Remember my last blog post? It ended it with this photo....
Enjoy the spring sunshine wherever you are! Happy EASTER to all too!
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!
Here's another one for yas! I hope I don't get "behind" again....no promises though...It is what it is! Enjoy!
I played catch up...I was BEHIND but not anymore and I hope I won't get BEHIND again!! I love doing these little piggies. I think I've captured a few angles and colours with this little guys...The pink one looks like he's got attitude too while the blue one looks a little frightened...it's that wolf again...chasing them I bet!
So I am no longer BEHIND! Enjoy!
Well I missed Saturday Day 11! Oh well...I did have a very nice house warming party that was well attended and my house has all the warm fuzzies now even more after all the warm fuzzy people visited! Thanks for all the gifts and food and friendship! It was lovely.
I attempted a quick painting for today and I'm not happy with it...as oil painters would say...It's a scraper! But its a learning experience, take the good with the bad. There is so much WRONG with this painting...I won't go into it. I CAN paint with a palette knife...see the next image (from 2011).
Many of my first successful paintings were done with a palette knife, but I've done more work with the brush...trying to learn to loosen up with a brush...it's easier to paint loose with a knife! It's also more challenging. Plus I'm teaching a workshop on palette knife painting later this year...so I need to practice!!
Here's a few pictures of the knives I use the most for my small works! You get an idea of the scale and size relationship from knife to canvas panel! Sometimes I paint like I'm spreading butter on bread! I'll be painting more with a knife throughout the challenge!! Enjoy!
Today's post is another one of Degas' Dancers. I'm also posting pictures of the process. I thought some of you likely wonder how long it takes me to do a little painting like this. This one I started at 930 am and finished it a 11 am. An hour and a half. And I've spent a half or our more taking photos, editing them posting on Facebook and creating this blog post. There...now you know the a bit more about the process! Take a look below at the painting process pictures!
Then I just decided on my main colours. I love pink and pink tutus appeal to me! so I decided to mass in the main colours. From here it is just a matter of pushing and pulling the paint into the right places so that values make sense. This is where I step back lots and think a bit and then just load the brush and make marks. With acrylic paint...if I don't like the mark I can either just paint over it or wipe it off!
I hope you enjoyed that! If you have any comments, please post!
Well today was one of those days that it was impossible for me to do a painting! I wasn't going to post a thing until I checked Leslie Saeta's blog and I laughed!! Leslie said exactly the same thing...it was impossible for her to actually do a painting today (she's the one who started this whole thing!!) and she posted a painting that she did awhile back, but had never been posted before.
So that is what I'm doing today! This painting IS a daily painting (took me about 4 hours), but I did it during the summertime and I realize I had never posted it! So here you go! Hope I can get one done for tomorrow!
Yes and now for something completely different...that phrase reminiscent of Monty Python's Flying Circus (I have two teenagers and they have just recently decided that watching Monty Python is pretty funny and I was reminded of that "something different" phrase after one recent show we watched!)
Edgar Degas is probably my favorite French impressionist just ahead of Monet. The poses and colours and moments he captured are the things that intrigue me with his figurative works. My piece is a study of his painting "Blue Dancers" shown below. I did this sketch in about 2 hours this afternoon from this painting. I will do a couple more like this one. Enjoy
I decided to combine today's and tomorrows pieces in one blog post. This is an ink and marker sketch I did for my larger project. This sketch should have been day 5...I did it BEFORE the Day 5 painting. I really like it and thought why not post it. People can see some of the process I go through when I composed a painting, even a little one. I don't do these kinds of sketches every time. HECK, sometimes no sketch for most paintings!! But if I have to work out composition, these help a great deal!
I'm also going to have "compressed" time the next couple of days and I hope I can still keep up with things. I may not post everyday but will try to do a sketch or painting every day.
I'm embarking on some upgrading of my computer science skills. I've enrolled in an online web design course through BCIT in Burnaby, BC. We'll see if I'm "up" for being a student again or not! Managing time will be a challenge!
Below is my painting for Day 7,; another prairie painting for this bigger project I'm working on! Enjoy!
Don't worry! There will be more piggies...I have a project I'm working on and I wanted to do small sketches to work on the composition and values and colour. Value is such an important part of making a painting "read" well...I have been doing lots of value sketches lately and will share these with you one of these days soon. I also need to share a couple photos of my Opus demo back in mid December...But for today I'll just post this and I thought this next photo was a nice addition. It's been cold everywhere in the country. Cold for here even but it seems to make for some lovely colours in the air! This scenery is just steps outside my place! Enjoy!
So I'm thinking that this Little Blue Piggy is on the heels of the Little Pink Piggy from Day 3 because the Big Bad Wolf is huffing and puffing at their heels...I wonder if they are running to the market or home??? Wheeeeee! You tell me!! Okay Okay...only 4 days in and I've gone batty...that's what happens from painting all day! Enjoy!
More piggies....I think this one looks like he wants to run away....he has that "ready to get outta here" look about him...
Stay tuned more more piggies and other things...will be doing some prairie scenes again soon!
Yes...more piggies...I think I'll stick with this for a bit since I'm on a roll LOL! The 2nd picture is a better picture of Day one and I think I'll change the title to "This Little Pink Piggie Day 1". Enjoy!