Sunday, July 31, 2011

NEW Art Auction! An Attack of the Cutes!

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Okay I've hat an attack of the cutes lately. I admit it. The result? This extremely cute little 5"x7" oil painting titled "I Bring You Daisies Two". Yes, this rabbit is a distant relative of Yoda - see the ear family resemblance? Painted from life, I set up this little still life and I guess there still is a little girl inside of me that can appreciate the cute, the kind, the sweet. 

Perfect for a shower or child's first birthday gift or for that little girl (or boy) that still resides within your friends, family, or yourself. I'm lucky - even after I sell this piece, I at least get to have the image to output as cards or a print for myself. That's the side benefits of being an artist and loving what you do, literally.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

NEW! APAD challenge "A Bit of Begonia" on Auction Now!

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The painting challenge was to do a painting of Nature, working on location, using only the colours ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow light or medium, cadmium red, and use only white in the cools (for shadows or distant foliage, hills, etc.), use only 3 brush sizes, only soft edges, paint from dark to light, saving the small brush to do just highlights, complete the painting in an hour. I think that was it. Well I managed to do all the parameters except not using white in the flower itself. There was just no way I was going to butcher this lovely, delicate, salmon/pink/cream yellow begonia with just cad yellow and red. It would have looked hideous!
I didn't have much to select from as most of my balcony flowers were burned, dried up and dropped off due to that prolonged heat wave we had but surprisingly the begonias kept going strong. I am really happy with how this little dittie turned out. Nothing like a challenge to get the creative juices flowing - either that or the fear of complete failure! Hah!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Art Auction - Prime Time Cherries!

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Okay, after doing the first painting I was hooked and just needed to do a bigger and badder, even more tantalizing trio of cherries. This one reminds of me of them now being ready for the spotlight, for the big stage, they're ready for Prime Time! I love the painterly way they came out with a slight illustrative style to it yet still strong and forthright. These cherries are definitely larger than life!
Titled "Show Time!" this latest oil painting is 5" x 7" and done on gessoed canvas board. I envision framed in deep wood walnut frame that has a bronze or gold-leafed underpainting showing through or very modern with a white matt and either a silver, warm silver or white gold metal frame. Either way it would look dynamite!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Join My Facebook Fan/Collector Page - Win a Painting!

That's right, join me at my artist's face book fan/collector page and when I finish my 100th APAD (a painting a day) painting I will draw, at random, a name from my 'likers' and that person will receive an contemporary, original oil painting, by myself, valued anywhere from $35 to $100! Yep, that's right. I'm doing it to celebrate my artistic rebirth and also to show how much I appreciate my supporters. So if you haven't joined my facebook page yet, there's no time like the present!

Sumptuous Cherries in Oils

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Okay, who DOESN'T think cherries are beautiful, sensual reflective red/wine/burgundy orbs of pure deliciousness? I just had to do a little oil painting (and I think there might be a few more in the works) to pay them homage. This one is titled "We Cherries Three" a 2 7/8" x 4 7/8" oil painting on canvas board. They were listed just today for auction so don't miss a great price opportunity!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Happy Hillside Daisies!

Straight from the playful imagination,
my 5" x 7" oil painting on canvas board titled
"Happy Hillside Daisies"!

Okay, I'm having an attack of the cute and happy. I don't know where it comes from. I just have to let it come out or it bugs me forever. So here it is - daisies, living, breathing and joyful to be alive. They dot a very happy green hillside that rolls out to a sweet, warm, dreamy horizon. Where ever this place is, there is only joy and happiness. Nothing else could stand it! Lol!

Friday, July 22, 2011

What's Great About a Heat Wave?

Well, the heat wave continues and the one thing that makes it great? I can't really do anything but indoor stuff so there's no pull to go out and enjoy the great weather when you would get heat stroke in minutes if you did.

Working on some new paintings and will post them asap which might not be too long considering that this heat isn't going anywhere soon.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Back on Track and Another One Hour Oil Painting!

"Nobleton Daisies" 5" x 7" oil on canvas panel
The dust is settling and I got back in the saddle to do more APAD (a painting a day) one hour oil paintings. I felt in the mood for daisies so pulled up some reference shots and put down what you see here. I must say, it's not what I thought I'd do, it's not what I wanted to do, but I had to stay true to what the painting wanted to be. So here it is. One of my friends was very taken by it and said "You HAVE to do that as a large painting!" "Funny," I said "Forty minutes into it I hated it and was going to chuck it aside, but, I knew I had to follow through and just be true to what that painting wanted to be, not what I wanted it to be". In the end, I am glad I did.

So here it is, for you daisy lovers out there. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Painter Found a New Apartment!

It's been confirmed. I have a new apartment. Now I can stop the whirlwind tour of where-the-heck-am-I-going-to-live and put myself and my home back together again and maybe, just maybe, get out a painting today. Hmmm, maybe an illustration of the dark abyss of possible homelessness I was imagining. Just when you think you have some ground under your feet - Whoosh!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Painter Interrupted

If you have come by to see the latest oil painting and it's not here it's because I am out looking for a new place to live. Yep, just got the notice the other day that the company that owns the building is redoing ALL almost 200 balconies. That means jackhammering every day all day long for over a year. The landlord denies it will be noisy. The landlord is, well, adrift from reality.

