Sunday, April 21, 2019
Mixed Media on Birch PanelPainting #264 - My artwork is inspired by the song Loess, by The Fragments. Loess immediately resonated with me. Its melody inspires a sense mystery as do the lyrics, which personify soil. Through this project, I learned that a loess is formed by the accumulation of wind-blown silt, and its soils are among the most fertile in the world.
After repeatedly listening to the song, I was motivated by the story about the earth’s land. I’ve never considered the life of soil and how it constantly moves, settles, accumulates, and takes shape. It’s like there’s a secret world that lives within our landscapes. I felt the melody reiterated this idea and that’s what I wanted to capture in my painting.
I chose blue tones to depict a mysterious mood and used mostly an analogous colour scheme of yellow, green and blue. I loosely blocked in the sky, land and trees. In the foreground, I painted bands of colour in different widths to represent layers of soil. This is also where I would capture the movement of the music and the land. From this stage, the painting took on a life all of its own. I aspired to let the song feed my art and to remain open, receptive and responsive to the moment. A constant challenge was ensuring my piece looked unified. I knew I was finished when the feeling of my painting fit the tone of the song.
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Sunday, June 24, 2018
Rainbow Ridge Babe
Mixed Media on BoardPainting #257 - My friends who call their home, Rainbow Ridge Ranch sent me this picture of a baby moose they saw on their property. I though he/she would be fun to paint. I didn't use my new process for this one.
Mixed Media on BoardPainting # 254 - I will have to be patient with myself as I learn this new process. I forgot to mention in my last post that I'm only using single pigment paints too. WHAT - no more mixing paints!! I use a layering process. I've always glazed but this is much different .... its that "subtracting the light" thing!
Take a Risk
Mixed Media on BoardPainting #253 - I'm trying something new - its called "subtracting the light". Its very challenging because I have to plan out my whole painting before I begin. I would call myself an intuitive painter so this is very different for me. I admire David Langevin's work and I read his blog about his process. I'm hoping to achieve more light and vibrance in my work.
Monday, April 30, 2018
Mixed Media on BoardPainting #248 - I was feeling "stuck" and didn't know what to paint. I did some reading about painters block and the following statement got me to pick up my brush, "You always have something in your head, just paint it". I let go of trying to figure out what to paint, found a photo for inspiration, and just painted. It is what it is!
Sunday, January 28, 2018
Sparkles and Me
Mixed Media on BoardPainting #247 - I had so much fun painting this picture of my sister-in-law and me. We were in the Caribbean and bought the same Micheal Kors sunglasses. My brother took the photo in black and white with only our glasses containing colour. It just had to be painted!
Sunday, December 17, 2017
Pathway to the Elbow River
Mixed Media on BoardPainting #246 - It sure is a lot easier to create a painting from a photograph. Usually, I create my landscapes from memory and feeling but I had a reference photo for this piece. This painting is my last for 2017 and marks my 30th piece of the year! Whew, I didn't think I was going to meet that goal this year. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Sparkles Along the Bow River
Mixed Media on BoardPainting #244 - I didn't plan on painting my tree this way, however, this is what I got. I like the addition of rhinestones in the piece. The whole painting lights up when the sun hits it!