Tuesday, October 11, 2011

I have a website!

I'm now officially a .com. www.tracywandling.com to be exact. Pop over there and take a look.
I'd be interested in feedback, from an artist's point of view.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

I have a show

If anyone who reads this blog is in Vancouver, BC, come on down! Click the picture to see info.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


This painting has taken some time to finish, but I think it was worth it. I'm quite in love with it.
Unfortunately, it is not eligible for the competition I had intended to enter it in. I was informed that "it is a painting competition, not a watercolor competition." Huh? Silly me, all this time I thought watercolor paints were  . . . paints! Who knew?
Enough about that.
This painting is 22x30 inches, painted on Arches watercolor paper
Click to enlarge.

Friday, October 29, 2010

West Coast fauna

The fabulous fauna of the West Coast is inspiring!!

Here's a new one.

15"x22", watercolor on paper

And a couple of close-ups below:

Friday, March 19, 2010


Here is a group of pansy
paintings I did, using last years pansies that had been pulled from the planter. Laying them out on the snow, I fell in love with the beautiful colors and shapes they formed. Click pictures for yummy close-ups!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Holiday Paintings

Spruce and Rose Hips 10"x18.5" Watercolor

Red Fence 12.5"x10" Watercolor

Pine and Rose 12.5"x10" Watercolor

Blue Pot 10"x18.5" Watercolor

As I was fortunate enough to get 2 weeks off over the holidays, I had a lot of time to devote to painting. I did some winter scenes, as we have ample winterness, and am pretty pleased with the outcomes. The weather, which has been down in the -30C range, has been an excellent excuse to stay indoors and create.

Happy New Year Everyone!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Gifts From the Mother II

Here is the next in my "Gifts From the Mother" series.

Gifts From the Mother II
11x15 Watercolor

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Watercolor gems

And just when you thought I was lost forever . . .

This is a painting in a series I have started call Gifts from the Mother. There is a woman in our town who makes the most beautiful jewelry, and I am painting some of her pieces in various natural settings. Great fun, and wonderful colors. And the next ones will have far fewer rocks, believe me!

Gifts From the Mother I
15x18 watercolor on Arches

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

My first little show and sale

Click picture to get a closer look
I was invited to attend a Women's Only ... well it wasn't a craft sale, nor was it an art sale...I was one of only two with original art work...the others sold things like Grandma's Attic, Epicure, and home decor stuff.
At any rate, it was awesome. This is the first time I've had a bunch of my art all together in one place, and got the opportunity to talk about my stuff. I sold some paintings, found people interested in taking my classes, and generally had a great evening. My sister in law was a tremendous help...picking up all my paintings from here and there...loading and unloading...and having a plan for how to set it all up.
So, I have entered the realm of actively selling my art. It is exciting, and I can't wait to do more!
Here's to self-promotion!!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Red leaves on gray watercolor on Arches 15x22"
Click to enlarge
We have had the most spectacular fall that anyone can remember. It is October and we have yet to see snow...a thing unheard of...and it has been unseasonably warm. The leaves have had a long time to show their colors, but now they are mostly on the ground. Still, it has been wonderful, and we are all grateful for the show. This bush in my front yard puts on a particularly beautiful display, going from green to gold to scarlet, with every combination inbetween. Lovely. I have tried to capture some of that beauty...but can we ever really improve on nature? I have yet to manage...but I am pleased with the way it turned out. I have another that I will post later this week.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Watercolors by me

Fall Tree watercolor 8x20
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Dried Flowers watercolor 12x12"
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Dried Flowers watercolor 12x12"
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Another watercolor tree for your viewing pleasure. And two paintings of a lovely dried flower arrangement that my Mom has. The delicate stems and petals attracted me to this set up. I just left the vase, which is a mason jar, as a few pencil lines.

