Friday, December 30, 2011

Love it, Hate it or Somewhere In Between Pantone's Colour For 2012

You would think that as we, the world and it's inhabitants, sit perched on the what could be a hell of a year, that perhaps the fashion world could have caught that and NOT picked a colour that looks like flames devouring a peach orchard? Honestly, I mean, if the world was in a slumber that needed to be shaken off I could understand it but that is definitely NOT where the world is at these days. Things are boiling over almost everywhere so what we need is a optimistic and/or encouraging colour that could be coupled with some fresh and foundational colours.

Well love it or hate it, it's here for the year. Thank goodness it is coupled with some other colours so one can take it in bits and bites. As an accent colour it's great, as a dominating colour, it's exhausting. And by the way, I hate the colour rust, and this comes close to it, but with more oomph. Reminds me of the time I worked freelance for an advertising agency and the owner was so cheap, rather than laying down self-sealing light green/blue linoleum on our drawing boards (that was what you did back in the days before computers when everything was laid out by hand) he bought some battleship rust-coloured linoleum because it was way cheaper. I sat back in my chair and just said, "No, now way, I can't work all day staring at this!" Finally he relented and went out and got the right stuff. I think the 70's love affair with rust as well as forever set me against anything close to it.

Well no matter where you lie on the love it or leave richter scale on this colour, I wish you a very Happy New Year and may the year coming be peaceful and prosperous for us all, including Ms. Pantone Tangerine!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Merry or Blue Christmas?

An 8" x 10" water media illustration I did about 16 or so years ago,
using my sweet beagle, Beamer, for reference. 

It's that time of the year again where everywhere we see images of smiling Christmas adverts or tv programs, movies, cook books, you name it. Everywhere we look there's tinsel and mall Christmas music or the sweeter nostalgia of hymns that made mainstream.  Songs like "Silent Night", or "Hark the Herald Angels Sing", still bring a small smile to my face, but it's a sweet, sad smile. For me, Christmas is a reminder of loss, of things changed forever, of being forced to recall a time before you knew otherwise yet striving to make the present as good as it can be. Christmas has become to me a kind of blue event. It's something like this:  

When I was young, Christmas was all about fun and presents and hanging out with friends. In my late twenties and early thirties it was about sharing time with family and friends, playing games, giving gifts to make dreams for our loved ones come true. Now, in my late forties, I have come to realize life sometimes cuts those dreams down, people get sick, life changes everything and Christmas becomes an unwelcome reminder of what one's losses have become. BUT there is a present more precious than anything money could buy and that only experience can precipitate, and that is the Compassion that has grown in my heart as a result. 

So, this year, may those of you who are having a less than stellar Christmas because of loss, of pain, of bereavement, of incoming or ongoing poverty, may you be given relief. That is my wish for you, my Christmas wish and if I could materialize that for you in some way, I would. I hope that you know that someone, and there are many more than me, care and are going through a "blue" Christmas too. 

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Beginning of Something Beautiful Part Two!

Part two (second painting) in the triptych series "Oak Leaf Glory"
12" x 12" original acrylic on stretched canvas

Here is the second painting in the 3 painting series "Oak Leaf Glory". In this painting I illustrate the changing of the season from the strong life force of green foliage then turning to yellow/gold which shimmers in the fall sunlight. One of the most beautiful images one can behold is to see the sun streaming through a park or forest path and a gentle breeze knocks free some yellow/gold leaves in the prime of their fall colours. You watch them gently flutter through the air to land gently on the ground path before you. Breathtakingly beautiful.

This painting utilizes over 16 different pigments along with iridescents both gold and green. The painting shifts and changes as you walk around it and also as the light changes from day to night. Truly, this is one of the most beautiful images I have ever created. 

This painting series will be made available as both canvas and paper edition giclee reproductions as well as fine art greeting cards. I look forward to the New Year to make these available and to have even more original paintings' images available this way.

The final painting in this series will be finished in the next week. It's about two-thirds of the way there. It, and writing out all my Christmas cards, will be done this week! 

Friday, December 16, 2011

The Beginning of Something Beautiful

First painting in the series "Oak Leaf Glory" 12" x 12" original
acrylic painting on stretched canvas.

This series would look absolutely beautiful in a healing setting of some kind be it in an interior decorator's shop, massage therapy/holistic therapies studio or green eco business. Any where that the healing and vital force of Nature is needed.

This is the first painting of the triptych "Oak Leaf Glory". I hope to have all three panels completed before this Christmas as I am almost finished the final painting (shades of gold and brown and bronze leaves). I will post them up on my Etsy shop and here as soon as they are done. I see them framed in black or gold frames. They truly look gorgeous! 

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Another Painting SOLD!

While I was away visiting my Mom in another province this original oil painting of mine sold from my Etsy store. It's an ACEO-sized painting with a gorgeous walnut stain over bronze/gold gilding pure wood frame. It was one of my favourite small fine art pieces. The woman who bought it did so as a Christmas gift for her parents. Isn't that just so sweet?