Monday, 25 May 2020

Divas

Divas
3' x 5' - acrylic on canvas - $800
I have had two 3'x 5' canvases for several years but never found a subject and composition that excited me until recently. My idea was to create two different but related paintings of abstracted tulips. I used to paint a lot of tulips and loved how expressive they became as they aged. The first tulip painting is not finished because while working on it I realized how I wanted the second one to look and I couldn’t wait to get going.  I love how it turned out and I am excited to push some of these visual ideas further using similar subject matter. As for the first painting I am re-thinking it. 

Some details...






Wednesday, 6 May 2020

On the Road in New Zealand



Well, it has been a very long time since my last post in mid December and so much has happened since then! That's probably an understatement.

My year began with a wonderful two month trip travelling through New Zealand in both a camper van and then by car. I think we drove on every road exploring both the North and the South Islands and had great fun, met wonderful people, ate and drank superb food and wine, and were constantly blown away by the spectacular scenery. My 3000+ photos really don't do justice to the beauty of that country. I didn't really have much opportunity to paint while travelling but everyone in a while I got out my watercolour paints and some paper and did what I could . Better than nothing but oh how I missed my studio! 
Below are a few small works, studies and fun pieces done while away. 










Sunday, 15 December 2019

Flash Drive

Flash Drive
16" x 16" - acrylic on paper - $65
This abstract was inspired by photos taken from the (passenger) car window and my memories of driving north to our cabin in the Haliburton region of Ontario. Hence the title is not referencing a 'USB drive', but the quick image that sticks in your brain - the 'flash' of the landscape seen on the 'drive'.  

Saturday, 14 December 2019

Dance Party

Dance Party
20" x 20" - acrylic on canvas - $400
Once this landscape began to take shape and I found the 'right' palette of colours - pinks, oranges, yellows and dark blue for oomph - the composition came alive with the rhythmic arrangement of brush marks (using my square tip flat paint brush). I love the finished painting and it just looks and feels like a dance party to me. 
Below are a couple of details. Enjoy!

detail

detail

Friday, 13 December 2019

Squaresville

Squaresville
16" x 16" - acrylic on paper - SOLD
Playing with arrangements of squares using a warm/hot palette, my antidote for the white winter ahead (and perhaps already present where you are?). Lots of paint layers and hints at what lies beneath each.



Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Island Sunset

Island Sunset
16" x 16" - acrylic on canvas - $65
Part memory, part imagination, part colour exploration....


 a closer 'detail' look 

Saturday, 7 December 2019

Phoenix Rising

Phoenix Rising
30" x 30" - acrylic on canvas - $475

I did not intend to paint a 'bird', even a mythical bird. My intent was to create an active, energetic painting surface with (brush) marks using a red/pink/yellow palette - and beyond that - just see what developed. I think I sometimes have a tendency to 'overpaint', trying to perfect something, when really what I want and love is the spontaneity and energy that appears at the beginning of the painting process. Thus my second intent was to stop early enough and keep the energy visible. I did that here and I am really happy with the final work!
The title literally popped into my head as I studied it. Despite it not being a work based on an identifiable subject, the composition - the arrangement of colours and marks - suggested a surge of upward movement and flight. This particular title has been one used recently in our family as we re-build our summer cabin that burned down last year. It literally is rising from the ashes and with it, a sense of renewal. I am hoping that sense of renewal is felt here too.