Thursday, 15 November 2018

French Trees are so Chic

French Trees are so Chic
12" x 12" acrylic on canvas  $65
This is a variation on a theme, meaning, I have painted this subject before, varying the colour palette, size and format of the surface, brush stroke and ov erall interpretation. Think comfort food for the art soul. The subject is based on a number of photos I have taken of olive trees in the south of France. I did not get there this year so I am indulging in my memories and taking comfort in familiar shapes and ideas! 

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Oppede-le-Vieux and painting

11.5 x 11" - acrylic on paper - $45

Wow, four months have passed since my last post....painting after arm and shoulder injuries has been a trial but things are improving. I have said this before, prematurely, but I see some light, Yeah!

It's a case of 'balance' in every meaning of the word: physical, mental, emotional and when it comes to the 'act of painting' - deciding where and how to position the surface (paper or canvas) so that one's neck and painting arm/hand are not stressed. And of course restricting the amount of time spent painting, which for me is really hard. I am not one of those people who need to do laundry or clean house before painting, LOL. 

At this point I need to paint 'small' and in shorter bursts of time which I think is helping to stay loose and painterly. This work is based on many photos from some plein air painting time in a sweet little village called Oppede-le-Vieux in Provence. And I had fun, as you can probably tell, with the palette. 
I am really happy with this one, and hope you like it too!
Have a great day.

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 - SOLD
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 - SOLD

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. 

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....