Friday, 17 April 2015

Woman in the Blue Dress

Woman in the Blue Dress
13" x 12"  -  acrylic on acrylic paper
Each winter I usually get to an Open Life Drawing session and come away with (I think!) some interesting drawings of the female figure. Then I look at them and wonder what else I can do with them. Some become studies for small paintings on canvas, some find themselves worked into collages. This one of 'Molly' was one such drawing that I came across recently while cleaning up my studio, and I decided to just paint away and see what happens. This is what happened; good fun.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Think Spring: two versions

I love hyacinths in a pot, especially the purple ones - their fragrance fills a room and reminds one of earth and spring. However, I have never painted them as the small individual florets that make up the flower head seemed too detailed for me, until now. I actually enjoyed drawing the floret details, which became somewhat obscured in the painting, but provide enough to suggest the flower. As the thick flower stem usually falls over with time, I managed to get to it before that happened and chose a close-up and looking down perspective, contrasting the vertical leaves with the strong stem diagonal. Whenever I work on paper I have the added bonus of being able to crop the finished painting if I think I can find a better composition - and below you see the two versions - the whole composition including some lemons, and a cropped version. Unfortunately, I can't make up my mind as to which I like better, so I will just leave it for now. Think Spring!
Original Version 1 -  21" X 17"
'Cropped' Version 2 - 18" x 15"

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Feeling a little 'Sheepish'

A sheep photo in my collection, caught my eye, especially its 'dreads' (or is that 'dreds'?) and inspired today's easel offering......... 
10" x 10.5"  acrylic on archival paper  $45

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Jack, another rabbit

I have gone through 'animal painting phases' - featuring cows, sheep, dogs, even a few chickens - and now have discovered rabbits - not the cute cuddly ones - but hares and jack rabbits - like this one. I love the ears on these guys, and the opportunity for palette play.

12" x 10"  acrylic on archival paper  $45

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Happy Easter

8.5" x 8"  -   watercolour & pastel on watercolour paper  -  $25

12" x 9"  - watercolour& pastel on watercolour paper - $25

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Dog Portraits

12" x 12"  acrylic on canvas  SOLD

12" x 12"  acrylic on canvas  SOLD

I have a black labrador named Molly and I have taken many pictures of her over the twelve years we have been her humans and many have inspired dog-centered paintings. Friends have seen these and over the years asked me to paint their animals too - mostly dogs and the occasional cat. Rosie and Jasper are two such commissioned works I recently finished. Rosie is a Doberman (with all of her ears) and Jasper is an award-winning English Setter. It was a nice break from abstracts and landscapes. 

Saturday, 21 March 2015

The Beguine - Water Reflections Abstract Six

The Beguine - Water Reflections Abstract Six
24" x 30"  acrylic on canvas  $400

This is the third abstract I worked on this past week, based on a detail from a photo of water reflections, re-imagined as a composition of shapes, lines and colours. Not wanting to just call these works 'abstract number....etc', I have also titled them with the name of a dance. In each case I think the style of dance specified relates to the mood evoked by each painting. If you imagine the way the paint brush moves over the canvas energized by the dance steps and  music usually associated with the dance you will understand what I mean. I hope. Take a watch and listen here.  I am really happy with how this and the others have turned out - and have one more on my easel.