Group Lessons/Private Instruction
Learn the magic of painting from the ground up! No experience necessary.
If you are located in Vancouver, BC and you wish to learn how to draw or paint with watercolours/acrylics, I offer private and group instruction, independently and through local art studios.
Each session is a minimum of 2 hours.
What will I learn?
We will go through basic techniques from colour mixing to composition. You will acquire the skills and tips you need to create beautiful paintings in a range of styles. We also discuss the world of art, amazing artists and fascinating tidbits of art history.
En Plein Air Instruction
Let’s get outside and sketch! En plein air painting and drawing is all about getting outside and capturing what you see in the real world. We’ll talk about composition and drawing from life. Weather permitting, we’ll head outside and try our hand at all sort of subjects, from urban sketching and gesture drawings. On the days the weather isn’t so fabulous, we can meet at specific locations in the city such as a gallery or botanical conservatory, for example.
Workshops are the perfect way to dip your toes into creativity. Join me for a spell and discover a new hobby, improve your skills or just have a good time with kindred spirits.
In each workshop, we will tackle the subjects of how to find inspiration, use reference images and discover your personal style. You will be introduced to the basics of watercolour painting and receive hands on guidance on how to compose and craft beautiful art. We will also touch on topics like colour theory, creative process and art history.
Each ticket includes light refreshments, a little gift bag and, if you opt in, new art materials to take home with you, along with your creations. Ticket prices vary according to workshop.
Visit the EVENTS page for details or contact me directly to arrange a creative date!
What are the shipping costs if I live in North America?
There will be a flat rate of $15 Canadian dollars added to the price of the art. Choose the Canada + USA shipping option at checkout to see the final cost. However, should the shipping fee be less than this flat rate estimate, I will refund you the difference!
What are the shipping costs if I live internationally?
There will be a flat rate of $25 Canadian dollars added to the price of the art for any International shipping. Choose the International shipping option at checkout to see the final cost. However, should the shipping fee be less than this flat rate estimate, I will refund you the difference!
What are the shipping fees for half pans of La Sirena paints?
These little babies have their own options. If you are only buying these and nothing else, choose the appropriate shipping class. If you are purchasing more than just half pans, simply choose your shipping class based on your location.
How long will my piece take to arrive?
Orders are processed within 2-7 business days and North America standard shipping is 5-7 days after order is processed. International shipping times will vary.
How are prints shipped?
Pieces 16"x20" and under will ship flat. Larger than 16"x20" will be shipped rolled in a tube.
If I live in Vancouver can I pick up my order?
Yes! Pick the shipping option, “Local Vancouver Pickup” and send me an email so we can coordinate :)
What is your return/exchange policy?
All sales are final. Should anything arrived damaged, please contact me immediately upon delivery with images of item and packaging.
Are the colours of the artwork exactly as they appear on my screen?
I try my best to make sure every photo is as close to the original. However screen resolution, model, and brightness may reflect subtle variations.
Prints + Framing
Are your prints archival?
Yes and no. Limited edition prints or prints in the higher price range are printed on higher quality paper and use archival inks. Prints in the lower price range are not archival but are not likely to fade unless left in direct sunlight all day, every day.
Do your pieces come framed?
All prints and originals for sale come unframed. However, if you would like me to add a frame, please include the Frame Add-on listing to your order.
What about picture mats?
Some pieces are already mounted to mat board. This will be indicated in the listing details.
What paper do you paint on?
All originals are painted on heavy weight, artist quality 100% cotton rag paper. It is acid free and made to handle wet media. I vary between brands but so far my favourites are the Arches Hot Press paper, Opus Finest Watercolour, and Papeterie Saint-Armand rough paper.
What are your favourite art supplies?
It’s tough to narrow down but these are the supplies I use the most:
La Sirena Handmade Watercolours
Winsor and Newton Professional Watercolours
Daniel Smith Watercolours
Stillman and Birn Sketchbooks
Unison Colour pastels
Who owns the copyright?
By law, the copyright of any and all images, including commissions of any kind, remains with the artist. This means that I maintain ownership of all rights to the images. To learn more about how this applies to paintings commissioned for decorative purposes/display in your home, please visit the Commissions page.
For any work commissioned for editorial or business purposes, it is possible to come to a licensing agreement that clearly states what your fee includes beyond the actual creation of the art.
How does licensing work?
Licensing artwork means that you are paying for specific use of the image. It does not mean you own the image or original, although this can be negotiated at a higher fee.
Typically, the fee is dependant on what you intend to use the image for (i.e. branding, promotion etc), how long you will be using it, and where you will be using it (i.e. print, website, etc).
I follow industry standards for my quotes.