Saturday, October 30, 2010
... is the last painting for the Christmas in the Country collection. And here it is all prettily packaged and boxed, as per the Leighton Centre's instructions. I deliver this afternoon, and it's a beautiful day for a drive in the country!
Thursday, October 28, 2010
I know I'm beginning to flag when I have to repaint something that usually comes with ease and is a great deal of fun. Sometimes I fall prey to not leaving well enough alone. After the flower was finished I played with the background some more. Big mistake. When you overwork something you can kill it. I did. The background became nearly the same value as the flower, affording no contrast. Redeeming it at this stage was no easy feat. I had to mask out the iris and re-gesso the background before trying again. Personally, I'm a little sick of this painting right now. It needs some time out. Or maybe it's me who does? But, beckoning, on the easel, is another half baked painting ...
When the autumn colours were at their peak Bill and I spent an afternoon on the Burton Ranch, west of town. At the base of blazing hills, we rambled in Honey Coulee, over fields of swathed oats, down by the creek and into aspen groves, including the one above. It was an unforgettable, crisp, blue and yellow day!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
With a sponge I dabbed gesso on the panel to give it a pebbly finish which receives layers of glazed or rubbed on colour very nicely. The result is a lovely textured, variegated effect like a stippled, plastered wall. I used metallic copper paint sparingly and I employed one of my rubber stamps to create the flourishes.
Meanwhile Libyans are vacationing in Italy. Sigh!
Adam and Laura in front of The Coliseum, Rome
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Shoulder of Tunnel Mountain oil 8" x 10"
Moving right a long, I laced into finishing #10 ...Hot Pink Lily oil 8" x 10"
And since delivery of art is this coming Saturday; no more oils ... they have to be dry so as they can be put into 'Crystal Clear' bags. And so, suddenly I have become an acrylic painter! Stay tuned.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
While Bill went fishing, I found it warm enough to paint outside on the first day (when we forgot to photograph me) but a bit too chilly to work outdoors on the second day, so I set up on the dinette ...
I'm working on a collection of small paintings for CHRISTMAS in the COUNTRY at The Leighton Centre, 15km southwest of Calgary ... November 6th & 7th. For more information: http://www.leightoncentre.org/gallery/upcomingexhibitions.html
The annual event was started by Barbara Leighton herself, over 30 years ago. This year there will be 84 artists and artisans! Each painter is permitted to bring up to 15 paintings, unframed and priced to sell. This painting, finished while "camping", will be included:
Friday, October 22, 2010
Gramps and Avery having too much fun!
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Friday, October 15, 2010
Crab Apples and Pitcher oil 6" x 6" unframed $100.
I think I've had my fill of painting crab apples!
Thursday, October 14, 2010
I'm still scoring crab apples from a tree down the street. These are a smaller variety, more orangey-red and yellow than the mostly cherry red larger ones. Yesterday, I selected the mini pumpkin from my basket of gourds. For some reason painting it was epic. Who would have thought an orange, globe-like shape like this would be problematic? The orange of the day before wasn't. Some days paintings just don't flow off the brush. I struggled with it for hours and was completely exhausted when I finally got it to look like this ...
Mini Pumpkin and Crab Apples oil 6" x 6" unframed $100.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
For the feast this year, we were just four, plus Avery. The weather is still so remarkably warm that we were able to be outside a great deal. Although we had some frost in September, there hasn't been any since and this has given the annuals a chance to revive. My half barrels are still thriving and that's pretty much unheard of in these parts!
Here's a link to more photos of our weekend ...
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Walking down the street the other day I noticed the crab apple trees are laden with fruit and thought they'd be a nice compliment to any still life. So I clipped a branch and here is what I have came up with ...
Peach and Crab Apples oil 6" x 6"
I thanked the peach for being of use in two ways as I sliced it to have with our yogurt and granola this morning. It's seems a bit cannibalistic to eat your subjects. Both paintings are spoken for.
PS It is a glorious autumn which shows no sign of giving way to foul weather, so I'm compelled to get out in it ... you know, make hay while the sun shines! Click here for photos: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=496947&id=715295437&l=186536f42f
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
On the way home, from the west coast, we stopped for a night in Kelowna. One reason was to buy some frames from the brothers Fidler at their pristine establishment: http://www.classicgalleryframes.com/ I have been dealing with Jim and Dave for nearly two decades and can only give them with a glowing recommendation for their products and service. The second reason was to seek out and photograph ripened grapes in vineyards. The weather was very rainy; very un-Okanagan like. However just when we needed the sun to come out it did; for a half hour both afternoons providing me with this ...
Kelowna Grapes acrylic 12" x 9" framed $700.
In Quebec, it appears as though day lilies grow like weeds. Tall stands of them line gardens and streets. I'm always on the lookout for dramatic lighting and found this specimen in Montreal ...
Day Lily acrylic 9" x 12" framed $700.