members at RW (Recovery West: CMHA); students are off to a ‘feel good’ start working on their skies. Some have chosen to  paint on their canvases using a landscape orientation while others prefer the ‘portrait’ view. What feels right for each is the best way.

Art is Therapy!  RW (Recovery West) April-May Lessons

Create a beautiful painting in FIVE (5) easy lessons. Go home with a finished painting you’ll be proud to show off to your family and friends. This time around students are focusing on painting a basic sky with a few Cumulonimbus clouds. By using a simple technique I have coined “cleaning the brush”, students gain a clear understanding of how simple it is to paint realistic looking clouds.

We are using a brand of Ultramarine blue to lay in the ‘Zenith’ and ‘Horizon’ of the sky. Tune in next time to see how the students combine these two elements into a sky that has depth and appears three-dimensional.

Oil canvas painting for beginners | Painting A sky that has depth and appears three-dimensional

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