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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Old Timer

The reference photo for this painting was taken by Doug Swinton. He has a whole box of photos that he lets students use. I loved the contrast of dark and light as well as the vertical boards on the barn. One of the ways Doug explains what he is teaching is to paint right on the photograph (light colour on barn front etc.). It was Doug's suggestion to paint the barn boards with thicker paint pushing the brush down. He also helped me with the edging of my trees.

"Old Timer"
11" x 14" Oil on board
# 20129016  $150 unframed

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Calgary Sketch Club October 2016 Juried Show

I had so much fun at this show last weekend, even had some surprise visitors. These 3 paintings were juried into the show and the large one on the right sold as a Christmas present. It was so nice to meet the Mom and Daughter and know it was going to a wonderful home as a gift from a loving Mom.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Memories Of The Moment - first solo show

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               I am so excited that I am having my first solo show in the Armstrong Spallumcheen Museum and Art Gallery. My work is in the "Freeze" gallery and Return To The Source is in the gallery beside mine. Carolyn and I drove to the opening reception and were surprised by my sister Shannon (from Kelowna) and her friend Bernie. The show has 25 of my plein air paintings (outdoors, painted on location) and runs until November 5. If you are in the area please stop by, the gallery is open 10a.m. until 4p.m. Some of my location photos are below.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Alberta Culture Days

I enjoyed an extended morning/early afternoon at the Leighton Centre outside of Calgary. It was Alberta Culture Days and I had a chance to learn about leather tooling & painting, pottery and made a felting lady bug!

I set my easel up in front of the Leighton Centre to enjoy painting a very small part of a very large view. They had painting demo's going on inside the Leighton Centre and I enjoyed hearing the sounds of talking without hearing actual words. One of the demo/activies was put on by Isabel Porto (Perceptual Drawing on a clear skin put on the windows). People looked out the window and drew what they could see by basically tracing the outline. It was very cool to try, watch and look at when done. The fun part for me is when I went inside, I could see myself drawn by a number of people at different heights. You can see me painting in my blue coat.

Photos courtesy of Isabel Porto (thanks!), drawings courtesy of a lot of people enjoying themselves at the Leighton Centre, Alberta Culture Days.

Leighton View, Alberta Culture Days
10" x 8" plein air