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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Spring Joy

"Spring Joy"
16" x 12"   Oil on canvas board

This painting was a joy to paint. The reference photo was from my friend Sue. She may not recognize it as I altered it a lot! The feeling and idea of a fresh spring "newness" was on my mind as I painted this. Fresh beginnings for both nature and to nurture.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Al Fresco

"Al Fresco"
9" x 12"   Oil on canvas

This painting was aptly named by my sister-in-law Tammy. I have found a wonderful resource for naming my paintings in Tammy, Darcy and Evan! The resource photo was taken on a trip to Besalu Spain. It was in this very old walled city with it's huge, heavy, very thick doors which miniaturized all the furniture around it in the courtyard.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Sue's View

"Sue's View"
12" x 9"  Oil on canvas
This painting is based on a photo my friend Sue took of her garden with a view of the Little Shuswap Lake behind. Their cabin is in Chase, B.C. Sue's specialty is photography and I love the angles and views she photographs. Not only do I have approval to paint her photos, she also gives me a calendar that I write my art activities and use the photos as inspiration, a wonderful gift from a wonderful friend.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Hiking Back To Town

"Hiking Back To Town"
18" X 22" Oil on board

The reference for this painting was after a hike through El Charco in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico taken on our way out. The sky was lit up and the house blended right into the coloured grasses, it was spectacular.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Country Lane and Isolated Drive

"Country Lane"
8" x 10" Oil on canvas board

"Isolated Drive"
8" x 10" Oil on canvas board

These paintings were both done with a reference photo of Doug Swinton's. I was trying to give them a different feel and changing up the trees. Once again the lesson for me was in value (that is one of the many reasons I took Doug"s class!).

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

1 Reference Photo, 3 Paintings

These 3 paintings were all done using the same reference taken by Doug Swinton. I was trying different values, shapes and colours to see what effects and how different I can make them. I decided to keep them all with realistic colours. I enlisted my relatives: Evan, Tammy and Darcy to come up with names for about 10 paintings that I had completed (a huge thank you). They came through and I am all caught up with the naming, it is a tougher job than you would think!

"Off Trail"
8" x 10" Oil on canvas board

"Fall Walk"
8" x 10" Oil on canvas board

"Ode To Autumn Vision"
 8" x 10" Oil on canvas board

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Antique Reflection

"Antique Reflection"
Acrylic on board
12" x 14"

I don't usually paint landscapes in acrylic but had attended an acrylic workshop on colour and composition and decided to try what I had learned. The colours are not realistic, very different but still "reads" correct as the values are correct. I really enjoyed working in acrylic for a change and loved that I did not have to wait long for it to dry before layering another colour on top. I loved the effect the acrylic paint worked into the reflections, so different from my oil paintings.