Saturday, March 31, 2012

Table For One

'Table For One', acrylic small 9x12 inches


'Passage',acrylic 12 x16 inches

Finally,after a few failed works, one I'm fairly happy with.It still needs some refining,but I achieved the mood I wanted and worked hard on some soft edges.Still, the paint is too thin. I can definitely see the Dan and Danny McCaw's influence. I really love their work.Link

The photo I used as reference is by Kristi who has a wonderful blog about restaurant foods. Link
She is graciously letting me reference any of her hundreds of photos! Thanks Kristi, it's very difficult  to capture these type of shots  without the knowledge or permission from the customers.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A Revelation

acrylic 9x 12
I know it's not quite finished ( I see some things that need fixing), but I literally painted this in less than an hour, and I got so excited! This was a canvas with failed photo transfer on it, and decided to paint over it and experiment. The surface is much smoother and using interactives, I was able to blend and achieve more of the effects I wanted. achieve the look and feel I need with my acrylics using my palette knife, I need a  smooth surface! Duh! Not much of a revelation, I know, but it's as if a light bulb went off and now I'm itching to do more street scenes.

I'm going To Whistler and Vancouver in a week and hoping to take some great photo shots.if it's raining...even better! Jim Vest from Mountain Galleries just had a show in Whistler and I was very inspired by his street scenes. Take a look.Link

Chillaxing By The Shed Study

quick 9x12 study
I'm not sure how successful this is yet, but I've been working on this idea for sometime. Every time I take a trip to Leighton Centre I come across this shed and horses...I always stop to take pictures. I have a vision in my head that I really want to convey. It's moody, loose with soft edges and areas applied with thick paint. Very hard to do with acrylics, but I'll keep plugging away.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Daises With Glass Vase Revisited

I made some major adjustments so I thought I'd repost it. I like it much better now...and at least the vase isn't so lopsided!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Daises With Glass Vase

acrylic 16 x 16 inches

I'm going to take a few weeks or so to experiment with some different subject matter and techniques. I need a change.  So, I expect I will have a lot of failures along the way.

I will be intermittently going back to my landscapes and my trusty palette knife, so I don't get too discouraged and also keep my gallery happy.

I know I will get frustrated but in the long run it will be good for me and my work. I will be doing still life's, figures and urban street scenes.

For this particular piece, I drew inspiration from Ingrid Christensen her blog  and a flower arrangement from Jeremy Lipking. I didn't do either one justice. I do like the feel of this but I think I could have pushed the color more and used thicker vase is also lopsided. Not bad I think for my first attempt.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Mike Svob Workshop

The FCA Calgary Chapter ( Federation Of Canadian Artists) hosted a Mike Svob  3 day workshop. Even though his style is very different than mine, I really learned a lot. There is always something to learn from any workshop...even if it's only one thing it's more than you knew before. It's also very humbling.

Mike is a very knowledgeable instructor and more than willing to share information. Each morning he did a demo using a different technique each day. We  painted in the afternoon, except the first day the demo lasted well into the afternoon as he attempted to answer an extraordinary amount of questions. Very interesting.

 The above painting was my attempt at trying it his way... it was unsuccessful, and I ending up using my palette knife

Mike and his first demo painting using the black gesso technique.

With his second demo painting using oil and a more direct method blocking in his larger shapes first.

The last day demo, again using oil on a black gesso covered board.

My attempted at using the black gesso board.

Donna MacDonald trying out Mike's style

Kathleen Theriault

This is the painting I purchased from Mike to add to my meager collection which I am slowly trying to build.

The most valuable lesson Mike was trying to convey and stressed, was the importance of thumb nails and value. I'm being vague, I know, but you would have to take his workshop to really understand  the why and how.
It was a great experience and I really enjoyed meeting new people and having a chance to socialize with my fellow artists.
You can see more of Mike's vibrant work here website

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Snow shadow

small acrylic 12 x12 inches.
The last of my winter shadow paintings.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Winter At The Priddis Greens

acrylic 18 x 24
Another scene from the Priddis Greens Golf course and area.

Afternoon in Priddis

acrylic 20 x 26.

A gorgeous afternoon near Priddis ( off  22x toward Bragg Creek) at the private golf course. How nice, even in the winter that they clear all the cart paths around the course. I took some wonderful reference photos and it was so peaceful. I'll have to go back in the summer and check it out. It surely will be busier and I may need permission ( maybe I can rent a cart).

This painting came together quickly as I painted over an old painting full of texture, and loosely brushed in my darks and lights ( no drawing). As I proceeded, I tried to be careful not to overwork it.I'm not sure you can see from the photo, but it has a nice freshness to it. I may tweak it here and there but it's pretty much finished.

Yikes! I only have a couple of more old canvases to paint over. ( And these ones are only a year or two old). I guess I'll have to add the texture myself, before and during, relying on my trusty palette knife.

My reference photo.

Friday, March 9, 2012

The Banks Of Elbow

acrylic, 18 x 36
This is referenced from one of the photos I took while out with the family to Elbow Falls near Bragg Creek. A perfect day with sunshine and melting snow along the banks. I pumped up the color quite a bit and I'm really liking it. It came together quickly.
Below is the original photo and then cropped and slightly photoshoped.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Winter Shadows

acrylic 20 x 30,
I really love shadows in the snow and with all this beautiful sunny warm weather it's perfect to venture out with camera in hand. Tomorrow is another nice day, so I must get out before all the snow melts!

Monday, March 5, 2012

A Misty Tangle

Acrylic, 24 x 24
This is loosely based on a different angle of Tangle Falls, Jasper National Park. I have more waterfalls to do but I'm going to take a break.

 I was out to Elbow Falls and area on Saturday ...the weather was fabulous and I loved all the shadows from the trees in the snow. Min Ma ( he doesn't have a website but he you can google him) has done a lot of paintings depicting trees and shadows and I just have to try my hand at it.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Glow From The Top

acrylic 12 x12
I was quite pleased with the looseness of this one. Totally done with a palette knife except for a little dry brushing at the very end  ( mainly on the trees to blend and soften the edges ) . This little bit of dry brushing also brings out the texture.