11" x 11" - acrylic and pastel on canvas paper - $30
I tried to work the brush marks in this little painting, wanting them to just stand up and be more visible, and then added soft pastel lines on top of that for a little more expression. I really like the result, and have to say that the painting 'in life' is much richer in terms of colour and depth than what the camera (and photographer) was able to capture, unfortunately.
This is a view I have loved over many years, usually seen from our little boat as we travel to our cottage by water. The small island has been owned by the same family for over 50 years. I have painted this view before but I think this is the most successful yet.
I have wanted to paint a garden of holly hocks for some time. I love the way their stems stand up straight and tall, with the flowers and buds forming in vertical rows. That is how this composition and painting started out, with some very stylized flower heads in vertical rows, looking like holly hocks, drawn on a black ground (for some added colour depth).
As for the title, well that's just what it feels like to me - a carpet of flowers. It's day 16 in the Challenge.
This was a fun one to paint. It started out in a fairly basic way, inspired by one of my photos, and then it looked too boring, so I began to work intuitively, adding and extending lines and shapes, breaking areas down into smaller shapes, flattening perspective, eliminating reality, and pushing expressive colour. Maybe I will try a larger one like this sometime.
This painting was inspired by a detail from a photo I took in Brittany in May - hence the French title meaning Green Landscape. I loved the shape of the distant trees and that strip of green yellow, and the variety of grasses and vegetation in the foreground and focused on those elements in the painting.
This is day 11 in the 30 in 30 challenge, and I have to say it's going well and I'm having fun. I loved working on this little one and flinging paint, carefully, and am really pleased with the final effect.
11" x 14" - acrylic on archival canvas paper - $30
It has been a relatively cool summer where I have been for the last few months and I was feeling in need of some heat - visual heat that is - and that called for a hot palette of pinks, magenta, yellows, and turquoise.
The challenge continues, and so does the painting fun! I am having more fun with this whole thing than I did in January, and am giving myself permission to try some things that I never seem to have time for.
The actual painting is dark in value, but what is difficult to see here are the transparent layers of rich colour in the lighter pink-purple hill area - which is really quite lovely, if I do say so myself.
It's day six in the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge, and here is what I have to show for it. I will admit that I have used this composition before, nonetheless, this one is using a different palette......lots of reds, and magentas....think autumn.
This is day four's painting in the 30 in 30 challenge. It started out looking a little more realistic but then some 'fixing, editing and changing" became necessary, and this stylized, over-the-top colour was the result. Good fun on a rainy overcast Labour Day Monday. Hope the sun is shining where you are! Cheerio.
It's day 2 in the challenge, and it seems easier to stick with subject matter I know, like 'trees in a landscape', than to delve into something else. Here is today's effort, with a focus on abstract shapes. Cheers!
The Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days challenge is on again, starting today, September 1st. I participated in a similar challenge in January, and the challenge was to complete something and post it each day of the month.
I have been thinking about how to make this easier for myself and thought that I might explore different themes, styles and techniques. And despite that thinking I painted 'a tree in a field' landscape. But it was fun and I like it the result. Will see what happens tomorrow.....
Have a fabulous Labour day weekend, wherever you you are.
I have tried to paint this particular view of a small island - it is just trees and some rocks - near my cottage on Redstone Lake in Haliburton, several times. This time, however, I am quite happy with the result. I think the very stylized forms and expressive palette 'work' - and are more interesting than the reality: green trees on a grey lake, with a grey sky and grey-green background hills.
While travelling in Brittany last May, we drove through and stayed in an area near the small 'commune' (think village with a population of 3000+) of La Gacilly. One of our stops to stretch our legs was near this small creek, and I took a number of photos, liking the contrast between the various horizontal 'bands' (of water/reflections, shoreline, land and sky) and the verticals/diagonals of the trees cutting through the space. As the painting evolved the lily pads and reflections in the water became the focus. Below are some of the stages as the work progressed. Good memories and good fun.
In September 2015 we spent a few days touring the Les Iles de la Madeleine - a small archipelago (the red islands in the map below) in the Gulf of the Saint Lawrence, that is part of the Province of Quebec.
As we drove all around the islands we stopped at many of the beaches, not to swim, but to just breathe the ocean air and marvel at the size, isolation and beauty of the them. Some were rugged and some were surrounded by magnificent sand dunes, like these below, the first of which inspired the painting above.
The painting evolved this way......
When I started painting I wasn't sure how much of the magenta ground would ultimately show through. It did however determine the other colours I used, and I really liked what was happening. It is definitely a lively, colourful painting, but for me, reminiscent of good times, and a beautiful pristine spot in the world.
Rocky shorelines, trees, and reflections on water are things I am surrounded by each summer in an area called the Haliburton Highland of Ontario. It is a theme I continue to explore and paint every year. I began this particular painting last summer.
The first version appeared on a rectangular - horizontal canvas, and looked like this (above).
While there were many things I liked about the painting at this point, there were also things I didn't like. I decided to start again but use a square canvas and focus on the areas I thought were the most interesting.
Comparing the 2 pictures above you can see what I maintained in the square version.
I also decided to limit the palette to blues and greens and at this stage really liked the abstract qualities of the landscape space, and ambiguity as to what exactly was depicted.
I continued painting however, and reached this point (above) and it seemed much less exciting. I left it for a few months. At some point last fall I began to tinker with the palette and it looked like this....
and I stopped, not really liking it anymore. In July I decided to give myself and it one more chance and painted a skim of whitish paint over the canvas that left the ghost of the original image. I worked from that but also made changes, re-drew and re-worked the shoreline, background trees and reflected shapes. I came to terms with the palette I wanted. I tried to work quickly and not over work any areas.
I am really happy that I took another stab at this one, and am really happy with the results, especially the richly coloured palette and the arrangement of and contrast between dark and light coloured abstract shapes.
I completed this painting a week ago and am really happy with it. My sister said it 'made her smile'. I love the sense of rhythm and energy in the shape of the tree branches, brush strokes, and of course the bright, intense colours. It makes me smile too. The composition was inspired by a group of pine trees on a small rocky island near my cottage, on a lake in northern Ontario - a subject I have painted several times and interpreted differently each time (see this and this). Below is an acrylic study I did on paper first, followed by some of the progressive stages on canvas. Thanks for looking!
In July I kept returning to my photos taken in Provence searching for subject matter and in particular, olive trees, which I love. (Maybe it's because I really like eating olives, or associate them with Van Gogh, or just see them everywhere in the south.) I chose a photo featuring a group of olive trees, which as you can see, is quite dark, but once 'lightened' seemed like it had potential.
Here are two of the earlier stages.
I was really happy with how this one turned out, and in particular with the palette and stylized foliage.