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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Birthday Cupcake

"Birthday Cupcake"
10" x 8" Oil on canvas board

I made a batch of cupcakes to surprise my friend Karen on her special birthday, dropping them off early in the morning so she could share them at work. One just happened to stay on the plate, ready to paint (and then eat). Thinking of chopping this painting down to the 8" x 8" size below, making a better design.

8" x 8"

Friday, March 25, 2016

Buffalo Painting #2 & #3

" Soaking In The Sun"
Oil painting 8" x 10" on canvas board  #20027216 
Reference photo by Susan L. Hill

"Family Time"
Oil painting 9" x 12" on board  #20028216 
 Reference photo by Susan L Hill

These two paintings were from photo references Janet's Mom Susan took. Just mentioning I would love to paint buffalo, Janet dug into her box of fabulous photos her and her Mom took and generously offered me three! I love being with generous artists (photographic and painters)!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

At Rest - Buffalo painting #1

"At Rest"
8" x 10" Oil on canvas board
Photo reference by Susan L. Hill

I was in my art class and asking about using internet references for painting as I wanted to paint some bison or buffalo and had no photo references myself. As luck would have it, Janet has a treasure box of photos that she and her Mom have taken. Janet said her Mom wouldn't mind me using hers so I am grateful to use Susan L. Hill's photos as references for a series of 3 buffalo paintings.I really enjoyed painting this one and the 8" x 10" size was perfect.

Monday, March 7, 2016

"Just A Few Minutes, We Won't Get Wet"

"Just A Few Minutes, We Won't Get Wet"
12" x 9" Framed Oil Painting
A Silent Auction Donation to the Generations Of Hope Fertility Fundraiser

Painting this was a labour of love. I took the reference photo when I was painting en plein air at the Sicamous Public Beach. These children looked like they must of been travelling as they were not in beach clothes but kept inching further and further into the water. It really reminded me of my kids when they were little and their pleas for just a little more beach time.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

FCA Richard McDiarmid Workshop - "Shared Wisdom"

I painted this acrylic mixed media painting in a FCA Experimental Painting Techniques workshop taught by Richard McDiarmid. On the first day we started with an under-painting, mono-print, stencils, and a whole variety of mark makers that we could find and share in the classroom. The idea was to make various "starts" and backgrounds then Day 2 was to bring it together to finish our paintings.

The variety of subject matter and initial starts was huge. Richard demonstrated various techniques on his own work and then off we went. I really enjoyed the workshop and found myself less tentative the more I worked with the acrylics. It is hard to see in the photo but this painting is very textural. We talked about each person's work and Richard only demonstrated on his own work, preferring to leave our paintings as ours.

"Shared Wisdom"
24" x 18" Acrylic Mixed Media on canvas panel
Totem pole photo reference supplied by Richard McDiarmid