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Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada
Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Continuing work on final Independent painting

I continued to work on my final Independent painting for my painting class.

I smudged the sky with a pale glaze on the lower part of the sky.
I used a stencil and Golden Light Molding Paste to put a row of tree trunks along the horizon line.

My husband made me an easel on a step ladder. It works wonderfully. I found this info somewhere online, "Easel from a Step Ladder: Drill two holes in the front lip of each step of an aluminum step ladder and two more holes (the same distance apart) in an old piece of wooden picture rail. A bolt through each hole of both the rail and the ladder -- bingo, instant easel. Sturdy, cheap, very light, folds up, and hangs in the tool shed".


I painted the tree trunks with greyish browns in several shades, then made the foliage with a piece of sponge dipped in various shades of greens. The bushes under the trees are also made with a sponge. I painted in the lake and pond, just the first coats while I figure out how to make them look 3D.

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