Saturday, 20 February 2016

abstract landscape?

48x52 acrylic on canvas

So this was my first stab at a large scale abstract landscape painting. I started off with a general design idea, from some photos I had near the Milk River in Alberta.  Abstract is much harder to do well than you might think it is.  Colour and design become super important, and currently I haven't got the colours right, with green always being a hard colour to get a handle on.  I think I will try a new layer of paint and see what happens! 

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Variety - spicing up life

 I have had a fair bit of variety in the art life lately.  I am enjoying my pottery class and am working on a large platter / tapas dishes at home.  I had a number of paintings framed and have hung them around the house.   I am so glad I found a local frame shop that I really like - Kamena Gallery - highly recommend them.  Prior to this I was ordering ready made frames from a place in Kelowna, but that was a bit tricky as I had to do the finishing myself which didn't always look totally professional. The two pieces below are paintings I completed and had framed.
Hot Spring Island
Framed - Oil on Canvas 12x24

Prairie Sky
24x40 Oil on Canvas
I have a smaller oil painting on the go and am about to attack a large scale abstract landscape painting.  The planning phase has been fairly long - choosing a design, colours and knowing that it is supposed to end up being 3 long narrow paintings (triptych), ensuring I lay it out just right.  I am anxious to see what happens but it should be fun!
Planning a large abstract 48x56

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Eggstremly Slow Painting

The start

My set up still life

half-way done

So I am not posting this one on the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge, simply because it is not finished.  I was painting painfully slow today, interruptions occurring.  

I am trying to paint this on a piece of what I thought was gessoed paper with oil paints.  The way the paper is sucking up the paint I think it may not be fully gessoed.  I have fallen in love with the toast and the egg yolk, but the plate is my enemy right now.  I will try to finish this tomorrow.

Saturday, 23 January 2016


Quick oil painting on wood panel.  Not thrilled with this one, as I was focusing on the sky and didn't think enough about design.  Also, using my iPhone to photograph all my work is not the best method - I used a red / green for the trees and the little cabins in this painting were shades of brown / red - it all looks black in the photo.  One for the fire pit, ah well.

It is day 23 and I am about 13 paintings behind on the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge!  Not sure if I will be able to catch up unless I go all crazy next week and ignore children and home and FOCUS!!!!

Friday, 22 January 2016

Switching gears

So, I have to say I really love painting.  I have been working on a couple of paintings in the evenings,  and I may end up posting them here if they turn out decently.  However... I had a hankering to try something new and am taking another pottery class and about once a week I try to mess around on the wheel I bought off Kijiji.  The photo is a sample of some pieces I did.  

Pottery is great - it's tactile and functional and I still get to paint the pieces I finish.  However, it's costly and creates a big mess, and when it gets below -20 around here, my garage is not the most inviting place to be as it sits just above 0 degrees on those cold days.  I don't think I will give up painting, but I may just want to incorporate the two and work on some more decorative, painted pottery bits once I get the hang of it. 

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Day 19 - Painting 9

Oil on 9x12 Wood panel

Quick and dirty still life oil painting for Day 19 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days .

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Second try in oils

Painted over yesterday's acrylic with oils and lightened up the sky and foreground.