|Saffron Lily unframed oil 5 x 7" $100. SOLD|
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
In a phone call from a gentleman, who had received one of my little paintings, which I'd framed and mailed to him, he told me about how he had held the painting up against various different walls around his home. Unable to decide where it looked best he just sat it down on a book shelf to give it all more thought. He found it looked very well right there and so that is where it will stay.
I'm very fond of displaying these little paintings on shelves or furniture the way I have placed this one, on our sideboard, surrounded by candlesticks. Consider displaying these little fellows this way!
Stem Dance oil 6" x 6" NFS
Friday, January 21, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Snow Globe unframed oil on panel 6" x 6" $100.
When I told my painter pal, Linda, that I wanted to paint Christmas imagery she mentioned a snow globe she owns which she thought would make a good subject. As she gave it to me I said "I think it ought to be painted on a turquoise cloth". She replied "And that's exactly what I'm thinking!" We often find our thoughts aligned this way.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Red and Gold unframed oil on panel 6" x 6" $100. SOLD
Why? So that I'll have some stashed away for the market place when November rolls around. But of course they are available now should anyone feel the urge to purchase early!
Monday, January 17, 2011
Jenn, teacher of the day, myself, Patsy and Kari with our finished webs
Branches are drilled with the tiniest of holes. Fine fishing line is threaded through them to create the radial arms and a hot glue gun is used to create the webbing. Here Jenn demonstrates how to use the glue gun ...
Patsy's was very effective ...
Kari's was miniature and matches her petite self ...
Mine was haphazard! You might be asking why make them? For the sheer joy of learning to do something new and to be in the company of fine people. But, what do we do with them? I've got mine parked atop the kitchen cupboards where I am either trying "to convince real spiders the spot is taken" or "don't worry spiders, I keep house casually". (Thanks Fran!)
The next tutorial is on January 31st when I'll be the instructor and we'll be doing mixed-media, free-form painting!
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Of the approximately 200 pieces in Jim Coutts' donation only about 50 were on display (mine is not up). Linda Mercer (below left) is pictured here beneath her oil with me and Annie Froese, fellow artist and gallery owner.
University President, Mike Mahon and Curator Josephine Mills thanked and then introduced Jim Coutts ...
... who spoke eloquently of his grandfather's Nanton homestead (where he spends his summers) and the business of collecting art. He thanked reputable dealers Annie Froese owner of Art and Soul Gallery, High River and ...
... Susan Sax-Willock and Tom Willock, owners of Willock and Sax Gallery in Banff (formerly of Waterton, Alberta). It was great to see this fine couple again. Last month, they hosted the launch of Jane Gooch's book, Bow Lake Wellspring of Art.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
I am honoured to have this painting in the collection ...
Down on the Farm 2006 oil on canvas 14" x 22"
Above is the invitation piece by Ron Woodall,
Coutts Homestead, 1977
I borrow a passage from Jim's statement about the donation:
Business and politics would keep me travelling for decades. But along the way I made a wonderful discovery. Virtually every village in the world has at least one person drawing, painting, carving – sometimes you have to look hard, but they are there. While travelling I often visited them and began collecting works by local blacksmiths, carpenters, painters, sketchers and sculptors. And in recent years I’ve come home to discover first-class artists in Nanton, Cayley, Fort Macleod, High River and Claresholm.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Her expression and the way she held the pear begged me to paint the image. And so, for my first painting of 2011, I began on a 16" x 12" panel with acrylic paint thinned to handle like watercolour. There was an incredible amount of dead space around her head and shoulders so I have decided to crop the piece to look like this:
In order for the painting to have my desired angel-like, ethereal quality I opted to paint the background light and to change her dark sweater to white. While I think the work needs some minimal tweaking to her features and some more highlights on her glorious hair I feel it is mostly finished!
My Mystic Muse oil on panel 14" x 11"
Monday, January 10, 2011
The pleasure of making greeting cards, like these, might not have happened if I hadn't accepted Debi's invitation to play at her house. For this gig, she's got an incredible amount of toys and a willingness to share them.
The crazy part is that one card takes me almost as long to make as a 6x6 inch painting! So, you might ask why would I do it? At this stage in my life, I have the time to explore any and all creative outlets that might take my fancy. Like when I'm hanging out with Annie, at her studio, flirting with mixed media. She journals. Not just text, but illustrating her written pages. Very cool. It incorporates painting and hand done touches ...
My journal entry, October 11th, 2009
But, I'll always fine art paint. And currently there is an interesting panel underway on my easel. Stay tuned.
Saturday, January 1, 2011
On December 30th, with our young family, we went to Castle Ski Resort which is just over an hour from our home in Claresholm. Waking up at the hill and being among the first on the slopes is always a treat. Although it was bitterly cold, the sun shone on relatively fresh snow.
It was Avery's introduction to skiing. For months now she has been saying "Skiing in the mountains with snow!". Well, at two it's not that easy moving about on skis, especially when you won't leave you mittens on and it's -15C out! To see the entire photo essay please click here:
After our day of skiing, we left her parents at the resort and brought Avery home with us. It was dark when we rolled into town and so we showed the little one some houses lit up for Christmas. The house above, on 50th Avenue East, is my personal favourite.
To see photos of our Boxing Day, please click here:
May 2011 bring us all the love, laughter and personal satisfaction we seek!