Hope everyone is having a fantastic summer!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Watercolor poplar with yellow leaves

Fall Tree - watercolor 15x22
Click for a better look

I just finished painting this for my friend Doro. Hope she likes it.
Seems like it was just May...and here it is almost the middle of August!! Don't know how that happened.
Soon the kids will be back in school. And I will get to teach more drawing and watercolor classes. Yay! For all of my readers in Dawson Creek, who read but never comment...check out the schedule for classes starting in September at The Naked Canvas. I think my drawing class starts on September 13. Don't wait too long...Barb will cancel it if nobody signs up by the Friday before!!! Get on it now.

Hope everyone is having a fabulous summer!!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

An Introduction and a Watercolor Mandala

Firstly, I would like to introduce my sister's new business and blog. It is called Footprint Management Systems, and she and her partner Judy are involved in the business of "greening". Yep, greening. They teach businesses, societies, what/whomever, how to hold green meetings, events, and whatnot. Cool huh? I'm ever so proud of her, and hope that you will take the time to head over to the blog and say hi. I just set it up yesterday, but they are hoping to get some good conversations going, share what they know, and just generally raise people's awareness. Feel free to link to their blog, and tell your friends! The link to their blog is in my list to the right. The website is still in the works. Stay tuned! (Yeah, how many times have I said that here?! LMAO)

Okay. As for me, here is my latest endeavor. It is a watercolor manadala, and I am pleased so far with how it is turning out. I am not sure if I am going to add more to the outside of the ring of rocks, or just fill in the middle. We'll see how it progresses. Please feel free to leave your thoughts.

Mandala watercolor on Fabriano 18"x18" Click ithe image to get a better view!

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Hey...yeah...I'm still here...

Some lovely little scraps I painted in my front yard. Click to make 'em bigger if ya want.

So I am such a liar, hey? Tomorrow. I meant to post...and then...Well...sometimes tomorrow takes a long time to get here.

Not much news...been busy, busy, busy at work. So much to learn. Designing a website, laying out a book (!), marketing, just stuff, stuff, stuff!!! Great fun.

Just wanted to let ya know I'm still here!!!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Watercolor class in May

So, remember last month sometime, when I taught my first watercolor class?
I finally got the pictures from my framer lady, Audrey. These are the finished paintings that my ladies did. I think they are lovely, and am so proud!

Click on them to expand

Stay tuned tomorrow when I will post a new painting...and pictures from our little street fair on Saturday.

Happy painting!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Lazy Summer Afternoon

Went out to my brother's acreage on Sunday. It's actually only 10 miles or so down the road from me...but I'm in town, and they're not. Lovely. Quiet. You can hear the birds singing, instead of the trucks with their loud exhaust systems, and louder stereo systems. Very nice.

They just got some Alpacas. Not sure why...someone was giving them away, and they said, "Sure. Why not!" So they got 'em. Very odd and cute things they are. The baby's name is Fern. Can't remember the rest. But that baby sure is cute!! And she's the most beautiful reddish brown color.

This is a Tree Face, on a tree in their front yard. Kinda neat hey? The tree is a little bit discolored around the face, 'cause my nephew and his friends shot it with their paintball guns, and then had to scrub it off. Boys will be boys. Shame about that. lol

Of course, I had to get some more tree shots for my tree paintings. Can't just paint the same ol' trees over and over. And a shot of our beautiful blue summer sky. Pretty nice.

And the really fun thing! Baby robins. As I popped my head over the nest, the mouths opened wiiiiiide. But I wasn't quick enough with my camera. Still pretty sweet though. After a few viewings by adults and kids, the robins decided that was enough, and started dive bombing anyone who came near. Of course, it was the boys. Being boys.

And that was my Sunday afternoon. I did try a couple little paintings, but I'm not much good at the en plein aire thing...so I'm not even gonna post them. These pics are much more enjoyable...trust me.

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer!!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Keepin' the brushes wet

Just a few little 5x7s to keep the brushes wet. Not my usual subjects, but they were fun to paint.
Thanks to everyone for all the 'congrats' and 'good luck' messages.
My new job is going beautifully. And I am feeling inspired once again.
Summer has arrived - as evidenced by my sunburned face! My son had a soccer game yesterday, and between him and his dad they had the times aaaaalllll wrong, so we were there and hour and a half early. Way too much sun for my very white, winterized skin!! Ah well, they won the game, so all is not lost.

