I have tons of mountain pictures I've taken over the years. The painting below is a combination of a few of those, plus one from a friend. Below is a cropped photo of the Crowfoot Glacier in the Rocky Mountains in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.
I did a value sketch before hand and cropped and changed the horizon line and a bit of the viewing angle to make the painting "read" a bit better. I'm still working on getting values and colour temperature to read "right".
Jerry Markham, an artist with whom I have taken a landscape workshop, recommended a book called Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting. I don't have it yet...but it's inexpensive and full of great info...from what I've seen. The book I do have and recommend is this one...
I purchased this book in Pasadena at the Pasadena Museum of California Art back in September when they had the Edgar Payne exhibit. Its a great book too...still haven't read it all though!
That's today's painting. If you have any favourite art books on landscapes, post the name and share! I'll be sharing a couple more in the next few days! Time to go shovel snow!
I am still painting, just not posting everyday! I did get a little behind on Friday, but I feel caught up now! I'm finding it a challenge to post daily, usually due to the fact that by the time I finish my painting, its dark and I have to take the photos inside...the lighting in my studio area is still not that great, but it will have to do! I'm learning more about taking indoor painting photos! Here's my latest bunch of paintings from the last three days!
My favourite of these three is the Lake Louise Sketch. I used a couple photos I had of Lake Louise plus a photo of a painting by California Impressionist painter Edgar Payne (1883-1947) of Lake Louise to get the colours and values. I enjoyed working on this one.
The palette knife painting of Mount Baker was a lot of fun to do. I need to do more palette knife. I find I enjoy the looseness, and the ability to blend thick paint gives me interesting paint effects!
Which one do you like!?? Thanks for looking!
This was inspired by the fall colour photos I took up the mountains on Beaver Lake Road just east of our house this autumn. I'm also trying to implement and remember the techniques and lessons I learned form the April workshop I took with Neil Patterson. I'm still having a hard time with making the colour work and with just laying on LOTS of paint. Maybe its because I'm feeling stingy after the Christmas frenzy??
Here's a couple photos that inspired today's painting... Enjoy!
Happy New Year Everyone! Well, I am starting 2013 by participating in a 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. Artist Leslie Saeta, whose workshop I attended in Pasadena in September, is hosting this challenge. She has over 250 participants doing this with her! I've signed up and will be posting a painting a day for January. Here's the first one:
I've decided to focus on landscapes this week and use a limited palette. A limited palette for me is Cad. Yellow Light, Cad. Red Light, Perm. Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue and Pthalo Green (blue Shade) plus Titanium White. This will force me to focus on a couple things... one, mixing colours and two, planning colour schemes. Landscapes are also a challenge for me as I think I don't do them very well!! I tend to fiddle and I want to just lay on thick paint with less strokes. I have tons of landscape photos so I have lots of material to chose from!
On the weekend I threw everyone's name from my last newsletter campaign signup into a hat and I drew two names for these paintings:
Congratulations you guys! And thanks for signing up for the newsletter! I hope you'll join me and cheer me on in the 30 day painting challenge as well...I'll be posting here daily and those posts will be on FB too!!
I thought I would share this photo of this mis-placed winter resident! I was certain all the robins had flown the coop for balmier weather, but this fellow must love my mountain ash seeds too much! I hope the weather stays as mild as its been for him...I think he's a him...!
Okay I'm being silly...yes that is my feeble attempt at humour...that is ME falling off the earth! But I'm back. Terribly busy this fall...so lots of new things happening!
This wall of paintings are the ones that I packed up and took down to the Lake Country Art Gallery's Under 100 Show and Sale! There is an Open House TODAY starting at noon November 17th. I'll be there! Looks like tons of great affordable artwork, so come check it out!
My BIGGEST news is that I've been busy busy revamping my website with an online STORE!! I have joined the world of e-commerce and now people can purchase my smaller paintings, fine art prints, cards and calendars right here on my website! CLICK HERE to go to my store. Tell me what you think!
So if you'd like a gift for someone or yourself, how about a calendar! I have a limited number available. CLICK HERE to go look at my 2013 Calendar.
The two paintings above need new homes! So I'm doing a holiday draw for two lucky winners in December. Each person will get to take home one of these paintings. I'm celebrating another year of blogging and painting!
Which brings me to how to win yourself a painting? You MUST subscribe to my newsletter! Yes I am beginning a once a month newsletter. I will no longer be sending blog updates to everyone via mass email. So PLEASE sign up to stay in touch with me and my art blog! CLICK HERE to sign up. AND you can also get your name in two more times in the "hat" when you sign up for my blog (see the side bar) AND "like" my Facebook Fan page SHEILA TANSEY FINE ART. My first newsletter comes out early next week.
