I've done a small series of crows based on these photos that I got BY CHANCE one day wehn the boys and I were at the dog park in town. I was lucky enough to get these photos of these two amazing crows havning a little pary on two chopped stumps. One of those times when I just ointed the camera and hoped for the best. I think I will do some larger ones of these...these were quick sketches...There are two more coming in this set. Check out the photos below that were the inspiration!
Crows and Ravens are amazing birds and I love observing them. These two seemed engaged in an interesting "dialogue" that afternoon. I'll post a couple more paintings in this set and more photo in the next few days.
I lost a bit of momentum with the 30 Day Challenge. Actually I need to paint a painting of a trash bin!! I did manage to paint 2 paintings for the challenge BUT I tossed them...So I did paint 2 paintings but they were not worthy AT ALL for posting!
I have run out of steam a bit, but was motivated again with a Friday nite FUN workshop I did with a group of young ladies!! We had a blast and LOOK what these guys created!
These gals are all self proclaimed non-artists...or so they told me...Hey look at what you guys did! You are awesome!
I'll be doing more fun classes like this and longer workshops! Look for more info come November!
I will be recovering from bunion surgery during the first couple weeks of October...unless the surgery date gets moved...guess there is always that chance. But after that I will be doing more fun classes. I really love teaching!
I'm not going to get much easel time today so I'm using this painting from yesterday!
Part of my involvement in ArtWalk this year was the Paint-Out, an entertaining event where 3 artists paint a still life in only 15 minutes! I really enjoy doing this. I have done it in previous years at Art Walk and for some reason I just zone out and get in a groove with the pressure of creating something. So how did I DO this in 15 minutes??
I think what I do is I SIMPLIFY what I see in front of me! I don't like to capture an exact likeness...it stresses me out. I like to interpret, so that is how I approached this and I like the result!
I started by taking my favourite colour (PINK) and laying on the background with a house painting brush. I try to use large brushes...I pick a brush I think I want to use, then go larger!! The still life had 3 or 4 pairs of shoes and a pot of lavendar. As you can see, instead of getting bogged down with details and trying to create a duplication of what I see in front of me, I zeroed in on one shoe.
I then blocked in the dark shapes of that shoe, and I tried NOT to think SHOE! Well not until the last 5 minutes...then I did! But even as I defined the outside and the flower and the lavendar, I was thinking shapes, form value and colour. Not shoe and lavendar. It does take practice!
ANd I usually don't paint on supports this BIG....most of my friends and artist friend know I paint A LOT smaller...so that's why I picked the house painting brush to begin with...one can get great marks and happy unexpected results with a tool you don't regularly use!
And after the 15 minutes of painting people got to play a game (guess a number between one and something) to pick the painting they wanted! Mine was chosen by a local artist friend Bonnie Heather! Congrats Bonnie!
My good friend Monique took some videos of me painting during the Paint-Out with her iPhone! I cn't wait to see them! I may share them on a future blog post!! Stay tuned!
Wow...tired right now from all day at Art Walk!! But what a great show! I'll be there tomorrow too. I'm posting today's and tomorrow's paintings at once for the 30 day challenge. This work is a diptych (2 works representing 1).
This was my submission to the Lake Country Art Gallery's Art Walk Theme Exhibit. All artists in Art Walk were invited to submit to the exhibit and pieces were juried into the show. I hadn't heard anything about whether mine had been accepted (many of my artists friends had heard Wed. nite).
I went through my own inner dialogue of rejection...and acceptance. I understand how personal art is and how subjective it is. I needed to make this piece. It's a social statement about how I feel as a woman about stereotypical roles...I've always been a tomboy as a girl and a woman! These paintings were inspired by this photo:
Yep! That's me in the cute red dress and with the baby carriage. That's my older brother (who I adored) in the shiny red push pedal sports car. While I loved my dolly...REALLY, who wouldn't want a flashy red sports car...COME ON! See the look of longing on my face. I remember being soooo disappointed with the doll carriage. I really wanted the car! I remember that Christmas clearly...I think I was 3 or 4 years old. And it shaped me to be a feminist, out of the box, if somewhat shy person...but to this day when I think about being a confident strong woman I think of this photo. And I'm proud. So for the Artwalk Theme of shoes...Stepping Out - this is my contribution. A juxtaposition of female and male roles over time!...Girls and women Stepping Out and Stepping Forward!! BE PROUD LADIES! ...and guys too of course stepping out be great men!!