Another beautiful day today...maybe I'll get outside and paint.

Happy summer!!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Spring! And...the cure for what ails me

Spring has finally sprung here in the north country. The leaves are sprouting, little flowers are bursting forth, and of course I have a fabulous crop of dandelions in my back yard. (Note to self: mow the lawn!)

As for the painting...well...unfinished pieces litter my studio/living room, unattempted ideas float around in my head...and my brushes sit idle...poor things.

But I think I have found the solution. You ever have one of those jobs that just sucks the life out of you, but it is such a well paying job that you feel that leaving would be a really stupid idea? Well, I have one of those jobs. I'm a graphic artist at the local newspaper. It used to be a great job, but...new owners, new management, and it all went out the window. My job pays really well, plus has paid sick days, paid holidays, great benifit package, very secure...all the perks. And so...
I start my new job tomorrow.
Check it out! Don Pettit and Kit Fast are the local photo geniuses in town. The other woman who works there is also an artist, and a really great and fun person. I will get to learn an entirely new graphics program - InDesign - and learn photography, and work on computers that were actually made in this decade, and all kinds of other wonderful things!
The pay starts at quite a bit less than I made at the newspaper, but I figure the lack of stress, learning new things, and working with great people will more than make up for that. (I hope my landlord feels the same way LMFAO!) PLUS! I will get to make art prints and cards for the cost of paper and ink!

And so...onward and upward. Here's hoping I have a lot more creative energy to put into my art, now that my stress load has lessened greatly.

Here are a couple of the unfinished paintings I have staring at me at the moment. The pears and plums are okay, but the plums are already overworked, and they aren't even done yet.
And the trail of petals...well, I'm sure I had a plan for it...but I seem to have forgotten what it was.

Pears and Plums unfinished watercolor 15x20"

Trail of Broken Hearts unfinished watercolor 12x31"

So that's what I've been doin' these days. Far too much fretting, and not nearly enough painting!

Drop me a line...kinda lonely up here...

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Looking back in watercolor

Since I no longer have a camera that works, I am going to throw a few older pieces on here, just to keep things moving. This is a real mish mash of stuff...most have been posted on Wet Canvas at some point. Some I like, some I might revisit...some will just continue to hang out in the 'maybe next time' pile.
I taught my first watercolor class on Saturday. It was fantastically fun, only 4 students, and we all have a great time!
I've wanted to be a teacher since I was a kid. I even went to college to be a teacher. But I soon realized that I was not cut out for teaching in our school system. So I taught my kids. My daughter was reading before she hit kindergarten, and she would come home and we would teach everything she learned at school to her little brother. I have tutored a bit, and I enjoy that. But this art teaching is a kick!! I could really get used to doing this. I've been asked to teach drawing classes at the art gallery this summer. And there is some interest in a portrait drawing class. So I think I'll have plenty of opportunity to enjoy my other love in life. It will sure help pay for my painting addiction!
Oh yeah, I also sold two paintings this weekend! Very nice. They are in the the group below.
I should have some pics from my first class tomorrow. In the meantime, here are a few blasts from the past...

On Second Thought...I'll Just Wait watercolor (Wet Canvas image...I think) sold

Fall Leaves watercolor 8x15" (approx.) sold

Rock Slide watercolor 15x22" sold

Up On The Roof watercolor 15x11" (I think) (Wet Canvas image)

My Suzuki watercolor 22x15"

And that's a wrap!

Happy painting!

Thursday, April 10, 2008


I am so thrilled I can hardly stand myself! Carol Carter posted this on her blog a couple of weeks ago...and I knew the moment I saw it I just had to have it! And now I do!!!!!
It is a beautiful painting...just fills me with joy. Thank you, Carol!
It's called Morph, and it's 15x11.5" of pure bliss.

No new pics today. Still don't have a camera. But, I think I'll just sit and look at this painting all evening. I'm sure to have sweet dreams.

Have a good one.