So if you've already done one or more of these things, well you are already in!! So it looks like a great November and December so far...Stay tuned...I'll be back painting and submitting entries for more shows!
Here's a couple lovely fall images to remind us what a lovely autumn we are having here in the Okanagan so far...we've only had one dump of snow so far here...and its all gone now!
Have a great week! AND don't forget to sign up!
I have returned safe and sound, inspired and motivated from the oil painting workshop in Pasadena, California! The weather was great, the instructors were exceptional and the people attending, fantastic.
Leslie Saeta and Dreama Tolle Perry held an awesome workshop with wonderful, insightful demos, a fun exercise, lots of tips on painting and marketing and 2 gourmet dinners! I have now developed a huge liking for gelato! Here's some highlights from my trip!
You can enlarge any of these photos by clicking on them.
Both artists have completely different approaches to their paintings. I learned a tremendous amount about transparent oil paints and working with oils from Dreama. I learned how she gets all those goregeous colours in her work!
While I have done quite a few paintings with a palette knife, I learned a lot from Leslie on how to handle the knife with confidence. She can paint anything with that knife!
Leslie treated us to TWO evenings of gourmet dinners, and marketing talks at her home. Her home is a lovely old house with an old carriage house she's converted into her studio.
If you click on any of the photos on this post, the photo will enlarge!
Below are group shots of more of the demos we all did! It was wonderful seeing everyone's unique styles come out when painting the same subject matter!
Click on each image to enlarge it!
Here are three more studies I did at the workshop. I know its been a long post, but I hope you've enjoyed it! I'm quite inspired to get on with more work! And if you are inspired to take a workshop from these two amazing artists, check out Dreama's workshops here and Leslie's workshops here.
Artwalk 2012 was held on September 8 and 9th. I showed 12 pieces, 10 in my own booth and two in the FCA Central Okanagan booth. While I sold only one piece, the one above, I had a great time, met lots of people and had great feedback about my work. The exposure for a new artist like me was excellent!
I've posted all the paintings from Artwalk on my facebook fan page Sheila Tansey Fine Art. Click on the link, and my photo album is ArtWalk 2012. And while you are there "Like" my fan page...I need more likes!
I'm also excited to say that I'll be travelling next week to Pasadena, CA! No, I'm not going to scope out the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (although that would be uber cool for the geek side of me! ) I'm off to attend a 5 day oil painting workshop.
In April of 2011 while I was listening to Artist's Helping Artist's on BlogTalk Radio, I won the grand prize of an oil painting workshop with the two hosts Leslie Saeta and Dreama Tolle Perry!!! Check out their websites and artwork! Both of these ladies are very well known and successful artists and I feel deeply honoured to be attending. I will have a full blog report when I get back! Stay tuned!
I fell off the old blog band wagon about the end of July...eep...where did the time GO?? While I had a great summer, it was darn busy and as you can see, I have been up to my elbows in creating!
YES! I am getting ready for Artwalk 2012 in Lake Country, BC. I'll be showing 10 works (8 of them brand new!) in my own display. I will have 2 more new paintings with our FCA-Central Okanagan Chapter booth (Federation of Canadian Artists - this was juried as well and 2 of my works were selected).
I'll be at the Memorial Hall this year, just across from the High School. The hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:0o p.m. both days Saturday and Sunday September 8 and 9th. Admission is only a twoonie for the entire day!
Here's a sneak-peek at a couple of my new works! See you at Artwalk!
P.S. If you can't get to Artwalk this weekend, I promise to blog and post the work I've been doing plus highlights from the summer...stay tuned!
I'm "recovering" from a road trip from our home in the Okanagan to my hometown of Forgan, Saskatchewan and the farm I grew up. The driving there and back was long and a bit stressful...see below!..and aside from the 14 hours of driving time (broken up into 2 days each way), we had a wonderful time as a family.
My family gathered in Saskatoon and our parents farm south of the city, from the Okanagan, from Toronto and Kingston, ON, and Warman, SK to celebrate my parents 50th wedding anniversary and my nephew's highschool graduation. It was low key, but it was a lovely time, catching up and reconnecting with my siblings and getting to know my nieces and nephews.
Prior to leaving I was very busy and I managed to create a few pieces of artwork as gifts for my parents, my nephew and my only sister...who I realised I hadn't gifted an original artwork...ever...silly me! Enjoy!
Next post will have a few more photos from our trip. Stay tuned!