Oh and after I went through all that inner dialogue about rejection...I discovered that my acceptance email from the gallery went into the computer internet ether...I just didn't get the email. So yes, its in the Lake Country Art Gallery for this month's exhibit! Come see it if you are in town!! Isn't it funny what stories we tell ourselves!!
Ok I have to admit that this painting I did not actually do today!! It's also a theme that I get requests for and have painted before!! In fact the ones I have been posting so far for the challenge, I did a week or so in advance. Art Walk is this weekend and I've been working on paintings for a couple weeks for it and in prep for the 30 Day challenge. But if you know me, you know that I paint "alla prima" or all at once and all the paintings so far were all done in a day! Some only a couple hours! That's just the way I like to paint!
I will share with you two paintings this weekend that ais a diptych (2 paintings making up one work) for Day 6 and 7...That piece is in the Lake country Art Gallery's Art Walk Theme Exhibit on now until October 6th. Stay tuned! I'll try to post that tomorrow nite! It has a personal story about it that I will share!
Also at Art Walk I am going to do a raffle for a Gift Certificate for a workshop!! So stop by, sign up for my newsletter and enter to win! I'll be doing more workshops in the near future so come get information on that!
AND I will be participating in the Art Walk Paint-Out on Sunday at 2:00! Here 3 artists paint a surprise still life in 15 minutes!! That's it...we have to create a piece of art in 15 minutes! See us outside the Memorial Hall for this event...Cheer us on! These events happen at 12 and 2 both days!!
This is another subject I've painted before! Twice...well more than that actually! This building has been a model for a few paintings. It's an abandoned house in the old townsite of my home town of Forgan, Saskatchewan. I think my Dad said it was a house built by CN rail for some of the people responsible for the railroad station...I'll need to ask him.
This version I painted last year and it has a home with a lovely collector ( and cousin) in Saskatoon! ( waving at you Marla!). I painted another larger version last year for Artwalk (24X24 inches) and many people loved it but I was asked several times if I had any smaller versions...so that is why I painted another smaller one for this year's Artwalk. We'll see it it finds a new home. The bigger one is living at The Healing House On the Lake! right across the street from me...I go there for some massage therapy and energy work! Really worth it!!
Are you seeing a theme here? I love this old building and a few others in my old hometown. This one I painted over 3 years ago. It is painted entirely with a palette knife! I need to do more with the palette knife. I can make great marks with a knife that you just can't do with a brush! This painting has a lovely home with another lovely collector! It was the first painting I sold at ArtWalk in 2011 (the first time I sold a painting at a show)!
And here's the model for my paintings. Its amazing how one image can generate entirely different results. And now that I think of it...I have used this image in a couple more paintings....It just shows you how flexible and versatile our imaginations can be!
This is Day 3! I've revisted this painting subject! A few times. My first year at Art Walk I could have sold the painting below 3 times!! I hope this one has some appeal and will find a new home this weekend! No matter...I love painting these cute scenes!
This is a small portrait of one of the horses I used to see frequently at Arion Therapeutic Farms in SE Kelowna. I thought he held his head with such pride and beauty. I love horses and have been living my horse dream through my kids!!
My boys have been taking riding lessons and learning to vault and learning how to drive a horse-drawn cart at this great farm for 4 or 5 years now. We have to stop going now. The boys are getting older and other after school commitments are taking priority (when we finally get back to school...we have a labour dispute right now).
I've loved all the horses and the volunteers and the instructors at Arion. We will miss them, but maybe we'll come back next year!
Yes I am doing another 30 Paintings in 30 Days for the month of September! Am I CRAZY? Well I won't answer that....you can make up your own mind! Leslie Saeta is hosting this again and there are over 800 artists participating this month! WOW. What's cool is that she has an interactive map attached to her blog so you can see if their are any artists participating where you are. Not many in Canada, but a few in BC including me! I'll be posting my paintings to her blog and on my Facebook page daily and on my blog a couple times a week! My painting above is my first one!
