Tuesday, June 18, 2013
I finished a painting I started at the Brian Atyeo workshop. This is acrylic,15 x 30 inches and untitled at the moment.
I also did another clip of Brian's Jazz demo with Louis Armstrong singing 'What a wonderful world'...I didn't want to waste his beautiful song so I filled the rest with some pictures of our group dinner and various other shots I took around the area.
It was a wonderful week and chalk full of information and energy. Brian is a wonderful teacher has a great ability to know exactly what each individual needs. Each day he did a morning demo and although I tried a few of his techniques, I decided it best for me to paint the way I paint. Even though I was frustrated at times, I'm glad he pushed me. I came away a better painter...in my opinion.
I hope you enjoy this little clip
Monday, June 17, 2013
acrylic 15 x 30 inches
I don't have much time to write, but I wanted to share Brian Ayteo's second day painting demonstration.(an amateur clip of stills I shot).
Also my warm up... a painting done the evening before the workshop started, at River Rock Studio outside Cochrane Alberta.
Friday, June 14, 2013
acrylic, 24 x 30, "Where Magic Happens",
I just arrived back from a five day intensive advanced acrylic session with the talented Brian Ayteo. I'm exhausted and my brain is full, so here is just a peek of what I've been up to. ( the beginning of my new series ). Once I have wound down, I will be using this blog to post many of my exciting experiences...so stay tuned!
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
I'd been dreading starting this commission,even though I've done nothing but think about it for the past month. But actually,it came together quite nicely and quickly too. I had painted a vertical waterfall painting and the client loved it,especially the colors...but she wanted it horizontal. Tricky. I hope she likes it.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
acrylic 8 x 16 inches
I've been working on a couple of small landscape studies,getting ready for some larger works I promised in June. I also have a commission and a week long workshop with Brian Ateyo this month. May was a relaxing month for me and I enjoyed the family time, now it's time to clean up the studio and get back to work!
Monday, May 27, 2013
I am enjoying a little break with my sister and brother-in-law from New Brunswick, and my brother's 50th Birthday party. I had time though, to finish these two little animal paintings. June is going to be a busy month for me...I must try and get back into a schedule.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
A couple of bear portraits. These animals are fun to do and helpful when I'm in a state of flux and indecisiveness. Instead of pondering and worrying, I keep my fingers and mind busy, knowing my uneasiness will eventually pass. Acrylic 12 x 12 inches 'Bearishly Shy' and 'Forebearing'
Monday, May 13, 2013
acrylic 20 x 28 inches
Ok, so I took a lot of artistic liberties with this one, by pumping up the reds. But they really do exist. The following is my reference photo and some others just to show the reds are alive at Vermilion lakes.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
acrylic 24 x 30
We were recently in Jasper,staying at the Jasper Park Lodge ( where my gallery is located ). The lodge is on the beautiful Lac Beauvert. There is a path around the lake, and on this particular afternoon the ever changing brilliant colors of the lake were spectacular! Just a few patches of snow and ice remained and it was such a peaceful sunny day.
Friday, April 26, 2013
Something wasn't quite right. I wasn't happy with it. It was either not finished or something was wrong. If it doesn't feel right ...trust your instincts. I worked on it another hour or so this morning and I'm much happier now.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Acrylic 24 x 30
Another version of Elbow Falls ( different time of day). I'm revisiting a few earlier paintings but not because I've run out of ideas or new material. I have various reasons. I like the subject and feel I haven't exhausted the possibilities. I like to see how different my approach is and have I varied my techniques. Do I still remember how I painted it? I like to compare to see if I have learned or can improve anything. Can I make one cool and the other warm. Can I recreate the same spontaneity and feel. Do I have the same palette etc.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Acrylic,30 x 30,
My husband and I are making a trip to Jasper on Sunday, travelling along my favorite highway. We will pass this scene of Parker Ridge,and hopefully, I will be able to convince him to stop,so I can surrender myself to it's beauty! So, I thought it only fitting that I paint Parker Ridge in anticipation.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
acrylic 30 x 60 inches. Light Along 40 Mile Creek,Banff,
Ok, the urban scenes were starting to frustrate me and after spending 8 hours in a 'Paint Till You Drop' ( live models), event this weekend, I decided to paint another larger version of one of my favorite landscape paintings...and it sure felt good to bring out my large palette knife and attack the canvas! Bringing me back into my comfort zone calmed me down. I like to venture back and forth.
The paint till you drop,was a lot of fun, even after my dismal painting attempts. I'm looking forward to the next one and will be better prepared. For those wishing to see some of the work,go to the facebook event page here
Saturday, April 13, 2013
'Lessons',acrylic 8 x 16 inches.
My winter trip to Whistler last year was incredible. We had never been,and we don't ski,but my gallery is there so we had to visit. it was a beautiful weekend,full of sunshine and warm weather. it was quite the dichotomy watching the skiers while having lunch outside with a few passersby in shorts. We did the Sky to Sky and must have looked quite out of place but no one paid us any attention. I took hundreds of photos with the intention of doing some 'ski paintings'. I thought I'd share a couple. My husband is the one who is definitely out of place in the photo below.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
I'm taking a short break from my usual landscapes and putting down the palette knife. I'm going to be working on some urban scenes for an upcoming FCA show. I'm also going to be painting some animals and figurative work.
My solo show was a huge success with Mountain Galleries. Aimee and John did such an amazing job of setting up the show.! Many Thanks!
'Toward The Light',acrylic 12 x 12
'Hazy Day At The Pub'
16 x 12,acrylic
This painting would have been a lot more successful had I not stuck the figure smack in the middle of the canvas...I'm not sure how I'm going to fix this yet.
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
'Griffth Woods Still',acrylic 12 x 12 inches
'Griffth Woods Stroll',acrylic 10 x 20 inches
My two smaller efforts for yesterday and this morning. I had trouble sleeping so I was up and painting in the studio at 6 am, after my morning tea and websites updates. I tried to be bolder with my palette knife strokes and not adjust them too much. These were both reference from my winter stroll through a portion of Griffith Woods near Discovery Ridge in Calgary. I definitely need to explore that park more often.
Monday, March 25, 2013
acrylic 24 x 36,
My husband says this is different for me. I really enjoyed my walk up Fish Creek with this perspective and the light casting a turquoise glow. The water was almost black and I kept walking towards the light.
It was really hard to photograph though.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
I'm glad I added leaves to the trees but I think I made the right decision to keep them in shadow. I didn't want to shift the focal area,and by making them pop I felt I would do just that. Above is with and without leaves and the original reference photo. Below are two stages of the painting in progress.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Monday, March 18, 2013
'The Rush Behind',acrylic 36 x 60 inches
This was referenced from a photo taken during my visit to Jasper last May. This is the bottom of Tangle Falls,one of my favorites to paint. I must be in a red bush mood lately. Below is a 20 x 20 I did during a break at the Michael O'Toole workshop.