Spent the last couple of days working on this 4 ft x 3 ft study for a commissioned piece of the same size. I have a few tweaks to do when it moves to the canvas but generally happy with the composition and love the colours.
It’s a fact. If something sits in my studio long enough it gets more paint on it. Sometimes for better, sometimes for worse. I like the transition of this earlier piece “Polka Dot Mug”. No more paint to add to it.
Had a great morning reworking a portrait I had done a while ago. I feel it now captures the specific mix of vulnerability and confidence I was going for. I also wanted to add some more abstract elements. “Paul” acrylic on canvas. Enjoy!
Been revamping a couple of old pieces this week – a cherry still life “Three’s a Crowd”, a rhubarb piece “Early Harvest” Also – a new small piece “Little Red Mug” and a new “Man From Atlantis” in the works on canvas board.
Done a ton of work on this piece. It’s changed fairly radically but experimentation is a huge part of my process and I love learning as I go. I still have some adjustments to do but fairly minor. I feel it’s a much stronger composition now.
Sometimes it’s too easy to get caught up in seeing something in an underpainting that you want to preserve and it really doesn’t work in the confines of the canvas. Such is what happened with the piece I was working on. I gave it a new background and went with an image that I wanted to use which is a combination of various sketches I’ve been doing. I am really happy with the composition now. I’ll post another update when done…
My most favourite thing to do is create abstract beginnings and let the subject materialize through the layers. It took 1.5 coffees before I saw the dog in the red piece. I think anyone could see what’s in the green piece.
I’ve been reusing some old reject paintings – painting over them and it’s really so much fun. Just layering on colour and making random shapes and seeing what evolves. I’ve just recently dubbed this style I’m working in “intuitive realism”. Anyway – here’s a floral piece “White Poppies” 16 x 20 in. acrylic wood panel (used to be a painting of empty wine bottles) and small sneak peek section of what’s becoming a new series.
Back from my last week of camping for the summer in the beautiful, inspirational Maritimes. No to get my daughter ready for back to school and then back in the studio full time. Here’s a little something a friend shared with me – it’s a great idea and I’m going to build one today.
Just got back from a week of camping on the south shore of Nova Scotia. This piece “The Islands” was inspired by my campsite at The Islands park. So beautiful. The image is just from my mind. I actually started with a rejected tulip painting which I flipped on its side. A tulip is after all just a rock and that rock’s reflection. More or less.
Fun little 18 x 24 in. rooster study on newsprint – for the love of colour, paint and roosters of course. Painting on paper can be so fun when unexpected things happen like a corner of the paper with the still wet background folds onto the comb and deposits that lovely mark of green on the comb that I love.
Hope you all are enjoying your summer as much as I am. A little girl my daughter’s age moved in next door so I had a little time to paint. A couple of “abstract realism” flora ls and did a little more on a beach figurative piece.
Here is a few shots of a project that’s been occupying much of my time of late. The installation is set to finish this week. This is our second annual “Grade 6 Legacy Project” where every Grade 6 student produces a scaled down figure of themselves in a pose of their choice and designs it however they feel. I love how they get so involved in the project and how attached they seem to feel to their piece. The local high school shop class cuts out the pieces for us so it’s a nice collaboration between schools. It’s a great piece of public/community art.
I felt a tulip coming on so dropped my other pieces and got started. Just in the beginning stage but feeling motivated to bring this one along. I now have I think 7 paintings in progress which is about perfect for me.
This work in progress started as a bowl of tulips and morphed into a beach inspired figurative piece. I have a few of these in various states of completion. I’m liking painting these and have a bit of a series planned.
It’s been a real mixture this week – staining backsides of figure cutouts for Waverley Memorial Elementary School. Picture of backsides attached – will unveil the fronts next week. Worked at the school’s Spring Fair and sold “Cock Opera” as a silent auction item. The next owner loves it. Touched up “Layered Pear” and really love it now. Started a new beach inspired painting and squeezed in time for a coffee “Polka Dot Mug”.
A couple of beach themed pieces I started today based on some photos of my daughter at the beach with a couple of friends from a couple of years ago. Liking the compositions so far. May do a couple of versions of the 3 girls – I’m liking the abstract quality of it at this stage.
Some more juicy tulips in acrylic on paper. Completed day 2 of painting with my 2 grade 6 classes. I have a bit of work to prepare the backs of the pieces and install them. Hoping to share some pics by the end of the weekend.
Here’s a couple of my paintings that will be on display at the Craig Gallery in Dartmouth this December. Stay tuned for a couple more. All my pieces will be acrylic on 8 x 8 in. on 1.5 in. profile canvas.