I have been painting like crazy this month of August, trying new things, painting over failures, planning, learning, taking tons of photos for reference and fun. I've also had a fun summer out with the kayaks, bikes and hiking and visiting friends. It's been a lovely season.
Lake Country Artwalk is BACK! This weekend September 6 and 7th from 10 to 5! come see me in the Large Gym. I'll be there with lots of my small artwork for sale a viewing. I will be having a signup list for workshops as well. Dates coming soon! Like their Facebook page to keep up to date on what's happening!
I also submitted a piece (well a diptych - 2 pieces that go together) to the Lake Country Art Gallery Artwalk Theme Exhibit. All Artwalk artists were invited to submit a piece to the gallery and if chosen that artwork will be exhibited until October. I haven't heard if mine are in. I'll keep you posted!
Stay tuned for more posts this month! I'll also be sending out a newsletter in a day or two!
What is OASIS 2014?? Well it happened on May 10th, 2014 and it was an art event that a few of us at the FCA-COC (Federation of Canadian Artists-Central Okanagan Chapter) worked hard on for about a year! This poster gives you all the details.
The Symposium was held on the Saturday and we had 3 guest artists do presentations. Suzanne Northcott, Rick McDiarmid, and David Langevin, gave use inspiring presentations on different topics. They, along our own SFCA member Dennis Weber, participated in a panel discussion with our audience and all did extraordinary demos in the afternoon!
The event received rave reviews and we hope to do it again next year!! Thanks to all who helped out and thanks to all the artists and attendees!
Our guest artist from Kamloops, David Langevin, wrote a wonderful blog post on OASIS that you can READ HERE!
I believe, judging from the positive comments I and other members from our group received, that this event is poised to become a yearly staple for our local artists!! We are already planning for next year! The rotary has asked us to extend the art show until mid June to coincide with their WAM (Wine, Art and Music festival) and we may work with them next year to hold it around the same time!
Hope you enjoyed this post. Our chapter website will have some photos of the event soon. Check back HERE for that!! I'll have another blog post very soon announcing a workshop date and other news!
Do you ever get the feeling life is moving too fast? That events/ days/ minutes go by in a blur? Well that's been my life the last month! Here's some of why!
There's a lovely little town just south of Lake Country and Kelowna where the town centre stretches on the shores of Okanagan Lake. I'd only passed through Peachland going farther south to Penticton and on and never stopped in. I finally visited on April 24 and May 1 to teach a 2 day workshop with the Peachland Art Group! Here's a couple photos of the stunning quiet beauty I saw!
I was thrilled to teach a this bunch!! A group of 14 wonderful artists. I think I worked them hard...but in a GOOD way! Didn't hear too any complaints about the pace! And they were still smiling after 2 days...
When we finished each painting, we tossed them (well sort of tossed them) on the floor and we evaluated the process. Its a great exercise to do...I learned this from the workshop I took in Pasadena in 2012...See that post HERE.
These paintings/studies are small...no more than 8x10. Both days were exhausting...I was on my feet for about 8 hours! But it was a good tired!
And my heart was filled with gratitude and warm fuzzies with all the wonderful feedback and the how everyone seemed to dive right in!!
Everyone got a chance to stretch their painting skills and take on a couple new challenges and they had FUN doing it!
I'll be doing more workshops. Stay tuned for that post and page on my website!
What says spring more than the first spring flowers and fresh, colourful eggs! And I am feeling like I have come back to life after a long winter. Life's been hectic but I've made a bit of time for blogging. I can't resist sharing the excitement of spring!
I've been busy painting, studying, volunteering. In the studying front I'm re-connecting with my high tech side by enrolling in an online web design certificate program through BCIT - parttime. I'm enjoying it! I'm combining my artistic, design, and techy side!
Remember my last blog post? It ended it with this photo....
