Saturday, July 13, 2019

First Loves


First Loves
8x10"
Mixed Media on Birch Panel
Painting #269 - Actually, I did this painting in June but forgot to post it. I created it for my brother who is getting married today!!! He loves his Harvey and of course the new lady in his life, Cheryl.

Let Go


Let Go
10x10"
Mixed Media on Birch Panel
Paining #268 - This painting was inspired by a photo I took of down town Calgary. Again, its loose. I have realized that I have a lot to learn about blue pigments. I had great difficulty achieving the blues I wanted for this painting.

Walk a Bright Path


Walk a Bright Path
12x6"
Mixed Media on Birch Panel
Painting #267 - I'm still using my new app. to manipulate my photos. It helps me paint in a loose manner, which I like. This work was inspired from a photo I took at Prince's Island in Calgary

Be Still


Be Still
8x6"
Mixed Media on Birch Panel
Painting # 266 - Finally, I'm back in the studio! I found an interesting app and I'm using it to inspire new paintings. This work was created from a picture I took at St. Patrick's Island in Calgary.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Dance on the Promenade


Dance on the Promenade
20x30"
Mixed Media on Birch Panel
Painting #265 - This painting is inspired by the song, Promenade by the Fragments. The drums lead the listener into a ChaCha type melody. The song is uplifting and makes me want to dance.

Loess Interpreted


Loess Interpreted
30x36"
Mixed Media on Birch Panel
Painting #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

Praire Gem


Prairie Gem
10x10"
Mixed Media on Board
Painting #263 - Well, this will be my last painting of the year. My teaching career has sucked so much of my energy and I didn't paint as much as I would have like to. Oh well, 2019 is a new year!

Chill Out


Chill Out
10x10"
Mixed Media on Board
Painting #262 - I was trying to achieve a very "cold" painting so I kept it monochromatic. I'm not sure if I succeeded because I feel some warmth when I look at it.

Reach Beyond


Reach Beyond
12x36"
Mixed Media on Board
Painting #261 - Still exploring the landscape. I need to work on my leaves in the foreground. It will come!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Breathe


Breathe
30x10"
Mixed Media on Board
Painting #260 - A colleague gave me this photo and another colleague asked me if I would be interested in participating in a canola field exhibition. So thus, here is my canola field painting!

Have a Seat


Have a Seat
24x12"
Mixed Media on Board
Painting #259 - It's glorious to work from a photo! While out for a walk I captured this scene and was eager to paint it. I'm still focused on "subtracting the light" and using single pigment paints.

Presence


Presence
10x10"
Mixed Media on Board
Painting #258 - Still focusing on "subtracting the light". It's hard to think backwards ... I'm used to adding the light at the end of my painting journey!

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Rainbow Ridge Babe


Rainbow Ridge Babe
8x10"
Mixed Media on Board
Painting #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.

Trust


Trust
12x6"
Mixed Media on Board
Painting #256 - Still experimenting. Did I mention that I'm using a whole new palette of single pigment paints? I'll continue to trust the process! Just wondering ... should I bring my edges in closer to the tree?

Friendship


Friendship
12x6"
Mixed Media on Board
Painting #255 - I'm just continuing on this journey. I don't mind this painting. I think my leaves look rich.

Patience


Patience
20x6"
Mixed Media on Board
Painting # 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


Take a Risk
20x6"
Mixed Media on Board
Painting #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

Connect


Connect
7x5"
Mixed Media on Board
Painting #252 - Small and quick AND, I think I've found my new challenge!!! I'll share in the next post ... it's about subtracting the light!

Passion


Passion
12x6"
Mixed Media on Board
Painting #251 - Continuing with small and quick and trying to improve my clouds.

Peace


Peace
7x5"
Mixed Media on Board
Painting #250 - Again, painting small and quick. This painting was fun to do.

The Journey


The Journey
6x8"
Mixed Media on Board
Painting #249 - I had just been cross-country skiing with friends. It was a glorious day. I'm just continuing to paint small and quick until I find a new challenge, goal or pathway in my painting journey.

Relax


Relax
12x16"
Mixed Media on Board
Painting #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


Sparkles and Me
8x8"
Mixed Media on Board
Painting #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!