So as soon as I can I will be back at it. Hopefully tonight or tomorrow. Thanks for keeping tabs on me. I will be back!!!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Queen of Serious

"The Queen of Serious" 5" x 7" oil panel painting

Now THIS was a challenge. I have done a lot of portraiture in my day BUT usually I have several days to a few weeks to complete them in. Today - 60 minutes. My GOD! I have never moved so fast on a portrait before and to be honest, I took one hour and twenty minutes. If I didn't take the extra twenty minutes her title would have been "The Queen of Zombies". 

All in all I like her! Man, it was an amazing trip painting so fast! It is not my style but I will say it makes me much better in seeing and I like the work better. The color is fresh and the brush strokes are fast and alive! Even though the person is intense and dramatic looking, the background approach lightens the mood and makes her have a slightly light-hearteded mischievous side. 

What to do next? Check back tomorrow to find out.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Juicy Red Strawberries!

So juicy! Just like oils. Yum!
Here's my latest, straight from my own strawberries back in Saskatoon. They're just SO beautiful, red, ripe, inspiring. Done in an hour, in oils on a 4" x 5" canvas board support. There is just something about the ripe, rich and vibrant reds of strawberries. Nothing says summer has begun, more than that.

Now to post this little dittie for sale on my Etsy storefront. Today is another day and another new painting will arrive. Check back tomorrow to see what it is! See you then : )

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Beautiful Summer Oranges, Sky Blues

My muse, summer oranges.
I tried to want to paint something else, but all I could see, could feel, were summer oranges, sky blues and greens. So the day's Painting of the Day - Summer oranges! I swear when I started to paint this (from photo reference) I could SMELL oranges. It was a strange yet most pleasant experience. The scent gradually faded as I continued to work. But how wonderful!

This is my latest painting for my ongoing painting challenge "A Painting a Day - executed in an hour" series. I believe this is number four. Number five is waiting outside. I saw several paintings on my walk yesterday so out I go to capture them before the sun goes down or it starts to storm. Check back tomorrow to see what it is!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Three Days, Three Only-One-Hour-to-Paint-Them-In Paintings!

Done in just an hour, this painting was an exhilarating challenge!
I found this image amongst my reference photos and immediately loved the photo's composition, color and subject matter. Here was my inspiration for my daily painting with only one hour to execute it. Let's go!

It was both exhilarating and terrifying as you have to decide on the fly what to keep in and what to lose and what colour values to lay down! I don't usually find automobiles inspiring but loved this little Mini Cooper and it's like drawing/painting anything else - you have to pay attention, find relationships between components and most importantly, putting down the right colour values!

After a frenetic hour it was done! I did have to stop two-thirds of the way through to clean the over 25 brushes that I employed. You have to have clean brushes to put down those values accurately. But then I was back at it for the remaining 20 minutes. That hour just FLIES by.

Mini-Coopers are unbelievably cute. I imagined this one
going feral into the countryside without it's owner, free at last!
Here is the original reference photo cropped to compose a well-balanced and strong composition. Notice the house in the upper left corner acting as a counter-balance to the Mini. With the dynamic lines of the road, roadside grass cute lines and fence poles there is a lot of action in this image with the rolling curve of the green hills and rounded edges of the trees to again, achieve a counter balance. The first step to a successful image is to make sure the composition is strong and the subject matter captivating and I think this little dittie does just that. From a strong composition comes a strong painting.

Friday, July 1, 2011

True Inspiration - You Can't Fake It

An photo of friendship was the inspiration for
the one hour painting session that produced this painting.
Each person's inspiration is as intimate as relationship as you can get. I struggled to get inspired for my second daily painting sessions. Nothing and I mean NOTHING was doing it for me. I looked through my large log of photos and finally came upon it. It as a photo snapped several years ago as I took a very bored, apartment-bound cat out for a walk. I have since learned that cats don't "walk" well. However my cat was no longer bored and had ample dream material for weeks.

I love that photo. Even though it is from the back it captures each of our spirits so well, independently and how we are with each other, our friendship. 

The original photo.

Since I only had an hour it really forces you to get on with it and it's amazing in that I find that is makes me paint in a more direct and painterly, if you will, manner. You get to SEE the action - where the paint was laid down, the moment to moment decisions the painter quickly had to make. It forces you to really pay attention. It also calls upon the skills of the artist, years and years of drawing skills, color theory execution and good design sense. And yet, it still is a gamble cause you never really know if it is going to succeed or not. 

The drawing I did earlier was not of the photo, it was a life drawing that was, well, just not inspired but I did it anyway. For the painting though, because it draws so much effort from the painter, it must be a subject that somehow inspires them or they'll probably paint the subject in the same way they feel about it - in a boring and mechanical way. 

Today is another day and another painting awaits. What will inspire me today? Check back by later tonight or tomorrow to find out!