And now my studio looks like this....WOW what a difference it makes! I have nearly everything organized and I can ALMOST find everything now! Even the resident canine manager thinks the increase in floor space is a big plus!!
On the art front, I've been involved in helping organize a BIG art event. I'm an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists Central Okanagan Chapter (FCA-COC) and we are hosting a community art event in downtown Kelowna at the Rotary Centre of the Arts! The event is call OASIS 2014 and if you click on the image logo you'll find out more information. I'm very excited about it and I hope, if you live locally, that you'll come join us for the art show opening on the evening of May 9th and the full day event on Saturday, May 10th. Tickets are only $25 for the day event and the opening is free! Please come out!
The art show portion of OASIS 2014 actually runs in the Galeria area of the Rotary Centre for the month of May. This is a juried show for any active member of the FCA in the South, Central and North Okanagan Chapters! We were allowed to submit 3 pieces maximum and I was shocked and surprised to find out that all three of my paintings below were juried into the show! I'm pretty thrilled!
I'll be sending out a newsletter soon with some painting goodies and info on workshops that I will be holding as well as offering personal painting lessons for anyone interested! Stay tuned!
Enjoy the spring sunshine wherever you are! Happy EASTER to all too!
All the paintings from the 30 day challenge! I want to say THANK YOU and BIG HUGS to everyone! You've supported me again with all your encouragement and comments! I couldn't have kept it up without you!!
So what insights did I gain from doing this? The most important insight - I have gained a huge amount of confidence. That's big for me. I feel like I really am an artist. It gives me great joy to know that people do have a connection with much of what I paint. And making connection to people is likely the biggest reason WHY I paint.
Another validation has been that 3 of these pieces have sold and have gone to new homes. Its amazing to know that others get joy from owning a piece of my work! Thank you!!
A couple days ago, the host of this challenge Leslie Saeta, asked all participants to share their learning and insights. I created my list of TEN THINGS I LEARNED FROM THE 30 DAY CHALLENGE. Leslie hosts the internet radio show Artist's Helping Artist's and today's show she and her co-host read many of the insights from participants AND she read my list too!! You can hear the show by CLICKING HERE! (My contribution is near the end of the show). There are some great stories about challenges and successes.
My contribution is near the end of the show, but I'll list it here too!
10 THINGS TO SHARE FROM THE 30 Day Challenge
1. I don't want to stop!
2. My friends, blog subscribers and facebook people don't want me to STOP! some are going to miss the daily posts!
3. I won't stop posting my paintings!
4. I've improved my painting since I did the challenge last January
5. I sold 1 of the paintings and got a commission for another as a result
6. I have enough work for a SHOW of some kind and/or for our local Under 100 show at Christmas...I've NEVER planned ahead THIS far for THAT!!
7. I'm happy with most of the work I did.
8. I LOVED the support I received. ART really does make people FEEL good!!
9. Even though I was very disorganized and I thought initially I wasn't ready...I WAS and I DID IT!
10. I realise I REALLY need to reorganize my STUDIO after all this...guess what I'm doing this next month!!!
THanks everyone! Stay tuned for more paintings and the studio space MAKEOVER!! After you see this photo you'll understand!!
This is it folks. The final painting for the January 2014 Thirty Day Painting Challenge! I decided to paint something dear to me....my hikes with my dog. Its a big part of my life - hiking everyday in the wilderness, woods and parks. Its my "therapy"! AND yesterday my boys and I went snowshoeing and cross country skiing up in the mountains with a school group...its was lovely so my "feeling" is fresh for this one!
So now my studio space is a mess, I need more sleep, my exercise has taken a nose dive, the house needs attention, well....you understand. But I feel quite satisfied with my work this go around. I have one more post for the challenge for tomorrow where I'll show you a collage of all of the paintings and I'll write a little bit about what I've learned!
When I caption my paintings, I state the title, the medium (type of paint) and the surface. Some of you may not know what a gallery wrapped canvas is so I took a picture of the sides of this little 4X4. It is gallery wrapped because of the 1.5" thick sides. And I usually paint around the sides like I did on this one....no frame needed!!
