Thursday, 16 August 2018

Nature's Gift

Nature's Gift
14" x18" - acrylic on canvas - sold

In June a friend commissioned a smallish landscape painting for a mutual friend who was retiring from teaching. This is the finished work.  I didn't set out to use such a warm and predominantly pink palette. It resulted from starting with a magenta coloured ground, and as I painted I realized how much I was liking the base colour, so began to vary it but maintain it too. My friend who commissioned the painting was very happy with it, and our friend who received it was thrilled. And so am I that it worked out so well.


Wednesday, 15 August 2018

where there is a will there is a way

where there is a will there is a way
10" x 10" - acrylic on canvas - $65.
This is the first painting I started last week, using my left/non dominant hand.  However, as it came together I could also use my right hand with mostly wrist movement and small brush marks. 
Computer dictation functions have helped me write this post. 
The scene It is based on a photo I took last summer at our cabin up north, a place I would love to be. 



Tuesday, 14 August 2018

better days ahead

better days ahead
12" x12" - acrylic on canvas - $65.

It's now five weeks since my fall and I recently decided to try to paint with acrylic on small canvases propped on the table and therefore using my wrists more than large shoulder and arm movements. And of course I worked carefully and for not long periods of time. So over the course of several days this is what I finished. I was quite please with the result and I had a good time too! It's based on a portion of a photo I took many years ago while traveling on Prince Edward Island. The colour palette is my own. Cheers! 

Thursday, 9 August 2018

left handed drawing and painting



It has been almost 3 months since my last post in mid April. A long time I know, but, I was working on several canvases through May and June, and then almost 5 weeks ago sh*&#*&% happened. I fell in a stupid accident and broke both of my arms!!!! I am past the worst of it now, casts have been replaced with braces and I have started physiotherapy. I am able to move my wrists, and arms in limited ways. For a number of reasons my left arm is healing faster than my right (dominant) one, but I am optimistic and expect a full recovery in the future.
                                        
Last week, I needed some art therapy, so I finally started drawing, using my left/non-dominant hand and then added some water color paint. It felt so good to do both after what seemed like an eternity. The results are above.

The three sketchbook paintings below are ones I did before the accident, using a similar technique. 
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Saturday, 14 April 2018

Marsh on the 118


Marsh on the 118
12" x 36" - acrylic on canvas - SOLD

Every year on our drive to and from our cottage in Haliburton, we go past this view along the188 East, and every year I take photos, and several have inspired paintings. Here is the (cropped) photo.....



In this, the latest painting, I used a different and challenging (for me) format - the wide horizontal canvas - and interpreted the scene in a more painterly and less stylized manner. I was really happy with the finished painting.
A close-up view of the left portion gives a better view.




And the previous paintings based on this photo....

(sold)

(sold)









Monday, 9 April 2018

Sunny Day, Provence

Sunny Day, Provence
acrylic on canvas - 18" x 14" - $65

Several years ago I discovered a site that offered week-long painting sojourns in Provence  - the dream holiday for a landscape painter, foodie, market-shopper and confirmed francophile. This painting was inspired by a scene near where I stay there, and is one I did last year as a workshop demonstration piece. The workshop was about how to experiment with landscape space and abstraction through simplification of forms. 
Here's to sunshine and spring!





Sunday, 8 April 2018

Collage 'Scape 5


Collage 'Scape 5
mixed media: acrylic & rice papers on canvas - 16" x 20" - $90

This work is the last of a group of landscapes created through layering acrylic paint and decorative rice papers on canvas, to build the image. 
The subject is olive trees.  
Thanks for looking - have a great day.