I was fortunate enough to have a young lady call me for a short notice commission early this week. I figured since I was nearly done the challenge and in need of a couple more "subjects", I could very likely finish her request...and I did! These two cute doggie paintings are a gift and I am actually fairly happy with them. I could spend more time on them, but I think they'll do the trick.
The photo I had to work from was a quick snapshot from a smart phone. And it was at a strange angle. Doing commissions can be tricky because most of the time people would like something, but its hard to determine what it is they REALLY want. This one was fairly easy, portraits of the dogs. The only thing I felt as a suggestion was to do two small ones of them, rather than put them on a single canvas. I think it works. Here's a cropped version of the original photo and next are a couple shots of the works in progress! Enjoy!
Here's Day 27...a duckie to go with all those piggies...I think he'll fit right in...he looks like he's got a bit of an attitude...Maybe he's not that thrilled to be surrounded by the piggies. Too bad!! Enjoy!
It's the last week of the 30 Day Challenge!! Four more paintings!! I will be happy to finish it but I am also hoping to keep up with the daily painting. I've been happy with most of the paintings I've managed to complete and create. I feel like I've learned a lot and I'll keep learning more. Here are today's and yesterday's pieces. I'm enjoying the palette knife paintings (the Lonely Tree below), but I LOVE creating my whimsical pieces too. Enjoy!
Wow Day 24 and only 6 more to go! This painting is another one I had the "bones" done...but just couldn't finish and its been around. It is a companion to these three:
So now I have a set od 4 in this series. Its a theme dear to me because my VERY first paintings I sold were 4x4 inch versions of women/girls and their dogs having fun by the sea. Its my "By the Sea" theme that I keep comoing back to. Enjoy
I like the winter feel to this one. I used the photo below which I posted in my Day 5 blog post. I think this will be one I will use for my palette knife painting classes...as a demo. It just seemed to flow and beg to be painted with the knife...the simplicity of the subject is good for people starting out with a palette knife. And the colour variation is not huge. We can practice knife painting techniques rather than colour mixing!!
Enjoy! Only 7 more paintings to go for the Challenge!!
I have lots of snowy tree photos and I composed this painting from one of those photos. I enjoyed getting back to using the palette knife and this subject lends itself well. The background is very busy in the photo and using a knife to slide wet paint over a bumpy dry background of paint really helps create that sense of texture found in a real forest. I think I may do a larger one similar to this piece. The area to the right looks a bit busy so I will do one with less colour and strokes to compare! Below is a photo I took to show you, again, the size of the knife relative to the panel. Enjoy!
Just to let you know that I have images like this in my head ALL THE TIME!! LOL! I need to do a mind purge and get them out. An entire series someday! Enjoy!
My dog Austin...my puppy...what more is there to say!!
I've had this little painting laying around half finished for awhile and I decided it qualifies as 30 dayer...finished finally and now it can be hung on my wall!
The photo I used is below. Enjoy the day!
I think I need to get a pair of these...mine have disappeared...not sure where...but they are nowhere to be found. I'm looking for PINK ones actually. Wish me luck!
It's been un-seasonally WARM here in the Okanagan valley. I REALLY don't mind it and it's made for some lovely frosty scenes because we've had tons of fog and frost.
BUT it is getting mucky and I really must find some PINK boots.
If anyone has a suggestion, let me know where to find them!!!
I have done a couple more dancers after Degas' pastel paintings and sketches. I have enjoyed doing these 4 paintings. I've learned quite a bit about proportion, shading and line and colour. Degas of course used mostly pastel to paint...a completely different medium in which to express a subject. It's been a challenge trying to create the same sense of light and colour that he captured. Enjoy!
It was another one of those days that I didn't manage to finish the painting I was working on yesterday FOR today. Then I remembered I had another poppy painting that I haven't shared with you...actually I think I have a few poppy ones I haven't share, but this is a small one I did in one sitting, in an hour awhile back before Christmas.
I'm halfway through the challenge. I think I'll be able to keep up at this pace. I hope to do two extra paintings this weekend as I anticipate that I will have a couple days I may have to skip. I'm searching for a new theme to paint. Stay tuned and enjoy!